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Andrew Carmellini Is a Man Who Cooks

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Chicken Dance spotlights a fantastic Food & Wine chicken recipe every day.

Le Grand Fooding starts in NYC this weekend, and today Food Republic interviewed the two Frenchwomen who organize its events about men who cook, men who eat and men who are so into food that they warrant the term “gastrosexual.” Launched in France, Le Fooding is like an oddball summit for young international chefs. New York's Andrew Carmellini is among the headlining men who can really cook, so if you miss the alt festivities, his make-ahead Chicken Posole can be enjoyed by anyone—gastrosexual or not.

Farms

Eating Spanish Food at Tertulia Supports Vermont

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Chef Seamus Mullen

Vermont native Seamus Mullen takes a seasonal, product-driven approach to Spanish food at his new NYC restaurant, Tertulia, and starting tonight he's showing support for farmers and residents in his home state, where Hurricane Irene caused serious damage. From September 14 through 17, guests can donate any amount on their checks and the restaurant will match a portion of it, up to $50. It's a nice excuse to try Mullen's Asturian-inspired menu, with dishes like mackerel with white beans and roasted and pickled peppers, or chorizo with garbanzos and Cabrales cheese—plus there's cider on tap. Proceeds go to Upper Valley Haven, a leader in the relief efforts.

Wine

Where to Vacation During Wine Harvest

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Les Crayères hotel in Champagne.

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Les Crayères hotel in Champagne.

Harvest season started in August for much of the wine world, but Reuters reports that vintners in Burgundy and other French regions are currently divided over when to haul in the grapes. While waiting increases ripeness (which could result in better wine), it also raises the risk that storms could damage the bounty. Something easier to agree on: Harvest time, which can run into October in some climates, is a great chance to tour wine country. In addition to temperate weather, regions bustle with celebratory events like Bordeaux's annual festival in Saint-Emilion, taking place this weekend. Napa offers a string of wine-release parties (like those at Duckhorn and Beaulieu Vineyards this Friday and Saturday), grape-stomping competitions (like Castello di Amorosa's on September 24) and harvest dinners (Pine Ridge Vineyards will hold one on October 8). To help you plan, F&W presents guides on where to eat, sleep and, of course, drink in top wine regions.

WINE REGION GUIDES

FRANCE
Champagne
With picks from Master Sommelier and Champagne fanatic Laura Maniec

SPAIN
Rioja
With picks from El Bulli alumnus Lucas Paya

UNITED STATES
Santa Barbara
With picks from Addison sommelier Lucas Paya

Napa
With picks from chef Michael Chiarello and winemaker Jamey Whetstone
 
Sonoma
 
Oregon
 
Washington State

News

A Mouthwatering Fall Film Festival

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A full house at the 2010 NYC Food Film Festival.

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A full house at the 2010 NYC Food Film Festival.


This fall’s NYC Food Film Festival, which just announced its October 13–16 lineup, promises to be another awesome year of food obsessions, both on-screen and off. Non-celluloid food notwithstanding (which will surely be awesome, with a new Taco Takedown and something they’re calling a Food Porn Party), the film selections look killer — Truck Farm, on the inspiring mobile garden project F&W reported about a few months back, Mistura: The Power of Food on the Peruvian food festival that chef Dan Barber is raving about and a profile of beloved Brooklyn pizza legend Dom DeMarco of DiFara, entitled Best Thing I Ever Done. We’ll be there, but we’re leaving the stale popcorn at home: If the food offerings are anything like last year’s (pig’s blood popsicles, anyone?), we know we’re in for some good movie-watching munchies.

Recipes

Mario Batali's All-Star Chicken Recipe

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Chicken Dance spotlights a fantastic Food & Wine chicken recipe every day.

Stuffed Chicken Thighs

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Stuffed Chicken Thighs.

The New York Times announced today that food critic Sam Sifton will leave his hallowed dining-section post to step up as National Editor. One of Sifton's major milestones during his two-year tenure: Awarding four stars to Del Posto, the first Italian restaurant to earn the paper's highest honor since 1974. With their fine-dining accomplishment, Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, Lidia Bastianich and chef Mark Ladner secured a place in Times history for Italian food. To honor the all-stars, we present a Batali recipe that's worthy of our staff favorite hall of fame: Herb-and-Cheese-Filled Chicken Thighs.

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