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Your Guide to BBQ Smokers for the Best Barbeque Cooking

Section 1: Introduction

Do you want to take your barbeque to the next level? You can do that with the right BBQ smoker. Though you can always cook a flesh on a standard grill, your meat may lack the texture and flavor that comes with smoking.

Getting a BBQ smoker can be a bit stressful for some people because of the numerous brands to consider. All of them come with a wide range of features making it difficult to make a pick. This short guide examines the main types of smokers on the market today, their advantages and disadvantages, and how to maintain them.

Section 2: Basics

Section 2.1: Meaning of smoking?

When you surround the flesh in a flavor-filled chamber over a period while keeping the temperature low, then you’re smoking the meat. This act will cause the beef to have the same flavor as the smoke and, in turn, removes traces of moisture, helping the meat to last longer.

Section 2.2: What is a smoker?

A smoker is an appliance for cooking in a controlled, smoky environment for making barbeque. It produces smoke and holds it around the meat for absorption. 

There are various ways to smoke under slow heat using many smoker/grill types available today. You can purchase charcoal smokers, gas smokers, wood smokers, pellet smokers, and electric smokers. Each of them has advantages and disadvantages, but the most crucial factor is the type of meat you’re smoking.

Section 2.3: Types of Barbeque smokers

Vertical water smokers

This type is otherwise called a bullet smoker, and most beginners start with it, typically the Weber Smokey Mountain. They’re cute and compact with a small footprint to fit onto the most insignificant of patios. 

  • Advantages

They’re one of the most inexpensive types of smokers and are easy to use. It can be easily transported in a truck and does not take up much space on the patio.

  • Disadvantages

It has a small cooking capacity. The water pan can get greasy and will have to be cleaned after every cook.

Offset smokers

An offset smoker has both a firebox and a cooking chamber. The two-part design makes lighting and heating less stressful.

  • Advantages

They’re cheap and straightforward with lots of space for food.

  • Disadvantages

The temperature is hard to control and requires skill.

Box smokers

This is cabinet or vault with a heat source at the base and a rack on the top. It conserves more heat because of the unique position of the heat source.

  • Advantages

Though good ones cost a lot more, they do produce large amounts of great barbeque in a highly controllable environment. These smokers can be the most dependable and easiest-to-use smokers on the market.

  • Disadvantages

Most box smokers on sale are less efficient, lack insulation, loses heat quickly, though they’re more expensive than vertical types.

Drum smoker

These types of smokers are now being used in barbeque competitions. This vertical-style smoker is effective and efficient. The cylindrical design does an excellent job by trapping heat and radiating it evenly throughout the entire inside of the barrel.

  • Advantages

These types of smokers are usually cheap. It gives the meat a unique flavor and holds consistent temperature for long periods.

  • Disadvantages

They require some skill and practice and also run hot.

Smoker ovens

They are like ovens in the home such that you might want them indoors, but it’s best to use them outside.

  • Advantages

This one can smoke more meat at a time, making it ideal for commercial applications.

  • Disadvantages

It is not suitable for indoor use because of carbon (II) oxide poisoning.

Kamado Grill

Looking for a slow cooker, Kamado Grill is an ideal choice. It has high-quality insulation and functional vents.

  • Advantages

They are durable, attractive, and can heat up to 750 degrees Fahrenheit and over.

  • Disadvantages

They are comparatively expensive and have space limitations also.

Pellet grill

Wood is the primary fuel for the pellet grill. High-quality wood generates light and cleaner smoke with a significant amount of energy.

  • Advantages

You can use it as a grill or smoker. The smoke is more suitable for smoking though you can still use it for grills.

  • Disadvantages

Pellet grills come at a relatively higher cost. They sometimes have several moving parts, making them difficult to maintain.

Section 3: Techniques/Tips to improve

Section 3.1: Tips on how to maintain your smoker

  • Ashes can form a byproduct that promotes rusting. You can let ashes cool before you sweep and dispose them in the airtight metal container.
  • Meathead Goldwyn mentioned that grill grates and influx of carbon on the lid doesn’t improve food flavor.

Section 4: Correcting Common Problems

Section 4.1: Common meat smoking mistakes to avoid

Smoking meat is a great way to enhance, but there are some common pitfalls beginners should try to avoid.

