♦ Congrats to Sam Gorenstein, recently of BLT Steak and presently of the soon-to-open Michael Schwartz restaurant at The Raleigh, on being named one of Forbe Magazine’s 30 under 30 in the category of food and wine. Gorenstein has twice been named a semifinalist for the James Beard Awards’ rising star category (for chefs under 30). These sorts of awards are the reason that people get depressed when they turn 30. Can’t we agree on a 40 under 40 cutoff so the rest of us don’t feel like such old slackers?
♦ The SLS Hotel, future home to outposts of The Bazaar by Jose Andres and Katsuya, will also feature Jose Andres’ first foray into the food truck universe. Eater Miami reports that the truck will sit poolside, which sort of ruins the point of having wheels on the damn thing. Oh, and if you’re listening, SLS Hotel, it isn’t too late to unveil Miami’s first food boat (after all, that was MRPR’s headline prediction of 2011). If you want to work on the first food boat (or the other restaurants on premises), here’s a recent job listing.
♦ It’s not all hamburgers and fritas over at the Burger Beast website. Today, they unveiled a new column where an anonymous writer known only as “The Nose” will sniff out top spots for ethnic food in South Florida.
♦ It’s the time of year for retrospectives, and Ulterior Epicure kicks it off with a list of best dishes of 2011. The well-traveled blogger, whose food photography is unrivaled, ranks the Spicy Pig Ear Lettuce Wraps at Husk in Charleston, S.C. as his best dish of the year. If you prefer the sweet over the savory, you can peruse his best desserts of 2011.