Need any barely used restaurant equipment for your home kitchen? Check out the Five Restaurant & Street Lounge fire sale. There is some really great stuff available, if you are interested in that sort of thing.
Last Monday, the Wolfgang Puck CuisineArt event was held at the Walker. Check out the pix below, and watch the mspmag.com video here. Best thing I ate all night was the Loup de Mer en Croute with Sauce Choron. Old-school is back, baby. Mark my words, Veal Prince Orlav is coming to a menu near you real soon.
Last week, one of the most talented and nicest people I have ever met in the food biz got some major-league props. The Bread Bakers Guild of America announced the three winners in the competition for a spot on Bread Bakers Guild Team USA 2008. Team members were selected during the national finals held last week in San Francisco. The three-person team will spend the next year preparing for the prestigious Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie (World Cup of Baking) to be held in Paris March 30–April 1, 2008. Bread Bakers Guild Team USA 2008 will defend the World Cup title won by the 2005 team.
Members of Bread Bakers Guild Team USA 2008 and the categories they represent are:
– Solveig Tofte (Baguette & Specialty Breads), head baker at Turtle
Bread Company in Minneapolis, MN
– Dara Reimers (Artistic Design), an accountant and aspiring bakery
owner from Auburn, ME
– Peter Yuen (Viennoiserie), owner of La Patisserie P in Chicago, IL
For years, Solveig has been responsible for turning out some of the best breads in the country, and she deserves all the attention that this amazing honor brings. Now here's a great idea: How about a "Springtime in Paris" trip that includes an afternoon stop at the contest to root on the team? Not a bad excuse to hit the City of Lights, now is it? (Incidentally, you can find Solveig's delicious home recipe for domino cookies in the mspmag.com recipe database.)
Every year we spoil ourselves around the office by ordering a few hundred dollars worth of goodies from Hometown Favorites, a website devoted to candies and other treats from bygone eras, like the sixties! I get my Chuckles and Cherry Mash there, but they recently added a GROCERY STORE to the site, so now displaced expats living in another decade (like me) can find their Drake's Cakes and eat them too. This is seriously the coolest thing I have seen in a long time. Check it out.
Food & Wine magazine has launched a new community website to seek out the best places to eat and drink around the country. They're asking people to nominate their favorite small city as a rising food town. This month Burlington, Portland, and Providence were chosen in the Northeast, but there will be fifteen cities featured in total, and they want John Q. Public to choose the last stop. Any thoughts?
I can eat seven or so . . . how about you? The world's most famous hot dog eating contest, sponsored by Nathan's Famous, will be held at noon on June 16 at Mall of America for the second year in a row. The winner receives the coveted Nathan's Mall of America Championship Belt and an all-expense-paid trip to New York to compete against the finest eaters in the world, all hoping to dethrone Takeru Kobayashi, the six-time champion. Nathan's and Build-A-Bear Workshop have partnered to sell official Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest tee shirts for Build-A-Bear Workshop's stuffed animals for only three dollars, and the proceeds from the sale of each tiny tee shirt will be donated to Autism Speaks (with each purchase, you will also receive a free $5 gift card good toward any purchase at Build-A-Bear Workshop).