50 Best Restaurant Awards postponed till 2021

Today 50 Best announces that it is postponing The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2020. The event in Antwerp, Flanders will take place in 2021, circumstances permitting

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2020 awards, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, will not take place on 2nd June in Antwerp, Flanders. Neither will 50 Best release its annual list in ranked format this year.

50 Best has taken the decision to postpone the event programme in Antwerp, Flanders until 2021, if the situation allows. Its destination hosts, Visit Flanders and the City of Antwerp, look forward to welcoming the gastronomic community next summer, when we sincerely hope that restaurants will be well underway in a process of rebuilding and recovery.

William Drew, Director of Content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, says: “Given the circumstances globally, in 2020 we will put all our efforts into helping the restaurant sector to fight for its future, as well as assisting in the work that chefs and restaurateurs are themselves doing to help others.”

In place of the global gastronomic gathering, 50 Best will design and develop impactful initiatives that will help the world work together in this time of need. It will also use its network to support and amplify programmes that will bolster businesses, while continuing its editorial campaign to support restaurants, restaurant workers and chefs.

This decision has been made as a result not only of current international travel restrictions and severe health concerns, but also in light of the horrific toll that the pandemic is taking on the restaurant and hospitality sectors worldwide, not to mention the suffering of millions of individuals at the hands of the virus.

“We stand united with the restaurant sector at this unprecedented time,” says Drew. “Today we make a pledge that even though there will be no celebration of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants this year, we will act to support and defend restaurants today and in the future. We ask for the community to join us in the initiatives that will take the place of our planned event programme in Antwerp, Flanders this year.

“Our heartfelt thanks go to the restaurant sector and all those who have stepped up to support the community. From offering meals and delivery services, to those liaising with government officials to protect restaurants and their future, we stand with you all.”

Jamison Farm Lamb is ready for your table - at Easter or any day

OTM just spoke with our Good Friends Sukey and John Jamison, of Jamison Farm. about  the economic slowdown caused by the Pandemic.  Here's their first reaction, you can hear more in next Sunday's episode.

During this time of uncertainty, we get the overriding feeling that we are all in this together so we can weather this storm in a proactive/positive manner. Being farmers, we have faced our share of uphill battles over the years but have endured this ever challenging journey in our peaceful beautiful Western PA. There is always something to do on a farm, no matter the time, the weather, the conditions, in sickness and in health My best "go to" remedy in any situation is cooking. My kitchen is my safe harbor. It gives me great comfort to be able to provide meals for our family as well as our long time customers and friends. I have an endless supply of recipes as well as ultimate ingredients in my ever ready farmhouse kitchen! We love sharing our stories as well as our lamb.

Just rereading the chapter, “Mama’s Stew,” from our book, Coyotes in the Pasture & Wolves at the Door. It’s a rather amusing account of making one of our prepared products with two culinary luminaries guiding us with various do’s and don’ts. When we started selling fancy cuts of lamb like racks and saddles to restaurants in the late 1980’s, we found we needed to find a way to utilize the lower cuts we weren’t selling on a weekly basis. Because we were working with such great chefs, we were able to come up with some amazing products. As I recently wrote, we dealt with Jacques Pepin among other French Chefs when we made our Merguez. In the case of Mama’s Stew, we had Jean-Louis Palladin and Julia Child kibitzing on seasoning and product prep. Pretty Heady helpers in the kitchen!

We have made these prepared products ourselves for years in our own USDA Plant. These products are not co-packed. They are made directly by Sukey and our manager, Donny. We were finalists in a group of seven out of several thousand for “Best New Product” with our Lamb Pie at New York’s, “Fancy Food Show.” We have had journalists write about both of our prepared stews, Mama’s Lamb Stew and Sukey’s Lamb Stew, as well as our Lamb Stock & Sukey’s Lamb Barley Soup. So during these turbulent times, when you can’t go out for dinner, please remember you can get lamb from a farm that supplies Michelin Starred and James Beard Awarded Restaurants delivered directly to your door. And, if you don’t want to cook, we can include prepared products developed by Sukey, John and a host of famous chefs.

Please see our website www.jamisonfarm.com for more information or to order our special lamb packages. Spring is coming.  We and UPS are ready to make your dinners easy and delicious! For recipes, party ideas and/or questions, please email sukey@jamisonfarm.com Gift certificates are available.

For more stories please see our blog: jamisonfarm.blogspot.com

Shop "the house that Duck Built - Dartagnan"

Try something differeent!!  So easy to cook, so deicious to taste.  Go to https://www.dartagnan.com/buy/poultry-game-birds/ to get yours,,,,,,  We got ours.

Sid Wainer Steps up with Food Rescue Pop Up

OTM is keenly aware of the issues challenging the Food & Drink sceneas a result of the Virus Pandemic.  We'll bring you some of the stories that we hear as folks try to adapt. - starting today................. 

Sid Wainer & Son®, https://sidwainer.com/, the leading food service distributor of New England’s finest specialty foods, has announced an immediate emergency Food Rescue Pop Up for the local New Bedford, Massachusetts community: in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. Allie Wainer says: “During these challenging times, we must stick together and provide support to stay healthy, eat well, and be well. For over 100 years, the Sid Wainer & Son family has been here for our community, and while we navigate the changing food environment, it is our duty to provide fresh product to our community. We are working diligently to support our teams, our families, and our neighbors. Together, we will make it through this tough time.” The first Food Rescue Pop Up will take place at their historic Friendly Fruit retail location, located at 2301 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA. The Food Rescue Pop Up will be available to the community from 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Saturday, March 21, 2020. The Pop Up will provide a wide variety of vegetables, juice, and dairy items: all for only $1.00 each. Some items include: a 5 LB bag of carrots, 3 LBS of cauliflower florets, 1 Gallon orange juice, 3 LBS of salad mix, and much more. Sid Wainer & Son urges the local community to Please take advantage of their Food Rescue Pop Up and stock up on vegetables, juice, and dairy. 


