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Expert Talks

The Urban Swank Girls feature a Chef, Mixologist or Restaurateur to gain insight into their worlds.

Urban Swank Does...Beam Suntory’s Women of Whiskey Tour 2015

Who runs the world? Girls. Those famous words (from the lead single of Beyonce's fourth album) were the first to land at the end of…

Cooking Essentials: Sauces - The Mother Load

In classic French cuisine, leading or mother sauces are the foundation for the entire classic repertoire of hot sauces. These five sauces (bechamel, veloute, espanole,…

Kitchen Essentials: Thickening Agents

"There is something comforting about the fact that if you melt butter and add flour, then hot stock, it will get thick!"- Nora Ephron One…

Cooking Essentials: Food Allergies

This is a subject that is very serious to anyone who works in the food and beverage industry. Food allergies affect anywhere from six to…

Cooking Essentials: Food Safety

As much as we all love food, it can make us very sick if it is not handled correctly. In the food service industry we…

Ce qui est concassé? How To Peel and Seed a Tomato

Native to Mexico and Central America the tomato is one of those foods that changed the culinary landscape after its discovery. Tomatoes actually had an…

Culinary Essentials: 10 Tools Your Kitchen Should Not Be Without

Anyone who uses the kitchen, from the professional chef to the home cook, needs to have the proper tools to make the task not only…

Expert Talks: Wedding Trends 2014

It's Bridal Extravaganza time in our fine city, and here at Urban Swank we are doing our part to make sure the brides-to-be and their…

Cooking Essentials: Fats of the Land

Fat is an essential part of cooking. It adds flavor as well as helps food brown and cook. It is important to know that not…

Tony Lurhman: Profile of a Knife Maker

A chef's most important physical tool is his knife. It is his heart and soul. Without it a chef cannot create delicious food. So it…

What the HECK is tofu?

My first ever memory and experience with tofu is of a little cartoon cowboy on a package of tofu that lived in our freezer asking…

Prepare The Perfect Veggies

Have you ever wondered how it is that restaurants get their vegetables so perfect? When they are served, they are generally nice and tender while…

How Chefs Get Organized: Mise en Place

There is a phrase that is quintessential in any working kitchen. It is one of the first things you learn either in school, or on…

How To Make a Better Butter: Compound It!

There is a fast and easy way to zest up any meal. I'm talking about compound butter. A compound butter is simply softened butter that…

Urban Swank "Uncorked" - Jonathan's The Rub

Rodeo Uncorked! 2014 is almost here! On Sunday, February 23, 2014, thousands will make their way to Reliant Center to take part in a wine…

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