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August 10, 2016

We serve these with our caviar service at La Sirena, along with chive blossoms, whipped mascarpone, hard-cooked egg yolks and pickled ramps.  If you’re not going all in, these bomboloni are also fantastic on their own and make great finger food for parties.

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bomboloni caviar Eggs Flour fritter la sirena potato
August 5, 2016
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Peaches roll in late July, stealth in juicy promise. Italians eat them at harvest temperature, but I like mine cold from an ice bath. This mezcal cocktail combines the smoky Mexican spirit with cold peaches, mint, lime and tonic and will have you dreaming of the state fair…

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July 28, 2016

Watch the creation of the heirloom caprese at Otto –sweet summer tomatoes, briny fresh mozzarella, five kinds of basil and a tomato water vinaigrette.  This is summer in all its glory.

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Basil caprese Dan Drohan mozzarella salad summer tomatoes
July 14, 2016
Chicken with Sweet and Hot Peppers

Scarpariello is “shoemaker” in Italian. Here, “shoemaker’s” chicken may refer to Neapolitan shoemakers making delicious food in the little time they had at the end of the day, but I am pretty sure it is not a traditional dish in Italia. It is probably more a “Little Italy” dish, born of southern Italian roots somewhere…

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July 8, 2016
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A decadent, flavor-packed dish of asparagus, eggs and summer truffles from Tarry Market’s Andy Nusser.

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andy nusser Asparagus breakfast Eggs tarry lodge truffles
June 17, 2016

The first strawberries arrive and I go crazy and put them in everything including my wine, my drinks and even my risotto… for an aperitivo I love mojitos and this one is ginger strawberry. -mb

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Mario Batali on Regional American Cooking

Saturday, January 28th, 2017
3:00PM - 4:30PM

In a conversation with Joe Yonan, food and dining editor of the Washington Post, Batali discusses what American recipes passed down through generations reveal about our food culture, and how he made personal additions to the recipes that give tradition a fresh boost. Copies of Big American Cookbook are available for purchase and signing.

The Sun Wine & Food Fest

Sunday, January 29th, 2017
11:00AM - 2:00PM

Cap off the Sun Wine & Food Fest weekend with a meal of a lifetime at the "Brunch with Batali" event hosted by recognized and respected chef, Mario Batali. Indulge in classic brunch favorites featuring Mario’s simple, beautiful flavors plus witness a live demonstration of one of his most popular dishes! All attendees will receive one of his best-selling cookbooks, Mario Batali - BIG American Cookbook, to take home.

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