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,


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

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 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 and  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 -

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 h

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.