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Thomas Matthews

May 2016

La Caravelle, Back from the Past
The great French restaurant, which closed in 2004, came to life again and reminded us why we loved haute cuisine
Posted: May 25, 2016 1:00pm ET

They got the band back together. La Caravelle, the great French restaurant that fed the famous and the discerning from 1960 to 2004, regrouped for a two-night stand at New York's Chefs Club by Food & Wine and didn't miss a beat.

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D.C. Dine-Around, Part 2
Exploring the many facets of José Andrés’ cuisine
Posted: May 17, 2016 10:30am ET

Yesterday, I explained what prompted chef José Andrés to invite me to dine at several of his Washington, D.C., restaurants in one evening. Here's what transpired: Tables groaned with dishes, wineglasses were always full, and we staggered from one restaurant to the next...

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D.C. Dine-Around, Part 1
A look at the progression of chef José Andrés, in a single night
Posted: May 16, 2016 1:00pm ET

I was tasting my way through the Spanish wines at the Wine Spectator Grand Tour in Washington, D.C., last month, when I noticed a knot of enthusiastic people, voices lively and cameras flashing. In the middle of it was José Andrés, chef and entrepreneur.

“Hey, Thomas!” Andrés called me over. “Good wines here! They’re making me hungry. Are you hungry?”

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