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Early Years of JBF Awards Remembered

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May 4, 2015 – The 25th annual James Beard Foundation Awards take place tonight in Chicago.  This year is the first time the Awards have taken place away from the Foundation’s home base of New York City. It’s also the first time I’ve written my own personal remembrances about the start of The James Beard Foundation Awards and my significant role from the beginning and for more than 16 years. Looking back is bittersweet and filled with pride at the history we made and the lives we impacted. Keeping in mind that the history of the Awards in those early years […]

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A Man and His Ham- Allan Benton

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posted by Melanie Young In Tennessee we have special terms to measure distance like “yonder,” “up the road” and “down a ways.” This can mean anything from a short drive or a long haul. Just up the road about an hour or so drive north of my hometown Chattanooga, Tennessee, is Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Ham in Madisonville. Some of the nation’s best country ham and bacon comes this relatively small facility in operation since 1947. It’s easy to pass by the unassuming building  when you’re driving along the highway. But you’ll never pass up a serving of Benton’s ham and bacon once […]

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Catching the Wholesome Wave with Food Activist Michel Nischan

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Some people let change happen to them. Others see opportunities to make change happen for others. Chef and Food Activist Michel Nischan, President and CEO of Wholesome Wave, is a leading example of the latter. Michel joins us on The Connected Table LIVE April 8, 2pm ET on W4CY I first met Michel when he was a rock n’ roll chef at his restaurant Miche Mache in Connecticut. I’ve followed his career through his restaurants (Heartbeat at the W Hotel in Manhattan, The Dressing Room in CT)  and books Sustainably Delicious (Rodale),  Taste Pure and Simple  and Homegrown Pure and Simple (both Chronicle Books). […]

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Giovanni-Bonmartini Fini- David Ransom Wine Profile

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A page from The Connected Table Brag Book: David Ransom inked another cover story in the March 2015 issue of Tasting Panel Magazine. The article profiles Giovanni Bonmartini-Fini, President of Barone Fini wines located in Italy’s Aldo Adige region. Barone Fini is one of the fastest growing Italian wine brands in the U.S.A. The wine’s provenance dates back to 1497 from a union between two noble Venetian families, Bonmartini and Fini. Barone Fini produces two wines from 100% Pinot Grigio and one from 100% Merlot.  Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits is their partner/importer. Read full article here: http://digital.copcomm.com/i/471637-march-2015/63 Listen to […]

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