Refrigerator Raiders: In December, executive chef James Rigato of The Root Restaurant & Bar in White Lake, Michigan, was joined by five Michigan chefs for the Young Guns Dinner. Guests dined on six courses, which showcased the region’s bounty. Pictured, from left: Nick Janutol (Forest Grill), Rigato, Michael Barrera (Streetside Seafood), Nikita Santches (Rock City Pies), Andy Hollyday (Selden Seafood), and Brennan Calnin (Imperial).
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Say Cheese: January/February 2014

Abbe Lewis - January/February 2014

Stars Realigned
Culinary cohorts dined at Foreign Cinema in San Francisco (a stop on The James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour) to honor Jeremiah Tower (pictured) and his legendary American bistro, Stars. Foreign Cinema chef/owners Gayle Pirie and John Clark collaborated with Tower to present a menu that re-created some of Stars’ original dishes, like steak tartare and tea-smoked duck breast with chanterelles. Photo by Robert Birnbach.

You View What You Eat
Guests gathered at the AMC Loews Village 7 Theater in Manhattan for the annual Food Film Fest to eat and drink dishes inspired by accompanying films. The event Cook, Pray, Eat: Serving 50,000 Meals at the Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar, featured the movie Himself He Cooks, a documentary of hundreds of volunteers preparing 50,000 free meals every day at the Indian temple. Chef Jahangir Mehta of Mehtaphor and Graffiti (pictured with festival director George Motz’s daughter, Ruby Motz) prepared a vegetarian meal for the movie, including curry leaf/mustard seed cauliflower, turmeric dal, and chapati.

Refrigerator Raiders
In December, executive chef James Rigato of The Root Restaurant & Bar in White Lake, Michigan, was joined by five Michigan chefs for the Young Guns Dinner. Guests dined on six courses, which showcased the region’s bounty. Pictured, from left: Nick Janutol (Forest Grill), Rigato, Michael Barrera (Streetside Seafood), Nikita Santches (Rock City Pies), Andy Hollyday (Selden Seafood), and Brennan Calnin (Imperial).

Kudos To The Pioneers
At The James Beard Foundation’s Food Conference at the Hearst Tower in New York City last fall, five honorees received Leadership Awards for their work in creating a healthier, safer, and more sustainable food world. JBF award-winning chef Maria Hines created “A Menu in Three Acts” for the occasion. Pictured: Honoree/Food Arts Silver Spoon winner Gus Schumacher Jr., who accepted his award from Wholesome Wave partner (another Food Arts Silver Spoon winner) Michel Nischan. Photo by Kent Miller.