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By the Editors of Food & Wine Magazine


Lobstagrams, Sweet Buns and Buckets of Cristal

Lobsters in Maine

This week on F&W's Instagram, executive wine editor @RayIsle sent us a #lobstagram from his dreamy annual summer stay near Bar Harbor in Maine. Meanwhile, creative director @StephenScoble and director of photography Fredrika Stjärne (@thirdness) offered a series of travel postcards from Scandinavia. Stephen went big shrimp'n at Stockholm's Museum of Architecture with a bottle of rosé. Unfortunately, Fredrika did not bring back incredible-looking cardamon or cinnamon buns from Jakobs Bageri in Copenhagen. There was also excitment to be had near F&W HQ in New York. Louis Roederer Champagne fêted its limited-edition Cristal 2002 Jeroboam (read: double magnum) last night on the beautiful NoMad Hotel rooftop with live jazz, a mini exhibit of the gilded bottle and buckets of Cristal.

Plus! We has cats. #FWPets aren't just adorable, they are also highly intelligent. Saul, here, likes to kick back and browse each issue for tuna recipes. Miyuki on the other hand is currently working on a patent for a lick n' sniff application. Apple, you heard it here first.

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Three Fantastic Music Food Festivals

Lollapalooza Culinary Director Graham Elliot

You don’t need me to tell you that food festivals have gotten exponentially better since the days when a foot-long corn dog was big news. You also know that, beverage-wise, music festivals aren’t just about bad beer in plastic cups that you hope someone doesn’t throw at your head. Still, the improvement is mind-blowing. Think Chicago’s Lollapalooza and Outside Lands in San Francisco. The only problem, besides getting into some of them, is deciding whether to describe these upcoming events as food festivals or music festivals. It’s your call.

Cultivate Festival; Denver, August 17
Food, ideas & music: That’s the tagline of this free, Chipotle-sponsored festival. For food, there are cooking demos from the likes of Top Chef winner Richard Blais and Chopped judge Amanda Freitag, plus lots of dishes such as soft tacos and gorditas. Musicwise, the L.A. band Cold War Kids is scheduled to headline. And then there are the ideas, which include the California Avocado Experience, and the Farm Facts Experience, which teaches about livestock (free-range versus confined, and more). This being Colorado, the craft brew scene will be off the hook, represented by the likes of Avery Brewing Co., Oskar Blues Brewery and Strange Brewing Co.

Boston Calling; Boston, September 7-8
Boston is lucky: The town has already had one Boston Calling festival this year, in May. The food lineup for the fall edition is still a secret, so let’s talk about what happened at the spring show, which featured a roundup of the city’s best food trucks, including Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, the Shuckin’ Truck (lobster and scallop rolls, fish tacos, clam chowder) and Kickass Cupcakes (cupcake–ice cream sundaes). As far as the fall music lineup, Vampire Weekend and Passion Pit are headlining; Solange and Kendrick Lamar are scheduled to be there, too.

Petty Fest Nashville; Nashville, September 21-22
It might be easier to list the cool chefs who aren’t part of this subset of Nashville’s terrific Music City Eats festival, whose creators include Kings of Leon’s Caleb and Nathan Followill, and chef Jonathan Waxman. (Full disclosure: Food & Wine magazine is a sponsor.) The festival features chefs’ demos and panel discussions with Michael Symon, Tim Love, John Besh, Nancy Silverton, Ed Lee and Donald Link. On the 21st, you’ll also find the fourth annual Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers–dedicated Petty Fest, hosted by the Kings of Leon and the Cabin Down Below Band, with special guests. The website promises: “If you love Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers you’ll be in heaven. If you don’t, you will. Petty Fest will do you like that.”

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Rare Bird

Meet the $2,500 Chicken

Meet the $2,500 Chicken

The Indonesian Ayam Cemani is "my most requested bird, ever," says Paul Bradshaw of Florida's Greenfire Farms. Why is the chicken so special? It's partly aesthetic: The Ayam Cemani is black inside and out, from its feathers to its comb to its internal organs. "They're stunningly beautiful, like staring into a black hole," says Bradshaw. The bird is also incredibly rare: Bradshaw, the first US breeder, won't have chicks to sell until early 2014. He's pricing them to meet demand: $5,000 a pair.

Read more from F&W's September issue on travel and America's best chicken.

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Grilled Baby Chickens with Salsa Verde

Grilled Baby Chickens with Salsa Verde

This is my weekend barbecue chicken go-to meal. It's got it all, and there is nothing better than grilled chicken, juicy and robust, with char where you want it, bursting with herbed intensity. The combination of methods (marinating, platform grilling, sauce on the side, etc.) layers flavor in a way that is hard to beat. SEE RECIPE »

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The New Blue

F&W food editors apply their incredible cooking knowledge to explaining what to do with a variety of interesting ingredients.

It’s been well over a decade since the Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company released California’s first classic-style blue cheese, its amazing Original Blue. I was thrilled to try the company’s new Bay Blue Cheese at the Good Food Awards in San Francisco in January. Now it’s going to be tough to choose between the two blues! (I haven’t had the chance to try them side by side.) The new Bay Blue, made exclusively with milk from Point Reyes’s herd, of course (that’s where the “farmstead” comes in), is dense and creamy with a wide, deep flavor and a savory, balanced tang. It’s delicious on its own, in salads, on burgers, or paired with honey, fresh and dried fruits, and nuts.

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