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Goodbye 2013!!! Hello 2014!!

Dec 30

It’s hard to believe that 2013 is already coming to a close. This year has flown by! We had a super 2013, one for the record books. We met many new and wonderful people who stayed and dined with us and got the opportunity to reconnect with other repeat guests who continue to bless us […]

Do You Really Have Good Taste?

Dec 18

Do you really have good taste? Taste is perhaps one of the most subjective things on the planet. It is contingent not only on some very specific biological differences between us but also upon social and cultural differences that are learned very early on in life. While peoples tastes change as they age and you […]

Any Meal, Any Time, By Reservation

Oct 12

Since day one, Any Meal, Any Time, By Reservation has been our motto here at Chestnut Street Inn. We felt it was a pretty self explanatory kind of catch phrase. Anyone can book for any meal any time of day, as long as I know you’re coming. Apparently not so. First of all most people […]

Let’s Talk About Food Porn

Sep 25

  I just recently read an article in Huffington Post written by a woman who despises it when people take photos of their food at restaurants. She ranted and raved about it being disruptive and disrespectful. Well let me tell you, as a restaurant owner, I wholeheartedly disagree. Food photos or “Food Porn”¬†as I like […]

Stop the Food Marketing Insanity!!!

Aug 29

Gluten Free, Paleo, Dairy Free, Low Fat, Fat Free, Low Carb, Healthy…Stop the food marketing insanity!!! It’s maddening. Food manufacturers and recipe writers/bloggers have gone crazy. There is a marketing disaster going on right now that will make anyone insane. We as a society are so obsessed with food, weight and health that we have […]

Culinary School Does Not A Teacher Make

Aug 13

Recently I had someone ask me when I felt comfortable teaching since I didn’t go to culinary school. It was an innocent question, not intended maliciously, but yet, the question perturbed me. The notion being that getting a formal education necessarily precedes the ability to teach a subject or that the completion of a degree […]

Alinea: The Beginning of Something New

Jul 28

Last week Jeff and I visited Alinea restaurant in Chicago for our 15th anniversary. It had been a bucket list item for a while and we figured this was just the opportunity to drop $500 on dinner that we needed. The restaurant, which was conceived of by acclaimed chef Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas, is […]

A Very Big Night

Jul 4

For any of you who who love food and have not yet seen the movie “Big Night” starring Tony Shaloub and Stanley Tucci, you are doing yourselves a great disservice. This is probably one of the foodie movies with the most cult like following. The food depicted in the movie is down right foodgasmic. Food […]

Paprika: Not Just A Garnish For Deviled Eggs

Jun 25

I use a LOT of paprika in my cooking. I am Hungarian and grew up with a grandmother who cooked classic Hungarian fare so that may have something to do with it. It always surprises my cooking class students that paprika has a flavor because they are accustomed to the brown stuff in the Schilling […]

Are Restaurants a Thing of the Past?

Jun 18

Yesterday I read an article about France threatening to remove the title “restaurant” from any food establishment that does not actually cook their food on the premesise. The rise of fast food joints and places that are serving pre-packaged food that has been reheated is what has led to this motion in France. Of course […]