Pioneering New Jersey chef David Drake was recently named executive chef at The Stone House at Stirling Ridge in Warren. Drake, who has been called "a kitchen superstar" by The New York Times, has received enthusiastic reviews by critics statewide. His career in New Jersey began at The Frog and The Peach. He also has worked at the Ryland Inn, Stage House and Restaurant David Drake. With this recent announcement, Drake signals his return to the fine-dining scene. August in Provence, wrote author Peter Mayle, is a time to lie low, seek shade, move slowly. A lethal month to be toying with wine and food. So too in New Jersey. Months ago, in early spring, I had coffee in Millburn with Chef David Drake. He had several announcements, which he mentioned casually - his daughter's upcoming graduation from Emerson, his son's obsession with LeBron James, his new job as executive chef at Stone House. In mid-August, I received an invitation from Jeanne and Frank Cretella to an insider … [Read more...] about Chef David Drake returns to fine dining at The Stone House
More than 120 years after first serving food at the Minnesota State Fair, the Hamline Church Dining Hall is still dishing out plates of pot roast, potatoes and its signature ham loaf. But after a record-breaking year of State Fair visitors, its decades-old kitchen equipment can no longer keep up. Now the dining hall — one of two left at the fair — is turning to fans to help defray the cost of replacement equipment, some of which dates to the 1970s. The total cost, including a new dishwasher installed before this year's fair, could fall between $50,000 and $70,000, said Ray Faust, who handles the church's social media accounts. Faust has launched an online crowdfunding effort with a $25,000 goal. Donations to cover the expenses would allow the dining hall to continue to donate its profits to the Sheridan Story, an organization aimed at combating child hunger in Minnesota. "When you start replacing this equipment, you take a pause and realize 'We are all in,' " he said, … [Read more...] about Hamline Church Dining Hall serves up donation request to its fans
This story begins with a garden. Not a very successful garden, according to Charlie Ely, the self-taught chef and owner of Portland’s Locally Sauced, but a wild, unruly backyard overrun with peppers. When he wasn’t cultivating his plot, Ely worked as an accountant. “I hated what I was doing,” he said. “But I love to cook, so I started making hot sauces with the peppers. And at first, the sauces were mostly vinegar and were really terrible! But eventually I came up with three decent sauces, and they just kept getting better.” LOCALLY SAUCED RATING: *** WHERE: 4 Thompson’s Point, Portland. 730-0662, locallysaucedme.com SERVING: Noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday PRICE RANGE: Mexican dishes $5-$15, BBQ $8-$17 NOISE LEVEL: Unbalanced dryer VEGETARIAN: Few dishes GLUTEN-FREE: Some dishes RESERVATIONS: No BAR: BYOB or order from neighboring businesses WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Yes BOTTOM LINE: Locally Sauced’s chef/owner … [Read more...] about Dine Out Maine: Pepper extracts seize the taste buds and won’t let go at Locally Sauced
Dining on the West side of Colorado Springs is like taking a trip around the world without the expense of an airline ticket. Just about every global cuisine is represented.Looking for a spot o’tea? Head to the British Pantry and Tea Room, 2403 W. Colorado Ave., for a traditional U.K. experience. This business offers an authentic afternoon tea complete with finger sandwiches and savory pastries without the cost of an airline ticket to London.Have an Asian adventure at Yellow Mountain Tea House, 2616 Colorado Ave., No. 21. Owner Tanya Baros, a native of China, serves dim sum — Cantonese for “heart’s delight” — a variety of small, mouthwatering dishes like steamed or fried dumplings, shrimp balls, pot stickers and Chinese pastries that are standard fare at traditional Asian teahouses.Enjoy an Ethiopian dinner at Uchenna, 2501 W. Colorado Ave., No. 105. You eat with your hands using pieces of injera, a crepe-like bread made with tiff, a grain … [Read more...] about WEST SIDE: Colorado Springs West side offers global dining options
What's in: Authentic cuisine. "While we’ve made a few small strides in the area, the pervasiveness of dumbed down/Americanized ethnic is still just brutal." -- Slick300 What's in: Authentic cuisine. "While we’ve made a few small strides in the area, the pervasiveness of dumbed down/Americanized ethnic is still just brutal." -- Slick300 Photo: Cindy Schultz Buy photo What's played out: Industrial decor. "If you have taken an old factory or warehouse and made it into a restaurant, I am fine with it. Otherwise let’s do something that allows people to have a conversation with their dining partners." -- megain less What's played out: Industrial decor. "If you have taken an old factory or warehouse and made it into a restaurant, I am fine with it. Otherwise let’s do something that allows people to have a conversation ... more Photo: Peter … [Read more...] about Capital Region dining: What’s in, what’s out?