Kostow Does Camel: This winter, The Restaurant at Meadowood (St. Helena, CA) chef Christopher Kostow (right) flew halfway around the world to partake in Gourmet Abu Dhabi, a 16 day culinary festival with events held across the country. During his travels, Kostow showcased his cuisine at The Forge steakhouse at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal (local fish with Napa acorn squash, celery, and black truffle) and visited the Arabian Nights Village in the Al Khatem desert as a guest of chef Saeed Fawaz (left), with whom he roasted a camel, a meat traditionally served at special occasions.
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Say Cheese: April 2014

Abbe Lewis - April 2014

Kostow Does Camel
This winter, The Restaurant at Meadowood (St. Helena, CA) chef Christopher Kostow (right) flew halfway around the world to partake in Gourmet Abu Dhabi, a 16 day culinary festival with events held across the country. During his travels, Kostow showcased his cuisine at The Forge steakhouse at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal (local fish with Napa acorn squash, celery, and black truffle) and visited the Arabian Nights Village in the Al Khatem desert as a guest of chef Saeed Fawaz (left), with whom he roasted a camel, a meat traditionally served at special occasions.

Fine Food For a Food Journalist
The first of the “Chefs to the Max” dinner series was led by Rick Moonen at his Rx Boiler Room at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas in January, for local food journalist Max Jacobson, who was critically injured after a car accident this winter. Moonen and his team of culinary cohorts (Hubert Keller, Mary Sue Milliken, and Bradley Ogden, to name a few) proffered eight courses to guests, and over $300,000 was raised for Jacobson’s medical bills. Participating chefs and venues are hosting more events throughout the year. Pictured: Chefs Susan Feniger and Barry Dakake. Photo by Erik Kabik/RETNA.

Down, Set, Eat!
Taste of the NFL’s Party with a Purpose rocked Brooklyn, New York’s cruise terminal with over 3,000 attendees and over 7,000,000 meals raised for food banks across the country in February. Guests sampled eats from 32 chefs who were partnered with current and former Hall of Fame football players. Chicago chef Carrie Nahabedian dished up crispy sweet chile-spiced Manchester Farms quail at this year’s event. Pictured, from left: CUNY student volunteers with Carrie Nahabedian, Michael Nahabedian, Craig Harzewski, Lisa Smith, and retired Chicago Bears cornerback Jerry Azumah.

What Polar Vortex?
Over 700 guests braved the chilly weather for the fourth annual NYChiliFest at Manhattan’s Chelsea Market in January. Host Dickson’s Farmstand Meats supplied the 25 participating chefs with 100 percent dry-aged, locally raised beef for their comforting concoctions that were judged by a panel of industry heavyweights. Congrats to Los Tacos No. 1, which won Judges’ Pick, while Mexicue won People’s Choice. Pictured: Contestants Domingo Torres, Mair Immel, and owner Barbara Sibley, of La Palapa. Photo by Daniel Fulton.