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Do you know the Michelin Man?

Michelin ManYou may know him as the Michelin Man, but his real name in his home country of France is Bibendum. His full-figured body and friendly wave grace the covers of all the domestic and international MICHELIN travel and restaurant guides from Shanghai to Chicago. 

Here are a couple other fun facts about the always smiling, symbol of both high-quality tires and recommended restaurant/travel guides from around the world.

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                      *In the year 2000 he was voted “Best Logo symbol of all time”

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*In 1894, the two founding brothers, André and Edouard Michelin, were visiting the Universal Exhibition in Lyon when they noticed a stack of tires on one of the stands. The overall effect was sufficiently evocative for Edouard to think that, with arms, “it would make a man” – Upon his invention in 1894, tires were actually white, not black – hence his white coloring – ere actually white, not black. bibendum - mika takeuchi

Along with giving stars to well-deserving restaurants around the globe, Bibendum has become quite the star himself. His marshmallow-resembling body can be found on vintage mugs, postcards, posters and magnets and lucky for you, I’ll be giving away some Bibendum swag along with a 2014 U.S. MICHELIN Guide of your choice this month.

Information on how to enter will be posted on Friday, May 30.

 

Atelier Crenn Shines Bright with Michelin Guide 2013 Star Announcements

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The 2013 Michelin Guide for San Francisco goes on sale today and in it, brings a new two-star recipient to the forefront. Atelier Crenn is the latest restaurant to receive two Michelin stars, and this also makes Dominique Crenn, the very first female in the U.S. to receive the coveted honor.

I spent time with Chef Crenn and the team at Atelier Crenn on this special evening, and in case you are wondering what Crenn and crew did on one of the most exciting days of their careers, the answer is plain and simple. Back of the house cooked, while front of the house served their guests a memorable meal and experience. Focus, attention to detail, and passion for their craft, is what elevated Atelier Crenn to this level and even on one of the biggest nights of their profession, they weren't about to stop delivering.

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A Walk in the Forest – An Atelier Crenn Signature Dish

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Chef de Cuisine Michael Evans & Dominique Crenn

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Grains & Seeds – Smoked and toasted w/botarga, trout roe, dashi

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Pastry Chef Juan Contreras creating a meticulous Fall dessert

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Spiced brioche, candied acorn, apple, squash, celery root

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Edible Hibiscus Leaves

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Mint Cotton Candy – a refreshing palate cleanser

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Atelier Crenn – excellent cuisine, worth a detour **

SEE MORE ATELIER CRENN RECEIVES 2 MICHELIN STAR PHOTOS HERE

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2013 Michelin Guide Starred Restaurants for San Francisco

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The seventh edition of the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country will officially go on sale tomorrow, and the much anticipated star recipients were announced today. In Michelin tradition, the chefs received personal phone calls this morning before the entire list was released to the public. The big news was the rise of Atelier Crenn to two stars making Dominique Crenn the first U.S. female chef to receive two Michelin stars. The addition of Atelier Crenn sees six restaurants awarded two Michelin stars in the S.F. Bay Area. 

Thirty-four restaurants earned one Michelin star, a significant culinary accomplishment that can be defined as “a very good restaurant in its category.” The three newcomers to the category are All Spice, SPQR and Keiko à Nob Hill.

Here is a full list of the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country 2013 Starred establishments:

***Three stars
Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey 

The French Laundry

The Restaurant at Meadowood

 

** Two stars
Excellent cuisine, worth a detour
 
Atelier Crenn
Baume
Benu
Coi
Manresa
Saison
 

*One star
A very good restaurant in its category

Acquerello
Alexander's Steakhouse (South Bay)
All Spice
Ame
Auberge du Soleil
Aziza
Bouchon
Boulevard
Campton Place
Chez TJ
Commis
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant
Frances
Gary Danko
Keiko à Nob Hill
La Costanera
La Folie
La Toque
Luce
Madera
Madrona Manor
Masa's
Michael Mina
Plumed Horse
Quince
Redd
Solbar
Sons & Daughters
SPQR
Spruce
Terra
Terrapin Creek
The Village Pub
Wakuriya 

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MICHELIN Guide San Francisco 2013 Bib Gourmand Selections

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This year 70 establishments made the list—a list that represents a sizable geographic area, including the entire Bay Area and Wine Country.

