Cooking with Jonathan Waxman: A Benefit Dinner for Scripps Institute of Oceanography

Cooking with Jonathan Waxman: A Benefit Dinner for Scripps Institute of Oceanography

Jonathan Waxman and I have been friends for more than 20 years. After I participated in an Alex’s Lemonade Stand event at his NYC restaurant Barbuto two years ago, we began talking of a way to bring him to the West Coast to cook together again. We settled on a benefit for the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, preparing an intimate dinner for 25 people at my home.
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Spring Break 2013: Nashville & Memphis

Spring Break 2013: Nashville & Memphis

The South and Midwest are always tempting to me for a bunch of reasons, BBQ being one of them. So this year for spring break, instead of Mexico or Hawaii, I offered the family a trip to Nashville and Memphis. Not really knowing what they were in for, everyone agreed.
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Attending Oregon Pinot Camp: At Last!

Attending Oregon Pinot Camp: At Last!

For four years I’ve been trying to go to
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Year-End Visit to Los Angeles: Sotto, Providence & Other Memorable Meals

Year-End Visit to Los Angeles: Sotto, Providence & Other Memorable Meals

It gets very busy around here at the end of the year. We have happy hour, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Eve menus to plan, along with holiday parties to execute and our annual strategic planning trip where the partners – George Hauer, Trey Foshee and me – go away and discuss the future year ahead. This year we started local, then made our way to Los Angeles for some amazing meals.
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California Modern Doughnuts on "Dailey Eats"

California Modern Doughnuts on "Dailey Eats"

Keli Dailey of U-T San Diego has a new web series celebrating her hunger for novelty, fine cuisine and fun chefs.
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My Chicago Chronicle

My Chicago Chronicle

“How was it?” everyone asked upon my return from the National Restaurant Association (NRA) tradeshow last month in Chicago. In short, it was exhausting, exhilarating and exciting – maybe not in that order. I’d never been to the Windy City, so George and Trey thought it would be a good idea for me to attend. Where to eat was a pressing matter considering my coveted list of restaurant options is pretty long.
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My Trip to Spain

My Trip to Spain

February has become the month I travel to rejuvenate my culinary spirit. Each year I choose a different food destination where I spend one week on an exploratory food journey. Last year it was Paris with a side trip to The Sportsman in England. Following a bit in the footsteps of George and Paula, this year it was Madrid and San Sebastian.
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Filming with Andrew Zimmern for "Bizarre Foods America"

Filming with Andrew Zimmern for "Bizarre Foods America"

Andrew Zimmern's show “Bizarre Foods America,” visits cities across the U.S. and explores the rich food culture and stories that our country is full of. When they contacted me and asked if I would like to be a part of their San Diego story, I was thrilled (and a bit nervous).
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Blue Hill at Stone Barns: My Staging Experience

Blue Hill at Stone Barns: My Staging Experience

I’ve never done a “stage.” Well…maybe as part of interviewing for a new position, but never to just hang out and learn or absorb what another chef is doing. About six months ago I started thinking about staging with Dan Barber at Blue Hill at Stone Barns. I’m not sure what prompted the thought, but I believe it had something to do with the creation of our TBL3 concept.
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Travels with George: Europe

Travels with George: Europe

My wife, Paula, and I have been avoiding Europe for a number of years due to our desire to see the rest of the world and the punishing value of the dollar versus the euro. Overcoming fear of bankruptcy, we set out for Spain in early September. Our first stop was San Sebastian, a city of 187,000 people in the heart of the Basque country bordering the southwestern flank of France.
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