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My Hometown: Katie Parla’s Rome

An Insider’s Guide to Rome A Rome-based Italian-American journalist, Katie Parla lives and breathes Roman culture and cuisine. Originally from New Jersey, Parla graduated from Yale with a degree in art history, before pursuing a sommelier certificate and master’s in Italian gastronomic culture. She’s written and edited more than 20 books, including the ebook Eating &…  Read More

My Hometown: Robert Stehling’s Charleston

Robert Stehling’s Top Picks for Charleston For the past decade, chef Robert Stehling’s Low Country fare at the acclaimed Hominy Grill has rivaled the best grandmother food in the South. His Charleston Nasty Biscuit—fried chicken, cheddar and sausage gravy, sandwiched in the perfect biscuit—has a loyal following, as do other favorites like catfish po’ boys,…  Read More

My Hometown: Ed Lee’s Louisville

Ed Lee’s Top Picks for Louisville You may recognize chef Edward Lee from his television appearances—Top Chef, Mind of a Chef (for which he earned an Emmy nomination), Iron Chef America, to name a few—but he’s more than a TV star. His brilliant cooking at 610 Magnolia has landed him four nominations for Best Chef: Southeast…  Read More

My Hometown: Jose Enrique’s San Juan

Jose Enrique’s Top Picks for San Juan Jose Enrique is one of the biggest names in Puerto Rican cuisine. Two years ago, he became the first Puerto Rican honored as one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs, and in 2013 and 2014 he was a semi-finalist for the James Beard Foundation Best Chef South award. Enrique’s…  Read More

My Hometown: Jonathan Brooks’ Indianapolis

Jonathan Brooks’ Top Picks for Indianapolis Indianapolis native Jonathan Brooks opened his first restaurant, Milktooth, with his wife in October of 2014. It didn’t take long for his edgy brunch menu to gain a following and a national reputation. In 2015, Brooks was named a Food & Wine Best New Chef (the first award given to…  Read More

My Hometown: Matthew Accarrino’s San Francisco

Chef Accarrino Shares San Francisco Favorites After graduating from the CIA in New York and working for top tier chefs around the country (including Thomas Keller at Per Se and Tom Colicchio at Craft Los Angeles), chef Matthew Accarrino moved to San Francisco in 2009 to take over the SPQR kitchen. At the intimate Fillmore neighborhood restaurant, Accarrino takes traditional,…  Read More

My Hometown: Michael Solomonov’s Philadelphia

Mike Solomonov’s Top Picks for Philly Highly regarded as one of the best chefs in Philadelphia—and I’d say in the entire country—Michael Solomonov’s Israeli food at the award-winning Zahav is beyond exquisite; it’s mind blowing. After he took a seemingly simple dish like hummus and elevated it to cult status, people started paying attention and the crowds have…  Read More

My Hometown: Edward Kim’s Chicago

Edward Kim on Where to Eat & Drink in Chicago After graduating from culinary school, chef Edward Kim worked in kitchens in Los Angeles, Seoul and New York City—most notably under Thomas Keller at Per Se—before returning to his native Chicago to open Ruxbin in Wicker Park. After the wild success of his globally-influenced 32-seat neighborhood BYOB,…  Read More

My Hometown: Justin Yu’s Houston

Justin Yu on Where to Eat & Drink in Houston With an astounding blend of cultures and cuisine, Houston has long been one of America’s great food cities. But it’s only been until recently—with chefs like Chris Shepherd, Hugo Ortega and Justin Yu leading the pack—that anyone’s paid attention to the robust dining scene. Well…  Read More

My Hometown: Andrew Taylor & Mike Wiley on Portland, Maine

Where to Eat & Drink in Portland Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley are the chef-owner duo behind Portland’s Eventide Oyster Co., Hugo’s and the brand new, noodle-focused The Honey Paw. A modern take on the classic American oyster bar, I love Eventide for their amazing raw selection, inventive Asian-influenced lobster rolls served in steamed buns…  Read More

My Hometown: Renee Erickson’s Seattle

Renee Erickson on Where to Eat & Play in Seattle Renee Erickson bought her first restaurant when she was just 25 years old. Seventeen years later, she owns four successful, beloved Seattle restaurants–Boat Street Café (closing at the end of May!), The Walrus and the Carpenter, The Whale Wins and Barnacle–as well as the oyster trucks Boat Street…  Read More

My Hometown: Minneapolis

Minneapolis Is Where It’s At I’ve lived in Minneapolis for a couple decades now, and every year I find more and more reasons to love my adopted hometown. Beyond the incredible food scene, we have world-class museums, cool bikeable neighborhoods, great music, and idyllic city lakes. It’s the best place to live in the whole…  Read More

Andrew Zimmern’s Favorite Thai Food in the Twin Cities

On’s Thai Kitchen Located in Midway on University Avenue, On’s Thai Kitchen always makes it onto my list of top 10 favorite restaurants in the Twin Cities. There are many excellent choices for Thai cuisine in my hometown, but none transport me to Thailand quite like On’s. The 105-item menu has many recognizable standbys like fresh herby…  Read More

Seafood Tower for One at Balthazar

The Best Thing I Ate Last Week Lucky for me, last week’s press junket for the season premiere of Bizarre Foods included lunch at Balthazar in New York City. Did I spring for the Plateau de Mer for one??? Yes, yes I did. This restaurant is one of my favorites in New York, serving French…  Read More

