Remembering Chef Michel Richard

There are tributes pouring out to Chef Michel Richard as news of his passing on August 13th spreads. Michel was a joyful genius, full of humor and passion. The obituaries and the remembrances of those who knew him are in agreement on these points. In an industry based on hospitality and showmanship, he was gifted beyond measure. As…

Food on Film: Chef Jeremiah Tower

We love films about food, and are always looking for new ones to add to our list of favorites. Here is a candidate that may shoot to the top of that list – Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent – a documentary film released at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, 2016.  Produced by Anthony Bourdain, it tells…

Seeing Stars: What is the Michelin Guide?

Have you ever wondered about the Michelin Guide and its stars? The Guide (pronounced geed in French) gives out stars from 1 to 3 when it reviews restaurants; this is the most prestigious rating that a restaurant can get. The acquisition or loss of a star can have dramatic effects on the success of a restaurant. See the…

The Duckathlon Redux

If you like to play with your food, the Duckathlon is the place to be. So what is the Duckathlon exactly? It’s a culinary obstacle course with multiple challenges – some are tough, some are funny, but all are food and wine related. Except the ones that involve Armagnac, gin and beer. It all began…

Duckathlon VIII, The Video

Duck yeah!  Here’s all the evidence  needed to destroy any future political  careers. Our annual Duckathlon was held on June 9 in the Meatpacking District of NYC. This year, our cameras followed the team from Annisa restaurant as they prepared for the event.  This profile of elite duckathletes gives a sense of what it takes…