This week it's a look at the holidays past and present with Chef Grant Achatz. He's garnered every award out there, including Best Chef of 2008, for the stunningly delicious and intimate food he serves at Alinea, his Chicago restaurant. His beautiful new book, appropriately titled Alinea, is a look at the creative process behind this remarkable young man and his food.
For Jane and Michael Stern, it's an old-fashioned Yankee Christmas Eve at the Silvermine Tavern in Norwalk, Connecticut.
When the Sterns want to get into the holiday spirit they head to an old-fashioned country inn, and one of their favorites, the Silvermine Tavern, isn't far from their Connecticut home. The place is famous for its Sunday brunch and the little honey buns Michael loves. It's a classic New England country inn loaded with charm, creaky floors, glowing fireplaces and views of a beautiful pond. It's decorated to the hilt for the holidays and the Christmas Eve buffet is grand.
The Smith House in Dahlonega, Georgia is another favorite. It's one of the great Southern boarding houses where classic dishes of the deep south like fried chicken, baked ham and pot roast are served family style from big bowls and platters passed at the table.