Wild about Game Festival, with Chef Chris Cosentino, Mt. Hood OR, September 27

San Francisco based Chef Chris Cosentino, Incanto is his Noe Valley food haven, loves Offal, but he also loves Game.  So if you're into Game, or just "Game for a good time", check out the Wild About Game Cook-off coming up at The Resort at the Mountain near Oregon's Mount Hood just outside Portland, September 27th.  Chris heads a of judges including Seatle restaurateur Tom Douglas who'll assess the Game cooking skills of some of the NorthWest's "Top Toques".  OTM is still trying to figure out how to fit this into our schedule, it sounds like so much fun.  For more information go to www.nickyusa.com

We love Daniel Boulud - Check out his Culinary Empire at The James Beard House & you will too

Perhaps Daniel is no stranger to you too.  Regardless, if you can find time to be in NYC on September 14, the James Beard House has arranged an evening you won't want to miss.  And if you've never experienced the range of dining delights Daniel has created, all the more reason.  A very special group of Chefs from several DB restaurants will be presenting a very special menu, in celebration of their very special mentor!  Daniel himself notes "It is a rare privilege to have so many of my finest chefs cooking under one roof".  He compares it to culinnary equivalent of a family reunion.   For further information and tickets call the Beard House, 212-627-2308 or go to http://jamesbeard.tix.com/event.asp?event=210940.  For more information about Chef Daniel and his restaurant family, www.danielnyc.com.

The Stately Homes of England......... You can enjoy them as OTM has done

These are the first words of a ditty by Noel Coward or somebody like that.  What fun to experience for yourself the comfort and elegance of yesteryear, but with every modern luxury and modern cuisine to match.  It's one of OTM's favorite things, and we just returned from a tour we'd like you to know about.  We started out at Cliveden (pronounced Cliffden for the siting on high ground above the River Thames.  History at Cliveden begins with George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, something of a lady's man in the 1660s - movie versions of The Three Musketeers have Villiers connected with the Queen of France.  Today's structure dates from the 1850s, and its elegance today a tribute to the Astor family and Von Essen Hotels.  Amidst all this history Executive Chef Chris Horridge, formerly of The Bath Priory, is inventing and serving modern food with an emphasis on local & organic that brings the hedgerow to your plate.  Cliveden is only 15 minutes by car from Heathrow, 45 minutes from Gatwick, and they'll send a Bentley to pick you up or drop you off - a great fitst/last night stopover. www.cliveden.co.uk.

Move directors  looking for a beautiful English Village backdrop have selected Castle Combe in the Southern Cotswolds several times, and when you visit you'll know why.  Better still The Manor House offers a combination of traditional historical accomodation, ultra modern plumbing and fine food that's hard to beat, even if it rains all day, as it did when OTM stopped by.  It's less than 2 hours west of London by car or trainwww.manorhouse.co.uk. Or as nine paries did on the same day you can drop in by helicopter.

Speaking of helicopters, how about using this as a way to drop in for lunch?  A mysterious but obviously wealthy Russian did just this while we were staying at Gidleigh Park and he brought his children along. Snuggled as it is on the edge of Devon's Dartmoor National Park, reaching Gidleigh along the narrow lane from the village of Chagford is a challenge for nerves and steering!  Recently renovated with new rooms added to the faux Tudor half-timber mansion, Gidleigh offers the ultimate country experience for the energetic who seek to commune with nature on foot, or the indolent, like OTM, who just enjoy the view.  Super-chef Michael Caines, MBE, just celebrated the 10th anniversary of his 2nd Michelin star.  We've tried it before, and can report that it just keeps getting better!  www.gidleigh.com.

If you have a really good GPS (our Garmin came up trumps) you'll find Percy's Country House & Restaurant in West Devon even though the most direct country road is closed to traffic.  Here Tina & Tony Bricknell-Webb serve delicious meals based on crops and animals grown on their estate, and you stay in ultra-modern rooms built in what was once a ruined barn.  Increbibly energetic Tina somehow managed to find time to write a cookbbok, to be published in September, and Tony will not only serve you, he'll offer you the opportunity to invest in one of his racehorses.  And he'll make sure that seafood lovers get the best by making an early morning drive to the fishing village of Looe.  Hope for fine weather so that you can tour their estate and admire their agriculture and animal husbandry first hand.  www.percys.co.uk.  And enjoy!!!!


250 Year Old Guinness - now that's well aged beer!

Brewers of the iconic Stout (very dark beer!) don't rush into things, befitting a business that started brewing in Dublin, Ireland in 1759.  Draft Guiness back in 1967 was their only previous "innovation", unless you count Harp Lager (which Guinness fans certainly don't).But celebrating a quarter century of it's signature Stout, Guinness is launching a 250th Anniversary version.  Peter will admit to not having tried it yet, but his confidence is high that this will become another favorite.  Ann is less excited since her Guinness habit was always to mix it with Champagne as "Black Velvet".  Funny thing, when Peter received his BA at Cambridge, Dermot Guinness (a descendant of the founding family) was standing right next to him, being a classmate at St. Catharine's College and "alphabetically adjacent" as we're sure you can figure out.  And a piece of advice for travelers to Ireland - if you've tried and enjoyed a mixture of Guinness Stout & a lager or ale, don't order it in Dublin as a "Black & Tan", call it a "Mother-in-Law" (stout & bitter, you get it?)  If you want to know about Black & Tan, do a web search, or just drop us an email or tweet.

Join OTM at Savor Pittsburgh, South Side Works, September 2

A collection of Pittsburgh’s finest chefs gather on Wednesday, September 2, 2009 to share their favorite recipes in a culinary competition for prestigious "Best Dish" honors. Savor Pittsburgh: A Celebration of Cuisine, presented by McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant and the SouthSide Works, benefits the American Respiratory Alliance of Western Pennsylvania. Guests will enjoy unmatched cuisine from Vsome of Pittsburgh's Best Chefs while voting for their favorite dish; Cocktails & live music from "No Bad JuJu" and silent and live auctions to benefit the American Respiratory Alliance of Western Pennsylvania are also featured.

Participating Restaurants Include (as of July 1, 2009): Bella Vista Ristorante Italiano (Mt. Washington), Bettis Grille 36 (North Shore), Bravo Cucina Italiana (Cranberry), Capital Grille (Downtown), Church Brew Works (Lawrenceville), McCormick and Schmick's Seafood Restaurants (Downtown at Piatt Place and SouthSide Works), Mitchell's Fish Market (Mt. Lebanon and Waterfront), Morton's The Steakhouse (Downtown), Nemacolin Woodlands (Farmington), Palate Bistro (Downtown), Pizzutti's (Shadyside), Red Room Cafe (East End), Salt of the Earth, Silk Elephant (Squirrel Hill), Scoglio's (Robinson), Sonoma Grille (Downtown), Tusca (SouthSide Works) and The Tuscan Inn (Allison Park).

Jim Lokay of KDKA will emcee this incredible event. Throughout the fesitivites, culinary creations will be judged by a panel of local food critics and other celebrity judges, including OTM Co-host & Fanfare Magazine columnist Ann: Victoria Bradley, WHIRL and Edible Allegheny; Christina French, TABLE Magazine; Rick Sebak, WQED-TV; Bruce May, Pittsburgh Magazine; Chef Ray Wesolowski and Chef Art Inzinga, Pennsylvania Culinary Institute; Margi Schrum, Nancy Anderson & Marlene Parrish, Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

The American Respiratory Alliance is the premier lung health organization in Western Pennsylvania since its establishment in 1904. The Alliance originated as a grass roots society to fight tuberculosis and has evolved to offer programs for adults with chronic lung diseases, children with asthma and their parents, adults and adolescents who would like to quit smoking, health professionals who require the most current information on tuberculosis, influenza, and other lung diseases, as well as anyone wishing to learn more about their lungs and how to keep them healthy. For more information, visit www.healthylungs.org.

In addition to McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant and SouthSide Works, Savor Pittsburgh is sponsored by IKEA, TRANE Clean Effects, Asthma Institute, C.S. McKee, Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Dollar Bank, Green Grocer, Capital Wine & Spirits, Frank B. Fuhrer, Ketel One Vodka, WHIRL Publishing, Edible Allegheny, Comcast and WWSW-FM.

Tickets & More Information:  There's a VIP Champagne Reception inside of McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant from 5-6 p.m. which gives guests the opportunity to mingle with celebrity judges and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets for the VIP Champagne Reception and Savor Pittsburgh are $75 per person. For Savor Pittsburgh tickets are $50 per person, and the event begins at 6 p.m. For more information or tickets please call (724) 772-1750 or visit www.savorpgh.com. And well see you there..........

Attention Asian OTM Listeners - Fine Dining for a Worth Cause!

The Miele Guide is launching a very unique charity drive, The Miele Guide Restaurant Month, in August 2009 is planned to raise funds for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to combat hunger and poverty within the region. As the very first independent restaurant guide for Asia, The Miele Guide aims to provide recognition to well deserving chefs and restaurants in Asia. Through this month-long initiative, 57 restaurants in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand & Vietnam, a majority of which are listed in the 2008/2009 edition of The Miele Guide, will be offering special set menus or promotions unique to Restaurant Month. Fifteen percent of revenue derived from these special menus will be donated to the WFP. These proceeds have been earmarked for WFP’s activities in Timor Leste, one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia. According to WFP, it takes only US$50 to feed one child a year. We hope our target amount of US$200,000 raised will therefore be able to feed 4,000 children this year. We hope you'll consider supporting this worthy cause while enjoying some great dining! Formore information about The Miele Guide Restaurant Month, go to www.mieleguide.com/restaurant-month.

