FOOD. CURATED. - The Best Food Videos

  1. Meet Max Blachman-Gentile, the head baker (the only baker!) at TORST bar/restaurant in Brooklyn. If you're the type of person that goes out of their way to hunt down a good sourdough, Max is your person. Join us as we go inside the cellar kitchens at TORST for a behind-the-scenes peek into their nano bread program. A small bakery operation where exquisite whole grains doughs rise to life.

    Director/Editor: Liza deGuia (@SkeeterNYC)

    Head to our website below to find out how to get your hands on Max's bread. Thanks for watching food. curated.!
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  3. “100 batches in, it still feels like magic.”

    Meet Homa Dashtaki, the founder and owner of The White Moustache yogurt company based in Brooklyn, NY. It’s nice when artisans are still in awe of their product, still bright eyed and in wonder about the magic of their process. It’s a feeling I seldom run into. Most artisans are so deep into their repetition of production that the feeling of excitement has left them. Taking its place: focus, duty, responsibility, deadlines, and other demands of the entrepreneurial world. But, not Homa. Not yet, anyway. For her, everyday is like delivering a new child into the world. The beauty of life…of raising happy cultures into yogurt.

    What sets The White Moustache apart is “coddling.” Homa admits to the TLC method of yogurt care – a lot of attention to the details. It’s how her dad taught her to make the beautiful Persian style yogurts she grew up with. These yogurts are elegant, and incredibly soft and rich on the palate, many spoonfuls above the quality of supermarket brands. Add her specialty Middle Eastern flavors to the mix, and entirely new experiences in yogurt arise! Dates, Orange blossom honey & walnuts, sour cherry whisk you to distant countries of which they were inspired – for every batch comes from a family memory. Ideas inspired by dishes or flavors from Homa’s home country of Iran. Enjoy her story.

    This is the third installment of our exciting video collaboration with Food & Wine Magazine on The Best American Artisans. Look out for Homa’s yogurt at select specialty stores in New York City.

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  4. "Not everyone in the Middle East eats hummus and falafel everyday."

    Meet Ron & Leetal Arazi, the founders and chefs behind NYShuk Harissa, an artisan, aromatic chili paste made in Brooklyn, NY. As Ron explained to me, you can find harissa in almost every North African/Middle Eastern family kitchen. Every mom has a family recipe passed down from their mom, and every recipe is different. Though not yet an American staple, harissa is becoming more and more familiar around professional kitchens. I've seen it in the aisles of gourmet markets. In restaurants, on interesting sandwiches and egg dishes. It's like sriracha 5 years ago, about to have its moment.

    For Ron & Leetal, this is a blessing and a curse: as mass produced harissa is on the rise, the tradition of homemade harissa is "dying." So, they started NYShuk to preserve the craft. Using 3 distinct types of chili peppers and tons of physical labor, their harissa refuses to cut corners, "a night & day difference from most supermarket brands." It's a condiment that transforms dishes, that magic kitchen ingredient the adds richness and depth to a dish. I mix it into mashed potatoes, simmer it into soups, braise it into meats. To be honest, I'm having my own harissa epiphany, and NYShuk wants you to have one too.

    You can purchase NYShuk Harissa online from their website. They make new batches every week, so it's guaranteed fresh.

    Thanks for watching and supporting my food. curated. Best American Artisans story partnership with Food & Wine Magazine. Happy Eating!

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  5. "I really truly believe I grow the best food in the world."

    As part of an exciting video partnership with Food & Wine Magazine, I am happy to introduce you to Nevia No, the spiritual gardener and owner of Bodhi Tree Farm, a one-of-a-kind, specialty vegetable farm based in Pemberton, New Jersey. Nevia is a black sheep of the farming community. At the farm, you won't find charts or watering schedules; but, instead you might find Nevia in a field happily singing and dancing to her crops. She abandons traditional protocol for something more spiritual, letting her farm practices be guided by an instinct or a feeling. To her, a vegetable's spirit must be nurtured, and along with that, provided with room for suffering.

    "Most farmers laugh at me," she'll readily admit with a confident smile. But, laugh as you may, for her vegetables and clientele speak for themselves. In just under 5 years of launching, Nevia landed over 65 top restaurant accounts in NYC, many with chefs of high regard. At the farmers market, her vegetables always look the happiest. It might seem far-fetched for me to say, but it's true. Pull up to Nevia's vegetable stand, and the vegetables look sturdier, healthier, more colorful, more inviting and more ready to eat. Come see for yourself, the secret is in the suffering.

    For more info on Food & Wine's picks for Best American Artisans, head to the F&W Artisan Hub.

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