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Antica Macelleria Falorni is the oldest butcher shop in Italy. In 1729 Gio Batta founded the Macelleria Falorni Butchers in Greve Italy. In 1840 the word Antica which means ancient was added and still hangs today. It’s in the Chianti region of Tuscany. Through the generations the techniques, recipes and “secrets” to the incredibly high-quality products...
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A foodie haven has opened it’s doors in Santa Barbara, the new Public Market located on the corner of Victoria and Chapala. For those of you familiar with the Ferry Building in San Francisco, this is like a mini version of it. There are a host of purveyors ranging from freshly made pastas to locally...
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potato toss
It was an evening to be remembered. A couple of years ago I was asked by my friend Jeff Silverman and his wife Stefanie to create an Italian evening cooking class and demonstration fundraiser for Wilbur elementary school. As we considered the evening we had to come up with a menu that would work both...
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One of my favorite things to do is to go to a restaurant and let the chef create a tasting menu for us. It’s one of the perks of being in the biz and/or knowing the chef at a particular restaurant. For me, it’s an opportunity to see what the chef can really do, how...
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Small plates are all the rage here in LA and Bow & Truss in NoHo has made it their specialty. The name is derived from the restaurant’s bow & truss ceiling and is owned by Knitting Factory Entertainment, who also brought us The Federal Bar. The menu, created by Executive Chef Aaron Grissom, is based...
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Florence Italy is a beautiful city filled with history, renaissance architecture, and rich culinary traditions. It was home to the Medici family whose influence you can see throughout the city in its art and architecture. The city is easy to walk around and you can lose yourself amongst the piazzas,  streets, and shops. Take a stroll along the Arno River...
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RJ Balson’s bacon is not merely any British Bacon, it is a piece of history, dating back to the time of King Henry the VIII. I can just imagine what it must have been like back in the time when RJ Balson and Sons opened their doors in 1535. A family of butchers passing down...
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Spare Ribs, New Belgium Beer
  I had the opportunity to enter a recipe competition sponsored by New Belgium Brewing. I figured I’d give it a shot and see if I was one of the lucky ones that would be chosen. I checked out their website and found out that the only beer I was familiar with was Fat Tire. I was...
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Don’t be fooled by imitations, there is only one Chef Jack Lee. Call him what you want, he answers to Captain Jack or even Kangaroo Jack. His name aside, one thing remains the same; Taste, consistency and innovation in the kitchen. We spent the day with Chef Jack where we experienced a taste of the...
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Antica Macelleria Falorni is the oldest butcher shop in Italy. In 1729 Gio Batta founded the Macelleria Falorni Butchers in Greve Italy. In 1840 the word Antica which means ancient was added and still hangs today. It’s in the Chianti region of Tuscany. Through the generations the techniques, recipes and “secrets” to the incredibly high...
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