  • Incomplete preheating of the smoker

Whatever recipe you use; it will tell you how long it takes to smoke a particular piece of meat. You’ll also be given a simple preheat temperature so you’ll have to warm up the smoker first. Though it makes the process longer, it will provide you with the ideal cook and smoke temperature to get the perfect flavor.

  • Opt for a lighter fluid

The most convenient way of doing this is to use a chemical to initiate the fire.

  • Using high density or much wood

If the wood is much, vast clouds of smoke will be produced, but a single stream of smoke can effectively flavor the meat. A considerable amount of smoke can overpower the flavor of the flesh and even render the meat inedible.

  • Starting too fast

The best way to smoke meat is to start slowly and gradually increase the temperature.

  • Wood quality is poor

Don’t use non-seasonal wood, green, or wet wood. Greenwood is reserved for seasoned professionals who know precisely how to use it. If you’re a beginner, greenwood can cause the meat to become bitter.

Section 5: Analysis of Best Practices in the Industry

  • Smokers come in a range of different sizes
  • An offset smoker is the most traditional type of smoker and is completely wood-fired. The firebox is by the side where you build your smoke.
  • There are pellet smokers too. Fill it in with compressed wood pellets. They’re available in a different range of flavors. An electronic spark ignites them, moves in through the unit, and you can set the temperatures.
  • For the Kamado smokers, the ceramic provides excellent induction of heat.
  • The water or bullet smoker has a charcoal pan at the bottom. There is also a water pan to regulate moisture within the chamber.
  • For vertical smokers, the charcoal is placed at the bottom with a water pan in the middle. You can control your airflow on both sides.

https://youtu.be/6Gk2e9BUDpc

In the above video, Jess Pryles, the original hardcore Carnivore, tried to explain many of the different types of smokers out there.

Section 6: Tools you can use

  • A good smoker
  • Thermometer
  • Digital meat thermometer
  • Tongs
  • Spatula
  • Meat Claws
  • Gloves 
Ocaso Festival, Costa Rica, Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

OCASO 2020

“Be prepared to be teleported into a quantum realm of whimsicality.”360 MAGAZINE

By Vaughn Lowery × Sam Berman

At the peak of the year, music, beats and dancing brought together a crowd of 10,000 attendees to Costa Rica for 2020’s Ocaso Underground Music Festival – the world’s largest rave in the jungle. Even the leatherback turtles, howling monkeys and crocodiles were head bobbing.

The Ocaso Underground Music Festival, which engaged on January 9th – 13th, united travelers, ticos and seasoned ravers alike to Tamarindo, Costa Rica, off the coast of the Pacific Ocean for five days of electronic music bliss. The jubilee was established by founder Devin Ellis in 2018; and it just culminated its fourth semester, with plans to return in January 2021, proving a successful run for one of the most emerging EDM festivals on the planet. 

What makes this carnival so sui generis, aside from a stellar bill of DJs including Maceo Plex, Äme, Doc Martin, Justin Martin, Magdalena, Shiba San, Seth Troxler and Artba, might just be the visually striking and lushful setting of CR. The grounds, known as the Lesenda Retreat, centers around a trilithic stage composed of metal trusses for performers, complete with a towering geometric visual screen synchronized to the music, pulsating lasers, fog machines, pyrotechnics and go-go dancers. Apart from hypnotizing technical components conjured up by architectural wizards, the surrounding landscape and warm weather provided a tranquil atmosphere to enjoy the fiesta in, enhanced by art installations sprinkled throughout, providing a truly remarkable habitat. 

Let’s talk about the sound! Imagine being at the On The Run II tour with Beyoncé and Jay-Z, state-of-the-art subwoofers and tweeters pinging throughout the venue, delivering clean and crisp vibrant instrumentation. Of course, this added fan excitement to every set.

Viewers were able to use tokens for transportation, food and drinks, providing added security from petty theft and loose cash. Overall safety was key with tons of guards at every entrance alongside of roaming escorts. We all wore sparkly color-coded wristbands to identify our level of participation – GA vs VIP. Staff members wore official reflective tanks and shirts to be easily accessible.

