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Michael Chiarello's Live Fire

By Lauren Salkeld In Michael Chiarello’s Live Fire, the famed Napa Valley chef (Tra Vigne, Bottega) and television personality (Food Network’s Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello, Bravo’s Top Chef Masters) turns his attention to outdoor cooking. And while some of the 125 recipes tick off boxes on the standard grilling cookbook checklist (there are burgers, ribs, steak, chicken, and vegetables), many will surprise you, including grilled takes on spaghetti and meatballs, chili, guacamole, and strawberry shortcake. A good chunk of the book is devoted to menus for parties and gatherings, such as Chiarello’s annual harvest dinner, an easy grilled pizza supper, and a backyard camp-out breakfast. The rest of the book spotlights different approaches to outdoor cooking, with chapters focused on planchas, fire pits, rotisseries, and Cuban-style hot boxes or box roasters. Chiarello lets his fire determine what he cooks, sharing recipes perfectly suited for each cooking style. This makes for a book that features everyday meals like turkey burgers or cowboy steaks, as well as significantly more ambitious feasts such as a whole lamb cooked on an iron cross over a “30-log kind of fire.” Chiarello explains why he loves each method, and offers a basic how-to, but he also admits you can adapt just about any of his recipes for any type of fire. Of course much of the book is about inspiration, and thinking outside the grill. You may never set up an iron cross in your backyard to cook a whole lamb, but you just might try Chiarello’s slightly less involved recipe for baby goat on a spit. Recipes to try: Grilled Pasta with Grilled Meatballs Strawberry Pazzo Cake with Herbed Crème Fraîche

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Food and Finance Live In Harmony At Empire, A New Napa Valley Dining Experience Opening In May

By Lisa Mogensen, Contributor

Mid-May marks the opening of , an exciting new contemporary small plates restaurant and lounge located in downtown Napa.  Arthur Prieston, chairman of The Prieston Group, a group of companies specializing in financial services, insurance and data analytics is owner along with Nick Rimedio former general manager of restaurant Charlie (Charlie Trotter) in the Palazzo Las Vegas.  It is Prieston and Rimedio’s love of hospitality that lies behind the soon to be realized Empire.  Empire represents a unique opportunity, uniting their love of food, wine, and celebration in a setting that is unsurpassed in Napa Valley.

From: http://www.forbes.com/sites/lisamogensen/2013/04/17/food-and-finance-live-in-harmony-at-empire-a-new-napa-valley-dining-experience-opening-in-may/

Gangnam Style Wine Videos: What Winemakers Do During Off-Season

By Katie Kelly Bell, Contributor

Winemaking isn’t all barrels and grapes, even winemakers know it’s smart to take a break from the stress of harvest, bad weather, critical reviews and other myriad wine industry issues. John Jordan, owner of Napa Valley’s Jordan Winery, and his team spend their scant spare time shooting video spoofs on wine reviews (and the occasional Gangnam Style winemaking parody). Following the cues of Real Actors Read Yelp Reviews series, Jordan’s team assembled a cast of winemakers to wax poetic while reading Wine Spectator reviews to the camera. Jordan’s blog (where the videos are posted) received the 2012 Best Winery Blog and the current videos were produced as entries for the Wine Spectator’s annual video contest (if you’re wondering, they didn’t win). Personally, I think they should have. The world, especially the wine world, can be such a serious place.  These people know how to have fun; who wouldn’t want to drink wine with them? Lisa Mattson, Communications Director for Jordan is careful to note that the “contest submissions are not intended to poke fun at the original authors; they are meant to be an entertaining tribute to the passion and detail noted wine critics put into their prose.” …read more
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Napa Valley Comes to New York for a Pizza-making Party

By Gary Walther, Contributor

Until last week The Hotel Detective was clueless as to how to make pizza at home. But he spent last Wednesday lunch in the company of Jack and Dennis Cakebread, proprietors of Cakebread Cellars, one of Napa Valley’s top wineries, learning that it’s …read more
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First Drive: 2014 Acura RLX

By Steven J. Ewing

2014 Acura RLX

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Good. But Good Enough?

Spoiler alert: The 2014 Acura RLX is a good car. But that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Despite the fact that Acura is subject to a lot of criticism for things like its odd positioning in the automotive landscape, questionable styling choices in recent years, and the fact that, more or less, its products feel like lux’d-up Hondas rather than something truly unique, the cars have always been inherently good – decent to drive, nice to sit in and reliable to own. That’s what happens when you ride that sort of “affordable luxury” line.

Because Acura’s sedans don’t really fit into any one definable segment, the brand hopes it can draw customers from a broader range who aren’t necessarily dedicated to a certain marque. And while there’s certainly rhyme to that reason on the more entry-level end of the spectrum, that proposition makes less sense as you move toward higher price points. (Have a gander at the Hyundai Equus, if you will.) On the other hand, Acura pulled data from a 2012 Strategic Vision survey that showed the number one purchase decision for luxury buyers last year was value for the money, with manufacturer reputation coming in at a close second.

Which brings us to the 2014 RLX, a flagship that will compete in the mid/high luxury segment, battling cars like the BMW 5 Series and Audi A6, but, according to Acura, reaches up into 7 Series and A8 territory, as well.

“This is the best car Acura has ever produced,” said Michael Accavitti, the automaker’s vice president of national marketing operations. And he may be right. But is it truly good enough to be a more renowned player in this higher-end segment than the outgoing RL was? (That shouldn’t be too hard, given the fact that the RL was the worst-selling car of 2011.) We hit the roads around Napa Valley to find out.

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Top Chefs Forecast Food Trends

By Sarah Gleim, Contributor It’s no secret that fashion industry trends come and go; but trends are also a big part of the culinary world, especially in fine dining. When the Startle.com team set out to uncover the top foods, ingredients and cooking methods we can look forward to this year, we went straight to the source—some of the best chefs across the country, from Napa Valley and Beverly Hills to the Lowcountry of Charleston. Read on to see what these pros are forecasting for the world of food.
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest