It’s that time of the year again: Time for the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival! Each year, the culinary excellence and culture of Charleston is celebrated during a weekend-long festival around the city. The extensive guest list includes some of the most locally and nationally renowned chefs, personalities, authors, pitmasters, farmers, drink masters and more. This year, Every Day with Rachael Ray will be a media sponsor and host two culinary events: A Sandwich Showcase and At Home with Celebrity Tastemakers, where guests can meet the celebrity chefs and authors behind some of the year’s hottest cookbooks, and sample some of their brand new recipes. As usual, our Editor-in-Chief, Lauren Purcell, will be attending the events, so be sure to check out her coverage on her Twitter and Instagram.
And just to get you excited, here are a few of Lauren’s pics from last year’s festival!
When it comes to dining out, we’re always looking for the latest trends, hottest menu items and all-around best restaurants to try. And no one knows the restaurant industry like OpenTable. They’re the world’s leading provider for online restaurant reservations and service reservations for more than 15,000 restaurants across the United States–which leaves them with top notch insight from diners nationwide.
After more than 5 million OpenTable-verified reviews this year, the site has released its list of the top 100 restaurants fit for foodies, restaurants putting “the wow factor in everything they serve,” according to Caroline Potter, OpenTable Chief Dining Officer. Among the states, California tops the list with 20 honorees, followed by Pennsylvania with 10 winners and Illinois with nine. But don’t think the typical food-centric states take up all the spots: you can expect to see venues in Delaware, Virginia, Missouri, Minnesota, and more, too!
Steak and Eggs — Feast, New York City
We got a chance to hear from Caroline Potter, as she explains what makes this list so special, timely and all-around delicious:
“Restaurants that are ‘fit for foodies’ are those that are actively elevating their craft every day. The folks in these kitchens are part mad genius, part explorer, putting out the dishes that turn heads and make us turn on our camera phones before diving in,” she explains.
Shaved Carrot & Radish Salad, Asparagus, Artisan Greens and Champagne Vinaigrette — Boca, Cincinnati, Ohio
The most popular type of cuisine that restaurants on the list are serving is American, “which is a good indication that local, seasonal sourcing has become de rigueur at many fine-dining establishments.” And although only two vegetarian-only restaurants made it onto the list, many establishments have moved vegetables “from the side of the plate to the center” (things we like to hear!). Caroline also explains how the timing of list is particularly relevant, “as we’re really at the absolute peak of the harvest season… [when] diners are still enjoying the last heirloom tomatoes and sweet corn and are also starting to see delicious autumn ingredients.”
Carnaroli Risotto with Carrots, Pea Vine, Parmesan and Truffle Oil — Tilth, Seattle
With everything from standard cuisines like French, Italian and Small Plates, to more novel culinary concepts such as Californian and Gastro Pub, there’s sure to be a restaurant to please the inner foodie in all of us. You can view the entire list of honorees here.
“There was so much to love about my journey in Morocco: The food was scrumptious, the people were friendly and I even got to ride a camel! I brought my camera everywhere I went so I could share my favorite family memories with you,” Rachael Ray.
“In my family, we celebrate milestone birthdays with a shared experience. It makes the most memorable gift, whether you’re on a shoestring budget or have limitless money to spend. When my sister Maria’s 50th birthday was approaching, there was no question about where we’d go: Morocco. That’s me and my sister, Maria. To me, riding a camel felt like riding a bumpy sofa!”
”You can find some beautiful things at wonderful prices, like these handmade metal lamps.”
“My photo tip? Don’t center your travel buddy (yup, that’s John!) or a landmark. It’s a more interesting shot if it’s a bit off-kilter.”
There are burgers… and then there are restaurant burgers: those over-the-top concoctions built for maximum wow and deliciousness. To find the best of this special breed, we tapped the country’s top chefs— all recent regional winners of prestigious James Beard Awards—to share the burgers they devour most on their home turf. Then we tracked down the recipes, cooked up a storm and cast our votes. The result: Our (slightly simplified) recipe for the best burger in America, plus 51 more of the coolest, craziest, most crave-worthy burgers to ever grace a bun— and how you can make your own burgers better!
Categories: Every Day Scoop, Food, Travel | Tags: Bruce Sherman, Burger Battle Royale, Burgers, Chris Hastings, Dan Kluger, Gabe Rucker, Hugh Acheson, James Beard, James Beard Foundation, Linton Hopkins, Maricel Presila, Matt Molina, Paul Qui, Tim Cushman, Tory Miller
CHEF MATT MOLINA
of Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles, CA
Find out more about this James Beard award-winning chef at jamesbeard.org.
Chef Matt Molina’s Top 5 Favorite Burgers in the West
1. CHOPPED SIRLOIN Jar, Los Angeles, CA
Open-face, so it’s a definite knife-and-forker, with fried egg and green-pepper sauce.
2. THE PIKEY BURGER The Pikey, Los Angeles, CA
Chargrilled beef, aged cheddar, tomato and worcestershire aioli.
3. NUMBER ONE BURGER 25 Degrees at the Roosevelt Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
Buttery crescenza and gorgonzola cheeses on a bacon burger.
4. ULTIMELT BURGER Go Burger, Los Angeles, CA An upscale twist on the patty melt with bacon and a special sauce between two grilled cheese sandwiches.