A short 15 minute-bus drive on a vintage yellow school bus brought participants to the festivities. Guests were offered an assortment of carte du jour options to replenish their prance-exhausted bodies with a number of locally and globally known chefs preparing flatbread pizzas, gyros, keto bowls, tacos as well as protein shakes.

Saturday was the most distinctive night of the event, with people from all over the globe, dressed in their most eye-catching ensembles, echoing the avant-garde fashion of other fairs such as EDC, Ultra, Tomorrowland, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Coachella. Ocaso brought a parade of colors infused with futuristic and organic elements blended seamlessly into garbs straight out of an alien planet, welcoming and embracing all. 

The festival wrapped with a pool party at base camp, the Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas. After a five-day outer body experience of infectious dance music, a sort of culinary delights, cozy lodging options, and the beautiful backdrop of the rugged rainforested, Central America, this is one masquerade which many should add to their list. 

Missed out on the fun this year? Don’t fret, as the festival plans to return the weekend of January 7-11, 2021. Ticketing packages from this past year ranged from $19.00 to $59.00 for single day passes, a two-day Friday and Saturday pass for $89.00 and a 5-day-full-weekend pass for $119.00, a great deal for those who can’t get enough from just one night. So ravers, start planning your next vacation, because this is an experience any party animal should dive into. 

For additional information visit Ocaso Festival.

Local Guide

Besides the #RaveInTheJungle, The city of Tamarindo itself possesses a plethora of thrilling activities: ziplining, horseback rides on volcanic trails; ATV tours; surfing and dolphin-watching sailing tours.

If you are seeking additional dining/nightlife options outside of the fête, be sure to check out the following:

Pacifico Club (http://www.pacifico-costarica.com/beach-club/), Sharky’s Bar (http://sharkysbars.com/), Long Board BBQ, Chinese Food (directly across from Vista Villas) and Bamboo Sushi Club.

Just down the road was the luxurious Tamarindo Diria hotel, which features a lobby side pool/hot tub, an array of cabanas with an outside bar/dining deck as well as private beach access to make any jovial attendants experience an unforgettable rave-cation.

Nick DiGiovanni, MasterChef, 360 MAGAZINE

Nick DiGiovanni

Nick DiGiovanni is a 23-year-old recent grad of Harvard, who was the youngest contestant to ever compete in the finale of MasterChef. He started cooking when he was only eight years old, and started working in restaurants in high school, including an internship at Benu, a Michelin three-star restaurant in San Francisco. He ultimately decided to forego culinary school for Harvard, before deciding to leave for a semester to compete on MasterChef and ultimately make it to the finale.

During his time at Harvard, Nick created the first-ever food concentration called Food & Climate, to figure out ways to address the environmental crisis through food. That then led to the start of a new business venture called Voodles that would help revolutionize the way kids eat vegetables. The veggie based pasta is organic certified, kosher, gluten free, vegan & non-GMO and will be available online by 2020. 

Lokal Eatery & Bar, Vaughn Lowery, Jersey City, New Jersey, 360 MAGAZINE, Abraham John ARCHITECTS, Mona Panjwani, Walter Donadio

Lokal Eatery & Bar

By Vaughn Lowery

Jersey City officially opened up one of the swankiest restaurants on their waterfront with magnificent views of Manhattan. Mona Panjwani is the proprietor and visionary of this establishment. After 12 days of having their doors opened, they have built a team of individuals who are personable, approachable and possess a strong sense of ownership. Literally a recipe for prosperity.

With sufficient space, Lokal Eatery & Bar can comfortably sit up to 200 customers and is the perfect destination for a rehearsal dinner, trunk show, celebratory engagement and/or corporate gathering. Towards the rear, there’s a semi-private area with its own seating, lounge and sound system to drown out the clutter of what’s taken place in the main arena. “Lokal” murals, perfect for social engagement, are sprinkled throughout the spot which were constructed by a local commissioned artist. Adding an element of youth and elegance similar to its milieu. Overall the architecture and intent of this eclectic eatery have an industrial yet modern feel. Iron gates frame the bar and above the 30-foot island hangs a custom lighting installation.

