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Wanderlust Wednesday- Exploring Rioja and Turkey with The Connected Table LIVE!- Nov 8

We’re exploring two regions of the world November 8, 2pmEST on The Connected Table LIVE!

From Rioja with Love- Ana Fabiano

We always like to play the  “did you know” game, when we write about people. As in, did you know so- and- so used to be an landscaper before becoming a winery owner? Or did you know David Ransom used to run a winery called Rivendell with his family in the Hudson Valley? Recently, someone asked Melanie if she had previously worked as a chef before becoming a writer. Fat chance! Our response was, “Did you know she started the James Beard Foundation Awards?”

Ana Fabioano, Rioja Ambassador and Author of “The Wines of Rioja:”

Well, we feel that way about Ana Fabiano who serves as the North American Trade Director and Brand Ambassador for DOCa Rioja Did you know she was the first American hired by the Embassy of Spain’s Commercial Office and became one of the three founders of Wines from Spain?

For more than two decades, Ana has traveled, researched and immersed herself in Spain. She is author of the award-winning book, “The Wine Region of Rioja,” which has recently been updated and re-released. Recently we attended a Rioja seminar led by Ana at Wines from Spain’s Great Match New York. She joins us to discuss her passion for Spain and regions of Rioja.

150 Turkish Recipes. Many Published for the First Time in English

We’re talking about Robyn Eckhardt’s new book, “Istanbul & Beyond- Exploring the Diverse Cuisines of Turkey.” In the book’s introduction, Robyn says she traveled some 15,000 miles, village to village and market to market to chat up local farmers, fishermen, groups of women making grape molasses, families on a picnics and other local folks to learn about Turkish food traditions.

Robyn’s sidekick is husband, David Hagerman, the incredibly talented photographer, who captures Turkish landscapes and foodscapes with equal finesse. If you are not familiar with Robyn’s work, check out her award-winning blog “Eating Asia.” It’s on our short list for inside information when we finally plan our trip. They lived on Asia for many years and are now based in Italy. (wanderlust envy alert!) Robyn’s articles have also appeared in The New York Times, Travel & Leisure and Saveur.

Robyn Eckhardt explores the world, and we are hungry to learn more

 

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She Has Our Seal of Approval- Meet Good Housekeeping’s Susan Westmoreland

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What’s involved with running one of the top editorial food departments in the nation? We’ll have an inside peak from Susan Westmoreland, Food Director at the Good Housekeeping Institute (GHI), one of the most trusted sources for consumer product evaluation for over a century (GHI was established in 1900). GHI evaluates thousands of products for Good Housekeeping magazine which reaches 24 million readers each month.

At the Good Housekeeping test kitchen at Hearst Tower, Susan and her team produce all content, create recipes and test, taste and test again and again (an average of three times)  for the magazine, special issues, cookbooks and special projects. And we’re wondering: How does she keep turkey topics fresh year after year for the Thanksgiving issue?  Meet Susan October 11 on The Connected Table LIVE! 2p.m. EST

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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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)