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A pair of chefs prepares treats for the eyes (City Arts 3/10)

This month’s inspiration: “Blind Mary” by Gnarls Barkley
Chef Brian Cartenuto, who regaled us with talk of female genitalia during last month’s Dish-Off, said “the eyes have it” when I asked him for a song suggestion for this month’s round. Pulling out his MP3 player,…

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Two chefs move fast to fuel a food fantasy (City Arts 2/10)

This month’s inspiration: “Little Red Corvette” by Prince
“On the verge of bein’ obscene” is how Prince describes his babe’s body in this 1982 classic; it’s also an apt description of the song itself. On the surface, “Little Red Corvette” sounds like it’s about a…

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Alone at the Top (Sound/City Arts 12/09)

Over the course of this year, “Dish-Off” challenged chefs at 28 restaurants to create dishes inspired by songs with ingredients in their titles. The results were spectacular, from Olivar’s Weezer-inspired Pork and Beans, to Il Fornaio’s White Chocolate Space Eggs—delivered to the table as the…

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Livin’ Large on Steaks ‘n Shrimp (Sound/City Arts 11/09)

Two very different houses find themselves at war in this month’s Dish-Off. El Gaucho’s newest location in Bellevue is where chef Steve Cain stands behind the hot grill serving up prime cuts of quality beef and more. Meanwhile, chef Felix Penn and his wife, Sarah,…

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Livin’ Large on Steaks ‘n Shrimp (Sound/City Arts 11/09): More photos

Here are the photos (taken by me) of the rest of the dishes from the “Steaks ‘n Shrimp” Dish-Off in November’s issue of City Arts magazine.
You can find the full report, include menus, here.
Click to enlarge any of the photos.…

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Nuts for Forbidden Fruits (Sound/City Arts 10/09)

Song on this Month’s Menu:
“Fruit Nut”
from Apple Venus Volume 1
by XTC (1999)
Some people say
That I am out of my tree
Or just a strawberry fool
Someday they’ll see
‘Til then I’ll blow you a raspberry
‘Cos apples and pears are…

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Nuts for Forbidden Fruits (Sound/City Arts 10/09): More photos

Here are the photos (taken by me) of the rest of the dishes from the “Fruit Nut” Dish-Off in October’s issue of City Arts magazine.
You can find the full report, include menus, here.
Click to enlarge any of the photos.…

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A Harvest of Life, A Harvest of Death (Sound 9/09)

Two chefs pay tribute to the quicklime girl
In the fall when plants return
By harvest time she knows the score
Ripe and ready to the eye
Yet rotten somehow to the core
And they call her
Quicklime girl…Behind her back
Quicklime girl…Behind the bush…

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A Harvest of Life, A Harvest of Death (Sound 9/09): More photos

Here are the photos (taken by me, excluding ART’s dessert, taken by Rina Jordan) of the rest of the dishes from the “Mistress of the Salmon Salt” Dish-Off in September’s issue of Sound magazine.
You can find the full report, include menus, here.
Click to…

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Chefs Show How They Can Entice (Sound 8/09)

When cooking chicken soup with rice
In July I’ll take a peep
Into the cool and fishy deep
Where chicken soup is selling cheap
Selling once, selling twice
Selling chicken soup with rice
In August it will be so hot
I will become a cooking…

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