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Friday, August 21, 2009

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In wrapping up our "Penn Foodies" series for this week, today is all about fun food related videos.

Earlier today I posted two videos about a Penn alum being hired to impersonate Emeril Legasse.

Now I want to share with you two randomly and separately received submissions from Alex Petrovitch (C'01) and Matt Russak (SEAS '03) for the Heinz "Take 2" commercial competition last year.  While neither of them won, these are both very entertaining!

Videos after the jump...

Alex Petrovitch (C'01) in "It's What's Inside"
Dad is left alone with his crying baby- See how he cheers him up!

Matt Russak (SEAS '03, in blue shirt and tie) in "Superglue"
Tale of buffoonery between Mike and Will involving superglue and ketchup at the office.  Note the "The Office" parody of this commercial.  Matt does a good Jim, no?


On a related note, Alex tells me he has booked an appearance on the upcoming season of "24". Check out THIS Penn alum who appeared on "24" last year!

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What would my Penn Foodies series be without paying tribute to a great chef?

Emeril LegasseOr impersonating one...

Jared Miller (C'97) recently got hired with five other guys to do some webisodes promoting Emeril Legasse's food products.  Each of the webisodes were shot as "auditions" for the best Emeril impression/impersonation each highlighting one of four product lines. 

Other impersonators you'll see in the videos include Martha Stewart, Regis and Kelly, Mario Batoli, Iron Chef Morimoto, Nomar, Mia Hamm, Shawn Johnson, and Sammy Hagar.


Speaking of impersonations, be sure to check out THESE 66(!) great impersonations another Penn alum did recently!

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Tasty Treats from my "Penn Foodies" series HERE

More posts about Penn Alumni Actors HERE

Headshot Hotties HERE / Penn Actor Reels HERE (upload yours!)



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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Craig BorethIt seems like a guy who wrote a book about fatherhood should also know a thing or two about how to cook.

Craig Boreth (C‘91), author of How to Feel Manly in a Minivan: The Desperate Dad's Survival Guide has a new project he's wants you to follow.

That is, to follow on Twitter.

Check out Craig's "Recipitos: A Complete Gourmet Recipe In A Tweet" where you'll find some of Craig's favorites including:

  • OLIVE OIL GELATO: Whip 4 yolks & 1/2c sugar 5min til very pale. Beat in 1/2c olive oil, then 2c milk, 1c cream. Freeze in ice cream maker.
  • SEA URCHIN (UNI) CEVICHE: Plate pieces of uni (from good Asian mkt.). Lots of olive oil, lemon juice, salt & pepper. Good bread for dipping.
  • BACON DATE BOMBS: Wrap dates in bacon. Pack snugly on cookie sheet, seam down. Roast at 400 til browned, ~ 12 mins. Turn, cook 10 min more.
  • TIRAMISU: Whip 1.5c cream, 2tsp vanilla, 1/3c sugar. Fold in 1lb mascarpone. Layer boozed-sugared-espresso-soaked ladyfingers, cream, cocoa.

Hemingway CookbookAnd Craig is no stranger to cooking. A few years back he also published The Hemingway Cookbook and went on to become a food writer for the Boston Globe and elsewhere.  The cookbook is a culinary bio of Hemingway, featuring more than 120 recipes from his life and writing.

Per Craig,
"I started the book after traveling to Paris and Spain after graduation. It started as a travel guide to The Sun Also Rises and morphed into a cookbook."

Favorite recipes include:

On a food related note, Craig has been been developing a story about three fictional meetings between Hemingway and another famous foodie, Pablo Neruda (first in Paris in the 20s, then Madrid during the Spanish Civil War and finally on the coast of Chile in the 50s).  Per Craig, "Food, obviously, will play a key role in their tempestuous encounters."

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Delicious nuggets from my "Penn Foodies" series HERE

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Okay, while this isn't necessarily a "Penn Foodie" related post, musician Gabriel Mann (C'95, Off the Beat), is holding a spoon in the video above and tells us he and his band The Rescues are serving up some quality rock and roll music.   Good enough.

I briefly interrupt our Foodie series this week because I wanted to post this so all of you on the east coast are aware that Gabe and his band The Rescues are touring the east coast this week.  And if you remember from my DT posts, Gabe's band's infectiously addicting music has been featured on "Grey's Anatomy" three times this past year!

If you're in Philly, note below that they're playing at the World Cafe Live this Thursday night (8/20)!

