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May 1, 2014
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celebrate spring with a traditional 49-ingredient soup with an interesting pedigree

Le Virtù (literally, the virtues) is an Abruzzese soup that, by definition, requires 49 ingredients and seven pots. Le Virtù was traditionally made on May 1st, combining hearty winter ingredients with the fresh spring bounty. But here’s the kicker: the soup was to be made by virgins. Seven virgins, to be exact. Seven virgins, each…

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April 30, 2014
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A welcome taste of garlicky sweetness after a cold and dreary winter, ramps are the first sign that spring is here. At my restaurants, we are never happier than when we see ramps for the first time each season. Ramps are wild baby leeks that grow exclusively from Canada to the Carolinas. They resemble a scallion, only with broader leaves. Ramps have an robust, garlicky, yet slightly sweet flavor.
Choose ramps that are firm with bright-colored greenery. Wrap tightly in a plastic bag and refrigerate for up a week. I love to pickle ramps* so I can enjoy them long after they’re gone but they can also be eaten raw, or cooked, too! Just be sure to trim the root ends just before cooking. Buon Appetito!
*Pickled ramps can be kept in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or can be canned and shelf-stored using standard canning procedures.

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April 22, 2014
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  It’s often said that if we want to change the environment for the better, we should start with what we eat.   At our restaurants in California, Las Vegas and New York, we’re giving away seed packets for a lettuce blend that can be planted in any climate in the continental United States. The seed…

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April 21, 2014

By Tess Koenig

    Welcome back to Staff Spotlight: a monthly series where we’re digging deeper into the minds behind the magic. Just like you need to have your fishmonger and a local butcher, we think you’ve also got to have a wine guy. Thank goodness for our vino extraordinaire & wine director, Jeff Porter!   Where are…

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April 19, 2014
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    As long-time Food Bank for New York City supporters, Mario and his wife, Susi, celebrated the city’s major hunger-relief organization at the annual Can Do Awards Dinner last week. Last year Mario and Susi were named Can Do Awards honorees, and on April 9th, they served as the 2014 Honorary Chairs. Here are some amazing highlights…

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April 9, 2014
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By David Gruber, Digital Media B&BHG

Earlier this month, I traveled to Hong Kong with a group of college friends. We stayed with one of my friends’s parents, American ex-pats living in Hong Kong. We built the trip around the Hong Kong Sevens, the event when “Hong Kong lets its hair down”. The secondary purpose of the trip was to eat….

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April 7, 2014
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Recipe courtesy of Del Posto

In the first installment of Del Posto’s Passport to Italian Cuisine cooking class series, Chef di Cucina Matt Abdoo expounded on the virtues of the fundamental building block of Italian cooking: fresh pasta. This recipe was one of several that students learned to execute from start to finish. Join Matt next Saturday for the second…

April 2, 2014
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My risotto flavor of choice is entirely dependent on what vegetable is in season and at the height of its flavor. At the beginning of spring, that often means asparagus, known as a sign of spring since the time of Imperial Rome.   Risotto is not the high-maintenance dish it’s made out to be. The…

March 31, 2014
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    Mario recently spoke with JWT Worldwide CEO and Chairman, Bob Jeffrey, on the Worldmakers set in New York. Worldmakers is a digital series created by J.Walter Thompson Co., featuring people who make things inspired by the world, through technological innovation and international imagination. Mario & Bob discussed how food has become hip and important…

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