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Exceptional Chefs at Green Pearls Hotels

Green Pearls hotels can be found all around the globe, with each destination and venue offering uniquely unforgettable experiences. One of the greatest features among the Green Pearls hotels are the exceptional chefs. Below, are some of are favorites.

The Smiling Gecko Project’s The Farmhouse

The Vietnam War and the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror destroyed large parts of Cambodia’s infrastructure and the population still suffers from poverty and hunger. But, the Smiling Gecko Project enables families to help themselves following the devastation that many Cambodian people face. With the Smiling Gecko, projects have been defined based on four pillars of education, agriculture, handcrafts/production and tourism/gastronomy to aid in the fight against poverty.

The Farmhouse and restaurant are the perfect example of Smiling Gecko project. Built in 2015, the idea was to accommodate tourists and students involved in the project. The Farmhouse offers a sustainable training and employment place for local residents and offers secure jobs with humane working conditions. They are able to earn a living and sustainably support themselves and their families.

One of the success stories of the project is that of chef Mariya Un Noun.

“I garnish my food with love,” says the 30-year-old chef. Her story begins in the slums of Phnom Penh in Cambodia. After only being able to attend 3 years of school growing up, Mariya Un Noun now works as the Executive Chef at the Smiling Gecko Farmhouse.

The mother of two children came to Smiling Gecko in 2014, where she quickly attracted attention with her passion and talent for cooking. Since the opening of the Farmhouse Smiling Gecko restaurant in 2015, Mariya has played a crucial role in the development of the menu. The young Cambodian interprets local specialties in her own creative way.  A partnership with The Farmhouse gives young European chefs the opportunity to work with Mariya in the farmhouse and to bring the soul of Cambodian cuisine to the world.

Dolomites’ Hotel Paradiso Pure.Living

On the other side of the world, in the newly opened 100% holistic vegetarian Hotel Paradiso located on the Seiser Alm, another chef surprises her guests with creativity and skill.

Opened in July 2020 after extensive renovations, Paradiso Pure.Living is the first vegetarian and sustainable hotel on the Seiser Alm, the largest high alpine pasture in Europe which is nestled in the middle of the Dolomites.

The concept is based on the vision of a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. It is the owners’ wish to inspire guests to take ideas home with them and integrate them into their everyday life. The 100% vegetarian cuisine offers a delicious, natural variety and at the same time contributes to the environment. This vision comes to life with chef Federica Scolta.

Born in Abruzzo in 1982, Scolta’s path leads her through Italy after studying international relations. She gained her first experiences in simple Trattorias, but her talent and passion led her to well-known starred restaurants, where she continued to develop her passion and skills.

 “Being vegetarian is a choice for life, it means becoming aware that what we eat is transformed into energy to support our body, soul and spirit.”

At the Hotel Paradiso Pure.Living, Federica, as a chef, follows a 100% vegetarian approach in the knowledge that this concept promotes personal health while reducing the carbon footprint in our fragile environment.

Offshore Rooftop Deck Hosts Events

Offshore has partnered with Pinot’s Palette to bring locals two Monet-inspired sunset skyline painting parties on Thursday, August 13 and August 27. Led by Pinot’s Palette’s talented local artist while enjoying the wine of your choice provided by Offshore Rooftop & Bar, these classes will be hosted in anticipation of the Art Institute’s Monet and Chicago Exhibit opening on September 5, 2020. Tickets are $62 per person plus tax, and include paint supplies, canvas, aprons, and two glasses of house red, white, or rose wine. Additional drinks are also available for purchase. Tickets are rain or shine and non-refundable. If there is inclement weather that day, Offshore will move the events indoors. Tickets are available to purchase on Eventbrite. Offshore & Maison Du Prince Host Bubbles & Blossoms Flower Arrangement Classes – August 16 and August 30. The rooftop hotspot is also offering a fun Sunday afternoon activity by partnering with Ramsey J Prince from Maison Du Prince to host two exclusive Bubbles & Blossoms flower arrangement classes on Sunday, August 16 and August 30. Beginning at 11:30 a.m., participants will be walked through a one-hour class that includes tips and tricks from industry expert Ramsey as he helps you recreate the perfect flower arrangement to add a little life to your home this summer. Tickets are $100 each, and include two complimentary glasses of bubbles, and flowers to use during the class and to take home. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

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Chicago’s Russian Tea Time Reopens

 Chicago’s iconic culinary treasure, Russian Tea Time, at 77 E. Adams St., has officially reopened their doors with a fresh renovation to their interior after closing last July, offering patrons a timeless destination and experience unlike any other in the city. The establishment, which has been in business for over two decades, has also launched an extensive carry out and delivery program for patrons to enjoy from the safety of their homes, including their signature Afternoon Tea Service. 
 
“It is bittersweet for us to finally reopen our doors to the public after a year of renovations,” said Partner Enesh Mantyyeva. “Our team has worked endless hours throughout these past months to create a welcoming ambiance for our guests, only to finally finish during such a trying time. We hope our community will welcome us back with open arms, and get to enjoy our cuisine both in the restaurant as well as safely at home.”
 
This newly renovated space has been completely refreshed, while also maintaining its unique charm. With red tufted banquettes, emerald green dining seats, and ornate vinyl decorative wallcoverings throughout, the space emulates a sense of timelessness that has, and continues to be, a unique feature to this downtown hotspot. Ornate picture frames line the walls, while beautiful lighting fixtures bring a polished and refined ambiance.
 
