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From Kitchen to Market

by TT October 15th, 2012| Restaurant News
Tuscan Kitchen in Salem, New Hampshire, has been a favorite dining location for my husband and me since it opened in November 2010.  For us this restaurant is the perfect combination of dining elements:  highly attentive customer service, delicious, freshly prepared foods, well appointed decor.  Whether visiting Tuscan Kitchen for a weekend afternoon appetizer, a multi-course dinner, or a late night cocktail, we have had only exceptional experiences.

Thus, when owner Joe Faro decided to embark on another culinary project, I was more than eager to view and experience.  The new project is Tuscan Market, which is located next
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Peddler’s Village, Earl’s Buck County

by TT August 27th, 2012| Restaurant News
This year Peddler's Village is celebrating their fiftieth anniversary.  This colonial style shopping and dining destination, located in Buck's County, Pennsylvania, welcomes 1.5 million visitors each year.  Covering forty-two acres, it is home to sixty-five specialty shops, the Golden Plough Inn, Giggleberry Fair family entertainment, twelve annual food festivals and seasonal events, and six restaurants.

One of the newer restaurants in Peddler's Village is Earl's Buck County.  This farm to table restaurant, which serves lunch and dinner, was created by the team of Director of Restaurants Jim Perillo, General Manager David Zuckerman and Executive Chef Chris Tavares.  Working with
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Mr. Mac’s

by TT Jr. August 8th, 2012| Chef Interviews, Restaurant News
The other week I had an interview with the co-owners of Mr. Mac, Valerie Anderson and Patrick Cain.  Mr. Mac is a mac and cheese restaurant in Manchester, New Hampshire.

TT Jr: When did you first decide you wanted to cook?

VA: I have been cooking ever since I was a little girl. In junior high school I received the Crisco award for home economics.  I also cooked with my grandmother as child a lot.  It has always been something I enjoyed doing.

TT Jr: Why did you decide to only cook mac and cheese?

VA: This is my brother’s and my
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Salvatore’s, Boston, MA

by TT July 30th, 2012| Restaurant News
If you're heading into Boston to dine, many people consider the option of Italian food in the North End.  While there are many, many fine restaurants from which to choose in that one neighborhood, there are other good destinations for Italian food elsewhere in the city.  One such place is Salvatore's.  With four locations in Massachusetts, two of which are in Boston (Theatre District and Seaport), they provide an excellent alternative to the North End.

Last Friday, I visited the Seaport location and was able to meet with Executive Chef Victor Paone.  In addition to overseeing the kitchens at
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Chef Grace Nguyen

by TT June 28th, 2012| Restaurant News
If you are like most adults, you probably have times when your day is too busy to prepare dinner.  Unfortunately, quite often you are left with poor choices, such as greasy takeout meals or a cookie cutter of a dinner at a chain restaurant.  If you live in the Bay Area, you are fortunate in that you have a much better option.  Asian Box, located in Palo Alto, offers its diners fresh, healthy dishes that can be eaten at the restaurant or taken home.

We were able to speak with Chef Grace Nguyen, who not only is the executive
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Sun BBQ Rib Cook Off

by TT June 8th, 2012| Restaurant News
Last weekend, Mohegan Sun held its first annual Sun BBQ Fest.  Although Mother Nature interfered with the sun part of the BBQ Fest, spirits were bright at the event.  Attending the event on Saturday afternoon, there was a large crowd despite the lingering clouds and mist.  As the individual barbecue booths opened, long lines formed immediately.

In addition to the barbecue booths, there were many other attractions.  When we arrived the main stage was preparing for the rib eating contest, while a hamburger demonstration took place on the demo stage.  Additionally, there were a number of vendors and food options. 
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Fall Harvest Week

by TT October 28th, 2011| Restaurant News
Our final Harvest Dinner event is not simply one event but an entire week of dining.  Hosted by the SJ Hot Chefs (AKA South Jersey Independent Restaurant Association), Fall Harvest Week will take place from October 30th through November 4th.  With  more than thirty independently owned restaurants participating, it is sure to be an amazing week of food.

Each restaurant that participates will serve a four-course dinner, which will include a variety of locally sourced ingredients.  Some of the menu items available from these restaurants include:

  • Stuffed Bell Pepper- sweet sausage, fontina cheese, roasted tomato

  • Fall Harvest Vegetable Misto Fritti- mushrooms, eggplant
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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

by TT October 21st, 2011| Restaurant News
Through our Harvest Dinner series, we have met many great chefs who are hosting dinners at restaurants and festivals.  This week we are pleased to feature another chef who is serving dinner in a different location.  Elise Johnson will be hosting dinner at her home for eighteen lucky dinner guests as part of the Guess Who's Coming to Dinner fundraiser that benefits the United Arts' Artists in the Schools program.  Elise is one of fifteen hosts to be chosen in Wake County, North Carolina.

Although the location is different, the theme of Locally Sustainable makes this dinner a perfect fit for
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ZAZU Restaurant, Monday Night Farm Suppers

by TT October 14th, 2011| Restaurant News
In this Harvest Dinner series, we've traveled from Nebraska to Georgia to Florida.  Our next stop is Santa Rosa, California, which is the home to ZAZU Restaurant & Farm.  Co-owners and chefs, Duskie Estes and John Stewart, opened the restaurant in 2001 and have been busy earning accolades ever since.

Like many of the other restaurants in this series, ZAZU provides meals created from locally sourced ingredients.  What makes ZAZU unique is that their harvest dinners happen on a weekly basis.  Every Monday from the end of May until the end of December a 3-course dinner is served to
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The Ritz-Carlton “Meet the Farmers” Dinner

by TT October 7th, 2011| Restaurant News
The third restaurant in our Harvest Dinner series is The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.  This "Meet the Farmers" Dinner will offer diners the opportunity to sample delicious dishes made from locally sourced foods and to meet the people who produced them, including local farmers, growers, and seafood purveyors.

The dinner will be held this evening, October 7th, at 6:30 p.m.  The evening will begin with a reception with the farmers.  During the reception passed hors d'oeuvres created by Chef de Cuisine of Café 4750, Garrett Gooch, will be served along with craft beer tastings.  The beer tastings are provided by
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Abattoir Fall Harvest Dinner

by TT October 4th, 2011| Restaurant News
The next Harvest Dinner to be highlighted at Think Tasty will feature a chef duo using only ingredients sourced in their respective states.  Chef Josh Hopkins of the host restaurant, Abattoir, in Atlanta, Georgia, and Chef Steven Devereaux Greene of Herons at the Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, North Carolina, will combine their cooking talents to prepare a delicious meal for their guests on Saturday, October 9th.

The meal will begin with a reception at 6:30 pm consisting of passed hors d'oeurves.  The six-course meal will be served at 7:00, and each course will be paired with
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Food Localmotion Green Pizza and Beer Local Foods Dinner

by TT September 23rd, 2011| Chef News, Restaurant News
With today marking the start of fall, it seemed the appropriate time to start a new series.  This series will features chefs and restaurants who are hosting Fall Harvest dinners that utilize locally sourced produce, meats, cheeses, and more.  The series will highlight many delicious events from California to Florida to New Jersey and a few other locations in between.

Our first Harvest Dinner is taking place this Sunday, September 25th, at 5:30 p.m. at the Lucky Bucket Brewery in La Vista, Nebraska, in conjunction with The Food Localmotion (Sierra Club Omaha, Green Omaha Coalition, and Slow Food Omaha).  Preparing
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