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By the Editors of Food & Wine Magazine


Michael Symon’s Twist on Hot Wings


Sriracha Chicken Wings

© Maura McEvoy
Sriracha Chicken Wings

Superstar Iron Chef and food-TV powerhouse Michael Symon will make a 2,500-square-foot contribution to the rapidly improving airport dining scene this spring when he opens Bar Symon at the Pittsburgh International Airport. Eater links to the release, which explains that the menu will feature Symon’s creative comfort food including his famous egg-topped Lola Burger. Another one of the chef’s addictive innovations, these Spicy Sriracha Chicken Wings swap traditional hot sauce for his Thai condiment obsession—and you won't have to fly somewhere to try them.

Related: F&W's Ultimate Airport Dining Survival Guide
More Recipes from Michael Symon
Delicious Chicken Wing Recipes


F&W Exclusive: LudoBites New Reservation System with Urbanspoon


© Mathieu Bitton

Looking for proof that 2012 is going to be a great year? Here you go. LudoBites 8, the next iteration of Ludo and Krissy Lefebvre’s wildly popular pop-up Los Angeles restaurant, has a new reservation system. Now maybe, just maybe, you’ll have luck snagging a seat for Ludo's terrific menu. If you think Krissy and Ludo didn’t feel your pain when you couldn’t get a seat at LudoBites 1 through 007, you’re wrong. “We were looking for a creative approach to provide a fair opportunity for all,” says Krissy, who watched six weeks of reservations for LudoBites 007 disappear in less than 60 seconds.
To the rescue: Urbanspoon. The primo restaurant discovery site is providing a lottery-style reservation system on their site, allowing people to enter requests for 24 hours, starting at 11 a.m. PST on January 11; the system will then randomly assign reservations. “We’re supportive,” says Kara Nortman, GM of Urbanspoon. “We wanted to come up with a democratic solution to get people into LudoBites 8. LudoBites 007 caused finger fatigue here, everyone clicking non-stop to get in.”

There’s one more way to get into LudoBites 8. From January 7 through February 7, anyone who makes a reservation for an LA restaurant through Urbanspoon and then tweets it out, is entered in a lottery to win a free (free!! whoopee!!) dinner for four at LudoBites 8 on February 20.

Ludobites 8 Will Have an Awesome New Reservation System.

Here’s LudoBites 8 information, all in one convenient place.
Where: Lemon Moon, 12200 Olympic Blvd. (Ludo is excited to be in the kitchen of his good friends Josiah Citrin and Raphael Lunetta, F&W Best New Chefs 1997.)
When the Reservation Process Starts: January 11, at 11 a.m. PST, through January 12, 10.59 a.m. PST.
Where the Reservation Process Takes Place: (The page goes live when the lottery starts on January 11th.)
When You Can Eat At LudoBites 8: Jan 18-20, 23-27, 30-31; Feb 1-3, 6-10, 13-15, 17 and 20-22.

One Last Way to Eat at LudoBites 8: There will be 6 walk-in seats each night at the bar. If the weather is nice (and come on, this is LA, there will be additional walk-in patio seating).

Menu: In process. Will be finalized by January 18.


Eric Ripert's Coconut Coq au Vin


Chef Eric Ripert

© Nigel Parry
Chef Eric Ripert

F&W’s month of Iconversations continued today with a live chat on our Facebook wall with chef Eric Ripert. Best known for his extraordinary seafood at Le Bernardin in New York City, the French chef’s globetrotting show on PBS, Avec Eric, has shown that his talent stretches far beyond fish. In his exotic take on a traditional Burgundian coq au vin, Ripert uses coconut milk to add richness to the cozy winter stew.

Related: Recipes from Chef Eric Ripert
Great French Dishes
Cooking with Coconut Milk


Jamie Oliver's Next American Road Trip


Chicken-and-Leek Stew Recipe

© Dan Lyons
Chicken-and-Leek Stew

Tonight at 10 p.m. ET, Jamie Oliver will star on BBC America in his new series, Jamie’s American Road Trip. His trip begins in Louisiana with an alligator-wrestling grandma and takes him on adventures across the country, from underground supper clubs in New York City to a cowboy cookout in Wyoming. Here’s hoping the lovable British chef’s new show is as successful as his light and incredibly simple chicken-and-leek stew.

Related: America's Best Road Trips
Recipes by Jamie Oliver
Light and Tasty Stews


A Quiet Night in with Chicken


Chicken with Wine and Tarragon Recipe

© Melanie Acevedo
Chicken with Wine and Tarragon Recipe

Before Champagne-bombed bashes, we suggest resting up for the New Year’s Eve chaos with a home-cooked meal. This French-inspired recipe for Chicken with Wine and Tarragon is fast and elegant enough to work for a romantic night in, as well.

Related: Classic Dishes
Fast French Recipes
Champagne Pairings for New Year’s Eve

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