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April 30, 2007
Tea Event: With $3 billion (est.) in growth for U.S. tea sales predicted by the end of 2010 (source: www.teareport.com), the World Tea Expo is the must-attend event to profit from tea.  Featuring Keynote Speaker Phil Lempert, the Supermarket Guru®.  June 9-11, 2007, Atlanta, GA. For more information or to register, visit http://www.worldteaexpo.com. (Gourmet e-News)

April 29, 2007
Mint Julep Recipe: The Kentucky Deby will be held Saturday, May 5th and the Mint Julep has been the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century. A Mint Julep contains: sugar, water, sprigs of fresh mint, crushed ice, whisky and Silver Julep Cups.

April 28, 2007
New Los Angeles, California Chefs: LA's vibrant restaurant scene is always nurturing ambitious and promising chefs. Kris Morningstar has taken over the position of Executive Chef at Blue Velvet, a hip Downtown restaurant in a residential building. Pastry chef David James is now the pastry chef at The Lobster, one of the hottest restaurants in Santa Monica. Drew Sayes has been named chef de cuisine at the highly-regarded Jer-Ne Restaurant + Bar at the Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey. Nationally renowned chef Kerry Simon has opened SimonLA in the newly renovated Sofitel hotel in West Hollywood, opposite the Beverly Center.

April 27, 2007
New Kitchen Newsletter: This is the first in a series of kitchen newsletters from the MacCallum House in Mendocino, California. It is largely in response to the many recipe requests they receive, and to share the topics sparked by memorable dining room discussions with guests at the end of an evening. To those of you on the newsletter list but not yet guests, this can be a virtual peek into Alan Kantor's kitchen window in hopes you will already feel welcome the first time you arrive.

April 26, 2007
New Supermarket Shopping Guide Launched: "Camino Magico" to help Latinos eat healthy. The first comprehensive supermarket-shopping guide targeting the Latino community will be launched May 1, 2007. Camino Mágico, developed by Oldways and the Latino Nutrition Coalition (LNC), is designed to help Latinos eat healthier based upon traditional Latino eating patterns. More information may be found at www.oldwayspt.org and  www.LatinoNutrition.org.

April 25, 2007
Sally's Cooking Class: Sally will be teaching a cooking class at Central Market in Houston, Texas. Check their website or call 713-993-9860 for more information. Paella Party: Gazpacho Soup, Radicchio Salad with Spanish Blue Cheese & Peppered Almonds, Paella and Flan. Friday, May 4, 2007, 6:30 p.m. This is a demonstration class and there are a few seats left. $65

April 24, 2007
New Cookbook: Panna Cotta: Italy's Elegant Custard Made Easy by Camilla V. Saulsbury is a collection of 100 panna cotta recipes that are both simple and sophisticated. This collection of recipes highlights how panna cotta, much like vanilla ice cream, is a blank slate for flavor possibilities. From the traditional--Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Balsamic Berries and Bittersweet Chocolate Panna Cotta--to nouveau interpretations--Lavender Panna Cotta with Blueberry Coulis and Muscovado Butterscotch Panna Cotta--there is a panna cotta recipe in this collection for most every taste and occasion.

New Food Article: Anne Willan, Sally's Place contributor and founder of La Varenne, the famous French cooking school, shares Three Hundred Year Old Roasting Pit. Anne's recipe for Spit Roasted Filet of Beef with Herbs and Mushrooms sounds delightful.

April 23, 2007
New Cookbook: Whole Grains Every Day, Every Way by Lorna Sass. In this incredibly thorough, A-to-wheat berries guide to whole grains, Sass (Pressure Perfect: Two Hour Taste in Twenty Minutes Using Your Pressure Cooker) begins with a thoughtful and extensive primer on whole grains, including detailed profiles and basic cooking instructions for each. She covers no fewer than 20 kinds of rice (Bhutanese red, black Japonica) and just as many types of wheat before launching into recipes for soups and salads, main courses, side dishes, breakfast foods and desserts.

