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Left Bank is partnering with City Harvest on the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy for a Dine Out benefit. 
During the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Left Bank kept its doors open, providing a gathering place and a food-haven for its neighbors.  The effort became an event, the Lights OUT for Sandy Festival.  So from Wednesday, Oct. 30, to Saturday, Nov. 2, Left Bank is turning off the lights again and serving New York by candlelight. 
This year, however, Left Bank is giving 10 percent from all four nights to those still in need following Sandy’s destruction.  They are working with City Harvest to contribute for the better. 
Chef Laurence Edelman’s special menu will showcase food made without the use of electrical gadgetry.  They will hang photos of the storm, brought to the restaurant by its friends, and they welcome everyone to bring in something that they can clip-up. 
Join SaraDISH, Estevino, Gastronami, Anthony Losanno and our friends at Left Bank to make Lights OUT For Sandy a success, and help our fellow NY’ers get back on their feet. We would love for you to share this event to friends and family. Please use #lightsoutforsandylb when you mention this event on social media sites.  

Hope to see you at Left Bank next week!

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Left Bank is partnering with City Harvest on the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy for a Dine Out benefit.

During the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Left Bank kept its doors open, providing a gathering place and a food-haven for its neighbors. The effort became an event, the Lights OUT for Sandy Festival. So from Wednesday, Oct. 30, to Saturday, Nov. 2, Left Bank is turning off the lights again and serving New York by candlelight.

This year, however, Left Bank is giving 10 percent from all four nights to those still in need following Sandy’s destruction. They are working with City Harvest to contribute for the better.

Chef Laurence Edelman’s special menu will showcase food made without the use of electrical gadgetry. They will hang photos of the storm, brought to the restaurant by its friends, and they welcome everyone to bring in something that they can clip-up.

Join SaraDISH, Estevino, Gastronami, Anthony Losanno and our friends at Left Bank to make Lights OUT For Sandy a success, and help our fellow NY’ers get back on their feet. We would love for you to share this event to friends and family. Please use #lightsoutforsandylb when you mention this event on social media sites.

Hope to see you at Left Bank next week!

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From Farm to Tray: A Sustainable Food Celebration to Benefit Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen

On May 16th Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen - the largest emergency food program in New York City - hosted ‘From Farm to Tray’ a sustainable food benefit, to raise much needed funds. With the help of some of New York’s finest chefs and Executive Producer Sara Pandolfi, the soup kitchen attracted over 300 guests to the first time event, raising over $150,000 in cash & in-kind donations.

“The money raised will go a long way towards helping us through the summer, which is one of our busiest times of year,” says Executive Director, Rev. Glenn Chalmers. “Once schools are out, families and children join the line and we serve more than 1,000 meals every day, sometimes as many as 1,200.”

Guests at ‘From Farm to Tray’ enjoyed a diverse range of sumptuous and sustainable delights. From Norma Jean Darden’s signature fried catfish and collard greens, to Park Avenue Spring’s, Kevin Lasko’s spring vegetable garden and One If By Land, Two If By Sea’s, Colt Taylor’s Long Island razor clams, every menu item was sourced locally. Attendess also enjoyed the griddled beer brined haloumi cheese on a sourdough role with a smoked sausage presented by Preston Madson & Ginger Pierce Freemans, Peel & ISA; duck terrine with chicken liver mousse prepared by Yvan Lemoine, Mixologist at Lavo and The Next Food Network Star Season 8 Finalist; creamy polenta and herb cake with spring mushroom ragout  created by Kurt Kretzschmar of Cocktail Caterers; and peppered salisbury steak sliders topped roasted local mixed mushrooms pea greens & sherry vinegar lentils on toasted ciabatta crouton prepared by the soup kitchen’s very own David Soto & Jerry Brady, graduates of The Doe Fund.

“We’re grateful to so many people for making From Farm to Tray such a success,” remarks Chalmers, “as well as the chefs, we had the support of Whole Foods who provided the ingredients, Starwood Hotels, who staffed the event and a huge range of local and artisan brands who offered delicious desserts and beverages. It was a real team effort.”

