April 29th, 2011
11:45 PM ET
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On a recent spring day, just blocks from the White House, Maxime Holder and a team of French and American bakers are busy preparing and testing their first batches of bread; kneading, pounding and then listening for the crackle of a perfectly baked French loaf.

“Our family is passionate about bread,” explained Holder, Chairman of Groupe PAUL. “More than being an art, we think that giving good bread to people is something that is very important.”

Holder represents the fifth generation of a family business rooted in the craft of baking. His first memories of baking are with his father and grandmother in their bakery in the North of France.

On May 2, Holder will open PAUL’s first flagship in the United States, a dream that began with his father.
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April 29th, 2011
09:19 PM ET
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New Orleans residents, and the millions of people who pour into the city each year for Mardi Gras, Saints games and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (a.k.a. "Jazz Fest") know that the city is fueled by a fierce passion for life, art, music and perhaps most of all - its food. In the face of almost unimaginable tragedy, the city's signature cuisine sustained the bodies, spirits and souls of its people and inspired them to fight ever-mounting odds to keep the culture they love alive for future generations.

Eatocracy gathered together some of Louisiana most vibrant, vocal and knowledgeable residents, fed them a multi-course meal crafted by celebrated chef John Besh, and asked them what they think makes New Orleans cuisine such a vital part of the culture.

And when people like CNN's James Carville and Mary Matalin, chef and civil rights activist Leah Chase, Mad Men star Bryan Batt, food scholar Poppy Tooker, Treme writer Lolis Eric Elie, CNN Hero Derick Tabb and fisherman Lance Nacio sit together at a table, they're going to talk with their mouths and their hearts full.

Watch the video and share your fondest New Orleans memories and your favorite restaurant tips in the comments below.
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April 29th, 2011
01:15 PM ET
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William and Catherine seamlessly made it through the Westminster Abbey ceremony, the carriage procession, the balcony kiss and the Queen's reception.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have now returned the pomp and pageantry to Buckingham Palace for dinner and an after-party, where we can only hope the newlyweds and their closest friends and family are well on their way to Prince Harry's rumored "survivors' breakfast."

But before the monarchs munched their way through some 10,000-odd canapés and not one, but two, wedding cakes at this afternoon's luncheon, we were able to sneak a peek at the royal spread.
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April 29th, 2011
01:00 PM ET
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Box lunch
April 29th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • The Feds want less junk in kid-friendly food advertising by 2016. - LA Times


  • Here comes the grub: wedding food around the world. - Guardian


  • Want to buy your friend across the country a Pepsi? Just send them to the nearest vending machine to redeem their gift. - Geek.com


  • Chef Todd English is in a lovers' quarrel with Beantown. - Boston Globe


  • The newest drink craze is ... punch? - NRN
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Royal Wedding: What's for lunch?
April 29th, 2011
09:45 AM ET
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The wedding dress mystery has been solved, the "I will's" have been exchanged, and the much-awaited balcony kiss has been shared.

After months and months of planning, William and Catherine, now known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge respectively, are tucked away in Buckingham Palace with around 650 guests for a lunchtime reception hosted by Her Majesty the Queen.

Guests at the wedding reception will sip on Pol Roger NV Brut Réserve Champagne and nibble on a selection of canapés, including:
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Breakfast buffet
April 29th, 2011
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Scamper into the kitchen for the catch of the day: April 29 is Shrimp Scampi Day.

Every chef has their own take on this Americanized seafood and pasta combo, but the gist of the dish marries jumbo shrimp, butter, white wine, lemon juice and linguine.

Odds are you’ll be working on ten tired toes today, what with that early morning broadcast of the royal wedding and all - so keep things easy! Slide into your favorite bunny slippers and fix yourself a nice comforting bowl of shrimp scampi.

Want even more warm and fuzzies?  Bake it in the oven with breadcrumbs on top.

Just remember the cardinal rule: never cook with wine you wouldn’t drink (and that’s not just an alone-on-a-Friday-night-in-the-kitchen guideline).



Coffee klatsch
April 29th, 2011
04:00 AM ET
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Pssst! Got a sec to chat?

We are utterly thrilled when readers want to hang out and talk – whether it's amongst themselves or in response to pieces we've posted. We want Eatocracy to be a cozy, spirited online home for those who find their way here.

Consider the daily Coffee Klatsch post as your VIP lounge – the primary comments thread for readers who'd like to chat about topics not related to the articles we're running. That way, everyone knows where to find each other, and each post's comments section remains on topic.
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