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By the Editors of Food & Wine Magazine

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The Sauciest Cooking Class in Town

F&W Chef-in-Residence Mario Batali makes killer pasta sauces, such as this tomato sauce. If you really want to cook like Batali, you can now train with his disciples at Del Posto.

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Saving the World

(RED) Alert! Mario Batali and Pat LaFrieda Call on Chefs and Restaurateurs to Help Fight AIDS

F&W Chef-in-Residence Mario Batali and meat master Pat LaFrieda are teaming up for EAT (RED), DRINK (RED), SAVE LIVES.

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If Hello Kitty Were David Chang, Here's What He Would Look Like

Let's check in with F&W's Chefs-in-Residence.

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Mario Batali's Saltimbocca Know-How

Mario Batali's Saltimbocca Know-How

Mario Batali makes Italian saltimbocca with tender chicken and the sweet Italian dessert wine called vin santo.

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Andrew Zimmern Hangs with Queen Latifah, Snacks on Bear Cracklings

Let's check in with F&W's Chefs-in-Residence.

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America's Most Wanted

Mario Batali, Octopus Whisperer

Chef Dena Marino of Miami’s MC Kitchen credits F&W Chef-in-Residence Mario Batali for helping perfect her signature octopus dish.

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The New Food & Wine

F&W Chef-in-Residence Mario Batali Offers Cover Advice

In honor of this week's big reveal of the redesigned Food & Wine magazine, we're giving a behind-the-scenes look at our new Chefs-in-Residence.

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Chefs Make Change

Mario Batali's Very Awesome Honors Dinner

Here’s what Mario Batali promised about this weekend’s Mario Batali Foundation Dinner, whose honoree was Jamie Oliver: “There will be no rubber chicken on the plates. There will be no boring speeches. There will be no hard sell.”

And he delivered. For what has to go down as the world’s best soft-sell fundraising events, Batali assembled a bunch of friends at his Del Posto restaurant and put them in charge of the entertainment. His friends sat in a row: Jimmy Fallon next to Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Glenn Kotche next to Salmon Rushdie who sat beside Patti Smith. Del Posto’s rock star chef Mark Ladner and pastry chef Brooks Headley prepared the non-rubber-chicken meal; Batali’s friends performed in between courses.

Batali was at the head of the table, next to Oliver. The two met 22 years ago (“I was not a legal drinker,” Oliver remembers) at the Tuscany cooking school Capezzana. Batali was teaching a class; Oliver was rolling with Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers from London’s River Café. Now both head up awesome eponymous foundations; both with the same basic goal, to make sure kids get a better food education. And better food, period.

Where to start with the evening’s highlights: Salman Rushdie’s short story reading? Patti Smith’s duet with the Wilco guys (right before Ladner’s superb leafy green agnolotti, topped with truffle butter)? Jimmy Fallon’s anecdote about fans mistaking him for Jeff Tweedy? And then using Tweedy’s guitar to jam? The silent auction that had packages like tickets to Tiger Jam 2014, with a private golf demo from Woods?

Let’s save the highlights for another post. Meanwhile, support the Mario Batali Foundation & Jamie Oliver Foundations!

Related: Mario Batali Recipes
Jamie Oliver Recipes
Easy Dinner Party Recipes

At-Home Sommelier

Mario Batali's Wine Picks

Jimmy Fallon and Mario Batali

Photo © Michael Turek

In F&W's April issue, guest editor Mario Batali teaches Jimmy Fallon how to make pasta, braise meat and stuff calzones. Here, the superchef recommends what wines to drink when the cooking is done.

2009 Contadi Castaldi
Franciacorta Rosé

Pair with: Mini Calzones, Crab Salad with Mint Oil
“I love not-too-pricey sparkling wines, especially in spring.”

2010 St. Michael-Eppan Lagrein
Pair with: Fettuccine with Spicy Sausage
“A juicy red for spicy pasta.”

2008 Au Bon Climat Nuits-Blanches au Bouge Chardonnay
Pair with: Osso Buco with Horseradish Gremolata (photo)
“I’m breaking all the rules here, pairing meat with white wine.”

2012 Giacomo Bologna Braida Brachetto D’Acqui
Pair with: Balsamic Strawberries
“A strawberry dessert makes me think berry-colored wine.”

Related: Mario Batali's Full Cooking Lesson
Behind-the-Scenes at Mario Batali Bootcamp with Jimmy Fallon
Mario Batali Recipes

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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