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If you described your love life like a

glass of wine, what would you say? Soft and velvety with a lingering finish? Earthy and masculine? Round and luscious with deep notes of cherry and chocolate?  It’s a question we enjoy asking people at dinner parties to up the conversation game. Another one is, “Describe yourself as a glass of wine.” If you dare to share, come on over to our Facebook Page@ConnectedTable where we’ve asked this question.

Melanie's wine spirit: "A harmonious balance between a pleasant, low acidity and full, fleshy fruit. A great deal of elegance and finesse"
Melanie’s wine spirit: “A harmonious balance between a pleasant, low acidity and full, fleshy fruit. A great deal of elegance and finesse”

 

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The Wines Held Up Better Than the Men in Her Life

 

“Love, Loss and What I Drank”- The Exes in My Glasses

This came to mind after reading Lisa Mattson’s delightful book, “The Exes in My Glass: How I Refined My Taste in Men & Alcohol.” This book is a fun read that documents Lisa’s progression as a young adult hell bent on leaving rural Kansas (Hello, Dorothy!) by escaping to Florida to “catch rays and men.” Working various jobs to get by (obituary writer, Cheesecake Factory waitress, bartender), Lisa earned a degree in communications and studied wine at Florida International University (FIU).

The wines held up better than the men.
The wines held up better than the men.

Along the way she fell in and out of love with an odd lot of men. Each chapter is punctuated by the type of beverage they (or he) imbibed at the time of the liaison. Like a fine wine, Lisa’s career, choice

of men and selection of beverages improved as she matured. She edited articles for Wine News Magazine, moved to California to run E&J Gallo’s events marketing division and then jumped back into writing and communications joining Wilson Daniels Ltd.

Lisa produces an award winning blog and video series for Jordan Vineyard & Winery.
Lisa produces an award winning blog and video series for Jordan Vineyard & Winery.

Today, Lisa oversees marketing and communications for Jordan Vineyard & Winery in Sonoma, and produces a multi-award winning blog, “The Journey of Jordan.” She’s become a thought leader in social media marketing for the wine business and is profiled in the July issue of Tasting Panel Magazine.

Lisa says the book took seven years to write. In it she shares a lifetime of lessons about selecting the right man and the right wine. And, yes, she finally found love with a lasting finish.

Lisa Mattson refined her taste in men and wines.
Lisa Mattson refined her taste in men and wines.

Lisa joined The Connected Table LIVE! August 17th on W4CY Radio Listen to her tips for selecting the right man and the right wine and learn more about her role at Jordan Vineyard at this link on iHeart.com.  Or click here:

 

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Remembering Julia Child

Julia Child Kitchen Wisdom

Julia Child‘s birthday is August 15th. On the August 10th edition of The Connected Table LIVE! we share memories of Julia with her grand-nephew, Alex Prud’homme, who collaborated with Julia on her memoir, “My Life in France. ” When Julia passed away at the age of 92, he continued to work on the book with editor, Judith Jones. The book was a huge success and served as the inspiration for Nora Ephron’s movie, “Julie and Julia,” starring Meryl Streep as Julia Child, a role that earned her an Academy Award.

MY LIFE IN FRANCE

Alex has written a sequel called “The French Chef in America” about Julia’s life when she and husband,  Paul, returned to the U.S.A.

 

The French Chef in America

Alex is a successful writer and author of several books including The Ripple Effect who also dives deep

in the the looming global water crisis.

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Alex joined The Connected Table LIVE August 10th to share his memories of Great Aunt Julia Child and we share a few favorite quotes. Listen here and share!

 

 

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Hail to the Pastry Chef!

President Obama Called Him the “Master of the Crust”

Melanie says she grew up in The Crust Belt. It’s the section of the South she fondly refers as “the land of fries and pies where everything is better

with batter and butter.” That’s why we’re excited to have Bill Yosses on the show August 10th. As Executive Pastry Chef at the White House for both the Bush #2 and Obama administrations, Bill had his hand in everything from quiet First Family dinners to more elaborate State Dinners, and exhibits such as the Gingerbread White House.

Bill Yosses is author of “Dessert For Dummies”

Bill will share some of his White House memories and talk about his new ventures: the non profit Kitchen Garden Laboratory, which teaches food literacy to children in under-served communities. Kitchen Garden Laboratory uses the triad of food and cooking (Kitchen), planting and growing (Garden) and scientific experimentation (Laboratory) in its education programs to promote delicious, nutritious eating for better health outcomes, as well as foster food and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) literacy.

Bill Yosses Created Kitchen Garden Laboratory to teach kids food literacy.
Bill Yosses created Kitchen Garden Laboratory to teach kids food literacy.

 

     

              
Bill joined us on The Connected Table LIVE! August 10th Listen here and share: