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Review: The Originals with Emeril

The Originals

I finally got a little more quality time with the Cooking Channel so I am attempting to review several of the shows I have not seen.  This time around I’ll take a look at The Originals with Emeril.

If you haven’t seen The Originals yet then here’s the scenario from the Cooking Channel web site:

Chef Emeril Lagasse pays tribute to The Originals — iconic food establishments that have helped shape the country’s culinary landscape. While the restaurant industry is notoriously challenging and the life of a restaurant is sometimes short, every city has those cherished institutions that have stood the test of time. Emeril visits a new city in each episode and goes behind the scenes at three historic eateries. From uncovering the birthplace of famous dishes like Boston Cream Pie in New England and the French Dip Sandwich in Los Angeles to revealing Charlie Chaplin’s favorite ’20s Hollywood hangout and Dr. Martin Luther King’s preferred Atlanta dining spot, Emeril guides us from the other side of the stove. Join him on a fascinating and tasty journey through New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas, Atlanta, Miami and his beloved New Orleans.

I knew from the start I was going to like this show.  First off Emeril is the consummate host.  He’s genuine, passionate and funny.  The reason he became a star was not because of his catch phrases; it was because he comes across as someone with whom you would love to spend the day.  He’s warm and inviting.  Catch phrases or not that has never changed.

Secondly I never tire of the food-travel format.  There may be some variations that I like less than others (Kid in a Candy Store, Unwrapped) but I like them all.  Right now my favorites are The Best Thing I Ever Ate on the Food Network and Unique Eats and FoodCrafters on the Cooking Channel.  Well, add The Originals to that list.

On the episode I watched Legasse was in Miami where he visited the famous Joe’s Stone Crab which is purported to be the busiest restaurant in America.  I used to work for a chef that had been on the Joe’s team in the 80’s and he said back then they’d do 2000 covers for lunch.  That’s insane.

Next Emeril went one of the Cuban neighborhoods, Flagami, and visited Casa Larios.  The Larios family had fled the brutal Cuban dictatorship of the bloodthirsty Fidel Castro and opened their family restaurant in 1988 featuring family recipes.  Legasse ended his sojourn in Miami with a visit to Miami’s oldest bar, Tobacco Road for some good old Southern barbecue.  Opened in 1912 has hosted everyone from Al Capone today’s top bands.

Part of the fun of this episode was hearing Emeril say “Cuber” for Cuba and remembering, as he joined blues great Pappa E on stage at Tobacco Road, that he is an extremely talented drummer.  What’s not to like about this show?  Great host, great premise and the restaurants featured have endured for decades not because they follow trends but because they set them; they are originals.

Taste of Minnesota

From the official web site:

Taking place July 2 – 5 on Harriet Island along the banks of the Mississippi, Taste of Minnesota is the summer’s most rockin’ party celebrating the best of summer in Minnesota. Now in its 28th year and under new ownership and a new management team, the four-day celebration will offer over 100 hours of top-notch musical acts on 5 stages, over twice as many restaurants as last year, and an expanded family-friendly entertainment area.

No matter what trips your tastebuds’ trigger, this year’s Taste of Minnesota is sure to delight. With twice as many restaurants serving savory and satisfying cuisine, from sushi to roast beef, fish and chips to Juicy Lucy’s, roasted corn to berry kabob’s, every festival-goer and foodie alike will find plenty to choose from. So get ready for this year’s whole new Taste!

This year’s participating food vendors: 1919 Rootbeer Floats, 5-8 Grill, All Star Catering, Barrio’s Taco Truck, Bennett’s Chop and Railhouse, Bobick Concessions, Bridgeman’s, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Carolina Catering, Carrie’s Popcorn, Cheese Curd Factory, CRAVE, Decoy’s Grill and Bar, Derrick’s BBQ & Soul Food, Falafel King, Famous Dave’s, Funnel Cake Factory, Gass Lemonade, Gass Station, Hickory Hut, Holy Land Brand, Island Noodles, Joe’s Crab Shack, Kabob Shack, Maui Wowi, Mayslack’s Bar & Grill, McLellan’s Shrimp Shack, Minneapple Pie, Northwoods Steak Buffet, Retch’s Cookie Dough & Cream, Cheese Comets, Safari Kenya, SEVEN, Sporty’s, The Liffey, The Tea Garden, Tom Thumb Donut, Tootie’s Boiled Peanuts, Vero Pizza, VF King Food, Walleye Wagon, and Wok N’ Roll.

Taste of Minnesota’s July 2nd Main Stage line-up sponsored by 89.3 The Current promises to kick off the transformed Taste of Minnesota with a huge line up of hip-hop and indie music including two local headliners Atmosphere and P.O.S.  The Main Stage line-up for July 2nd starts at 5 p.m. and includes:

  • Minus the Bear at 5:00 p.m.
  • The Walkmen at 6:05 p.m.
  • P.O.S. at 7:25 p.m.
  • Atmosphere at 8:45 p.m.

“We are so excited to welcome The Current as a Main Stage sponsor this year and to not only expand the musical genres at Taste but to feature talented Minnesota artists as headliners on the Main Stage and throughout the festival,” said Andy Faris, co-owner and managing partner of Taste of Minnesota.  “Minnesota has an amazing and diverse music scene and Taste will be featuring the breadth of it on five stages starting at 11 a.m. daily and continuing until 10 p.m. nightly.  No matter what your appetite in music is — Taste will fill it.”

This year The Taste of Minnesota will offer more than 100 hours of live music on five stages starting daily at 11 a.m. and continuing until the gates close at 10 p.m. In addition, Taste will also feature more food options with twice as many restaurants participating this year, along with a new emphasis on family fun in the Family Entertainment Village.