Known for hosting long-time regulars, tourists, dignitaries, celebrities and fellow Chicagoans, Russian Tea Time combines a warm ambiance, exceptional food, and house-blended tea for an unforgettable experience all can enjoy. To celebrate their renovation, the team has created an exclusive $25 Reopening Prix Fixe menu of family favorites, available both in restaurant and to-go. Items on the menu include an alcoholic beverage of choice that includes either House-Flavored Vodkas, along with vodka selections imported from Russia, Poland, and Ukraine, Scandinavia, Western Europe, and U.S.A. along with fan favorites including Ukrainian Borscht, Potato Dumplings Vareniki, Stuffed Cabbage Golubtsi, Chicken Kebab Shashlik, and more. In addition to the prix fixe menu, the restaurant is also offering their signature Afternoon Tea Service, which includes one pot of Tea, scones, along with an assortment of tea sandwiches and mini sweets, for $34.95.
 
Given the current circumstances, Russian Tea Time wants to ensure each of their guests feel as safe and comfortable as possible, and in doing so, have officially launched their carry out and delivery services, where patrons have the opportunity to order off any of their restaurant menus. Available from Tuesdays to Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., patrons can enjoy their favorite dishes at home, which includes vegetarian dishes and gluten free options as well. For more information or to make a reservation or carry out order at Russian Tea Time, please visit online or call (312) 360-0000. 
 
About Russian Tea Time
Known as “the restaurant where everyone feels at home and everyone is welcome,” Russian Tea Time has earned the distinction of being one of Chicago’s landmarks serving Chicago residents and out-of-towners alike with a taste of Russian fare since its inception in 1993. Perfectly nestled in the heart of the city at 77 E. Adams St., this space has since become one of the city’s greatest staples, located just steps away from the Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and more.
 
Russian Tea Time reinterprets the nostalgic cuisine of the former Soviet Union, with an elaborate and descriptive menu with excellent vegetarian fare, along with wild game, poultry, and specialty meat dishes. A mix of “hearty” and “comfort” Russian, Slavic, and Jewish classics are well-complemented by upscale dishes of Imperial Russian Courts. Their signature Afternoon Tea Service is offered daily from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m, with an extensive tea menu that includes options such as Oolong, Green, White, Black, and Caffeine Tea, as well as a selection of savories and sweets to complete any dining experience.

Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall Culinary Vendors

Slated to open this August within the historic Cook County Hospital, Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall, 1811 W. Harrison St., operated by Hospitality HQ (HHQ), the bespoke culinary consulting and management group helmed by award-winning chef Akhtar Nawab, announced

today their diverse and exciting lineup of inaugural restaurant vendors. Named in recognition of Dr. John B. Murphy – one of America’s preeminent pioneering surgeons through the turn of the last century who studied, interned and taught at Cook County Hospital – the 10,000 sq. ft. destination includes an outdoor patio, a vibrant bar and lounge, as well as a range of chef-driven vendors. Nine of the founding restaurant vendors are minority and women-owned businesses (MWBE).

“Our team has worked hard to put together an amazing lineup of distinctive culinary concepts, from Southern and Indian, to BBQ and desserts,” said Chef Nawab. “We are proud to be home to a number of

local vendors launching their first brick and mortar locations or taking the chance and expanding their business with us during these times. We look forward to going on this journey with them together as a team and establishing ourselves as a part of the community.”

The inaugural vendor lineup for Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall includes:

Brekkie & Bake Shop

Introducing her new and first restaurant concept, Chef/Owner Taylor Bischof will bring Brekkie & Bake Shop to Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall. Serving high quality breakfast items made from fresh ingredients,

Brekkie & Bake Shop will offer a variety of breakfast sandwiches, bowls, overnight oats, and baked goods.

Crockett Cookies (MWBE)

Inspired by a nostalgic love of the iconic peanut butter cookies served in Chicago’s public schools, Owner and CEO Cheryl Crockett started Crockett Cookies by making lunchroom style butter cookies for family and friends. Fast forward to today and her company bakes over 5,000 of her famous cookies daily for local and nationwide orders. Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall will be home to the first Crockett Cookies storefront.

Classic Cobbler (MWBE)

Owned by Bran’Arla Johnson, Classic Cobbler is a family owned businesses specializing in home-made fruit cobblers and pies. The desserts are made with the finest quality ingredients and no preservatives, having been perfected across generations, beginning in the South before migrating to the Midwest. Guests of Classic Cobbler’s first brick-and-mortar location within the food hall will enjoy the cobblers’ and pies’ flaky, buttery crusts and just-right mix of fruits and spices.

Doc’s Bar (MBE)

At the heart of Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall sits Doc’s Bar, the best place to wind down in Cook County. Fun and laid-back with an elevated approach to hospitality, Doc’s offers ample seating at the bar as well as dedicated drink service throughout the food hall. The menu at Doc’s Bar features a selection of great local craft beers and wine by the glass or bottle, plus a range of updated twists on classic cocktails with nods to Chicagoland and beyond.

Jarabe (MBE)

Brothers Teddy and Alexis Vejar opened Jarabe in 2015 inside a small storefront in the Medical District as an off-shoot of La Adelita, one of Chicago’s original food trucks. Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall marks the second location of their popular taqueria, where the duo will continue in their ever-evolving expression of love for the regional food cultures of their native Mexico and the Mexican Diaspora. From tacos to burritos, everything at Jarabe is made from scratch and cooked to order using only the finest ingredients.

