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Renzell: The Perfect App For Fine Dining Lovers

The world of foodie apps is like the wild west right now. Developers are striving to become the next big thing, but few apps offer anything unique to stand out from just being a local restaurant directory. I thought I had seen it all with these apps, until GOF blogger Marcie told me to check out an app called Renzell and it has since become my go-to restaurant directory app.

Cocktail from Redbird in LA, a restaurant you can survey on Renzell

Why Renzell?

It’s for those with impeccable taste –  What separates Renzell out from the other apps is a restaurant directory that is specifically hand-picked by Renzell staff of fine dining establishments in major metropolitan cities. This app isn’t here to help you find a new coffee shop, it’s to help you find the perfect special occasion spot. Think Marea in NYC, Redbird in LA and Alinea in Chicago.

Be undercover –  Members can rate restaurants anonymously through their surveys, which are scored based off overall numbers, no long write-ups required. Their surveys are broken down into categories like ambiance, service, food and cocktails. What I love about this so much is that it’s not public what scores users gave, so I can quietly and candidly score spots. See full list of restaurants here.

Prove it – There is also more accountability in the scores than other review apps. Members are encouraged to show proof of dining by providing a receipt from their visit. This makes me feel better when I read the scores, cause it’s lessening the likelihood of fake reviews.

Get rewarded! – The more you survey and/or provide proof of receipt, the more goodies you can get! Recent rewards include Starbucks gift cards, SoulCycle classes, a month of free Spotify premium and so much more.

With membership benefits, secure anonymity and consistent app functionality, I will consider myself a “lifer” Renzell member.

  • Featured image – Strozzapreti from Marea in New York, a restaurant you can survey on Renzell

A Bachelorette Party Essential: Bakelicious Cupcake Carton

As if a rush to the altar (surprise! I’m pregnant!) wasn’t stressful enough for me these past few weeks, those baby and wedding showers you usually take months to plan became rushed as well.

Considering I would be celebrating my bachelorette party as a pregnant bride-to-be, I wanted to celebrate this occasion on a more low-key, local level. No strippers, no Vegas, obviously no drinking (at least for me). My best friend Devon (you may recognize her as #plusonebae on our Instagram) and I decided on hosting a small baby/bachelorette gathering at Pump in West Hollywood. But we had to have cake of some sort and considering their menu doesn’t offer cake options, what was I to do?

Enter Bakelicious’ Cupcake Carton as the solution!

This durable, but still adorable, carton holds 12 standard cupcakes with a latch for travel. The measurements are 6.5 x 17.5, which is the perfect size for our having on our table and for refrigeration of the cupcakes after. This carton is made with food grade plastic and it was so easy to clean with soap and warm water.

My favorite feature of this carton is the cut-out bottom for each cupcake, which makes it easy for cupcakes to pop out without damaging any frosting.

Make sure you hop on Amazon to order this carton today, it’s currently priced at only $10.60!

Once our server brought out the cupcakes, we all indulged our sweet tooth and loved the cupcakes. They were still so pretty once they came out!

Even if this gathering of my closest longtime pals was a little bit rushed, I wouldn’t have had it any other way!

This post is sponsored by Bakelicious; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. 

James Beard Foundation Presents Taste America: Los Angeles Dinner 2017

On Friday, October 6th, 2017, Vibiana, the former 19th century Cathedral turned prominent event space in Downtown Los Angeles, was taken over by the national non-profit culinary arts organization, the James Beard Foundation and the best in the LA culinary scene. Taste America, the foundation’s 5th annual ten-city touring event, celebrated prolific stars of the food scene.

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Macy’s Culinary Council Hosts MasterChef Season 7 Champion Shaun O’Neale at Union Square in San Francisco For a Dinner and Demo!

BAY AREA FOODIES!

Are you ready to spend an evening of culinary arts fun with MasterChef season 7 winner Shaun O’Neale? If you can make it out, be sure to join one of our favorite TV chefs for a three-course meal and cooking demonstration at Macy’s Union Square, in San Francisco, CA. Along the way, Shaun will be sharing his favorite cooking techniques and you get a signed copy of his cookbook, My Modern American Table with the ticket purchase. 

We loved watching this DJ turned Chef and season 7, so we know this will be one fun demonstration! Fingers crossed he packs his turntables!

When: Friday, October 20th 2017 at 6 PM

Where: Macy’s Union Square, 170 O’Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Price: $25, includes 3-course meal prepared by Chef Shaun, a copy of his cookbook, My Modern American Table, a $15 Macy’s gift certificate and a meet and greet with Chef Shaun.   

