Rum, the Original Distilled Beverage, is making a Big Comeback. OTM interviews the Author of a Definitive Book, plus three producers of today’s new Style Rums: Wayne Curtis, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic, http://wayne-curtis.squarespace.com/about/, And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in 10 Cocktails (revised & updated); Matt Strickland, Head Distiller, District Distilling, Buzzard Point Barrel-Aged Rum, Washington DC, http://www.district-distilling.com/; Roberto Serralis, Business Development VP, Don Q, Double-Aged Vermouth Cask Finish Rum, Ponce Puerto Rico, https://donq.com/; Kayla Mata, Brand Ambassador, Mount Gay Rum, Barbados, https://www.mountgayrum.com/.
Pittsburgh Area Chefs “Gather” at a Farm Dinner benefiting The Bradley Center, plus insights into cooking fish & perspectives re Seaweed: Tony Verdream, Executive Chef, Pines Tavern, Gibsonia PA, http://www.thepinestavern.com/, & participating Chef in “Gathering of Chefs”, a Farm to Fork Event http://www.thebradleycenter.org/gatheringofchefs/; Joe Gurrera, Owner, Citarella Seafood Shops, NY area, https://www.citarella.com/, Joe Knows Fish: Taking the Intimidation out of Cooking Seafood; Susan Hand Shetterly, Seaweed Expert, Coast of Maine, http://www.susanhandshetterly.com/, Seaweed Chronicles: a World at the Water’s Edge.
What’s going on in the Kitchen? Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough, Owners, MediaEats, https://www.mediaeats.com/, The Kitchen Short Cut Bible: More than 200 Recipes to make Real Food Real Fast; Ann Mah, Food & Travel Writer, Washington DC & Paris, http://www.annmah.net/, Instantly French; Mardi Michels, French Teacher & Blogger, Toronto, https://www.eatlivetravelwrite.com, In the French Kitchen with Kids.
Some Foods and their Stories: Robert Schuler, Director of Public Relations, Melissa’s Produce, Los Angeles, https://www.melissas.com/; Vivianna Karamanis, Hellenic Farms, Greece & Roselle NJ, http://www.hellenicfarms.com/; Leslie Bullock, Owner, Cat Island Cookies, Pass Christian MS, https://catislandcookies.com/.
Translating Traditional International Cuisine into Exciting Modern Dishes & Flavors: Jonah Miller & Nate Adler, Partners, Huertas Kitchen & Bar, NYC, www.huertasnyc.com; The New Spanish: Bites Feasts & Drinks; Katrin Bjork, Blogger, Hudson Valley NY. https://modernwifestyle.com/, From The North: A Simple & Modern Approach to Authentic Nordic Cooking; Rawia Bishara, Chef-Owner, Tanoreen, Brooklyn, www.tanoreen.com, Levant: New Middle Eastern Cooking from Tanoreen.
Cheese, Cheese & More Cheese. OTM covers the American Cheese Society Conference & Awards event, recently held in our home city of Pittsburgh. Cheesemakers at the Event, and some of the USA’s Best we met by phone ahead of the Show: David Jablons, Tomales Farmstead Creamery, Tomales CA, http://www.tolumafarms.com/; Kendall Russell, Lark’s Meadow Farms, Rexberg ID, https://www.larksmeadowfarms.com/; Kathryn Spann, Prodigal Farm, Rougemont NC, http://prodigalfarm.com/; Peggy Smith, Co-Founder, Cowgirl Creamery, Pt Reyes & San Francisco CA, https://www.cowgirlcreamery.com/about-us; Katie Fuhrmann, La Clare Family Creamery, Malone WI, https://www.laclarefamilycreamery.com/info; Veronica Baetje, Baetje Farms, Bloomsdale MO, http://baetjefarms.com/
Two Fabulous Restaurants in Barcelona: Chef-Partner Eduard Xatruch, Disfrutar, http://www.disfrutarbarcelona.com/; Chef-Partner Raul Balam, Sous Chef Murlo & Maitre’D Federico, Moments at The Mandarin Oriental, https://www.mandarinoriental.com/barcelona/passeig-de-gracia/fine-dining/restaurants/catalan-cuisine/moments.
Restaurants in Bilbao and vicinity: Roberto& Maria Asua, Co-owners, Andra Mari & Aretxondo, Galdakao, http://www.andra-mari.com/en/ & http://www.aretxondo.com/, also Chef Eskerriik Asko, Margarita Atutxa & Zurine Garcia; Iker Barrenetxea Arando. Chef, Eneko Bilbao, Bilbao www.enekobilbao.restaurant; Daniel Garcia, Chef-Owner, Zortziko, El Viejo Zortzi, Atea, Bilbao, www.zortziko.es, www.viejozortzi.es, www.atearestaurante.com.
On the Menu continues several weeks coverage of Spain’s Culinary scene and World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards--A Week in Bilbao/San Sebastian and another in Barcelona. Listen to: Elena Arzak, Chef-Partner, Arzak, San Sebastian, https://www.arzak.es/; Joana Vasconcelos (Lisbon, Portugal Artist), Food and Art Panelist at Bilbao Guggenheim conference, http://joanavasconcelos.com/index.aspx; Andre Chiang, Chef-Owner, Taipei, Taiwan, http://restaurantandre.com/; J P McMahon, Chef-Partner, Aniar Restaurant, Galway Ireland. http://aniarrestaurant.ie/; Mark Bright, Partner & Sommelier, Saison, San Francisco, www.saisonsf.com; Paolo Casagrande, Chef, Lasarte, Barcelona Spain, https://www.restaurantlasarte.com/, https://www.monumenthotel.com/en/hotel-1/.
On the Menu starts several weeks coverage of Spain’s Culinary Delights and the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards, “Basque Style”--a week in Bilbao-San Sebastian and another in Barcelona. Massimo Bottura, Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, https://www.osteriafrancescana.it/, returns to the Top Spot, and everybody is thrilled, even Spain’s Can Roca, Girona, https://cellercanroca.com/index.htm, which dropped the short distance to #2. For more about 50 Best - https://www.theworlds50best.com/. Eneko Atxa, Chef-owner, Azurmendi, Bilbao, et al, https://azurmendi.restaurant/en, organized a Sustainabilty conference. Listen to his ideas re the world's food supply. Then, Carme Ruscalleda, Chef-Partner, Restaurant San Pau, https://www.ruscalleda.cat/en/, San Pol de Mar, Celebrating 30 Years (& us celebrating our 45th Wedding anniversary), shares her always-forward-thinking concepts.