Britons are Bar Hoppers too
Our Good Friend William Drew of William Reed Business Media just anounced the 2019 World's Best Bars. With 10 out of the Top 50 being in London, British Cocktail Enthusiasts, can claim Primacy! New York City mustered 6, but did capture Top Spot for Greenwich Village's Dante. Singapore repeated with 6 Bars honored. Check out all the details at https://www.worlds50bestbars.com/about.php.
London's MIchelin Stars - What are the new Odds
Britons are a nation of Bettors (some say Punters) and this year's favorites were just published in EATER LONDON. Here's the Latest Line - https://london.eater.com/2019/10/2/20894892/michelin-star-london-restaurants-2020-predictions, OTM is thrilled that three of our past interviewees, Claude Bosi , Clare Smyth and Simon Rogan , are among the favorites to gain the Ultimate Three Stars. For Claude & Clare, their achievement would achieved in just 2 years. And Simon, what can you say about this hugely talented Chef who attracts Diners to make a pilgrimage to the Lake Districf as well as Marylebone. Our only worry is whether we'll be able to score a table next time we're in London..
Serendipity 3 celebrates 65th Anniversary
One of our New York contacts sends us this news- Serendipity 3, the legendary New York City restaurant and general store is celebrating 65 years as one the city’s truly unique dining experiences. The home of amazing food and decadent desserts, such as the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, Serendipity has been captivating millions of patrons since its inception. It’s an enchanting place where artists got their inspiration and actors fulfilled their cravings. Beginning with Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, Grace Kelly and Cary Grant in the 1950’s, continuing with a celebrity following that includes Cher, Candice Bergen, Melanie Griffith and Ron Howard, the restaurant continues to attract the newest crop of hot young celebrities including, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry. In addition, the restaurant has been the setting of three major Hollywood productions, One Fine Day(1996) with George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer, Serendipity (2001) with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale, and Trust the Man (2005) with Julianne Moore and David Duchovny. Original founder, Stephen Bruce, arrived in New York City as a teenager in search of fame and fortune. He met his future business partners, Calvin Holt and Patch Caradine, in dance class and the rest is serendipitous history. The three princes of Serendip opened the first theme restaurant where comfort food was the fare and everything was for sale, including the Tiffany lamps and marble tables they found by chance and sagacity. The restaurant and general store became a factory for Stephen’s fashion designs, especially his Woodstock inspired denim line, pieces of which are part of five major museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute. The restaurant and general store continues to reinvent a whimsical world full of outrageous food, decadent desserts, and outlandish merchandise, located within a Tiffany-jeweled fantasy setting.. To help celebrate this milestone anniversary, Sweet Serendipity, the smash-hit cookbook, returns with an all-new cover and jacket in celebration of this historic 65th anniversary. The over-the-top recipes, madcap styling, towering sundaes, and irresistible joie de vivre have only gotten better with time. Academy Award and Grammy Award-winning superstar, Cher, has contributed an all-new foreword to share her devotion to Serendipity and its iconic Frrrozen Hot Chocolate with the next generation of Serendipity fans.
The 2019 Third-Annual Western PA Lamb Cook-off is HERE (almost)
.And you’re cordially invited by our team at TABLE and Pure Bred lamb by Chef Thomas Keller and Keith Martin (Elysian Fields) to enjoy the most delicious local food event in our region We’ve put our thinking caps on upside down and backwards to make this year’s event nothing short of spectacular. Our chef teams are ready to spoil you with indulgent lamb dishes you’ve never tasted before. This culinary competition attracts collaborative chef teams from our City’s most respected restaurants. Please join us for a beautiful fall day in the Strip District! More info at https://www.tablemagazine.com/lamb-fest-1
COURT OF MASTER SOMMELIERS, AMERICAS WELCOMES SEVEN MASTER SOMMELIERS TO ITS PRESTIGIOUS RANKS
St. Louis, MO (September 11, 2019) – The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas ™ is proud to welcome seven members to the organization: Nick Davis, Medium Plus, Seattle, WA; Mariya Kovacheva, Pernod Ricard, West Palm Beach, FL; Justin Moore, Vetri Cucina, Las Vegas, NV; Vincent Morrow, ONE65, San Francisco, CA; Joshua Orr, Broadbent Selections, San Diego, CA; Jeremy Shanker, Michael Mina, San Francisco, CA; and Jill Zimorski, Champagne Specialist Representing Moet Hennessy Champagne Portfolio, Chicago, IL.Recently 150 individuals from 22 states and Canada attempted the Master Sommelier Diploma Examination proctored by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas. The seven noted above, successfully displayed mastery and met the qualification to be awarded the title Master Sommelier. The results were announced at the Krug Reception on September 11th at the Four Seasons Resort in St. Louis, Missouri. “The examinations are an opportunity for our candidates to shine as they demonstrate their mastery of our beverage service industry,” said Devon Broglie, MS, Chairman of the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas. “It is inspiring to see their dedication to rigorous study and preparation on display during the examination days.”
