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Hot Chefs, Roving Chefs, The Swedish Chef…and Robin Hood

As promised in my previous post, here’s the link to my story in this week’s US 1 with more details on this coming Saturday’s Princyclopedia, a free event for kids of all ages at Princeton University. The flier at left is a reminder to bring a non-perishable food donation – in the spirit of Robin Hood, which is this year’s theme book. I’ll be there and I hope you will be, too.

Congrats to Bruce Lefebvre, longtime chef at The Frog and The Peach in New Brunswick who just purchased the restaurant from Betsy Alger and Jim Black. The couple established this ground-breaking restaurant back in the ’80s and have decided to retire. It is well earned and I wish them a long and happy one.

Food & Wine magazine has named its Best New Chefs for 2012 So if you travel around the US and like to dine at the hottest places check out the winners here.

And finally….

This is from my favorite tweet of the week. It comes via Bret Thorn of Nation’s Restaurant News, a trade newspaper, in a list of recent chefs-on-the-move:

“Wes Shaw is the new executive chef at Presidio Social Club in San Francisco. Inspired to join the restaurant world by his grandfather and by the Swedish chef from the Muppets, this native of League City, Texas, is highlighting his heritage by featuring beef brisket on Tuesday nights.”

Don’t you just love this guy for citing the Swedish Chef as an inspiration?

April Events & Mo Rocca Defends NJ

It’s not just the weather that’s heating up ’round these parts. Here are two fun events you might want to hook into:

Princyclopedia 2012

Every year the Cotsen Children’s Library on the Princeton University campus brings to life for one day a beloved book with hands-on projects, activities, live shows, and demonstrations. It’s free, it’s as enjoyable for adults as it is for kids of all ages, and this year the book is one of my all time favorites: Robin Hood. (That’s Princyclopedia creator Dana Sheridan pictured at left.)

Think falconry, longbow archery, and battle-ax and sword play, mead tasting, knights, castles, and other delights. (Every year, The Bent Spoon brings a theme-related ice cream flavor. Wonder what this year’s will be.) It’s on Saturday, April 14 from 10 am to 3 pm at Dillon Gym on the University campus. Details and logistics here. Plus, I’ll write about it in greater detail in the 4/11/12 issue of US 1, so I’ll post a link when that’s available. This year, in the spirit of Robin, there’s a food drive component, which makes me like Princyclopedia even more.

Sickles Market Goes to Sicily. Literally. 

Bob & Leslie Sickles of the award-winning market in Little Silver were so entranced by a buying trip to Sicily last year that they’ve organized a food-buyer’s insider tour for 12 people this coming October. To see if you would like to be one of them, they’re offering a taste of what to expect at a Sicilian evening at Undici restaurant in Rumson on Monday, April 16, at 7 pm. Cost is $35. For reservations, contact Kirsty Dougherty at 908.512.0600 or kdougherty@sicklesmarket.com.

Mo Rocca Refuses to Trash the Garden State

"Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me" recept...

"Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me" reception at Octavia Books, Uptown New Orleans. Mo Rocca. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve always liked Mo Rocca, but never more so than when my daughter Elizabeth told me how he came to the defense of our state on last week’s NPR quiz show Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! You can imagine the jokes and snide remarks offered by the other panelists when he was asked to name the surprising area in which NJ was recently named to be Number One in the nation. He steadfastly refused to join in – and wound up extolling many of our good points, as well as coming up with the right answer! Which, if you haven’t heard, is quite surprising. Here’s the link to the audio. (The NJ bit starts about 2 minutes and 45 seconds into the segment.)