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Chefs Benefiting More Chefs

Last week, I was lucky enough to get a press pass to a benefit at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan honoring Gotham Bar and Grill chef and owner Alfred Portale for his contributions to the Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), a charity that helps New York high school students with the drive—but maybe not the money—to learn how to cook. Tickets started at $450 and went up to $1000, and the room was packed with 600 generous guests, corporate sponsors like Charmer Sunbelt Group and Nestle, and staff from 37 of New York’s top restaurants, offering samples like crudo of ahi tuna topped with Glidden Point oysters, lemon and parsley (Fabio Trabocchi of Fiamma), quince cheesecake with pistachio phyllo (Nancy... More

Washington's Version of 'Iron Chef'

It probably wasn't smart to dine out in Washington last night. All the big-name chefs were packed inside the Ronald Reagan Building for Capitol Food Fight, the annual Iron Chef-ish battle between six local chef competitors, along with two floors full of 40-plus restaurant sampling-menu favorites. Highlights included thehyper-usage of butternut squash and tuna tartare (just about every restaurant seemed to highlight one of the two) and emcee Anthony Bourdain looking pretty svelte on stage in his skin-tight jeans. All the money raised from the $125 tickets benefited D.C. Central Kitchen, a nonprofit culinary school of sorts for homeless looking to build careers in the kitchen.... More

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