Following the celebration of our new members, Broglie reflected on the challenges facing the organization and thanked the Examination Committee for its tireless work to provide a rigorous, exacting and fair examination consistent with the Court’s peerless Master Sommelier credential.
“We have made great strides to become a stronger organization over the past year,” Broglie said. “We have improved the security of our examinations, strengthened our ethical principles, and we continue our commitment to leading the industry with integrity as we celebrate new Master Sommeliers and mentor all those still striving to attain the goal.”
The Master Sommelier Diploma is the highest distinction a professional can attain in the beverage service industry. The Master Sommelier Diploma Examination consists of three sections: a verbal theory examination, a wine assessment exercise using the Deductive Tasting Method, and a practical component that focuses on hospitality, beverage service, salesmanship, and overall business acumen. Candidates must receive passing scores in each section to earn the highly coveted Master Sommelier title.
“The Master Sommelier Diploma Examination is extremely demanding. We applaud the efforts of all candidates who sat this fair and rigorous examination,” Broglie said. “Today we celebrate the success of these seven new Master Sommeliers and continue our commitment to mentor all candidates on their path to success as we chart the course for current and future Master Sommeliers worldwide.”
We're just wild about Wild Honey
And we're not the only ones. Here's how Eater described one of our favorite London Dining Spots Chef Anthony Demetre’s relocated Wild Honey expresses all the artless excellence that made its original Mayfair location such a gem. A dish of macaroni cacio e pepe using tellicherry and kampot pepper and paired with boneless chicken wings has the it factor early doors, but it’s the unassuming flawlessness running through Demetre’s approach to food and hospitality that makes this second coming an instant hit. For more info. www.wildhoneystjames.co.uk
We couldn't Agree More!!
Celebrated Cookbook Author coming to DiAnoia’s Eatery,
On October 13th, DiAnoia’s Eatery will be celebrating the release of Katie Parla’s newest cookbook “Food of the Italian South: Recipes for Classic, Disappearing, and Lost Dishes.” The cookbook delves into the culinary traditions of the Italian South, a region best known for its rustic and romantic cuisine. Guests will be able to meet the acclaimed author, enjoy some of her soul-satisfying recipes prepared by Chef Dave Anoia and the DiAnoia’s Eatery kitchen team, and try one of her featured cocktails, the Negroni del Capo.
Tickets ($65 per person) include a signed copy of “Food of the Italian South: Recipes for Classic, Disappearing, and Lost Dishes,” and can be purchased at: https://www.dianoiaseatery.com/product/katie_parla/
October 13th, 2019
6pm – 9pm
DiAnoia’s Eatery, 2549 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
DiAnoia’s Eatery is owned by Chef Dave Anoia and his wife Aimee DiAndrea and has been voted one of 2019’s Best Restaurants in Pittsburgh by Pittsburgh Magazine. An Italian deli and café by day and a full-service ristorante by night, the eatery specializes in homemade pastas, pastries, breads and sandwiches
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Katie Parla, a New Jersey native, is a Rome-based food and beverage journalist, culinary guide, and educator. She is the author of the Saveur Award–winning food and travel site KatieParla.com, the ebook Eating & Drinking in Rome, more than twenty travel guides, and the coauthor of the IACP award–winning cookbook Tasting Rome. Parla has appeared on and produced Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and F*ck, That’s Delicious with Action Bronson, and served as a culinary consultant on Season 2 of Netflix’s Master of None. Her travel writing, recipes, and food criticism appear in the New York Times, Food & Wine, Saveur, Australian Gourmet Traveller, the Guardian, AFAR, Condé Nast Traveler, Punch, Eater, and more.
On the Manu has intiervied Katie more than once so we know she is truly we informed about how to experience it in Italy or guide you to Cook it for you and yours.
Burrata Con Tartufo a Winner for Lioni Latticini at the 2019 American Cheese Society Awards.
Originally from the Avellino Province in Italy’s Campania Region, this luxurious Cheese is now made in Union NJ. And it took the Crown, First Place in the Flavored Cheese Category. Salvatore Salzarulo, Co-Owner and Co-Founder Comments “We are so fortunate to be recognized among our Peers……” OTM says well done, and we hope to Taste some soon.