The Rescues
Aug 19 2009 7:00P Club Passim- Boston, MA

Aug 20 2009 8:00P World Cafe Live Downstairs- Philadelphia, PA

Aug 21 2009 8:00P Canal Room-New York, NY

Aug 22 2009 8:00P Rams Head Tavern- Annapolis, MD

Aug 26 2009 8:00P Eddie’s Attic- Decatur, GA

Aug 27 2009 7:00P Merry Band Farm- Silk Hope, NC

Aug 28 2009 8:00P Evening Muse- Charlotte, NC

Aug 29 2009 7:00P Pour House- Raleigh, NC

Aug 30 2009 7:00P IOTA Club and Cafe-Arlington, VA

Click HERE for ticket information

Listen to The Rescues' music that was featured on "Grey's Anatomy" this year below:

Get the songs on iTunes:


My past posts about Gabe HERE

Other Penn musicians HERE



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For my Penn Foodies series, this week we've featured a restaurant entrepreneur, a couple who had their blog turned into a cookbook, and now today a chef (and blogger) on a mission!

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BravoTV's Top Chef CookbookCarolyn Anne Dizon (W'90, Parliamentary Debate Team) is cooking her way through the entire Top Chef The Cookbook and has shared it with all of us. She is now over half-way through the cookbook, and along the way she blogs about the process on her BravoTV Blog "The Cookbook Chronicles", shows step by step photos and overall explains things to the home cook. In addition she discusses the episode the dish was featured on, and also blogged about the past season 5's Top Chef's weekly episodes.

How did Carolyn become such a foodie? Her roots started at Penn...

Per Carolyn,
BravoTV and Penn Foodies"I have always been cooking, was an avid follower of Julia Child since my teens, did tons of cooking in elementary school and high school, and at Penn, during my senior year, had a "cooking club" with my roommates where we would all rotate each night one of us taking on the role of making dinner. I also tried to perfect pumpkin pie my senior year at Penn - I think I may not have succeeded in that endeavor - I remember for one version (I made about 8 versions), I forgot the eggs, and the less-than-perfect results were launched out the window of my rowhouse apartment onto 40th Street, much to the dismay of my roommates and friends!  But seriously, I believe that during my sophomore year when I lived in High Rise East, I was one of the few people who actually made use of the kitchen!

My blogging started rather spontaneously.  I always had been doing my version of "blogging" by musing on "whatever" - often reality TV shows - to many friends via email and we'd keep a running dialogue going.  Recently I met two women through friends of mine who both work at BravoTV.com.  I told them what a fan I was of the show and "impressed" them with my knowledge of all kinds of trivia from the show.  I guess they were impressed because they asked me if I wanted to audition to blog for the Top Chef cookbook.  I jumped at the opportunity and after sending two sample blogs got the position." (find out more about why she's doing this blog HERE)

The hardest dish to prepare for Carolyn?:
Halibut with Grapes and Fried Leeks


Per Carolyn,
"I love my blog for this recipe because it is an AMAZING dish using classical French technique (which I feel is key to any properly trained chef - it provides the foundation for them to branch out from after).  This recipe required a lot of steps, has great photos, was a huge success (totally a "clean plate club" meal), and the blog is a little funny because the blender basically exploded when I was blending the sauce - still I battled on, which is precisely what I would hope any home chef/cook to do as well. 

+ Carolyn's BravoTV blog: "The Cookbook Chronicles" HERE

+ Carolyn's personal blog:  TheSassyFoodie.com where she'll be blogging all about the current "Top Chef Las Vegas" season which starts tonight!

+ Follow Carolyn on Twitter

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Delicious nuggets from my "Penn Foodies" series HERE

More posts about Penn Alumni Bloggers HERE





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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

UPenn FoodiesIn continuing my "Penn Foodies" week, after yesterday's story about this restaurant entrepreneur, today I bring you a post about yet another set of Penn alumni working together

Great story here. Two friends (and now dating!) write blog at Penn, get approached by publisher and now have book!

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Alanna Kaufman (C'08, DP, City News Editor, Kite and Key Tour Guide, Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor) and Alex Small (C'08, DP Photo Editor) published a new book called The Frugal Foodie Cookbook: 200 Gourmet Recipes for Any Budget which features high-quality recipes at low costs, and is aimed at cooks at any skill level (or no skill level!).  The idea for the book stemmed from their food blog, Two Fat Als, which they began writing while at Penn.  Both the blog and the book include anecdotes about their experiences cooking at Penn and in Philadelphia.

How did they get started?

