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Marc Forgione is a chef to the core. As the son of cooking legend Larry Forgione, he practically grew up in the kitchen.
Now, Marc is making his own way with a self-titled restaurant in the TriBeCa neighborhood of New York City - which was recently awarded one star by the Michelin Guide in 2010. (And not to stir the pot, you may also recognize his name from a recent dust-up with New York Times financial writer, Ron Lieber.)
Kerfuffles aside, and with the Eatocracy editors being all starstruck lately, it seems like the perfect time for a good old-fashioned game of "guess who's coming to dinner?"
5 People Dead or Alive I Want to Cook For: Marc Forgione
Topher Kohan loves two things: Search Engine Optimization and beer. The former, he heads up for CNN.com. The latter, he tests out at fests, breweries and bars – as well as his own home, where he brews up and bottles his own. Let’s have a drink with the man.
American wheat ale, or American light wheat as it’s also known, is perfect for the hot summer months
This all-American version of a German-style hefeweizen originating in the Pacific Northwest ranges from pale to golden in color and can be quite hazy if not filtered. It has a long-lasting head with a crisp and refreshing taste, and somewhere between a light to medium body.
Unlike their German weizen counterparts, you will not find the telltale flavors and aromas of banana and clove because they are fermented with normal ale yeast. Still, there might still be some fruitiness in the aftertaste coming from ale fermentation.
The things we do for our readers. In response to our post on office coffee tweaks, commenter Audrey asked, "Okay so tell me if this is odd. One of my coworkers puts salt in her coffee. She will put like 5 or 6 of those small packets of salt in a small cup of very strong black coffee and nothing else. She says it cuts the bitterness out.
I've never seen anybody do that before and I think its just disgusting and very odd but maybe I'm wrong..maybe more people do it and I'm just not aware of it."
KDirty responded, "It's not that odd, honestly. I don't know about putting it directly in the coffee, but I generally add a pinch of salt to my coffee grounds while brewing–it DEFINITELY cuts some bitterness out of the coffee. Try it!"
Eric Kuhn is CNN's Audience Interaction Producer and man, does he love to hit the slopes in Aspen, then fuel up with some righteous grub.
The jet-setter crowd has been stirring this past week over an article in The Atlantic by Ezekiel J. Emanuel, who declares that there are no good restaurants in Aspen, Colorado. His thesis is supported by visits to three restaurants whose names are worth dropping – Syzygy, Montagna and Piñons – but are not necessarily the go-to spots in town for those who are regulars - and certainly not if you are a local.
Every so often, we're highlighting a local or regional blogger we think you ought to know about. We can’t be everywhere at once, so we look to these passionate eaters, cooks and writers to keep us tapped into every facet of the food world. Consider this a way to get to know a blog’s taste buds, because, well, you should.
As far as our friends were concerned, M. was never invited to dinner again. Years ago when a group of eight to twelve of us would get together for dinner before seeing our favorite bands play (we'd all met through a mutual love of music), the check would come and everyone would toss in cash covering what they'd eaten. That worked out just fine - except when M. came along. Strangely, everyone would end up having to fish out a few more singles.
Until someone figured out what was going on. M. would pay for what he ate - to the penny, but never toss in tax and tip, likely figuring it would get lost in the shuffle. No one was especially close with him, or bold enough, to broach the issue, so the group would just keep mum about the pre-show plans and meet him at the gig.
Big group check divvying is never pretty. What's the most graceful solution?
And don'tcha get irked with picky restaurant eaters?
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