World’s 50 Best Restaurant Organizers cuts the Mystery about 2020 Location –
The Answer - Flanders-Belgium, and a Date sometime in June. So it’s back to the Old World – and a shorter flight for OTM. For more about the region and it’s major city, Antwerp, https://www.theworlds50best.com/blog/News/the-worlds-50-best-restaurants-2020-flanders-antwerp.html. To Read spokesman William Drew’s introduction..
Carr Valley Cheese Wins Big at International Cheese Awards
We are thrilled to announce Carr Valley's BIG WINS at the 2019 https://www.internationalcheeseawards.co.uk, taking home 8 awards, including the trophy for "Best US Cheese" with Glacier Penta Creme! There has never been a better time to try their fantastic blues, which swept the "American Blue Cheese" category with Smoked Glacier Blue (Silver)l and Wildfire Blue (Bronze).backing up Glacier Penta. OTM is thrilled biuf not surprised!. Our interview with Carr Valley can be heard in our Episode dated February 11, 2018, reachable directly at http://edge1550.com/podcasts/OnTheMenu-20180211.mp3. We also hope to get Carr Valley back on the program.
Personal reflections on World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019.
OTM was “tuned in” to the live Video Stream. Not the same as being in the Hall in Singapore, but a whole lot less expensive and exhausting. It seemed that Everyone was betting that NOMA2 would top the list, but Rene Redzepi will have to wait. Eligible to participate in the 2019 awards due to a controversial change in the rules, Rene had to be satisfied with 2nd place. Rene might also check his rear vision for Geranium, Rising fast in Copenhagen. Their 5th Place finish was greeted by the evening's loudest cheers,- or maybe their travel bill was the highest.
In the meantime a French Restaurant, Mirazur, helmed by an Italian-Argentine Chef, Mauro Colagreco, won the day and also has it’s place for the future in the new category, Best of the Best. Gaggan crept up a step from 5 to 4. Is the rumor still out there that the Chef will open something new? Central & Maido, headed by Peruvian Superstars Virgilio Martinez & Micha Tsumura at 6 and 10 validate Lima Peru’s claim the dining scene there is World Class. We already knew. Asador Etxebarri at 3. Mugaritz at 7 and Highest Climber Azurmendi at 14 would allow Spain’s Basque Country to claim an Award for Propinquity (closeness) if there was one.
We first met Moscow’s White Rabbit in London many years ago, and are quite astonished to find them at the dizzy rank of 13. They were joined by another Moscow spot, Twins Garden at 19. Disfrutar, 2017’s One to Watch and 2018 Highest New continues to rise, and broke into Top 10. Our Great Lunch and Great Interview last year in Barcelona lead us to forecast this as a future Top 5 Challenger. Le Calandre near Padova, Le Bernadin in NYC and Blue Hill at Stone Barns maintain their positions in the 30s, a tribute to their consistency.
5 Restaurants with Women Chefs were recognized in the Top 50, Dominque Crenn among them after opining that she had been snubbed in previous awards except Best Female. But where is Carme Ruscalleda, celebrating 30 years at Spain’s San Pau. We celebrated with them last year – and they have not missed a step! Clare Smyth, 2018’s Best Female might have a similar compliant. Britain might possibly further complain that Clove Club and Lyle’s are not the only award-worthy places. Worse treatment went to London’s The Ledbury which dropped to the 51+ Tier.
It was a good year for France, not only # 1; also Chef’s Choice to Alain Passard to go with #8, and 2 other Parisians at 16 and 25. In the meantime Berlin’s Tim Raue and his Wife continue a slow but steady climb, with innovative Asian-inspired cuisine at a location just around the corner from legendary Checkpoint Charlie. Mexico’s Enrique Olivera won an usual combination, #12 for Mexico City’s Pujol (best in Mexico), #23 for NYC’s Cosme (best in USA) and Best Female (for Cosme) Chef Daniela Solo-Innes. So many stories! But the top story surely must go to Jose Andres, 1st recipient of the New Amex Icon Award; Is a Nobel Peace Prize next for this Dynamo Chef?
We’re sure that you have your own memories and opinions, but you’ll respect ours. Or email us if you have a serious disagreement – and we’ll add it here.
