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ABC's 'The Taste' Casting Call for Season 3 in Boston, Seattle, Chicago, Austin and L.A.


Los Angeles - May 17, 2014 - If you think you can stand the heat, sign-up to get in the kitchen! Open casting calls for chefs interested in competing in this culinary competition series will be held in cities across the country starting on Saturday, June 21, 2014.


Los Angeles - Saturday, June 21st
Le Cordon Bleu
6370 W. Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
Austin - Saturday, June 28th
The Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex
1156 Hargrave St.
Austin, Texas 78702
Seattle - Saturday, June 28th
Swedish Cultural Center
1920 Dexter Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
Chicago - Saturday, July 12th
Centered Chef Food Studios
177 N. Ada St. #101
Chicago, IL 60607
Boston - Saturday, July 12th
45 Prospect Street
Central Square
Cambridge, MA, 02139

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"The Taste" is an American cooking-themed reality competition series on ABC. It premiered on January 22, 2013. On May 14, 2013, ABC renewed "The Taste" for a second season. "The Taste" began its second season on January 2, 2014."The Taste" was listed as a returning series during ABC's upfront presentations on May 13, 2014, thus confirming a Season 3. For a sneak peek of last season’s finale,

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Holiday Gifts for the Food-Obsessed

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Welcome to the LocalEats holiday gift guide. We'd of course, be remiss not to start things off by suggesting that the new LocalEats gift cards make fantastic gifts for foodies. It's a great way to support local businesses, and best of all, the recipient, not the person who gives the card, gets to decide where to redeem the card. Here's our ever-growing list of participating restaurants. Shameless plug aside, here are some foodcentric gift ideas for your edification. 

In search of a last minute romantic gift for your non-vegetarian significant other? You'll melt their heart (and perhaps make it burn) with the Bacons of the World gift package from Belcampo Meat Co. – five pounds of bacon four times a year, with a different exotic bacon with each shipment. 

There are a number of deliverable smoked fish packages from NYC's legendary Jewish deli, Russ & Daughters, but the Smoked Salmon Medley is among the most popular with 3 kinds of smoked salmon, cream cheese, bagels and even a Russ & Daughters tote bag (you'll be the coolest kid in school!). 

For the classy oenophile (or lush) in your family, there's this Grape Wine Rack from Robert Bronwasser, sold by Greener Grass Design.

Grape Rack

Who couldn't use 50-pound box of New Mexico Green Chiles from the New Mexico Catalogue? Sure, you could just purchase a five-pound box, but why not be set for salsa and soups for life. Go big or go home. 

Cooks and aspiring chefs will enjoy Le Pigeon: Cooking at the Dirty Bird, from James Beard Award-winning chef Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon in Portland. If elk tongue stroganoff and roasted pigeon aren't your thing, try the Roberta's Cookbook from the stellar Bushwick restaurant of the same name. 

For the homesick Chicagoan or anyone wanting to step up their frozen pizza game, you can order deep dish by mail from Lou Malnati's (order here) or Gino's East (order here

Looking for a unique interior lighting piece for a carb enthusiast? Try these Pampshades, (lamps made from actual bread).

Pampshades Lantern



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Happy Repeal Day, LocalEaters! While you count down the remaining hours of the work day until you can celebrate your freedom to imbibe as you please, enjoy a few tasty links concerning food and drink. Also, shameless plug: Don't forget to take a look at our shiny new LocalEats gift cards. For every $50 you spend, we'll throw in an additional $10. 

With Ask a Critic: Serious Eats recommends restaurants for a precocious 10-year-old foodie on his first NYC visit — Katz's, Motorino and Economy Candy are among those on the list.

John T. Edge names his Top Ten Dishes of 2013 in Garden & Gun with mouthwatering photos to boot. Featured dishes include the likes of whole roasted fish with salsa verde at Peche Seafood Grille (New Orleans), escargot hush puppies at Mintwood Place (D.C), and white barbecue sauce chicken from Martin's Bar-B-Que (Nolensville, TN).

Thrillist runs down 23 Simple Things You're Doing Wrong While Eating Asian Food. Use your hands on nigiri! Don't slurp that pho!

Foodiggity displays some offbeat food-related holiday gifts including The Ice Cream Sandwich Pillow, a Grilled Cheesus Sandwich Press, and Muffin Tops Cupcake Molds. 

A brief and enlightening history of the spork from The New York Times, which was not invented by Colonel Sanders — it dates back to Medieval times. 


10 Deliciously Weird Dishes across the Country

For the following iconic bizarre dishes, beauty is in the eye (or tastebuds) of the beholder. They may not win any Instagram competitions, but they're a testament to American ingenuity and display a devotion to creativity with comfort food. These dishes exist because some visionary chefs and restaurateurs across the country were unafraid to say "YES" to more gravy, French fries, chili and anything else for the sake of inventing some messy and indulgent, but brilliantly weird foods. 

