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Chefs, musicians join forces for Kerry Simon benefit

A fundraiser for Kerry Simon, who has been dubbed the “rock ’n’ roll chef,” will bring together chefs such as Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Daniel Boulud, Charlie Palmer, Michael Mina and Rick Moonen and musicians such as Sammy Hagar, Alice Cooper, Vince Neil and Slash.

Taste of the Town: Readers find liver and onions

Last week, on the night before my column appeared with a request from Tom Richards for “a decent plate of liver and onions for about $10,” a copy editor approached my desk with a comment that was along the lines of, “Liver and onions? Really?”

Taste of the Town: Hunt for corkscrew pasta yields positive results

There are, it seems, a gazillion pasta cuts out there, but aficionados know that certain sauces and other ingredients are perfect with some shapes but don’t work so well with others. So it was completely understandable to me when Fred Bilello wrote in looking for long fusilli, a corkscrew pasta, and mafalda, which looks like narrow lasagna noodles — and it appears it was, as well, to his fellow Taste of the Town readers, who supplied sources.

Taste of the Town: Readers spot Kona coffee

Gotta love that Kona coffee, which has a rich, full-bodied flavor stemming from its growing conditions on the Big Island of Hawaii. Unfortunately, Kona’s pretty pricey — among the most expensive coffees in the world — so I wasn’t surprised when Taste of the Town regular Jim Guynup emailed in search of a source for it “at a reasonable price.” I’m not sure what’s reasonable — that’s open to wide interpretation — but readers have a few local sources.