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Early Terrible wine bar a funky-casual winner

Note: Since March, in recognition of the extraordinary challenges faced by restaurants during the coronavirus pandemic, Susie Davidson Powell’s reports on the dining scene have been presented with the label “Critic’s Notebook.”  With indoor dining reopened for more than three months locally and more restaurants again offering full-service meals at full price, Powell’s return to reviewing will assess the dining experience even as restaurants operate with state-mandated restrictions in place. Starting today, review-style assessments will bear the label “Matters of Taste. Should state-mandated dining restrictions tighten once more, or if a particular week’s piece is a dining round-up or thematic essay , it will feature as a Critic’s Notebook.

If your hopes of flying to warmer climes are being dashed with every coronavirus spike, you’re not alone. But if you’re looking for casual food with a vibe, Early Terrible in Woodstock is here to help. With an identity built around … Read More

Wine Me Dine Me: Chef to stars shakes up Rochester gastropub – Entertainment –

He’s cooked for presidents and first ladies at inaugurations and celebrations, competed on – and won – Iron Chef America and served as chef at birthday parties for luminaries like Shaquille O’Neal and Julia Child.

During his 40-year career, chef Walter Leffler has led the culinary programs at renowned Hilton hotels including the Willard Room at Washington D.C.’s Willard Intercontinental just outside the White House grounds, where former First Lady Nancy Reagan dined three times a week and the Hilton Short Hills in New Jersey, the only 5-Diamond Hilton restaurant worldwide. A guest chef at the James Beard House on dozens of occasions, Leffler even cooked for the late, great Anthony Bourdain’s “Kitchen Confidential” launch party.

But chef Leffler kept many of those experiences, accolades and honors off of his resume when searching for a new position in the Seacoast area a year ago, before finally landing at Revolution Taproom

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