5. THE PUG BURGER The Hungry Cat, Hollywood, CA
Organic Niman Ranch beef with house- smoked bacon, avocado and Danish blue cheese on a brioche bun.
CHEF MARICEL PRESILLA
Maricel Presilla’s Top 5 Favorite Burgers in the Mid-Atlantic
1. SUR BURGER Cucharamama, Hoboken, NJ
A Portuguese roll soaks up the spicy juice from this chorizo-studded burger.
2. CHEESEBURGER SLIDER White Manna, Hackensack, NJ
Okay, it’s not a restaurant. It’s a tiny diner specializing in sirloin patties topped with griddled onions and molten cheese on a potato bun.
3. “THE ONE” Next Door, Montclair, NJ
Duck fat–enriched beef, caramelized onions and white cheddar on a fluffy brioche bun.
4. BRAISED SHORT RIB BURGER Christopher’s at the Heldrich Hotel, New Brunswick, NJ
A short-rib patty with roasted-tomato mayo served on a Texas toast bun.
5. PALENA CHEESEBURGER Palena Cafe, Washington, DC
Melted Italian cheese infused with truffles and garlic mayo.
CHEF CHRIS HASTINGS
of Hot and Hot Fish Club, Birmingham, AL
Find out more about this James Beard award-winning chef at jamesbeard.org.
Chris Hastings’ Top 5 Favorite Burgers in the South
1. WILLIS BURGER Shindigs Catering, Birmingham, AL
Arugula, blue cheese and sweet-spicy mostarda on a big beef patty.
2. BOURÉ BURGER Bouré, Oxford, MS
A juicy patty with fried pickles, blue cheese and spicy “comeback” sauce.
3. PORT OF CALL BURGER Port of Call, New Orleans, LA
A super freshly ground half-pounder.
4. THE JOHN T. PIMENTO CHEESEBURGER Jim N’ Nicks, Montgomery, AL
Named for food writer John T. Edge; topped with cheddar-and-pepper spread.
5. GREEN CHILE CHEESEBURGER The Little Donkey, Homewood, AL
Pasture-raised beef, melted cheese and roasted poblanos in a tortilla.
Italy is the place where I feel most at home when I’m not at home. John and I were married in Tuscany, and every year we go back for a long weekend with our family and close friends. Then we take a week for just the two of us to celebrate our anniversary.
Written by Rachael Ray
I love to go to markets when I travel. That’s how you get to know the people, the food and the personality of the region. It’s also the most fun and affordable way to eat during the day.
We make no plans whatsoever. Mostly, we walk around all day, trying to get in enough activity to keep up with how much delicious food you’re eating! (A lot.) But I always end up trying to feed all my Tuscan friends so I can cook at the villa as much as possible.
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CHEF TIM CUSHMAN
of O Ya, Boston, MA
Find out more about this James Beard award-winning chef atjamesbeard.org.
Tim Cushman’s Top 5 Favorite Burgers in the Northeast
1. SPICY TUNA BURGER Parish Cafe, Boston, MA
Fresh tuna seared and slathered with soy glaze and sriracha-spiked mayo.
2. NEPTUNE BURGER Neptune Oyster Bar, Boston, MA
Fried oysters, garlic mayonnaise and relish top this beefy burger.
3. BURGER MY WAY Deep Ellum, Boston, MA
Smoked tomato aioli, bacon-onion jam, aged cheddar and homemade pickles.
4. APOCALYPSE NOW BURGER Nosh Kitchen Bar, Portland, ME
Crispy pork belly, foie gras, cherry jam and mayo.
5. PORK TONKATSU BURGER O Ya, Boston, MA
Breaded pork patty with sake-braised pork butt, seared foie gras, shiso cabbage slaw and a sweet-savory sauce.
CHEF LINTON HOPKINS
of Holeman & Finch, Public House, Atlanta, GA
Linton Hopkin’s Top 4 Favorite Burgers in the Southeast
1. DOUBLE CHEESEBURGER Holeman & Finch Public House, Atlanta, GA
A double stack with red onion, American cheese, homemade ketchup, mustard and bread-and-butter pickles.
2. HUSK CHEESEBURGER Husk, Charleston, SC
Two slim bacon-infused patties with sliced onions, melted American cheese and tangy sauce on a benne-seed bun.
3. 50/50 BURGER Seven Lamps, Atlanta, GA
Grassfed pancetta burger with cheddar cheese, onions, pickles and thousand island dressing.
4. TENNESSEE STACK The Oak Bar at the Hermitage Hotel, Nashville, TN
Pepper jelly, sweet onions and hot mustard on a double burger.
CHEF HUGH ACHESON
Hugh Acheson’s Top 5 Favorite Burgers in the Southeast
1. BOCADO BURGER STACK Bocado, Atlanta, GA
Two juicy beef patties band together with melted American cheese and homemade pickles.
2. HUSK CHEESEBURGER—Again!
3. APACHE-STYLE DOUBLE BURGER Grind House Killer Burgers, Atlanta, GA
A griddled patty on a potato bun with pepper jack, grilled onions and roasted New Mexico green chiles.
4. GRASSFED BEEF BURGER Farm 255, Athens, GA
Topped with Tennessee cheddar, bread-and-butter pickles, chicken-liver mousse and dijon mustard.
5. CHEESEBURGER ADD Drug Store, Athens, GA Small, simple cheeseburgers with crinkle-cut fries and ketchup and mustard on the side.