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    Jody’s WTF E11: Good Food Isn’t Fast

    March 12, 2014 6:29 pm - Posted by Jody in Behind The Scenes, Eat, Learn

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    What the Hell is a Confit? Relax here’s all you need to know.

    March 7, 2014 3:15 pm - Posted by Jody in Eat
    What is a Confit on a French Menu? – Behind the French Menu. (via Behind the French Menu)

            A confit on a French menu may be poultry, pork or meat; or fruits and vegetables. Poultry and meat confits. Poultry, pork and meat confits are dishes that would never have been created today; today everyone has a refrigerator with a freezer…

     

    Jody’s WTF E10: Steak

    March 5, 2014 8:44 pm - Posted by Jody in Eat

    On tonight’s WTF, Host Jody Ness talks about the dos’ and dont’s of ordering steak. Join us for more every Wednesday at 7:30 PM (EST)

    Jody’s WTF E09:

    February 26, 2014 7:43 pm - Posted by Jody in Behind The Scenes, Drink, Eat, Learn, Travel

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    Jody’s WTF E08: Pacing

    February 19, 2014 8:04 pm - Posted by Jody in Eat

    Jody’s WTF: E07 – A Valentine’s Day Special

    February 12, 2014 8:13 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink, Eat, Learn

    Jody talks about the ins and out of Valentine’s Day dining.

    Good Food for All in A Foodie Capital

    January 27, 2014 4:12 pm - Posted by Jody in Eat
    New Orleans Food Network Creates Community Support For Urban Farms (via Ethical Foods Guide)

    The New Orleans Food and Farm Network is bringing food security back to a city ravaged by natural disaster and poverty. Local food isn’t just hip, it’s a unifying factor between people. Growing Our Roots   New Orleans is the center for one of the…

    Jody’s WTF E03: Whats The Deal With Sundays?

    January 15, 2014 7:37 pm - Posted by Jody in Eat

    On tonight’s WTF, host Jody Ness talks about Sundays in the restaurant industry. Join us for more every Wednesday at 7:30 PM (EST)

    The Top 100 Restaurants in America

    January 6, 2014 10:24 am - Posted by Jody in Eat

    Online booking and review site OpenTable have published their 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Best Restaurants in America and highlighted the Top 10 honorees. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for approximately 19,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

    The Top 10 Best Restaurants in America, in rank order, include:

    1. St. Francis Winery & Vineyards – Santa Rosa, California
    2. Mama’s Fish House – Paia, Hawaii
    3. n/naka – Los Angeles, California
    4. Halls Chophouse – Charleston, South Carolina
    5. Charleston – Baltimore, Maryland
    6. o ya – Boston, Massachusetts
    7. Orchids at Palm Court – Cincinnati, Ohio
    8. Fearrington House Restaurant – Pittsboro, North Carolina
    9. The French Laundry – Yountville, California
    10. goosefoot – Chicago, Illinois

    The Top 10 Best Restaurants in America are as distinct as they are deserving, with each winning restaurant creating one-of-a-kind dining adventures across an array of cuisines and service styles. From Thomas Keller’s legendary French Laundry to relative newcomer goosefoot, both of which specialize in mind-blowing multi-course meals, to the intimate settings of the counter at o ya and the dining room at St. Francis Winery & Vineyards which seat under 20 diners at a time, the Top 10 restaurants are a reflection of the new definition of fine dining.

    Standing out in a highly competitive field of exceptional chefs and restaurateurs, the complete list of honorees are scattered among 30 states and Washington, D.C., and include Del Posto in New York City, Noisette in Portland, Oregon, and Rasika in Washington, D.C.  California and New York boast the greatest number of winning restaurants with 14 and 13, respectively, followed by Illinois with seven. New Jersey and Pennsylvania, each boast five winning restaurants. Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia claim four winners apiece, while Washington, D.C., and Oregon have three. Colorado, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Nevada have two. Alabama, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington, and Wisconsin also have winning eateries. While American fare restaurants have the greatest number of winners, followed by those serving French food, an eclectic array of cuisines are represented, including English, Indian, Korean, Spanish, and Thai.

    “These winning restaurants are conducted like great orchestras,” said Caroline Potter, OpenTable Chief Dining Officer. “All the players, from chefs and managers to wait staff and sommeliers, have artfully mastered their parts, and every instrument of hospitality, whether it be deft service or imaginative menus, is in harmony with one another to create a symphonic dining experience.”

    The Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 100 Best Restaurants in America are generated from more than 5 million restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between November 14, 2012, and November 15, 2013. All restaurants with a minimum number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then sorted according to a score calculated from each restaurant’s average rating in the “overall” category along with that restaurant’s rating relative to others in the same metropolitan area and the average number of restaurants reviewed by diners who reviewed that restaurant.

