Impress your date with an Italian cooking lesson from Ombra’s chef Michael Young

Chef Michael Young from Ombra in Studio City, CA is going to be teaching a hands-on cooking course called “Godfather Cooking Class” featuring classic Italian dishes on Sunday, February 12. For $99 per person or $169 for a couple, students will get a recipe packet, wooden spoon, and a pound of dried pasta. The dishes include: Braciole (thinly sliced and pounded meat that is filled, tied and braised in a tomato sauce); Meatballs and Sunday Sauce; Mostaccioli (baked pasta); and Sicilian Cannoli. Want to see what Michael can do? Check out the video below. 3737 Cahuenga Blvd., Studio City 91604. 818-985-7337. Read More

Drink

5 questions with 21st Amendment’s head brewer Zambo

Plus a list of all Zambo's must visit S.F. destinations

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San Francisco Beer Week is just around the corner (February 10 – 19) and with over 400 events, navigating San Francisco as a first timer, or even as a local, can be a bit overwhelming. We asked S.F.’s own 21st Amendment Brewery‘s (best known for their unorthodox can beers like the Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer) head brewer Zambo five questions to help you better understand what the beer week is all about. He’s also tipped us on some must-visit locations! Read More

U.S. wineries continue to grow, up 6% from a year ago

According to Wines & Vines magazine

Wines & Vines magazine revealed at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, the largest wine and grape trade-show in the nation held in Sacramento, on Tuesday, that there are 7,345 wineries currently operating in the U.S. as of 2012. A 6% increase from a year ago. The top six states for wineries are California, Washington, Oregon, New York, Virginia, and Texas. The Golden State currently accounts for more than 90% of the nation’s wine production, as well as the count for most wineries in North America.

Events & Festivals

Remembering the Titanic with an 11-course recreation of the last dinner

During the St. Louis' Titanic Centennial Weekend from April 13 - 15

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Better start shopping for your 1900 period costumes. Guests attending the “Last Dinner on the Titanic” are going to re-live the final 11-course meal in style as part of the St. Louis’ Titanic Centennial Weekend from April 13 – 15, minus the sinking. The dinner will be held at the Fox Theatre on Saturday, April 14 starting with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6 PM. During the cocktail reception, live bands will perform popular music from the 1912’s. None of that “My Heart will go on” stuff. Dinner, created by Fox Theatre Executive Chef Steven Proctor starts at 7 PM with a recreation of the “First Class” menu from “the actual last dinner on the ship (according to the organizers).” The 11-course meal includes: oysters, poached salmon, chicken lyonnaise, roasted squab, Waldorf pudding, plus complementing wines. Read More

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You should follow us on that thing with the bird!

If we told you everyone is doing it, we would be lying. But, hey! Seriously, you should follow us on Twitter. We’re at @TasteTerminal, @TasteTerminalLA and @TasteTerminalSF. We’ll keep the chirping relevant.

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

For those that like their oak doubled

The distillers take two barrels. The first is seasoned outdoors for nine months and is completely toasted and charred on the inside. They age the bourbon. Then comes the second barrel which gets toasted for twice as long. The bourbon from the first barrel gets moved into the second barrel for additional maturation, thus crafting the Woodford Reserve Double Oaked. Available March, 2012 in U.S. markets.

Culver City’s The Counter heading to the Middle East and U.K.

Culver City, CA based custom burger joint, The Counter founded in 2003 by Jeff Weinstein is heading to 33 new locations. In the next eight years, find them in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and England. The first few locations are set to open late 2012 in London, Dubai and Kuwait with regional flavors such as lamb and local fish found in the Arabian Gulf area. The new venture is a collaboration between The Counter and the Americana Group. The Counter currently operates in 32 U.S. locations and two international restaurants in Ireland.

The Scoop

How fees and taxes make European flights expensive, craft beer outlook for 2012

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