Monthly Archives: March 2011

Taste of the Nation Event 2011 – End Childhood Hunger

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"Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® is the nation’s premier culinary benefit dedicated to making sure no kid grows up hungry. Each spring and summer, the nation's hottest chefs and mixologists donate their time, talent and passion at nearly 40 events across the United States and Canada, with one goal in mind: to raise the critical funds needed to end childhood hunger. Taste of the Nation is nationally sponsored by American Express, Sysco, Food Network, Brown-Forman Corporation, S.Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water and Stella Artois.  Since 1988, Taste of the Nation has raised more than $73 million. Funds raised in 2009 supported 135 organizations in the United States, Canada and abroad."

Katsuya tuna chirashi 

The next event will be held in San Francisco on April 7th at the historic Bently Reserve.After you see the impressive line-up of the City by the Bay's top restaurants, chefs, mixologists and wineries HERE, I guarantee you will not want to miss the next Taste of the Nation in a city near you.



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Vegas Uncork’d 2011 Countdown!

Sometimes less is more. That is the case with Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit - the premier culinary event in the United States. With less attendees than some of the larger food festivals, Vegas Uncork'd targets the discriminating epicurean enthusiast for an intimate, unforgettable, VIP gourmet experience like no other. It brings you face to face with these "celebrity chefs" in a luxurious setting like only Vegas can. This year's sought-after event will be held during the weekend of May 5th through the 8th. Several of the events, just like in previous years sell out quickly, so plan ahead and grab your tickets now.


  Guy Savoy, Bobby Flay, Bradley Ogden, Francois Payard

Each year, Vegas Uncork'd attracts the cream of the crop chefs from around the world such as French chefs Joel Robuchon, Alain Ducasse, Hubert Keller, Pierre Gagnaire and Guy Savoy. This year will be no different. In fact, expect more at this year's fete with several inaugural festivities including a Toques off to Paul Bocuse Gala which will feature all of the acclaimed stars mentioned above in addition to master chefs Julian Serrano, Bradley Ogden, Michel Richard, Michael Mina, Shawn McClain and Jean-Philippe Maury.

Sweets from Payard at Caesar's Palace

With more Master Sommeliers than any other state, Vegas Uncork'd will be sure to feature premier wine events including the Great Makers of Pinot Noir at the Bellagio with Master Sommelier Jason Smith. The popular Friday night Grand Tasting will also showcase a number of premium wines and spirits with the many samplings of gourmet food dishes.


Wynn Chef Kimberly Valdez & I at Interactive Luncheon 

Fresh Seafood from Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare 

Cocktails with Master Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim

For those who believe Vegas only begins when the sun has set, Late Night with Hubert at Mandalay Bay will be right up your alley. In addition to serving up tempting treats for revelers, Chef Keller will help party-goers burn off the weekend's extra calories with his intoxicating beats at the DJ turntables. Another late-night crowd favorite is the Celebrity Chef Blackjack Tournament followed by a night of dancing at Encore's French Riviera style XS Nightclub.


For more info on Vegas Uncork'd, visit HERE  

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Umami Burger Japan Tsunami Benefit – 3/29

Umami-burger-tsunami-benefitUmami Tsunami Benefit

3 / 29 / 2011

On Tuesday, March 29th, for every burger sold at any of Umami Burger's five locations, they will donate one dollar to the American Red Cross benefitting the Japan Earthquake & Pacific Tsunami Fund. Now is your time to indulge, guilt-free in one of their rich and juicy Japanese inspired umami-rich burgers which will go towards a great cause.


For additional information or to make a $10 donation of your own, you can text "RedCross" to 90999 or send your donations directly to Red Cross Japan HERE.

For more informations on Umami Burger, visit HERE.

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