Kathmandu Momo Station (MBE)

Co-owners Rocky Shrestha and Sagar Gurung are bringing authentic Nepalese street cuisine to Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall with the third location of their celebrated restaurant. Kathmandu Momo Station will serve their award-winning dumplings, called momo, and expand upon their focused menu with additional ethnic and authentic Nepalese and Burmese flavors that will only be offered at the Chicago location.

Lexington Betty (MWBE) 

Originally starting out as a food truck, Lexington Betty Smoke House has served authentic barbecue throughout the Chicagoland area for many years. Chef/Owner Dominique Leach brings extensive knowledge and experience of the craft of BBQ to the new location which will serve Lexington Betty’s famous beef brisket, rib tips, BBQ chicken and more.

Lil’ Delta (MBE)

An ode to the food, beverage, and culture of the Mississippi Delta region from co-owners Eldridge Williams and Robert Johnson, Lil’ Delta is the first spin-off of celebrated sister restaurant, The Delta, in Wicker Park. Lil’ Delta will feature fan favorites from the original location, including their signature Mississippi Red Hot tamales and hush puppies, along with new and exciting fare.

Maharani Indian Cuisine (MBE)

Maharani Indian Cuisine is the second location of Chef/Owner Amit Singh’s modern Indian concept, following his first opening within Inner Rail Food Hall in Omaha, NE in October 2019. Paying homage to Amit’s heritage, Maharani Indian Cuisine will serve a variety of modern Indian dishes including kebabs, biryani, curry plates, naan, and the signature thali, a bountiful plate inspired by traditional Indian buffets. Vegetarian, vegan, and allergy-free items are also available upon request.

Ottobagatto

A community and value-driven, no fuss, New York via Staten Island-style pizzeria, Ottobagatto’s first brick-and-mortar location in Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall will serve small pies, bright salads and Italian wrap sandwiches, called piadini, using thoughtfully sourced produce. Brought to Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall by Chef/Owner Ed Carew, Ottobagatto’s signature pizza dough is carefully made using a long fermentation technique, making their pizzas extra delicious and more nutritious than typical processed doughs.

Passion House Coffee

A small-batch specialty roaster founded by lifelong coffee professional Joshua Millman in Chicago in 2011, Passion House Coffee meticulously sources freshly harvested beans from farms around the globe, hand-roasting them to achieve balanced, complex, and beautiful flavors. Marking the third location of the beloved roaster, the Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall location will serve lattes, seasonal coffee, freshly roasted bags of coffee, and rotating pastries. 

Viet Nom Nom (MBE)

Owned by Alan Moy, Viet Nom Nom is a Vietnamese-inspired quick service restaurant serving its own modern, healthful take on traditional classics like banh mis, summer rolls, and pho. The restaurant’s affordable and customizable menu features all housemade and from-scratch recipes, highlighting local ingredients, purveyors and community partners wherever possible. Viet Nom Nom packs flavor into every fresh, nutritious dish, seamlessly catering to the growing dietary needs of today’s modern diners with plenty of vegan, gluten- and dairy-free options. To provide all with the utmost confidence in public dining after

COVID-19, Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall will offer spacious seating areas, modular tables, an 800 sq. ft. outdoor dining space, a designated takeout/pickup area, integrated online ordering technology, and contactless payment systems.

Situated on Chicago’s Near West Side, Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall will be the only destination of its kind in the area, providing unique and delicious dining opportunities and accessible options to those visiting and working in the largest urban concentration of healthcare institutions, biotechnology hubs and technology-based incubators in the country. Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall is part of the Cook County Hospital’s transformative $150 million renovation, which will also include fully leased medical office space, a daycare center, and a 210-room Hyatt Place and Hyatt House Chicago Medical/University District hotel, the first combined Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels located in Chicago.

The project is led by Murphy Real Estate Services and its design and operating partners, including Hospitality HQ, Walsh Investors, MB Real Estate, Eimer Design, and Colicchio Consulting.

Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall will be open from 6:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and 6:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Friday – Saturday. Coffee service begins at 6:30 a.m., Breakfast at 7 a.m., and Lunch and Dinner at 11 a.m. daily. For more information, visit www.drmurphysfoodhall.com

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Fundación Palace x Refettorio Mérida

FOOD FOR SOUL FOUNDED BY CHEF MASSIMO BOTTURA AND LARA GILMORE, AND PALACE RESORT’S FUNDACIÓN PALACE ANNOUNCE THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF REFETTORIO MÉRIDA

An inclusive place of beauty dedicated to the most vulnerable, to celebrate Mexican culture and community spirit

Food for Soul, the nonprofit organization founded by Chef Massimo Bottura and Lara Gilmore to fight food waste while strengthening social inclusion and community resilience has partnered with Fundación Palace, Palace Resorts’ philanthropic institution, whose main objective is to help contribute and give back to the communities in which it operates. The two organizations will open the first North American Refettorio on March 25, 2020, in the city center of Mérida, Mexico.

Being Food for Soul’s ideal partner for the first Refettorio in North America, Fundación Palace is committed to changing the narrative for local communities to promote social progress and equitable food distribution. Refettorio Mérida offers a daily lunchtime food service to vulnerable members of the local community by transforming surplus ingredients into delicious meals. Designed to be much more than a community kitchen, Refettorio Mérida will be a beautiful, colorful gathering space for the whole community. Located inside “Casa Santa Luisa,” this is a historic, colonial house that belonged to the Yucatecan philanthropist Pedro Canales, who was an advocate for social conscience and who decided to gift it to the Voluntarias Vicentinas de Yucatán AC.