Nestled in the heart of a rising luxury neighborhood within JC, this venue is destined to become one of the area’s most popular draws. Executive Chef, Walter Donadio, has managed to fabricate a tantalizing menu of appetizers, small plates and entrees which are certain to keep you coming back. Some of his best infused tapas and items include succulent scallops, rock shrimp, sauteed mushroom bowls as well as a vegan surf and turf packed with savory lentils. Most of their components are locally sourced and fresh from the Garden State – right down to the blueberries featured in some of their signature drinks.

Often times, you inflict a new place and the waitstaff is uncertain on what to recommend. That’s not the case for Lokal. Many of their squad members were well-informed on what they offer and even had ample recommendations for their handcrafted cocktails. Our favorites were their Elliott Stubb (reminiscent of an old fashioned) and Jerry Thomas – cucumber water iced cubes make this drink refreshing.

The future is bright for Lokal Eatery & Bar. And, with a strong location, menu and bar, it’s set to be one of the most prestigious brunch/dinner spots for global foodies, making it a firm contender for three Michelin stars and a James Beard Award. Subsequently, it’s extremely apparent that Mona and her crew are meticulous and pay close attention to details.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

*Brunch is Saturday & Sunday from 11am-3pm. A perfect place to relax and kick back with friends as well as family before the week starts. If you eat meat, be sure to try the lamb burger. The Bloody Mary and Margarita are sure to get almost any party started.

**Happy Hour is daily from 5-7pm.

ABOUT TEAM LOKAL:

CHEF: Walter Donadio will serve as Lokal’s Executive Chef.

Donadio is a Michelin star kitchen trained chef with over 17 years of versatile culinary professional experience managing the provisions of fine dining for hotels, restaurants and country clubs. His experience spans the globe from various chef positions at Richy’s DMCC and Café Habana in Dubai to The Smith, Nobu Fifty Seven, Le Circ and Brasserie in New York, along with supervising kitchens at Hilton and Marriott in New Jersey. Passionate about food since growing up in his grandmother’s own restaurant, he loves combinations of flavors from different cuisines and is always searching for the perfect balance. He is a graduate from the French Culinary Institute (now International Culinary Center).

OWNER: Mona Panjwani

Panjwani opens Lokal as an events industry vet in the Northern New Jersey region. She launched an events production company in 2014 and came across the idea to create Lokal more recently while seeking a venue for her own company. The gorgeous waterfront eatery in Jersey City – which will primarily serve as a full service restaurant and bar is also complete with event and private dining spaces – combines all of Panjwani’s skills, passion, experience and goals into one. Panjwani is a member of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce, Hudson County Women Rising and LadyDrinks South Asian Women Entrepreneurs Networking Professionals. She has been a Jersey City resident for a decade.

ARCHITECT: Abraham John ARCHITECTS

A multidisciplinary architecture, interior design, landscaping and urban planning firm founded in 1967. Abraham John & Alan Abraham are the Joint Principal Architects of Abraham John Architects. Abraham John Architects’ design approach is to re-connect architecture with nature, make optimum use of space, natural materials, lighting & landscape to reinvent and transform living environments and urban spaces. The firm works at multiple scales and with various organizations right from private clients to corporates & NGOs allowing itself to experiment and diversify its work.

LOCATION: Crystal Point Condos

2 2nd St, Jersey City, New Jersey, 07302

PHONE: +1 201-222-6800

Lokal Eatery & Bar, Jersey City, New Jersey, Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE, waterfront

Lokal Eatery & Bar Joins Jersey City Waterfront

Eat, Drink and Stay Local at New Restaurant

Local bites meet big city sights as Jersey City welcomes its newest waterfront addition with the opening of Lokal Eatery & Bar. Keeping to its namesake, Lokal’s food and cocktail menus spotlight fresh ingredients sourced from the Garden State. The 6,000 square-foot spacious new restaurant also boasts panoramic Manhattan skyline views.

“Our mission at Lokal is to showcase the best the state has to offer and provide a place that reflects the culture of Jersey City,” said Mona Panjwani, owner of Lokal and Jersey City resident for over a decade. “We recognize the changing spirit of the area and are excited to create a hub that makes locals feel welcome. That, coupled with good food and drinks, contemporary design and gorgeous views, we are certain staying local will not disappoint.”

