CITY VINEYARD DINERS CAN expect serious flavor from Chef Mike Landas’ seasonal menus. Landas, who cites Seattle and New Orleans as his favorite culinary cities, joined the City Vineyard team in October 2017, and his influence and personal touch made an impact in the kitchen and on the menu almost immediately. Aside from Landas’s delectable cuisine, patrons to City Vineyard can enjoy riverfront dining, stunning views, a riverside wine garden, a rooftop deck and a beautifully paired food and wine menu.
Landas honed his skills and developed his own personal style working at restaurants around New York City including Spigolo, Abe & Arthur’s, Little Beat and Pig & Khao. He enjoys perusing farmers markets and food halls, constantly seeking new experiences and inspiration.
WHICH FOOD IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE? AND ON THE OPPOSITE END OF THE SPECTRUM, WHAT IS ONE INGREDIENT OR FOOD YOU HATE TO USE? I absolutely love pecan pie. Unlike today, it wasn’t readily available in North Jersey when I was young, and on a family road trip visiting relatives in Virginia it was the first dish I had as a young boy that opened my eyes to cuisine from the American South, and it’s held a special place in my heart since.
On the other hand, I despise truffle oil. Having had real white and black truffles, I just can’t get used to the artificial taste of truffle oil.
WHAT DISHES WOULD YOU SERVE AT A PRIVATE DINNER PARTY? I love using dinner parties to play with flavors and techniques that normally don’t go together. If I hosted tonight, some of the dishes on the menu would be Chinese five-spiced garlic bread, hickory-smoked butternut squash, shawarma-seasoned beef short ribs, country fried cauliflower, maybe even jackfruit beignets!
WHAT WAS THE FIRST MEAL YOU EVER PREPARED ON YOUR OWN? Thanksgiving dinner — one year Mom was sick and I ended up preparing everything myself. Between dishes I’d helped her make in the past (Filipino lumpia and pancit) and a few recipes I took from the Food Network website (oyster/cornbread dressing, crab-stuffed Portobello mushrooms), I think it turned out well.
IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE IN ONE DISH, WHICH DISH WOULD IT BE AND WHY? Creole jambalaya: The dish is globally influenced (hints of Africa and the Caribbean mixed with Louisiana flavors), locally sourced (Southern Trinity, Andouille sausage, Tasso ham and Gulf shrimp are common ingredients), and just puts a smile on everyone’s face from the first bite. I like to think I fill those categories, also.
WHICH CULINARY TREND WOULD YOU LIKE TO DISAPPEAR? Zoodles and spiralized root vegetables, because there are so many fun and delicious ways to prepare zucchini, squash and beets that maintain the essence of what the vegetable is. Keep noodles as they have been for centuries — no need to remake the wheel or the noodles.
As the vaccine rolls out and travel begins to pick up, it’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Panama City with us.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
Boca Raton Resort & Club recently announced a new partnership with Major Food Groups, creating one of the best culinary destinations in the United States. Major Food Groups is the company behind some of the hottest restaurants, including Carbone, The Grill and Parm. This partnership will launch multiple dining concepts as part of the resort's $150 million transformation.
The Franklin London Launches Afternoon Tea Inspired by Victoria & Albert Museum’s “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser”
The Franklin London – Starhotels Collezione, located in the heart of Knightsbridge, launched a new afternoon tea inspired by the “Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser” exhibit at the nearby Victoria & Albert Museum. Diners booking the tea also have the option to book an offer including a pre-reserved ticket to the in-demand exhibition.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
Pride Month is in full swing and to celebrate the community, make a colorful cocktail everyone will enjoy. These colorful ingredients will get the party started during Pride or any time of the year. Start this recipe the night before to create the rainbow ice cubes.
Hotel San Luis Obispo partners with Harmony Cellars for the SLO in Harmony offer. The offer includes 15 percent off a two-night stay Sunday–Thursday, a complimentary wine tasting for two at Harmony Cellars, club member discounts at the winery for the day and the opportunity to explore the town of Harmony, California, population of 18 and located 30 miles from San Luis Obispo. Book online.
Enjoy additional perks at Westin Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta, on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, with the Vitamin Sea, D & Me offer. Rates begin at $130 per night, including complimentary breakfast daily, a healthy starter at Arrecifes Restaurant, one poke bowl and one drink at El Palmar Restaurant. The use of one beachside pergola per stay is also included. The offer is valid on stays through Dec. 21, and use code S5706 to book.