The Japan Pavilion: An Intro to the Best of the New and the Traditional

Several weeks ago, when the National Restaurant Association (NRA) was holding its annual international show, my friend Kimiyo Naka, who lives in Chicago, asked me to stop by the Japan Pavilion where 19 companies from that country were presenting a range of both modern and traditional Japanese foods and beverages. On hand also, were several…

Magnolia Springs, Alabama

On a languid afternoon after too much time in the sun in Gulf Shores, Alabama, I decided to follow the coastline  in Magnolia Springs, a small town along the headwaters of the Magnolia River. With jasmine and bougainvillea in bloom, it seems like a true Southern Gothic (in the good sense of the word) type…

Spargel: A Vegetable Fit for a King

It’s spargelzeit in Schwetzingen. For those of us, including me, who don’t speak German, that translates into white asparagus time in Schwetzingen, a celebration of the royal vegetable that takes place each year in the quaint town of Schwetzingen, known as the “asparagus capital” of Germany and a stop on Baden Asparagus Route, an 85-mile…

The Story of the Good Earth: Hoosier Restaurant Grows in Style

  Story Inn’s Chef Eric Swanson has no need to visit a farmer’s market.  Every afternoon the Chef picks it himself. “We’re not ordering much produce these days” he says. “When the earth decides it’s time to fruit, we are there to collect the bounty”. That’s because Story Inn currently cultivates all of its own…

Author Talk with John Coletta: Risotto & Beyond

On June 7, John Coletta, author of Risotto & Beyond: 100 Authentic Italian Rice Recipes for Antipasti, Soups, Salads, Risotti, One-Dish Meals, and Desserts (Rizzoli 2018) will be at Read It and Eat! talking about his recently published book on risotto, one of the most traditional dishes in Italian Cuisine and yet the least explored….