Food on The Edge 2018 Galway III: Sasu Laukkonen, Chef-Owner, Ora, Helsinki Finland, http://orarestaurant.fi/en/home/; Duncan Welgemoed, Chef-Owner, Africola, Adelaide Australia, https://www.africola.com.au/; Julie Dupouy, Sommelier Consultant - Chapter One Restaurant, Dublin, The Irish Guild of Sommeliers, http://down2wine.ie/; Didier Fertilati, Fuego-Amigo, Denia Spain, http://www.fuego-amigo.com/en/, also Restaurant Manager, Quique Dacosta Restaurant, https://en.quiquedacosta.es/.
British Michelin-Starred Chefs at Food on the Edge in Galway: Clare Smyth, Chef-Owner, Core by Clare Smith, 2 Stars within one year of opening, London; Nathan Outlaw, Chef-Owner, Port Isaac Cornwall, https://nathan-outlaw.com/restaurants/restaurant-nathan-outlaw/, 2 Stars since 2011; Jeremy Chan and Ire Hassan-Odukale, Partners, Ikoyi, London, 1st African-inspired restaurant to win Michelin Star, in 2019 Guide.
Happening now: Christian Frangiadis, Chef/Owner, & Sean Enright, GM, Spork, Spork Pit, Pittsburgh, www.sporkpittsburgh.com , https://sporkpit.flywheelsites.com/, discuss special offerings for fall & Thanksgiving. Then coverage begins of Food On The Edge 2018 https://foodontheedge.ie/what-is-fote & other goings-on in Galway & Western Ireland: Graham Roberts, Partner, Connemara Smokehouse, Ballyconneely, www.smokehouse.ie; PJ Ryan, Cashel Farmhouse Cheesemakers, J&L Grubb Ltd, Beechmount Farm, Fethard, http://www.cashelblue.com/; John Shine, Shines Seafood, Killybegs, Co. Donegal, http://shinesseafood.ie/, Wild Irish Tuna; Phillip Duff, Knappogue Castle Irish Whiskey, Knappogue Castle, County Clare, https://www.knappoguewhiskey.com/.
The Mediteranean Diet, and its Secrets--where to find outstanding essential Ingredients: Susie Theodorou, Food Stylist, London (Greek Cypriot Ethnicity), http://www.susietheodorou.com/, Mediterranean: Naturally Nutritious Recipes from the World’s Healthiest Diet; Luci Sheehan, US Brand Ambassador, Oleificio Zucchi, Umbria Italy, https://www.zucchi.com/us/brand-and-values/, Award-winning Fine Olive Oils Produced Sustainably; David Yourd, Partner, Philosophy Foods and Regalis Foods, Long Island City NY, http://www.philosophyfoods.com/, http://www.regalisfoods.com/, Importor/Distributor Artisanal Food Products--these from Spain, particularly Galicia.
A Drinking Man’s (and Drinking Woman’s) Program, Landmark Bars and the Story of Wine: Jurgen Lijcops, Bar BurBure, Antwerp Belgium, www.barburbure.be,150 Bars you need to Visit before You Die; Charles Schumann, Founder, The American Bar, Munich Germany. http://schumanns.de/en/index.html, The American Bar: The Artistry of Mixing Drinks; Kevin Begos, Chapel Hill NC, https://www.kevinbegos.com/index.html, Tasting the Past: The Science of Flavor and the Search for the Origins of Wine.
A Genuine Variety Show: JP McMahon, Founder and Convener, Food on the Edge (FOTE), https://foodontheedge.ie/what-is-fote/, Galway Ireland, also Chef/Partner, Aniar, http://aniarrestaurant.ie/; Nicole Blum, Cidermaker, Carr’s Ciderhouse, Hadley MA. http://www.carrsciderhouse.com/, Ciderhouse Cookbook; Neil Grosscup, CEO/Master-Blender, Tanteo Spirits, Jalapeno-spiced Tequila, Brooklyn, https://www.tanteotequila.com/.
Up, Up and Away. Three Chefs tell their stories and recipes about Places that are High or Far Away: Marla Meredith, Telluride CO, https://marlameridith.com/, High Alpine Cuisine; Nevada Berg, Numedal Norway, http://www.northwildkitchen.com/, North Wild Kitchen: Home Cooking from the Heart of Norway; Georgia Freedman, Richmond CA, http://georgiafreedman.com/, Cooking South of the Clouds (Yunnan Province , China).
