“When a world class chef cooks for the underprivileged.

Massimo Bottura is the owner of the renowned Osteria Francescana restaurant in Modena, Italy; which was recently ranked top spot by the S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards.

While a man like him could’ve comfortably enjoyed the luxuries of life, he saw a problem with the Olympics in Rio: food wastage.

A HUGE amount of food is prepared daily for the Olympians, and much of it goes to waste. So Massimo assembled a team of 50 volunteer chefs, took the leftovers and setup shop down the road from the stadium.

They put up a makeshift "restaurant” and overnight, they served world class dinner to 70 homeless individuals. A complete dinner, made with ingredients for our best sportsmen, cooked to perfection by the best chefs in the world.

As the Olympics go on, the restaurant will continue to operate autonomously, eventually even outliving the Games’ presence in the city. It is set to be a permanent installation with a name fit for a top-end eatery—Refettorio Gastromotiva (Gastromotiva Eating Hall).

While Olympians incite unity through sportsmanship and superhuman feats within the confines of the stadium, men like Bottura inspire humanity through action outside.“

Photo source: New York Times

“S.Pellegrino Bulgari ile parıldıyor”

Limitli sayıda üretilen “S.Pellegrino Bulgari ile parıldıyor” şişelerini, 1 Aralık tarihinden itibaren geçici bir süre için Türkiye’nin en seçkin restoranlarında ve özel sunumuyla sadece Harvey Nichols Mağazaları’nda bulabilirsiniz. Ayrıca X Restaurant “S.Pellegrino Bulgari ile parıldıyor” projesi için özel hazırladığı menüleri ile İtalya’nın ihtişamlı ve ince ruhunu masanıza taşıyacak.

An informal dinner with '07 World Sommelier Andreas Larsson

He’s incredibly elegant with that impeccable black suit. When we got in tiny Pesciolino, a great fish restaurant in Milan owned by a very entertaining middle aged Egyptian man, all eyes were on him.  We ordered a couple of appetizers: a thin cut tuna tartare and some delicious warm king prawns with a crunchy artichoke salad and we started an extremely engaging conversation. Not only Andreas won the title of Best Sommelier of the World in 2007, nominated by the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale, but he is also a terrific  guitar player (stalk his videos on Youtube!).

He loves jazz, he’s Swedish-yes, this counts as a quality!- and speaks perfectly French and Spanish. What a man!A.& I

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Sidral Mundet presenta: Gusto al oficio. (by Sidral Mundet)


We held our second annual Lucky Peach WINNERS ARE LOSERS After Party for the James Beard Books, Broadcast and Journalism Awards this past weekend at Má Pêche

In order to make the night more than just a bunch of people getting drunk at a midtown restaurant, we tried to bring the All You Can Eat issue (hitting newsstands May 20) to life at the party. Adam Gollner has a mammoth piece about the history of eating in Quebec in the forthcoming issue, so the main dining room featured a “Quebe Cornucopia” by M. Wells, along with a light show by ggeeoorrggiiaa and music by Mark Ibold, Brian Turner, and Bruno Meyrick-Jones.   

The top floor channeled Las Vegas excess, complete with an AYCE Vegas-style buffet by Paul Carmichael, as well as craps and roulette tables (with gambling for prizes, kind of Chuck E. Cheese’s style!). The “All Ewe Can Eat” themed balcony bar, featured sheep-inspired cocktails by Joaquín Simó of Pouring Ribbons, lamb ribs, and sheep paintings by Steve Keene that doubled as takeaways for guests. We’re gonna put a few those untaken paintings online to entice people to subscribe to magazine just as soon as our hangovers clear up. 

Thank you to all of our partners who made WINNERS ARE LOSERS possible: Breville, Le Creuset, Tiger Beer, and Audi. Additional thanks to Campari America, Domaine Carneros, and S.Pellegrino