Coquette, a French restaurant at North Hills in Raleigh, will be featured in Thursday night's episode of "Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell" on the Food Network. The show airs at 10 p.m. and repeats at 1 a.m. Before you watch, be sure to read Andrea Weigl's article about Coquette's TV experience.
REMINDER: You have until noon Friday to enter Food Network star Melissa d'Arabian's "Ten Dollar Dinners."
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You can enter to win a copy of Food Network star Melissa d'Arabian's "Ten Dollar Dinners." Leave a comment below this post before noon, Friday, Aug. 24. I'll choose a winner at random.
Read d'Arabian's advice in today's food story about how to deal with rising prices at the grocery store.
Sad news for fans of Alton Brown's "Good Eats" program on Food Network: looks like the show has ended after 13 years on the air. Brown taped the final episode of "Good Eats" this week in Atlanta. Listen to Brown's interview with NPR's Laura Sullivan about why he decided to end things.
Survivor: Redemption Island (8pm, CBS) - Matt and Francesca face off in the first duel on Redemption Island.
American Idol (8pm, Fox) - The Top 12 women perform tonight.
Modern Family (9pm, ABC) - With Claire preoccupied by a feud between Haley and Alex, Phil is free to enjoy a day at the spa. Meanwhile, Gloria is creeped out by Jay's designs on his-and-hers burial plots, and Cameron does research for a book about Lily's adoption. All of the ABC sitcoms are new tonight, and recommended.
Cigarette Wars (9pm, CNBC) - Brian Schactman reports on the business of tobacco, highlighting the farmers who grow it, the people who smoke it, and the elected officials trying to get rid of it. Schactman also reports on the growing black market for cigarettes.
Justified (10pm, FX) - Rachel's brother-in-law (Larenz Tate) escapes from a halfway house and the marshals must track him down, and Raylan (Timothy Olyphant, right) breaks up a Bennett family gathering, which doesn’t sit well with Mags. Meanwhile, Boyd mulls an offer in Harlan that could prove dangerous, and Winona's husband Gary tells her he wants her back, but does so in an unusual way.
Restaurant: Impossible (10pm, Food) - The premise of this show is that Chef Robert Irvine must save desperate restaurants from impending failure in just two days with only $10,000. The restaurant in need of help tonight: the famed Mystic Pizza in Mystic, Conn.
The Sweet Memories team, led by Executive Pastry Chef Donna Ford along with Danielle Matroni and Marina Norris, had to design a cake personalized to the bride and groom's tastes. Sound easy? Well, the cake had to be at least six feet tall.
You'll have to tune in Sunday to see how they fared against the other three competing teams. You can even join them for a viewing/tasting party at Rudy's Pub & Grill in Apex starting at 7pm Sunday. The show starts at 8pm and airs on the Food Network.
Click below to see a picture of Chef Donna Ford on the "Food Network Challenge" set.
AT&T U-Verse subscribers woke up this morning with no Food Network and no HGTV.
In fact, thanks to the carriage dispute du jour, AT&T U-Verse subscribers are missing all channels carried by Scripps (including DIY, Cooking, and GAC - Great American Country).
AT&T U-Verse's contract with Scripps expired at 10pm last night and the two companies are currently duking it out. AT&T says Scripps wants too much money, but Scripps says the dispute is over video rights.
Sharp-eyed viewers may have spotted Raleigh restaurant The Pit last night on The Food Network.
The barbecue hot spot was named among the top 10 restaurants nationwide for regional classics. The show was part of a series that the Food Network is running this week naming the best of the best in different categories. Celebrity chef Alton Brown visits each restaurant and hands out shiny silver plates engraved with the Food Network logo and the restaurant's award.
Viewers may have also spotted local businessman Greg Hatem, who was interviewed along with pit master Ed Mitchell during the piece about The Pit and its 'cue.
Hatem and his Empire Eats corporation own The Pit and several other downtown Raleigh restaurants.
Food Network announced the winner of their online "Great Food Truck Race" contest tonight, and Durham's Only Burger truck, which appeared to be in first place when the contest ended last week, was not declared the winner.
Only Burger and Oklahoma City's Big Truck Tacos went back and forth between first and second place in the final days of the contest, sometimes trading places several times in a single day. But for the entire final day of the contest, Only Burger held the top position and was still in the top spot when voting ended. Yet, Big Truck Tacos was named the winner tonight during the finale of "Great Food Truck Race." The winner of the contest receives $10,000 and the chance to appear on next season's "Great Food Truck Race."
All of this makes me wonder the point of Food Network's online "Leader Board" at all if it did not accurately reflect who was ahead. If it was wrong the entire last day of voting, was it ever right? Well, here's what Food Network says about it. I don't think even the food truck participants knew the Leader Board was being frozen.
Coincidentally, the winner of tonight's first season of "Great Food Truck Race" was a burger truck named Grill 'Em All.
Only Burger is still number one in our hearts.
Starting Monday night, Food Network is airing a 3-part series showcasing the best in American cuisine. The Pit's barbecue is nominated in the Top Ten Regional Classics category for "Best North Carolina-style Pig." And yes, we realize there isn't just one style of North Carolina barbecue.
The "America's Best" series is hosted by Alton Brown and runs Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights next week at 9pm on Food Network. We're not sure which night "The Pit" might be featured, but the best guess is Wednesday night, since the show description indicates some other regional foods such as Philly cheesesteaks and New England Clam Chowder are to be sampled.
UPDATE: The segment featuring The Pit will indeed air Wednesday night at 9pm.