RSVP here to ensure a spot.

Tickets are selling quick, so get on it!

IF YOU’RE NOT ABLE TO ATTEND THE FULL DINNER AND DEMO, WITH ANY PURCHASE OF $15 OR MORE IN THE HOME DEPARTMENT (THE DAY AND TIME OF EVENT), YOU CAN STILL GET A MEET AND GREET WITH CHEF SHAUN AND A COPY OF HIS COOKBOOK. 

Culinary Council is a collection of spectacularly talented chefs, pastry chefs, and food professionals that travel throughout the country and hold various tastings and demonstrations in Macy’s all over the U.S. Check with your local Macy’s to see if any are happening near you!

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. Image courtesy of Macy’s Culinary Council. 

Music Tastes Good Festival 2017 in Long Beach

Music Tastes Good is back, and while here in SoCal the calendars say fall, it felt like summer at this awesome festival. I doubt that I’m alone, but food regularly stirs up humming and melodies from within me so the entire concept brought forth by this festival is truly one I can get on board with.

The lineup was super fun, and I’ve been putting my Spotify to work with some of my new favorites.( (Big Freedia you gave me life!) The culinary experience this year was described as being a “port to port experience”  between Long Beach and New Orleans. Sounds and tastes reflected this experience and showcased the absolute best of these two port cities.

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Smoked Dallas

I was so excited to attend Smoked BBQ Festival again this year. How could I go wrong with BBQ, live music and trailer park olympics? I’d be a fool not to attend.

Smoked Dallas
Main Street Garden Park, Downtown Dallas, TX
http://www.smokeddallas.com/

Culling down my favorite bites from the sixteen pitmasters and chefs was a tall order, but I conquered. I narrowed it down to The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

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Join Julianne at The James Beard Foundation’s Fifth Annual Taste America!

 * Image – Avocado Tartine from Redbird
Calling all LA food-lovers! On Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, the James Beard Foundation will touch down on the West Coast for the Fifth Annual Taste America, the Foundation’s culinary tour through some of the country’s most exciting food cities. The festivities will begin at Vibiana and will celebrate Los Angeles’ food culture with esteemed local chefs and one national all-star, Barbara Lynch of Boston’s Gruppo, who will create a multi-course collaborative dinner with fellow James Beard Award winner Michael Cimarusti of Providence and Connie and Ted’s in Los Angeles, pastry chef Shannon Swindle of Craft Los Angeles, and host chef Neal Fraser of Redbird in Los Angeles.

But before getting seated for dinner, guests will snack on an amazing lineup of bites from some of the finest local chefs, including Amanda Chapman and Johnny Ray Zone of Howlin Ray’s in Los Angeles, Evan Funke of Felix in Venice, Justin Hilbert of Maude in Beverly Hills, Sara Kramer of Kismet in Los Angeles, and David Schlosser of Shibumiin Los Angeles.

This event will celebrate LA’s culinary arts scene and raise money for the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Scholarship Fund during a silent auction and an exciting live auction.

Want to get dapper and celebrate with us? Tickets are still on sale here.

White Out at Le Dîner en Blanc San Diego

Last week in San Diego I had the opportunity to participate in a unique pop up dinner party experience that takes place in different cities all over the world, and it was such a treat! Le Dîner en Blanc was launched in Paris in 1998 and is truly like nothing else I have ever experienced. Guests are required to wear all white, bring with them a table, chairs, table cloth, centerpiece, and picnic, and there are three phases to the release of tickets. First, guests who attended the previous year are invited, then anyone who is referred by one of those guests, and finally the general public is able to request a spot. Once confirmed, attendance is mandatory and the location remains a secret until 4pm on the day of the event!

This has taken place in some of San Diego’s most beautiful areas, and this year is was held in Liberty Station! Le DÎner En Blanc provides a unique opportunity to get dressed up in your elegant white attire, plan a fun picnic, and dine and dance under the starts with your friends and neighbors. It was such a treat to be involved in this special evening, and I had such a blast soaking up the sights, taking in everyone’s outfit, and snacking and sipping on some delicicate bites and champagne provided by Verbena Catering Co. I can’t wait to see where this Diner en Blanc takes me next year!

Thank you to Alternative Strategies for the media invitation to this special night!

Join Me at Macy’s Culinary Council Chef Marcus Samuelsson Cooking Demo! Wednesday, October 4th 2017 at 6 PM

BAY AREA FOODIES!

