As autumn descends on Charleston, SC, and milder temperatures cool the Holy City, the town erupts in a flurry of bridal veils and bouquets: peak wedding season has arrived. If you’re invited to celebrate nuptials in this genteel town, extend your trip to encompass a long weekend, embracing lowcountry culture, cuisine and history.
It wasn’t the upcoming presediantial election that had the Nation’s Capital all heated up with dukes out Monday night. Our very own Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern joined fellow celebrity chef José Andrés, Top Chef judge Padma Lakshmi and The Chew host Carla Hall for the 9th Annual Capital Food Fight, a star-studded foodie bash and fundraiser for DC Central Kitchen.
The final food fight was a “surprise” iguana cookoff between our hosts Bourdain and Zimmern. No stranger to tasting and cooking the “taste-like-chicken” meats, Zimmern said, “The fact that they could even get iguana stateside is a tribute to the global pantry here in Washington, DC. And as someone who has cooked this and eaten it before, I don’t want to say I think we have an advantage, but I’m going to say we may have a little advantage.”
The off-season is the perfect time to visit the island of Nantucket, off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts – a real-life “Pleasantville,” complete with cobblestone streets, grey-shingled houses and miles of picturesque beaches and conservation land. The island is especially inviting in October, when the water’s still warm, many restaurants are still open, the sea air is crisp and the streets aren’t lined with tourists toting a year’s worth of Nantucket reds home from Murray’s Toggery Shop. Do you need any more reasons to board the ferry?
Make the 30-mile passage out to sea for chef Michael LaScola (of Nantucket’s American Seasons) and chef Matt Jennings’ (of Providence’s Farmstead) Hogtoberfest, a 2-day celebration of all things pig, cooking and beer. The annual event – now in its 4th year – takes place on October 13 and 14. READ MORE
OK, so yeah, the U.K.’s National Pig Association is warning of an impending bacon shortage, thanks to high feed costs. But don’t hit the panic button just yet, because there’s plenty of bacon to go around at Travel Channel.
On Wednesday, October 3 at 10|9c, don’t miss Food Paradise: Bacon, and in the meantime, try not to drool on your keyboard when you check out our Sizzling Bacon Porn photo gallery – from Chicago’s Paddy Long’s 5-pound Whole Bacon Bomb, a spicy mix of pork and cracked-pepper bacon, all wrapped in brown sugar bacon to the bacon-infused vodka martini at the Berkshire in Denver, CO. READ MORE
By Kate Hards
“There’s a guy here wearing a PETA shirt,” wrote my confused co-worker in a text message. Liz met me at the 35th Street East River ferry landing for a quick boat ride to Meatopia on Randall’s Island. We were about to attend a one-day food festival featuring meat-centric dishes prepared by chefs from around the world … and there were vegans about to board?
At the dock, I inspected said t-shirt. In this case, PETA didn’t stand for the animal activist group, but rather “People Eating Tasty Animals,” a theme that was evident throughout Meatopia. Hoards of hungry carnivores descended upon the park and lined up to taste small plates and bites of tasty, tasty animals. The event was organized into Meat-themed neighborhoods in a large grassy field on the island: The Deckle District, Offalwood, Beaktown, Embassy Row, Meatopia Heights, Carcass Hill, The Quarter and the Game Reserve each had tents serving unique dishes prepared with humanely and naturally-raised meats. READ MORE
By George Motz
George Motz is the host of Burger Land. Check out behind-the- scenes photos from the show, and be sure to tune in to learn more about America’s burgers!
It all started with a documentary I made years ago called Hamburger America. The film visits 8 iconic and unique hamburger locations across the country and focuses not only on their amazing burgers, but also the people behind the burgers. Each restaurant featured in the film has been around for more than 40 years, uses only fresh meat, and in many cases can boast the fact that ownership has stayed within the same family. READ MORE
After his stint as a pop-up restaurateur during this season of Bizarre Foods: America, it was only a matter of time before the bizarre foodie himself hopped on the food truck bandwagon. Andrew Zimmern’s food truck, AZ Canteen, will officially open its … er… window tomorrow at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. Andrew will be there in person, so if you’re anywhere in the St. Paul, MN, vicinity, head on down to the state fair for a taste of Andrew’s Andouille, oyster and crab gumbo; pork belly with papaya salad; goat butter burgers; griddled veal tongue; or Nicaraguan dulce de leche.
Follow AZ Canteen on Twitter for more information. Can’t get enough of state fairs? Check out the best fair competitions and food … that is, until AZ Canteen makes its debut!
Are you going to the Minnesota State Fair? Sample Andrew’s wares and let us know what you think in the comments!
Today, Julia Child would have turned 100. It’s not just her recipes we savor, it’s her life story. She was one of those unlikely heroes, a towering 6-foot-2 cooking sensation who started out barely knowing how to boil water — yet went on to discover the joys of French cuisine and share that passion with a larger American audience: first through her massive 2-volume Mastering the Art of French Cooking and later, her TV show The French Chef, which premiered in 1963. On the 100th anniversary of Julia Child’s birth, what better way to celebrate her extraordinary life than by visiting the many places that shaped her culinary passions — and awakened in so many of us the simple joys of a good meal shared with friends. Check out these top spots for Julia Child fans.
1. Dine in Rouen, France
Want to know where Julia Child experienced “the most exciting meal of [her] life”? Head to Rouen, a city in northern France by the Seine River. The place it happened was La Couronne restaurant: Ask for the green salad, sole meuniere, briny portugaises oysters, fromage blanc (with berries and coffee, c’est sur!), alongside a bottle of Pouilly Frume — the same spread that Julia and her diplomat husband Paul Child ordered when they first visited this auberge in 1948. READ MORE
- Photography by Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
This weekend, Los Angeles has been taken over by foodies from around the world. Chefs come from near and far to show off their skills in cooking demos, offer their expertise at roundtable discussions and serve their delicious creations to the gourmands who were smart enough to buy a ticket to the Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival.
This is only the second year of this festival –with venues in Santa Monica, downtown LA, Hollywood and Beverly Hills — and it’s already a big deal. Last year’s festival featured more than 30 restaurants and 200 vineyards, and this year’s tops that with chefs such as Giada de Laurentiis, the Voltaggio brothers and even our own Andrew Zimmern serving the 15,000 people who are expected to attend.
Need another opportunity to fill your stomach with the best food and wine around? Check out our photos of the Best Food & Wine Festivals in the US, see The Lost Girls’ picks for the best destinations for a food and wine-themed girls’ getaway or grab your significant other and take a Wine Tour Weekend.
- Photograph by Ian Shive / Aurora Photos
As always, we’re bringing you our favorite travel posts from the blogosphere this past week. Learn an alternative way to save money while traveling the world, where the most remote places exist and how you can find the best sustainable wines.
The Cultureist offers a tour of the best “green” wineries from France to Greece and beyond. Never heard of biodynamic wine? Neither had we.