Today we talk about two iconic & mindful product lines for stylishly processing food & drink: Marie Vavassori-Fundis, Peugeot, Mills & Spices, Wine Opener, Paris, France, http://www.peugeot-saveurs.com/, April Strogen, Capresso, Electric Kettles and Coffee Makers, including the Pour-over Kettle & the Coffee Team Pro Plus https://www.capresso.com/about-capresso.
Three Southern (USA) perspectives: Kathleen Purvis, Journalist & Blogger, Charlottte Observer & http://kathleenpurvis.com/blog/, Distilling the South: A Guide to Southern Craft Liquors; Perre Coleman Magness, Memphis TN, https://www.cookstr.com/users/perre-coleman-magness, Southern Snacks; 77 Recipes for Small Bites with Big Flavors: Sara Foster, Owner, Foster’s Market, Durham NC, https://www.fostersmarket.com/, Pie: a Savor the South Cookbook.
“Spice is Nice” – OTM gets great Insight on how to use Spices in Your Kitchen: Harneet Bawega, Devina Smith & Nirmal Save, Spice Flavor Combinations from the Famous Gunpowder Restaurant, London UK, http://www.gunpowderlondon.com/, Gunpowder: Explosive Flavors from Modern India; Nash Patel & Leda Scheintaub, Owners, Dosa Kitchen Food Truck & Leda’s Kitchen, Brattleboro VT, http://ledaskitchen.com/dosa-kitchen/, Dosa Kitchen: Recipes for India’s Favorite Street Food; Richard Lassale, Founder, Entube, Los Angeles, https://www.entube.la, Creatively Packaged Spice Pastes, in Tubes & Tins.
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.
Kathy Lund, CEO High Plains Bison, Denver CO, www.highplainsbison.com, and National Bison Association, www.bisoncentral.com; Christopher Hirsheimer & Melissa Hamilton, Owners, The Canal House, Milford NJ, www.thecanalhouse.com, What’s new at The Canal House, & working with John & Sukey Jamison on their soon-to-come new Book about their Latrobe PA organic Lamb Farm, https://www.jamisonfarm.com/; Jessica Gavin, Culinary Scientist, Orange County CA, www.jessicagavin.com & www.nutrilite.com, Easy Culinary Science for Better Cooking.
World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards is only 48 hours away. Tune in at https://www.finedininglovers.com/tag/50-best-restaurants. Then today's OTM program--Cheese, Wine & a Guide to NYC “watering holes:”. Nora Weiser, Executive Director, American Cheese Society, Denver CO, www.cheesesociety.org – the Upcoming 2018 Conference in Pittsburgh, July 25-28, 2018; Kathleen Bershad, Wine Educator, Armonk NY, http://finewineconcierge.com/, The Wine Lovers’s Apprentice; John Tebeau, Artist, Bar & Liquor Maven, NYC, https://tebeau.com/, Bars Taverns & Dives New Yorkers Love.
Big Flavors, Ancient & Modern, Cuisines of Different Countries & Cultures. Joan Nathan, Author & Journalist, Washington DC, www.joannathan.com, King Solomon’s Table; Chef Hari Nayak, Café Spice, Indian, Prepared Meals, 2018 winner of Gold Sofi Awards, Hudson Valley NY, www.cafespice.com; Adam Fleischman, Owner, Umami Burger & 800 Degrees Pizza (40 locations), www.umamiburger.com, Flavor Bombs: The Umami Ingredients That Make Taste Explode.
Two Great Ladies of the culinary world share life experiences, history and kitchen secrets: Chef & Food Writer Anissa Helou, London, UK & Trapani, Sicily, http://www.anissas.com/, Feast: Food of the Islamic World; Chef-Restaurateur, TV Personality & Author Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, Long Island NY, https://www.biography.com/people/lidia-bastianich, http://lidiasitaly.com/, My American Dream: A Life of Love Family & Food.
The Scoop on the 2018 World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards: William Drew of William Reed Business Media, Founders & Organizers. Now in its 16th Year, the 50Best will run in Spain’s Basque Country, June 17-19 https://www.theworlds50best.com/blog/News/save-the-date-worlds-50-best-bilbao.html. Then, Isabel Cruz, Chef-Owner, Isabel’s Cantina, San Diego, http://isabelscantinasd.com/, The Latin Table; and Tom Rogan, Co-Owner, Goodnow Farms, Sudbury MA, www.goodnowfarms.com, Makers of exqusite Single Origin Bean-to-Bar Chocolate.