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10 Hot Topics From Aspen Food & Wine Classic 2017

I would be remiss if I let this summer float on by without sharing with you some of my experiences from the Aspen Food & Wine Classic held by Food & Wine Magazine in glamorous Aspen, Colorado.  This was my 5th year to attend, and it is my absolute guilty pleasure of the summer. Frosé.  We all know that rosé has exploded onto the culinary …

Devour Phoenix Culinary Classic 2017

The Devour Culinary Classic of Phoenix took place over the weekend of March 4-5 on the beautiful grounds of the Phoenix Art Museum.  This event highlights the movers and shakers of the Arizona food and beverage industry.  Attendees were ushered into the sculpture garden courtyard where they were treated to tastings from Arizona liquor, beer and wine merchants (plus a few from Cali) and several valley …

Melville Winery at Market Street Kitchen

I had the pleasure of attending a winemaker dinner Tuesday night at Market Street Kitchen featuring Chad Melville from Melville Winery in Lompoc, California.  Market Street Kitchen is in the DC Ranch area of North Scottsdale, near Jalapeño Inferno, Fleming’s and The Herb Box.  The original DC Ranch holds an important place in the hearts and minds of the Scottsdale community, where only a few …

Harvest Dinner

I am constantly amazed by the fact that I cannot remember where I placed my coffee mug, yet I can remember the exact details from a meal of ratatouille I had with my parents at Chez Georges in Paris in 1992. I used to say that running after kids has zapped all my memory cells, but now that they are approaching their teens, that excuse doesn’t …

BBVA – El Celler de Can Roca Tour 2016

My first thought when I was invited to this dinner was, “What does a bank and (quite literally) one of the best restaurants in the world, El Celler de Can Roca, have in common?”.  Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, or BBVA, acquired Compass Bank in 2007.  Okay, so it’s a Spanish bank, and Spaniards love food and drink.  The bank benefits from its association with culinary …

“Eat This, Shoot That!” Santa Barbara Funk Zone Tour

On a recent glorious So Cal day, a close friend from Santa Barbara suggested we spend an afternoon touring Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone with Eat This, Shoot That!, a food and photography tour.  Eat This, Shoot That! is the brainchild of Tara Jones, a college photography teacher and local foodie, who decided to blend her two passions, offering the choice of two tours through the Funk Zone and …

Wine My Way at the Aspen F & W Classic 2016

Among the many things the Aspen Food & Wine Classic does well is to encourage the audience to “think outside of the box” when pairing food with wine.  I have heard and read the standard line of pairing whites with seafood and reds with red meat, but what if you don’t necessarily want to tow that line?  And what do you pair with “difficult” food, like …

Vino and Polo

I wasn’t sure I could pull it off, but luck was on my side.  I was picking up one of our kids from summer camp in Long Beach, and decided to drive up the coast to Santa Barbara.  I convinced a friend there to find a sitter for a day and accompany me to Happy Canyon Vineyard to attend the Santa Ynez Polo Classic (see previous post on …

Happy Canyon Vineyard and Piocho Ranch

Every summer, we scour the hills around Santa Ynez searching for vineyards off the beaten “Sideways” track.  One area high on our list has been Happy Canyon, one of the newest and smallest AVA’s (American Viticulture Area) in California, located in the easternmost part of the Santa Ynez Valley.  While the Santa Ynez Valley is famous for its pinot noir wines, Happy Canyon has the warmest micro-climate in the …

A Chat with Ian Cauble, Master Sommelier

Attaining the coveted title of Master Sommelier is no easy task.  To be invited to sit for the exam, you must have already attained the certification of Advanced Sommelier, the third of four sommelier tiers, as established by the Court of Master Sommeliers.  The Master Sommelier Exam consists of three parts: theory, service, and blind tasting.  It is not necessary to pass all three at once (in …