Closures and Postponements, OTM Still On the Air

Two Iconic Food Events, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and the James Beard Foundation Awards have annonced cancellation. but that they hope to reschedute.  Most restaurants have announced that their dining rooms are closed, some planning take-out menus and deliveries - but be sure to check before you head for your favorite watering hole.  And if you plan to go shopping expect shortages, stock-outs. and long check out lines.  Peter experienced this yesterday  Here at OTM we're social distancing, and hoping our larder will hold out.  We hope that all of you, our listeners, will manage these inconveniences. And you can be sure that our Weekly Episodes will broadcast every Sunday.. 


RIP Michele Roux of the Waterside Inn

We read with sadness of the passing of Michele Roux, Co-Founder of the Waterside Inn in Bray, England. Chef Michele's career is highlighted by the Michelin Guide rating of 3 Stars, uniterrupted since 1985.  Michele's son Alain has continued the family tradition, and we know from our conversations with each of them how proud they were of each other.  Our lunches in Bray remain highlights of OTM's dining adventures.  Michele, we will miss you!.

IACP Conference Postponed

WE have just received notice that this event has been postponed  It will still be in Pitsburgh and the dates are iin October 2020.

Pitsburgh Welcomes IACP Annual Conference March 27-29

 Pittsburgh will Host The International Association of Culinary Professionals—a global group of food leaders, communicators, marketers, educators, historians, corporate food titans, food artisans, and chefs—will celebrate its 42nd annual conference with an impressive convening of global food and thought leaders from around the country  We spoke with Executive Director Tanya Steel, so for more  about IACP and the Conference, tune in to in next Sunday,'s OTM Esipode.

Tanya says that attendees will have three tracks to choose from—Empower, Engage, and Eat—as well as attending keynotes and conversations with visionaries like Padma Lakshmi, Julia Turshen, Rocco DiSpirito, Dorie Greenspan, Barry Estabrook, Toni Tipton-Martin, Melissa Clark, Michel Nischan, Sam Sifton, Laurie Woolever, Kim Severson, Joe Yonan, nationally renowned journalists and Pittsburghians Beth Kracklauer, Hal B. Klein and Melissa McCart, and 15-year-old chef Rahanna Bisseret Martinez. Panels, cooking demos, presentations, workshops, signings, screenings and more will round out the weekend..

“We are thrilled that once again, we’ve assembled a powerful group of tastemakers and trendsetters to our annual conference,” said IACP’s Executive Director & CEO Tanya Steel. “This annual conference aims to enable collaboration between members, provide access, inspiration and influence, and help each of our members enrich their careers, lives and communities.”

IACP is pleased to provide day passes available to local Pittsburghers so they can attend the day parts of the conference—have breakfast, lunch, and snacks, sip and sample, attend cookbook signings, panels, keynotes and more. A limited amount of day passes are available only for locals. Go to https://securepayment.link/iacp/local-daypass/

The Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA, https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/pittsburgh-william-penn/accommodations will be the site of the conference, with walking tours, workshops, and classes kicking things off Friday, March 27th. The Welcome Cocktail Party, Taste of Pittsburgh Celebrity Chef Dinner, and an exclusive screening of Padma Lakshmi’s new Hulu series will cap off the first evening. Saturday and Sunday get started with a group meditation, followed by keynotes, panels, presentations and cooking demos. On Saturday night the prestigious IACP award winners will be announced.

IACP thanks sponsors, including Cuisinart, Beef, It’s What’s For Dinner, DaTerra Cucina, Kerrygold, La Tourangelle, Nueske’s, Niman Ranch, Melissa’s, Viking, ,the Pennsylvania Wine Association and Wigle Whiskey.

For a schedule and to purchase tickets, https://www.iacp.com/conferences-events/annual-conference/ Questions? Contact Tanya Steel at tanya@iacp.com. Follow IACP on Twitter at @iacpculinary, on Instagram at @iacppix, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/iacpculinary, for conference updates. Our conference hashtag is #IACP2020 and #IACPPittsburgh.

Davies and Brook - Mayfair's New Superstar

The Elegant Fine Dining Restaurant originally created for Gordon Ramsay is once again Winning RAVE REVIEWS with Daniel Humm at the helm.  Founding Chef of NYC 11 Madison Park,. Swiss-born Humm is living up to his reputation for Food  best described as EXQUISITE.  In the meantime our good friend Simon Rogan, who was Chef at Fera, the previous manifestaion  of the Claridge's Room, is staring at Roganic.  OTM suggests that both Daniel and Simon will soon climb  in Michelin's Ratings. Wondering why Davies and Brook - itt's the street intersection.  More info at https://www.daviesandbrook.co.uk/ and https://www.roganic.uk/

James Beard Award Semifinalists Announced

https://www.jamesbeard.org/blog/the-2020-james-beard-award-semifinalists, is where you'll find the details.  OTM salutes them all.  The Big Event, theGala Awards Ceremony, is scheduled for May 6 at the Lyric Opera in Chicago