“As a Minnesota-based station supported by our members, we are very pleased to be able to partner with Taste of Minnesota as it expands its musical horizons,” said Jim McGuinn, Program Director of The Current. “We are also thrilled that some of our top local hip hop artists will be featured this year since that is one of Minnesota’s hottest musical exports and is a significant part of the Current’s playlist.”

The full music line-up for all days and stages is as follows:

Taste of Minnesota 2010 on WannabeTVchef.comFriday, July 2

  • City Pages’ Big Music Tent
    • Jeff Ray & the Stakes – 11:00 a.m.
    • Earl Greyhound – 12:30 p.m.
    • Justin Townes Earle – 2:00 p.m.
    • Retribution Gospel Choir – 3:30 p.m.
    • Dawes – 5:00 p.m.
    • James Hunter – 6:45 p.m.
  • BT’s Party in the Park
    • Allison Scott – 11:30 a.m.
    • Communist Daughter – 1:30 p.m.
    • Haley Bonar – 3:30 p.m.
  • The Red House Records and KFAI Stage
    • Nirmala Rajasekar – 11:00 a.m.
    • Dave Moore – 12:00 p.m.
    • Joe & Vicki Price – 1:15 p.m.
    • Guy Davis – 2:15 p.m.
    • Willie Murphy Band – 3:45 p.m.
  • Family Entertainment Village
    • Acts TBA
  • The Main Stage Presented by 89.3 The Current
    • Minus the Bear – 5:00 p.m.
    • The Walkmen – 6:05 p.m.
    • P.O.S. – 7:25 p.m.
    • Atmosphere – 8:45 p.m.

Saturday, July 3

  • City Pages’ Big Music Tent
    • Red Dot Garage – 11:30 a.m.
    • Wayward Boyz Klub – 1:00 p.m.
    • Free Fallin’ – 2:45 p.m.
    • Ipso Facto – 4:30 p.m.
    • Otis Clay – 6:15 p.m.
  • BT’s Party in the Park
    • Dave Thune and the Backseat Boogie Band – 12:30 p.m.
    • Dustin Lee -2:30 p.m.
    • The Alarmists – 4:30 p.m.
  • The Red House Records and KFAI Stage
    • Charlie Parr – 11:00 a.m.
    • Doug & Telisha Williams – 12:00 p.m.
    • The Roe Family Singers – 1:00 p.m.
    • The Brass Kings – 2:00 p.m.
    • Scottie Miller – 3:00 p.m.
    • Cool Disposition – 4:00 p.m.
  • Family Entertainment Village
    • Acts TBA
  • The Main Stage– Presented by KQRS
    • Lou Gramm – 6:00 p.m.
    • John Waite – 7:00 p.m.
    • Sammy Hagar – 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 4

  • City Pages’ Big Music Tent
    • Wilebski’s Blues Revue – 11:00 a.m.
    • Americana Songwriters – 12:45 p.m.
    • Sensacion Latina – 2:45 p.m.
    • Dirty Dozen Brass Band – 4:15 p.m.
    • Marcia Ball – 6:00 p.m.
  • BT’s Party in the Park
    • Joey Ryan & The Inks – 12 p.m.
    • Catchpenny – 2:00 p.m.
    • The New Standards – 4:00 p.m.
  • The Red House Records and KFAI Stage
    • Eliza Blue – 11:00 a.m.
    • The High 48’s – 12:00 p.m.
    • Switched at Birth – 1:00 p.m.
    • Big George Jackson – 2:00 p.m.
    • Mother Banjo Band – 3:00 p.m.
    • Molly Maher & Her Disbelievers – 4:00 p.m.
  • Family Entertainment Village
    • Acts TBA
  • The Main Stage – Presented by Cities97
    • Gin Blossoms – 6:00 p.m.
    • NeedToBreathe – 7:10 p.m.
    • Counting Crows with Members of Augustana – 8:30 p.m.

Monday, July 5

  • City Pages’ Big Music Tent
    • Lynhurst – 11:00 a.m.
    • Attention – 12:30 p.m.
    • New Primitives – 2:00 p.m.
    • Heiruspecs – 3:45 p.m.
    • Hairball – 5:30 p.m.
  • BT’s Party in the Park
    • Jeff Arundel – 12:00 p.m.
    • Mark Mallman – 2:00 p.m.
    • The Spectaculars – 4:00 p.m.
  • The Red House Records and KFAI Stage
    • Chastity Brown – 11:00 a.m.
    • Claudia Schmidt & Prudence Johnson – 12:00 p.m.
    • Davina & the Vagabonds – 1:00 p.m.
    • Café Accordion Orchestra – 2:00 p.m.
    • Ray Bonneville – 3:00 p.m.
    • The Pines – 4:00 p.m.
  • Family Entertainment Village
    • Acts TBA
  • The Main Stage – Presented by 93X
    • Pepper – 5:45 p.m.
    • The Offspring – 6:35 p.m.
    • 311 – 8:10 p.m.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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2015 1st Place Luck of the Irish Cook-off
2015 4th Place Downtown Cajun Cook-off
2015 2nd Place Fins' Wings & Chili Cook-off
2014 2015 4th Place LA Gumbo Cook-off
2012 Taste Award nominee for best chef (web)
2012 Finalist in the Safeway Next Chef Contest
2011 Taste Award Nominee for Little Grill Big Flavor
2011, 12 Member: Council of Media Tastemakers
2011 Judge: 29th Chef's of the Coast Cook-off
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Wing Cook-off
2011 Cooking Channel Perfect 3 Recipe Finalist
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-off
2011 Culinary Hall of Fame Member
2010 Tasty Awards Judge
2010 Judge: Bayou La Batre Gumbo Cook-off
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2010 Chef2Chef Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2010 Denay's Top 10 Best Food Blogs
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