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Maitre d’s have tradition of service

June 29, 2014 While helping me set the table recently, my granddaughter placed a towel over her forearm and exclaimed, “I’m the maitre d’. more »»

Ice not as popular outside of U.S.

June 22, 2014 Why don’t Europeans put ice in their drinks? They lost the recipe. Yesterday, I visited the drive-thru at McDonald’s, ordering the iced coffee on special, $1 for a medium size. I looked at the cup. more »»

Going out to eat on Father’s Day

June 15, 2014 It’s Father’s Day, again. The country and the world make plans every June to honor fathers. This is the day that we make contact with Dad for Dad’s sake. more »»

Tips for storing, transporting wine

June 8, 2014 During the last week or so, I have been asked questions about the storage of wine. I have a horizontal wine rack, so I put all my wines, red and white, in the horizontal position, lying down. more »»

Cellphone etiquette for grocery stores

June 1, 2014 By ANITA HANABURGH I’m looking straight at the canned tomatoes. I need whole, petite diced and stewed. more »»

Practice makes perfect when learning to cook

May 25, 2014 The motivational speaker Zig Ziglar tells the story of the lesson he learned when visiting his elderly neighbor, Chuc. more »»

Horrors of unclean restaurant restrooms

May 18, 2014 Thai hot and sour soup, Vietnamese egg rolls with spicy pork and cabbage, pad Thai (peanut with noodles, fresh vegetables, lime and cilantro). more »»

Demystifying Starbucks’ menu

May 11, 2014 My granddaughter and I were walking around New York City in search of red shoes recently. more »»

Tips for dining out, as guest or host

May 4, 2014 By ANITA HANABURGH While visiting a young friend in her office, I noticed the menu of a nearby restaurant on her desk. “Oh, have you eaten at the Gideon Putnam?” I asked. more »»

Local chefs update restaurants, menus

April 27, 2014 Maria Simone is the owner of Gianna’s Pizzeria Bar & Bistro. Simone was not at all what I expected. Young for a restaurant owner, Maria has many plans for her restaurant. more »»

Thinking about ‘Spirituality of Hospitality’

April 20, 2014 Last summer I spoke with my cousin, Marcia, who had just retired from teaching elementary school in the Bronx. Unbelievably, this retirement was a reluctant move for her. more »»

No-shows slow restaurants down

April 12, 2014 Heading out for the night, my friend cautioned me to make reservations. “Oh, they don’t take reservations,” I replied. “Boy, that annoys me,” she replied. more »»

Meet 4 more chefs before dinner event

April 6, 2014 Alan “Knobby” Knobloch and I have been friends for years, since the one day during my second year of teaching at Fulton-Montgomery Community College he arrived in my class. more »»

Chef brothers set to appear at dinner

March 30, 2014 I’ve been writing a bit about the chefs I have met. more »»

Not hard to find great chefs locally

March 23, 2014 When I started teaching the restaurant program at Fulton-Montgomery Community College some years ago, I needed a place for my students to practice real life catering. more »»

Watching Rachael Ray live in NYC

March 16, 2014 I am taking a break from my “Meet the Chef” series to tell you about a trip to see a chef that I didn’t actually meet. Recently, the phone rang. more »»

Chefs Lanzi, Rose cook with family

March 9, 2014 As I interview the chefs participating in the Soroptomists’ Celebrity Chef Dinner, I find they all have one thing very much in common: They all work very, very hard. more »»

Examining Latin American cuisine

March 2, 2014 Last week while we were visiting with friends in Siesta Key, Fla., we decided to eat out at a Latin restaurant. “What’s Latin?” one friend asked. “Mexican?” Well, not reall. more »»

Meet the chefs: From hotels to baking

February 23, 2014 Today we will meet some more chefs in the “Meet the Chef” series. It has been fun chatting with successful cooks and chefs in the are. more »»

Union Hall chefs past and present keep food creative

February 16, 2014 Kim Henck is the owner and chef of the historic Union Hall Inn in Johnstown. “I have always had a passion for food. As a child I was responsible for the desserts of the household,” he said. more »»



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