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Celebrity Chef Cat Cora Shares Recipes for Pre-Wedding Events: The Iron Chef provides some of her favorite appetizer recipes for summer bashes.

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Hosting a pre-wedding summer bash is, in our opinion, one of the great joys of the season. Whether it be an engagement party, bridal shower, or even a “welcome” party for your actual nuptials, what could be more fun than soaking up the sun while celebrating your romance?

If you are throwing an event for an engaged pair, this time will likely be exciting, yet stressful – there’s so much to plan! In the event that you’re hosting a smaller celebration and have decided to forgo a caterer, you’re probably looking for the perfect recipe to whip up for your guests as well. Well, seek no longer! Celebrity chef, author, restaurateur, and TV personality Cat Cora has come to the rescue with five delectable dishes that will wow the attendees of your summer soirée. “The key to impressing your guests at pre-wedding parties is a beautiful presentation,” muses Cat. “These are some of my favorite appetizer recipes that provide something for everyone and bring delicious flavor and a touch of elegance to any event.”

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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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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

Cat at The Travelers Championship Womans Day Event June 25

The Travelers Championship today announced that its 2015 Women’s Day Breakfast will feature celebrity chef Cat Cora. The seventh annual Women’s Day, sponsored by Travelers, will be held on Thursday, June 25, at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut, and will benefit tournament charities including The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, which serves children with serious illnesses.

Women’s Day officially begins with a special networking breakfast that will include an interactive cooking demonstration with Cora, where she will offer tips for cooking some of her most popular dishes. In addition to the Women’s Day Breakfast, all women attending the tournament on Women’s Day will be offered complimentary tours of the Golf Channel studio, preferred bleacher seating, a 10 percent discount at the official merchandise tent, and a golf clinic at the tournament’s practice facility.

“One of our goals is to continue to deliver a bigger and better event each year that reaches a wide audience and helps us generate more money for charity,” said Tournament Director Nathan Grube. “This year, we worked closely with Travelers to deliver a networking breakfast that features well-known guests such as Martha Stewart and Cat Cora who resonate with women throughout the region. In addition to the breakfast, there are other benefits offered throughout the day to provide women with a unique PGA TOUR experience.”

Cat Cora is an American professional chef best known as the first female “Iron Chef” on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America and as co-host of Around the World in 80 Plates on Bravo. In addition to being a celebrated chef, Cat Cora is an accomplished lifestyle entrepreneur, author, restaurateur, contributing editor, and television personality.

“We appreciate the generosity of both Martha and Cat for volunteering to be a part of this special day, which helps the Travelers Championship generate money for its charities,” said Doreen Spadorcia, Vice Chairman of Travelers. “Since its inception in 2009, Women’s Day has grown in prominence and attendance and is now one of the most popular days during tournament week. With Martha and Cat as our special guests, this year’s event will be exciting, informative, and truly memorable.”

Travelers is once again the presenting sponsor for Women’s Day. Hartford Business Journal, Hartford HealthCare, Red Thread, and Lux Bond & Green will serve as event partners.

Tickets for the Women’s Day Breakfast cost $85 and include a general admission ticket to the tournament. They are on sale now at www.TravelersChampionship.com

This year’s Travelers Championship field already includes top players such as Bubba Watson, Jason Day, 2014 Champion Kevin Streelman, Sergio Garcia, Brandt Snedeker, and Hunter Mahan. Tickets for the Travelers Championship, which will take place from June 22 to 28 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut, are on sale now at www.TravelersChampionship.com

Come see Cat at The Travelers Championship Woman’s Day Event June 25!