Hyatt Cooks Up The Good Taste Series Culinary Competition

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Hyatt Cooks Up The Good Taste Series Culinary Competition – Eleven chefs from Hyatt hotels compete Iron Chef style for winner to attend global competition.

If you are a fan of Food Network shows Iron Chef or Chopped or Bravo’s Top Chef, you can imagine how nerve-wracking it must be for the chefs competing to win that coveted title. Their culinary knowledge and creativity are all tested in a fast paced environment. To say the kitchen is “hot” is an understatement!

In the spirit of these shows, I was invited for the second time to judge a chef competition for the Hyatt Corporation. In their The Good Taste Series competition, Hyatt chefs compete against their colleagues to win prizes and the opportunity to travel to an international destination for the ultimate in competitive cooking events.… Read more

Beer, BBQ and Country Music at Windy City Smokeout

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Grab your cowboy boots and hat and make your way to the Windy City Smokeout happening this weekend in Chicago. Gates just opened for the 5th year of this food and music fest with two stages filled with artists from around the country entertaining fans all weekend long. 

Beer, BBQ and Country Music at Windy City Smokeout

With over 25 country music bands playing throughout the three day festival

Beer, BBQ and Country Music at Windy City Smokeout

and 20 of the world’s best pitmasters sharing their BBQ creations, this is an event you just can’t miss. 

Over the course of the weekend, you have the opportunity to sample beers from 28 different breweriesBeer, BBQ and Country Music at Windy City Smokeout

as well as cocktails including Three Dots and a Dash Hurricane/Mai Tai, Effen Bellini and Casamigos Shark Tank. Beer, BBQ and Country Music at Windy City Smokeout

In addition to BBQ, you will find seafood options including Little Miss BBQ Salmon, Pearl’s Southern Comfort Ragin’ Cajun Crawfish Boil and Charbroiled Oysters.  Beer, BBQ and Country Music at Windy City Smokeout

Plenty of side dishes from Alexia Cheese Waffle Fries to Hometeam Grilled Esquites Corn to LeRoy and Lewis Sambal Cucumber Salad. Beer, BBQ and Country Music at Windy City Smokeout

And of course, the mission of the Windy City Smokeout: the BBQ!… Read more

A Foodie’s Day Trip to Milwaukee

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A Foodie’s Day Trip to Milwaukee – Exploring 5 culinary spots from Danish pastry to coffee roasting to craft beer to custard to seafood in the area. 

When you think of Milwaukee, what foods and beverages come to mind? I bet I can guess: brats, cheese and beer. All true! Yet, Milwaukee has a vibrant culinary scene that you need to hear about.

Exploring the food world within a city doesn’t just mean what you find in the city’s downtown. In fact, creative and innovative options can be found all around town. The first gem on my road trip to Milwaukee started in Racine.… Read more

2018 Sweets and Snacks Expo Favorite Finds and Trends

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2018 Sweets and Snacks Expo Favorite Finds and Trends – Summary of the unique finds from the trade show including vegetable chips and puffs, dark and white chocolate additions, protein packed snacks, spicy and sour treats and so much more.

When you go to a trade show where the name is the Sweets and Snacks Expo, how excited would you be? The opportunity to sample a vast assortment of candy and salty snacks from well-known and new brands is bound to make anyone happy. The catch is only those who work in the channels that support this industry are able to attend.… Read more

8 Food and Drink Places to Visit in Lake Geneva

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8 Food and Drink Places to Visit in Lake Geneva – Our girls trip to Lake Geneva, a bustling lake front resort town, included visiting a variety of dining options from Neapolitan pizza to steakhouse to Italian bistro to winery to cooking school to sweet treat shops.

