Queso at 80-year-old Tex-Mex icon Molina’s

I REMEMBER WHEN I first heard that comedian Aziz Ansari was dating a chef from Texas who was famous for bringing queso to New York City. Besides dating the comic, Chef Courtney McBroom went viral with her chile con queso on YouTube and at her New York City restaurant, Casa Blanco. As cool as it was to hear, it was strange to think that something as routine for us as queso could be so novel and interesting outside Texas.

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Kate McLean, Tony Vallone and Donna Vallone were judges at the Corks and Forks event in 2019.

SOME UNDERSTAND THE controlled chaos of a restaurant. Some are curious about what that life looks like — what it takes for a team to execute at a high level — and what it was like to work alongside and learn from one of the best restaurateurs of this era. Tony Vallone, who died a little more than a year ago, for whom I worked several years a while back.

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THERE ARE CERTAIN artists who become an even stronger presence and influence in life long after they have shuffled off this mortal coil. For me, the English musician, actor and painter David Bowie, who died on Jan. 10, 2016, just two days after his 69th birthday, and who pianist Mike Garson described as “the Miles Davis of rock and roll,” is one of those artists.

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