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By: Andrew Zimmern | Posted: 09/11/2012
Think Kyoto. Think Kaiseki. Think fall in Japan meets fall in Chicago. That vibe is in full effect at my new favorite place in America to eat, drink, and hang out: Next Restaurant. Chef Dave Beran told me that rare Japanese maple leaves from the oldest (of that varietal) in the world are being served as an edible component to the dessert course. I am very excited about the menu, and I can’t wait to check it out in a few weeks. If Next isn’t on your list of “musts” it should be. I spent a lot of time there last month and have known the Alinea/Next team for years, and I was still shocked and thrilled to learn that the Sichuan peppercorns and some other goodies I have sent Dave and Grant have made their way onto menus and into their beverage program. Hanging with the kitchen crew during a training day for future menus I also learned that Bourdain and Zimmern Travel Channel shows have been used in past for staff training. That’s insane! And flattering. But it really shows the level of commitment Next brings to get their staff into the themes and cultures they are cooking from. Very impressive. ***** The Association of Food Journalists announced winners in its Awards Competition 2012 at its annual conference in Washington, DC last week. First place awards include Craig LaBan of the Philadelphia Inquirer for Best Newspaper Restaurant Criticism, the Village Voice's Fork in the Road won for Best Food Blog, and the LA Weekly's Beth Barrett won for Best Newspaper Food News Story with "L.A. Farmers Markets Exposed." The full list is on Eater.com, but GUESS WHAT!?!?!?! Lee Dean and Rick Nelson from our Strib won some awards for food features. Congrats to the hometown team!
BEST NEWSPAPER FOOD FEATURE 200,001 & Over Circulation FIRST: Lee Dean, Minneapolis Star Tribune, "Pop! Pop! Popcorn!" SECOND: Renee Enna, Chicago Tribune, "Devil in Disguise" THIRD: Rick Nelson, Minneapolis Star Tribune, "Wild Thing"
Harvard's 2012 Cooking & Science Lecture Series Schedule · Tuesday, September 4, 2012 — Dave Arnold (Food Arts), Harold McGee (New York Times) · Monday, September 10, 2012 — Joan Roca and Jordi Roca (El Celler de Can Roca), Salvador Brugués (Sous-Vide Cuisine) · Monday, September 17, 2012 — Bill Yosses (White House Pastry Chef) · Monday, September 24, 2012 — Enric Rovira (Master Chocolatier) · Monday, October 1, 2012 — Fina Puigdevall (Les Cols), Pere Planagumà (Les Cols), Paco Perez (Miramar) · Monday, October 8, 2012 — Raül Balam Ruscalleda (Moments) · Monday, October 15, 2012 — José Andrés (Think Food Group, minibar, Jaleo) · Monday, October 22, 2012 — Wylie Dufresne (wd~50) · Monday, October 29, 2012 — Dan Barber (Blue Hill Farm) · Monday, November 5, 2012 — Joanne Chang (Flour Bakery) · Monday, November 12, 2012 — Jack Bishop (Editorial Director at Cook's Illustrated and an Editor on The Science of Good Cooking), Dan Souza (Associate Editor of Cook's Illustrated) · Monday, November 19, 2012 — Nathan Myhrvold (former Microsoft CTO; co-founder and CEO of Intellectual Ventures; and author of Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking) · Monday, November 26, 2012 — David Chang (momofuku), Carles Tejedor (Via Veneto) · Monday, December 3, 2012 — Ferran Adrià (elBulli Foundation)
Andrew Zimmern is a columnist for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and the host of Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern.See bio
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