The aim of Refettorio Mérida is to be a gift to the city, providing a unique sense of community that respects the many social layers of Mérida. The city has always been a melting pot of cultures and nationalities and even today has a very strong, well-established cultural identity with influences from all over the world. This diversity will be reflected and celebrated within the walls of the Refettorio, which will become a place for people to express their culture and identity. To celebrate Mexican culture and the equal right of all to beauty, Refettorio Mérida will display artworks by artist Bosco Sodi and others selected by gallerist Jose Garcia Torres. Sodi is a Mexican contemporary artist known for his richly textured, vividly colored large-scale paintings, and his recognition has expanded throughout the international market for his philanthropic efforts. Additionally, Torres is the director of a contemporary art gallery, Merida-based Jose Garcia Gallery, which promotes leading Mexican and international artists.

Conceived by Chef Massimo Bottura in 2015, Food for Soul’s Refettorios are places where gestures of hospitality and dignity are offered to all through nutritious and beautiful meals made with surplus food. Beginning in late March, recognized Mexican and international chefs will be invited to join the movement. From Monday to Friday, a team of local volunteers will serve a delectable three-course lunch to guests in different situations of social vulnerability, including the homeless and isolated members of the community.

The Refettorio model is the expression of Food for Soul’s Guiding Principles: the quality of ideas, the power of beauty, and the value of hospitality. With projects already opened in Milan, Rio de Janeiro, Modena, Bologna, London, Paris, Naples and soon Mérida, Food for Soul continues to work toward its mission in partnership with organizations all over the world.

“Our dream to open a Refettorio in Mérida is about to become real, and we can’t wait to start this new adventure with an excellent partner as Fundación Palace, paying homage to Yucatecan culture and flavors. This is an opportunity to build a world where food is not wasted and people are treated with dignity”, said Massimo Bottura, internationally renowned chef and founder of Food for Soul.

“Palace Resorts is an organization that has placed philanthropy and giving back to our communities at the helm of our business. Fundacion Palace is proud to partner with Food For Soul on a project that is near to both of our hearts. Being able to open up Refettorio Merida is a testament to our company’s commitment to positively impact those that need it the most. Merida is special to us because it is the city in which we planted our roots. It is overwhelmingly gratifying to us, and it is our hope to provide nourishing and beautiful meals created with love using excess food, along with the opportunity for a better tomorrow,” said Jabib Chapur, Vice President of Operations, Palace Resorts.

Following the opening, Refettorio Mérida will continue to operate with the support of Food for Soul and Fundación Palace, offering a space where meals are shared and also providing workshops and events throughout the year to inspire and engage the whole community.

FUNDACION PALACE:
Fundación Palace Resorts IAP, is a nonprofit institution created in 2004 by Palace Resorts. The philanthropic institution was created with the primary objective to help contribute and give back to the communities in which it operates with one goal in mind: the pleasure of helping others. Since its establishment in 2004, the Palace Foundation has been fully committed to its mission of promoting the actions of its five committees. So far in 2020, the organization has awarded 120 scholarships to seven generations of university alumni through the Education Committee, fulfilled more than 2,000 dreams for terminally ill children through the Dreams Committee, and has provided healthcare to 1,100 people through different types of therapies for the Socialm Wellness Committee. Thanks to their partnerships with multiple health organizations, both public and private, the Health Committee has been able to provide more than 700 locals with medical care. The Environmental Committee has assisted with the protection of 3,120 turtle nests, 356,361 turtle eggs, and 308,336 sea turtle hatchling releases.

Additionally, in 2016, the foundation launched the “Casa Hogar,” an orphanage for local Mexican children, which provides housing and care for nearly 43 local children. Casa Hogar also features classrooms, a counseling center, a medical office, and a special needs area. The facility also features a chapel, playroom and computer center, swimming pool, multiple green areas, and a covered basketball court. Casa Hogar’s primary objective is to provide at-risk children in need the opportunity to have shelter, formal education, and healthcare.

FOOD FOR SOUL:
Food for Soul is a non-profit organization founded by chef Massimo Bottura and Lara Gilmore to empower local communities to fight against food waste through social inclusion. Food for Soul builds culture as a way of strengthening community resilience, opening opportunities for social mobility and advocating for healthy and equitable food ecosystems. The organization began with the Refettorio Ambrosiano in Milan during Expo2015 with subsequent projects launched in Rio de Janeiro (Refettorio Gastromotiva), London (Refettorio Felix at St Cuthbert’s), Paris (Refettorio Paris Au Foyer de la Madeleine), Mérida (Refettorio Mérida) as well as Social Tables in Modena (Social Tables Ghirlandina) Bologna (Social Tables Antoniano) and Napoli (Social Tables Made in Cloister).

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S. Pellegrino x Young Chef 2020 Jurors

S.Pellegrino Announces Jurors for the Global Final of Their Young Chef 2020 Competition

S.Pellegrino has announced the seven jurors who will be judging the Grand Finale of their Young Chef 2020 competition, taking place in Milan on 8-9 May 2020.

