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The Connected Table LIVE! Have You Gone To Aragon? May 25 2pmET

We’ve both been to Spain several times but never to the region of Aragon surrounding the beautiful city of Zaragoza. In fact, our first reference to Aragon was Queen Catherine of Aragon, the first of England’s King Henry VIII’s six wives. Though they were married for almost 20 years, Henry annulled the marriage and traded her in for Anne Boleyn after she failed to produce a male heir.

In Spanish it's Carinena. In French it's Carignan. Either way, it's a racy red grape.

In Spanish it’s Cariñena. In French it’s Carignan. Either way, it’s a racy red grape.

The region of Aragon has long been fruitful, with a wine making history dating back to Roman times. In fact, one wine making area, the region of Cariñena, was the second wine region in Spain to gain D.O. status – in 1932.  A very interesting region to be sure, the D.O P. (protected denomiacion de origin) Cariñena blankets a vast valley that surrounds the village of Cariñena just west of the historic city of Zaragoza. Grapes are grown both on the valley floor and up the sides into the surrounding hills, and vineyard site elevations range from 400m to over 800m (1300 – 2600ft). This makes for some pretty varied terrain, and terroir. All of which makes for some very exciting wines that are definitely worth a look.

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Cariñena: A land of old vineyards and new wines. Almost every vineyard has distinct qualities and terroir that help create very interesting wines.

Though many grape varieties are grown, the main focus is Garnacha, one of Spain’s great red grapes. Another focus is the region’s namesake grape, Cariñena, which is thought to have originated here before being propagated to other regions like France and Italy.

Give these wines a taste and discover #thenextgreatgrape

Give these wines a taste and discover #thenextgreatgrape

A region gaining renewed recognition both in Spain and internationally, we’ll discuss the wines from D.O.P Cariñena and its food with three experts on our May 25th show:

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Pedro Garcia is Director General of Bodegas San Valero, one of the region’s leading producers.

 

Jose Iganacio Lopez, CEO and Co-Owner of New York City's Michelin star Spanish restaurant, Andanada, will give us a taste for the special dishes of the region.

Jose Iganacio Lopez, CEO and Co-Owner of New York City’s Michelin star Spanish restaurant, Andanada, will give us a taste for the special dishes of the region.

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MIGAS is a humble dish of sauteed breadcrumbs with sausage and eggs. You can toss anything in with the breadcrumbs.

Sommelier Martin Beally, Wine Director at Seattle's Wild Ginger, will give us his thoughts on the region, and how the wines pair with food.

Sommelier Martin Beally, Wine Director at Seattle’s Wild Ginger, will give us his thoughts on the region, and how the wines pair with food.

We enjoy taking our listeners places to learn about culture and cuisine and hope you will join us May 25th, 2pmEST. This show will remain permanently oniHeart.com and the free iHeart App. We will also feature some short podcasts on our new series, The Connected Table SIPS!.

Our mission is to engage and connect our audiences to the diverse world of food, fine beverage and hospitality and the dynamic people who help shape it through our shows, digital media and educational events. Please ask us about our special podcast series and campaigns that spotlight both people and products. Email: melanie@theconnectedtable.com.

Melanie Young and David Ransom are the insatiably curious culinary couple. Connected on Twitter@connectedtable Facebook/connectedtable. Instagram.com/theconnectedtable. Learn more at www.theconnectedtable.com

Melanie Young and David Ransom are the insatiably curious culinary couple. Connected on Twitter@connectedtable Facebook/connectedtable. Instagram.com/theconnectedtable. Learn more at www.theconnectedtable.com

Meet Harlem’s Queen of Comfort- Melba Wilson- May 18

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“The way I see it,” says Melba Wilson, “Soul food is the foundation of American comfort food.”

She’d know. For Melba, a Harlem native, or as she likes to say “I am Harlem born, bred, and buttered,” owns one of  most influential soul food restaurants in New York City’s most exciting dining neighborhood, aptly named Melba’s.