Per Alanna,

The Frugal Foodie Cookbook: 200 Gourmet Recipes for Any Budget"After finishing our editorships at the Daily Pennsylvanian, Alex and I had a lot of free time on our hands, and we began cooking.  Though our kitchens were tiny and poorly equipped, we starting making dinner each night and recording our dishes on our blog, Two Fat Als.  The blog was designed to show other college students that it was possible to create tasty and sophisticated dishes on a low budget.  Alex has always been a great chef -- his Colombian mother and Jewish father put him to work in the kitchen at an early age -- so he taught me basics and we continued to develop our skills together. 

Cooking for the blog moved us to explore different food markets in Philadelphia (the farmers markets, the Italian market, Redding Terminal), and we would often have friends over multiple nights per week for dinner. 

After a literary agent found the blog online during our senior year and suggested that we write a book proposal, we found Adams Media and The Frugal Foodie Cookbook was born!"

Alanna and Alex's favorite meals for friends at Penn which they served pre-Walnut Walk their senior year (from their book):
Apricot Brandy Baked French Toast +/-

 
Per Alana, "The day we first heard from our literary agent was the same day as our Walnut Walk during senior week. We were hosting a huge pre-walk brunch for our friends -- we made the apricot brandy baked French toast from the book, as well as cinnamon buns and an asparagus frittata. That was one of our favorite meals for friends at Penn and everyone stuffed themselves in preparation for a long day."

And one of Alanna's favorite recipes (from their book):
Black Bean Soup +/-

 

...And this isn't the first Penn alum who wrote a blog about saving money as a student at Penn and then got discovered.  Remember THIS Penn alum whose blog got turned into a book and then was hired to write on "Scrubs"?!

Get in touch with Alex and Alanna! twofatals at gmail.com

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More posts about Penn alumni authors HERE

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Hill Country Restaurant and New York CityTo kick things off for my Penn Foodies series, here's a great inspirational story about one Penn alum entrepreneur who went from the telecom world to tremendous success in the restaurant world.

After working in the telecom world for a number of years (Centric Telecom, eLink Communications), Marc Glosserman (C'96, Sigma Chi) went on to earn his MBA from Columbia University where he won seed funding for his first restaurant venture, "Hill Country Barbecue Market", by the school’s Eugene M. Lang Entrepreneurial Fund’s new business plan competition.

Not only is "Hill Country" considered a hot new restaurant in NYC (30 West 26th Street), but it has been given great reviews by the NY Times, NY Magazine and The Wall Street Journal to name a few.

And what makes his restaurant so unique? I'll give you a hint. You're going to need a lot of napkins!

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It's all about Texas barbeque at "Hill Country" ...and it stems from Marc's grandfather who was the mayor of Lockhart, Texas where his family dates back four generations.

Per Marc, as a child,
Hill Country Barbeque"I looked forward to my Texas visits, where I indulged in all the local traditions, including eating smoked sausages and barbecue at the legendary Kreuz Market, drinking Big Red Soda, cooling off with Blue Bell Ice Cream, and enjoyed the sounds of Austin’s rock, blues and country music. Whether I was listening to my grandfather’s proud tales of growing up in the Lone Star State, or traveling with family and friends through Central Texas “Hill Country,” these are the memories that inspired me to open a New York City restaurant to honor the barbecue and live music capital of Texas."
Tell me you're not salivating after watching that video above! Incidentally, the most popular item is the Brisket (Marc’s favorite is the Prime Rib!).
"No other barbecue place that has opened in recent years has gotten it so right, right out of the gate. Hill Country is one of the finest new barbecue spots to open in New York in quite some time. The brisket is a thing of balance and beauty." -NY Times
And with the quote above, I don't think you can go wrong with whatever you order!

Check out his menu below! +/-

...And if you think you've seen the "Glosserman" name before on DT, you're right.  Let's not forget about Marc's younger successful filmmaker brother Scott Glosserman (C'99, Sigma Chi, Friars)!

Hill CountryGet in touch with Marc: marc at hillcountryny.com

Visit Hill Country and be sure to tell Marc you read about him on DT!

More posts about Penn entrepreneurs HERE



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Penn FoodiesOver the past month I have been collecting "food related" stories from some quite interesting Penn alumni.

Now all this week, in a new DT series I'm calling "Penn Foodies", look out for some savory posts about Penn:

  • restaurant entrepreneurs 
  • authors and bloggers
  • a national TV commercial star who's promoting a delicious product we all love
  • and even a chef impersonator (wait until to see this!).

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(In the meantime, check out my other DT series by looking down the right-hand column of this site)



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