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Ashby Marshall Goes Grain to Glass At Spirit Works Distillery

Ashby Marshall Goes Grain to Glass At Spirit Works Distillery
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Though the profession of wine making has had a fairly large contingent of women at the helm for decades, the spirits making game has long been male dominated, and it’s only recently that women have started turn their eye towards running a still. And, while we may be able to only count female distillers on a hand or two, the list is growing, with more women jumping in the distillation game than ever before. Ashby Marshall, distiller and co-owner of Sonoma County California’s Spirit Works Distillery is one of them, and she’s making some wonderful and unique products in her […]

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Irish Whiskey – Beyond The Basics

Irish Whiskey - Beyond The Basics
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Long thought of as a two brand country when it came to whiskey – those brands being Bushmills and Jameson (and we’ll leave religion out of it, here, because I’ve always believed in the separation of  Church and Still) – the Emerald Isle actually has close to 100 different whiskies in distribution around the world, and while not all are available in the United States, most of the best ones are, and the list is growing. In other words (for those people who’ve been living under a rock), Irish whiskey is HOT! There are more brands now than ever in the marketplace and […]

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The Skinny on Corned Beef & Cabbage

The Skinny on Corned Beef & Cabbage
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While doing our research for Our March 16th radio show, we learned that the traditional St. Patrick’s day dish of corned beef and cabbage is really a Jewish specialty. New York City’s Irish working class  frequented nearby Jewish delis and food carts. Corned beef and cabbage was a flavorful and cheaper alternative to Irish bacon and potatoes, and was quickly adopted as their own. You can read more at TheKitchn. As for the “skinny” part of corned beef and cabbage, that may sound like a bunch of blarney, but there are some healthy options. Cabbage is nutrient dense. That’s good. Trim the […]

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A Clever New Magazine Covering Cannabis and a Global Tea Ambassador- March 9- The Connected Table LIVE!

A Clever New Magazine Covering Cannabis and a Global Tea Ambassador- March 9- The Connected Table LIVE!
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You asked. We listened! We’re excited to announce The Connected Table® Sips on iHeart.com, our podcast series to provide more ways to spotlight people, brands and initiatives in the industry separately from our live show. The five minute podcasts are recorded, and guests can call in from anywhere in the world. They can be used for digital marketing & social media and will remain permanently on iHeart.com and the iHeart app. For information please shoot us an email: melanie@www.theconnectedtable.com March 8 is International Women’s Day! Here’s some kitchen wisdom from one of our favorite women in food. This Week on The […]

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Chef Daniel Boulud Cooked Up Our Romance and Never Knew It

Chef Daniel Boulud Cooked Up Our Romance and Never Knew It
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Daniel Boulud may not know it, but he is responsible for our marriage. Well, at least in part. Here’s the skinny: After meeting Melanie at a dinner party thrown by my ex-girlfriend (long story) and vowing to stay in touch, we got together for our first date in February 2003. It went something like this: Melanie: “I have to go to an event at the Gourmet Magazine Kitchen for a wine client, why don’t you meet me there and we’ll go out to dinner afterwards?” Me: “OK, sounds like a plan” So, I met her at the event and while […]

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A Super Week For Restaurants & Food Delivery Feb. 7-14

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Restaurants will score well this week starting with Super Bowl Sunday February 7 and ending with Valentine’s Day February 14 with Chinese New Year (starts Feb. 8) and Mardi Gras (culminating Feb. 9) in between. A few statistics we found: On Super Bowl Sunday Americans will consume 1.3 billion chicken wings 278 million avocados 325 million gallons of beer 11.2 million pounds of potato chips and 31% will order takeout Source: Time.com/money (2/6/2016) Restaurant and retail spending for Chinese New Year exceeds Thanksgiving: Last year Americans spent around $60 billion during the four-day Thanksgiving holiday. In contrast the week of Chinese New Year generated […]

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Armagnac: The Heart & Soul of France’s Brandies

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France is well known for producing some of the world’s best (and most famous and expensive) wines. Yet, it is also known for producing some of the world’s greatest brandies, most notably Cognac, Armagnac, and Calvados, the latter being not a grape spirit, but one made from either apples or pears. For grape-based brandies, Cognac and Armagnac rule the roost. Both are made in the Southwestern part of the country, below Bordeaux. While Cognac, made in the region of the same name, is probably the best known – and certainly most widely distributed – of France’s spirits, it is Armagnac, made […]

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Vitalie Taittinger on the Art of Her Family’s Champagne- Jan 27

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Sometimes, if your name is on a product, you’ll do anything to make sure you own it. That’s certainly the case with Champagne Taittinger, the venerable producer of one of the world’s most sought after sparkling wines who famously in 2005 lost their interest in the family winery only to buy it back in 2007 after much resulting debate within the Champagne community (and wine-drinking public) over what parameters constitute the foundation for making Champagne what it is. Yet, for all the news that story generated, it’s the wine and family behind it that is what keeps Taittinger on the […]

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A G’Day To Frankland Estate’s Hunter Smith in Western Australia

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When your wine is called Isolation Ridge, it’s a pretty sure bet that getting to where its made will probably include a lot of driving, and not necessarily on major roads. Of course, once one leaves the relatively few major cities on the world’s smallest Continent, that can be said for much of Australia. That said, driving to Frankland Estate, situated in a remote region of Western Australia about 250 miles Southeast out of Perth, one gets the feeling that reaching it may never happen (helicopter, please!). But it’s the wines that keep you driving, as Frankland Estate, founded in […]

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The Katz Out of the Bag About NY Distilling- Jan 20

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As the revival of cocktail culture has seen its bloom blossom over the last decade, and more and more people have hopped on the bandwagon to learn about, and make cocktails, one of the people they have turned to to help educate themselves has been Southern Wine and Spirits of New York Director of Spirits Education and Mixology Allen Katz. A longtime member of the cocktail community and one of the industry’s great speakers, Katz has been at the forefront of making sure the industry has gotten its methods and spirits right. Yet, somewhere along the way, Katz decided he […]

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