Greatt New Tastes from Nonino
What a Wonderful Surprise to find out that recently reopened Dish Osteria on Pittsburgh’s Southside, is a local source for Amaro Nonino. https://www.dishosteria.com/ Our Great Friends at Nonino Distillatori sent us a bottle which we long ago consumed, so we now have a local source for this “Charming Sweet & Bitter Mix (as described by the Noninos). And another-treat just introduced is Aperitivo Nonino Botanical Drink, based on UE Grape Distillate Frangolino Monovitigno. What will they think of next? http://www.grappanonino.it/en.
Happy Birthday Superior Motors & Chef Kevin Sousa. July 30 is the Day, Superior Motors in Braddock is the place
And Chef Kevin wants you to know that you're invited.. They're planning to have a very down to earth celebration that will include some of Chef Kevin Sousa's signature street food dishes from years past, Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream setting up an Ice Cream Float bar (spiked & spirit free), the ‘Ga’hed Cuz’ (Pittsburghese for “Go ahead, cousin”) speakeasy bar, a cigar lounge, live music from DJ Selecta, Beauty Slap, Princess Nostalgia, and Hill Jordan & Slide Worldwide, plus the second annual August Fetterman water balloon toss. Word i that tickets are going fast. Get yours at https://www.exploretock.com/superiormotors/event/65782/anniversary-party-2.
In Memoriam Jean=Louis Paladin
Special Awards at the 2019 Fancy Food Show
Congratulations to the following who were recognized with Awaeds by the Specialty Food Association. Interesingly most of them have been Guests of our Program over the years, several of them more than once. We are pleased to add our Congratulations on the will deserved Honors..
Receiving Lifetime Achievement Awards were Benny Curl of Byrd Cookie Co., who spurred distribution of Byrd Cookies from Harrods to Hong Kong and beyond; https://www.byrdcookiecompany.com/; Ariane Daguin of D’Artagnan, who grew a meat and game business by organizing small farmers and promoting conscientiously raised meat, https://www.dartagnan.com/’ and Bob Moore of Bob’s Red Mill, who founded America’s whole grain movement, https://www.bobsredmill.com/. Inducted into the SFA’s Hall of Fame were Robert and Margaret Garcia of RW Garcia Co., Inc, https://rwgarcia.com/, Allison Hooper and Bob Reese of Vermont Creamery, https://www.vermontcreamery.com/, Shawn McBride of Foah International LLC, https://www.fona.com/, Ahmed Rahim and Reem Hassani of Numi Organic Tea, http://nomatea.com/, and Stewart Reich of Hanson Faso Sales & Marketing, http://www.hansonfaso.com/.
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Exciting News from Michter's
Our Great Good Friends from Michter’s just sent us exciting news. In July, Louisville based Michter’s Distillery will begin shipping its 2019 release of 10 Year Single Barrel Rye. Because Michter’s continues to experience whiskey shortages, it is anticipated that this will be the only bottling of the distiller’s 10 Year Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Rye this year. This July release will mark the first release of whiskey by recently named Master Distiller Dan McKee. “In my years at Michter’s, I’ve seen how incredibly focused our previous Master Distillers Pam Heilmann and Willie Pratt have been on waiting to release whiskey till it was just right,” said McKee. “Working with our Master of Maturation Andrea Wilson, I will continue that tradition of only releasing whiskey that makes us extremely proud.” Michter’s President Joseph J. Magliocco commented, “Before he moved up to the position of Master Distiller, Dan did a fantastic job in the role of Distiller at Michter’s and was a key member of our tasting panel. Having worked with Dan for some time now, I know that our distillery is in great hands.” The 2019 release of this 10 Year Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Rye exemplifies the Michter’s style of Kentucky rye. “Of course, the mashbills for our rye whiskeys include the distinctive rye grain by definition, but they also include a good amount of corn and malted barley resulting in a rich rye with layers of delicious flavor that complement the spice notes in the whiskey,” said Andrea Wilson. For more, https://michters.com/.
Rancho Gordo's Steve Sando Responds to Trump Tariffs
Effective immediately, in response to threatened tariffs on Mexican imports and continual assault on the immigration and refugee problem along our southern border, Rancho Gordo, in conjunction with our Mexican partners Xoxoc, is adding a 5% charge to all of our imports from Mexico and 100% of this money will be donated to No More Deaths, a humanitarian group based in Arizona that provides water, medical assistance, along with search and rescue and legal service to immigrants. More details on their blog http://www.ranchogordoblog.com/2019/06/announcement-our-response-to-trumps-proposed-tariff-on-mexican-imports.html
Fancy Food Show NYC Javitz Center June 23-25
.If you want to know about the Best and Latest in Gourmet Food and Drink, this is your One-Stop place to be. Organized by the Specialty Food Association, this Trade Event fills every corner of the Giant Convention Center . For more information go to http://www.specialtyfood.com, and pack your most comfortable Shoes.