The 2013 Bib Gourmands were selected by Michelin's esteemed and anonymous food inspectors and they represent restaurants that serve two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included). Most importantly, they are the restaurants that the company's inspectors frequent themselves.

While the famous Michelin stars remain the most celebrated international distinction in the MICHELIN Guide, the Bib Gourmand is also a highly desired distinction among restaurateurs. In the 2013 edition, 21 different types of cuisine are represented among the Bib Gourmands and include restaurants across the region, including San Francisco, East Bay, Wine Country, Marin, South Bay and the Peninsula.

The Bib Gourmands are selected by Michelin's famously anonymous inspectors who dine across the area regularly. These local inspectors are trained to scrupulously apply the same time-tested methods used by Michelin inspectors for many decades throughout the world. This ensures a uniform, international standard of excellence.  As a further guarantee of complete objectivity, Michelin inspectors pay all their bills in full. For more information on the inspectors and the guide go to www.michelinguide.com

San Francisco MICHELIN Guide 2013

Bib Gourmands =

Area

District

Restaurant

East Bay

Lafayette

Artisan Bistro

San Francisco

Marina

A 16

San Francisco

Mission

Bar Bambino

San Francisco

Mission

Bar Tartine

East Bay

Oakland

Bellanico

San Francisco

Marina

Betelnut

San Francisco

Marina

Bistro Aix

Wine Country

Napa Valley

Bistro Jeanty

Wine Country

Sonoma County

Bistro 29

Wine Country

Sonoma County

Boon Eat + Drink

Marin

Corte Madera

Brick & Bottle

San Francisco

Richmond & Sunset

Burma Superstar

Wine Country

Napa Valley

C Casa

San Francisco

Richmond & Sunset

Chapeau!

East Bay

Lafayette

Chevalier

East Bay

Oakland

Chu

East Bay

Berkeley

Comal

San Francisco

Castro

Contigo

Wine Country

Napa Valley

Cook St. Helena

East Bay

Berkeley

Corso

San Francisco

North Beach

Cotogna

Peninsula

Redwood City

Crouching Tiger

Wine Country

Sonoma County

Cucina Paradiso

San Francisco

Mission

Delfina

San Francisco

Civic Center

Domo

Peninsula

Redwood City

Donato Enoteca

San Francisco

Marina

Dosa

East Bay

Berkeley

FIVE

San Francisco

Mission

flour + water

San Francisco

SoMa

Fringale

San Francisco

Mission

Gajalee

East Bay

Berkeley

Gather

South Bay

Saratoga

Hachi Ju Hachi

Wine Country

Sonoma County

Hot Box Grill

Marin

San Anselmo

Insalata's

East Bay

Berkeley

Ippuku

South Bay

Santa Clara

Kabab & Curry's

San Francisco

Richmond & Sunset

Kappou Gomi

Wine Country

Sonoma County

K & L Bistro

San Francisco

North Beach

Kokkari Estiatorio

Wine Country

Sonoma County

LaSalette

San Francisco

SoMa

Le Charm

Marin

Sausalito

Le Garage

San Francisco

Marina

Mamacita

Marin

San Anselmo

Marinitas

San Francisco

SoMa

Marlowe

Wine Country

Sonoma County

Monti's Rotisserie

Wine Country

Napa Valley

Oenotri

San Francisco

Richmond & Sunset

Old Mandarin Islamic

Peninsula

San Mateo

Osteria Coppa

San Francisco

Financial District

Perbacco

East Bay

Oakland

Plum

Wine Country

Napa Valley

Redd Wood

Wine Country

Sonoma County

Risibisi

East Bay

Berkeley

Rivoli

Wine Country

Sonoma County

Sazon

Wine Country

Sonoma County

Scopa

San Francisco

Richmond & Sunset

Sichuan Home

San Francisco

Financial District

Slanted Door (The)

