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Chefpocalypse

Don’t Mess with Kyle Bailey’s Spoon

Kyle Bailey's Iced-Tea Spoon

F&W asked chefs around the country how they would prepare for an apocalyptic situation, a la The Road. Some went for luxury goods—others focused on survival. Here, chef Kyle Bailey of Washington DC’s Birch & Barley details his plan for a pack that’s both useful and deadly.

“I have this iced-tea spoon, and I use it for everything. It’s perfect for tasting and stirring and cracking somebody on the head,” Bailey says. “Honestly, I carry it around with me. So I’d bring that and a Japanese petty knife. It’s super-sharp and good for everything. And, a wine key. You can do so much with a wine key.” He would also secure sherry vinegar, black pepper and bacon—presumably to flavor whatever he cracks over the head with his iced-tea spoon.

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Food & Games

Fantasy Top Chef Report: Food Truck Takedown [SPOILERS]

Food Truck Challenge

Keeping with last week’s frantic pace, the second episode of Top Chef: New Orleans didn’t give the 18 remaining cheftestants a chance to slow down and have a Sazerac. Here, F&W’s Fantasy Top Chef report. SPOILER ALERT >>

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Drink This Now

How to Upgrade Cheap Beer

Michelada Gingembre

Beyond portable grills and parking-lot touch football, tailgating season often means coolers filled with one or two six-packs of good beer along with a slew of fairly tasteless cheap stuff. After drinking through the craft-brewed IPAs and seasonal porters, don’t despair. Tasteless beer can be rescued. While in college, yours truly survived by always having a bottle of Rose’s lime juice on hand—a couple of drops will make any canned swill potable. Here, expert bartenders share their bad beer upgrades >>

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Instanom

Food & Wine Coast to Coast

It's almost the weekend and we're still recovering from Food & Wine All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas. Thanks to MGM Resorts Intl and their wonderful Bellagio, Aria and MGM Grand hotels, our three days in LV were full of amazing food and wine. We had the freshest sushi in town. We got to sample the Burger Bash winner and hang with its creator, chef Michael Mina, along with Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Jean-Philiipe Maury, Sirio Maccioni, and Anthony Amoroso. We learned why Tom Colicchio's new Heritage restaurant is the hottest spot in town. We might have lost at the blackjack table but we walked away winners from our time in Las Vegas.

Checking out the happenings over on F&W Instagram, it seems we've been especially creative of late, perhaps in preparation for all the culinary talent coming our way for New York City Wine & Food Festival. James Maikowski broke out the water colors at the office while James Pomerantz learned about pairing wines with Picasso paintings. Fredrika Stjärne channeled her inner Georgia O'Keeffe. Equally artistic, @tinaujlaki inspired Justin Chapple to create a lavender still-life and we all learned that a rose by any other name smells just as sweet...unless it's a bacon rose and then it smells like smokey bacon.

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Chefs Make Change

10 Highlights from Mario Batali's Honors Dinner

Jimmy Fallon has got Jeff Tweedy's guitar and Jamie Oliver on drums.

Sometimes a party is just so good you're talking about it days later. This was one of those parties, and this is me re-playing the highlight reel with the top 10 moments of the night. Read more >

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Congratulations to Nicholas Elmi, winner of Top Chef: New Orleans, the 11th season of Bravo's Emmy-Award winning, hit reality series.

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