Are you ready to spend an evening in culinary arts heaven with Red Rooster Head Chef Marcus Samuelsson? Myself (and the rest of Girls on Food) are so excited to join one of our favorite chefs for a special cooking demonstration at Macy’s Northgate, in San Rafael, CA, where he will be sharing a few of his favorite recipes and cooking techniques.

When: Wednesday, October 4th 2017 at 6 PM

Where: Macy’s Northgate, Home Department – Level 3, 1000 Northgate Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903

Price: FREE! RSVP here to ensure a spot.

BONUS! Before the demo, With any purchase of $35 or more in the Home Department, receive a special gift and a copy of Chef Marcus’ latest book, The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem, and a chance to meet Chef Marcus and take a photo with him!

I will definitely be stocking up on some new kitchen gadgets but I’m so excited to get a copy of this book and take a shot with Chef Marcus! I’m ready for my close-up!

Culinary Council is a collection of spectacularly talented chefs, pastry chefs, and food professionals that travel throughout the country and hold various tastings and demonstrations in Macy’s all over the U.S. Check with your local Macy’s to see if any are happening near you!

I’ll be live on my Instagram feed with stories, so be sure you’re following me!

 

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. Image courtesy of Macy’s Culinary Council. 

Fall Wine Festival at City Winery Nashville

This weekend we were invited to attend the Fall Wine Festival at City Winery Nashville hosted by Nashville Wine Festivals. What a fantastic event! It was everything you need for a party in one place: music, unlimited drinks, food, and plenty of Instagram worthy photo backdrops!

City Winery

City Winery has always been one of my favorite places to go for dinner and a show, but I’ve never really explored the whole building. It’s a huge facility with different bars and places to sit and sip your favorite glass of wine. My new favorite spot is upstairs on the outside patio with a downtown view of Nashville! Not only was the view great, the weather couldn’t have been better – 76 degrees with a slight breeze and not a cloud in the sky. On the patio, I enjoyed a Matua Pinot Noir Rośe and my husband sampled a glass of Relax Chardonnay while we enjoyed the flawless day.

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Paella Wine and Beer Fest with L.A. Paella

Over the weekend our friends over at L.A. Paella Catering invited us to visit them at the inaugural Paella Wine and Beer Festival in Orange County. Paella, wine & beer? Of course I would join! It was a beautiful day at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa and I could smell the paellas on the other side of the parking lot. Maybe it was the 80 degree weather or perhaps it was the red hot competition, nonetheless the aromas had me dreaming of winning the contest and the trip to Spain.

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Promise of Peace Gardens Presents: Okrapalooza in Dallas

Brussels sprouts—smoked, charred, covered in bacon. It doesn’t matter how they are prepared; they remain the darling veggie. But one non-profit, Promise of Peace Gardens (P.O.P.) gives the spotlight to another veggie: okra. That’s right, okra.

Photo by Allison McClean

September 17th P.O.P hosts its 8th annual fundraiser, Okrapalooza at the dog and kid-friendly The Lot in East Dallas. From 11am – 2pm twenty celebrity chefs will create their best okra dish for guests to taste.

Chef Uno Immanivong (left) Guest (right)
Photo by Allison McClean

The Chefs include last year’s winner, Chef Peter Barlow of Flora Street as well as Chef Graham Dodds, The Statler; Chef Mark Wooton, Garden Café; Chef Thomas Archer, 3015 at Trinity Groves; Chef Daniel Pittman, Luck; Chef Anastacia Quinones; Chef Ryan Barnett, Lark on the Park; Chefs Noelle Hendrix and Nick Amoriello; Chef Uno Immanivong, Chino Chinatown and more!

Five celebrity judges will choose one top chef while guests will award the People’s Choice award. And in case you were wondering if there will be anything else to eat besides okra, Elizabeth Dryer, founder of P.O.P. promises me that we can expect much more!

Okrapalooza supports P.O.P. Gardens and its comprehensive programming aimed at restoring urban communities while making sure that all have high quality nutritious food on their plate. P.O.P. transforms unwanted land into thriving gardens and teaches low-income families about sustainable living. Portions of produce grown in P.O.P. gardens supply a few Dallas-area food pantries.

Purchase tickets online for $50 in advanced or $60 on the day of the event. Entrance to the event includes live music, all food and beer from Lakewood Brewery. Cocktails will be available for purchase. Get the discounted price of $40 by purchasing your ticket in person at North Haven Gardens.