Chef’s Table

Turtle Burger

CHEF’S TABLE Chef Anne Feinman As I was considering an idea for this edition’s column, I came across a fun and creative burger recipe. There is no reason to alert any of the animal rights groups… there is no turtle meat used here. Turtle burgers are made from three of the most well loved meats: ground beef, bacon and hot ... Read More »

You Got It…Oysters Rockefeller Chowder!

CHEF’S TABLE Chef Anne Feinman History tells us Oysters Rockefeller was created at the New Orleans restaurant Antoine’s. Antoine’s was founded in 1840 by Antoine Alciatore, who moved to New Orleans after two frustrating years in New York trying to open a restaurant of his own. It is the country’s oldest family-run restaurant. The dish was created in 1899 by ... Read More »

The Gulf Coast Looking East… Far East

CHEF’S TABLE Chef Anne Feinman Introducing Florasian cuisine to Marco Island. Marco Island’s Mango’s Dockside Bistro is soon jumping on the Orient express by combining Asian exotics with locally grown food items – grouper, mahi, crab, lobster, tomatoes, bananas, hearts of palm and mangoes. Providing a menu that is perfect in freshness, texture, taste, and presentation. Our all natural ingredients, ... Read More »

Lobsters: Delicacies and Interesting Marine Animals

CHEF’S TABLE Chef Anne Feinman There are two kinds of lobsters, some, commonly referred to as “clawed” lobsters as well as, “spiny” lobsters, or rock lobsters. Clawed lobsters are generally found in cold waters, and are known as American Lobsters. Spiny lobsters do not have claws, but instead have long, strong antennae and are generally found in warm water. ... Read More »

YES, I am an Ohio Gal!

CHEF’S TABLE Chef Anne Feinman As I was considering a story for this edition of Coastal Breeze, my husband was listening to WNIR, an Akron, OH talk show. A commercial came on about Ohio sweet corn… and the memories came flowing back. So this story, born from a radio commercial, will stir your own memories of childhood favorites. Hometowns have ... Read More »

Chicken and Waffles… For Dinner?

CHEF’S TABLE Chef Anne Feinman Last week, as our Executive Chef and I were discussing summer specials, he showed me something I had never seen…Chicken and Waffles. Yes, on the same plate, with sides of warm maple syrup and gravy… and served for dinner. Chicken and waffles are one of those combo dishes that I had never thought of ... Read More »

A burger with ATTITUDE!

CHEF’S TABLE Chef Anne Feinman While there is nothing new about blending different cuts of meat to create a burger, I’ve yet to see any analysis on what actually makes the best burger. Is it the fat content? Texture? Flavor? My guess is all three, but what does one cut have to offer over another? Why mix three cuts ... Read More »

The World of Lemon Thyme

Summer on Marco Island brings us restauranteurs a time to reflect…on the past season, on the upcoming season, and of course, the months of May- September. Most recently, I started looking for a solution for the pests, ie; mosquitoes and flies that can sometimes be so annoying when dining on an outdoor patio in the summertime. We have all heard ... Read More »

Mother’s Day Beginnings

CHEF’S TABLE Chef Anne Feinman Did you know there is more than one date Mother’s Day is celebrated across the world? In the United States we celebrate the 2nd Sunday of May, but in other countries it is other days in May, as well as in other months of the year. In the end, it doesn’t really matter on ... Read More »

Familiar Fare that Comes at a Cost

s a lover of food stories, and one who is always looking for new and creative ideas, I happened upon a collection of typical American foods at not-so-typical pricing. So, if you’re looking to spend a little bit more for a bit of the same, take a look at some of these out-of-the-way places with tremendous prices. The Philly Cheesesteak ... Read More »

Let’s Take A Mango Tour

The mango is known as the ‘king of fruit’ throughout the world. Did you know more mangos are eaten fresh all over the world, than any other fruit? Its name ‘mango’ is derived from the Tamil word ‘mangkay’ or ‘man-gay’. When the Portuguese traders settled in Western India they adopted the mango which originated in Southeast Asia where it has ... Read More »

Easter is Here!

In a few days we will all celebrate Easter. Easter Sunday is the Christian festival honoring Christ’s resurrection and in the Western world, Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the full moon that occurs after the first day of spring. This year, Easter is on Sunday, March 31. Take any festival and you will find that its roots can ... Read More »

Keeping Up With The Trends

Restaurant challenges combine to make a very long list. Being able to keep up with the trends and desires of your guests can make or break your business. As we move into our second season, and making the move from a capacity of 70 seats to 267 seats, we are constantly listening to our audience and asking questions. As we ... Read More »

Hearts, Flowers and Chocolate

By Chef Anne Feinman Valentine’s Day or Saint Valentine’s Day, is a holiday celebrated on February 14th. It is a day of tradition steeped in chocolates, flowers and cards. In the tradition of courtly love in the Middle Ages, the name was associated with romantic love among numerous early Christian martyrs of the name Valentine. Some love stories are ... Read More »

Love of Story Telling… Cooking Stories, That Is

CHEF’S TABLE Chef Anne Feinman I love telling stories about cooking food. It comes natural to me, as food is essential to our humanity and our well-being and it affects all aspects of our lives. Some people may question the seriousness of writing about food. Most of us can go weeks without reading a book, watching a movie, or playing ... Read More »

Blues, Music and Food!

CHEF’S TABLE Chef Anne Feinman A “Blues Joint” in the south is a place where people go to enjoy food, drink, and music. The sights, sounds and tastes of New Orleans are coming to Marco Island. Live Blues and Jazz Bands are being introduced New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. A much needed venue of entertainment for the island… ... Read More »

Oh, how I LOVE Christmas… An abundance of deliciousness!

CHEF’S TABLE Chef Anne Feinman Christmas is the perfect time to show off your cooking skills to your family. Even novices can pull off an extraordinary masterpiece…just add LOVE! Love what you are preparing, love preparing it, love the presentation you place on your table, and then add your loved ones, for a family style Christmas dinner. Create your menu ... Read More »

Thanks and giving equals Thanksgiving

CHEF’S TABLE Chef Anne Feinman The pictures of Pilgrims and Indians may not be based on historical truths, but there are memories of this holiday that thread its way from the past to the present. It’s a holiday that brings all Americans together… and that’s something worthy of our thanks and our giving. In 1863, our modern Thanksgiving came into ... Read More »

A Real Treat For Mango Lovers

CHEF’S TABLE Chef Anne Feinman Marco Island enjoys the climate to grow the most wonderful fruit bearing trees…Mango’s, Lemons, Limes and Grapefruits. For those of us fortunate to have them growing in our own yards, sometimes it becomes necessary to find friends and neighbors to share the fruit. As, a Chef, I am always looking for ways to share these ... Read More »

It’s picnic and barbeque time

CHEF’S TABLE  Chef Anne Feinman Labor Day weekend is upon us and it’s the perfect time of year for a family barbeque. I have so many wonderful recipes that it is hard to narrow it down! So here are two favorite fun dishes that are full of flavor and color. Chef Annie’s standard words of wisdom. “It must be pretty ... Read More »