At the helm of the kitchen, Executive Chef Walter Donadio takes his nearly two-decade career of working in Michelin star kitchens around the globe to design a Modern American menu with options for everyone. Utilizing ingredients from the state as much as possible, the fare includes small plates made to be shared tapas-style—including crispy oysters, pan seared scallops, homemade hummus, mushrooms al ajillio and rock shrimp—a flat bread section and more. There are various vegetarian and vegan options.

Behind the beverage program is consultant Tess Sawyer. Taking her experience from creating innovative drinks at renowned NYC cocktail lounges including The Up&Up, Mother’s Ruin, Holiday Cocktail Lounge and The Happiest Hour, Lokal will offer a robust list of craft cocktails, including the signature Elliot Stubb, made with honey from New Jersey, yuzu juice, lemon juice, aquafaba, vermouth, and blueberry, which is the state fruit and the state’s most lucrative crop. Several spices in the other cocktails are locally sourced as well. Lokal will also offer an extensive wine program.

Designed by award-winning Abraham John Architects, the dining area accommodates approximately 200 guests. There is a large bar area, an indoor lounge section, plenty of private dining spaces and an airy outdoor patio which will expect to open by next spring. With floor to ceiling windows, the jaw dropping views of the Manhattan skyline are a stunning backdrop no matter where you stand. The overall design and concept were created and executed by restauranteur Hemant Phul.

Another fun addition, Lokal has a selfie wall in the back lounge area, and another designated wall to showcase accomplished artists from the neighborhood. The first iteration, on display now, was created by Dominika Zajdel.

The timing of Lokal’s opening is fitting—Jersey City has been experiencing a revitalization, becoming a culinary hub drawing in locals and tourists alike.Conveniently located just steps from the Newport PATH station, Lokal gives Manhattan dwellers the perfect excuse to cross the Hudson River and New Jersey residents a new reason to explore the beauty of their own backyard. While Lokal has private dining spaces for special occasions, the restaurant aims to become a neighborhood mainstay where, true to its name, locals feel welcome.

Red Wine, 360 MAGAZINE

CHEF CHARLIE PALMER IS CULINARY ADVISORY AT WING & BARREL RANCH, SONOMA’S NEWEST WINE COUNTRY EXPERIENCE

James Beard Award-winning chef to create the ultimate taste of Sonoma 
in conjunction with club’s extensive wine list and natural bounty

Set amid the beauty of Northern California’s Wine Country, Wing & Barrel Ranch — an exclusive members-only sporting club for the discerning outdoor and wine enthusiast — is excited to announce that James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurateur Charlie Palmer is leading its menu creation and concept as Culinary Advisor.

Chef Palmer brings his signature “Progressive American Cooking” to the Ranch’s rustic elegance. Owner of 13 acclaimed restaurants across the United States, Palmer has chosen Sonoma County as his home, designing a full-service menu for Wing & Barrel Ranch that emphasizes the fresh, seasonal foods that reflect the bounty of the land he knows so well. 

Located on a superb parcel totaling nearly 1,000 acres, Wing & Barrel Ranch is hailed as “the best of the best” by the San Francisco Chronicle and “an outstanding club” by Cigar Aficionado. The Ranch is currently building a new clubhouse that will offer a luxurious dining experience to members and their guests. Similar to other private clubs in that memberships are non-equity, inheritable, and transferable, Wing & Barrel Ranch has just a few memberships remaining.

In addition to Chef Palmer’s outstanding dining program, Wing & Barrel Ranch amenities include seasonal bird hunting, year-round sporting clays, Vintner Member gatherings, customized shooting instruction, travel programs, dog training and boarding, and an exclusive cigar program. Paired with world-class wines from our Vintner Members, year-round member activities showcase the most exceptional culinary bounty and wines from this region. 

“I’m delighted to pair my love of robust flavors and straightforward classic cooking with the outstanding outdoor experience that Wing & Barrel Ranch offers,” says Chef Palmer. “Growing up in rural New York, time spent outdoors was an integral part of my family’s life, including hunting and fishing. As an avid outdoorsman, I really appreciate how food and wine complement the pleasures of a good day spent in nature.”

