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, for the dinner call Christy at 504-565-5482 or email

James Beard Awards Postscript

OTM has been SO busy, that's a reason not an excuse!  So the May 9 program loaded with interviews conducted with excited award winners is already in the Audio Archive, but no accompanying "editorial", so here goes.  The awards program was shorter, and the party slightly less overcrowded, HURRAY for both developments!  And our congratulations to some of our favorites - Daniel Boulud, Sean Brock, David Kinch, Daniel Humm, Best Chef NYC, long overdue recognition, but Daniel H where were you for an interview? And of course OTM congratulates every one of the awardees, all deserving of our admiration for their careers and achievements.  Michael White, sorry we missed you, a great win for Marea as best new restaurant - and since we brunched there the day before the Awards, we know why!  I'm sure Ann may have more to add, but that's Peter's highlights.

Oysters & Wine - 16th Annual Contest

Dateline SEATTLE, April 16:  OTM's good buddy  Jon Rowley brings us news about this landmark event: 167 wines, 1300 oysters! It took more than a week. Each wine blind tasted with at least one Kumamoto oyster by five stalwart, oyster-loving judges who showed up for work every day at 3:00 p.m. at Anthony's Home Port at Shilshole Bay to narrow the field to 20 finalists as part of the Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition. The mission: find the 10 best West Coast wines to go with oysters. Judges taste the oyster, sip the wine and rate the "bliss factor".

"Not many wines go with oysters," says Lane Hoss, Vice-President, Marketing for Anthony's Restaurants. "That's why we are thankful to have this competition. Oysters are popular. We wait for the results every year."

The 20 finalists will be judged in Los Angeles at the Watergrill on April 20, at Sutros at the Cliff House on April 21 and Anthony's in Seattle on April 22. Judging scores from forty top food and wine professionals in the three cities will be combined to select the ten equal winners of the prestigious "Oyster Award". 2010 winners will be announced April 24 at Wineries from California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington were invited to submit entries. Typically the best "oyster wines' are dry, crisp, clean finishing white wines.

The Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition is sponsored by Taylor Shellfish Farms and organized by founder Jon Rowley, Jon Rowley & Associates in Seattle. Taylor Shellfish is a fifth-generation family-owned company producing seed, oysters, Manila clams, Mediterranean mussels and geoduck for national and international markets. For information on Taylor Shellfish Farms go to

Tales of the Cocktail - may be too Sweet for OTM's Taste

"Death in the South Pacific" by Washington bartender Evan Martin is the "official cocktail" of the 2010 annual culinary and cocktail festival, Tales of the Cocktail. Recipes poured in from New Zealand to Washington as over 150 bartenders worldwide punched it up to create a Tiki-inspired cocktail for the 8th annual festival. Evan Martin won first place with his drink featuring Appleton Estate Extra 12 Year Old Rum, Rhum Clement VSOP, Grand Marnier, Trader Tiki's Orgeat Syrup, Fee's Falernum, Fee’s Grenadine, and Cruzan Blackstrap Rum.

"This drink hits all the contest requirements on the nose: It creatively mixes multiple rums, sweeteners, and citrus to "tikify" the Planter's Punch template; it has a full-bodied, layered, but not overcomplicated flavor; and its garnish shows theatrical flair, cleverly referencing the drink name." Said Jeff Berry, official cocktail competition judge and tiki expert.

Martin’s cocktail will be served throughout Tales of the Cocktail, July 21—25, and will be featured in the summer issues of Culinary Concierge and The Tasting Panel magazine, and on the and websites.

The second place cocktail is the "Once Upon a Time," created by James Goggin. Peter Bogren, a local Palace Café bartender, wins third place with his cocktail "Peter’s Planter’s Punch."

Tales of the Cocktail also collaborated with The Liquid Muse Virgin Mixology® and Fre Alcohol Removed Wines to offer the festival’s third annual official non-alcoholic cocktail. The "Self-Imposed Prohibition Punch" will be the Tiki-inspired nonalcoholic cocktail of the 2010 festival, and will be served at signature events.