April 22, 2007
Chocolate Camp ™ 2007: Join  author and chocolate expert Carole Bloom for two power packed chocolate immersion days on August 7 and 8, 2007 in Carlsbad-by-the-Sea, California. Chocolate Camp ™ includes two classes, field trips, a chocolate dinner party, and a chocolate and wine/beer tasting. For more details visit http://www.carolebloom.com.

April 21, 2007
New Cookbook: Tapas: The Little Dishes of Spain by Penelope Casas is an updated edition of her classic book that introduced America to tapas. With 50 new recipes, Ms. Casas, who introduced the traditional little dishes of Spain to the American audience, is an authority on tapas and Spanish cuisine. Eight full pages of new color photos exist.

April 20, 2007
Restaurant Show: This year's NRA, the restaurant, hotel and motel show, will be held at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois May 19th-22nd. Two new events have been added to the 4 day program. Chef Day offers special chef-focused education sessions and the Culinary Celebrity Book Signings will have chefs signing their books and sharing expertise with attendees. Register today.

April 19, 2007
New Meat Cookbook: Lobel's Meat and Wine: Great Recipes for Cooking and Pairing by Stanley Lobel, Leon Lobel, Evan Lobel, Mark Lobel, & David Lobel. When it comes to meat, the Lobel family of New York is recognized as the prime purveyor and authority. Whether it's beef, pork, lamb, poultry, or game, they know not only how to choose it, but also the very best ways to prepare each cut. Here they describe and integrate the flavors of wine and reveal which of its components are the most food-friendly. And then there are nearly 100 recipes.

April 18, 2007
New Tea Book: The World in Your Cup: A Handbook in the Ancient Art of Tea Leaf Reading by Joseph F. Conroy & Emilie J. Conroy is an engaging book that explains the practice of tasseomancy, or reading tea leaves. The hands-on exercises and activities are complemented by background information on the history of tea, growing tea plants, tea drying and processing, and the best equipment and techniques for brewing. Rather than the mystical focus usually associated with reading tea leaves, this presentation emphasizes rational and intuitive processes such as learning old traditions, observing carefully, finding patterns, and enjoying a few minutes of concentration.

April 17, 2007
New Chocolate Cookbook: Essence of Chocolate: Recipes for Baking and Cooking with Fine Chocolate by Robert Steinberg & John Scharffenberger, Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker's founders and food writer Susie Heller, offers more than 100 recipes for a broad selection of delights such as Chocolate Pudding Cakes, Chocolate Marbled Gingerbread, Cocoa Caramel Panna Cotta, and Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake, as well as savory edibles made with chocolate like Tortilla Soup and Chile-Marinated Flank Steak. This team is passionate about their chocolate and it shows!

April 16, 2007
IACP Award Winners-The 2007 International Association of Culinary Professionals Awards were presented at the IACP Awards Gala in Chicago on April 14th. And the winners are: Cookbook Awards; Bert Greene Journalism Awards and Awards of Excellence. Congratulations to all the winners!

April 15, 2007

New Food Article: Contributor Anne Willan, of La Varenne fame, gives us "The Coconuts of Kerala." Anne visits Southern India and shares a recipe for Kerala Vegetable Stew.

April 14, 2007
New Food Article: Betty Fussell's "Beans, No Strings." Whether you call them French, Aztec, string, snap or Italian, you'll enjoy Betty's recipes for French Beans the French Way and Italian Beans with Pesto.

April 13, 2007
New Ingredient Focus Article: "Quark Cheese" by contributors Marcel Biró and Shannon Kring Biró of The Kitchens of Biró includes a recipe for making quark and Quarktorte with Spanish Almonds. Colorful photo and beverage pairings included.