Wing & Barrel Ranch co-founder and CEO Darius Anderson is delighted to welcome Chef Palmer. “I’m proud to be able to share this amazing land with a chef and restaurateur of Charlie’s stature and abilities,” Anderson says. “Adding his level of fine dining to the opportunity to shoot with renowned local Vintners makes for a magical mix for Wing & Barrel Ranch members.”

The new Clubhouse at Wing & Barrel Ranch is slated to open in the summer of 2020, serving as the heart of all member activities and as a gathering place for family and friends. Limited memberships remain and are expected to sell out quickly. For more information, please visitwingandbarrelranch.com/membership.

About Wing & Barrel Ranch

Wing & Barrel Ranch was founded in 2013, with improvements to the facility lasting through 2016. In June 2019, an additional phase of development began with the building of a formidable clubhouse, complete with The Trap Bar, an elegant dining room, premiere shooters’ pro shop, private meeting rooms, locker facilities, enclosed cigar room, and an expansive deck overlooking Sonoma Creek. While the clubhouse project is underway, an interim clubhouse is currently being utilized. The property consists of nearly one thousand acres of agricultural land in Sonoma, and is located off of Highway 37.

Bon Appétit, Condenast, 360 MAGAZINE, Best New Restaurants

Bon Appétit

The renowned list ranks the country’s best in the October issue and on bonappetit.com; Meet the winners at the Hot 10 Party in Brooklyn this fall
 

Bon Appétit has unveiled the Hot 10: America’s Best New Restaurants 2019. The annual list is now available in the October issue and on bonappetit.com.
 
Taking the coveted top spot is Los Angeles’ Konbi, a 10-seat countertop space from two chefs inspired by their travels to Tokyo. It joins past winners like Oklahoma City’s Nonesuch (2018), New Orleans’ Turkey and the Wolf (2017), and Atlanta’s Staplehouse (2016).
 
“This is a more casual and truly fun bunch of restaurants than ever before,” said Julia Kramer, Bon Appétit‘s deputy editor who traveled to more than 30 cities and ate in over 200 restaurants to compile this year’s list. “These places are driven by passion and purpose, and are serving exceedingly delicious, deeply personal food that defines what it means to eat in America right now.”
 
Other noteworthy spots on the list include Dallas’ Khao Noodle Shop featuring authentic Laotian dishes (No. 2), Detroit’s Ochre Bakery serving only breakfast and lunch (No. 4) and Matt’s BBQ Tacos, a taco-slinging truck parked in Portland, Oregon (No. 9). Bon Appétit also crowned Dallas the Restaurant City of the Year, and its editors picked up a few new obsessions, including wine bars where you can take the wine with you and bartenders who have rebranded the mocktail into the drink you want to order. Read more in the October issue on newsstands and on bonappetit.com now.
 
For one night only, Bon Appétit will bring the Hot 10 chefs together to serve the bites and drinks that won us over this year. Tickets for the Hot 10 Party on October 19 in Brooklyn, NY are on sale now at BAHot10.com. Event partners include Talbott Vineyards, LaCroix Sparkling Water, Field Roast and Corto® Olive Oil.
 
About Bon Appétit
Bon Appétit is where food and culture meet. The award-winning No. 1 food lifestyle brand covers food through the lens of cooking, fashion, travel, technology, design and home. As the leading arbiter of taste, its home-grown talent and tireless dedication to recipe testing separates it from the competition by miles. Bon Appétit has been named to Advertising Age’s A-List for eight consecutive years, including Magazine of the Year 2013 and 2017, Brand of the Year 2015, and Digital and Video recognition in 2019, and has been named to Adweek’s Hot List every year since 2012, including Hottest Food Magazine in 2013, 2017 and 2018. Bon Appétit has also been nominated for 32 National Magazine Awards in the past six years, including wins in 2014 for General Excellence and Photography, and in 2017 for General Excellence. For more, visit bonappetit.com and follow @bonappetitmag.

