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The Aloha! Edition of the Connected Table Live! Jan 7

Aloha! from beautiful Maui where we celebrated the New Year and Melanie’s birthday in Hana on Maui’s lush eastern coast. Given our beautiful setting, we’re featuring two individuals whose lives have been influenced by Hawaii. One is a native Hawaiian who moved to the East Coast where she made her mark in the world of ...

The Connected Table Live! New Years Eve Edition

We continue our Families in the Industry series with the father-daughter duo of Tony and Marisa May, proprietors of SD26 in New York City. Both are like family to us and we have spent many evenings savoring delicious meals and decadent white truffle dishes at both SD26 and the Mays’ prior restaurant, San Domenico. Tony ...

Christmas Eve Special: Our Favorite Things!

Jon Rowley’s career has been a fascinating life-long exploration and quest to improve the flavor, quality and understanding of fish, shellfish, fruits and vegetables. After travel to Europe and attending Reed College, Jon began his career as a commercial fisherman in Alaska. In 1981, as a life-long scholar of the seafood industry from harvest to ...

Family First: Bill and Peter Deutsch on the Connected Table Live Dec 17

December 17th on The Connected Table LIVE! Melanie and David will start a new series entitled “First Families of Wine, Food and Hospitality.” Many businesses, from wineries to restaurants to the vendors who supply them, are often multi-generational. The business may have started small, possibly in a garage or a storefront. Over time it grew ...

Tastemakers on the Connected Table Live! Dec 10

Two award winning cookbook authors and journalists who both bring their style of taste to all they do will be our guests on The Connected Table LIVE! December 10, 2pm ET/ 11am PT. She is the first Latin American woman chef to have been invited to be a guest chef at The White House to ...

Savory Chatter on the Connected Table Live! Dec. 3

Her Miami Herald “Dinner in Minutes” column is distributed on the McClatchy Wire Service to over 6 million readers each week. She is the “go to” source for all things culinary in South Florida and the Keys and is author of The Flavor of the Florida Keys (new!) and Keys Cuisine. She is the producer ...

Toasting New York State Wines & Spirits Nov. 26 on the Connected Table Live!

We live in New York’s verdant Hudson Valley where we will spend our Thanksgiving. Our November 26 show is dedicated to New York State wines, spirits and cideries which produce not only wonderful products loved by restaurateurs and consumers alike but also produce jobs for many people. Thanks to initiatives like NY State Governor Andrew ...

The feeding Season Starts Nov. 19 on the Connected Table Live!

Mid November marks what we like to refer to as “The Feeding Season.” Magazines show pretty dishes of festive foods and everyone talks about what to drink at the holiday table. We’re Giving Thanks to an abundant season for Italian white truffles, fresh cold water oysters on the half shell, crisp Hudson Valley apples in ...

The Connected Table Live Features Two Women Entrepreneurs Nov. 5

Women entrepreneurs rule The Connected Table Live! Nov 5., 2pm ET/11 a.m. PT from Asheville, NC’s Moonshine Mom to Las Vegas’ Leading Lady of Restaurants. Tune in to hear their dynamic stories. Troy Ball, Founder & President, Asheville Distilling Company, maker of Troy & Sons CBS-TV called her “the Moonshine Mom.” In many ways it ...

Oct 29 on The Connected Table Live

We have another spirited lineup this week from coast to coast Wednesday, October 29, on The Connected Table Live on www.W4CY.com, 2p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT. Our first guests are the bartending world’s dynamic duo, Lynnette Marrero and Ivy Mix, who have built the largest female bartending competition in the USA- and soon the world. Speed ...

The Connected Table Live Oct. 22: Window on Kevin Zraly

Tune in October 22 for our featured guest and good friend, Kevin Zraly, internationally acclaimed wine educator and best-selling author of Kevin Zraly Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, with over 4 million copies sold. Kevin Zraly has been described as a naturally gifted speaker who is both refreshingly humble and candid. His passion ...

Meet Two Spirited Women on The Connected Table Live Oct 15

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 ...

Napa Vintner Michael Martini on The Connected Table Live Oct 8

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 ...

The Connected Table Live Debuts Oct 1

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 ...

The Dutchess is Waiting

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 ...

The Connected Table Live Debuts October 1

  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 ...

Want a Career in Food? Try Looking Outside the Kitchen

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 ...

Going Native: Crete Wine Varietals

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 ...

A Taste for Toddies

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 ...

DRINK: Christmas Wine Selection – Unwrapping the Possibilities

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 ...

INSPIRE! The Giving Season

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 ...

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

 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 ...

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

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 ...

INSPIRE! The Healing Power of Dance

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 ...

INSPIRE! Melanie’s Tips For Staying Fearless & Fabulous

Melanie was featured on Voice America Radio’s “The Kathyrn Zox Show” November 6. A great show on taking charge of your health, staying positive and fit and finding your purpose.  http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/73988/the-kathryn-zox-show Here are Melanie’s Ten Easy Tips To Taking Care of Yourself to Stay Fabulous 1. Hydrate: Drink plenty of healthy fluids avoid dehydration. Your skin will ...

Wines of Crete: Modern Wines from an Ancient Land

  “There is a place in the middle of the wine-dark sea called Crete, a lovely, fruitful land… “ So wrote Homer in The Odyssey when tasked with describing the   Mediterranean island that is home to a civilization that dates back longer than any other in Europe. And while it is unknown as to whether ...

Welcome!

Welcome to Eat Drink Explore Inspire, the blog by The Connected Table We enjoy discovering and sharing stories about people, products, places and causes. With a palate for good taste, a passion for travel and a penchant for supporting inspiring causes and women owned businesses, Melanie and David look for news,  ideas, trends and people with ...