Haute Plates - September 2011

It's a Slippery Slope

I like Mark Bittman. He tends to simplify recipes for the sake of simplification, but unlike many other folks in the food media world, he actually cooks. And I tend to agree with a lot of what he says about…

We're Number One

Travel + Leisure Magazine recently released the result of its reader poll for "America's Best Cities for Foodies." New Orleans claimed the top spot. This did not sit well with certain other cities. The San Francisco wing of the Huffington…

New Tricks for Old Dogs?

Galatoire's has named Michael Sichel as its next executive chef. Here's the release:“We are honored to welcome such an esteemed chef into our Galatoire’s family,” said Galatoire’s Chairman Todd Trosclair. “Galatoire’s prides itself in upholding its storied tradition and serving…

Sláinte!

I got to know chef Matt Murphy when my friend, coincidentally also named Matt, lived in one half of the chef's home post-Katrina. He's a big, ebullient man whose enthusiasm for cooking is apparent to anyone who meets him. (By…

Desert Solitaire and Questions

Let me start off by saying that I am glad to be back. I  received many emails from at least one reader asking about my absence, and I am grateful. I don't know what you've heard, but I would like…