Pittsburgh-based Sommelier wins competition for South African Wine Cup
When OTM heard that Adam Knoerzer, Dean of Drinking and head of educational programming at Palate Partners & Dreadnought Wines in Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh had earned a spot to compete in the national finals in the https://www.wosa.co.za/Sommeliercup/ naturally we invited him to join our program, The competition, which is held every three years, tests sommeliers’ knowledge of South African wine, with the ultimate prize of a trip to South Africa in September to compete against other national finalists. We just got the exciting news that Adam won the Final in NYC last weekend, so he will represent the US in Cape Town in September. Adam will continue sharing his knowledge of South African wines through his South African Wine Safari class series in Lawrenceville. https://www.palatepartners.com/ for details, and don’t miss the opportunity to hear our conversation with Adam in Sunday’s OTM Episode.
Leah Chase, In Memoriam
RIP Leah Chase - Our Interview with Leah at 2006 James Beard Awards. In memory of this Great NOLA Landmark and her passing at the Ripe Old Age of 96.
Veteran London Restaurateurs
Twin Shockwaves Hit London's Dining Scene. First to hit the News was the collapse of Jamie Oliver's Empire, headed for Banktruptcy (Administration in Brit-speak). Some of his business interest will continue to Operate. Then Peter Gordon announced the closure of his Iconic Providores and Tapa Room after 18 years on Marylebone High Street. No news available about his Aukland NZ Restaurants.
New Stuff at Spork Pittsburgh
Starting this week, Chef Christian Frangiadis is adding an exciting new option for diners —Tasting Menus served at Chef's Counter. Two versions will be available, Carnivore and Vegetarian, each with seven courses, and matched wines are available as well. Next month, recognizing Negroni Week and Pittsburgh Pride, Spork’s Pastry Chef and Cocktail Crew will be featuring the Signature Cocktail and a Sour Cherry Pop Tart, called just "the Tart", but with some special “sides". Part of the proceeds will go to local charities. While you're at Spork, be sure to take a look at the garden, several times larger than last year. You can be sure the Chefs will be making some special treats with the harvest. We'll see you there!! www.sporkph.com.
Chef Quique DaCosta to bring Londoners Paella
Michelin 3-Star Modern Chef will open Arroz QD in Fitxrovia this summer. Quique's Home Restaurant is in Denia (where OTM frst met him) between Valencia and Alicante. He promises Classic versions of Paella Valenciana "Mateilaizing a Passion I have been nurturing for Years". Chef promises contemporary rice dfishes featuring sesonal UK ingredients. We wonder if he'll be offering the Renowned Red Shrimp of Denia, which we have adored when visiting Spain's Eastern Coast. More at https://london.eater.com/2017/12/20/16800166/quique-dacosta-three-michelin-starred-spanish-restaurant-arros-qd-oxford-street-london. . .
Happy Mother's Day
We wish the Happiest of Happy Days to all Mothers Everywhere - Our Very Best wishes. From Ann & Peter
Sydney's Saint Peter in Food & Wine May Issue
When OTM was planning a viist to Sydney, we were intrigued to read about Saint Peter, and decided to include it in our itinerary.. After all we needed to check out our Namesake. We sure were right. And Food & Wine's corespondent just agreed. -https://www.foodandwine.com/chefs/josh-niland-australian-seafood. Better still listen to OTM's interviews, OTM Episode June 4 2017, http://edge1550.com/podcasts/OnTheMenu-20170604.mp3 Josh''s radical concepts about how to purchase, store and serve Australia's Seafood Bounty are quite unique. And the tesulte on the plate are truly World Class
Best Wines of the World Announced
18,477 Wines were tested in this Competition. The Results are published at https://tastingbook.com/. See if your favourites made the cut in over 20 Different Categories.
Great News for Fans of Anthony Demetre’s Wild Honey in London
OTM was saddened when we saw the news that the original Wild Honey was going to close, since it was one of our favorite Dining Destinations in London. In fact we first met Chef Anthony at his first venture Arbutus. So how great to hear that WH will become WH St. James, at a new location. Opening is targeted for the end of May. The WH website has not been updated with details, but it’s sure to be - https://www.wildhoneyrestaurant.co.uk/. Best wishes Anthony, now we have another excuse to catch up with you again.
