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The Spirits Guru of Gardiner, New York

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For 25 years “on the rocks” meant climbing the ‘Gunks in New York’s Hudson Valley and managing rock climbing gyms in New York City for native New Yorker Ralph Erenzo. These days it has a new meaning  for him as Co-Founder of Tuthilltown Distillery, located on a former gristmill in the verdant Gardiner countryside just a short our website drive from where we live. Ralph purchased the land, conveniently located near the base of the Shawangunk Mountains, a rock climbing mecca, originally to set up a climbers campground. Fate and nosy neighbors intervened and these plans did not happen. Left with […]

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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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The Voice in the Wine World

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Long before there were any “women and wine” organizations or symposiums and back when the wine trade was a man’s world there was one woman whose voice stood out: Roberta Morrell. You can’t miss that voice. Roberta is a force to be reckoned with whose tenure in the wine industry spans 30 years as President and CEO of New York’s venerable wine retailer, Morrell & Company. The daughter of founders Sam and Charlotte who started with a small Manhattan liquor store in 1947, Roberta grew up in the business and later helped that business grow in leaps and bounds.  After college she married and […]

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The How of TAO- Secrets of a Top Grossing Restaurant

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TAO: the process of nature by which all things change and which is to be followed for a life of harmony (www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tao)  Tao (pronounced “dao”) means literally “the path” or “the way.” It is a universal principle that underlies everything from the creation of galaxies to the interaction of human beings. The workings of Tao are vast and often beyond human logic. In order to understand Tao, reasoning alone will not suffice. One must also apply intuition. What’s it like to oversee the kitchens at the highest grossing independent restaurant in America? We’ll ask Ralph Scamardella, Executive Chef and Partner for […]

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Food Politics with Marion Nestle- The Connected Table LIVE April 22

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When the latest research on a food or nutrition comes out….when the U.S. Government shifts left, right or sideways on a topic concerning food or nutrition policy…..or when a journalist wants an authoritative quote from a respected and reliable source….Marion Nestle is on speed dial. Time Magazine included her Twitter among its top 10 in health and science; Michael Pollan ranked her as the #2 most powerful foodie in America (after Michelle Obama), and Mark Bittman ranked her #1 in his list of foodies to be thankful for. And we are honored to have Marion Nestle on The Connected Table […]

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

Toasting New York State Wines & Spirits Nov. 26 on the Connected Table Live!
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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 Cuomo’s Taste NY marketing campaign, New York is spreading the news about its locally produced wines, ciders, spirits and artisan foods and farm products. We’ll be speaking with Jim Trezise, president of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation and Jason Grizzante and Jeremy Kidde, […]

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