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Restaurants We Loved and Lost

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A sunset stroll on a warm September evening in lower Manhattan while watching party boats cruise the Hudson River had us reminiscing about the New York restaurants we’d loved and lost. The occasion that prompted this was a dinner at Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) with Chef David Waltuck who was recently named Director of Culinary Programs. David prepared five signature dishes from his landmark restaurant, Chanterelle, which closed in 2009 after 30 years in business. It was lovely to see David in action and catch up with his wife and partner at Chanterelle, Karen, as well as Andrew Friedman who […]

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The Sun To Set on a Beloved NY Jewish Deli

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The Sun To Set on a Beloved NY Jewish Deli

I grew up Southern and Jewish in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  I like to tell people Southern Jews grow up with Bubbas and Bubbies in their families. Brisket was served with biscuits. JELLO molds were our serving of fruit.  What we didn’t have were truly authentic Jewish delis. Well, we had Shapiro’s, but it was a Jewish deli with a southern twist: pimiento cheese on challah bread. My parents took me to New York City for the first time when I was 5 for a wedding with “those yankee family members who lived North of the Mason Dixon Line” (or so my mother told […]

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Hog Wild for Iowa Whiskey- The Connected Table LIVE Oct 5

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Cornfields, hogs, Better Homes & Gardens Magazine, “Bridges Over Madison County,” John Wayne and a political “straw poll.” That’s what we knew about the state of Iowa besides its gigantic State Fair which we hope to attend one day, even just for the pie eating. It’s the #1 hog producer and the nation’s third most productive agricultural state after California and Texas. David, who’s driven through Iowa, says it’s endless rows of cornfields. Iowa is also home to Cedar Ridge, the state’s first and largest whiskey producing distillery. Located in Swisher in the heart of corn country on the Eastern side of the state, Cedar […]

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Meet Mount Gay’s Master Blender- The Connected Table LIVE!

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Rihanna, flying fish, Bajan hot sauce, amazing beaches, sugar plantations and Mount Gay Rum. This is what we knew about Barbados when we went for one of my New Year’s birthdays. One side of this island is serene surf; the other is wild with shards of coral reef whipping around your legs when you try to swim. We opted for casual local places to eat simply prepared flying fish that we doused in addictive Bajan hot sauce. And we drank a lot of Mount Gay Rum…a whole lot! October 5th we visited with Allen Smith on The Connected Table Live. In addition to being the Master Blender […]

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A New ICE Age for Chef David Waltuck

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A New ICE Age for Chef David Waltuck

Chef David Waltuck and his wife Karen ran Chanterelle restaurant for 30 years, first in Soho and then in Tribeca. Each menu was a work of art as was each dish. Seasonal, locally sourced cooking was David’s style long before “farm to table” became embedded in our culinary lingo. Gael Greene referred to David in a cover story in New York Magazine as “The Daring Young Man on Grand Street.” Back in the those early days many considered traveling below 14th Street “daring.” And it was a long way from The Bronx, where David was raised. He caught the restaurant […]

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Bracing, Spirited & Racy- Love & Wine

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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.  

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The Wines Held Up Better Than the Men in Her Life

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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). Along the way she fell in and out […]

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Remembering Julia Child

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Remembering Julia Child

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. Alex has written a sequel called “The French Chef in America” about Julia’s life […]

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Hail to the Pastry Chef!

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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 will share some of […]

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Bordeaux’s Next Generation Steps Out

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Bordeaux's Next Generation Steps Out

Many people associate Bordeaux wines with classic Grand Crus, collectible fine wine that you lay down in a cellar and enjoy with a sumptuous meal. On our first trip to Bordeaux, we were fortunate enough to have private visits to some great houses: Château Le Pin and Vieux Château Certain in Pomerol, Château Pontet-Canet in Pauillac and Château D’Yquem in Sauternes. But we don’t drink wines like that every day. Most of us enjoy approachable, everyday wines when dining at home. The quality is still good; the price is more affordable, and the wines more accessible. A new generation of 30-something year-old Bordeaux vintners […]

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