Can't Keep Those NOLA Chefs Down - Tory McPhail & John Besh in the News Again

America’s finest chefs showed their skills in seafood preparation at the 2009 Great American Seafood Cook-Off, held Saturday in New Orleans for the sixth straight year. The event, which has featured both up-and-coming and celebrity chefs over the years, underscored the importance of cooking with domestic seafood and encouraged the use of products from sustainable fisheries.

Tory McPhail, executive chef of Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, was crowned "King of American Seafood." New Jersey’s Peter Fischbach, executive chef for Gourmet Dining Services at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, captured second prize, while Alaska’s Patrick Hoogerhyde, executive chef of WildFin Seagrill in Anchorage took home third.

Sig Hansen, the commercial fishing captain who stars in the popular documentary television show Deadliest Catch, and Chef John Folse, who is often recognized as Louisiana’s Culinary Ambassador to the World, co-hosted the event. The cook-off featured 15 teams, each preparing a domestic-seafood dish that reflected the cuisine of their home state. Judges representing the top echelon of the culinary arts crowned the King or Queen of American Seafood 2009. Last year, executive chef John Currence of City Grocery in Oxford, MS won with his Mississippi Redfish Courtboullion with Seafood Dirty Rice and was on-hand to pass the crown to this year’s winner.

McPhail’s winning dish was a "Creole Seafood Mixed Grill," which combined Louisiana sheepshead, shrimp and crabmeat. Earning second place, New Jersey’s Fischbach prepared Pan-seared Viking Village day-boat sea scallops with creamy chili-herb grits, warm "pickled" root vegetables, smokey apple wood bacon, micro greens and corn volute. Hoogerhyde of Alaska captured third with Wild Alaska King Salmon with cranberry-infused birch syrup molasses and Susitna Valley hash of potatoes nested in Alaska summer greens.

Grape Expectation Staycations Besh Steak Highlights the Flavors of Napa and Sonoma at Two Intimate Wine Dinner. The team at Besh Steak has arranged "flights" to the vineyards of Northern California in the form of two midsummer wine dinners - no plane tickets required. On Wednesday, July 22, sommelier Jeff Gulotta will toast Napa with bottles from the acclaimed Bouchaine Winery. On Wednesday, July 29, he'll take guests on a tour of the Sonoma countryside with wines from Frei Brothers. Wine is an integral aspect of any meal at Besh Steak, but each of these four-course prix fixe menus designed by chef de cuisine Jared Tees will focus on the magic of a good pairing. Both dinners are $75. Seating is limited to 35 guests; for reservations, call 504-533-6111.
Chef John Besh has also unveiled a four-course tasting menu at Restaurant August for $40, a price that invites guests to indulge in a meal of a lifetime. The special kicks off with a menu that’s pure Besh, contemporary French with accents of southern Louisiana: Warm Salad of Pied du Veau with crispy veal sweetbreads and fresh hearts of palm; Silver Queen Corn "Riz en Boule" with pecan wood bacon, cipollini and chanterelles; Hand Rolled Spaghettini with clams, mussels, and blue crab with spicy tomato and fresh basil; and Napoleon of Nougatine with Valhrona chocolate bavarois and salted toffee ice cream. The tasting menu will change, as all do at August, according to the pick of seasonal produce. It launches Friday, July 24 and continues through Wednesday, September 30, 2009.

Rebuilding the Website

Work continues - check out OTM in Print, OTM in Pictures, OTM Bookshelf (still a work in process, but growing daily).  Let us know if there's anything special you'd like us to add.

Emily Luchetti Dessert Recipes Online-Yums!!

OTM's old friend, James Beard Award-winning pastry chef and best-selling author, Emily Luchetti has just announced the launch of her new website and blog, emilyluchetti.com. The new web site features free recipes, baking tips, cookware reviews, entertaining ideas and more.  After publishing multiple cookbooks and developing thousands of recipes over
the years, Emily says she thought "it would be helpful for people to be able to find baking
tips and inspiration on-line and all in one place," She's launched www.emilyluchetti.com to help the dessert aficionados find useful information about the best new baking products, tips and tricks and seasonal dessert recipes.  Among many features are a seasonal selection of delicious  recipes, the latest baking trends, Emily's blog and ideas for the home pastry chef, both the beginner and the seasoned professional. The site will also
feature instructional video so visitors can learn how to make desserts the
Emily Luchetti way.  At OTM we say "Go Em!!".

OTM Highlights are BACK, OTM in Print coming next

We've brought back some our favorite tracks for your instant enjoyment.  Just click the OTM Highlights tab to find some of the world's most interesting Chefs, Winemakers and other interesting characters. Peter's now hard at work adding links to our Print Features.  There's still more clean up to do, but we're delighted that OTM is BACK!!  We hope you are too.