A New World Record: Parents and kids gathered at The New York City Public Library on Fifth Avenue for the 2013 Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest kick-off, with local chef/guest emcee Marcus Samuelsson (pictured, center). The event, which encouraged parents to cook with their kids as a way to influence healthy meal options, set a world record for the largest number of kids and parents cooking together at one time, judged by RecordSetter.com. Photo by Brian Ach, AP.
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Say Cheese: November 2013

Abbe Lewis - November 2013

In this month's paparazzi portfolio:

Downtown Dining, Down-Home Style
Edward Lee, chef/owner of 610 Magnolia and MilkWood in Louisville, Kentucky, dished up delicacies on downtown’s Main Street for the Original Makers Club’s second Louisville Dinner Series to kick off the local Actor’s Theatre’s 50th Anniversary. One hundred guests noshed on five-year aged Broadbent Country Ham with spoonbill caviar, and grilled shrimp salad with pickled peaches and uni toast, while listening to live music.

Treme Tour
Food enthusiasts congregated at Restaurant Cotton in Monroe, Louisiana, for a cocktail party and book-signing by Lolis Eric Elie, the author of Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans, and a staff writer/story editor of the companion HBO series. The book showcases over 100 recipes from the Crescent City’s rich foodways, including contributions from iconic restaurants like Commander’s Palace, Upperline, and Brigsten’s. Pictured: Elie with Restaurant Cotton executive chef Cory Bahr.

A New World Record
Parents and kids gathered at The New York City Public Library on Fifth Avenue for the 2013 Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest kick-off, with local chef/guest emcee Marcus Samuelsson (pictured, center). The event, which encouraged parents to cook with their kids as a way to influence healthy meal options, set a world record for the largest number of kids and parents cooking together at one time, judged by RecordSetter.com.

¡Felicitaciones, Chef!
Über energetic chef José Andrés was honored at the Target-sponsored 26th annual Hispanic Heritage Awards ceremony, presented at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., in September. Andrés is the first chef to receive the design award, presented for promoting and fostering Hispanic culture through art and design.