Like many children, she grew up watching her mother and grandomother cook and learned to love food, and soul food, in the process. But, Melba actually went into marketing and sales after school, anything from cosmetics to limo driving, finally entering the restaurant business on a lark when the great Sylvia Woods, Harlem’s Queen of Soul Food and owner of the world famous Sylvia’s, called and asked Melba to spearhead the 25th anniversary of the restaurant.

Melba did such a good job that Sylvia offered her a postion at the restaurant, starting her love affair with the hospitality business and eventually leading to her opening her own place.

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Melba’s is located on the corner of 114th St and Frederick Douglas Blvd in Harlem, New York

Opened in 2005, Melba’s was an almost overnight success, with a family style menu that as Melba likes to say, “blends my Carolina heritage (her family is from South Carolina), with a dash of extra spice, a little urban edge, a taste of the melting pot, and a few ‘dee-lish’ twists.” It’s also been covered regularly in foodie magazines, and Melba even “Beat Bobby Flay” with her fried chicken recipe, now renamed Throwdown Chicken in honor of that accomplishment.

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Fried Chicken and Waffles

Comfort Food’s reigning authority, Melba Wilson joins us to talk about her passion and new cookbook Melba’s American Comfort (Atria Books) on The Connected Table LIVE Wednesday May 18th at 2:00pmET.  This show will permanently podcast to iHeart.com and the Free iHeart App.

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#1 seller in biscuits and muffins. Click book cover photo for link to purchase.

 

Melanie Young and David Ransom are the insatiably curious culinary couple. Connected on Twitter@connectedtable Facebook/connectedtable. Instagram.com/theconnectedtable. Learn more at www.theconnectedtable.com

Melanie Young and David Ransom are the insatiably curious culinary couple. Connected on Twitter@connectedtable Facebook/connectedtable. Instagram.com/theconnectedtable. Learn more at www.theconnectedtable.com

Meet the Golden Girl of Persian Cooking-May 11- The Connected Table LIVE!

There’s just something about the name “Persia” that seduces us. We are drawn to the flavors and aromas. Mint, cumin, cinnamon, oranges, pomegranates, dates and honey are ingredients we like add to many of our everyday dishes. Aside from Melanie’s coming of age tour to Israel as a teenager, we’ve only traveled to the Middle East by way of our palates and the few restaurants we’ve experienced here in the USA. One of our favorites is recent JBF Award Winner Shaya in New Orleans.

Learn more about Sabrina Ghayour at www.sabrinaghayour.com

Learn more about Sabrina Ghayour at www.sabrinaghayour.com

Lucky for us a book entitled, “SIROCCO: Fabulous Flavors form The Middle East” by Sabrina Ghayour transports us and offers us new ways to accent our food at home.  Dubbed “the golden girl of Persian cooking,” Sabrina is a self-taught cook, food writer and host of the popular Sabrina’s Kitchen Club in London. Her first book was “Persiana: Recipes from the Middle East & Beyond.”  In SIROCCO Sabrina draws on her Iranian heritage and features dishes with a modern twist integrating African spices and Mediterranean staples.

A sirocco is a hot, dry wind that blows from northern Africa through the Mediterranean and southern Europe. Sabrina’s SIROCCO spreads the fragrant flavors of this region throughout her recipes. We look forward to visiting with Sabrina to discus her book, supper club and the dishes that inspire her.

Lamb Tagine

Butternut Squash, Feta, Pesto

Meet Sabrina Ghayour and learn about the seductive flavors of modern Iran (ancient Persia) and learn how to incorporate them into your home cooked meals. Wednesday, May 11, 2pmET on The Connected Table LIVE! at W4CY.com. This show will be permanently available on demand at iHeart.com and the free iHeart App.

 

Melanie Young and David Ransom are the insatiably curious culinary couple. Connected on Twitter@connectedtable Facebook/connectedtable. Instagram.com/theconnectedtable. Learn more at www.theconnectedtable.com

Melanie Young and David Ransom are the insatiably curious culinary couple. Connected on Twitter@connectedtable Facebook.com/connectedtable. Instagram.com/theconnectedtable. Learn more at www.theconnectedtable.com

 

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