Family and friends of Madison Dubiski founded the Pink Bows Foundation in her memory, calling for better protocols and safe spaces at large events, such as this one.

IN EARLY NOVEMBER, the city marked a terrible anniversary, one year since the Travis Scott Astroworld music festival tragedy at which 10 young lives were lost, and numerous others were injured both physically and mentally. In a year’s time, sadly, little has been done by the city to make changes in security policies or responsibilities. The one exception might be the formation of the Pink Bows Foundation, developed by the parents of beautiful Madison Dubiski, one of the victims.

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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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