April 12, 2007
New Food Article: Anne Willan, Sally's Place contributor and founder of La Varenne, the famous French cooking school, shares "A Garden in Burgundy, France." You'll enjoy Anne's recipe for Peach or Apricot Crumble with Ginger and Compote of Quince.

April 11, 2007
New Bilingual Cookbook: Mexican Light/cocina Mexicana Ligera: Healthy Cuisine for Today's Cook/para El Cocinero Actual by Kris Rudolph. The book opens with a short introduction outlining the history of Mexican cooking, followed by an overview of healthy eating habits, a description of the most common ingredients, and a useful guide to planning for parties. The fifty recipes cover everything from appetizers to after-dinner refreshers and each includes the number of calories, amounts of total fat and saturated fat, grams of carbohydrates, and amount of fiber.

April 10, 2007
New Restaurant Review: 10 Top Paris Restaurants by Rosa Jackson, owner of Edible Paris, her company that offers personalized food itineraries, including restaurant recommendations and reservations, and guided food tours for small groups in this food capital of the world.

April 9, 2007
2007 Seafood Event: Some of North America's greatest chefs including Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger - the "Too Hot Tamales" from Border Grill in Santa Monica and Las Vegas - will share their passion for fine dining and environmentally sustainable living as the award-winning culinary leaders honored at the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Cooking for Solutions 2007. During two days of public events on May 18-19, 2007, celebrity chefs from three nations will create gourmet dishes, host food and wine adventures, and present cooking demonstrations that feature sustainable seafood and organic ingredients. Tickets for all events are available by calling the Monterey Bay Aquarium toll-free at 866-963-9644.

April 8, 2007

Happy Easter! Easter-candy sales are expected to top $1.885 billion this year, trailing only Halloween, according to the National Confectioners Association, a trade group of American candy makers. And Peeps, the marshmallow candy giant, expects to sell 750 million of the sticky treats, a company spokeswoman said. (Houston Chronicle)

April 7, 2007
Save Chocolate: Urgent Call to Action: you need to respond to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration by April 25, 2007 to save your chocolate! Chocolate manufacturers are asking the FDA to relax the ingredient specifications permitting less expensive vegetable fats and to allow 100% substitution of these fats for cocoa butter and still call it chocolate. To voice your concern, go to this website where consumers can find out more information and register their comments.

April 6, 2007
New Wine Article: Getting ready to visit Napa Valley? When You Visit the Napa Valley - Visit It All by It's Time for Wine columnists Sara & Monty Preiser. The Preiser's share Napa Restaurants and Wine Opportunities and Calistoga Restaurants and Wine Opportunities. They believe it behooves visitors to consider spending part of their visit in the northern areas, and part in the south.

April 5, 2007
New York Festival: Spring 2007 Taste of Chinatown on April 21st from noon to 6 p.m.. Experience the high energy fusion of traditional Chinese culture with unmistakable New York style. Walk the brand-spanking new clean streets of Chinatown at our outdoor festival exploding with a buffet of multi-cultural tasting stations, family activities and all day stage performances.

April 4, 2007
New Restaurant Review: Karen Petersen's new Palo Alto, California list offers locals and travelers some quality food choices. Palo Alto, located 35 miles south of San Francisco, is home to Stanford University.

April 3, 2007
New Food Article: Anne Willan, Sally's Place contributor and founder of La Varenne, the famous French cooking school, shares The Taste of Russia, which describes Anne's visit with a woman in Moscow and recipes for Blueberry Horseradish Relish, Fruit Leather, Quince Preserves, Cranberry Breakfast Compote and Monastery Beets.

April 2, 2007
New Passover Book: Pesach for the Rest of Us: Making the Passover Seder Your Own. Novelist Marge Piercy has written an engaging account of this important Jewish holiday with recipes, poems, and blessings as she delves into all its rituals and practices. The traditional Passover seder is dissected, reinterpreted and given a contemporary and feminist bent in Piercy's guidebook.

April 1, 2007
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