Since 2008, "Baron Ambrosia"—"the mutant offspring of Ali G. and Anthony Bourdain"—has traversed the Bronx in pursuit of the borough's most excellent food, fighting villains and falling in love (several times) along the way. The Baron Ambrosia character is the invention of gonzo filmmaker Justin Fornal, who has forged ahead with only the limited resources of public television channel BronxNet; now, Fornal has parlayed his work into a gig with the Cooking Channel, where he will make his big league debut with The Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia this Sunday.
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Yes, you read that correctly. Mark Bitterman is a Selmelier -- a salt expert. He and his wife Jennifer Turner Bitterman, both former New Yorkers, recently opened an NYC branch of The Meadow, a shop they started in Portland, Oregon. This West Village boutique not only carries salt, but chocolate, bitters, syrups, oils and vinegars, or, as the Bittermans like to say, it's "a place where the beautiful, the delicious, and the unexpected are brought together for your pleasure."
Part dinner party, part cocktail party, part restaurant, and part social scene, supper clubs can be found all over the city. One recent addition to the mix is Midnight Brunch, the creation of Emily Cavalier, who blogs at Mouth of the Border. She's taken her passion for the city's ethnic cuisines and started a late-night supper club to feature the flavors she has discovered over the years. Toss in some custom cocktails, some helping hands, and a group of food-lovers, and you've got yourself a tasty way to spend an evening.
Rachael Mamane took her dedication to nose-to-tail eating, her love for cooking, and mixed it with her connections to local farmers to create Brooklyn Bouillon. This up-and-coming company creates stocks and demi-glaces using ingredients straight from Greenmarket farmers, with no additives, and makes them available to home cooks.
[Photograph: Kumquat Cupcakery] Sometimes all you want is just one perfect bite of something sweet. Keavy Landreth realized this when she started Kumquat Cupcakery, where she specializes in mini-cupcakes in both traditional and unique flavors. She's been making these...
As a child, Caroline Dorn earned the nickname "Butter Queen" as her love for butter was so strong, she often ate it right from the stick. As an adult, she took her obsession in a healthier direction, launching Butter Queen of Brooklyn in 2010 with Loryn Lopes—creating flavored butters and hoping to spread her enthusiasm for the creamy concoctions to serious eaters throughout the city.
Chef Aarón Sanchez is no stranger to the kitchen. Following in the culinary footsteps of his mother, Chef Zarela Martinez, Sanchez has made a name for himself in Mexican and Latin cuisine.
Loren Brill is the owner of Sweet Loren's, a baking company that offers all-natural cookie dough made from unprocessed and unrefined ingredients.
Jeff Northrop left his job in the finance world to sell oysters, and now this 25-year-old is supplying briny mollusks from his family's oyster beds in Connecticut to some of the city's top restaurants. Eventually he plans to take his business background to start a hedge fund to fund sustainable oyster and seafood production. Jeff took some time to share his thoughts on oysters with Serious Eaters.
Not everyone gets cravings for ice cream sandwiches in the middle of winter, but Julian Plyter & Kareem Hamady certainly have the power to tempt you, despite the chilly temperatures. The duo behind Melt Bakery churns out over thirty varieties of ice cream sandwiches, using high-quality ingredients and creative flavor combinations.
Since we last visited Rick Field in January 2009, this New York-based brinemaster has continued to rock the pickling world: expanding his distribution to retailers across the country; celebrating the company's sixth anniversary in March 2010; introducing two new pickle varieties (the People's Pickle, a deli-style garlic pickle, and Hotties, which include Sriracha and habanero powder in the brine); debuting the "Stickle," the Kool Gherk pickle on a stick at the New Amsterdam Market; and showing up on the Martha Stewart Show and in the pages of Oprah's O Magazine. We had a chance to chat with Rick about the creation of new pickles and what's in store for 2011.
[Photograph: Randy Duchaine] If you're looking for an incredibly special holiday gift this year for the cook in your life, look no further than Brooklyn. Joel Bukiewicz of Cut Brooklyn crafts his premium knives by hand and they are...
This Greenpoint couple has created a condiment from one of the most irresistible ingredients on earth: bacon. What started as a culinary mishap of sorts has now become a thriving business, with Joanna and Ross making batches and batches to keep up with customer demand (see this food. curated. video for the full backstory). At $9 for a four-ounce jar, this tasty treat would make an affordable holiday gift for any bacon-lover on your list. We pulled Joanna and Ross away from the bacon for a chat.
Watch Noel Cruz at work for just a few mintues and you can immediately sense his dedication to his craft. His years of experience at Punch & Judy, craftbar, Dani, Elettaria, and elsewhere shine through at his newest venture, Carmine Club Cafe, where you'll feel welcome from the moment you walk in. He's recruited a crack team including Joe Vigorito (formerly at Lupa and dell'anima) in the kitchen and Davis Anderson (formerly at Il Posto Accanto) behind the bar at the West Village eatery. We caught up with Noel just as he brought the restaurant into full swing after a few weeks of limited service; they're now serving in both the upstairs bar and cafe area and the downstairs dining room.
César Ramirez takes his kitchen very seriously. Although he has taken some criticism for strictly prohibiting notetaking and photography in his 18-seat custom kitchen, Ramirez insists that his rules serve to ensure that his guests focus on one thing while they dine there—the food.
Marissa Guggiana traveled across the United States to seek out some of our nation's finest butchers and learn about their favorite dishes, techniques, and stories of their craft. Lucky for Serious Eaters, she has compiled the results in her book, Primal Cuts: Cooking with America's Best Butchers. It includes some of New York City's best meat men: Andrew Dorsey from Marlow & Daughters, Brad Farmerie of Public, Nathan Foot from Northern Spy Food Co., Tom Mylan from The Meat Hook, and Adam Tiberio from Dickson's Farmstand—alongside their fellow craftsmen and women nationwide.
"I had a lychee tree in my front yard and a mango tree in my back yard; those are the flavors that I often work with." [Photograph: Lush Life Productions] In 2003, Julie Reiner opened the Flatiron Lounge, which was...
"Government officials are recognizing that the Fulton Fish Market should be brought back to life—rather than turned into yet another banal development." Photo: Michael Lannon When we last spoke to New Amsterdam Market's Robert LaValva, he was just getting things...
Paul Greenberg's relationship with the sea started when he was a boy and evolved into the focus of his work. His writing about seafood and the ocean has won numerous awards, and his latest book, Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food, explores how our desire for plentiful seafood has changed the future of wild fish. Through his book he takes us on a journey around the globe to learn about the four fish we have cultivated to be our staples, and to explore more sustainable ways to approach the fishing industry.
[Photograph: Anna Westhoff] New York's unique character is defined by any number of sources, but the bars in our great city comprise one strong thread that runs through the fabric of the city. We may have access to some...