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J.Q. Dickinson Salt Works in Food and Wine Magazine
Aug
03
2015

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Screen Shot 2015-08-03 at 3.44.19 PMIt was a pleasure and a privilege to write this article on J.Q. Dickinson Salt Works for the July issue of Food and Wine. It’s an amazing story of an ancient underground sea, and a family that has been mining salt on this West Virginia plot on and off for generations. Read the article here for the story of this region and salt works, how the salt is produced, and why chefs like Sean Brock and Spike Gjerde like to cook with it so much.

New Restaurants
Feb
16
2015

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This spring, I’m opening three restaurants (with more to come) along the beaches of the Florida panhandle, on beautiful highway 30a between Alys Beach and Seaside, with two partners, a great chef, and a growing, talented team. The venue is called the Hub, and the restaurants are Red’s Chicken Shack (fried and roasted chicken, homemade biscuits, house made pickles, beautiful fresh salads), Crave Roadside Burgers (grass fed beef burgers on delicious buns from H&F bread in Atlanta, fries, hot dogs, house made pickles, and vegetarian / vegan options), and Mile Marker Fifteen, a Southwest / Southern spot serving tacos, tequila, and more. Over the past months I’ve been working with our chef, Nick Walton, to develop the menus and recipes, and source the best, hiqhest quality, most flavorful ingredients we can find. To see more and follow our progress, please check us out and like our facebook page at The Hub 30A.

Eating Portland: Fore Street
Aug
15
2014

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ForeStreet_raw_croppedI could  go on and on about my recent culinary shotgunning of Portland, Maine. Here’s a quick snapshot of a beloved spot in Portland that’s doing great things with the best ingredients from the waterways and farms nearby.

Eating Portland: Empire Chinese Kitchen
Aug
15
2014

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Empire_dumplingsMy final stop in Portland last week was Empire Chinese Kitchen, a Chinese restaurant right downtown, that calls itself “Portland’s first deluxe Chinese Restaurant.” They specialize in dim sum, and also do great renditions of traditional Chinese soul food — but with a strong preference for cooking with the bounty of Maine’s local produce and seafood.

Eating Portland: Miyake
Aug
02
2014

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miyake_girl (1 of 1)After teaching two cooking classes at Stonewall Kitchen’s Cooking School last week, I drove up to Portland for three days and two nights of, bascially, eating.

I kind of fell in love with Portland, and  its progressive, rugged, Nordic feel, cool summer weather, beautiful harbor and island views, and packed, pedestrian-friendly urban scene brimming with amazing restaurants, both high and low.

There’s all kinds of eating in Portland, but I especially sought out Maine seafood, and beautiful local produce which was at its peak.