Virtual Tasting – Montes Winery

Virtual Tasting – Montes Winery

Montes Pantone

Since it was founded in 1988, Montes Winery, the celebrated Chilean winery well-known for 25 years of innovation, has shown a steadfast commitment to sustainability. Montes Winery is certified under the Wines of Chile Sustainable Code, which addresses the wine region’s needs for sustainable practices in three areas – vineyard, winery and community. In 2009, […]

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Tomato Basil Soup

Tomato Basil Soup

Tomato Soup

This great soup is adapted from my popular Tomato Basil Bisque which uses lots of cream and butter. This lightened version is satisfying and totally comforting (and easier on the figure just ahead of bathing suit season). Ingredients: 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil 6 celery ribs, diced 1 large onion, diced 1 medium red bell pepper, […]

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Morris Tap & Grill Spring Menu Launching April 15

Morris Tap & Grill Spring Menu Launching April 15

Chocolate Dulce de Leche

Last week, I attended an intimate event to preview Chef Eric LeVine’s spring menu at Morris Tap & Grill. This event provided Chef LeVine an opportunity to ‘test drive’ the new menu to a small group of fans, foodies and food writers who are familiar with his style of cooking. The new spring dishes will […]

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Short Cut Slow Cooker Oatmeal

Short Cut Slow Cooker Oatmeal

Oatmeal

I’ve been very successfully using my Slow Cooker Oatmeal technique for years and think it produces the best results for creamy steel cut oats that still have a bit of texture. Having said that, last week, I was in a hurry with just 3-4 hours on my hands and decided to throw all the ingredients […]

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Virtual Tasting – Jacob’s Creek Two Lands

Virtual Tasting – Jacob’s Creek Two Lands

Two Lands Wines

I’ve explained the idea of virtual wine tastings in previous posts but for those who are new to the concept, here’s how they go: Get wine in the varietal or brand being sampled. Invite some friends to try the wine(s) and experience with you (or do as I typically do – put some yoga pants […]

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AVA Wine Maps by City Prints

AVA Wine Maps by City Prints

California AVA Map

City Prints is a family-run company that turns maps into fine art. They have over 800 art pieces that range from maps of college campuses, to cities around the world, to aerial views of sports stadiums. Their newest series includes 13 map prints of the world’s most well-known wine regions. Each print contains a subtle […]

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FEAST OF FLOWERS – A Greek dinner featuring Chefs Todd Villani and Peter Minaki

FEAST OF FLOWERS – A Greek dinner featuring Chefs Todd Villani and Peter Minaki

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A Connection to Greece and a Passion for Fresh, Seasonal Ingredients Unite Two Chefs for a Mediterranean-Style Feast at Terre à Terre on May 19th at 7:30PM. Todd’s culinary journeys started in Greece when he accepted a cooking post at Sani Resort – a luxury 5-star resort in Northern Greece.  The resort is made up […]

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Simply Delicious Lunch at Bottagra

Simply Delicious Lunch at Bottagra

Interior

A guest and I lunched at Bottagra a few weeks ago and absolutely thought the food was excellent. A favorite of loyal patrons, Bottagra opened in 2008 in what was once a Revolutionary War encampment for General Lafayette’s troops. The space is now elegantly-appointed with Tuscan touches. Chef/Owners Carlo Carbonara and Robert Vicari, veterans of […]

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Farnum Hill Extra Dry Cider

Farnum Hill Extra Dry Cider

Farnum Hill Extra Dry Cider

Pale yellow in the glass, this sparkling cider is simply outstanding. When poured, this cider has a very fizzy white head that’s quick to dissipate. The aromas are of apple with more earthy fruit, like plum. In the mouth, this cider offers big fruity flavors with sweet notes and a dry finish with a nice […]

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Earth Day Chefs Collaboration at Chakra 4/22

Earth Day Chefs Collaboration at Chakra 4/22

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Chefs Thomas Ciszak of Chakra, Bobby Varua of Blue Morel and Todd Villani of Terre à Terre will join forces in the Chakra kitchen to celebrate Earth Day on 4/22 at 6:30PM. Jointly, they’ll create a five-course wine-paired menu and a “From the Farm” hors-d’oeuvres ‘station’ incorporating ingredients from Bracco Farms. As an extra perk […]

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