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By the Editors of Food & Wine Magazine


A Blogger-Fueled Potluck for City Harvest

Shrimp Casserole

© Lucy Schaeffer / Creamy Shrimp Casserole

Top food bloggers will cook to fight hunger at a public event this Friday. Recipe site Cookstr and crowd funder Zokos are teaming up to throw an innovative charity potluck that will include dishes from The Artful Gourmet's Kristen Hess, JustcookNYC's Justin Schwarz and the team behind Rendezfoods. Attendees must RSVP through Zokos by noon tomorrow with a $20 donation to get unlimited drinks from Brooklyn Brewery, Vinport and Red Jacket Juice as well as blogger-cooked offerings. Those inspired to do so can also bring their own favorite sharable dishes. The event will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cookstr’s downtown New York headquarters, and all proceeds will go to City Harvest, an organization working to end hunger in New York City.

Related: F&W's Chefs Make Change
Delicious Potluck Recipes
Portable Desserts


Star Chefs Bake for a Cause

Locanda Verde Cookies

Courtesy of Locanda Verde

On Saturday, July 7th, some of New York's most talented chefs and pastry chefs will contribute to what promises to be a spectacular bake sale. Cookies for Kids' Cancer, an incredible organization founded by a mom who lost her son to neuroblastoma, will be selling treats from Momofuku Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi, Red Rooster’s Deborah Racicot, ABC Kitchen’s Dan Kluger and Locanda Verde's Karen Demasco among others. Though the group hosts sales to benefit pediatric cancer treatment and research all over the country, this one will be takes place from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. In East Hampton's Amagansette Square. Can't attend? You can still donate, buy cookies online or even host your own bake sale for the organization by visiting

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Insiders' Aspen

The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen: Then and Now

Insiders’ Aspen

Photographs: Alison Harris (Hazan), Percy Ramirez for Oxfam (De Laurentiis), Brad Trent (Parker), Courtesy of Paul Grieco (Grieco), Perry Johnson (Lagasse, 1990), Courtesy of Steven Freeman (Lagasse, today), Rachel Cobb (Child), Courtesy of Tom Hopkins (Pépin)

When the Food & Wine classic in Aspen launched 30 years ago, 300 people showed up. Today, more than 5,000 come: celebrity chefs, wine pros, restaurateurs, citizen foodies and—perhaps the happiest, most excited group of all—F&W editors. Our job is to run around for three days introducing the speakers and panelists at cooking demos and wine tastings; eating and drinking our way through the Grand Tasting Tent (sort of a dream wine-and-food bazaar); catching up with friends like Jacques Pépin at parties, after-parties and after-after-parties; and getting a crash course on the latest culinary trends, news and personalities to watch. Here, a window into the Classic for anyone who’s ever wanted to go:

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Chefs Make Change

Join Celebs, Musicians and Bill Clinton in Support of the Mario Batali Foundation

Mario Batali and U2's The Edge

Mario Batali and U2's The Edge; Ken Goodman Photography

Among the superstars in Food & Wine's Chefs Make Change coalition, Mario Batali is making power moves to raise funds for his charity this summer. The Mario Batali Foundation, which helps feed, protect and educate children, just announced two celebrity-studded events starring Bill Clinton. The former president will headline an inaugural MBF Honors dinner in New York on September 9 at Batali's fine-dining flagship Del Posto Ristorante, where guests will include Jimmy Fallon (tickets $1,500 and over).

On September 10, Clinton, the chef, and his creative friends will play golf at the third annual MBF Swing Session Celebrity Golf Classic (see: Batali with U2 guitarist The Edge at last year's event, left). The all-day outing features a chartered boat ride from Manhattan to Liberty National Golf Club across the Hudson, a clinic with PGA player Hunter Mahan and food from Marea's Michael White and Del Posto chef Mark Ladner. Slots start at $3,000 ($10k for a foursome). Club Hill Media produced a video tease if you want a closer look at how these blockbuster events are done.

Tickets: MBF Honors Dinner
3rd Annual Swing Session Celebrity Golf Classic, Liberty National Golf Club, NJ


Big Apple BBQ 2012

Pit Master Chris Lilly

© Diane Cu

The popular party in New York City’s Madison Square Park celebrates its 10th anniversary this month. Pit masters from around the US will hawk samples of their specialties. Expect the longest lines at Big Bob Gibson’s Bar-B-Q stand, where Chris Lilly (photo) dishes out his famously succulent pulled pork. New this year: screenings of films featuring barbecue and a performance by famed Texas rocker Alejandro Escovedo. June 9-10;

Related: Best New BBQ Joints in the US


Dispatch From the Frontlines of the Food Revolution

Jamie Oliver

© Chris Terry 2009

America’s favorite cheerleader for “real food” is back at it again: Jamie Oliver launched the first ever international Food Revolution Day on May 19 with 540 dinner parties and 460 events around the world. He also brainstormed with celebrities and chefs >

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Introducing a Food & Wine Restaurant in Aspen

Food & Wine Classic in Aspen








At the 30th Anniversary of the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen this June, the newly redesigned St. Regis Resort will debut a blockbuster concept we’re excited to announce called Chefs Club by Food & Wine, a restaurant that will serve seasonal dishes created by F&W Best New Chef alums. The super-talented line-up for the first menu includes George Mendes (2011) of Aldea in New York, Alex Seidel (2010) of Fruition in Denver, Sue Zemanick (2008) of Gautreau's in New Orleans and James Lewis (2011) of Bettola in Birmingham, Alabama. The beverage program will be curated by two of our own stars: Executive Wine Editor Ray Isle will select wine pairings for the dishes and Deputy Editor of Food & Wine Cocktails, Jim Meehan, will create signature drinks.

Even if you can’t hit up the huge festivities this summer, the project will make sure there’s a bit of F&W in Aspen all year round. In November, a new group of BNCs will take on the Fall/Winter menu.

Tickets and more info for the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen

Related: Best New Chefs 2012

Mario Batali

Mario Batali's $1,200 Lunchbox Fund Cookbook Party



Alan Cumming Comes to the Lunchbox Fund Party

Larry Busacca by Wire Image

A recap of Lunchbox Fund Mega Party featuring Chuck Close, Michael Stipe, Salman Rushdie and amazing cookbooks from Mario Batali. Read more here > 









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Harold McGee, Peter Meehan and Dr. Marion Nestle Headline a Food Lover's Book Fair

Food Book Fair

Image: Food Book Fair

Book-fair nerds (what, you don't remember the most exciting part of elementary school?) will be psyched about a Food BookFair launching in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on May 4. The three-day event will feature panel discussions with celebrated authors, including food-science writer Harold McGee, Lucky Peach co-editor (with chef David Chang) Peter Meehan and nutrition expert Dr. Marion Nestle. Read more about the Food Book Fair >

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Uniqlo Partners with Momofuku, Brushstroke and Kyotofu


Courtesy of Uniqlo

Even if you’ve purchased all the Heat-Tech socks you need for the season, there’s a new reason to visit Uniqlo’s NYC Fifth Avenue flagship this weekend: free food from celebrated NYC chefs.


Find out what Momofuku's star talents will be serving >



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