By: Vaughn Lowery
About 24 years ago, Tom Wynter moved from Thailand to America with a dream to open his own commercial enterprise. He started working at Thai Dishes restaurant, the old location. And moved on to a California Pizza Kitchen location for almost a decade and became a licensed bartender where he functioned at a popular bar in Hollywood. After becoming managerial staff at various establishments, he begins to act in tandem with Thai Dishes in Santa Monica when it was located on 2nd Street. The owners decided to call it quits as the rental for their location was coming up for renewal. Wynter decided to extend the legacy of this authentic Thailand franchise and discovered a vacancy at 123 Broadway in Santa Monica which fulfilled his imagination – a restaurant with a bar and patio which mimicked the likes of cafes in Paris. This time around he wanted to make sure that his restaurant had all of the key ingredients which he really felt engaged him as a patron – great food and drinks with a decor to match.
Soon After, Thai Dishes on Broadway was born. An unassuming and unpretentious venue which would be perfect for a quick drink/bite or a spot where you celebrate your birthday. Wynter obviously struck gold being a half block away from Ocean Boulevard, the newly renovated mall and the last stop on the Expo Line. For this area, everything is moderately priced and holds all the right offerings for a romantic date or simply a place to recharge your batteries while you people watch in the sidewalk seating. The ambiance is stellar: mosaic tiling near bar, warm fall colors, bespoke wall paper, faux ostrich wrapped table tops and unique Thai ornaments sprinkled throughout. The most sought after menu items include: BBQ pork over rice, spicy green bean tofu, roasted duck over rice and red curry chicken (presentation is very reminiscent of an authentic Thai dining experience).
Specialty handcrafted cocktails like their Mai Thai cocktails made with Thai whiskey will keep you coming back, but customer service contributed by his general manager, Leila Regalado, is a key component to TDOB’s success. She will have you seated within seconds and constantly will check in to see if you require anything else. If her smile isn’t enticing enough, serving size, happy hour specials and bottomless mimosas on Saturday/Sunday from 12 to 3 pm) should reel you back in.
Wynter asserts, “I’m constantly checking on the quality of food that comes out our kitchen and my staff sometimes needs me during holidays and weekends, which leaves little or no time for a life outside of this place.”
One thing’s for sure, Tom Wynter and all of his personal sacrifices have made Thai Dishes On Broadway a slam dunk within the Santa Monica Pier/Downtown area.
For additional info, please visit http://thaidishessantamonica.com
Jimmy Fallon and Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter from The Roots just announced they’ll be visiting Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 17 and want to try a home-cooked meal from one lucky family.
Fans can send an e-mail to SurpriseDinnerParty@TonightShow.com before Sunday, April 8 with a special recipe and why they’d like to host Jimmy and Tarik.
“The Tonight Show” will live stream the entire dinner party on Facebook that evening.
See the announcements on social media here:
Official hashtag is #SurpriseDinnerParty.
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” airs weeknights at 11:35pm ET/10:35pm CT.
James Beard Foundation Announces Final Call for Entry for Media Awards Categories
The James Beard Foundation (JBF) announced today the final call for entry for the Journalism and Broadcast categories of the 2018 Media Awards. The deadline for submissions is January 3, 2018. Nominees for all award categories will be revealed on March 14, 2018.
To reflect current trends in the vast media landscape, The James Beard Foundation has created a new Journalism Award. The Feature Reporting Award recognizes excellence for engaging, in-depth, and enterprising reporting in food and/or drink features. In the Broadcast Media Awards, the Documentary Award will now accept entries that have been viewed at a North American film festival. All Book, Restaurant and Chef, Restaurant Design, and Special Achievement Awards will remain largely unchanged from 2017.
“In a place and time where the media has such an omnipresence in our daily lives, we are proud to recognize the journalists and reporters shedding light on important food and restaurant industry happenings and issues,” said Journalism Awards committee chairperson, John Kessler.
For more information and to view the full list of 2018 Awards programs, criteria, and deadlines, please visit jamesbeard.org/awards. Entries for all categories can be submitted via the online portal here.
The James Beard Foundation Media Awards will be held at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City on Friday, April 27, 2018.
The James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception will be held at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 7, 2018. During the JBF Awards ceremony, which is ticketed and open to the public, awards for the Restaurant and Chef and Restaurant Design categories will be handed out, along with special achievement awards Lifetime Achievement, Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America, and America’s Classics. A gala reception will immediately follow, featuring top chefs and beverage professionals from across the country.
