This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

Chefs Celebrate Cooking Light

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Cooking Light celebrated its 25th anniversary by bringing together celebrity chefs and master mixologists for a first-ever tasting event, Light Up the Night. The idea: create healthy delicious food and drink in the magazine's signature style.

The Sept. 21 event was a huge success, and TravelsinTaste was able to chat that night with many of the attending celebrity chefs about their dishes and dedication to the event.

Hugh Acheson, a judge on Bravo's Top Chef and the 2012 James Beard Award winner for Best Chef Southeast, is also a chef-partner of restaurants Five and Ten, The National, Gosford Wine and Empire State South. Famously fusing Southern and European flavors, his dish was a fall salad of roasted shiitakes, soybeans, petite mustard greens, celery leaves and boiled farm egg with roasted scallion ranch. "I really like being involved in food advocacy, and I think Cooking Light is a great vehicle for making America eat better. It's a well done publication run by great people," Acheson said. "I love the idea of making America cook, so I picked a salad that was really possible for all in our food community to accomplish."

What made it so special for him? "A properly cooked egg and a great dressing, the punch of mustard greens and the richness of mushrooms. Complete package of salad!"

Award-winning chef-restaurateur, cookbook author and television personality Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill in Chicago has helped revolutionize the image of Mexican food in America, and that was certainly evident in his coconut lime ceviche. "I wanted something fresh and delicious. Mexican food is all about flavor. So many people associate Mexican food with cheese and sour cream, and that is just not the case," Bayless said. His special touch was "That coconut flavor -- it is just wonderful." He participated because "I want to support sustainable, good food. I love surprising people with what Mexican food really is -- food with flavor, fresh and delicious."

The James Beard Award-winning chef-owner of Blue Ginger in Wellesley, Mass., and the executive producer of the Emmy-nominated TV series Simply Ming, Ming Tsai, "thought the event was a momentous occasion, celebrating a quarter-century of this terrific magazine. I was honored to be part of it."

"Given that this was a Cooking Light event, I wanted to feature something that was delicious, healthy and vegetarian. It also had to be something that was going to compete with -- for instance, be as equally satisfying -- as a meat or seafood," he said. That meant fan favorite quinoa risotto on miso-eggplant puree with chayote squash salad, a perfect example of East-West cuisine. "We started with the lovely eggplant and gave it tons of added flavor with the Shiro-miso. Then there was the twist to classic Italian risotto cooking technique when we applied the fantastic nutrition and deliciousness of whole-grain barley," he said.

Also participating was Dan Kluger, Food & Wine's 2012 Best New Chef and executive chef of Jean-Georges Vongerichten's James Beard Award-winning restaurant ABC Kitchen in New York City. "It's really an honor to be in the company of amazing chefs such as Rick Bayless and Suvir Saran. I was also pleased to be supporting FoodCorps, as it's something in line with some of the other causes I support," Kluger said, referring to Cooking Light's featured charity, FoodCorps, which connects kids to real food to help them grow up healthy.

He showcased his sophisticated balance of flavor, texture and presentation with his sauteed corn, manchego, jalapenos and lime. "It's a fun summer dish that's great and tasty for an event like this. Guests love it. I love it. Also it was important to me to do a dish that really represented our cooking style. The corn, herbs and cheese were all from the Union Square Farmers Market," he said. "It's also a dish that really shows the way we work with different flavor components, from the heat of jalapenos and chili flakes to the sweetness of the corn and the acidity from the lime balancing out with the richness of the cheese."

Held at twilight at the Chelsea Market Passage section of New York's High Line, Light Up the Night had sponsors that included Alabama Gulf Seafood, Frieda's Specialty Produce, Pillsbury Artisan Pizza Crust with Whole Grain, Sonoma County Vintners and Texas Pete Sauces. Brewery Ommegang provided a selection of craft beer, while Jeni's Splendid Ice creams featured a custom sorbet. A portion of the proceeds went to FoodCorps.

Select the service that is right for you!

Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!


DOW 18,030.21 +6.04 0.03%
S&P 500 2,081.88 -0.29 -0.01%
NASDAQ 4,773.4720 +8.0480 0.17%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs