Five-Minute Pow-Wow: Chef Tony Mantuano Talks Tastes, Tours, and Italian Soul

WORLD-RENOWNED CHEF AND HOST OF OUR AUTHENTIC FOODS OF ITALY: TOUR THE ITALIAN COUNTRYSIDE BOUTIQUE SHARES HIS INSIGHT INTO THE FAVORED CUISINE

Authentic Foods of Italy

A culinary tour through Italy is all about the senses – the tastes (first and foremost), the smells, the scenery. And of course, the people who make it all so delicious. Chef Tony Mantuano (maybe you recall him as one of the most revered and beloved contestants of Top Chef Masters) hosts the tour with his wife and culinary partner, Cathy. The expedition departs Rome and journeys through Molise, giving guests “insight into a little-known region’s food, wine, and history.” We sat down with Chef Mantuano for his take on all things Italian.

Rue La La: The itinerary takes Members through several villages and home-style restaurants. What’s your one favorite meal?
Chef Mantuano: The specialty of the region is called Pampanella – delicious and unforgettable. [Editor's note: Pampanella is a pork dish, marinated overnight with garlic and ground sweet pepper.]
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January 26, 2011

Let it Rue: Favorite Holiday Treats from Inside Stonewall Kitchen

THE FINE FOOD PURVEYOR SHARES WHAT SAYS “HOLIDAY” TO THEM

Stonewall Kitchen

Cinnamon and nutmeg’s spicy intrigue, melted butter and citrus sparkles, pomegranates that pop with a crimson sweetness – the great thing about the holidays is that there are nearly limitless opportunities to indulge in its gastronomical offerings. Our appreciation of certain holiday tastes and smells comes from the comfort of tradition and crystal-platter-served memories.

This is truly what the holidays are all about for each of us at Stonewall Kitchen. It’s a tradition that lends itself to sharing – we instinctively pass along these treasures to someone else. And, as we grow in our taste for food, new dishes may come into play. Perhaps, (and we’re lucky), it’s where we work, or a spouse’s family, or a friend that lifts the lid on a new dish of intrigue.
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December 8, 2010

Hot Day With Cool Hampton Treats

FOOD LOVERS HONOR MARTHA STEWART AT THE JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION’S “CHEFS & CHAMPAGNE” EVENT

This weekend, we attended the James Beard Foundation’s Chefs & Champagne event at the Wölffer Estate Vineyard in the Hamptons. The James Beard Foundation has honored some of the greatest culinary icons of our time, including Julia Child and Wolfgang Puck, along with this year’s honoree, Martha Stewart. We asked two all-star media guests, Rome Neal, senior video producer at NYPOST.com and Ziggy Chau Neal, writer for Spired.com to come as our guests to the celebrity chef event. Watch our video below for a peek into the foodie fête.


July 26, 2010

Power Meal: Rue La La Brings Chef Rene Ortiz to the Table

AN INTERVIEW WITH CHEF RENE ORTIZ

Chef Rene Ortiz

Rene Ortiz spent years traveling the world, cultivating his skills, and learning new techniques in the kitchen. Now he comes home to take part in the the James Beard Foundation, which brings foodies face-to-face with their favorite chefs and one-of-a-kind dining opportunities. We sat down with Chef Ortiz himself to get the scoop on what goes on in his kitchen.

Rue La La: You spent some time in NYC and overseas. How has that had an impact on your cooking?
Chef Ortiz: My cooking is a fusion of everything that I’ve done, places I’ve traveled through, and the knowledge I’ve picked up from working with really, really wonderful people. My food is a different interpretation of what Mexican food is - it’s my interpretation and I think it’s a fresher approach. Some people may call it “fluffy,” and I like that word. It means quality ingredients and usually something you could get in Mexico City. It started in La Esquina, has progressed overtime, and people are actually copying what we are doing and it’s fun.
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July 6, 2010

A Once-In-A-Lifetime Dinner at Bar Boulud

BY ZIGGY CHAU, LUXURY LIFESTYLE JOURNALIST AND RUE LA LA MEMBER

Bar Boulud

Besides being a fashionista, I’m also a foodie. Imagine my excitement when I was invited to the Zagat “Off the Menu” dinner held exclusively for Rue La La Members.

We gathered at Bar Boulud, Chef Daniel Boulud’s wine bar and bistro at Lincoln Center, for a four-course wine pairing dinner presented by Chef Damian Sansonetti and Sommelier Michael Madrigale.
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June 25, 2010

The Crib Sheet: 10 Tips for Eating Healthier This Spring

BY SCOTT UEHLEIN, CANYON RANCH CORPORATE CHEF

Canyon Ranch

Eating healthy is easier than you think. If you start with the freshest ingredients and use all the right tools, you’re well on your way to a better body for spring. Maybe I’ll cook for you during a Canyon Ranch stay (Boutique opens March 29). In the meantime, here are some easy-to-follow-tips from my kitchen at Canyon Ranch to yours.  

1. Buy local. At Canyon Ranch, we strive to purchase as much local product as we can. Shop your farmer’s market where you can focus on seasonal ingredients. Local produce is picked when it’s ripe, so it has more flavor and nutritional value. It’s a great opportunity to meet the farmer and “know the source” of your produce.
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March 29, 2010