About the James Beard Foundation
Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation celebrates, nurtures, and honors chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, the late James Beard was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts, instilling in them the value of wholesome, healthful, and delicious food. Today JBF continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships for culinary students, publications, chef advocacy training, and thought-leader convening. The Foundation also maintains the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs. For more information, please visit jamesbeard.org. Get food news, recipes, and more at the James Beard Foundation’s blog. Follow the James Beard Foundation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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FEIST RELEASES PLEASURES: THE MEALS OF AN ALBUM, DECEMBER 11
Cookbook Chronicles Communal Meals While Recording Latest Release
Proceeds to Benefit Food Security Programs
Feist announces the December 11 release of Pleasures: The Meals Of An Album, a cookbook companion to her latest studio album, Pleasure. Written jointly by Adrienne Amato – chef at Pleasure’s recording session – and Leslie Feist. The Meals Of An Album is summed as “11 days in the studio and over 40 recipes” and contains vegetarian recipes organized on a song-by-song, day-by-day basis of what Amato made while the band was recording.
The 122-page lushly illustrated book is a fan’s immersive sensory soundtrack to the making of the album, offering instruction in the preparation of meals which Feist and her bandmates shared while recording Pleasure.
“The making of an album is a communal process on many levels,” reveals Feist, “and that extended to the community of the kitchen while we were recording. We hope this book will embolden you to expand your repertoire, stock up on simple staples and invite friends into your kitchen to cook some of these meals with them.”
Recognizing the pressures facing many households throughout the year but especially over the holiday season, Feist will donate proceeds from all sales of The Meals Of An Album to Community Food Centres Canada, a nonprofit that builds and supports vibrant community spaces in low-income communities where people come together to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food for all.
Pleasures: The Meals Of An Album is available exclusively throughwww.feiststore.com.
Feist made her U.S. debut in 2004 with Let It Die (featuring “Mushaboom”) which won the Juno Award for Best Alternative Rock Album and garnered major international critical acclaim. Her 2007 follow-up, The Reminder, debuted in the Top 20 in the U.S. and was hailed by The Village Voice as a “great batch of simple, precisely arranged love songs — expertly produced, delectably sung.” The album, featuring singles “1234” and “My Moon My Man”, went on to sell more than a million units globally and won Feist the 2007 Shortlist Music Prize (making her only the second woman to ever win the award). After a several-year hiatus — during which she co-created Look At What The Light Did Now, a documentary about the making of The Reminder and her subsequent tour — Feist returned with Metals in 2011. Debuting at #9 on Billboard, it was named Album of the Year by the New York Times and won the Polaris Prize and four more Juno Awards. Released in April via Interscope/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company, Pleasure reflects on secrets and shame, loneliness and tenderness, care and fatigue and is at its core a study on self-awareness. While each album is a departure from the next, Pleasure finds the four-time Grammy Award nominee again showing the extraordinary depth of her artistry. Recorded over the course of three months—in Stinson Beach, Upstate New York, and Paris —Pleasure was co-produced by Feist with longtime collaborators Renaud Letang and Mocky. [insert chart debuts / milestones for Pleasure] To date, Feist’s music has sold over three million units worldwide and amassed more than 500 million streams.
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Screen-to-Spoon Digital Content and Video Series Offers Innovative Culinary Experience for Viewers from The Comfort of Their Own Kitchens
Craftsy, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s preeminent online destination for passionate makers to learn, create and share, and TODAY Food have partnered with celebrity chef and restaurateur Scott Conant (Fusco, The Ponte, Mora Italian) to develop a new digital cooking class “Pasta Like a Pro: Everyday to Gourmet.” Debuting on October 16, the pasta master class gives viewers insider access to Chef Scott Conant’s signature dishes and pro techniques. For a sneak peek, visit here.
“Pasta Like a Pro: Everyday to Gourmet,” is part of the Craftsy Culinary All-Stars collection, which allows everyday chefs to learn from, and cook with, top chef personalities like Conant, from the convenience of their own kitchens. From simple weeknight dinners to more complex dishes, the how-to video series can satisfy any pasta craving. All of Conant’s recipes will also be available via a visually-stunning digital cookbook on Craftsy.
“I’m excited to share my personal joy for cooking with the Craftsy audience. There is something so special about creating that perfect bite in your own kitchen,” says Conant. “I grew up with Italian food; it’s my passion. I created this Craftsy class to teach innovative ways on how to create the elegant simplicity of a delicious pasta dish for all cooking levels.”
Speedy foodies can enjoy a special launch day introductory offer for “Pasta Like a Pro: Everyday to Gourmet,” available free for 48 hours on Craftsy’s website on October 16 and for a one-time $39.99 fee thereafter. Once a user has access to the class, it becomes permanently accessible in their library. With the feasibility to rewind, re-watch or even catch a scene in slow motion, food fanatics can easily master tricky techniques.
“At Craftsy, we bring endless creativity and inspiration to at-home enthusiasts with notable field experts and helpful how-to content,” says John Levisay, CEO and Founder, Craftsy. “We’re thrilled to partner with an esteemed talent such as Chef Scott Conant, who brings the same unwavering passion to his cooking as the Craftsy foodies bring to our community. ‘Pasta Like a Pro’ offers something for everyone – from on-the-go recipes to carefully crafted complex dishes.”
Versatile Chef and TV personality Scott Conant started his career as a chef at some of New York’s best restaurants. Cooking for 32 years, Conant brings his personal affinity and experience with Italian cuisine to develop savory, authentic recipes for his master class on Craftsy such as penne alla puttanesca and a signature bolognese sauce.
