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Turkish Delights- Chef Ana Sortun- The Connected Table LIVE! Sept 6

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A side trip to Turkey while studying cooking in France was the inspiration for Chef/Restaurateur Ana Sortun, owner of three restaurants and cafes in greater Boston: Oleana featuring a menu inspired by her interpretative flavors of Turkey and rustic traditional cooking of the Middle East; Sarma, a  cafe modeled ater the traditional meyanes of Turkey, and Sofra Bakery & Cafe.

Chef Ana Sortun (photo: Kristin Teig)

Chef Ana Sortun (photo: Kristin Teig)

Born and raised in Seattle, Ana started working in restaurants as a teenager before moving to France to study at La Varenne Cooking School. A trip to Turkey inspired her passion for the colorful, spicy cuisines of that country. When she return to the U.S. she settled in Massachusetts and worked at Moncef Medeb’s Aigo Bistro in Concord and 8 Holyoke and Casablanca in Harvard Square. She opened Oleana in Cambridge in 2001.

Above photos are dishes from Oleana. Photo: Kristin Teig

Today, Ana runs a highly successful restaurant company that hires over 150 people. Many of her top management are women.  Siena Farms, a family-run farm operated by Ana’s husband, Chris Kurth, supplies the restaurants with fresh local produce. The farm is named after their daughter. Ana is author of two cookbooks, Soframitz and Spice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here is a link to last week’s show with Ryan Burk, Head Cider Maker at Angry Orchard, and Ben Branson, Founder of Seedlip. Listen now iHeart.com (link)

A Cider House Rules – Meet Angry Orchard Cider Maker Ryan Burk

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Meet Angry Orchard Cider Maker Ryan Burk- August 30, The Connected Table LIVE!

We live in apple country in the Hudson Valley. The trees have blossomed and are now heavy with fruit. You can smell the scent of apples in the air. Last week we attended a farm-to-table dinner at Angry Orchard in nearby Walden. It’s a 60-acre farm dating back to the 1700s that today makes both classic and modern styles of hard cider.

Angry Orchard’s Cider House

Cider making dates back to colonial times. Now days it’s had a resurgence, growing 400% since 2010. We’ve tasted a good amount of hard ciders here in New York, one of the best regions for cider making and the second largest state for apple production in the U.S.A.

Ryan Burk, Angry Orchard's Cider Maker

Ryan Burk, Angry Orchard’s Cider Maker

Ryan Burk grew up in apple country and started making cider at an early age. He’s now Head Cider Maker at Angry Orchard and he serves on the boards of the United States Association of Cider Makers and Cider Institute of North America. Recently named one of Wine Enthusiast‘s “40 Under 40,” Ryan takes time out from production to join us August 30th. 2pmEST.

At Angry House Orchard's apple farm

At Angry House Orchard’s apple farm

 

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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 Man Whose Botanical Beverage is on Everyone’s Lips These Days

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Meet the Man Whose Botanical Beverage is on Everyone’s Lips These Days

Ben Branson must be on to something. It seems like he’s popping up everywhere including a recent Food52 profile and last week’s Wall Street Journal feature story on “sophisticated mocktails.”  It’s not just a great public relations blitz. He really is on to something. Not drinking alcohol is now as fashionable as drinking it. Everyone, from chefs and bartenders to the consumers they serve seems to be seeking a balanced lifestyle of happy health and hedonistic pleasure.

Ben Branson, Founder of Seedlip

Ben Branson, Founder of Seedlip

Ben grew up on a farm in Lincolnshire, England. As the story goes, “He stumbled upon a 1651 edition of ‘The Art of Distillation’ and became intrigued with medicinal elixirs.” He created a botanical beverage called Seedlip which can be mixed in cocktails, spruces up seltzers and you can enjoy on the rocks with a splash or two of water. It’s free of sugar, gluten and alcohol, and both versions taste good. Seedlip Garden 108 is distilled with peas, hay, rosemary and thyme.  Seedlip Spice 94 is distilled with cardamom, oak, lemon and grapefruit. It’s so much better than the sugary shots and juices masquerading as healthy that we’ve been tasting. It’s something to drink when we are not drinking besides water, tea and kombucha.

Seedlip comes in two flavor profiles: Spice 94 and Garden 108

Seedlip comes in two flavor profiles: Spice 94 and Garden 108

 

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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