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16 Great Bites from the Los Angeles Food & Wine Grand Tasting

Last weekend marked the first annual Los Angeles Food & Wine (yes, that's the full name), an occasion where, according to the posters that popped up around town "Celebrity Meets Celebrity Chef." Many stars of the kitchen made an appearance at the Lexus Grand Tasting, a two-day affair at L.A. Live downtown, which paired 30 chefs each day with some 200 wineries. It was a race with the clock and the stomach to make it around the room, gobbling up as much pork jowl and Pinot before time was up or extreme satiety set in. Here are some of our favorite bites. More

Stating the Obvious: Michel Richard Is D.C.’s BMOC

Washingtonian’s annual “100 Best Restaurants” issue just hit newsstands, with Santa-resembling Michel Richard (how festive) on the front cover. Juggling a lemon, no less. His modern French culinary gem Citronelle inside Georgetown's Latham Hotel took first, a repeat from last year, when the magazine first started issuing formal rankings. Before that, Citronelle consistently won four shiny stars on the four-star scale. It’s been a big year for the big man, who opened Citronelle’s baby brother, the jeans-approved brasserie Central off Pennsylvania Avenue. Central didn’t make the magazine’s competitive cut, but their fries ($7 an order) sure wow-ed the magazine earlier, and their burgers won a "best in the city" nod from the Post. That might change given recent competition, which... More

Ratatouille Menu Cameos, Hmm?

Popeye gave spinach some street cred, and fried green tomatoes went up a few notches after the early '90s film. Will the same go for Pixar's popularization of the stewed veggie dish of the minute? Celebrated D.C. chef Michel Richard—a favorite source for our Cook the Book series—heard his kids sweating the summer's animated flick and created an appetizer version for his five-month-old brasserie, Central (located a few blocks from the White House). When asked about the recent addition, burly celeb chef Richard got all sappy, thinking about his childhood in Northern France. The dish "was like a sunny warm dream of tomatoes, eggplant, and zucchini, with the smell of flowers and basil." Ahhh, how heart-warming. Kind of like the... More

Cook the Book: 'Happy in the Kitchen' Giveaway

This week's featured volume for our ongoing Cook the Book series is Michel Richard's Happy in the Kitchen. (The first recipe will appear on-site shortly.) Richard recently won a 2007 James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef for his work at Michel Richard Citronelle in Washington, D.C. Happy in the Kitchen itself was nominated for Cookbook of the Year. We have five copies to give away this week. We'll choose five winners at random from among the commenters on this entry. Just tell us what makes you most happy in your kitchen, whether it's a favorite tool, aroma, recipe, or simply chatting over coffee with friends and family. Serious Eats's contest policy »... More

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