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Graham Elliot Makes Rhythm in the Kitchen & Harmony in the Home

He grew up as a Navy brat, dropped out of high school to join a punk rock band and has been to all fifty states.  Graham Elliot  fell into cooking while working menial jobs in restaurants to support his musician’s life on the road. Inspired, he enrolled in Johnson & Wales to receive his formal training and considers Rick Tramonto, Dean Fearing and the late Charlie Trotter among his mentors.

Graham first made a name for himself at Avenues restaurant at The Peninsula Hotel in Chicago where at age 27 he was the youngest chef to earn four-star ratings from the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago magazine, as well as a AAA Five Diamond Award. Along the way, Graham also was named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs (2004), Crain’s (Chicago) 40 under 40, and received two Michelin Stars for his restaurant – one of only fifteen U.S. restaurants to receive that honor.

He’s owner of Graham Elliot Bistro, opened in 2008, a popular dining destination for Chicagoans and foodies from all over the world, a testament to Elliot’s inventive cuisine and engaging personality.

It's Graham's first cookbook
It’s Graham’s first cookbook

The dedicated father to three sons, Mylo, Conrad and Jedediah, Graham splits his time between his home base Chicago and his TV home in Los Angeles where he co-hosts alongside Gordon Ramsey on Fox Network’s wildly popular MasterChef and MasterChef Junior series.

So where did he find time to write his first cookbook? Cooking Like A Master Chef – 100 Recipes To Make The Everyday Extraordinary  is just released, Designed to make any home cook a star in the kitchen, it’s based on Graham’s belief that A) food is best when it “tastes like itself” B) eat with seasons when possible C)  there is no right or wrong when it comes to creativity in the kitchen.

Chef Graham Elliot joins us on The Connected Table LIVE! on Wednesday October 21 at 2:00p.m EST. to discuss his new book, career, culinary philosophy, and maybe even some favorite punk bands. Connect: www.grahamelliot.com  twitter@grahamelliot  https://instagram.com/grahamelliot/

Graham Elliot Bistro 841 W. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60607 312.888.2258

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Aurelio Montes: Chile’s Father & Son Winemaking Duo

Chile's Montes Winery
Chile’s Montes Winery

Fascinated by the winemaking business at an early age, Aurelio Montes, Sr. has spent a lifetime raising the bar for Chilean wines. First as a winemaker at Undurraga, and then as founder of his own eponymous winery, Viña Montes, where with the release of his now legendary Montes Alpha M, he was the first to make what the Chileans refer to as an “Icon” wine, a high end Bordeaux style blend made from the classic French varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. Others have certainly followed, and Chilean Bordeaux-style blends have become a benchmark for South American wine.

Aurelio Montes Senior
Aurelio Montes, Sr.

It all started with the shared vision of Aurelio and his partner Douglas Murray, who founded Viña Montes in 1988 with the dream to elevate Chilean wine in the eyes of the world, through the shared vision that Chile had the climate and terroir to create wines that would not only stand the test of time, but would stand up to, and possibly surpass, their more well-known European counterparts.

Aurelio Montes, Junior
Aurelio Montes, Jr

Twenty five years later, Montes has done just that and become one of the truly legendary brands in the world of wine, and Aurelio, now with his son Aurelio, Jr., who helms the family’s interests in Argentina, namely the Mendoza-based Kaiken winery, remains at the forefront of South America’s winemaking industry.

Kaiken Winery, Mendoza, Argentina
Kaiken Winery, Mendoza, Argentina

Both Aurelio Sr. & Jr. join us on The Connected Table LIVE!  Wednesday October 21, 2:28pm, EST, to talk about their family’s winemaking legacy and wines, both in Chile and Argentina. We’ll also discuss their newest ventures in California: Napa Angel, a Napa Valley Cabernet; and Star Angel, series of wines from Paso Robles Syrah and Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir.

Connect:  www.monteswines.com  www.kaikenwines.com

 

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Winemaker Alvaro Palacios Reigns in Spain- Oct 7- The Connected Table LIVE

With a stable of properties spanning three of Spain’s most important winemaking regions, and his skills behind such wines as L’Ermita, Propiedad, and Descendientes de J Palacios, winemaker Alvaro Palacios is arguably that country’s greatest winemaker.

Alvaro Palacios
Alvaro Palacios

L’Ermita alone, made from miniscule yields of old vine Garnacha coaxed from the inhospitably steeps slopes of Catalunya’s Priorat region, and which retails at over $1,000 a bottle, would make him that. But Alvaro, born into a family rich with the history of making wine in Spain’s most well-known region, Rioja, does not let this one iconic wine define him.

Alvaro also makes two other lauded wines in that region alone, Finca Dofi and Les Terrasses; and some of Bierzo’s best Mencia-based wines with his Descendientes offerings; all while also managing the family’s oldest interest, the legendary Palacios Remondo in Rioja.

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Recently featured on Wine Spectator‘s October 15th Spain Report issue, Alvaro takes a short break from harvest to visit The Connected Table LIVE Wednesday, October 7, 2:25pm EST on W4CY.com The show will be available on demand at iHeart.com and free iHeart App after its live airing: http://www.iheart.com/show/209-The-Connected-Table-Live

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His Wine Reporting Rates 100 Points- Tom Matthews- Oct 7 The Connected Table LIVE

What’s it like to oversee one of the world’s most read wine magazines? How much wine can you taste in a week?

Wine Spectator Executive Editor Thomas (Tom) Matthews has spent the better part of thirty years reporting on the wine industry. He joined the magazine in 1988 starting as a reporter in the London office and moved to New York in 1989.  Appointed to executive editor in 1999, Tom oversees the magazine’s staff of writers, editors and art directors for both the print and online operation. He is the lead taster for Spanish wines and one of the magazine’s principal restaurant reviews and travel writers.

Tom’s passion for wine began back in the vineyards picking grapes in Bordeaux during the 1979 vintage. He learned the business side as a wine buyer for New York restaurants, Odeon and Cafe Luxembourg, in the 1980s.  His book, A Village in the Vineyard, written with wife Sara, a photographer, chronicles their life in France.

Tom Matthews
Tom Matthews

Tom and his team have helped build Wine Spectator into the world’s #1 wine focused magazine, by not just reporting on trends, but often, through its superlative journalism, helping to forecast them through in-depth interviews with industry mavericks and the lifestyle they help invoke to readers. While many look to Wine Spectator for the extensive wine ratings in the back of the magazine, it’s the profiles and destination reports of places we long to visit that fill our files.  Some of the most highly anticipated issues of Wine Spectator each year include the annual “World’s Greatest Wine Lists” dining guide published in August and the upcoming “Top 100 Wines” guide.

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Tom joins The Connected Table LIVE October 7, 4pmEST, to discuss his career, wine trends, his recent cover story on Spain and give a hint or two about the Top 100 Wines to be unveiled later this month.

We’re deciding what glass of wine to have with this interview! We know it will be Spanish since this show will air from Wines from Spain’s Great Match in Manhattan and in anticipation of our second guest, Alvaro Palacios, the esteemed winemaker whose, in the words of Wine Spectator’s October 15th cover story, “leads Priorat to new heights.”

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