Category: Food and Drink

Festival of Food and Wine at Lake Placid

Festival of Food and Wine at Lake Placid

Next week the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa  at Lake Placid, NY will host the first annual Festival of Food and Wine (17th-19th  May, 2006). The event will teach and entertain food lovers amidst majestic views of the Adirondack high peaks. Paul Sorgule, the inn’s executive chef,  and six of his distinguished colleagues from […]

Molecular cuisine comes to Tokyo

Molecular cuisine comes to Tokyo

Molecular cuisine combines physics, chemistry and gastronomy, and was made popular in the early 1990s by the Spanish chef Ferran Adrià. While many parts of the world are no stranger to test tubes and petri dishes, this type of cooking has  been a long time in coming to Tokyo. But the wait is finally over: […]

Chicago bans foie gras

Chicago bans foie gras

The City Council in Chicago has voted to ban the sale of foie gras by retailers and restaurants in the city. The ban comes into play in 90 days and a fine of $500 faces anyone who violates the regulations.   Reservations have been expressed by restaurant owners, unsurprisingly, but also by  Richard Daley, the […]

Europe's favourite wine bar

Europe’s favourite wine bar

Travel + Leisure have identified five favourite spots in Europe where you can simply go out, have a drink and enjoy  a great atmosphere.   They are Le Sommelier (Copenhagen), La Taberna de Cien Vinos (Madrid) [if my Spanish serves me correctly, that one sounds good!!], Legrand Filles & Fils (Paris), Enoteca Cantinone Già Schiavi […]

Win a stay at Wales' Ynyshir Hall

Win a stay at Wales’ Ynyshir Hall

Ynyshir Hall is an exceptional Relais & Chateaux hotel set in the heart of Wales. Once owned by Queen Victoria, this building is set in 14 acres of beautiful gardens.  Its past accolades include AA Hotel of the Year for Wales, 3 AA red stars, 4 AA rosettes for food (making them among the top […]

Michel Roux at The Inn at Little Washington

Michel Roux at The Inn at Little Washington

Virginia’s The Inn at Little Washington will welcome the  internationally acclaimed Michelin 3 star chef, Michel Roux,  today to celebrate the publication of his newest cookbook “Eggs”. A Champagne reception will begin at noon followed by lunch at 12.45pm. In the afternoon, Roux will present a cooking demonstration. Cost for the class will be $125 […]

Northern Hospitality Awards 2006 winners

Northern Hospitality Awards 2006 winners

The winners of the first ever Northern Hospitality Awards were revealed last month.   These awards celebrate the successful hospitality businesses and people in the North of England.   The winners are Anthony’s in Leeds (Best Restaurant), Andrew Pern of The Star at Harome (Best Chef), Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel & Restaurant in Windermere […]

$1000 sundae

$1000 sundae

Take  five scoops of the richest Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream infused with Madagascar vanilla, cover it in 23K edible gold leaf, and then drizzle the whole thing  with the world’s most expensive chocolate, Amedei Porcelana, before covering it with chunks of rare Chuao chocolate, and what have you got?   That’s right… the world’s […]

Ruinart UK Sommelier of the Year

Ruinart UK Sommelier of the Year

The Ruinart UK Sommelier of the Year 2006 award has been won by Claire Thevenot of the Hotel du Vin et Bistro, Winchester. Claire is the first woman to have won the title, presented by President of Champagne Ruinart, Bernard Peillon. Nicolas Clerc, of the Milestone Hotel, London, came second, and Jean-Marie Pratt of Le […]

Cheese on toast?  That'll be  £345, please

Cheese on toast? That’ll be £345, please

I bet you didn’t know but it’s the first ever National Cheese on Toast Day tomorrow.   And, in a bid to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, Lancashire chef Tom Bridge has come up with a variation on the classic dish… at a staggering £345 per slice. But this is no ordinary slice of […]

Vine dining with Malmaison

Vine dining with Malmaison

Lick your lips and savour Sundays. From the foothills of the Andes to the top of the Australian wine tree, these Malmaison vine dining evenings will take your palates on a tour of the wine world. Meet the personalities behind the labels. Discover why the wines, and the winemakers have earned their reputations. Drink it […]

McDonald sandwich - the world's most expensive sandwich?

McDonald sandwich – the world’s most expensive sandwich?

Despite the name, this sandwich doesn’t come with Coke and fries.   Rather than being of golden arches fame, the McDonald sandwich is named after Scott McDonald,  a chef at the London department store Selfridges. And, at £85, it probably wouldn’t be considered as cheap fast food! In a bid to justify the price tag, […]

Taste of Vail 2006

Taste of Vail 2006

America’s premier wine and culinary festival celebrates its 16th year in the Vail Valley shortly, home to more Wine Spectator award-winning restaurants than any other resort community in the United States. The Taste of Vail festival – one of the nation’s premier culinary and wine events – will be held from 5th-8th April 2006. Tickets […]

Observer food awards

Observer food awards

UK celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has scooped two awards in the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2006. He was judged to have made the Most Outstanding Contribution to the Food Industry, while his TV series Jamie’s School Dinners was voted the Best Food Programme.   Bruce Poole’s Chez Bruce in London was voted the Best Restaurant […]

Just For The Halibut!

Just For The Halibut!

Spring is in the air, the flowers are starting to bloom and the weather in Nashville is just beautiful this time of year. March means one important thing in the seafood industry; halibut season opens and there will be tons of beautiful fresh caught wild halibut available by the end of the month. Therefore the […]

How much would you pay for your hotel breakfast?

How much would you pay for your hotel breakfast?

According to consumer magazine Which?, the luxurious Ritz Hotel tops the list for the most expensive cooked hotel breakfast in the UK. Their £30 breakfast is followed closely by  The Lanesborough ( £28.50), Mandarin Oriental ( £28) and Brown’s Hotel ( £27).   All four hotels are situated in England’s capital, London.