San Francisco

Mission

Slow Club

San Francisco

Marina

Sociale

San Francisco

Castro

Starbelly

Marin

Sausalito

Sushi Ran

East Bay

Danville

Thai House

Wine Country

Sonoma County

the girl & the fig

San Francisco

Richmond & Sunset

Troya

Wine Country

Sonoma County

Willi's Wine Bar

East Bay

Oakland

Wood Tavern

San Francisco

SoMa

Yank Sing

San Francisco

SoMa

Zero Zero

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Friends of James Beard Foundation 25th Anniversary Dinner

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Introduction of Chefs at the Friends of James Beard Foundation 25th Anniversary Benefit Dinner held at The Venetian/Palazzo, Las Vegas.

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First Course – Bouchon Chef Jacob Wetherington's Roasted Heirloom Beet Salad Sunchokes, Petite Mache, Black Truflle Vinaigrette paired with a Riesling: Hugel Alsace; 2010

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Second Course – B&B/ Carnevino Chef Jason Neve's Hand-Made Orecchiette with local Spring vegetables, Arugulat Pesto & Mangalista Pancetta paired with a Bastianich Vespa Blanco; 2009

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Third Course – Table 10/ Delmonico Executive Chef Sean Roe's Roasted Sturgeon with Wild Mushrooms, Fava Beans and Red Wine Sauce paired with a Pinot Noir; Hallberg Ranch, Russian River Valley; Emeritus; 2009

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Fourth Course – Valentino Chef Luciano Pellegrini's Spring Lamb Medallions over a fava bean puree with a Spring Garlic-flavored demiglace, served with white asparagus tips, butter fried potato tourne, wild mushrooms and fava beans paired with a a Catiglion Del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino; 2004

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Chef Olivier Dubreuil's Criollo Chocolate dessert – Chocololate Mascarpone cream, Nougatine Tuile, Sweet Amarena Cherries with Balsamic Reduction

For more photos, visit our James Beard Foundation Dinner Photo Album 

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James Beard Foundation Awards Brunch – The Venetian/Palazzo Las Vegas

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Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of attending the official press conference announcing the finalists for the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards. An invitation-only brunch paired with the highly-anticipated news was held at the The Venetian and Palazzo on the Las Vegas strip. The Venetian houses more James Beard Award winners than any other property worldwide, so it was fitting that both the finalist broadcast and a 25th Anniversary Friends of James Beard Foundation Benefit Dinner later that evening were held on premise.

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James Beard's Susan Ungaro, Mitchell Davis, Woody Campbell, John Washko

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Spring Pea Agnolotti w/ Crème fraîche & wild morels

Not surprisingly, the brunch menu was plentiful and consisted of liquid wake-me-ups, small plates, live stations and a tempting dessert selection. From a made-to-order House-Smoked Steelhead Buckwheat Crepe with a Fresh Duck Egg, to a basket of European Pastries (I ate three), this brunch was one of those decadent celebrations that Vegas is so good at throwing. Spotted in the crowd were a number of celebrated Las Vegas food and beverage professionals and media including Chef Julian Serrano, Master Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim, Ivo Angelov of Le Cirque and Robin Leach who I will always remember as the host of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.

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The full list of the 2012 James Beard Foundation Award finalists can be found HERE. The James Beard Foundation Awards, often called the "Oscars of the Food World" is a prestigious program honoring professionals in the food and beverage industries. This year's Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception will take place on Monday, May 7, 2012 at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York City and will be hosted by multiple James Beard Award–winning celebrity chef, television personality, and author Alton Brown.

