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Meet Two Spirited Women on The Connected Table Live Oct 15

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Melanie and David talk with two spirited women on Wednesday’s edition of The Connected Table LIVE Wednesday, October 15th, 2pm ET/6pmPT W4CY www.W4CY.com. Our first guest is Lizzie da Trindade-Asher, President of Macchu Pisco, who with her sister, Melanie, have helped share Peru’s national drink with the world. A lawyer by training Lizzie directs the legal, marketing, and importing side of Macchu Pisco and its sister brands, La Diablada and Ñusta Pisco. Melanie oversees production in Peru. Together, Lizzie and Melanie have achieved 30 percent growth annually since founding the company in 2004. “Every day, I am inspired by my […]

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Napa Vintner Michael Martini on The Connected Table Live Oct 8

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Tune October 8, 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT as The Connected Table Live visits with Michael Martini, third generation winemaker at Louis M. Martini Winery, now 80 years strong. We shared our first glass of wine with Mike and his lovely wife Jacque at the Food & Wine Classic several years ago. Then we shared a second…and third…of his singular Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon. Mike grew up in his father’s and grandfather’s vineyards, learning firsthand what it takes to make world-class wines. When he wasn’t in school in (back then) rural St. Helena, he was working at the winery, in […]

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The Connected Table Live Debuts Oct 1

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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. 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 […]

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The Dutchess is Waiting

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A 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 […]

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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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