FoodWire, March 2012

FoodWire, March 2012

Food & Drink

FoodWire, March 2012


FoodWire: What's Going On Today at The Food Channel
 In This Edition: Taste of Tuscany Tour   Recipes—with Videos How-to’s!
Chat ‘n Dish Joins Our Lineup   Hot & Cool Trends
Wine Week Celebration    
  For the Love of Chocolate    
About FoodWire

FoodWire offers a monthly update on what’s cooking on
The Food Channel®, as well as a quick preview of what’s coming soon to our menu. The latest recipes, the hottest trends—it’s a quick and tasty buffet you can scan at a glance.

Food Channel KitchensTaste of Tuscany Tour

If you love great Italian food and have an appetite for adventure, we have the trip for you. The Food Channel presents the Taste of Tuscany Tour! Join us for the chance to taste wine in Tuscan vineyards… to wander the markets for fresh ingredients and wonderful Italian cheeses…and to take cooking classes from world class chefs in Tuscan kitchens. We’re making this amazing tour available to a limited number of people, believing that intimate dinners and leisurely tastings are central to the experience. But hurry, because sign-up for the July trip ends April 15th. Click Taste of Tuscany for details and registration information.

Food Channel KitchensChat ’n Dish Joins Our Lineup

You may remember our “Pitch Place” video contest from last month—perhaps you even voted for your favorite show from among the finalists. The winner is Karen “K.C.” Quaretti and her show, “Chat ’n Dish.” K.C.’s show offers up some of the home cook’s favorite recipes, demonstrated step-by-step and accompanied by her charmingly enthusiastic narration. She typically gives a shout-out or two to other foodie websites and blogs that she suggests her viewers should check out. Ms. Quaretti’s recipes have been published in Every Day with Rachael Ray, The Real Women of Philadelphia Community Cook Book, Taste of Home, and the Herald Tribune. She has appeared on a number of network and local TV shows demonstrating her dishes. We’re happy to have her now on The Food Channel. You can view “Chat ’n Dish” episodes every day on our home page.

Food Channel KitchensWine Week Celebration

The Chicago location of the Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group opened its doors to us during National Wine Week, and those folks really know how to celebrate the fermented grape. This was Smith & Wollensky’s 50th Wine Week event—they do it twice a year, and have been having fun with it for 25 years now. We had an opportunity to sample all kinds of fabulous wines from across the country and around the globe, and learned a great deal about food and wine pairings. We were also able to meet and chat with the winemakers from the Kunde Family Estate, whose winery in Sonoma County has been making wine for more than 100 years. We posted several stories about the Wine Week event…you’ll find the links if you start here.

Food Channel KitchensFor the Love of Chocolate

In celebration of all things chocolate, Jelly Belly Candy Company forged a culinary and artistic partnership with Chicago’s acclaimed French Pastry School at Kennedy-King College of City Colleges of Chicago to adorn a 10-foot replica of the famous “Cloud Gate” sculpture (fondly known as “The Bean”) that resides in Chicago’s Millennium Park. Jelly Belly provided more than 250,000 of its Jelly Bean Chocolate Dips, the company’s new dark chocolate covered Jelly Belly beans, for the ambitious chocolate sculpture. The sculpture was unveiled last month at the exclusive For the Love of Chocolate Annual Scholarship black-tie event at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago. The Food Channel was on hand to record the festivities and is currently completing a four-part documentary video series about the event, called “Behind the Dream.” Watch for the premiere, coming soon on The Food Channel. In the meantime, here’s a behind-the-scenes sneak peek.

Food Channel KitchensRecipes—with Videos How-to’s!
To help welcome K.C. Quaretti and her “Chat ’n Dish” video series to The Food Channel, we’re featuring a quartet of K.C.’s scrumptious recipes, starting with Crispy Oven Fries. Each of these recipes is accompanied by a video starring K.C., demonstrating how to make it. To view the video, just click the video box below the recipe photo.
KC’s Crab Cakes

Light and fluffy crab cakes—a delightful choice for the Lenten season.

Tortini Di Patate (Potato Tart)

This sensational side dish recipe offers a new way to try Mortadella (which can be found in most deli cases).

Spaghetti & Lentils

Here’s an easy, healthy pasta dish that puts lentils center stage, paired deliciously by spaghetti, bacon and saffron.

Food Channel KitchensSurfing The Channel
VIDEO: Faces of Italy (New!)
Join Chef Kevin Marshall and hosts Janine and Morgan for a new cooking show that lets you learn how to make such classic Italian dishes as Chicken Marsala, Pasta Primavera, and Fried Ravioli—as well as unexpected and fun fusions like Italian Tacos. It’s a half-hour show (actually 22 minutes) that’s both entertaining and instructive.

See How It’s Done: Brandied Cherry Sauce (VIDEO)
View this First Person video and visualize yourself preparing this luscious sauce that is simply amazing drizzled over ice cream or cheesecake.

Two Restaurants, One Kitchen
It’s a growing trend in the restaurant business: one kitchen serving two different restaurant concepts.

Back Issues

To view previous editions of the FoodWire,
click here.

Food Channel Facebook page
Feeding Your Facebook Appetite
Network with fellow foodies from around the world. Check out the Food Channel’s Facebook fan page.
Taste of Tuscany Tour

trends widget

Recipe Ideas Delivered Daily.
Get Yours FREE!

If you have a food web site, your readers are probably looking for tasty holiday recipes right now. Get the latest Food Channel recipes delivered right to your site daily using our recipe widget.
Just click here to get yours FREE.

We also offer a Food Pro Widget. If you’re a food professional and would like to get the free Pro Widget for your site, just click here.


If you’re a food professional, you may be interested in our industry newsletter, TrendWire™. Just go here to sign up.

Follow The Food Channel on Twitter.

Neptune Sauce Pack

The Food Channel® FoodWire® newsletter is published by The Food Channel. Editorial comments, advertising and subscription inquiries may be directed to Kay Logsdon at Additional food-focused editorial comment and recipes are available at The FoodWire® newsletter is distributed electronically monthly, or 12 times a year. Its content, in whole or in part, may be copied or reproduced with permission and a credit or link to All quotations must credit The Food Channel® FoodWire® as the source. Comments are the opinion of the editor and do not necessarily represent the views of Food Channel, LLC, its parent company, Noble Communications Company, and/or its subsidiaries or associates.

The Food Channel® Foodwire® and The Food Channel® logo are trademarks of, and used under license from, Noble Communications Company. The trademarks, service marks, logos, pictures and other content used herein are the property of their respective owners, and such owners do not necessarily support or endorse The Food Channel, Noble Communications Company or its subsidiaries. References to products or services herein shall not be construed as a recommendation or endorsement of any such products or services by Food Channel, LLC, Noble Communications Company, or its subsidiaries.

The Food Channel
33 West Monroe, Ste 300
Chicago, IL 60603


20 Sep 22

If you haven’t had pumpkin soup, you are missing a delightful dining experience. This savory soup is ideal for one of those first (…)

28 Aug 22

Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonette of Little Donkey in Cambridge, Massachusetts, add miso to their addictive banana bread to give it a (…)

More TFC