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NEWS
November 22, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Holiday revelers can celebrate the season as “Winter in Venice” returns to the Las Vegas Strip, complete with strolling entertainers, outdoor skating and food festivals. The Venetian hosts the annual event, which continues through Jan. 5. Music troupe Celtic Woman will perform “Home for Christmas - The Symphony Tour” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets cost $75.50-$99.50 and are available online or by calling (702) 414-9000. A variety of special dinners will take place, many hosted by celebrity chefs.
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NEWS
August 18, 2012
Everything Nancy Silverton touches seems to turn to gold. After working for years as pastry chef for Wolfgang Puck's Spago, she and then-husband Mark Peel opened Campanile in 1989, and it quickly became one of Southern California's most important restaurants. Pursuing her passion for bread, she started La Brea Bakery the same year, and it quickly became the benchmark for fine sourdough before she sold it in 2001. In 2006, she joined partners Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich in opening the Mozza Restaurant Group , owner of the overwhelmingly popular Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza and Mozza2Go.
HEALTH
March 10, 2012 | Jeannine Stein
As co-host of "The Chew" (a food and talk show on ABC), Daphne Oz gets to sample items like the Big Mike Burger (two patties, three buns and cheese), chicken and dumplings a la Gwyneth Paltrow and pizza by fellow host Mario Batali. But the daughter of celeb TV doctor Mehmet Oz also penned "The Dorm Room Diet: The 10-Step Program for Creating a Healthy Lifestyle Plan That Really Works" and helped found HealthCorps, a nonprofit that promotes teen health. Oz talked about fitness and her meat-loving co-hosts in a recent interview.
NEWS
April 5, 2013 | By Dominic A. Riley
For those inclined to wake up really late and really hungry on the weekend, Roy Choi has launched a new brunch menu at Sunny Spot, his Caribbean-themed oasis in Venice. The space's teal hues, gold and crystal décor, gaudy mirrors and floral stools may read dainty, but the West Coast hip-hop, reggae tunes and big portions of spicy brunch eats epitomize Choi. Highlights include banana French toast with whipped rum crème, shrimp and grits with a spicy "diablo" rum sauce, mofongo -- Sunny Spot's take on the Puerto Rican mashed plantain dish -- served with sunny runny eggs, and a grilled steak sandwich with tangy pickled red onions and thick-cut yucca fries with house-made ketchup.
NEWS
May 6, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila and Russ Parsons
NEW YORK -- Some of the most notable prizes given at the James Beard Foundation awards Monday night were those that were most overdue. Sonoma winemaker Merry Edwards won Wine and Spirits Professional for the first time after six nominations. Wylie DuFresne of WD-50 was named the best chef in New York after seven nominations. Dan Barber's Blue Hill won best restaurant after 14 years. San Francisco legend Cecilia Chiang won the lifetime achievement award at 92 years of age, and Maguy LeCoze won outstanding restaurateur - the first woman ever.
FOOD
September 8, 1999
1. "The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook" by Ina Garten (Clarkson Potter, $32.50). Recipes from the specialty food store of the same name in the Hamptons.1 Last Week: 1 Weeks on List: 21 2. "How To Cook Everything" by Mark Bittman (MacMillan, $25). A fresh approach to the cooking encyclopedia, with more than 1,500 recipes. Last Week: 2 Weeks on List: 49 3. "Martha Stewart's Hors D'Oeuvres Handbook" by Martha Stewart (Clarkson Potter, $35). A contemporary spin to party finger foods.
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