Every week, Clay Oven Irvine executive chef/owner Geeta Bansal shares an interview that she's done with some of the heavyweights of world cooking. Today, she regales us with a dispatch from Mesamerica 2013, one of the world's premier chef conferences. Enjoy!
Dave LiebermanOld Towne Orange, were you feeling left out? While Irvine boasts at least three farmers markets occurring throughout the week, the City of Orange has, to my knowledge, only one. That gathering is held on Thursday afternoons at the 1500 E. Village Way between Katella & Linc ... More >>
Courtesy of Transition Laguna BeachIt doesn't get more local than your own backyard.We're mocked a great deal in Orange County for our love of chain restaurants, convenience food and cheap, Sysco-type food. It doesn't seem to matter that our tastes mirror those of the rest of the country--the poi ... More >>
Photo by Kimberly ValenzuelaToday, we continue on our interview with David Coleman of Michael's on Naples. Missed the first part? Then click HERE. Otherwise read on after the jump.
The REAL snow bird...Few things annoy this wab more than activities long ridiculed by people because Mexicans do them suddenly becoming hip once non-Mexicans join in. Taco trucks? Now Twittering near you! Goat meat? Now progressive to eat! Growing food in your front yard? Just joining the Slow Fo ... More >>
bookgrl @ flickr.com CC BY-NC-ND 2.0Have you looked at a school menu lately?Go for it. Go look on SchoolMenu.com and look for your local school's menu.While the food has improved somewhat since we were kids (Mexican Straw Hats, anyone?), it's still pretty grim. Ketchup is still a vegetable. Fruit ... More >>
I've written before about the Slow Food movement, an effort by foodies to buy local, organic produce and food products in order to support our regional farmers and culinary traditions. Now, this mostly-lefty, mostly-wealthy philosophy seems to have found a new acolyte: California Coalition for Immig ... More >>
The Denver-cased "Mexican" chain, which has a growing presence in SoCal, has announced plans to strengthen its commitment to buying locally grown produce, promising that by this summer it will be "purchasing at least 35 percent of at least one bulk produce item in all of its restaurants from local f ... More >>
I'd usually laugh at the idea of people paying money to learn how to make tamales (no need for moolah, people--just hang out with Mexican women come Christmas Eve), but the event that Slow Food OC is hosting is worth it and muy cheap. From their recent newsletter:Learn how to make your own tamales i ... More >>
Don't get me wrong--I like Mother's Market, our homegrown Whole Foods. I make it a point to support businesses that subscribe to the principles of the Slow Food movement--we all are sinners (except for the do-gooders at Avanti Cafe), so I understand slip-ups or exceptions occur from time to time. Bu ... More >>
I can't say I'm surprised. Besides, list like these are subjective, as all lists are. But this one, is especially so. A panel of four, consisting of "Food & Wine Restaurant Editor Kate Krader; Anya Fernald, executive director of Slow Food Nation; and Erik Wolf, president of the International Culi ... More >>
...Is Avanti Cafe, the Costa Mesa Slow Food laboratory of everything great and healthy. They serve food at the Great Park's Hangar Cafe for the massive thing's free Friday and Saturday concerts. The menu is limited--veggie burgers, three-way hummus (as delicious as it sound randy), salads, and a mas ... More >>
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