412 Food Rescue launches Exciting New Development in their Mission
Pittsburgh’s Local food recovery nonprofit 412 Food Rescue just announced the beginning of their next approach in their mission to simultaneously address the issues of food waste and hunger at a new multi-purpose community space in Millvale today. Housed in the recently renovated shared space of the former Millvale Moose kitchen, one area of focus is the Good Food Project – the coming to fruition of an idea and plan submitted by 412 Food Rescue for - and second-place winner of - the UpPrize social innovation challenge in 2017.
“We are excited to launch new methods of food recovery,” said Leah Lizarondo, CEO and co-founder of 412 Food Rescue. “This kitchen will help us to stabilize highly perishable surplus food as ingredients that can be prepared and frozen, then providwed as a healthy, convenient meal for people in need.” For more about this amazing project – www.412foodrescue.org.
Nelson's Green Brier Does it Again
The Nelson Brothers Andy and Charlie did it again at 2019 San Francisco World;s Spirits Competition. Their Belle Meade Honey Cask Finish Bourbon was awarded World Best Barrel-Finished Bourbon. This is the Nelson's second win in this category, in the past 4 years. To put this in persepctive, the SF Competition covered more than 3,000 spirits. The Nelson Distillery is located in Nashville, and the original pre-dates Prohibition. For more of the Story on how it was revived, https://greenbrierdistillery.com/.
Maida Heatter - Still Baking after all these Years
At Age 102 Maida, dubbed “Queen of Cake” by Saveur, just published a New Book, Happiness is Baking: Favorite Desserts from the Queen of Cake. Our Good Friend Dorie Greenspan contributed the Foreword. An Echo of Simon & Garfunkel seems appropriate.. You can get a copy of this book through our OTM Bookshelf, also Dorie Grenspan's latest, Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cook.
News about World's 50 Best Restaurants
World’s 50 Best Restaurants in the News. The Asian version of the Awards took place in Macau, and in something of an upset Odette in Singapore (Chef Julien Royer) took Top Spot, over Bangkok’s Gaggan which won the Title 4 years in a row. Get details of the entire Asia Top 50, Female Chef, Pastry Chef, etc. at https://www.theworlds50best.com/.
The World’s 50 Best Awards is scheduled for June 25 in Singapore, and this year the Voting Scheme has been changed – see the web site for more details about these developments.
British Airways Non-Stop Service from Pittsburgh to LHR Starts this week
Get Details at https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/destinations/pittsburgh/flights-to-pittsburgh.This opens up Connections to Airports all around Europe and the Rest of the World. Nuisance of the need for Charlotte or Philadephia will be a thing of the past. OTM Applauds!!
World's Best Sommelier - You can only Win it Once
When we interviewed Sommelier Aldo Sohm a few years ago, we were intrigued when he told us how proud he was of receiving the Award. More intriguing, that having won, he was ineligible to re-enter the Competition. The Award Winner this time (The Competition is held every 3 years) was just announced; Marc Almert, Head Sommelier at Baur Au Lac in Zurich, Switzerland. For more go to https://asi.info/ and https://www.bauraulac.ch/en/. Congratulations Marc!!
Jacques Pepin to get Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award
Our Culinary Broadcasting Hero will be the first Culinary Personality to be so honored. Here at OTM we've been delighted to welcome Jacques as a Guest Interviewee, so we know first hand rhe contribution he has made to America's Cooks, old and young. His work side by side with Julia Child was recognized with an Emmy is 2001. OTM applauds Chef Jacques for everything he has done to advance the Culinary Arts in his adopted country.
Sunny & Ross Lusted - Bad News and Good
Our favorite meal during our last visit to OZ was the Lusted's Bridge Room in Sydney. So imagine our reaction when we received an e-mail saying that they were closing after 8 years - BAD, But reading further, we found that they are planning a new place, due to open in early 2021 - GOOD. MORE GOOD - you have time for the Brridge Street Room experience before they close at the end of April - www.thebridgeroom.com.au.
Pittsburgh's Dinette Cited by Food and Wine
Our Near Neighbor Dinette (really less than 200 yards from OTM's Studio) is Included in Food and Wine"s recently Named list of Best Restaurents to Work For. Owner Sonja Finn has some Landmark Policies when it comes to Treating her Employees. Congratulations Sonja. For more hhttps://www.foodandwine.com/travel/restaurants/best-restaurants-work-jobs.
We Congratulate Lidia Bastianich on the CIA Award She Received March 1
Culinary Institute of America President Tim Ryan Presented Lidia Bastianich with the College's Master of the Aesthetics of Gastronomy Award at a Ceremony following Lidia's Speech at Commencement on March 1. OTM is Proud of this Great Italian-American Icon, and we have welcomed her to our Program on Numerous Occasions.
