Chefs Nate Smith and Sophie Kamin have brought Northern California cuisine to Brooklyn. Chief among their offerings is "Dutch Crunch" -- a thick, savory bun that could be the ideal capper for a burger.
Hawaiian Cuisine: The Ultimate in Fusion Food
Rico digs into the history of Hawaiian cuisine, the ultimate in fusion food. Johnny Yoo, the executive chef of Roy Choi's L.A. restaurant A-Frame, is creating yet another phase in the multi-continental cuisine's evolution.
Dan Barber Transforms Food Waste With Flair
Brendan heads to a groundbreaking pop-up eatery in NYC that is re-purposing edible food waste - of all sorts - as fine dining. Dog food may be involved.
Mark Stambler’s Careful Craft of Baking Bread
Rico gets back to bread basics -- yeast, wheat, water -- with Mark Stambler, an LA baker recently named one of the ten best in the country.
A Mustard for Every Occasion
French mustard brand Maille opened up a store in Manhattan recently. They sell dozens of mustard varieties there, and to help people decide what to pair them with, they hired "mustard sommelier" Pierrette Huttner.
Sichuan Cuisine is Heating Up American Tastes
The bold flavors and exotic ingredients which typify cooking from the Sichuan region of China are drawing huge crowds to small restaurants in California's San Gabriel Valley.
Fake Restaurant Abbrev’s Satirizes Food Trends
Comedian brothers Danny and Anthony Palumbo found themselves laughing at the over-earnestness of many in the dining world (along with the popularity of both small plates and cutesy abbreviated slang) and decided to parody all those trends at once with a meticulously-crafted website for a fictional restaurant, Abbrev's.
One Restaurateur Hopes to Help Workers By Ending Tips
When Gabriel Frem opened his California restaurant Brand 158, he decided to try something unusual. He disallowed tipping at the establishment, in favor of higher hourly wages for employees. Since then, more restaurants have popped up around the country trying similar no-tipping experiments, making it a good moment to check in on how diners and workers are adapting to the practice.
Butter Coffee Slips to Health Food Fad Status
Entrepreneur Dave Asprey was in Tibet when he first tasted the local yak butter tea. He was curious about the concept of mixing butter and oil into the hot drink, and has adapted the concept for the modern, Western audience into something he calls "Bulletproof Coffee." Butter coffee is starting to take off as a "super food" fad, with a cafe dedicated to the stuff set to open in Santa Monica, CA. Rico ordered a cup from a health food shop and sat down with Brent Rose, who writes about food, tech, and health for Wired, Gizmodo, and other outlets, to talk about the slippery stuff.
Keeping Up with the Kolatches
Czech immigrants arrived in Texas around the mid-1800s and brought many native foodways with them, including the kolache. Over time, the stuffed dough balls evolved beyond their original form to include the beans, meats, and other foods for which Texas would become known. Now this iconic regional snack is on the national scene.