For more information go to

49 Years On: The Profumo Affair at von Essen’s Cliveden House

Von Essen hotel’s historic stately home, Cliveden House has been famous for various things over the centuries, but the event that in modern times the House is probably best remembered for, is the start of the greatest political and sexual scandal of the last century – The Profumo Affair. It was at Cliveden, on the hot balmy evening of 8th July 1961, that Jack Profumo, then Minister for War in Harold Macmillan’s Government, met the 19 year old, good time girl, Christine Keeler and to celebrate the 49th anniversary, Cliveden is offering a fabulous package with a talk and tour focusing on the scandal led by Rupert Gavin, a world expert on the subject. The day promises to provide a fascinating insight into the Scandal, and its consequences…

For further information or to book please contact the Reservations team on 011-44-1628-668561 or

Check out OTM's interviews at this fine stately home, OTM Audio Archive program date August 16, 2009. 

Congratulations to Food & Wine's 2010 Top Chefs

OTM is pleased to recognize the following on their selection: Roy Choi of the Kogi BBQ truck in Los Angeles, Matt Lightner of Castagna in Portland, Ore, Clayton Miller of Trummer's on Main in Clifton, Va. Missy Robbins of A Voce in New York City, Jonathon Sawyer of The Greenhouse Tavern in Cleveland, Alex Seidel of Fruition in Denver, Mike Sheerin of Blackbird in Chicago, John Shields of Town House in Chilhowie, Va. Jason Stratton of Spinasse in Seattle, James Syhabout of Commis in Oakland, Calif. Read more:

    OTM is Blogging again!!

    Hello to all you Bloggers!!  Peter decided it was time to resume blogging and has chosen Wordpress for its ease of use, so blog on to from now on.  The old blog, will remain in place. The Blog click-through on the website has not been changed over, but you can use the wordpress link above to access the new Blog - we'll announce when the click-through is in place.

    Celebrate Earth Day with the Sterlings at Iron Horse

    Join Joy, Audrey & Barry at their glorious Green Valley CA vineyard and enjoy an important occasion, April 18th, with some great wine and good company.  Several local wineries are joining, and John Finger of Hog Island Oysters leads a group of food providers.  General admission is $50; a VIP Sparkling reception featuring California farm-raised Osetra caviar for $250 precedes the main event in Audrey & Barry's magnificent home on the vineyard (eat your heart out, when OTM visited we had lunch there).  They're 2 of the most fascinating people we've ever met.  There'll be music, a speaker about underwater exploration, and an eco-exhibit (whatever that is).  To reserve or for more information

    Australia's Tahbilk celebrates 150 year with dinner at London's Ledbury - May 12 is the date

    This item has been amended - the event is open only to the wine trade, except for the 2 places available through Decanter.

    And as part of their birthday celebrations, Tahbilk is offering a Decanter Magazine/ reader and guest the chance to attend the 150th Anniversary dinner in London on May 12th, hosted by Alister Purbrick, CEO and 4th generation Winemaker at Tahbilk. The prize also includes an overnight stay in London for the winners.  This once-in-a-lifetime dinner will be held at the celebrated Ledbury Restaurant, and will be attended by wine trade, press, dignitaries and friends and family of the Purbricks. Michelin 2-star chef Brett Graham of The Ledbury (Newcastle, NSW born) will prepare a menu to match the very special and rare wines Tahbilk will be bringing from their cellar.  If you don't win the prize, go to The Ledbury at another time for a great dining experience, and be sure to look for Tahbilk's great wines on wine lists and at your local wine merchants.  You can find out more about these two great guys, Alister Purbrick & Brett Graham by listening to their OTM interviews in OTM Audio Archive, program dates May 11, 2008 & April 1, 2007 respectively

    (Paso Robles) California here we come!!

    Thanks to the wonderful cooperation of the Paso Robles Wine Alliance and Travel Paso Robles Alliance OTM is heading for a week of exploration of his area located practically 1/2 way between SF & LA.  Interviews with all the food, wine & travel personalities we meet will start airing in programs beginning April 4.  We know we'll be tasting wines from several of the leading vineyards, some of the pioneers of the PR wine community, and some of the new enthusiasts as well - names too numerous to include here.  Two great restaurants, Artisan & Cass House Grill are included and we're staying part of the time at Hotel Cheval, then at Bella Sera.  We'll be visiting an Abalone farm, tasting local Olive Oils & fresh local produce, and more - we don't have all the details yet - but you'll be sure to have them after we return to the Studio.