TripAdvisor: the 25 Best Restaurants in the U.S.
October 14, 2015 – 11:16 pm | Comments Off on TripAdvisor: the 25 Best Restaurants in the U.S.

TripAdvisor has culled through its online reviews to come up with a list of the 25 best restaurants in the United States.
They are, in order from 1 to 25:
Bouley, New York City
Alina, Chicago, Illinois
Le Bernardin, …

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2016 Food and Beverage Trends
November 2, 2015 – 8:59 pm | Comments Off on 2016 Food and Beverage Trends

illinois_chicago_kendall_cakesKendall College, a culinary and hospitality school in Chicago, Illinois, has unveiled its predictions for 2016 Food and Beverage Trends for America’s tastemakers – millennials.

This generation considers food as social currency – whether they want to be the first to discover the “next cronut” or tout their cooking chops by experimenting with a new global cuisine or cooking technique. To help these trendsetters, distinguished Kendall culinary and hospitality faculty analyzed industry and global insights to cook up the five biggest trends they anticipate seeing in 2016.

“Nearly 50 countries are represented among Kendall College’s student body and staff, offering a vast range of insights on trends and techniques from around the globe,” said Chef Chris Koetke, vice president of culinary, Kendall College. “By combining our legacy of culinary excellence and our international experience, we are proud to offer insights into the culinary future.”

Ranging from the next hot wine region to a twist on a familiar dessert, Kendall College predicts the 2016 Food and Beverage Trends among millennials:

* Pulses: Bigger and Better than Quinoa? Pulses are a time-tested staple in many international cuisines including Indian, Mexican and Spanish, but now they are making their way to plates in America. In fact, the 65th UN General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses. So what exactly are Pulses? They are grain legumes that span from the more familiar lentils and chickpeas and the more exotic dried beans such as pigeon peas and run beans. Pulses are not only a trendy source of protein, but also an interesting option for those passionate about other hot-button food issues: local sourcing, economic value, and sustainable practices, for example. Kendall’s own Chef Chris Koetke thinks we’ll start to see pulses pop up on more restaurant menus next year.
* Austrian Red Wines: According to Kendall College’s Beverage Professor and Sommelier John Peter Laloganes, millennials will look beyond the traditional Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon to new and unique red wine varieties from Austria. The region offers a trio of distinctly unique, indigenous red wines: Zweigelt, St. Laurent and Blaufrankisch. These new varieties can range anywhere from $12 to $35 and will be featured more prominently in retail and on wine lists in 2016.
* DIY Food Plating: With the popularity of Instagram and Pinterest, food plating is no longer just for restaurants. Chef Elaine Sikorski of Kendall College predicts home cooks will begin to focus on the way their dishes look in addition to the way they taste. Millennials can elevate the visual appeal of their dishes by plating on an unusual surface such as a salt block or wood and experimenting with a few different colors, textures and sizes.
* Sous Vide Goes Mainstream: Restaurants have used sous vide technology for decades, but now sous vide tools are becoming more widely available for cooks at home according to Kendall’s Chef Brian Schreiber. The cooking method includes vacuum packing a meal and cooking it in hot water for an evenly cooked and flavorful result. Sous vide machines can be found everywhere from premium cooking stores to mainstream retail chains. Now everyone can enjoy a perfectly tender steak and a juicy duck breast!
* Haute Eclairs: Kendall’s baking and pastry instructor Chef Melina Kelson-Podolsky predicts the humble eclair will be revamped for the first time in 30 years by infusing interesting and unexpected fillings from mango yogurt to salted caramel to goat cheese. These delicacies are starting to appear in premiere pastry shops in New York and will continue to gain popularity throughout the year.

(Photo courtesy of Kendall College)

Terlingua International Championship Chili Cookoff
October 22, 2015 – 8:41 am | Comments Off on Terlingua International Championship Chili Cookoff
Terlingua International Championship Chili Cookoff

It’s the 49th year for the International Championship Chili Cookoff in Terlingua, Texas. It takes place November 5 through 7, 2015, not far from Big Bend National Park.
The judging takes place between 12:30 and 2:30 …

Savannah Food & Wine Festival
October 21, 2015 – 8:09 am | Comments Off on Savannah Food & Wine Festival
Savannah Food & Wine Festival

Eat, drink, repeat. That’s the advice offered to Road Trips Foodies who’ve put the Food & Wine Festival in Savannah, Georgia, on their travel schedules next month.
It’s set for November 9 through 15, 2015 — …

San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival
October 20, 2015 – 8:37 am | Comments Off on San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival
San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival

It’ll be the 12th year for the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival, set for November 16 through 22, 2015.
Sixty restaurants and 150 wineries are expected to participate in the event, taking place at …

Where to Eat Breakfast: Lexington, Kentucky
October 19, 2015 – 8:39 am | Comments Off on Where to Eat Breakfast: Lexington, Kentucky
Where to Eat Breakfast: Lexington, Kentucky

By Susan McKee
The Road Trips Foodie
If you’re headed to Keeneland for horse racing this month, here’s a good breakfast spot to try: Shakespeare & Co., 367 West Short Street, Lexington, Kentucky.
Despite what you may …

Barbados: Food & Wine AND Rum
October 18, 2015 – 8:28 am | Comments Off on Barbados: Food & Wine AND Rum
Barbados: Food & Wine AND Rum

What’s not to like, Road Trips Foodies? The sixth Food & Wine and Rum Festival gets underway on the Caribbean island of Barbados November 19 through 22, 2015.
Events the first evening take place in …

Fondue and Wine Pairing Dinner in Chicago
October 17, 2015 – 8:00 am | Comments Off on Fondue and Wine Pairing Dinner in Chicago
Fondue and Wine Pairing Dinner in Chicago

Here’s something different, Road Trips Foodies. Geja’s Café, 340 West Armitage, Chicago, Illinois, is hosting a four-course fondue dinner November 9, 2015, where each course will be paired with a California wine from DeLoach.
The Winemaker …

Russian Festival in Baltimore
October 16, 2015 – 8:43 am | Comments Off on Russian Festival in Baltimore
Russian Festival in Baltimore

Russian specialties will be on offer this weekend in Baltimore, Maryland.
The 42nd annual Russian Festival takes place today through Sunday (October 16, 17 and 18, 2015) at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, 1723 East Fairmount …

NYC’s Taste of the Seaport
October 15, 2015 – 8:09 am | Comments Off on NYC’s Taste of the Seaport
NYC’s Taste of the Seaport

If you’re in New York City this weekend, Road Trips Foodies, check out the 6th Annual Taste of the Seaport along Historic Front Street between Fulton and Peck Slip in Lower Manhattan between 11 a.m. …

Arizona Taco Festival
October 14, 2015 – 8:29 am | Comments Off on Arizona Taco Festival
Arizona Taco Festival

Headed to Arizona this weekend, Road Trips Foodies? Swing on by Salt River Fields, 7555 North Pima Road, Scottsdale, Arizona, for the sixth annual Arizona Taco Festival.
It’s like a sporting event, but with tacos! All …

Sausage Festival in Hungary
October 13, 2015 – 8:53 am | Comments Off on Sausage Festival in Hungary
Sausage Festival in Hungary

Where better to sample sausage than Eastern Europe?
The Békéscsaba: Csabai Sausage Festival (Csabai Kolbászfesztivál) takes place October 22 through 25, 2015, just about three hours by car southeast of Budapest, Hungary.
It celebrates the paprika-spiked Hungarian …