Lockdown Dining Inspiration from our USA Clients
Right now, there has never been a greater need for exciting food experiences to be had at home. Fortunately, we have many delicious delicacies which can whet your appetite and fuel your hunger for our destinations. So, grab a pan, turn the gas on, and cook away those days at home with some fun food experiences delivered straight to your computer!
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Some of Connecticut’s most noteworthy chefs have started sharing their favourite recipes online, including the following award-winning recipes.
- Savoy Pizzeria, West Hartford: Chef Hunter Morton shares the recipe for Veal & Pancetta Meatballs, which were voted “best meatballs” by Connecticut Magazine
- Sift Bake Shop, Mystic: Chef Adam Young, Food Network’s 2019 “Best Baker in America” shares the recipe for Crème Caramel.
Annie Mahle is the culinary force behind the fabulous meals prepared and relished by guests sailing on the Maine Windjammer the J&E Riggin. Her love of cooking and unique sense of style is expressed all summer long in the healthy, classic, country-style food. Annie gravitates to meals comprised of fresh, local ingredients from her garden, local farmers and food artisans. Annie is doing a cooking series featuring recipes such as Maine Blueberry Muffins and Bailey’s Irish Cream Chocolate Mint Bars. https://www.athomeatsea.com/
For a local hero story, Luke’s Lobster in Maine are encouraging their customers to support the medical staff on the frontline. Since the onset of this crisis and through the help of their generous guests, they have donating lobster rolls to hospital workers on the front lines. Locals can visit their online shop to donate a DIY Lobster Roll Kit to local hospitals, and Luke’s will add their own donation to keep the front lines well fed. https://lukeslobster.getbento.com/our-response-to-covid-19/
The Milk Street Online Cooking School, based in Boston, Massachusetts offers new ways to approach food and cooking. Under the current lockdown they have recognized people will be spending more time in the kitchen over the coming weeks and have made their entire line of online cooking classes available for free through May 31, 2020. https://www.177milkstreet.com/school/classes/online-classes/
The Common Man family of restaurants can be found throughout New Hampshire. They have compiled an online recipe box. Whip up a batch of their home-made macaroni and cheese or serve up their Uncommon Baked Apple for dessert.
- Macaroni and Cheese recipe: https://www.thecman.com/uploads/Baked-Macaroni.pdf
- Uncommon Baked Apple recipe: https://www.thecman.com/uploads/Baked-Apple.pdf
Providence in Rhode Island boasts a thriving foodie scene. Small Bites, a special program created by GoProvidence and The Providence Journal, takes recipes from local restaurants and breaks them down to try at home. Recipes are from the chefs behind some of the most beloved restaurants in Rhode Island, choose from Italian-style little neck clams, vegan gingerbread doughnuts or grown up chocolate milk! https://www.goprovidence.com/restaurants/cooking-demos/
Visit Boston have put together recipes from some of the city’s much-loved restaurants on their website, including some signature dishes from top female chefs, Barbara Lynch, Joanne Chang and Maura Kilpatrick. https://www.bostonusa.com/event/boston-chefs-recipes-to-try-at-home/65367/
- Dan Dan Noodles from Flour Bakery + Café by Joanne Chang https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/dan-dan-noodles
- Spicy Chicken Cacciatore by Barbara Lynch https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/spicy-chicken-cacciatore
- Chocolate-Hazelnut Baklava by Maura Kilpatrick https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/chocolate-hazelnut-baklava
Highfield Hall in Falmouth, Cape Cod has announced a new online Out-of-the-Pantry culinary series led by their very own Gail Blakely. Running weekly through May, Gail will share simple, yet delicious recipes made with pantry staples you can have on the table in under an hour including lobster mac and cheese! Classes will be held online using the Zoom platform. Register online https://highfieldhallandgardens.org/event-calendar/culinary-events/
Thanks to Louisiana Travel you can bring the flavours of the state’s cuisine to your table with some of Louisiana’s finest recipes. From Cajun and Creole recipes to the classic Southern style cocktails, you’ll find the perfect pairings here: https://www.louisianatravel.com/culinary/louisiana-recipes
- You can hang out with some of Louisiana’s best chefs as they host online cooking demonstrations and classes for Seafood! They’re offering some of their chef tips and you get to watch them in action. Join Louisiana Chef Jay Ducote, owner of Gov’t Taco, as he shows how to make blackened red snapper over corn maque choux with jalapeño relish. https://www.facebook.com/pg/LouisianaSeafood/videos/
- Also catch Bite and Booze, Ducote’s award-winning podcast all about Louisiana food. Ever wondered what to do with the leftover crawfish boil? Chef Chris Motto has some tips for you. http://www.biteandbooze.com/p/bite-and-booze-radio-show.html
For even more video recipes, visit the Louisiana Travel YouTube channel to watch fun and simple 60 second videos! Learn how to make charbroiled oysters, jambalaya, seafood gumbo, crawfish bread and more. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRXez2gAIpr9Ccs6-mTZ6BqQaV-mkW7ra
Cuisine is one of the many reasons people flock from far and wide to New Orleans and with good reason. What unites everyone in the city is the love affair with its traditional fare. The New Orleans tourist board is highlighting virtual culinary experiences!
- Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse started his career at New Orleans mainstay Commander’s Palace, and he has since gone on to open four restaurants in the city. You can visit his YouTube channelfor secrets on making his signature dishes. https://www.youtube.com/user/emeril
- You can even take a take a tour around Emeril’s classic New Orleans restaurant with this virtual tour and also dive into the kitchen for a pizza cooking class with head chef Phil. https://www.xplorit.com/new-orleans/emeril-s-nola-restaurant/first-floor-kitchen
- Similarly with the New Orleans School of Cooking – take a trip around the institute before popping into the kitchen for a virtual demonstration with some of the schools resident cooks. https://www.xplorit.com/new-orleans/new-orleans-school-of-cooking/gift-shop
Many of New Orleans most chefs and restaurants have also been sharing some signature recipes since the outbreak of Coronavirus, so that those at home can still enjoy those classic New Orleans dishes. Choose from including Chicken and Sausage Gumbo from Isaac Toups or maybe a masterclass in how to make American Orange Punch from Jewel of the South. https://www.neworleans.com/restaurants/traditional-new-orleans-foods/
The impact of Coronavirus has been immense, but the North Carolina hospitality industry has certainly risen to the challenge. For example, Old Salem Museums and Gardens have converted there grounds to grow food for local food banks https://www.oldsalem.org/
There have also been lots of restaurants setting up meal donation schemes and raising money for those who need it most at this time such as Village Corner in Concord: https://www.villagecornerconcord.com/
To get a taste of the Tar Heel State from home, try these fantastic virtual and online culinary experiences that have been made available:
- Celebrated chefs in Elizabeth city have come together to help satisfy your cuisine craving. Pastas, pizzas and even lessons in brewing your own beer can all be found here! https://visitelizabethcity.com/Blog/Recipes-from-Celebrated-Elizabeth-City-Chefs
- Next Monday (11th May) Visit North Carolina will be making an exciting announcement regarding a new chef-driven campaign that will shine a light on the restaurant industry in the state and help restaurant workers across the State who have been affected by the pandemic. Please check back on this link or on Visit North Carolina’s social media channels.
There is plenty to get culinary juices flowing from our friends in Tennessee. Here is a round-up of ways you can enjoy Tennessee inspired dishes from the comfort of your own home:
- Cooking with Chef Sean Brock (Husk, Audrey, Joyland)
Sean Brock is offering virtual cooking classesfrom his home. Work together to decide what you want to learn, then cook together on Facetime. Every penny goes towards paying his team’s wages at Audrey and Joyland restaurants. To set this up send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Cooking with Chef Tony Galzin (Nicky’s Coal Fired)
Tony Galzinis hosting cooking demos on Instagram Live Fridays at 5:30pm (central standard time). Check out his @tgalzin Instagram account to see what’s cooking next.