Recognition for Spork's Bar Team
We just heard that GM Sean Enright and his Asst, Olivia Lindstrom have been appointed & VP and Pres respectvely with the US Bar Tender's Guild Pittsburgh branch - which Sean helped found a few, years ago. Last October Olivia passed the Court of Master Sommeliers Exam. Keeping up the pace on Spork's Bar Scene, they've just launched a new Cocktail Menu for Spring. www.sporkpgh/com.
James Beard Foundation Announces 2019 Host
The James Beard Foundation announced today that Jesse Tyler Ferguson will return to host the 2019 James Beard Awards. Ferguson previously hosted the Awards to rave reviews in 2017, and will return to this year’s awards ceremony and gala, taking place on Monday, May 6, 2019, at Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Ferguson is a five-time Emmy nominee for his work on the landmark ABC comedy Modern Family which will be entering his 11th and final season next year, making it one of television’s longest running and most awarded comedies. He is also an accomplished stage actor having recently appeared on Broadway in the one-man solo show, “Fully Committed”. Ferguson continues to explore his love of food and cooking on his recipe-driven food blog, Julie + Jesse, in partnership with former Saveur magazine staffer Julie Tanous. A longstanding advocate for marriage equality, Ferguson co-founded Tie The Knot in 2012 with his husband, Justin Mikita, where they design limited-edition bow ties with all the proceeds going to various organizations that fight for civil rights for LGBTQ Americans. nnounces “I am so excited to be coming back to the wonderful city of Chicago to be a part of this year’s James Beard Awards,” said 2019 host Jesse Tyler Ferguson. “Even if it doesn’t go as well as the last time I hosted, at least I know I’ll leave well-fed.”
This year’s theme, “Good Food For GoodTM” is synonymous with the James Beard Foundation’s mission. It is the simple summation of what the organization stands for, from unique and delicious dining experiences at the James Beard House and around the country, to scholarships, mentorships, and a variety of industry programs that educate and empower leaders in the food community. The Foundation has built a platform for chefs and asserted the power of gastronomy to drive behavior, culture, and policy change around food. With this theme, the annual Awards aim to bring attention not only to its deserving winners but to the Foundation’s overall mission as well.
Pittsburgh claims 7 James Beard Award Semi Finalist Slots
The James Beard Foundation just released the Semi-Finalists for its 2019 Awards, and Pittsburghers should be Proud of the Showing by local Food & Beverage Personalities:
The winners in each category will be announced on May 6 at the James Beard Gala in Chicago. Here are the semifinalists from the Pittsburgh region:
- Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic: Jamilka Borges, The Independent Brewing Co.; Kristin Butterworth, Lautrec at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort; Wei Zhu, Chengdu Gourmet
- Outstanding Restaurateur: Richard DeShantz and Tolga Sevdik, Richard DeShantz Restaurant Group (Poulet Bleu, Fish nor Fowl, Butcher and the Rye, Tako and Meat and Potatoes)
- Outstanding Wine Program: Bar Marco
- Outstanding Wine, Spirits or Beer Producer: Meredith Meyer Grelli, Wigle Whiskey
- Rising Star Chef of the Year: Becca Hegarty, Bitter Ends Luncheonette
We offer our Congratulations to All, and We Wish them well during the ongoing Awards Process.
Nonino launches Amaro
What a delight to receive a sample bottle of Amaro, recently added to the Liquor Portfolio of our great good friends, the Nonino Sisters. Delicious! Magnifico! www.grappanonino.it/en/amaro-and-liqueurs/amaro-nonino-quintessentia/
Nathan Outlaw to open New Restaurant at London’s Goring Hotel
2 of our London Favorites get together. Just back from Cornwall and a great lunch at Nathan’s Fish Kitchen, we’re delighted to hear from Nathan’s team that will be opening a New London spot at the legendary Belgravia hotel. We’re told that the Restaurant, due to open in May, will offer views of the hotel’s elegant Garden – a view of which is in our OTM in Pictures. When we stayed there, our room overlooked this beautiful space, and rumor has it that Duchess Kate’s parents were housed here at the time of the wedding. So make a note to follow our footsteps. And until the opening head for “Doc Martin land” (Port Isaac) as we did just a couple of weeks ago – you’ll be glad you did.
