After Katsuya’s Pop Up, I watched the last few minutes of Jordan Khan decorating a tree limb with food elements on the main stage while being accompanied by a five string ensemble. Very bizarre and yet totally mesmerizing. Continue reading
I arrived at the congress shortly before they opened the doors to the public. Upon entry I noticed that they had changed the way they conduct the private seminars and classes on the floor of the products fair. Continue reading
Once again my annual pilgrimage to NYC for the Starchefs International Chefs Congress came through at the last-minute. I was selected as a judge for the Somm Slam a few weeks before the conference and quickly made plans to get to NYC. Continue reading
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The great annual celebration of Thanksgiving brings all our families together over a table with more food than any of us could possibly eat. So much thought and effort goes into producing the food, but very little thought goes into which wines to pair with this abundant meal. Beaujolais Nouveau often makes its debut as the first wine of the season and can bless our tables with a snapshot of the French vintage. Beaujolais Nouveau is rarely more than a bubble gum style wine and though very quaffable is hardly deign of gracing the table for the whole meal.
There are no hard and set rules to pairing the right wine with this traditional meal, but I will try to offer you some good tips on choosing the wine style appropriate to the celebration. Continue reading
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This morning we were able to catch up on sleep as I wasn’t expected to be at the Congress until 12:30pm. We took the opportunity to head down to ground zero. Continue reading
Heading out into the street on Monday had a very different feel to it than Sunday. The city was bustling with workers. Wherever I went on the subway, I was fighting the tide of the working masses. Continue reading
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It was hard getting up by 9am to prepare for the “Blood and Curds” Spanish Wine and Cheese seminar and the calm along 6 Ave. on a Sunday morning made it even harder to get out of the comfortable bed.
In previous years at the ICC the lines to get in were overwhelming and the registration seemed disorganized. Continue reading
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