- Cooking with Chef Matthew Bell (Gray & Dudley)
Chef Matthew Bellis hosting cooking demos of his signature recipes, plus nostalgic favourites. Check his Instagram posts to see everything from his Mom’s chicken curry to lentil sloppy joes. https://www.instagram.com/chefmabellz/
- Cooking & Cocktails with Corona (by Alex Belew)
The chef/owner of Dallas & Jane is now making the cooking demos a frequent occurrence. He’s made pizzas with Trey Cioccia at Black Rabbit and welcomed celebrity Maneet Chauhan to his Murfreesboro kitchen too. Watch their social media for future featured guests and recipes. https://www.facebook.com/dallasandjane
Sugarlands Distilling Co. Sippin’ Sessions – Live with Sugarlands + Friends on Instagram and Facebook each afternoon at 4 p.m. (eastern standard time) for cocktail making tutorials, live music and Q&As with celebrities!
Rocky Top Wineries are offering a plethora of ways to enjoy local wine. Take virtual wine tastings, cooking classes and more. https://rockytopwineries.com/virtual-wine-tours/
Take a virtual tour of the Jack Daniels Distillery and learn about the whiskey-making process and all that goes into it: https://www.jackdaniels.com/en-us/process. Learn more about Jack Daniel’s through their new augmented reality app: https://www.jackdaniels.com/en-us/jd-ar
Texas is known for its outstanding cuisine, from the award-winning barbecue, authentic Tex-Mex, seafood from the Gulf Coast or the burgeoning vegetarian and vegan scene, you cannot go wrong with the diverse dishes Texas has to offer. For these times when you can’t get to Texas, there are plenty of ways the taste of Texas can come to you.
TV chefs and personalities Gordon Ramsay, Gino d’Acampo and Fred Sirieix explored Texas in the series Gordon, Gino & Fred: American Road Trip, which aired ITV on 23rd April at 9pm. In this episode the trio headed to the Lone Star State to discover the beef, bourbon, BBQs and cowboys with Gordon Ramsay announcing that, “there is no country, anywhere in the planet that does a BBQ like the Texas state.”
TravelTexas have introduced #TacoTuesday, Texas style by teaming up with local chefs via Instagram to give you a taste of Texas at home. Chef Mo Assi (@moassimo), owner of Crush Taco (@crushtaco) in Frisco revealed how to make his famous Grilled Chicken Tacos and chef Lanny Lancarte of Righteous Foods (@righteousfoods) in Fort Worth shows how to create Tomatillo Chicken Tinga Tacos.
Texas is world famous for its BBQ and those wanting to hone their grilling skills over the lockdown period and in time for summer, can take Aaron Franklin’s (from the world famous Franklins BBQ) online BBQ class: https://www.masterclass.com/classes/aaron-franklin-teaches-texas-style-bbq.
For more details on Texas cuisine and to inspire your next visit to the Lone Star State once travel restrictions are lifted go to www.traveltexas.com
@traveltexas #TexasToDo #Texplorer
West Virginia prides itself on its heavy farm-to-table food culture. Due to its luscious greenery and temperate climate, the state is a perfect place for a variety of fresh, organic produce to grow.
To help inspire people to eat classic Mountain State produce, there is a table of local ingredients and dishes available at https://wvtourism.com/mountainflavor/. Scroll through the options to source your own West Virginian-inspired ingredients and create fantastic Mountain State meals from the comfort of your own kitchen!
Pepperoni Rolls are perhaps the most famous dish that is synonymous with West Virginian heritage. Created for the miners that worked in the pits by their housewives, this simple yet unique dish was commercialised in 1927 by Giuseppe Argiro. Argiro emigrated from Calabria, Italy, and was inspired to create this dish from his experience working down a mine in Clarksburg. The miners there used to eat a stick of salami or pepperoni in one hand, with a piece of bread in the other. Argiro, using his Italian nous, decided to combine the two ingredients when he opened his bakery in Fairmont, and it became an instant hit. You can learn to make your own Pepperoni Rolls here, and learn more about the history of this Mountain State classic at https://wvtourism.com/state-food-pepperoni-roll/.
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