Category Archives: Where We Dine
One of our all-time favorite Italian restaurants in NYC is Michael White’s Osteria Morini. Osteria Morini is as close as you will get to Emilia-Romagna without getting on a plane. Chef de Cuisine, Asi Maman, invited us to sample a few of the new spring menu items that were inspired by his recent trip to Italy and there was also a mention of a 120-day dry-aged ribeye that we were told would “blow our minds”. Who could pass up an offer like that?
Watch out, there’s a young chef on the block named Kelvin Fernandez that’s making big noise at the Strand Bistro NYC. We met Chef Kelvin Fernandez at an event a few months ago and he asked us if we would like to come into his restaurant and sample what he is doing. We kindly accepted and after a few date changes, we headed over to the Strand Hotel to check out what all the buzz is about this young chef.
Benares is the most sacred city of India, located on the west bank of the holiest of all Indian rivers, the Ganges. It is also one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and is considered by many to be the cuisine capital of India. A restaurant bearing the name of such an historically significant city has a monumental task of delivering exceptional cuisine and service. The newly opened Benares in Tribeca does so and with fierce passion and care.
Founded in 1978, Services for the UnderServed (SUS) has gained a reputation for supporting individuals and families facing challenging life situations such as mental illness, developmental disability, physical disability, AIDS, homelessness, unemployment and poverty. The uber-talented host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, Andrew Zimmern, who is on the board of directors of SUS, hosted a spectacular dinner at Tom Colicchio’s Riverpark benefiting this very important organization. Andrew recruited a stellar group of top chefs including Michael White, Andrew Carmellini, Jamie Bissonnette, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Forgione, Nobu Matsuhisa, Floyd Cardoz, Gavin Kaysen, Masaharu Morimoto and Johnny Iuzzini to craft “The Dinner of the Decade!”
There are certain culinary events that are truly historical in nature and none more significant than the opening of Bocuse at the Culinary Institute of America. After forty years, the closing of the Escoffier Restaurant on July 5, 2012 signaled the beginning of a new era at the countries premier culinary school. Paul Bocuse was named Chef of the Century by the CIA in 2011 and as stated by Dr. Tim Ryan, President of the CIA, “Paul Bocuse is the most important Chef in history.”