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A Mexican Chef Cooks Mexican Food…Finally.

Why aren’t more Latinos spearheading their own food movement? It’s a question that Los Angeles Mexican chef Henry Orellana is trying to answer. The topic is certainly emotionally charged: he tells me he is “completely irked” that Mexican cuisine is continually portrayed as simply a “taco and burrito stand culture,” although he acknowledges that in some ways “we’ve [Mexicans] allowed it to happen.’ Orellana is fighting against the notion that Mexican food is just eating burritos at after a night of drinking: “It can and should be part of the gastronomic landscape,” he asserts. For Orellana, restaurants claiming to deliver upscale Mexican food feel as though something is missing. “Most times, the person conceptualizing [these restaurants] is white,” he tells me. “90% of the people actually cooking the food are Mexican, but they don’t feel like it’s their food and they wouldn’t eat there themselves.” He adds, “It’s not a race thing, it’s a culture thing. People forget that cooking is more to do with being immersed in a culture or tradition than anything …

[VIDEO] San Francisco’s Porridge Revival

Kantine Porridge Popup Video credit: Moe Brandi & Jakob Balslev of NomHQ Porridge is runny or grey no longer! On February 5, Chef Nichole Accettola of KantineSF hosted her first “Nordic Porridge Brunch” in the Mission. The menu, comprised of savory and sweet porridges with diverse stir-ins and toppings, showcases one of Nichole’s favorite food memories from her time living in Copenhagen, Denmark. Want to learn more about Nichole and her Scandinavian pop-up? Check out our interview.

Chefs Reveal Their Favorite Knives

    Knives are arguably a cook’s most important tools, so we asked some Feastly chefs about the blades they can’t live without. What we got was a whole lot of inspiration to add to our proverbial (and literal) knife block. Curious about knife care? Here’s what some of our chefs do: Tommy Brown hones his knife with a steel before and after every use. Frances Ang only uses Japanese water stones to sharpen his knife. Lindsay Kinder takes her knife to a butcher every three months to get sharpened. Joey DeBruin stores his knife in a block and hones it once for each hour that he uses it. Charles Hanks and Pietro Butitta both use 1000 grit whetstones to sharpen their blades. Elizabeth McCoy keeps her knife in a clean, dry cloth when not in use. And just remember: always hand wash and hand dry your knife! As Morimoto once said: “Japanese chefs believe our soul goes into our knives once we start using them. You wouldn’t put your soul in the dishwasher!”

Coi’s Chef De Cuisine and the Art of Fine Dining

At Oakland’s Boot and Shoe, amidst aromas of brick-oven baking and freshly ground coffee, I ask Chef De Cuisine Justin Mauz of two Michelin-starred Coi if fine dining is still relevant. Unequivocally he states, “There will always be fine dining in society, but its place has shifted…I see myself staying in this. Very simply, it allows me to create an unparalleled guest experience which is not present in more casual dining these days.” It’s an intriguing answer, especially given the ongoing trend of fine dining chefs opening less formal, less expensive restaurants. “Fine dining” evokes images of the white tablecloth and the triple-digit tasting menu, but it goes far beyond an ornate and expensive meal. According to Mauz, what distinguishes fine dining is the deep commitment to deliver guests “a seamless experience of comfort and luxury” from the moment they enter. “One of the many benefits of cooking for fewer people on a nightly basis with elevated expectations is that we have the opportunity to deliver this…If some element of the food or dining experience …

Geoffrey Reed of Ichido: A Chef Who Catches What He Cooks

IcIchido Chef Geoffrey and Ichido from Patrick Wong on Vimeo. This summer, I had a chance to go fishing for my first time with Feastly chef, Geoffrey Reed. Geoffrey, the visionary behind Japanese pop-up, Ichido, fishes whenever he gets a chance so that he can give his diners a literal taste of the Bay. After our catch, I was able to see how Geoffrey prepares for Ichido, course after course. Because each dinner depends on the catches of the week, every experience is different. And every experience is tasty.  

This Pastry Chef Traded Nougat For Noodles

In November of 2013, the Philippines was hit by Haiyan, a typhoon that devastated the country and killed over 6,000 people. Chef Francis Ang and his wife Dian were fortunate enough to survive, and they returned to the U.S. determined to raise money for their home and all who had been affected by the disaster. They hosted their first Filipino dinner as a fundraiser, and Pinoy Heritage was born. In Chef Francis’ words, Pinoy Heritage is “a contemporary popup with a nod to tradition.” His hope is that it will bring diners closer to Filipino food by highlighting its diversity and all that it has to offer. The Philippines is a conglomerate of 7,107 islands and the cuisine has been influenced by everything from Malay settlers trading in China to colonization by the Spanish. To research dishes and experience the varieties from different provinces, Francis and Dian spent half of 2016 traveling through the Philippines. During their travels, they learned from relatives and locals, immersing themselves in the culture and in the cuisine. This popup is …

On The Edge of Uncertainty With Chef Aron Habiger

Chef Aron Habiger has lived Mallman’s mantra. Formerly of Ludo Lefebvre’s Petit Trois in Los Angeles, he shed his traditional restaurant role of chef de cuisine for a life on the “edge of uncertainty.” After years of grinding in commercial kitchens, he thought he was done with cooking. A seven-month sabbatical of transient living, part of which he spent in Port Angeles cooking for his family, helped him rediscover his love of food. The chef also realized that working with food didn’t solely entail residing within the four walls of a traditional kitchen. Washington provided the inspiration he had lost, which he now channels into his current pop-up. On The Lam is an amalgam of culinary experiences from his travels, his life in Orange County, and his Pacific Northwestern roots. The Pacific Northwest is a chef’s Eden-like playground. The Seattle Times quips, “The food our chefs have to work with is unparalleled.”  California may be credited with the inception of the original farm-to-table movement, but Pacific Northwestern food producers and artisans perpetually uphold its tenets, from the foraging to the …

Forage Kitchen Unleashes Sunday Supper Series

Oakland’s Forage Kitchen, the brainchild of food entrepreneurs Iso Rabins and Matt Johansen, scratches the itch of cooks, eaters, and general food-aficionados. In fact, FK’s website boasts it as a “home to anyone who loves food.” A commercial kitchen, event space, cafe, and growing lineup of dinners and culinary workshops make up this commissary-like enterprise. Forage Kitchen’s main feature is in fact, the kitchen, which is available to novice cooks and veteran chefs alike. Varying levels of membership grant you use of everything from the double-stack convection ovens to the Cryovac, and a dishwashing station means you can pump out Grandma’s bolognese all day without scrubbing the pots. FK’s cafe has a small yet well-appointed menu of sandwiches, salads, and the extremely intriguing umami-rubbed roasted chicken, complete with yuzu mayo and nasturtium chimichurri. But Forage Kitchen is not just a co-working space. It’s also a full-service venue with in-house chefs. Their latest culinary series is the Sunday Supper Family Meal, modeled after those served to restaurant employees–a casual dinner with delicious offerings, hefty portions, and friendly company. Held every second Sunday, the …