“We are fortunate to have the generous support of dcc nyc and OTTO NY who collaborated on the design, branding and print for the entire event,” says Pandolfi. “Their joint efforts helped bring our vision of From Farm to Tray to life.” From Farm to Tray also had the generous support of the following food and beverage companies: Brooklyn Brewery, SoCo Creamery, FAIR., Greenhook Ginsmiths, 1776 Beverage Co., Bedell Cellars, Brotherhood Winery, Fianco a Fianco, and Vision Wine Brands. For a complete list of official sponsors please visit www.farmtotray.org.

Food costs alone at the soup kitchen run to over $1,000 per day. Funds raised at From Farm to Tray will go directly towards providing direct soup kitchen services. “The money raised from the night go directly to those who need it most,” says Chalmers. “It will cover about two months of food costs here at the soup kitchen. We’ve been serving meals for 30 years and it’s the first time we’ve ever raised that kind of money in only one night.”

‘From Farm to Tray’ was produced by Sara Pandolfi & Co. Sara Pandolfi, who serves on the The James Beard Foundation’s Young Professionals Committee, engaged her friends in the culinary field to participate in the soup kitchen’s first-ever sustainable food celebration. To find out more about the event visit http://www.farmtotray.org.


Photos courtesy of Miguel Peguero Photography, Armando Rafael Photography and Gastronami.

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Le Bernardin: Midtown West, NYC

What better way to celebrate the official launch of the Cayman Cookout than to pay homage to the man who initiated this brilliant culinary extravaganza- Chef Eric Ripert.

This summer we returned to Le Bernardin to experience Chef Eric’s seasonal seafood menu. Not only were we blown away with each delectable dish, but also we had quite an unexpected surprise. Chef Eric came out to welcome us and reminisce about the fond memories of last year’s Cayman Cookout. It’s incredible how gracious, warm and personable this talented culinary artist truly is.

Thank you Chef Eric for making our experience at Le Bernardin unforgettable. We look forward to seeing you and the Mrs. at Cayman Cookout 2013!

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Cook Italy: Bologna, Italy

SaraDISH & CD return to Italy to embrace the beautiful  culture, to drink the glorious wine, and to experience a hands-on cooking lesson  in Bologna.

We discovered Carmelita Caruana through Trip Advisor and had arranged for an all-day lesson upon our arrival. At 8:30am the ever so charming Carmelita met us at our hotel and then took us on an informative tour of Bologna’s beloved grocery markets. As we strolled through the markets she highlighted some of her favorite purveyor, as well as some notable markets, including the horse meat butcher, fish market, produce stands, Eataly, and of course, the specialty wine shop.

At around 11am we began prepping the fresh ingredients that we purchased during our walk-thru tour. We then took a vino break accompanied by a plate of cheese and mortadella and promptly returned to complete preparations for our meal. At about 3:30pm we sat down in Carmelita’s charming kitchen and feasted on one of the most amazing homemade meals we’ve experienced to date! The fig crostini was sinfully good. The tagliatelle with crispy bacon and arugula was phenomenal. At this point I didn’t think I could take another bite, until the pork stuffed zucchini arrived. Wow. Words cannot describe the incredible feeling of satisfaction knowing that CD and I actually made this magnificent meal. Well, it was more CD- someone had to take the photos!

We can’t thank Carmelita enough for being an excellent and patient teacher. This experience was truly inspirational. We even purchased a pasta maker as soon as we returned to NYC! Highly recommend booking a class with Carmelita if you visit northern Italy.

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Bourbon Steak: Miami, FL

Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak is definitely one of our favorite spots to dine at when we visit Miami. From the welcoming and attentive staff to the delicious dishes on the menu, it’s always a good experience.

This evening we started with the hand rolled garganelli with lamb shoulder- a tasty dish that’s cooked to perfection. The local heirloom tomatoes with burrata was delectably fresh and simply melted in your mouth. The bigeye tuna was heavenly and paired perfectly with corn salad. The chef’s special, seared scallop ravioli stuffed ricotta, parmesan and fava beans, offered a delicious combination of sweet and savory flavors. A perfect summer dish!

We enjoyed this meal with a 2007 Andrew Will from Washington. A great bottle, comparable to our favorites from northern California. Can’t wait til our next visit!

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An ode to the classic burger…In & Out. Need I say more?

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An ode to the classic burger…In & Out. Need I say more?

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Ristorante Ciacco: Bologna, Italy

As soon as we arrived at Corono d’ Oro we asked the concierge to recommend a local restaurant so we could resume indulging in gastronomic bliss. Ciacco surpassed our expectations, as each dish compelled us to indulge beyond our capacity. 