Best Cookbooks of 2015

The Best Cookbooks of the Year It seems each year there are more incredible cookbooks published than the last; it’s a tough job to whittle down the lengthy list into a handful of my favorites. This year in particular, there are several noteworthy debuts, like Aaron Franklin’s meat smoking manifesto, Michael Solomonov’s ode to Israeli cuisine,…  Read More

All-Star Summer Block Party

Take Me Out to the Ballgame I’m a huge baseball fan. I could not be more excited about the MLB All-Star weekend coming to my hometown of Minneapolis. I’m even more excited that I get to be a part of it. But I’m most excited that you can be a part of it too. On…  Read More

New York City

Home Sweet Home I was born and raised in New York City. I love going back to my hometown. There is an energy in the city like no other, and it is home to the best food scene in the world. I could list amazing places to check out in NYC for days, but here…  Read More

Twin Cities

My Hometown I’ve lived in the Twin Cities for over a couple of decades now, and I couldn’t be more proud to call it my adopted hometown. Not only is it a beautiful city, but it has an incredible food scene, a passion for the arts, and it is filled with wonderful people. Since I…  Read More

Thrillist Presents: What to Do in NYC

The Big Apple I’ve partnered up with Thrillist to bring you my behind-the-scenes tips on where to eat, where to stay, and what to do when you are traveling across the globe. I love discovering hidden gems in my hometown, New York City. From amazing restaurants in Koreatown to the best bagel in the city, check out my…  Read More

5 Questions: Paul Virant

Devoted to the Art of Preservation One of Chicago’s most celebrated chefs, Paul Virant has been pickling and preserving produce at his award-winning restaurant Vie since 2004, expanding the program to his second restaurant, Perennial Virant, when he took the reigns in 2011. In his new cookbook, The Preservation Kitchen, Paul shares his wisdom and…  Read More

5 Questions: Paul Virant

Devoted to the Art of Preservation One of Chicago’s most celebrated chefs, Paul Virant has been pickling and preserving produce at his award-winning restaurant Vie since 2004, expanding the program to his second restaurant, Perennial Virant, when he took the reigns in 2011. In his new cookbook, The Preservation Kitchen, Paul shares his wisdom and…  Read More

5 Questions: Lee Brian Schrager

Food Festival Mastermind At the helm of Southern Wine & Spirits’ communications and event planning, Lee Schrager is the brains (and charisma) behind the South Beach and New York Wine & Food Festivals – he’s planning the parties, wrangling stars and celebrity chefs, and pulling it all off without a hitch for 60,000 guests. We…  Read More

5 Questions: Lee Brian Schrager

Food Festival Mastermind At the helm of Southern Wine & Spirits’ communications and event planning, Lee Schrager is the brains (and charisma) behind the South Beach and New York Wine & Food Festivals – he’s planning the parties, wrangling stars and celebrity chefs, and pulling it all off without a hitch for 60,000 guests. We…  Read More

Gavin Kaysen’s Splurge-Worthy Fine Dining

Spoon and Stable After rising to chef stardom working for Daniel Boulud in NYC, Gavin Kaysen returned home in 2014 to open his first restaurant Spoon and Stable. Located in a beautifully renovated stable in the North Loop, it was the local restaurant opening of the decade. The hometown hero is one of the best…  Read More

Andrew Zimmern’s Bucket List

Andrew Zimmern’s Bucket List Back-to-Back Episodes Tuesday September 27 9|8c on Travel Channel. I’ve devoted a lifetime to gathering the best food experiences all over the world. From iconic restaurants to off-the-beaten-path markets and shops, I’m adding to my bucket list everywhere I go. In my new show, I’m sharing my personal ‘best of’ list for anyone whose…  Read More

Where to Eat in Queens, New York

If Queens, NY was its own city it could lay claim to being the greatest food city on Earth. As it stands now, it’s the largest of New York City’s five boroughs, has a population of almost 2.5 million residents, half of whom are foreign-born. Queens County itself is one of the top five most…  Read More

The Synergy Series at Spoon & Stable

“syn•er•gy: two forces working together to create something greater than itself.” Spoon and Stable just announced its upcoming Synergy Series for 2016. In this really exciting, chef driven dinner series, Gavin and his team will host four New York, Michelin-starred chefs: Michael White, Michael Anthony, April Bloomfield, and of course, his mentor Daniel Boulud. To have…  Read More

One Pot Sticky Chicken Wings

18 Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday

Game Day Snacks & Soups I’m a huge football fan, and love any excuse I can find to veg out on the couch with family and indulge in my favorite finger foods and one-pot meals. And even if your hometown team didn’t make it to the Super Bowl, I’ll bet you still need some snack…  Read More

What We Learned at the Music City Food + Wine Festival

Music City Food + Wine 2014 was the most intimate and fun food fest I have been to in years… Great out-of-town chefs, amazing local restaurateurs and food talent, superb food entrepreneurs and the most carefully-curated Grand Tasting Tent I have ever walked through. You gotta get there next year. Here are a few observations:…  Read More

Michael Symon’s Guide to Cleveland

Cleveland Rocks. After being named Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine in 1998, Michael Symon shot into the national spotlight. Since then he’s become a James Beard Award winner, an Iron Chef, a cookbook author, and a host of ABC’s The Chew. Symon’s work in his hometown of Cleveland put it on the…  Read More