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Mary may have had a Little Lamb, but Betty had a gigantic Lamb Burger! Betty’s latest adventure takes her to Nob Hill in San Francisco to meet award-winning Executive Chef Gloria Ciccarone-Nehls of Big 4 Restaurant at the Huntington Hotel. Chef Gloria gives Betty an exclusive demonstration of her Moroccan Spiced Lamb Burger, served with Roasted Beet Relish, Mint Riata and Harissa Fries right in the Big 4 Restaurant kitchen! Betty also sits down at the piano with Big 4 Lounge pianist, Michael Parsons, and gets up-close-and-personal with dinner waiter, Ron Henggeler. How does Michael handle requests for hip-hop? What is Ron doing with all those empty olive jars? Watch Bam-a-Lamb Burger to find out!
Link to the Bam-a-Lamb Burger video.
Chef Gloria became the first female hotel executive chef in the Country when she went to work at The Huntington nearly thirty years ago. Renowned for her annual Wild Game Week, she offers specialties ranging from piranha and antelope to yak and elk.
Trained by the Culinary Institute, Ciccarone-Nehls comes from a family of chefs. She has cooked for everyone from Julia Child to Cary Grant. In fact, Grant would only dine if Chef Gloria was in the kitchen; if she wasn’t, Chef would be summoned from home and would bike to the Big 4 specifically to cook for Grant. And that’s no surprise to Betty — Chef Gloria is full of spark, wit and unrelenting joy. Her recipes are creative, elegant and time-tested. The feeling of family in the kitchen is contagious (her Sous Chef, Carlos Loeza, has been with her for over 20 years) and you can taste the love in everything from the Chicken Pot Pie to the Buffalo Rib Eye. If you’re visiting the Bay Area, indulge in a fine-dining experience at the Big 4 Restaurant in the Huntington Hotel on Nob Hill.
And what about The Huntington Hotel and Nob Hill Spa? Two words: Oh, yes! Betty’s stay in Room 702 was delightful. Tastefully decorated and appointed, the room and view atop Nob Hill are spectacular! General Manager, Gail Isono, and her staff are thoughtful and charming, and their impeccable service ensures a stay that is as epic as the historic Hotel itself. Check out the slide show of the Huntington Hotel here.
WHAT’S BETTY UP TO NEXT?
Thanks to PlumTV and American Express Publishing, Betty will be covering the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen with Heidi from Savory TV! Betty and Heidi will be live on the scene twittering and twitpicing all the Food & Wine news that’s important to you. Don’t miss out on the action… be sure to follow @averagebetty, @SavoryTV and @aspeninsider on Twitter.
AVERAGE BETTY SIGHTINGS
Michael Learmonth of Advertising Age gave Betty a mention in his article, Why YouTube Will Sink or Swim With Obama Girl (premium content). Learmonth calls Average Betty the “energetic little web show,” and credits it as one of the “midtail” shows helping Blip.tv to earn 70 million views per month! How do you like that? Learmonth also states that YouTube Content Partners are routinely part of YouTube’s pitch to advertisers, and likewise, Content Partners routinely pitch their YouTube connection to advertisers. (Betty can vouch for that!) Learmonth adds that “energetic little web shows” like Average Betty are the snack-sized content most popular with “devoted, if small, audiences.” Betty sure hopes so :) Thank you for the great article, Michael, and including Average Betty.
Award-winning Southern Food aficionado, Doug DuCap of Hugging the Coast featured Betty’s Crispy Fish with Mango Slaw in his Fish For Friday segment. Doug wrote to Betty, “it was so delicious, it was a no-brainer to feature your wonderful recipe! I also used mahi mahi.” Thanks Doug and Hugging the Coast! Now, Betty wants some of that prize-winning chili!
Woot! Woot! Average Betty was included in the Taste & Share Best of the Web, a collection of the best and coolest food & wine websites. Taste & Share is a social application designed to connect food & wine enthusiasts around the globe. The site was founded by Carsten Martin of Dublin, Ireland. Well, Betty’s Irish eyes are smilin’ thanks to you and Taste & Share, Carsten! Thank you!
BETTY LOVES A GOOD TWEET!
Chef John’s Food Wishes Video Recipe Blog is chock-full of video recipes and his Twitter is brimming with humor. Betty will have the chance to meet Chef John at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen… but probably not at the pool :)