Chef Raffaele Ronca

Introducing Winner of The Food Network’s “Chopped,” Chef Raffaele Ronca, Naples-born chef  who left his beloved hometown at the age of 19 and headed for NYC to be more accepted as a gay man. Raff, who initially wanted to be an actor, quickly found success in his “day gig,” working behind the bar and, ultimately, in the kitchen of NYC’s most popular restaurants. His passion for cooking and entertaining eventually eclipsed his desire to pursue acting and led to a lifelong career. His time on the popular Food Network show allowed him to revisit his love of acting, and brought his career to a whole new level. Shortly after his win, he opened Rafele NYC’s West Village, the epicenter of the gay rights movement. The restaurant, Rafele, offered guests an authentic Italian experience and was an immediate success. Just last year, he opened a second location in Rye, New York.

Chef Ronca wholeheartedly believes in giving back to the community and supporting LGBTQ youth. He often donates his time and gifts by appearing at and cooking for various LGBTQ charities, including the Rainbow Railroad, an organization dedicated to helping lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals escape violence and persecution in their home countries.

Chef Ronca can speak on:

  • General features and profiles
  • World Pride themed cocktail, the Espresso Yourself Martini
  • Rainbow Railroad and supporting LGBT youth

More on Chef Raffaele Ronca:

Born and raised in Naples, Italy, Raffaele Ronca comes from a family of butchers and fishermen who collectively inspired his lifelong passion for food and flavors. With his family also in the restaurant business, Raffaele embraced cooking and culinary explorations as integral parts of not only his Italian culture, but also his heart and soul.

Working in his uncle’s restaurant in Naples and helping his mother make fresh pasta daily, Raffaele learned to respect the beauty and taste of fresh ingredients, as well as the time it takes to select and prepare them for fine dishes.

Immigrating to America at the age of 21, Raffaele worked steadily at some of New York’s most authentic Italian restaurants, including as the executive chef at Palma, chef du cuisine at Bellavitae and manager of food and wine at Caffé Torino.

Today, Chef Raffele Ronca is a winner of the hit Food Network show “Chopped.” He is also a collaborator with the James Beard Foundation, and his signature Buffalo Ricotta Cheesecake has been featured twice in Food & Wine magazine as one of the top cheesecakes in America, in addition to having received other impressive culinary accolades.

Chef Raffaele’s second restaurant, Rafele Rye, will make its debut in Westchester County, NY, in the spring of 2018.

For more information, please visit Rafele.com and contact janegoeypr@gmail.com.

Local Hive Honey

Local Hive™ From Rice’s Honey® Recipes

Raw & Unfiltered Honey

Honey Made Right in Your Own Back Yard!

Local Hive™ from Rice’s Honey®, a leading producer of high quality, U.S. only raw & unfiltered honey since 1924, offers 16 different local varietals of raw honey including Local New England, Local Northeast, Local Florida, Authentic Clover & Authentic Wildflower. Whether it’s for a comforting hot drink during the cold days of winter or to enjoy recipes, the taste of real honey from Local Hive™ will help you create fond memories.

All Local Hive™ honeys are sourced exclusively in the U.S. and bottled in Greeley, Colorado. The team atLocal Hive™ work directly with local beekeepers across the U.S., to ensure each varietal yields incredibly delicious and subtly different natural flavors that will be great additions to your family recipes and holiday memories. http://localhivehoney.com/

Raw, unfiltered honey also offers many health benefits including being rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and pollen and it is kosher. Unlike processed unnatural sugars or sweeteners, Local Hive™ honey offers transparency, as each natural varietal is made so local it’s “made right in your own back yard”.

Very similar to wine, where you taste and see the difference between varietals, Local Hive™ from Rice’s Honey® also imparts specific flavors in each of the honeys they produce. From Washington to Florida each varietal is unique.

Local Hive New England Honey

Floral Sources: Basswood, Berries, Clover, Goldenrod

*Flavor is bold and robust. Northeast honeys are much darker than anywhere else.

Local Hive Florida Honey

Floral Sources: Citrus, Brazilian Pepper, Clover, Gallberry, Tupelo

*Flavor is a bit fruity with a hint of spice.

Local Hive Colorado Honey

Floral Sources: Clover, Alfalfa, Wildflowers

*Flavor should be light & sweet. The sweetest of all honeys sent.

Local Hive Southern California Honey

Floral Sources: Alfalfa, Berries, Citrus, Clover, Sage

*Flavor is fruity and sweet. You’ll notice a hint of orange

Local Hive Texas Honey

Floral Sources: Alfalfa, Clover, Cotton, Horsemint, Tallow

*Flavor is medium bodied and sweet. Not as sweet as Colorado.

