A Meat Lover’s Guide to Eating in New York

The Big Apple is America’s epicenter for food. You’ll find cuisine from around the world 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Craving a midnight grilled cheese? Ever wonder what Vietnamese cuisine is like? Looking to dine at a Jazz Club? Look no further! There are more than 1,700 restaurant options at any given time with an average of 144 openings each year in Manhattan alone. New York truly has it all.

In our newest food adventure blog, we visited with the mission to discover restaurants that have the following qualities:

  • Are small or locally-owned
  • Serve up sustainable meat and produce
  • Offer a creative menu

Whether you live in one of the many eclectic neighborhoods or are just passing through, we hope this guide will point you in the right direction next time you decide to dine out in New York City.

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A Meat Lover’s Guide to Eating in New Orleans

New Orleans is widely known for its music and festivals, but there is so much more to this vibrant city. Beyond the beads and nightlife is a cultural and historically-rich mecca that has been rebuilt with vigor since Katrina hit ten years ago. The restaurant scene has blossomed, in particular, with the addition of concepts that answer to both cultural expectations and national trends.

We visited recently and built a list of restaurants to help you skip all the Yelp reviews and enjoy your stay. Our favorites follow some or all of the following criteria:

  • Are small or locally-owned
  • Serve up sustainable meat and produce
  • Offer a creative menu

While we have some of the most talked about restaurants on this list, we chose to highlight some of the hidden gems this city has to offer as well. From burgers to live music and fine dining, this food adventure blog is the perfect guide to eating in New Orleans!

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Valentine’s Date Ideas (and Recipes) for The Food Lover

Instead of making reservations at an expensive restaurant this Valentine’s Day, impress your date with a memorable, private dining experience at home.

Feel free to follow the age-old tradition of preparing a four course meal – no one’s stopping you! But we suggest you think outside the candlelight and try one of these four unique ideas with that special food lover in your life.

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From Table to Farm: A Story of Giving Back to Farmers

The term “Farm to Table” was created in response to the growing desire of people to know where their food comes from and how it is prepared. Farm to table is more than just taking produce from a farm and putting it on your table, however; it’s fundamentally about how the produce is raised, how the farmer is compensated and who creates the final product that ends up on your plate.

But what of the term “Table to Farm?” What can both chefs and diners do to give back to the farmers who work so hard to feed us year round, and how can the farmer identify with them? Whether their farm is local to its customers or located in a rural community in the heart of this country, all farmers deserve recognition for their desire to master humanity’s most necessary craft.

Since 2007, we have partnered with several businesses in the food industry to raise money for the Next Generation Scholarship Fund, a fund that helps pay for the higher education of students from Niman Ranch family farms. This scholarship has awarded over 100 students, the majority seeking degrees in agriculture to return as the next generation on their farm.

One of these award winners is 19-year old Anthony Scheer of the Scheer Family Farm in Iowa. He was given the David Serfling Memorial Scholarship in 2014, which is awarded to the top applicant each year.

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The 2014 David Serfling Memorial Scholarship winner, Anthony Scheer. This scholarship is part of the Next Generation Scholarships given annually by Niman Ranch.

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Our 10 Favorite Labor Day Recipes

Whether you choose to host a festive barbecue or a low-key gathering this Labor Day, this is the perfect opportunity to put good food at the center of your celebration.

Here is a list of our 10 favorite Labor Day recipes that will satisfy everyone from the simplest of chefs to the most adventurous of guests.

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Think Outside The Bun

Americans love hot dogs.  So much so, July has been declared National Hot Dog Month.

We consume nearly 7 billion hot dogs, or 818 hot dogs every second, between Memorial Day and Labor Day alone. They’re topped with everything from ketchup and mustard to more exotic ingredients like Siracha and Sweet Onion Aioli. Hot dogs grace the tables of backyard barbecues and family gatherings across the country, regardless of the season.

But how often do people think outside the bun? Yes, everyone loves a classic hot dog, but there are so many more ways to enjoy this American favorite. We found these five creative yet simple hot dog recipes for the next time you bring out some juicy Fearless Franks.

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