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The Delicate Art of Sushi Plating

One of the most serious tasks that Chef Wol Kim does is play with his food. In fact, the success of Mura—the popular sushi restaurant in Raleigh, North Carolina’s North Hills community—depends in large part on just how much fun Chef Kim manages to convey in his food art.

Vegan Comes in Vogue

As the trend to reduce meat consumption gains traction with more consumers, chefs are focusing on plant-based dishes and menus that cater to vegetarian preferences. In some rare cases, the chefs have taken it a step further, eliminating all animal products, including dairy as well as the obvious proteins, to offer service as a vegan-friendly restaurant.

Poke Leads the Hawaiian Food Craze

Say Aloha to Hawaiian cuisine, which—along with the popular poke—has been enjoying a phenomenal explosion as of late. New poke shops continue to open up from coast to coast, while many chefs are revisiting authentic island dishes, breaking away from simply Spam or the 90’s-era Asian “fusion” creations that mainlanders might think of when picturing Hawaiian food.

Trump International's Sixteen Tells a Culinary Story

The fact Chef Thomas Lents majored in philosophy won’t come as a surprise to anyone who has sampled his cuisine. In the past four years since taking the reins at Sixteen, the Michelin two-star restaurant in Chicago’s Trump International Hotel & Tower, Lents’ menu has displayed a narrative and ingenuity worthy of a master storyteller.

What Exactly is a Superfood?

There’s a lot of chatter about superfoods, but not a lot of clarity on the subject. Superfood, as defined by Datassential, is a non-medical, non-scientific term commonly used to describe nutrient-rich foods—such as fruits, vegetables, grains, dark leafy greens, salmon, nuts, seeds, and more—that are thought to provide functional health benefits.

Cheap Food That Impresses Guests

Food that is accessible and aspirational is the goal, but throw affordability into the mix and the plot thickens: The farm-to-table sourcing model doesn’t come cheap, and neither do fresh, seasonal foods, robust wine collections, or multiple taps of seasonal craft beers.

Inspiration Italy

Perhaps no cooking style speaks to tradition as much as Italian cuisine. And perhaps no culture on earth holds food as closely as the people of Italy. From pesto ground from basil leaves in the north to the sweet cannelloni found down south in Sicily, Italian foods are much adored for their regional flair and their down-home characteristics.

A Taste of Italy

Italy is composed of 20 regions, each holding its own venerable culinary traditions shaped by geography, climate, and history. Milan-born Micol Negrin, who runs Rustico Cooking in New York City and is the author of the James Beard–nominated book Rustico: Regional Italian Country Cooking, provides a snapshot of each region’s culinary character.

Decadence Done Right

Of all the holidays, Valentine’s Day is perhaps the most indulgent, especially when it comes to decadent desserts. Lately, mixologists and chefs have introduced chocolate into every daypart, on beverage to pastry lists.