Hear Eater London's Awardees on OTM
Check out OTM’s interviews with Eater London’s 2018 Selection as Chef of the Year and Restaurateur of the Year, when we talked to them at the Food on the Edge in Galway a few weeks ago; Clare Smyth of Core By Clare Smith – Chef of the Year; Iré Hassan-Odukale, of Ikoyi – Restaurateur of the Year. Congratulations to both!! Listen to the interviews at On the Menu Audio Archives, program date November 11, 2018 or direct at http://edge1550.com/podcasts/OnTheMenu-20181111.mp3.
Dominique Crenn joins Elite Group of Female Chefs with 3 Michelin Stars
This News off the Wire. Many congratu;ations & Good Wishes to you Dominique!! We expected great things when we first met Dominique when she was moving from her Kitchen at SF's Intercontinental Hotel - marvelous to see this come true.
The chef Dominique Crenn has become the first woman in the United States to receive three stars from the Michelin Guide, its highest rating, for her modernist San Francisco restaurant Atelier Crenn.
The guide’s 2019 stars for the Bay Area were announced Thursday afternoon amid intense speculation that Ms. Crenn, who has already won many of the culinary world’s top prizes, might break that barrier.
The restaurant Single Thread, opened in Sonoma County just two years ago by the chef Kyle Connaughton and his wife, Katina Connaughton, also won three stars. That brings the number of three-star restaurants in the Bay Area to eight, more than in any other metropolitan area in the world except Paris and Tokyo. (New York City currently has five three-star restaurants.)
This news off the wire:
2019 MIchelin Ratings announced for Britain & Ireland
When Michelin’s Red Guide announces its New Year ratings, the event brings excitement & disappointment. This year’s Britain & Ireland Stars are no exception. Clare Smyth of 2018 opening Core leads the pack, and is one of two restaurants winning 2 Stars – and Clare’s Alma Mater, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay retained 3 Stars. Bubbledog’s advanced from 1 to 2. Two of our Favorite Chefs got their first stars for London dining rooms; Simon Rogan’ re-opened Roganic (to go with the 2 Stars he has at L’Enclume in Cartmel). Nieves Barragan Mohacho, formerly of Fino & Barrafina, and her Partner Jose Etura, get a Star for Sabor. Several Star spots in Ireland, in West Cork & Dublin, show that Emerald Isle fine dining continues to grow. We’ll be at 2 of our favorites, Aniar & Loam (both in Galway), in the next 2 weeks. For the full story - https://guide.michelin.com/hu/news-and-views/michelin-guide-great-britain-ireland-2019-results/news.
Massimo Bottura on CBS’ 60 Minutes, October 7 program.
OTM was truly proud to view this tribute to our Great Good Friend and his Devoted Wife Lara. Recognized as the World’s Best Restaurant 2 of the last 3 years, Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, is a Truly Wonderful dining experience. But Massimo speaks more about the Six Refettarios he has established around the world, which feed disadvantaged populations with meals made from Foodstuffs that are saved from being wasted. Kudos to 60 Minutes for telling the story of Massimo, a Great Chef and a Great Human Being!! For more about this initiative - https://www.foodforsoul.it/
Western PA Lamb Fest Features Pure Bred
OTM first enjoyed the Luxurious Lamb grown by Keith Martin of Elysian Fields, of Waynesburg PA more than 30 years ago. Keith used to drop off butchered ½ lambs for our family when he was making deliveries to Pittsburgh restaurants. Elysian became known to fine restaurants across the country, one of whom was The French Laundry. In 2006 Keith & Chef Thomas Keller decided to establish a joint venture. Pure Bred, to greatly expand availability & distribution of Elysian’s exceptional quality Lamb.
Pittsburghers will have a rare opportunity to sample Pure Bred Lamb at the 2nd Annual Western Pennsylvania Lamb Cookoff – “Lamb Fest”- taking place Sunday July 22 at East Liberty’s Ace Hotel. 10 Teams including Top Local Chefs and Visiting Chefs from all over the country will vie for the honor of being designated Best.
Table Magazine is the organizer of this very special event and tickets are $65, in advance. Get more information and tickets via http://sustainablepghrestaurants.org/site/event/2018-western-pa-lamb-festival-cook-off/. Or http://www.tablemagazine.com/table_live_posts/western-pa-lamb-fest/.
Chef Henry Harris re-emerges at London's The Coach
For more than a decade, Chef Henry Harris thrilled diners wih a taste for French Bistro classics at Racine in Knightsbridge. OTM being part of this fraternity, we were pleased to dine with and interview Chef during our 2012 coverage of London Dining and saddened by Racine's closure. Eater London just gave the recently opened The Coach an excellent review - and we're not surprised. Get details at https://thecoachclerkenwell.co.uk,