A constantly engaged talent platform that nurtures the future of gastronomy, S.Pellegrino Young Chef saw 134 young chefs all over the globe taking part in live cook-offs in front of international jury panels from the participating countries of twelve different regions. The twelve finalists will cook in front of the Seven Sages, an esteemed jury panel made up of seven giants of global gastronomy who, believing that the culture and ethics behind a plate will make the difference for a chef in the future, will judge their dishes to find the final winner.

The ‘Seven Sages’ are:

Mauro Colagreco, the Italian-Argentine chef who has been declared No 1 at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2019 with his three-Michelin star restaurant Mirazur in Menton, France. He works to provide maximum quality through using local ingredients, stating; “As chefs, we are obliged to focalize on the sustainability and the future of our planet.”

Andreas Caminada a Swiss chef and entrepreneur who holds three Michelin stars at his restaurant Schloss Schauenstein. His philosophy is to stay true to his roots, only using seasonal ingredients from surrounding castle grounds or hand-picked local producers. He received the World’s 50 Best Sustainable Restaurant Award for his environmental and social approach at Schloss Schauenstein in 2019.

Clare Smyth, the first female British chef to hold and retain three Michelin stars, named the World’s Best Female Chef 2018 by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. The ingredients she uses for her British cuisine are selected after a long research among local farmers and independent artisanals and have a strong ethic and sustainable aspect.

Pim Techamuanvivit, is the executive chef of Nahm in Bangkok (one Michelin star since 2017), and the chef/owner Kin Khao (one Michelin star since 2015) and the recently-opened Nari in San Francisco. Committed to sustainability and food waste prevention, she supports the future of Thai food by working closely with local artisan producers, fishermen and farmers to source impeccable ingredients for her kitchens.

Enrico Bartolini is currently the most starred Italian chef. In 2019 his restaurant, Enrico Bartolini – Mudec, received three Michelin stars, marking the return of a three-stars restaurant in Milan, after more than 25 years. His philosophy is to be contemporary classic, blending tradition with innovation and endless experimentation, to create new flavours that are packed with memories.

Manoella Buffara, a Brazilian chef who studied in Italy. Her restaurant Manu was named ‘One to Watch’ by Latin America’s 50 Best in 2018, and to promote sustainability she created a model in which the protection of nature is the task of everyone, using urban gardens to bring communities together by sharing crops.

Gavin Kaysen, owner of the Spoon and Stable Restaurant in Minneapolis, is a gifted U.S. chef and a visionary entrepreneur. Believing that mentorship is still very relevant in the gastronomy profession, Kaysen is strongly committed in helping the next generation of young culinarians refine their skills in the kitchen. He is one of the founding mentors of the nonprofit Ment’or BKB Foundation (formerly Bocuse d’Or USA Foundation) and he took part in the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 event, mentoring the winning candidate for USA team.

The jurors will be judging the finalists based on three key attributes – technical skills, creativity and personal belief – as well as the candidates’ potential to create positive change in society through food. The chef who displays these attributes most successfully will be crowned S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2020.

This year’s culinary journey will also host a one-day Forum curated by Fine Dining Lovers – the online leading voice in gastronomy by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna for worldwide food enthusiasts – that will be dedicated to human and food sustainability in Gastronomy. Young and top chefs will take turns on stage to share their view and experience about kitchen culture and sustainable practices: to name one for all, the world-renowned chef Massimo Bottura will run a special lecture.

FineDiningLovers will share insights on S. Pellegrino Young Chef 2020: follow the story on www.finedininglovers.com and @finedininglovers socials.

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Calistoga—The Other Napa

360 Magazine Culture Editor Tom Wilmer reports from the town of Calistoga in Napa Valley.

Mention Napa Valley and the first thing that comes to mind for many is wine, world-class wine. The Valley has been producing fine wines for more than a century, but it really wasn’t until a cadre of Napa wines kicked-ass at the now legendary Judgment of Paris in 1976 that things started to go viral.

A bind tasting—that the French just knew would reconfirm their illustrious worldwide status, was crushed when Napa Valley wines rocked their boat. Napa Valley winners included Stag’s Leap, Heitz Cellars, Clos du Val, Ridge Vineyards, Freemark Abby Winery and Mayacamas. Chateau Montelena’s legendary Chardonnay led to the cool film, Bottle Shock that humorously chronicles the classic event. And the French are still pissed.

Today, Napa is a viral destination for wine seekers from around the world. In some respects Napa Valley has become a victim of its own success. During the height of the summer travel season you’ll likely encounter bumper-to-bumper traffic on the main artery, highway 29 wending through the Valley—and wine tasting fees sometimes exceed $80 per person—without a credit applied to a subsequent purchase.

So, the caveat is try and plan a trip during the off-season to avoid the lines and traffic. But there’s also a semi off the radar Napa, and that’s the town of Calistoga in the Valley’s northern reaches. Calistoga is home to the legendary Chateau Montelena Winery, and iconic health spas with historic thermal mud baths that date from the town’s post-Gold Rush roots as one of California’s oldest spa destinations.

A drive through downtown Calistoga along Lincoln Avenue is like taking a trip back in time. There’s a palpable Mayberry R.F.D., small-town feel that’s guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Outstanding is the historic circa-1868 Napa Valley Railroad Depot (California’s second oldest train depot), and ample historic architecture throughout downtown–with many structures dating from the late 1800s. A palpable bonus is the locals’ welcoming, and truly friendly attitude toward visitors.

