5@5 - Getting creative with classic cocktails
January 21st, 2013
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.

"Don't mess with a good thing."

"There's no need to reinvent the wheel."

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

However many adages there are that extol the virtues of the classics, there is always room for minor tweaking - especially when it comes to matters of taste, like cocktails.

According to Adam Bernbach, the bar manager of Proof and Estadio restaurants in Washington, D.C., there are a couple of things experimental imbibers should pay attention to when riffing on the classics.

Five Tips on Getting Creative with Classic Cocktails: Adam Bernbach

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A toast to a civil rights activist Leah Chase
January 21st, 2013
01:30 PM ET
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We shared this story back in 2011, but in honor of Leah Chase's recent 90th birthday, and celebration of Martin Luther King Day, it seemed only fitting to pay homage to this civil rights activist.

When Leah Chase is about to speak, the whole room goes quiet.

Democratic strategist James Carville noted this from his perch at the faraway end of the dining room table at Eatocracy's Secret Supper a couple years back. Ms. Chase, seated at the center, stirred in her seat and Carville, along with the other 14 guests, stopped talking and craned in. When the now 90 year old "Queen of Creole Cuisine" has words to share, they tend to be worth hearing.

January 21st, 2013
11:00 AM ET
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National New England clam chowder day
January 21st, 2013
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.

Today's food holiday is chowdah this world - January 21 is National New England Clam Chowder Day.

Let’s get one thing straight off the bat: New Englanders are serious about their chowder. Chowders - a hearty soup typically made from seafood and/or vegetables - vary by region. The differences might seem subtle to the untrained eye, but to representatives of that region, they’re black and white.

The main difference between a New England clam chowder and a Manhattan clam chowder is the addition of tomatoes to the latter. Italian immigrants brought tomatoes with them to the New World and they became so popular, they were put in most dishes. New Englanders disagree with this addition, so much so that in 1939, an assemblyman in Maine introduced a bill making it illegal to add tomatoes to clam chowder.

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Coffee klatsch
January 21st, 2013
05:00 AM ET
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