First, we quenched our thirst with a refreshing light birre. Though considered an ale, the Bionda was full of flavor and made for a great pairing to each dish. We  began our meal with the incredibly delectable innovative translation of the frittata. The zucchini flower stuffed with cheese was lightly fried and perfectly complimented the egg & zucchini rolls. Next, I had the lasagna bolognese, while CD devoured the tagliatelle bolognese. The veal and pork ragu was excellent. The fresh homemade pasta itself made it worth the trip! 

Highly recommend dining at Ciacco for lunch or dinner. We enjoyed everything we ordered and will definitely return next time we visit this kind and welcoming town. 

SaraDISH Rating: 5 Stars

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Ristorante Ciacco: Bologna, Italy

As soon as we arrived at Corono d’ Oro we asked the concierge to recommend a local restaurant so we could resume indulging in gastronomic bliss. Ciacco surpassed our expectations, as each dish compelled us to indulge beyond our capacity.

First, we quenched our thirst with a refreshing light birre. Though considered an ale, the Bionda was full of flavor and made for a great pairing to each dish. We began our meal with the incredibly delectable innovative translation of the frittata. The zucchini flower stuffed with cheese was lightly fried and perfectly complimented the egg & zucchini rolls. Next, I had the lasagna bolognese, while CD devoured the tagliatelle bolognese. The veal and pork ragu was excellent. The fresh homemade pasta itself made it worth the trip!

Highly recommend dining at Ciacco for lunch or dinner. We enjoyed everything we ordered and will definitely return next time we visit this kind and welcoming town.

SaraDISH Rating: 5 Stars

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Bourbon Steak: Miami, FL

Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak is definitely one of our favorite spots to dine at when we visit Miami. From the welcoming and attentive staff to the delicious dishes on the menu, it’s always a good experience.

This evening we started with the hand rolled garganelli with lamb shoulder- a tasty dish that’s cooked to perfection. The local heirloom tomatoes with burrata was delectably fresh and simply melted in your mouth. The bigeye tuna was heavenly and paired perfectly with corn salad. The chef’s special, seared scallop ravioli stuffed ricotta, parmesan and fava beans, offered a delicious combination of sweet and savory flavors. A perfect summer dish!

We enjoyed this meal with a 2007 Andrew Will from Washington. A great bottle, comparable to our favorites from northern California. Can’t wait til our next visit!

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The Bazaar by Jose Andres: Miami, FL

After meeting the ever so charming Jose Andres at the 2012 Cayman Cookout we couldn’t wait to experience one of his restaurants during our domestic travels. During our most recent visit to Miami we made reservations at The Bazaar and was asked to wait by the bar while the half empty restaurant had a table available. As we walked through the dining area we were abruptly bitch slapped by the overwhelming aroma of foul fish.

Interesting decor, but unsure what the true vision was. So what is this place, Spanish tapas or trendy rave foam after hours rendezvous? Not quite appreciating the new world meets old world concept because nearly every dish was practically floating in foam. One dish in particular, the toro, was so unpleasant that we had to send it back. Toro on its own is incredible and when seared in pork fat, it should be heaven on your palate, not taste like three-day old anchovies.

The staff appeared too rehearsed, lacked confidence and was eager to close the night. The bottle of Darioush was probably the best part of the meal. Go figure the Persians had it right! Much to our chagrin The Bazaar was a miss on every level. The one upside is that the outside bar offers a sturdy cocktail for a mere $16.

I’m hoping we came on a VERY OFF night and still look forward to experiencing Chef Jose’s other restaurants.

SaraDISH Rating: 2 Stars

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The Dining Room: South Beach, Miami

On our first night back in Miami we returned to one of our favorite restaurants, The Dining Room. It’s still a local gem and its summer menu is not to be missed.

The lamb meatballs capture incredible flavors of the mediterranean. The ceviche offers a deliciously refreshing taste on the palate. The lobster-esque cobia was perfectly grilled and a must try.

The Chef presented us with one of our favorite desserts EVER, the Baked Patagonia. This heaven-in-your-mouth treat was packed with complimentary favors and textures that’s sure to please any sweet craving. The summer chocolate special was also incredibly tasty.

We love you guys at The Dining Room! Thanks for always offering us a wonderful dining experience.

Check out our other post featuring The Dining Room.


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