The Garbage Plate, Nick Tahou Hots (Rochester, NY)
Perhaps the country's most famous towering pile of food, the Garbage Plate's origin is widely attributed to Nick Tahou Hots, a Rochester institution since 1918. The base of the dish is always the diner’s choice of two sides — home fries, French fries, macaroni salad or baked beans — topped by your choice of meat — hot dog, hamburger patty, Italian sausage, or chicken tenders. Finally, the whole mixture is dressed with mustard and onions, then doused with Nick’s signature hot sauce.

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photo credit: Eugene Peretz

Loco Moco, Eggs 'n Things (Honolulu, HI)
A regional Hawaiian delight that can be found throughout the islands (Eggs 'n Things is just one noteworthy purveyor), Moco Loco is a layered dish of fried eggs, a hamburger patty, white rice, brown gravy, and sometimes Spam (ubiquitous in Hawaii) or other meats. 

7 Pound Breakfast Burrito, Jack-n-Grill (Denver, CO) 
Not exactly your padre's grab-and-go, foil-wrapped burrito, Jack-n-Grill's 7 Pound Breakfast Burrito is every bit as intimidating as it sounds, filled with 5 lbs of potatoes, 12 eggs, 1/2 a pound of ham, onions and green chiles (fire-roasted on the premises), then topped with a mound of cheese and their signature green pork chile. The Travel Channel's Adam Richman threw in the towel while attempting to tackle this burrito beast, but if you manage to succeed, your polaroid will have a place on their wall of fame.

The Hot Hamburger, Murphy's Steak House (Bartlesville, OK)
Leave your preconceived notion of a "hamburger" at the door at this Bartlesville institution dating back to 1946. The Hot Hamburger is a gut-busting tradition that layers a generous hamburger steak patty on buttered Texas toast with grilled onions (optional but only a rookie would forego them) and an ungodly amount of fries. The whole thing is smothered in glorious brown gravy. 

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Pastrami Cheese Fries, Kenny & Zuke's Delicatessen (Portland, OR)
Not all loaded fries are created equal. Many spuds become soggy under the weight of chili and a variety of other toppings. But we can totally get behind an over-sized plate of thin, crispy fries topped with a heapin' helpin of Kenny & Zuke's signature pastrami and covered with melted Swiss cheese. Something this extraordinary probably shouldn't be hiding under "Sides" on the menu. 

Chili Six-WayBlue Ash Chili (Cincinnati, OH)
It's difficult to spend any amount of time in Cincinnati without stumbling face first into a plate of chili, be it 3-, 4- or 5-way. Blue Ash takes things a step further with their chili 6-way: that's their signature Cincinnati-style chili (1) on top of spaghetti (2) topped with copious amounts of shredded cheese (3), onions (4), beans (5) and the coup de grâce, fried pickled jalapeno caps (6). 

The Tamale SpreadMcClard's Bar-B-Q (Hot Springs, AR) 
A former favorite of President Clinton (before he went vegan — raise your hand if you saw that coming), McClard's signature item is the Tamale Spread, a heaping pile of food consisting of two open faced tamales covered with Fritos, beans, chopped beef barbeque, and no insignificant amount of cheese and onions. It all combines for one intense, yet strangely delightful flavor. 


Slayer, Kuma's Corner (Chicago, IL)
This perpetually packed headbangers' hamburger heaven names their innovative burgers after metal bands (Black Sabbath, Mastodon, Pantera, etc). The Slayer might be the most hardcore of its offerings — a bunless spread composed of a 10 oz burger patty, chili, cherry peppers, melted Monterrey Jack, green onions and of course, ANGER (this is actually listed as the final ingredient on the menu). 

Tender Royale, Pepperfire (Nashville, TN)
A relative newcomer to Nashville's hot chicken scene, Pepperfire does not withhold the heat when it comes to their take on the pan-fried, cayenne-crusted bird. Their most unique contribution, however, is the Tender Royale, a deep-fried grilled cheese with melted pepperjack oozing out the edges that is then topped with three sizable tongue-torching hot chicken tenders. The cayenne dusting lightly coats the bread of the grilled cheese for quite the taste sensation — fork and knife it, lest you make a bigger mess.

The Big WoodyBilly's Blue Duck BBQ (Liberal, Kansas)
A Liberal local favorite for barbecue, burgers and Tex-Mex offerings, Billy's is the home of the behemoth Big Woody — a 10-inch Hebrew National hot dog that's deep-fried, wrapped in a tortilla, and smothered in chili, cheese and onions (sour cream is optional).  

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