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The Connected Table Live on W4CY Radio Oct 1

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The Connected Table Live Debuts October 1

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  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 […]

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Want a Career in Food? Try Looking Outside the Kitchen

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I recently attended a Women in Culinary Leadership dinner presented by The James Beard Foundation and Vermilion Restaurant in New York City on June 25th. The panel included Susan Ungaro, president of The James Beard Foundation (JBF), Rohini Dey, owner of Vermilion; Dana Cowin, editor-in-chief of Food & Wine;  Gail Simmons, Director of Special Projects for Food & Wine; Kristen Kish, a “Top Chef” winner and former chef de cuisine at Menton in Boston; and Michael White, executive chef and co-owner of Altamarea Restaurant Group. Having attended other “women in restaurant” or “women in food” panels,  I did not expect much to come […]

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Going Native: Crete Wine Varietals

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There’s a place in the middle of the wine-dark sea called Crete, a lovely, fruitful land surrounded by the sea. – Homer, The Odyssey   Thrapsathiri, Vidiano, Vilana, Malvasia de Candia, Daphni, Plyto, Kostifali, Mandilari, Liatiko…..To the uninitiated these sound like another version of the nine Greek muses. But in the wine world, these lyrical names are among the native varietals of Crete. Wine production in Crete dates back to 2000 B.B. to ancient Minoan civilization. After the Ottomans invaded Crete in 1669, wine production subsided for nearly two centuries. It was reborn in the late nineteenth century after liberation. In […]

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A Taste for Toddies

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As Old Man Winter blows  snow and wind across our paths and we nestle in during the quiet dark nights, one drink is certain to warm our bones, clear our colds  and put a little fire in our bellies: the hot toddy. January 11 is National Hot Toddy Day. While I grew up sipping toddies as a youngster under the guise of “clearing up a cold,” as an adult I had little time to think about toddies.  My mind and taste buds drifted off into the vineyards and wine. But the wrath of this year’s winter has had me yearning […]

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DRINK: Christmas Wine Selection – Unwrapping the Possibilities

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Unlike Thanksgiving, where the menu, since it never really changes, is known well in advance and the process of selecting what to drink with it is something that can be done fairly easily; Christmas Dinner, and it’s accompanying wine selection, tends to be a bit of a struggle for most. This is due in no small part because there are many possible traditional dishes, particularly entrees, to choose from. Duck, Goose, Pheasant, Capon (that poor rooster…), Crown Roast of Beef, Venison, all come to mind. Turkey, at least in my household, thankfully does not. So, what to do when presented […]

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INSPIRE! The Giving Season

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If  Summer and Fall are considered the growing seasons, Winter is the official giving season. In fact, Tuesday, December 3, has been named The National Day of Giving  #givingtuesday with an international movement and website dedicated to motivating companies and individuals to work toward giving back to help the common good. I like the idea of #givingtuesday starting a movement. It is a comforting detour from Black Friday, Monday Madness, Cyber Tuesday,and Gridlock Friday because it is about paying it forward. http://www.givingtuesday,org If you are like me, you may be getting bombarded with heart warming solicitations for donations this time of […]

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What’s A Nice Girl Like You Doing Eating with Her Fingers?

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 I’m at sitting at the end of a long, elegantly attired communal table eating dinner with my fingers and  drinking some very good Mumm champagne. What’s more, I am sitting in a Jewish delicatessen just  north of  Manhattan’s Lower East Side eating an assortment of shellfish dishes from oysters on the half  shell and  pickled shrimp to  lobster salad and beet cured scallop. So trés treif!  So deliciously decadent with all the slurping, sipping and licking of the fingers after each    course without the structure of forks, knives and spoons. And so thankful the organizers gave us all    hot towels to […]

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Thanksgiving Wines: Don’t stress out, here’s a list!

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With Thanksgiving season upon us, many tend to stress out over the elaborate meal about to be consumed – “Do I wet-brine or dry-brine the turkey? Do I brine the turkey at all? How big a turkey? What sides should I serve? What’s a Parsnip, and who named it that? In what grocery store aisle does one actually find those little fried onion pieces that get sprinkled over the green bean casserole? What exactly IS a green bean casserole? And then there’s the wine selection. The last thing one really needs to worry about when heading to town to buy […]

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INSPIRE! The Healing Power of Dance

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Melanie shares this inspirational  post from her blog Getting Things Off My Chest at www.melanieyoung.com   “Dance is the hidden language of the soul” ― Martha Graham I’ve always felt my most vibrant, most creatively free and most beautiful when I am dancing. But I never truly understood the healing power of dance until later in life when I turned to dance movement to rebuild my body, mend a broken heart and reclaim my creative energy. “It’s the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance.” ― Xiaolu Guo As a young girl I trained first in ballet, then modern and […]

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