OTM is Euphoric about Greenville SC

OTM is just back from a visit to this charming & dynamic city, where we previewed arrangements for Euphoria, a 5th Anniversary Food-Drink-Music extravaganza & sampled some of the fine restaurants that will be participating.  We highly recommend Euphoria for both what & where, well-planned liveable-sized event in a wonderfully redeveloped Downtown.  Dates are Sep 23-26.  Tickets are on sale now with discounted prices offered if you act quickly, so go to www.euphoriagreenville.com and OTM will see you there.  

Jamison Farms does Beef

We all associate Jamison Farms with Lamb, but next month they're doing Beef instead, teaming up with PASA.  Plan to join us (Ann will be judging, Peter just watching & eating).  Here's the scoop.

Have you "herd" about the Beef Cook Off?  On Friday August 6th and Saturday August 7th, an unusual and uniquely PASA event will take place for the third year in a new location with something for everyone!  PASA members and famed sheep farmers John and Sukey Jamison have invited us to stage a 100% Grass Fed Beef Cook Off on the grounds of the beautiful Jamison Farm, located in Latrobe, PA in the rolling hills of the Laurel Highlands.


We believe Pennsylvania grass based cattle farmers are growing some of the best beef around.  This Beef Cook Off provides farmers a chance to share proven mehtods and growing techniques and enjoy sampling tasty, professionally prepared beef.  Contestants will also have the opportunity to participate in a Beef Butchery Master Class in the beginning of the day, judge Delmonica steaks alongside professional chefs and food writers in the afternoon, and finish the day with a picnic open to the public when they can share information about their products with hungry consumers.

Picnic Open to the Public

From 4:00-7:00pm the public is invited to come to the Jamison Farm and enjoy grilled grass fed beef burgers and live music.  Guests are welcome to bring blankets, food, and beverage and enjoy a picnic on the farm. We'll provide the burgers!  Informative poster displays will detail each of the grazing operations participating in the competition.  We'll be raffling off grass fed ground beef and Delmonico steaks, so be sure to bring some extra cash and a cooler in case you win!  The Cook Off takes place rain or shine, because grass fed beef tastes best in any weather!

For more information including how to become a contestant go to www.pasafarming.org/cookoff.


RIP Egon Ronay

"First Career Critic of British Food" (The Economist, June 26, 2010) is a masterful understatement of Ronay's influence, through his eponymous Guide, first published in 1957.  Inspired by disgust with a cup of tea dispensed in a railway station cafe, he set forth on a crusade to recognize what good food was and where to find it.  Egon, OTM thanks you on behalf of all who have benefited from having the information source that you created, perhaps for even inventing the idea that such a guide should exist - back in the days before Zagat, and when the Guide Michelin was a thinly disguised means of influencing tire purchase decisions.

Birmingham (England) - not to be ignored & a great time to plan a visit

England's 2nd largest city, frequently ignored, sometimes even reviled, is an interesting place to visit, with some great dining, restored canals and other Victorian architecture, several museums in the city and surrounding areas.  Now friends of OTM have let us know about an upcoming event that might be "just the ticket" to encourage you to explore for yourself.  The Annual Taste of Birmingham takes place July 16-18, for more details go to http://taste.visitbirmingham.com/.  If you plan to go be sure to dine (even stay) at Simpson's Birmingham, and also dine at Purnell's, in addition to taking in all the Festival events.  It's a 2 hour drive from London Heathrow or Manchester airports, and some airlines fly direct from the USA.  If you decide to go, please send us a report as we are on assignment elsewhere so we'll have to wait till next year.

Ladies (Chefs) of Alicante, Spain we adore you!!

There's an old popular song title............. Why such a strong contingent of top Female Chefs in and around Alicante, Spain?  OTM doesn't completely understand why, but we're pleased that we found out!  Maria Jose & Geni San Roman, Mari Carmen Velez, Pepa Romans, Susi Diaz, remarkable Chef-Restaurateurs are all good friends and masters in adding the modern touch to the great culinary tradition of the Alicante region.  OTM had the opportunity to talk to only some of them.  You can hear their explanations in an upcoming program.  You’ll want to experience all of their kitchens, so your Alicante adventure should allow time to enjoy them all!!  Their restaurants - Maria Jose - Monastrell; Geni - Taberna del Gourmet (both of these in Alicante); Maria Carmen - La Sirena, Petrer; Pepa - Casa Pepa, Ondara; Suzi Diaz - La Finca, Elche.

Alicante's Fogueres rival Valencia's Fallahs

No-one could explain why these 2 cities in the Valencia region have similar festivities at different times of the year.  The Hogueras & Fogueres, bonfires, fireworks and parades welcome the Summer Solstice in Alicante.  As far as OTM can figure it out the Hogueras are the Bonfire makers, the Fogueres (like the Fallas in Valencia) are produced by local community groups.  All but 2 of the figures fall victim to the Bonfires at the end of the celebration, around June 25.

Valencia's Falla celebration welcomes Spring, Alicante’s celebration is just starting.  It spans almost 3 weeks with parades and pyrotechnics – and everyone joins in the fun!!  Last Sunday evening OTM was part of a huge throng of Alicante’s people watching the Cavalcade of Ninots (in Alicante this name seems to apply only to a class of smaller figures) which took more than an hour to pass our vantage point near the start of the parade route through the city streets.  From Babes in Arms and Teenagers to Senior Citizens, everyone is part of the fun, with bands interspersed between imaginatively “fancy dressed” groups representing the themes they have chosen for the parade. The Cavalcade for the second category, Gigantes (more like what Valencians call Ninots), will happen a few days from now.  At the end of the Festival all but the champions will be ceremonially destroyed in giant bonfires – but not to worry because the groups responsible will start over again next year.  And if you miss the season don’t worry because the best of previous year’s parades are preserved in a special museum.

Cleveland Rocks, June 13!!!

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum announces “Chef Jam 2010: Cleveland Food Rocks” on Sunday, June 13 at 7 p.m. at the Rock Hall. Cleveland’s top chefs will serve up specialties inspired by their favorite band or musician and dress like the rock stars they are featuring.  A special performance by Cream of the Crop featuring special guest Todd Rundgren will top off the night.

Spend an evening sampling culinary delights prepared by the best of the best in Cleveland at more than 25 different food stations. The event will also include performances from bands made up solely of local restaurant employees: The Rare Birds from Greenhouse Tavern, Evil Eye from Happy Dog and Melange from Melange. Maker’s Mark will be conducting an infusion challenge inviting chefs to create a special dish that utilizes their bourbon. Judges for the event are Joe Crea, Michael Ruhlman and Laura Taxel.  The winning chef will receive a trip to the Maker’s Mark distillery in Louisville. 


Cleveland Food Rocks founder, chef-restaurateur Steve Schimoler, is delighted with the Rock Hall’s support. “The food and music scene in Cleveland rivals that in any city in the U.S.; and with our partnership with the Rock Hall, we have raised the bar in our ability to showcase our city’s talents and to put a creative face on how a community can work together.”


Tickets are $50 and the price will include samples of all the dishes offered at each food station during the event, as well as beer, wine and tours of the Museum’s exhibits. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.  Proceeds from the event will go to support the Rock Hall’s education programs and Cleveland Food Rocks will be awarding a scholarship to an outstanding Culinary Arts student  at Cuyahoga Community College.


Participating Restaurants are preparing fun “themed” dishes to fit into the spirit of the evening:



ABC Tavern: Meatloaf; meatloaf

Amp 150: Rolling Stones; Beef Tongue with Cabbage SaladBar Cento: Phish; “Bathtub Gin” Gumbo with Mushroom Grilled Cheese and “Goo Balls”

Bar Symon: Van Halen; Ice Cream Sandwiches w/Cabo Wabo Ice Cream, Bacon-Apple Caramel Sauce

Bistro on Lincoln Park

Blue Canyon: Burning Spear; Curried Goat

Blue Point Grille: Ramones; Oysters Vindaloo

Caruso’s Coffee: Eric Clapton; Black Coffee “After Midnight”

Crop Bistro: Grateful Dead; “Backpack Rollups”

Dante: LSD (Lemon-Scented Doughnuts)

Effervescent Chicken Wings, Dill Pickle Popcorn

Executive Caterer: Alman Brothers; roasted white asparagus with crawfish, green goddess, and crispy country ham

Fire: Beatles; “Savoy Truffle” (assorted chocolate truffles)

Flying Fig: Delta Blues; an assortment of Southern-inspired tidbits

Green House Tavern: Black Keys; Grilled pork ribs with “thick freakiness” BBQ sauce

Happy Dog: Elvis; “Ain’t Nothin’ but a Hound” Dogs

Johnny’s; Frank Zappa; “Yellow Snow”

Lago:  Bob Marley; Marley Meatballs

Melange: George Thoroughgood and the Destroyers: Watermelon “Bad to the Bone” Ribs, Menu6: Psychedelia; Wild Mushroom Rice Paper Rolls and “Strawberry Fields Forever”

Momocho: Beck; Wild Boar “Satan Gave Me a Taco” Tacos

Moxie: Pink Floyd; “Dark Side of the Moon” pies

Prosperity Social Club: Hank Williams ; Jambalaya on the Bayou

Sasa:  ZZ Top;  “ZZ Top” Sirloin

Sushi Rock; U2; “Even Better than the Real Thing” Sushi Surf & Turf

Tamara Reynolds knows how to Party

OTM picked up information that Tamara Reynolds (OTM Nov. 22, 2009) is working on a Dinner on the Farm series at The Queens County Farm Museum.  The first event was May 7, but the series continues.  Get further information at www.queensfarm.org  & click on the events on the left colum- the "dinner series" link.

Grape News!!! Chilean Wine Wins!!

Reports have reached OTM that a recent recreation of the famous 1976 Judgement of Paris resulted in a Chilean Wine gaining attention and an actual win versus the top wines of California & Bordeaux.  The press release was a bit confusing about who won where, but whatever - Errazuriz Kai a wine featuring Carmenere grapes as the primary component of the blend gained great attention.  Since OTM has enjoyed Chilean wines from this grape, we are not altogether surprised, so we suggest you try these wines for yourself and see if you agree with the esteemed blind tasters at the recent series of events.  And be sure to let us know what you think.  Salut!!!

More Star Power & Great Cause at NOWFE

In response to the situation Lousiana Fishermen are facing, 2 super-special events have been added to the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, May 26-29.  2-5PM Saturday May 29 TV-celebrity Paula Dean will join NOLA superstar Chef-Restaurateur John Besh & celebrity Chef Aaron Sanchez in a cooking demonstration and tasting of Paula's famous Shrimp & Grits.  In the evening Paula and he brother Earl "Bubba" Hiers will join Chefs John & Aaron, plus John Currance from City Grill in Oxford MS at a fundraising dinner at Restaurant August.  To get tickets for the Superdome tasting go to www.nowfe.com, for the dinner call Christy at 504-565-5482 or email cbradley@chefjohnbesh.com