 

Anchoring the heart of Lincoln Avenue is the Mount View Hotel that has graced downtown Calistoga with its Art Deco motifs since 1919. Hotel owner Michael Woods is such a passionate community booster that he donates 50 percent of the hotel’s profits to local and regional nonprofit organizations.

Woods and his family have gone to great lengths to seek-out authentic Art-Deco furnishings and lighting to maintain and enhance the hotel’s vintage period-ambiance.

Derrick, General Manager at the Mount View shows off the Art Deco motifs at the hotel.

A bonus of a stay at the Mount View is the full-service spa—with a modern twist on the iconic mud bath. Out back there’s an inviting swimming pool (heated year-round) and detached, quaint cottages.

Flanking the hotel’s lobby on one side is a sports bar, and on the opposite flank, the Veraison restaurant specializing in locally sourced cuisine, and of course, an ample wine list of locally produced specialties, including a selection of wines produced by restaurant owner, Dan Kaiser’s parents.

 

Click here to listen to the KCBX/NPR Podcast to listen to the Mayor of Calistoga talk about his passion for his town

Click here to listen to the KCBX/NPR Podcast to listen to the story of the Mount View Hotel

 

Wine tasting can be a fun and unpretentious experience in Calistoga–like at Tank Garage located in a repurposed gas station.

Wine tasting is fun at the Tank Garage Winery in Calistoga


101 Best Restaurants

On Monday, Dec. 9, the Los Angeles Times will publish its annual list of 101 Best Restaurants, premiering on latimes.com that evening and in a premium print edition to be delivered to Times Sunday subscribers on Dec. 15.

This year, for the seventh edition of the list originated by the late great Jonathan Gold, Times restaurant critics Bill Addison and Patricia Escárcega have chosen the restaurants and written all of the reviews. (See their essay on this year’s list here.) And in honor of the restaurants that have earned coveted spots on the list, The Times Food staff will host a launch party on Dec. 9, with 30 celebrated chefs serving-up small plates.

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DIN TAI FUNG 

The soup dumplings once described by the late Pulitzer Prize winner Jonathan Gold as “small miracles” will find a new home as Din Tai Fung announces its first Las Vegas location, joining the stellar culinary line-up at ARIA Resort & Casino in 2020.

The esteemed Taiwanese dumpling and noodle house, with more than 170 restaurants in 13 countries, will debut in the former ARIA Café space mid-to-late next year.

ARIA President & COO Steve Zanella said, “We are thrilled to welcome Din Tai Fung to ARIA as they work alongside our talented restaurant employees to deliver a new culinary experience to our resort.  Both teams are known for their world-class service standards and we know the synergy will be impeccable when the restaurant opens next year.”

“Din Tai Fung consistently provides superior food and service, positioning the venue as one of the most sought-after brands in the world,” said MGM Resorts International Chief Hospitality Officer Ari Kastrati. “We welcome their team to our culinary portfolio as they provide ARIA’s guests with a renowned menu full of exciting offerings.”

Din Tai Fung is celebrated from Taipei to Los Angeles for meticulously handcrafted dumplings and noodles served in an approachable setting. Renowned for its Xiao Long Bao, Din Tai Fung’s Shanghai-style soup dumplings are filled with the highest quality Kurobuta pork and broth that bursts upon the first bite, fragranced with aromas of fresh ginger and green onion.

Din Tai Fung CEO Frank Yang said, “We are excited to bring Din Tai Fung to Las Vegas’ international clientele. We will be leveraging our 20 years of experience perfecting our operations in other markets to provide an authentic yet modern Taiwanese dining experience. Our attention to detail and commitment to the highest standard in both service and food quality is, no doubt, a perfect match for ARIA.”

Additional details on Din Tai Fung will be made available in the coming months.

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ARIA Resort & Casino

ARIA Resort & Casino is a stunning AAA Five Diamond resort on The Strip featuring an unprecedented combination of striking architecture, sustainable design, spectacular amenities, high-end service and premium meeting and convention space. Combined with its unparalleled amenities including luxurious shopping at Crystals and the first-of-its-kind public Fine Art Collection, ARIA introduces a new generation of resort experiences, unlike anything Las Vegas has ever seen.  ARIA and its neighboring properties are a joint venture between MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World. For more information and reservations, visit ARIA.com or call toll free at (866) 359-7757; also find ARIA on Facebook and Twitter.

Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung is a Taiwanese restaurant specializing in Xiao Long Bao. Originally founded as a cooking oil retail business in 1958, Din Tai Fung was reborn as a steamed dumpling and noodle restaurant in 1972. Since its founding, Din Tai Fung has focused on achieving steady improvement in quality, standardization, and service. In 1996, the first international location opened in Tokyo, and the first location in North America opened in Arcadia, California in 2000. In 2009, the Hong Kong branch was awarded one Michelin star. Din Tai Fung now has 8 locations in California, 5 locations in the Pacific Northwest and more than 170 restaurants in 13 countries worldwide.

For more information please visit http://dintaifungusa.com/; also find Din Tai Fung USA on Facebook and Instagram (@dintaifungusa).