    2013 Diners’ Choice Award Winners for the Top 100 Best Restaurants in America

    Acquerello – San Francisco, California
    Afternoon Tea-The Phoenician – Scottsdale, Arizona
    Artisanal Restaurant – Banner Elk, North Carolina
    Atelier Crenn – San Francisco, California
    Auberge du Soleil – Rutherford, California
    Bacchanalia – Atlanta, Georgia
    Bibou – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Binkley’s Restaurant – Cave Creek, Arizona
    Bistro L’Hermitage – Woodbridge, Virginia
    Blue Hill at Stone Barns – Pocantico Hills, New York
    BOCA – Cincinnati, Ohio
    Bones – Atlanta, Georgia
    Bouchard Restaurant and Inn – Newport, Rhode Island
    Bouley – New York, New York
    Café Juanita – Kirkland, Washington
    Café Matisse – Rutherford, New Jersey
    Café Provence – Prairie Village, Kansas
    Café Renaissance – Vienna, Virginia
    Canoe – Atlanta, Georgia
    Capital Grille – Dallas, Texas
    Carpe Vino – Auburn, California
    Charleston – Baltimore, Maryland
    Charleston Grill – Charleston, South Carolina
    Chez François – Vermilion, Ohio
    Chez Nous French Restaurant – Humble, Texas
    CityZen – Washington, D.C.
    Colicchio & Sons-Main Dining Room – New York, New York
    Coltello Ristorante Italiano – Crosswicks, New Jersey
    Cúrate – Asheville, North Carolina
    Daniel – New York, New York
    Daniel-Lounge Seating – New York, New York
    Del Posto – New York, New York
    Eleven Madison Park – New York, New York
    Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant – Forestville, California
    Fat Canary – Williamsburg, Virginia
    Fearrington House Restaurant – Pittsboro, North Carolina
    Franklinville Inn – Franklinville, New Jersey
    The French Laundry – Yountville, California
    The French Room – Dallas, Texas
    Gaetano’s & Ristorantino Mediterraneo – Forest Park, Illinois
    Geronimo – Santa Fe, New Mexico
    Girl & the Goat – Chicago, Illinois
    goosefoot – Chicago, Illinois
    Gotham Bar and Grill – New York, New York
    Gramercy Tavern – New York, New York
    Halls Chophouse – Charleston, South Carolina
    Highlands Bar & Grill – Birmingham, Alabama
    joan’s in the Park – Saint Paul, Minnesota
    Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab – Chicago, Illinois
    JORY Restaurant at The Allison Inn & Spa – Newberg, Oregon
    JUNGSIK – New York, New York
    Kai – Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort – Chandler, Arizona
    The Kitchen Restaurant – Sacramento, California
    L’Auberge Chez François – Great Falls, Virginia
    L’Etoile Restaurant – Madison, Wisconsin
    L20 – Chicago, Illinois
    La Grenouille – New York, New York
    Lawry’s The Prime Rib – Beverly Hills, California
    Le Bernardin – New York, New York
    Le Bistro – Incline Village, Nevada
    Leis Family Class Act Restaurant – Kahului, Hawaii
    Les Nomades – Chicago, Illinois
    Mama’s Fish House – Paia, Hawaii
    Marinus-Bernardus Lodge – Carmel Valley, California
    Menton – Boston, Massachusetts
    Michael’s – South Point Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada
    Mille Fleurs – Rancho Santa Fe, California
    n/naka – Los Angeles, California
    Nahm Thai Cuisine – Alpharetta, Georgia
    NAOE – Miami, Florida
    Natalie’s at Camden Harbour Inn – Camden, Maine
    Nicholas – Red Bank, New Jersey
    Noisette – Portland, Oregon
    Noord – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    o ya – Boston, Massachusetts
    Orchids at Palm Court – Cincinnati, Ohio
    The Painted Lady – Newberg, Oregon
    Peninsula Grill – Charleston, South Carolina
    Per Se – New York, New York
    Rasika – Washington, D.C.
    The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro – Columbus, Ohio
    Restaurant August – New Orleans, Louisiana
    Restaurant Iris – Memphis, Tennessee
    Restaurant Lorena’s – Maplewood, New Jersey
    Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar – Galveston, Texas
    Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    Saint Jacques French Cuisine – Raleigh, North Carolina
    Saison – San Francisco, California
    SeaBlue Restaurant & Wine Bar – North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
    Seasons Restaurant-Four Seasons – Washington, D.C.
    Senza – Chicago, Illinois
    ShinBay – Scottsdale, Arizona
    Ski Tip Lodge – Keystone, Colorado
    Sons & Daughters – San Francisco, California
    Splendido – Beaver Creek, Colorado
    St. Francis Winery & Vineyards – Santa Rosa, California
    Talula’s Garden – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Tony’s – St. Louis, Missouri
    Vernick Food & Drink – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Vetri – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Diners can also read more about the Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 100 Best Restaurants in America by visiting the OpenTable “Dining Check” blog.

    Perfect for the Holidays – Anything with Champagne

    December 13, 2013 10:48 am - Posted by Jody in Eat
    Champagne Cocktails (via www.goodlifereport.com)

      The champagne cocktail is a classic libation to ring in the new year. It also works wonderfully at holiday parties with its festive hue. AJ Rathbun, GoodLife Report’s resident mixologist and author of Champagne Cocktails: 50 Cork-Popping Concoctions…


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