Cayman Islands’ first cottage resort ‘Cotton Tree’ discounting rates

In celebration of Slow Food Day

From January 3 through February 15, Cotton Tree will be offering a 15% discount on the first three nights at any Cotton Tree location to celebrate Slow Food Day. The inaugural event will be held on February 4, 2012 and is jointly sponsored by Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Slow Food South Sound, and Cayman Islands Agricultural Society and others with the goal of raising awareness of Cayman’s food producers and their cuisine. The highlight is a farm to table dinner hosted at Michael Genuine’s Food & Drink with guest chef Jonathan Waxman.

Discounted rates, valid January and February 2012, require a three-night stay and start US $715 excluding government tax of 10%.

Food

Michael Young of Ombra: an accidental chef

An eclectic path ending at his own restaurant

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Chef Michael Young of Ombra in Studio City, CA has been cooking for nearly 19 years, but he wasn’t always into cooking. With a diverse upbringing from his family owning sandwich shops in Brooklyn to playing college soccer in Boston and going to law school in California, Michael somehow ended up owning his own restaurant. We followed chef around the kitchen as he showed us how to make homemade ravioli, shared his thoughts on wine, the Ombra concept and soccer. Read More

Giveaways

Book giveaway: Gourmet Gifts — 100 Delicious Recipes for Every Occasion to Make Yourself and Wrap with Style

Contest ends December 21 at 1 PM PST

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The holidays are coming up, so why not give the gift that shows you how to make gifts. Taste Terminal is giving away a copy of Gourmet Gifts: 100 Delicious Recipes for Every Occasion to Make Yourself and Wrap with Style by restaurant consultant, cooking teacher, and food writer Dinah Corley. The book features 100+ recipes of edible gifts like Herb-Stuffed Eggs in a Wheat Grass Nest, Cardamon Coffee Can Cake adorned with Burlap Bows and Pistachio Sugarplums in Decorative Paper Pyramids. See how you can enter. Read More

Bistro 45 in Pasadena gets new chef, half off happy hour at Mezze

Steven Lona will take over Damon Bruner‘s spot as executive chef of Pasadena’s Bistro 45. Steven started his career at Marche Moderne in Costa Mesa and has worked at Studio at the Montage in Laguna Beach working under chef James Boyce and chef Craig Strong. 45 S. Mentor Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106.

Mezze is offering half off happy hour drinks and bar bites on Sunday – Thursday from 6 PM to 7:30 PM and Friday – Saturday from 11 PM to 1 AM. 401 North La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048. Read More

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Coffee sales increase partially attributed to single serve coffee formats

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According to “Coffee and Ready-to-Drink Coffee in the U.S.,” a just-released report from market research firm Packaged Facts, retail coffee sales reached $7.3 billion in 2011, increasing 17% in 2010. The study claims that the growth comes from four main factors that are driving up coffee prices: rising prices for “green” (raw) coffee beans, “premiumization” of coffee, demand for specialty coffees, and huge growth in single-serve formats. Read More