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.