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So, the Food Network called...

No, really.  They did! 

I was just contacted by a casting director for the Food Network who wanted me to let y'all know that she and her team are scouring the nation looking for the best home cooks!  Why?  Because they're casting for "All-Star Academy!"  

Ten home cooks from across the country are paired up with some of Food Network's biggest names — Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Curtis Stone and Michael Symon — in the new culinary competition All-Star Academy, hosted by Ted Allen. Each home cook, with the guidance and support from his or her Food Network mentor, competes in intense culinary challenges; each mentor's reputation is on the line during the eight episodes, as each mentor hopes his or her pupil will make it to the finish line. One by one, the home cooks are eliminated by special guest judges who determine which dishes are not up to par. One home cook will be left standing, winning bragging rights and a $50,000 grand prize.

OK, so if you consider yourself to be a Food Network fanatic and truly skilled home cook who prepares elevated dishes completely from scratch, then read the flier, below, and apply!  What are you waiting for?


Until we eat again,

The Lunch Belle


The Big Cheesy: I've got two FREE tickets with your name on them!

Are you:

  • A self-professed grilled cheese-o-holic?
  • In NYC this coming weekend?
  • Feeling lucky?

If so, I've got two FREE tickets for you and your lucky "plus one" to attend Saturday and Sunday's *already sold out* grilled cheese competition, The Big Cheesy.  Can you fathom a better scenario than wandering from station to station, sampling grilled cheese sandwiches?  And, after you've stuffed yourself like a sausage, your vote counts towards deciding who will reign as "People's Champs Award" for the best grilled cheese sandwich in NYC.  Cool, eh?  (Participants include:  Melt Shop, Murray's Cheese Bar, 'wichcraft, Lucy's Whey, Keith Klein's Milk Truck, Say Cheese UWS, Sons of Essex, and Sixpoint Brewery.)

Winner winner, grilled cheese dinner!  Send me an email (Lindsay@TheLunchBelle.com) detailing your favorite grilled cheese sandwich in NYC - including where I can get it - and, tomorrow at 3pm EST, I will choose a winner based on how much your description makes my mouth water!  Good luck!

Photo: Openhouse Gallery~~~

Until we eat again,

The Lunch Belle


Tweet tweet! A modern cookie bake-off - enter NOW!


Hosted by: Hearst Magazines and Social Media Week

Location: Art & Culture Content Hub at Hearst Magazines, NYC

Thursday, February 16 at 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Can you write a cookie recipe in 140 characters or less? Give it a shot: Everyone attending this panel discussion will have a chance to enter a Twitter-length recipe. Audience members will get to taste and vote on the best cookies of the bunch. The winner will go home with $250 and a gift bag from Food Network Magazine! The event kicks off with a live debate about the role of social media in the home kitchen: Can we trust recipes and tips from Twitter and Facebook or are traditional outlets still the most reliable sources?

To enter: Register for the event and use #SMWbake and tweet your cookie recipe for our judges! Deadline to submit recipes is February 10th, 2012.



Until we eat again,

The Lunch Belle


Konstantino Jewelry Giveaway!  

Whether you're a dude who's looking for the perfect Valentine's bauble for your lady friend - or a girl, like yours truly, who wants to treat herself - I just got wind of the most PERFECT bling-y giveaway!  Are you ready?

WhatKonstantino Jewelry Giveaway from Voskos Greek Yogurt

When:  begins today, 2/1, through Tuesday, 2/7 (winner announced on 2/8)

WhereVoskos Facebook Page

Voskos Greek Yogurt, deliciously creamy and America’s first nationally-distributed Greek Yogurt brand, is partnering up with Generales & Generales Fine Jewellers, to give away a beautiful pair of Konstantino earrings via a Facebook sweepstakes. Entrants can register for the piece, valued at $775, on the Voskos Facebook Page.  

The sweepstakes will run from February 1st, 2012 until February 7th, 2012. It is open to United States residents 18 and older, and void where prohibited. The winner will be picked at random and will be announced the morning of February 8th, 2012. The earrings will be shipped express, just in time to be a unique, beautiful Valentine’s Day gift!

Perfect for you or for a special someone, the earrings are handcrafted in sterling silver with 18 karat gold accents in an intricate Byzantine design. They feature a round cabochon pink tourmaline center and a pearl drop.

How GORGEOUS are these?

Good luck!  And, as Kevin Lee, my newest obsession from the RHOBH, would say, "Bling Bling Bling Bling Bling Shi Shi Shi, Dahling!"


Until we eat again,

The Lunch Belle