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Mastering the Basics @Berkeley: Class 1

Sunday October 8, 2017 @ 5pm

The Menu:

Pan Roasted Chicken

Shallot, White Wine & Caper Pan Sauce

Israeli Couscous 

Mushrooms, Onions, Parmesan Cheese

Roasted String Beans

Simple Blueberry Cobbler

Whipped Ricotta


  • How to cut up a chicken
  • Get that chicken skin super crispy
  • How to make a simple pan sauce
  • Basic knife skills & safety
  • 1 step delicious veggies
  • The easiest dessert that will change your life and some simple but super classy tips


To sign up, please email me. Unfortunately for the first classes, we will not be able to accommodate everyone, but we will make sure you get to at least one class!

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Join me & CityMeals for the Lifestyle of Food

Please join me in supporting CityMeals next week on Thursday 2/16 for the Lifestyle of Food. Tickets here:

Join our culinary visionaries for an evening of cocktails, canapés and collaborative discussion as they reveal their creative processes behind building a food brand in 2017.

Hear from some of New York’s most established chefs and restaurateurs how they have to adapt (or don’t) their signature styles and brands to the changing times. Emerging chefs and foodie entrepreneurs will also share their successes and difficulties in building a brand within the 2017 food scene of chain locations, food on television and the ever-evolving world of handheld technology.

Guests will enjoy a 45-minute panel discussion – plus an auction component – as well as the chance for one-on-one conversation with your favorite food stars!

Host: Chef Shane Lyons and the Citymeals Culinary Circle

Emcee: Adam Gertler

Panelists: Chef Daniel Boulud (Owner-Chef, The Dinex Group) Drew Nieporent (Myriad Restaurant Group), Francine Cohen (EIC/Consultant – Inside F&B), Chef Leah Cohen (Owner-Chef, Pig & Khao), Julianne Feder (Private Chef &, Joe Fedele (Co-Founder, FreshDirect), Susie J. Fogelson (Fogelson & Co.)

Posted in Food Facts, GastroJokes, Nerd Adventures

This ain’t Cinderella’s fairytale…

Summer is certainly over, but it doesn’t mean its bounty is. I’m still up to my eyeballs in eggplant, mostly due to my overly eager mom (she goes crazy when I bring her to my CSA and just can’t help herself.) This past Saturday we spent a few hours snipping some of the most breathtaking arugula, tatsoi and mustards I’ve ever seen. A few last tomatoes held tight to the vine, while the peppers exploded everywhere. Kale and cabbage abounded, as expected. But the eggplant! What a delightful treat. Now despite the color synonymous with its name, eggplant is certainly not limited to one color or variety. Japanese, Italian, Chinese, white and zebra eggplants range in length, width and color. Some slightly firmer and others a tad more tender, some deep purple, some striped, some even white, but all delicious. By far are the cutest are the fairytale eggplant, shown above. Luckily for us, we don’t need to be living in a fairytale to enjoy them.


And for a smile: eggplant-joke-page-image