What do we always talk about on vacation? Where to eat! And our girls trip to Lake Geneva was no exception. We were looking forward to the various culinary excursions we were going to have on our trip. While this, of course, included restaurants, we were also going to do some wine tasting at a local winery and get our chef’s hat on at the Lake Geneva School of Cooking.  For more details on the trip including where we stayed and all we did, see here

Where We Ate

There are so many reasons why traveling with friends is a special experience.… Read more

The Ultimate Girls Trip to Lake Geneva

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The Ultimate Girls Trip to Lake Geneva – Celebrating friendship on a girls trip to this bustling resort town located right on the lake offering boat tours, innovative dining options, shopping, golf and so much more.

There is something so very special about having girlfriends. The ones who know your deepest secrets, support your hopes and dreams and make you laugh till you cry. When our crazy, busy lives get in the way of friendship, we know we have to make a plan to get everyone together and reconnect. Best way possible is a girls trip where our real lives are temporarily left behind and new memories are created.  

With everyone now scattered all over, we wanted to find a spot that was centrally located from airports and easy drive time.… Read more

Danzante Bay Golf Club: Where Golf Course Meets Nature

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Danzante Bay Golf Club: Where Golf Course Meets Nature – Villa Del Palmar Resort and Spa in Loreto, Mexico, opens Rees Jones’ designed landscape inspired course.

The east coast of the Baja peninsula has a new golf course that will challenge golfers in ways they had not anticipated. Situated in Loreto, Mexico, a sleepy fishing village 300 miles north of Cabo San Lucas, you will find Danzante Bay Golf Club.

Danzante Bay Golf Club: Where Golf Course Meets Nature

Danzante Bay Golf Club: Rees Jones

Designed by renowned golf course architect, Rees Jones, Danzante Bay is one where nature plays an integral part of the course’s design. With the first 11 holes open in November 2016, the final holes were completed in December, 2017.… Read more

Sous Vide Herbs de Provence Cod in Wolf Gourmet Multi Cooker

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Sous Vide Herbs de Provence Cod in Wolf Gourmet Multi Cooker – How one machine’s precision, design and high quality construction makes cooking so much more efficient and fun. Wolf Gourmet Multi Function Cooker does it all from sear, saute, slow cooking, sous vide, rice two ways, and many more program options.

Have you wondered if there is an appliance that “can do it all” when it comes to cooking your meals? You know, one pot cooking that doesn’t make a mess of your whole kitchen. Well, I found it in my new Wolf Gourmet Multi-Function Cooker.

Wolf Gourmet Multi Function CookerI have typically been a minimalist when it comes to kitchen equipment.… Read more

2018 International Home and Housewares Show Favorite Finds

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2018 International Home and Housewares Show Favorite Finds – Sharing trends found at the show in coffee, baking, design, kitchen gadgets, cookware and creative ideas.

The 2018 International Home and Housewares Show lived up to its annual extravaganza with more exhibitors and trends than ever. So many creative concepts from colors to innovations to technology infused to eco friendly! A big focus on coffee this year as well which couldn’t have excited this coffee lover more.  

Latte art from Nespresso. My self-portrait! See how it was done

Note the spatula wall from Tovolo which is what I wrote about in the About section on how Inspiring Kitchen came to be:

Coffee/Espresso

Espro makes the French press with two sets of filters to prevent coffee grounds from getting into your coffee.  Same is true for their travel mugs. 
Housewares Show Espro French Press

Brewista precision temperature kettles

Housewares Show Brewista

Bialetti traditional Italian espresso makers – the ones in every Italian home! 

Housewares Show Bialetti Espresso

Baking

KitchenAid has come out an attachment that is actually one you use with the machine running.… Read more

6 Tips for a Successful Housewares Show Experience

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6 Tips for a Successful Housewares Show Experience – What to know when planning to attend the International Home and Housewares Show including where to stay for an easy commute and other valuable suggestions.

For housewares brands and fans, it’s all about those 4 days in March that we look forward to each year. The International Home and Housewares Show puts on a spectacular four-day extravaganza in Chicago with more than 2,200 vendors and 60,000 attendees. Held at McCormick Place, it is a vast assortment of new to global housewares brands, manufacturers, retailers, designers and media all looking to get the word out on the latest trends and perennial favorites.… Read more