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Kapalua WINE & FOOD Festival: Evening galas, celeb chefs and winemakers to uncork another stellar year on Maui

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Want to schmooze famous winemakers such as Karl Wicka of Turley and Scott Shirley of Justin? How about guest culinarians such as the Food Network’s “Iron Chef” Cat Cora?

More than 40 top wine producers will be on hand today through Sunday to showcase their vintages at the 36th Kapalua Wine & Food Festival, the “granddaddy of them all.” So will celeb chefs at the oldest event of its kind in the country.

Evolving nicely like a fine Bordeaux, the event this year will flow from the Montage Kapalua Bay to The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua and other resort venues such as Merriman’s Kapalua, which will host the Sunset Social dinner Saturday on its oceanfront deck.

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Here’s Why Lance Bass Loves to Yell at His Husband on Date Nights (Hint: He Was Inspired by This Celeb Chef)

Lance Bass is taking the food world by storm. First, he competed with his mom (cue the “awwws”) on the reality cooking show My Kitchen Rules. (The pair finished in second place!) He just partnered with meal kit service Chef’d to offer Southern-style recipes inspired by the family dishes he grew up eating. And he recently hung out with celeb chef Graham Elliot, hunting down some of the best underground food spots in Los Angeles in Going Off the Menu.

While Lance always had an interest in cooking—and learned plenty of skills from his mom—he credits his “ultimate” favorite chef, Gordon Ramsay, with getting him into the kitchen on a regular basis. “Once I started watching his shows, I just really got into cooking. And it just became way more enjoyable to me because I would make my husband be the sous chef and we would pretend we were on Hell’s Kitchen and I’d get to yell at him. It’s a good date night,” Bass recently told The Feast, laughing. “So Chef Ramsay definitely helped me bond with my husband.”

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Cat Cora continues to strike culinary gold

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Santa Barbara, Calif. — Think about if life were a buffet of endless options, how would you fill your plate? If you ask Cat Cora, there has to be a balanced blend of rich nutrients for the soul. She’s worked hard to chase her dreams based on a personal blend of fortitude, spontaneity and sheer determination. And, as she says, it’s been a pretty sweet ride.

With roots deep in Greek heritage with an equally as dominant Southern legacy, Cora knew from a very early age that she had a unique take on the world based on an amazing upbringing. She grew up with family in the restaurant business in Jackson with food and fellowship as the center of every family gathering.

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Cat Cora’s Upcoming Fatbird Looks Like It Might Be Celebrity Bait

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Fatbird Iron Chef Cat Cora’s Meatpacking District restaurant in the former Diner space — is ready to pop, with open calls for the front of the house staff this week at the Kardashian-approved Sugar Factory.

The location for staff interviews makes sense, since Thomas Recine, partner of Sugar Factory, will be managing Cora’s restaurant at 44 Ninth Avenue. Recine says it’ll open around June 1, though the date is tentative based on construction.

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Atlanta Taste of the Nation

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Prepare your taste buds for the return of the city’s most anticipated culinary event of the year, Atlanta’s Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry. Celebrating its 29th anniversary, the event will take place on Thursday, April 20th in a brand new venue, Southern Exchange at 200 Peachtree, featuring more restaurants, more chefs and more surprises including an intimate VIP Dinner Experience. 100% of proceeds support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America.  Leading the 2017 event along with our Event Chairmen, Pano Karatassos and George McKerrow, is Honorary Chef Cat Cora, TV personality and restaurateur, and Honorary Chair Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Entertainer, Restaurateur and Partner of Chicken + Beer.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Southern Exchange at 200 Peachtree
200 Peachtree Street NW, #206
Atlanta, GA 30303

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Cookbook Signing @ Cat Cora’s Taproom

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I will be signing my cookbook’s “Cat Cora’s Classics with a Twist” and “Cooking From The Hip” on Thursday, March 23rd at my new restaurant ‘Cat Cora’s Taproom’ in the Detroit Metro Airport (DTW, McNamara Terminal, near gate A22)

The first signing will be from 11:00am to 1:00pm and the second will be 3:00pm to 6:00 pm

Can’t wait to meet you there!

Cooking As Fast As I Can: A Chef’s Story of Family Food and Forgiveness

Remarkably candid, compulsively readable, renowned chef Cat Cora’s no-holds-barred memoir on Southern life, Greek heritage, same sex marriage, and the meals that have shaped her memories.

Before she became a celebrated chef, Cathy Cora was just a girl from Jackson, Mississippi, where days were slow and every meal was made from scratch. Her passion for the kitchen started in her home, where she spent her days internalizing the dishes that would form the cornerstone of her cooking philosophy incorporating her Greek heritage and Southern upbringing—from crispy fried chicken and honey-drenched biscuits to spanakopita. But outside the kitchen, Cat’s life was volatile.

In Cooking as Fast as I Can, Cat Cora reveals, for the first time, coming-of-age experiences from early childhood sexual abuse to the realities of life as a lesbian in the deep South. She shares how she found her passion in the kitchen and went on to attend the prestigious Culinary Institute of America and apprentice under Michelin star chefs in France. After her big break as a co-host on the Food Network’s Melting Pot, Cat broke barriers by becoming the first-ever female Iron Chef.

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Cooking as Fast as I Can chronicles the difficulties and triumphs Cora experienced on the path to becoming a chef. She writes movingly about how she found courage and redemption in the dark truths of her past and about how she found solace in the kitchen and work, how her passion for cooking helped her to overcome hardships and ultimately find happiness at home and became a wife and a mother to four boys. Above all, this is an utterly engrossing story about the grit and grace it takes to achieve your dreams.

Cooking As Fast As I Can is available NOW!
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Cat Cora at Pebble Beach Food & Wine 2016!

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On April 1st, 2016 (6:30pm – 10:30pm), join Cat for the Pebble Beach Food & Wine’s signature interactive dinner season! Cat and Pebble Beach Food & Wine are delight to invite you to roll up your sleeves and cook right alongside Cat herself as your apprentice your way to an amazing dinner. See more at: http://bit.ly/1SQ1GJ9

But wait, there’s more!

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On April 2, 2016 (10:00am – 11:15am) Cat will be doing a very special Cooking Demo at The Inn at Spanish Bay! See more info here: http://bit.ly/22iYI2d