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The Connected Table Live Debuts Oct 1

Culinary couple Melanie Young and David Ransom start October on a delicious note with the debut of The Connected Table Live Wednesdays, 2-3 p.m. EST/ 11-12 PST on W4CY.

Farmer Lee Jones, The Chef['s Garden
Farmer Lee Jones, The Chef[‘s Garden
In a nod to the source of all great food we are starting- literally- from “the ground up” with Farmer Lee Jones, a pioneer of the sustainable agricultural movement, whose family’s 300-acre vegetable farm, The Chef’s Garden, in Huron, Ohio, grows specialty vegetables, herbs and micro greens shipped to restaurants around the world. We first met Lee at The James Beard Foundation Awards. You couldn’t miss his trademark overalls and red bowtie among all the tuxedo clad guests. Working alongside his dad and brother, Farmer Lee guides his dedicated team to find new ways to become more sustainable while producing the best quality ingredient for their “growing inventory.”
Follow Lee: @farmerleejones @TheChefsGarden

http://www.TheChefsGarden.com

Katrin Naelapaa, Director, Wines from Spain
Katrin Naelapaa, Director, Wines from Spain
Our second guest is Katrin Naelapaa, Director of Wines from Spain since 2001, where she oversees all marketing, advertising and promotion for Spanish wines in the U.S. We’ve had the pleasure of working with Katrin some years ago and enjoyed many an evening over a glass of sparkling Cava, a tantalizing Toro or a rich Rioja at events such as the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. Katrin’s work is significant in the wine world. Her role involves not only linking producers in Spain to importers in the U.S, through programs such as The Spanish Cellar, but also bringing greater awareness of Spanish wines to consumers through programs through dinners, programs such The Great Match: Wine & Tapas.

http://www.winesfromspainusa.com @WinesFromSpain

“The Connected Table® Live is an interview-driven format show featuring guests who work in food, beverage and hospitality, including chefs and restaurateurs, wine and spirits professionals, farmers, food scientists, educators, authors and journalists. The 50 minute weekly show airs Wednesdays at 2p.m EST/11 AM/PST on 4CY radio http://www.W4CY.com. The show will be available on demand at www.iHeartRadio.com, and everywhere the iHeartRadio app is available, under the Shows & Personalities section. Follow @connectedtable

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The Dutchess is Waiting

scenicA short train ride just about two hours north of Manhattan lies a verdant world of rolling hills dotted with apple orchards, horse farms, vineyards, hiking trails, mom and pop storefronts selling locally made items and even an old-fashioned roadside drive-in movie theater. Tucked away among towering tree-lined drives are historic mansions with names like Roosevelt and Vanderbilt, as well stately homes of lesser known captains of the industry who retreat to Dutchess County to relax or ride to the hounds.

We recently took a day trip to Dutchess County to attend the 13th annual Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival www.hudsonvalleywinefest.com where we had the chance to taste wines produced from all over New York Stat and try artisinal foods, craft beers, a few spirits and dishes from area restaurant and food trucks.

You could spend a perfect day hopping the rails to immerse in the Dutchess County lifestyle but we recommend staying overnight. Why rush? Isn’t that why you left the city?
With so many options and places to visit, both Dutchess Country Tourism and Metro North offer brochures, suggested itineraries and special packages (“Gasless Getaways”).

Here is a sample of what we recommend:

Eat: The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park has four dining options: American Bounty, Apple Pie Bakery, Caterina de Medici and The Bocuse Restaurant. For a taste of history with your meal try The Tavern at the Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck and Stissing House Restaurant & Tavern in Pine Plains. Farm-to-table fare is everywhere as are casual gastro-pubs and small cafes run by CIA graduates. One of the best ways to experience the region’s dining bounty is during Hudson Valley Restaurant Week where many establishments offer prix- fixe lunches and dinners. (November and March).

Stissing House in PIne Plains NY
Stissing House in PIne Plains NY

Take home: Crown maple syrup from Madava Farms (Dover Plains), Krause’s and Oliver Kita Fine Chocolates (both in Rhinebeck), Bumble & Hive for a selection of honeys (Rhinebeck) and for the ultimate tea experience, Harney & Sons Store and Tea Lounge in Millerton. Adams Fairacre Farms, with locations in Poughkeepsie and Wappingers Falls, feature many locally made products as well as other fine foods, but nothing beats buying straight from the farm stand. Many farmers markets are open on Saturday mornings through December but check ahead since schedules vary by location.

Millbrook Winery
Millbrook Winery
Drink: Many vineyards offer tasting rooms, but some hours are seasonal so it’s best to call in advance. Recommendations: Cascade Mountain Winery in Armenia, Millbrook and Oak Summit Vineyards in Millbrook; and Clinton Vineyards in Clinton Corners. Information: www.DutchessWineTrail.com.

New York State distilleries and breweries are popping up all over the Hudson Valley (and elsewhere) thanks to new legislation passed in recent years. Millbrook Distillery in Millbrook (now open) and Dutch’s Spirits in Pine Plains (opening soon) are two to visit. In Beacon, which is a stop on Metro North, try The Hop Craft Beer & Artisinal Fare located on a delightful street lines with curio shops and more.

Dutch's Distillery
Dutch’s Distillery

Stay: Bed and breakfasts and country inns abound. Some of our favorites are in the picturesque and walkable town of Rhinebeck, including: the historic Belvedere Mansion and Beekman Arms Tavern & Inn. Red Hook, another small pretty town, has a number of bed and breakfasts as do Beacon and Rhinecliff, both near the train.

Explore: October is prime leaf peeping season and the heart of the harvest with weekly events and festivals. Winter offers deals on hotels and dining, festive holiday bazaars, Christmas tree farms and a serene beauty.

Information: Dutchess Country Tourism: http://dutchesstourism.com 800.445.3131
Metro North: http://www.mta.info NY State Tourism: http://www.iloveny.com

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The Connected Table Live Debuts October 1

Melanie Young & David Ransom at the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards- Photo by Jennifer Mitchell
Melanie Young & David Ransom at the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards- Photo by Jennifer Mitchell

 

Food and beverage industry veterans Melanie Young and David Ransom will cohost The Connected Table® Live, an international radio show airing Wednesdays at 2 p.m. EST/1 p.m. CST on W4CY Radio. The show will be available on demand at www.iHeartRadio.com, and everywhere the iHeartRadio app is available, under the Shows & Personalities section. Link to station:  http://www.W4CY.com.

“The Connected Table® Live is an interview-driven format show featuring guests who work in food, beverage and hospitality, including chefs and restaurateurs, wine and spirits professionals, farmers, food scientists, educators, authors and journalists. Our work in the industry has brought us in touch with a wide range of fascinating and dedicated people and we want to showcase them and share their stories,” said Young.

“Our respective and complementary backgrounds in food, wine, spirits and hospitality will add lively commentary to The Connected Table® Live. We are both passionate travelers, cooks and restaurant-goers who enjoy supporting all aspects of the industry. We like to refer to ourselves as ‘an insatiably curious culinary couple,’ ” said Ransom.

Both W4CY and W4WN Radio are among the top ranked internet radio stations in the world presented by Talk 4 Media and Talk 4 Radio with listeners in all 50 states and in all 197 countries. http://www.W4CY.com. http://www.W4WN.com  For guest booking Information: info@www.theconnectedtable.com.