For more information on “Pasta Like a Pro: Everyday to Gourmet” please visit www.craftsy.com.
Craftsy is the leading online destination for passionate makers to learn, create and share.Offering content for millions of creative tastemakers in over 180 countries, Craftsy delivers a growing, unrivaled collection of more than 1,300 on-demand videos and classes. Craftsy works with experts in a range of verticals including quilting, sewing, knitting, cake decorating, drawing, painting, cooking, crochet and many more, combining top-quality content, anytime convenience and the intimacy of an in-person experience with the world’s best talent. With six in-house studios and a top-notch creative team, Craftsy produces high quality broadcast content that inspires and entertains. Craftsy’s premium online shop provides an assortment of supplies, kits, patterns, fabrics and more. Members of the Craftsy community – whether neighbors or makers across the world – inspire and support each other with ideas, tips and positive feedback along the way. Headquartered in Denver, CO, Craftsy is a part of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. For more information, visit http://www.craftsy.com.
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About Scott Conant
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Conant officially put his name on the map when he opened the beloved L’Impero in 2002. It garnered a three-star review from The New York Times, the title of “Best New Restaurant” from the James Beard Foundation and praise from top publications such as Gourmet and Food & Wine, which named Conant one of America’s Best New Chefs in 2004. In 2017, Conant opened Fusco in New York’s Flatiron district; Mora Italian, a modern, convivial osteria in Phoenix, Arizona; and The Ponte, a contemporary Italian restaurant in Los Angeles, California. Conant has appeared on the Today Show, The Chew, CBS’ The Talk, Live with Kelly & Michael and Good Morning America, and is a regular judge on Chopped, consistently one of Food Network’s highest rated programs. He has also published three cookbooks: New Italian Cooking, Bold Italian and The Scarpetta Cookbook.
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”If you don’t love this industry [Food and Beverage] then don’t do it … the amount of time is overwhelming.” – Al Rojas
Nearly twenty years ago, Al Rojas received some investment capital from his father (died from cancer 25 years ago) to become a restaurateur. After years of successfully running Santa Barbara’s widely popular Alcazar Tapas Bar, he commenced to sink his teeth into another endeavor – Milk & Honey Tapas [MHT]. This eclectic, snug cafe with curbside dining provides an array of mystical libations and mouth watering snacks for foodies.
Specialty cocktails are their strong suit; however, the drinks are so intoxicating that you’ll have to taste their menu. After one drink, we were buzzing like busy bees in the hive. Hence, we started with flash-fried kale chips topped with manchego cheese and an order of Prosciutto Bundles stuffed with goat cheese. Yummy. Next up, we ordered PB&J Sliders (sirloin sliders, peanut butter, raspberry jam, Applewood smoked bacon) and Honey Lamb Pops (char broiled lamb chops; teriyaki, honey, butter, shallot, brown sugar sauce) – yes, we licked both our fingers and the bones. One of the most intriguing indigenous dishes we tried was Por-Que Pig?! (pulled pork shoulder, creamed pasilla chiles, garlic cilantro rice, manchego cheese, fresh cilantro, tomato; tomatillo cream sauce). Definitely not one of the most attractive items on the menu, but it sure was the most delightful – we scraped our bowls. For dessert, we received their house funnel cake alongside of a dark cup of coffee.
Rojas boasts of being a globetrotter (Spain, France, UK, Grenada, Copenhagen, Montreal) and reminds us that his infused assortments were inspired by his travels. Adorning smart specs and possessing a charismatic personality, no wonder his wait staff is equally professional and attentive – his power to lead permeates the air. Something that his father instilled in him, “Treat everyone equally [no matter what their position in life may be].” Moreover, the fun-loving GM and crew kept the dimly lit dinner service packed like a can of sardines.
In short, this is one of the best tapas and sips we have put our lips on in a long time. In fact, Milk & Honey Tapas rivals some of the top restaurants in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. If you possess an appetite for tangy handcrafted concoctions paired with savory bites, then this place will literally blow your wig back.
Alcaraz Tapas Bar was established about 18 years ago and it’s Ginspiration Point cocktail was named the Official Drink of Santa Barbara.
Milk & Honey Tapas has been in business for over 11 years to date.
Al Rojas lends his name and support to
Community Counseling and Education Center (CCEC) of Santa Barbara: a non-profit which offers family counseling services for victims of domestic violence and addiction.
Well, it appears 100 of the greatest chefs in North America distilled what they know about food in a book… This features a collection of many stories and recipes from food making legends such as Carla Hall, Mario Batali, Marcus Samuelsson, Ruth Reichl, Joan Nathan, and many more! This book contain a massive compilation of the different dishes they cook for their loved ones and provides a perfect oppurtunity for home cooks to gain a vivid glance into the lives of their food heroes and share their technique for cooking for family!
Available on October 31st
Maybe it deserves a peek…