“Delicious Local Hive™ honey is perfect for all ages,” noted Tony Landretti, Chief Executive Officer ofRice’s Honey®. “With different floral sources based on the location in which the bees pollinate, everyLocal Hive™ varietal offers a unique flavor. Since Rice’s Honey® was founded in 1924 by L.R. Rice, we have always remained committed to providing natural, delicious U.S. only raw & unfiltered honey, while supporting local beekeepers all across the U.S. Our local honey products are an artisan blend of various floral types that are regionally sourced, packed in Greeley, Colorado, and delivered to participating grocery stores throughout the United States.”

A new label design highlighting our new Local Hive™ brand coincides with Rice’s new alliance with PACE, “Pollinator Awareness Through Conservation and Education”, the Butterfly Pavilion’s non-profit global initiative to restore habitats, strengthen populations and reintroduce pollinators into native habitats around the world. This partnership and commitment will be communicated on the back of the new label and will highlight how a portion of proceeds from every bottle sold of Rice’s Honey® will be donated to the PACE initiative to promote and protect the prosperity of pollinators worldwide. Rice’s Honey® has a mission to help promote all pollinators & sustainable bee farms across the country.

Check out our new website at: www.localhivehoney.com for more information and recipes.

About Local Hive™ from Rice’s Honey®:

L.R. Rice founded Rice’s Honey®, headquartered in Greeley, Colorado, in 1924. The company remainbs committed to its founder’s mission of becoming a leading producer of authentic, high quality, U.S. only raw & unfiltered honey. Local Hive™ from Rice’s Honey® has generated brand equity through its commitment of producing premium, high quality, raw and unfiltered and kosher honey at affordable prices. Rice’s Honey works with local beekeepers to provide several local, raw & unfiltered honey varieties throughout various states and regions across the U.S.

Simple Secrets For Boosting Your Health

Living a healthy lifestyle isn’t always easy because of how busy you are and all the responsibilities you have on your plate. The good news is there are simple secrets on how to boost your health and happiness starting today.

Commit to the following activities, and you’ll quickly notice how much more relaxed and joyful you become. You have to be willing to change a few of your habits if you’re going to be successful at altering the way you live. It’s worth at least giving these ideas a try, especially if you haven’t had much luck improving your behaviors in the past.

Set Daily Wellness Goals

Step back to the drawing board and come up with a list of goals you can tackle daily that will help keep you on track. For example, promise yourself you’re going to exercise, cook healthy meals and go to bed at a decent hour and then put forth an extra effort to make sure you’re meeting your daily objectives. Review the list each morning when you get up, so your mind is focused and prepared to tackle the tasks you set out to complete.

Follow Your Passions

Another simple secret for boosting your health is to make it a point to follow your passions and eliminate anything that’s making you unhappy. For example, maybe you’ve always wanted to own real estate, but haven’t been able to make this dream a reality. While now with roofstock returns you can purchase property online and seamlessly collect passive income. This is your chance to become the entrepreneur you’ve always wanted to be without any additional hassle such as having to vet your own property.

Connect with Others

Spending time with people who put a smile on your face will instantly boost your health and make you feel more alive. Use your free time to connect with others and engage in interesting conversations and fun activities. It’s important to not only have moments to yourself each day but to also be social and block off time in your schedule to mingle with friends and family. It’ll feel good to get whatever’s on your mind out in the open and laugh with people who you enjoy being around.

Focus on the Positives

Boost your health today by starting to focus more on the positives and being grateful for another day. Stop allowing your brain to see the negative side of a situation and begin to fully embrace all that’s going right in your life. You’ll be a lot happier person overall when you don’t let small obstacles set you back from reaching your goals. Sit down and make a list of all of your blessings and review it regularly to help train your mind to be more positive.

Conclusion

Immediately boost your health using these simple secrets to change your life for the better. You’ll likely be pleasantly surprised at the uplifting outcomes you experience from doing so. Stay optimistic in your journey to discovering a more peaceful and relaxed existence and continue to do more of what’s working for you.