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May 10, 2014

  Dear Mom,   Thank you for freshly baked chocolate chip cookies on the first day of school. –Tess Koenig, Mario’s Assistant   Thank you for sewing me a jaguar costume for my second-grade play. –Kate Previte, Media Producer   Thank you for not allowing me to paint a Power Rangers mural in my bedroom….

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May 1, 2014

According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, “Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder triggered by the ingestion of gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.” It’s estimated that 83% of Americans who have Celiac disease are either undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.   Nowadays, most people know someone who is suffering from some sort…

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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

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

  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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photos courtesy of ken goodman

    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

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

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…

"Food is much better off the hand than the fork."

What’s Happening

The Steve Harvey Show

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
3:00PM - 4:00PM

Mario teaches Steve that vegetables can be delicious with his Creamy Kale Gratin recipe from America Farm to Table!

Signing at Horizon Books in Traverse City

Friday, November 28th, 2014
8:00AM - 11:00AM

Join Mario as he is broadcasts live on the Omelette & Friends morning show on WKLT, from the café of Horizon Books. Customers get to be the live studio audience as Mario does a cooking demonstration!  Once the broadcast is over, Mario will sign his book, America Farm to Table.