Oktoberfest…Cooking In The Kitchen With Chef Josef Lageder

 

We had the pleasure of having Chef Josef to our home to cook an authentic Oktoberfest meal. Of course we had a group of friends here as we all attentively observed his tips and tricks. Beers from around the globe were flowing and laughter ensued. The menu included: Classic Wiener Schnitzel, a refreshing Cucumber Salad and Buttered Scallion Green Peas Rice. But of course Chef Josef can’t do anything just “simple”. He always steps up his game and in this case he expanded...

Table For Ten- Chef’s Create Elegant Dinner for Charity

Sunday was the “11th Annual Table For Ten” event held at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott. A total of 340 guests raised over $300,000 for two worthy causes. The event benefits these two groups throughout the year--- The Teen Project & the Vocational Visions organizations.

“Table for 10” is an extraordinary culinary adventure, which showcased 35 of Southern California’s top chefs. The black tie evening begins with a festive cocktail reception and top-drawer live...

Pascal Olhats Unveils Stellar Classical French Menu For Fall & Winter

Although we have seen a demise of so many “formal” dining rooms, that does not mean the end of high-end “classical” cuisine. It is alive and well all around me, and I am pleased to say that a recent exclusive tasting menu reaffirms that fact completely.

France is unequivocally the birthplace of gastronomy and culinary techniques. On a recent evening, I had the pleasure to be a guest of Pascal Olhats, who was unveiling his amazing new fall and winter menu. Our...

Behind The Kitchen Door- On A Danube River Cruise

A One-On-One Interview – With The Charming Executive Chef Jozsef Lado

I recently returned from a fabulous trip in Europe. This trip began, as most do, in Paris. Indeed, there will be many more articles on that in the months to come, including visits to the oldest restaurant in Europe and Paris! After Paris, we then flew to Budapest to explore the ancient city, and then join a 7-day AmaWaterways River Cruise on the Danube River. ...

Living Like a Local In Italy—Means Cooking With The Chefs!

Living Like A Local- Even though it was only for a week, we so enjoyed our time in a 19th Century Villa adjacent to a winery in the hills of Umbria. The winery next door is a family run operation and a fabulous resource for our stay. We visited Poggio Bertaio Winery enjoying  a private tour of the facility and vineyards, followed by a delicious wine pairing with a selection of...

Chef Luigi

Culinary Luminary ~ Meet Chef Luigi Diotaiuti “A Renaissance Man”

Chef Luigi Diotaiuti is a true treasure to his culinary craft, a mentor to his staff, a giver to children and even caring for the cows and sheep of Italy. He owns one of the premier Italian restaurants in Washington, DC, Al Tiramisu Ristorante, which  means "cheer me up" and that is just what he and his team do every day! He is soon to launch a new cookbook.This will be a melding of his life’s story, his beloved Italy, favorite...

Kitchen Tour With Chef Benjamin

Chef Interivew- Executive Chef Benjamin Hausner on A Viking River Cruise

On a recent river cruise in the south of France, I had the opportunity to learn about life on a river boat. And more specifically----from the kitchen. The person educating me on all this was none other than our illustrious Executive Chef, Benjamin Hausner. Watching he and his culinary team “in action” on the first few days of our voyage had me wondering just how all this comes together, and with such seamless fluidity? It is a well-orchestrated dance, and all the...