5@5 - Tailgating tapas
October 28th, 2011
05:00 PM ET
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5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.

Tailgating menus tend to err on the side of chicken wings, hamburgers and hot dogs. All are delicious in their own right; however, with the professional football season lasting 17 weeks, the normal culinary playbook can get real old real fast.

Enter 'Iron Chef' Jose Garces, the executive chef of Mercat a la Planxa and owner of Philadelphia's wildly successful Garces Restaurant Group, with his unlikely pregame feast.

Five Tailgating Tapas: Jose Garces
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No tricks this Halloween, just allergy-friendly treats
October 28th, 2011
01:00 PM ET
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Among the sea of bloody-faced zombies and warted witches that will be out and about this Halloween, there’s an even scarier villain for some lurking in the sweetest of places: the candy bowl.

“For food allergic young people, it’s not the ghouls and goblins that are the scariest part of the trick-or-treating, the treats are,” says Mireille Schwartz, the founder and CEO of the Bay Area Allergy Advisory Board  and a Board of Directors member of FAAN, the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network.

Schwartz’s 11-year-old daughter, Charlotte Jude, is just one of the about 12 million Americans - roughly 4 percent of the population - who suffer from food allergies.

That number is even higher among children: According to a recent study in the journal Pediatrics, approximately 8 percent of children under 18 in the United States have at least one food allergy.

But with some strategic planning, Schwartz says food allergies, like her daughter’s nut aversion, shouldn’t get in the way of the frightfully fun festivities.
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Leon Panetta to celebrate bin Laden mission with 1870 Lafite
October 28th, 2011
10:00 AM ET
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Leon Panetta's New Year's Eve toast will be one that has been 10 years in the making. The Pentagon is confirming that a California restaurateur friend of Panetta's will open a bottle of wine with an estimated value of $10,000-$15,000, and the secretary of defense will be one of several friends toasting Panetta's CIA-run mission to get Osama Bin Laden.

Monterey, California, restaurateur Ted Balestreri made a bet with Panetta while Panetta was CIA director that if he ever "got" bin Laden, Balestreri would open the oldest bottle of wine in his restaurant.

The secretary told his friend "you're on," according to Douglas Wilson, the assistant secretary of defense for public affairs.

The full story: "Panetta friend to uncork 141-year-old wine for successful bin Laden mission"

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Breakfast buffet: National chocolate day
October 28th, 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.

Get ready to melt with happiness - October 28 is National Chocolate Day!

Does it get any better than having an excuse to chow down on chocolate, one of the best indulgences on the planet, all day long? Pour yourself a cup of hot cocoa, break out the chocolate candy bars and keep a fork handy for a plate of chocolate cake - we're all chocoholics today.
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