Thursday, November 13, 2014

Free Cholesterol Screenings at NASCAR Race

I'm, like, part of the media now, so I get these press releases all the time. Most of them are totally uninteresting to me or anyone else. This one gave me a chuckle though. I mean, c'mon, it's NASCAR. Chef BoyarAndy is going to be very upset with me.




Cholesterol awareness events on November 14, 15 and 16 are sponsored by AstraZeneca

WHAT: Free cholesterol screenings for adults aged 18 and older will be conducted at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, November 14th through Sunday, November 16th during NASCAR’s Championship Races during the 2014 Ford Championship Weekend.

 Sponsored by AstraZeneca, the free cholesterol screenings are part of an educational initiative the company is conducting to help raise awareness about the importance of “knowing your numbers” as nearly 37% of South Floridians have high cholesterol levels. Health care professionals will be onsite to provide screening results and information about the importance of managing cholesterol levels.

WHO: The cholesterol screening is free and open to the public for adults aged 18 and older.

WHERE & WHEN: The cholesterol screenings at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be held on Friday, November 14th through Sunday, November 16th at the following times:

· Friday, November 14th: 11:30 AM – 8:00 PM

· Saturday, November 15th: 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM
· Sunday November 16th: 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM

 The cholesterol screenings will be held in the display area located beyond gate 11.

WHY: High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease and it affects an estimated 31.9 million Americans. Only 1 out of every 3 adults with high cholesterol has the condition under control. Since there are no signs or symptoms of high cholesterol, getting your cholesterol checked with a simple blood test is the only way to know if you have high cholesterol. It is important that cholesterol levels are kept within healthy limits.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Food Network Star Casting Call

Ok, ok, if you guys really think I'm "captivating" I'll go and audition. Jeez, you're embarrassing me over here! 

Even if you think that the term "celebrity chef" is an insult to your intelligence and the entire restaurant industry, you have to admit that the concept helps sell a lot of commercials. Nothing more American than that. Watching Food Network is certainly more productive than pretending the players on your fantasy football team work for you. USA! Sign up here.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Friday, June 27, 2014

Frankenfood on Spike TV

The main benefit of writing this food blog is getting invited to cool events, but that's a drag because then we feel obligated to write glowing reviews of the stuff we were invited to eat. Makes you think about how corporate sponsorship of our news media affects them...deep...

One of the main nuisances is that we're now on roughly a bazillion media lists and get even more emails than you do. Yeah, pretty terrible.

Today's comes from the well-meaning people who are promoting a new show on Spike TV called "Frankenfood," which is exactly what it sounds like. Please enjoy the following trailer for the show - 

I got about halfway through before I killed myself, so now I'm dead. Euhhshffffff...[dying sound]

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Burger Time

It's summertime! That means burgers on the grill, right? Wrong. Cook them on a griddle or a cast iron skillet. We fully endorse the techniques outlined in this New York Times article featuring burger expert, George Motz.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Ommegerd This Sounds Sweet


Brewery Ommegang Kicks Off Third Annual
HopChef Beer and Food Pairing Competition in Miami on April 28
Brewery Ommegang with SAVEUR and up-and-coming chefs will
launch 2014’s first HopChef at the Biltmore Hotel

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – March 18, 2014 - Brewery Ommegang will kick off its expanded third annual HopChef Competition on Monday, April 28 from 7-10 p.m. at the Biltmore Hotel. The event will bring together Miami’s top rising chefs under one roof to pair dishes with Ommegang’s Belgian-style ales and compete for the title of Miami HopChef 2014. Tickets, which are now on-sale at, are the only way to take part in the HopChef action and include samplings of each chef’s delectable dishes and a selection of Ommegang ales.

A line-up of eight chefs from leading, local restaurants have been hand selected to participate, including:
·      David Hackett – The Biltmore Hotel
·      Alan Hughes – Embassy of Wellbeing and Debauchery
·      Jacob Anaya – OTC
·      Sean Brasel –Meat Market
·      Andreu Silverman – Route 9
·      Michell Sanchez – Latin House Burger & Taco
·      Jason Pringle – DB Bistro
·      Michael Meuse – Doubletree Miami Airport Convention Center

Each chef will create one dish showcasing their imaginative beer and food pairing skills. The dishes, each paired with a specific Ommegang beer, will be served to a panel of judges and attendees to taste and score. The Miami judging panel includes: Celebrity Chef Michael Schwartz, Master Cicerone Neil Witte, StarChefs Managing Editor Will Blunt, Prime 112 Head Chef Mike Sabin, and Pubbelly Chef Jose Mendin.

“Miami, with its vibrant foodie culture and neighborhoods, is the perfect location to kick off HopChef 2014,’’ said Bill Wetmore, Marketing Director for Brewery Ommegang.  “This is our first year hosting a competition in Miami and we look forward to bringing some of the city’s top culinary talents together in the name of great beer and great food.”

The HopChef winner from Miami will be invited to the Grand Finale to compete against winners from Boston, Denver, San Francisco and Philadelphia at Ommegang’s annual Belgium Comes to Cooperstown festival on Aug. 9, 2014.The 2014 Grand Prize winner will receive a spotlight position on the SAVEUR Tastemakers board, a spotlight in SAVEUR Magazine & editorial, a showcase with Brewery Ommegang at the International Chefs Congress and a showcase station with Brewery Ommegang at the SAVEUR Summer BBQ, both in New York.

Additional cities hosting a HopChef Competition are:
·      Boston – May
·      San Francisco – June
·      Philadelphia – July
·      Cooperstown  (HopChef Finals)- August
·      Los Angeles – September
·      New York City - October
·      Dallas – November

Tickets, which are available for $75 each, can be purchased at and include samples of each chef’s signature dish and accompanying Ommegang beers as well as a commemorative Brewery Ommegang glass. The Biltmore Hotel is located at 1200 Anastasia Ave. in Coral Cables and the HopChef Event will run from 7-10 p.m.

Brewery Ommegang, located on a 136-acre farmstead in Cooperstown, NY, is regarded by many as the most beautiful brewery in America. The company opened in 1997 to brew fine Belgian-style craft beers, which are now distributed in 44 states. The brewery offers daily tours and tastings as well as a 100-seat café and an annual calendar of events, concerts and beer festivals. For more information, visit Follow Ommegang on Twitter @BreweryOmmegang,, and on Instagram @BreweryOmmegang.

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CONTACT:                Erinn Lynch/ Nick Valente

Friday, April 11, 2014

Mâitre de Stalking

This is some thorough customer service right here. The mâitre d' at NYC's Eleven Madison Park googles every single person who makes a reservation at the restaurant. Of course, he can't possibly know who is going to accompany the reserver, so there's a bit of a hole in the efficacy of the practice, but I am always impressed with a business that goes the extra mile to service its customers. Kudos.

Monday, March 31, 2014


I believe the kids are calling this kind of thing a "lifehack." I love knowing tricks like this. Thanks to my friend Ed for sharing -