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To purchase tickets for the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards, visit HERE

For more info on dining at The Venetian and The Palazzo, visit HERE

For more photos, visit our James Beard at The Venetian/Palazzo Photo Album.

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A Slice of Italy (and James Beard) at Palazzo/Venetian Las Vegas

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Stay tuned for the James Beard finalist announcements live today at 11am from the Venetian/Palazzo Las Vegas! There will also be a Friends of James Beard 25th Anniversary Benefit dinner featuring some of Vegas’ most acclaimed chefs and restaurants tonight on property. A few tickets for this highly anticipated event are still available via the Palazzo/Venetian website (click on image above).

I’ll be posting pics via Instagram, Twitter and our Food Fashionista Facebook page along with a full recap of the festivities here on the blog as soon as I return back to Cali.

Ciao for now…

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MICHELIN Guide San Francisco 2012 Stars Announced

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The List ("*" denotes a newly starred restaurant in that category):

THREE STARS (exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey)

French Laundry (The)
Restaurant at Meadowood

TWO STARS (excellent cuisine, worth a detour)

Baumé*
Benu*
Coi
Cyrus
Manresa
Saison

ONE STAR (a very good restaurant in its category)

Acquerello
Alexander’s Steakhouse
Ame
Applewood
Atelier Crenn*
Auberge du Soleil
Aziza
Bouchon
Boulevard
Campton Place
Chez TJ
Commis
Dio Deka
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Farmhouse Inn & Rest.
Fleur de Lys
Frances
Gary Danko
La Costanera*
La Folie
La Toque
Luce
Madera
Madrona Manor
Masa’s
Michael Mina*
One Market
Plumed Horse
Quince
Redd
Santé
Solbar
Sons & Daughters*
Spruce
Terra
Terrapin Creek*
Ubuntu
Village Pub (The)
Wakuriya

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2012 Michelin Guide New York City Restaurants Announced

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2012 MICHELIN GUIDE NEW YORK CITY STARRED RESTAURANTS

Three Michelin stars mean exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey
One always eats here extremely well, sometimes superbly.  Distinctive dishes are precisely executed, using superlative ingredients.

Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare
Daniel
Eleven Madison Park
Jean Georges
Le Bernardin
Masa
Per Se

Two Michelin stars mean excellent cuisine, worth a detour
Skillfully and carefully crafted dishes of outstanding quality

Corton
Gilt
Gordon Ramsay at The London
Kajitsu
L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Marea
Momofuku Ko
SHO Shaun Hergatt
Soto

One Michelin star  means a very good restaurant in its category
A place offering cuisine prepared to a consistently high standard

Adour
Ai Fiori
Aldea
Annisa
Aureole
A Voce Columbus
A Voce Madison
Blue Hill
Bouley
The Breslin
Brushstroke
Cafe Boulud
Casa Mono
Danji
Danny Brown Wine Bar & Kitchen
Dovetail
Dressler
Gotham Bar and Grill
Gramercy Tavern
Heartbreak
Jewel Bako
Junoon
Kyo Ya
Laut
Marc Forgione
Minetta Tavern
The Modern
Oceana
Peter Luger
Picholine
Public
River Cafe
Rosanjin
Rouge Tomate
Saul
Seasonal
Spotted Pig
Sushi Azabu
Sushi of Gari
Tamarind Tribeca
Tori Shin
Tulsi
Veritas
Wallse
WD-50

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S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2011

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Congratulations to Rene Redzepi and team at NOMA in Copenhagen, Denmark which claimed the coveted repeat spot at Number 1 for S. Pellegrino's World's Best Restaurants. If you were surprised to see El Bulli omitted from this year's list, it's due to the scheduled closing of the famed restaurant in future months for a rebirth into a foundation. Even sans a 2011 award, El Bulli will remain a top restaurant in the hearts and appetites of the many who were fortunate enough to have dined there.

Here are S. Pellegrino's World's 50 Best Restaurants for 2011: 

 

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