USA TODAY, WINE AND FOOD EXPERIENCE, 360 MAGAZINE

USA TODAY WINE & FOOD EXPERIENCE

PRESENTED BY DESERT FORD DEALERS ANNOUNCES EVENT SCHEDULE

Featuring The Bella Twins – Brie & Nikki Bella & their Belle Radici wines,

SommSelect Global Wine Hunters & Master Sommeliers Ian Cauble and Chris Miller

and more than 30 Las Vegas Chefs & Restaurateurs

Tickets at http://wineandfood.usatoday.com/tickets/las-vegas/

WHAT

2019 USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience Las Vegas presented by Desert Ford Dealers

WHEN

Saturday,Oct. 26, 2019

§  12pm: VIP Grand Tasting ticketholder entry

§  1 p.m.: Grand Tasting ticketholder entry

§  4pm: Event concludes

WHERE     

Las Vegas Festival Grounds, 311 W. Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101

WHY

Delivering the quintessential grand tasting to explore and sample Las Vegas’ fine food, wine, beer & spirits from local and national chefs and gourmet authorities. #LVWFE, #WFE, Facebook & Instagram @usatodaywinefood; Twitter @usawfe

Colorful Scenes of #WFE Tour:  http://tinyurl.com/y58kvhbl 

SCHEDULE
*Schedule subject to change

2 p.m.              VIP Grand Tasting ticketholder entry

12:15 p.m.       Bella Twins Meet & Greet

1 p.m.              Grand Tasting ticketholder entry

1:15 p.m.         The City National Bank Cellar: Rums of Puerto Rico

1:15 p.m.         The Thermador Culinary Stage: Chef Joe Johnson of Yardbird at The Venetian Resort

2 p.m.              The Thermador Culinary Stage: Chef Vic Casanova of Ambra Italian Kitchen + Bar at MGM Grand

2 p.m.              VIP Lounge: “Ask the SOMM” with SommSelect’s David Lynch & Master Sommelier Chris Miller [VIP ticketholders only]

2:15 p.m.         The City National Bank Cellar: “Partners in Wine” Belle Radici wine seminar with Brie & Nikki Bella

2:45 p.m.         The Thermador Culinary Stage: Chef Brian Howard of Sparrow + Wolf

3:15 p.m.         The City National Bank Cellar: SommSelect’s David Lynch & Master Sommelier Chris Miller “Drink like a SOMM” wine seminar

3:30 p.m.         The Thermador Culinary Stage: Chef Marc Marrone of Graffiti Boa

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS & CHEFS

§  Ambra Italian Kitchen + Bar at MGM Grand, Chef Vic Casanova

§  Bajamar Seafood & Tacos, Chef George Ramirez

§  Border Grill at Mandalay Bay, Chef Susan Feniger & Chef Mike Minor

§  Cadillac Mexican Kitchen, Chef Eliab Valencia

§  CHICA, Chef Arron Cappello

§  Diablo’s Cantina at Luxor, Chef Saul Ortiz-Cruz

§  EDO Gastro Tapas & Wine, Chef Oscar Amador

§  Ethel M Chocolates, Senior R & D Scientist Mark Mackey

§  Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, Chef Francesco Di Caudo

§  Flights Restaurant, Chef Alex Hult

§  Graffiti Bao, Chef Marc Marrone [VIP Lounge only]

§  Greene St Kitchen, Chef Joe Zanelli

§  Grimaldi’s

§  Harvest by Roy Ellamar at Bellagio, Chef Roy Ellamar

§  Holsteins Shakes and Buns, Chef Hugo Capistran

§  LAMAII, Chef Bank Atcharawan

§  La Monjá Cantina, Chef DJ Noel Flores

§  Le Cirque at Bellagio,  Chef Chris Heisinger

§  Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay, Chef Jamaal Taherzadeh

§  MICHAEL MINA Bellagio, Chef Nick Dugan

§  Once Nikkei, Chef Losa Yi

§  Oscar’s Steakhouse, Chef Ryan Rowland

§  Osteria Costa at The Mirage, Chef Creon Mallett

§  Ragin’ Cajun Cookin’ Services, Chef Will Staten

§  Sambalatte, Luiz Oliveira

§  Sekushi, Chef Eric Ou

§  SERVED restaurant, Matthew Meyer

§  Shiraz Restaurant & Bar, Chef Jainine Jaffer

§  Sparrow + Wolf, Chef Brian Howard

§  The Crack Shack at Park MGM, Chef Khine Moore

§  The Steak House at Circus Circus, Chef Bob O’Brien

§  Vagabond at Excalibur, Chef Michael Hadley

§  Valencian Gold, Chefs Paras Shah and Jeffrey Weiss

§  Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Chef Joe Johnson

§  Vetri Cucina, Chef Paul Wensel

FEATURING

MGM Resorts International Celebrity Chefs

§  Susan Feniger (Border Grill and BBQ Mexicana at Mandalay Bay)

§  Roy Ellamar (Harvest by Roy Ellamar at Bellagio)

SPECIAL GUESTS

SommSelect Master Sommelier Ian Cauble & Master Sommelier Chris Miller

§  Cauble is among 274 master sommeliers in the world. Featured player in Netflix cult classic “SOMM.” Renowned global hunter of exceptional wines.

§  Miller is among 274 master sommeliers in the world; named “Best Young Sommelier in the World” (at International Chaîne des Rotisseurs Competition); winemaker, Seabold Cellars, Monterey County, Calif.

§  Cauble & Miller are featured in The Cellar wine seminar (first-come, first-served only; no reserved seats).     

§  Cauble & Miller present a seminar entitled “Drink Like a Somm” in The Cellar; and Q&A “Ask the Somm” for VIP ticketholders in the VIP Lounge.

