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Free pizza for life? Turn a pizza box into art

Sep 11, 2014
Free pizza for life? Turn a pizza box into art

Over the decades, pizza takeout boxes from pizzerias nationwide have been adorned with surprisingly intricate art. Some boxes depict involved scenes showing pizza-makers at work in their kitchens, for instance; others are covered in scenes displaying everyday life in Italian villages.


Tony Gemignani’s “The Pizza Bible” goes on sale Oct....

Rufus Teague’s ‘legacy’ is four sacues with big flavors

Sep 11, 2014
Rufus Teague’s ‘legacy’ is four sacues with big flavors

Just as barbecue season continues (does it ever really end?), so does our search for great spice rubs and sauces. After years of tasting hundreds of them, we’re favoring on Kit’s Kansas City BBQ Rub by Miner’s Mix (think brown sugar), Roy’s Seasonings and Dizzy Pig rubs.


The four-flavor Rufus...

Autumn Food and Wine Festival brought foodies and fine fare to Northstar-at-Tahoe

Sep 9, 2014
Autumn Food and Wine Festival brought foodies and fine fare to Northstar-at-Tahoe

The weather was ideal for the crowd of 2,000-plus foodies who gathered this past weekend at Northstar-at-Tahoe near Truckee, and spilled over into the ultra-luxurious Ritz Carlton hotel, a gondola ride above the ski resort.


The grounds at Northstar ski resort were turned into a “tent town” for restaurants and...

Could these be the best pizzas in the U.S.?

Sep 4, 2014
Could these be the best pizzas in the U.S.?

When it comes to pizza, everybody has an opinion — including the foodies in the field who report to the editors at the Daily Meal, the website that covers all things food and drink.


Great pizza abounds at pizzerias and bistros around the U.S.

Firefighters will show off their best bowls of chili

Sep 4, 2014
Firefighters will show off their best bowls of chili

The chill of fall is slowly moving in, close enough to warrant a big bowl of red at the fourth annual Firefighter Chili Cook-Off. Firefighters will compete to find out once and for all who makes the best chili.

At age 55, John’s Oyster Bar is still king of the seafood pan roast

Sep 4, 2014
At age 55, John’s Oyster Bar is still king of the seafood pan roast

The Best In the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off in Sparks, Nev., was a big-time throwdown at which 23 professional cookers competed for cash, trophies and braggin’ rights. Over the five-day Labor Day “weekend,” they sold 250,000 pounds of St. Louis-style bones (and a whole lot of funnel cakes, onion rings and roasted corn) to...

A first look at the Farm-to-Fork bridge dinner menu

Sep 2, 2014
A first look at the Farm-to-Fork bridge dinner menu

If you’re among the 740 guests who paid $175 a head to break bread at the second annual Tower Bridge Gala Dinner on Sept. 28, you’re probably eager to see the menu.


More than 600 diners attended the 2013 inaugural Tower Bridge Gala Dinner, the culmination of Farm to Fork...

A first look at the Farm-to-Fork bridge dinner menu

Sep 2, 2014
A first look at the Farm-to-Fork bridge dinner menu

If you’re among the 740 guests who paid $175 a head to break bread at the second annual Tower Bridge Gala Dinner on Sept. 28, you’re probably eager to see the menu.


More than 600 diners attended the 2013 inaugural Tower Bridge Gala Dinner, the culmination of Farm to Fork...

Seven cooking teams took honors at Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off

Sep 2, 2014
Seven cooking teams took honors at Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off

A Rib Nation of 500,000 ‘cue lovers converged on the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nev., last Wednesday through Monday for the 26th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off, the biggest such throw-down in the country. Along the way, the hungry crowds took on 240,000 pounds of St. Louis-style pork ribs, rubbed,...

Best in the West Rib Cook-Off gets smokin’ on Wednesday

Aug 26, 2014
Best in the West Rib Cook-Off gets smokin’ on Wednesday

If you want a smokin’ good time over Labor Day weekend, get your hunger on for the 26th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off.


A mountain of pork ribs will be sold by 23 professional cookers at the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off, beginning Wednesday and...

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