Great Taste Magazine 2009 Nov/Dec Issue features Chef Vartan Abgaryan and culinary news, tips, recommendations and recipes from Orange County restaurant chefs.

It’s not often that a husband and wife work together, but when they do they are an unbeatable team. Read up on husband and wife Chef team Don Schoenburg and Christi Carter as they announce the upcoming opening of their new restaurant Lido Deck in Newport Beach. With the chilly winter months, slow cooked meals are a staple. For some great recipes, check out the book, Slow Cooker Comfort Food by author Judith Finlayson. Slow cookers require the least amount of maintenance and yield the most delicious meals, remember that! Our Produce pick of the Month this issue is Meyer Lemons. These China native lemons are sweeter and rounder than the common varieties found in grocery stores. Pair these lemons with seafood such as shrimp, mackerel or salmon for a tasty addition. Originated in Oregon, our Cheese Pick of the Month is a delicious blue. Rogue Creamery’s Caveman Blue is full of fruity and buttery flavors with a hint of vanilla. Pair this cheese with a bold Cabernet. In this issue we definitely cover a lot of ground. Travel with us to Asia as we introduce you to different exotic Asian fruits and vegetables that you can get locally from Farmer’s Markets in Los Angeles and Orange County. November and December are the perfect months to enjoy Peppermint. Chef Caliendo teaches us about this plant that has many valuable uses we may not have known. Flip to The Spice Rack for more info. Another cold winter favorite is not only comfort food, but also comfort desserts. Chef Kate Averill gives us tips on making cobblers, and crisps that are sure to sweeten up your holidays. Winter months are known for spending time with family and eating a lot of comfort food. Don’t worry if you don’t have any family near by, we’ve got you covered. Check out this issue’s Sur Le Menu, which features comfort food side dishes to be found locally. Sustainable seafood is a big concern these days. Dive in to L’Entree as we explore the deep blue and seek to make better choices without causing depletion.

Last but not least our 2009 Nov/Dec Issue features Chef, Chef Vartan Abgaryanin Newport Beach, shares with us his Spicy Tuna-Tempura Eggplant, one that is sure to amaze!
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Chef de Cuisine
Vartan Abgaryan
A Restaurant
Cliff’s Edge
– Present
3626 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Teri Willliams
Editor in Chief
Teri Williams

Teri Williams has her finger on the pulse of the local hospitality industry like no one else. Fifteen years as editor and publisher of Orange County’s only hospitality trade magazine combined with her consultancy for the non-profit sector and her public relations expertise give Williams a far-reaching, varied and unique perspective of the industry. Besides her esteemed Great Taste publication, she has extensive experience in the travel industry (retail agent and wholesale), event planning and volunteerism. Williams has contacts around the globe in the restaurant, hotel, media and travel trades. She has also been applauded for her enthusiastic charity work and has chaired numerous chef, food and wine events on behalf of local non-profit organizations, for which she has helped garner more than $1 million in donations through the years. Known for her unflagging enthusiasm, entrepreneurial spirit, can do attitude and joie de vivre, Williams is a constant presence and authority on the OC culinary and hospitality scene.

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