The Bella Twins, co-founders, Belle Radici Wines

§  The Bella Twins are featured in an exclusively ticketed experience “Wine Down with The Bellas” sampling their Belle Radici wines, a Q&A and autograph/photo session. ($180)

§  The Bella Twins also present a wine Seminar in The Cellar entitled “Partners in Wine.” This session is open to all guests, first come, first served, no reserved seating

§  Brie Bella & Nikki Bella, stars of Total Bellas on E!. Co-founders, Belle Radici Wines, Napa, CA. WWE champions and entrepreneurs.

TICKETS
Purchase tickets athttp://wineandfood.usatoday.com/tickets/las-vegas/. All guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend. Ticket options include:

§  Grand Tasting ($65 presale; $85 at the door):1 p.m. entry, unlimited samplings of chef creations from the best local restaurants, fine wines and craft beer tastings, access to chef demonstrations on The Culinary Stage, access to classes and seminars in The Cellar.

§  VIP Grand Tasting ($100): Early admission into the Festival Grounds at noon, access to a VIP lounge which includes tastings of premium wines and hors-d’oeuvres, VIP Restrooms and all benefits included in the Grand Tasting. (LIMITED AVAILABILITY)

§  Wine Down with The Bella Twins ($140 add-on): Requires Grand Tasting, VIP or Chef Session ticket

ELEMENTS

§  Grand Tasting.  More than 30 restaurants feature the culinary flavors of Las Vegas. The epic Las Vegas dining scene will be on full display as top chefs, restaurateurs and gourmet leaders greet guests and savor wine, craft beer, spirits and gourmet bites.

§  The Culinary Stage & The Cellar Schedules. The Grand Tasting includes a schedule of demonstrations on The Thermador Culinary Stage; and wine seminars in The City National Bank Cellar – open to all ticketholders on a first-come, first-served basis.

SPONSORS
USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience in Las Vegas is presented by Desert Ford Dealers.  Additional sponsors include City National Bank presenting The Cellar wine seminar series; Thermador presenting The Culinary Stage cooking demonstrations; Rums of Puerto Rico; Don Julio; Ketel One Botanical; 14 Hands; 19 Crimes; Coca-Cola; Barilla; Ferrari-Carano; Angry Orchard; Jack Daniels; Five Farms Irish Cream; Bently Heritage, White Claw; media partner Las Vegas Review Journal; with audio visual provided by QSC Systems.

§  For sponsorship opportunities, contact Todd Wienke twienke@usatoday.com or Mike O’Donnell, mikeod@r-entertainment.com. For restaurant participation, contact Lauren Wissmann lauren@r-entertainment.com.

PARKING
Parking is available at the Transportation Lot  (810 Circus Circus Drive) with rotating shuttle busses to drive guests to the entrance.

Uber or Lyft are recommended.

SOCIAL MEDIA

§  USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience: Facebook & Instagram @usatodaywinefood; Twitter @usatwfe

§  MGM Resorts:  Facebook @MGMResorts; Instagram & Twitter: @MGMResortsIntl

§  Hashtags: #LVWFE, #USATWFE

About USA TODAY NETWORK Wine & Food Experience.  USA TODAY NETWORK Wine & Food Experience presents rich and colorful moments for guests to taste, savor and explore the American culinary scene, from gastronomic trends to regional gourmet traditions.  Anchored by a grand tasting showcase of area restaurants, the event is a platform for local chefs, emerging talent, award winners and nationally renowned culinary leaders to mix with patrons in a highly branded convivial setting.  Lively cooking demonstrations; chef meet & greets; imaginative beverage and tasting opportunities deliver unforgettable gourmet experiences for fans, connoisseurs, partners, purveyors and industry personalities. Visit WineandFood.USAToday.com

About Martha Stewart. Martha Stewart is an entrepreneur, bestselling author of 94 lifestyle books, Emmy Award-winning television show host, and founder of the first multi-channel lifestyle company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Reaching more than 100 million devoted fans on a monthly basis through her magazines, television shows, books, digital platforms, and products for the home, Martha is America’s most trusted lifestyle expert and teacher. The Martha Stewart brand provides trusted, reliable, and useful information on all aspects of everyday living – cooking, entertaining, gardening, home renovating, collecting, organizing, crafting, healthy living, holidays, weddings and pet care. Her branded products can be found in tens of millions of homes and in thousands of retail locations and online outlets. Visit MarthaStewart.com 

About MGM Resorts International. MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 30 unique hotel and destination gaming offerings including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry. Expanding throughout the U.S. and around the world, the company recently acquired the operations of Empire City Casino in New York and Hard Rock Rocksino in Ohio, which was rebranded as MGM Northfield Park. In 2018, MGM Resorts opened MGM Springfield in Massachusetts, MGM COTAI in Macau, and the first Bellagio-branded hotel in Shanghai. The 83,000 global employees of MGM Resorts are proud of their company for being recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies®. For more information visit us at www.mgmresorts.com

About R Entertainment. R Entertainment is an experiential marketing, content and business development company, producing 200 dates a year, such as the USA TODAY NETWORK Wine & Food Experience, Kentucky Derby Fillies & Lilies Party, Final Four Sponsors Ball, National Taco Tour, Super Bowl events, PGA Waste Management Phoenix Open, Arizona Diamondbacks Evening on the Diamond, The Good Life Festivals by Shea Homes, among others. R Entertainment also books concert entertainment nationwide. Visit R-Entertainment.com