Posts Tagged ‘restaurants’

Calistoga is happening! – The Connected Table LIVE! September 20

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“Top of the Valley” is what locals call Calistoga, the northernmost town  and wine region in Napa Valley. During a recent visit to attend the annual Calistoga Harvest Table  September 9-10 we had the chance to experience the town from end-to-end and sample many of the locally produced wines at a hosted wine tasting presented by Visit Calistoga and the Calistoga Winegrowers Association.

Some of our favorite dining picks are all within walking distance of each other: We tried four places and recommend them all: Brannon’s Grill, Calistoga Kitchen, Evangeline Napa, Veraison.  And that’s just a small sampling! We celebrated a friend’s birthday at Evangeline Restaurant’s southern brunch which made this Tennessee gal  a happy camper. Chef Gustavo Rios, our guest on The Connected Table LIVE! September 20th, surprised us again with his versatility at his Harvest Table dinner with a menu that simply  said “wow!” We’ll post event photos at our blog on TheConnectedTable.com. Or check out Instagram@theconnectedtable

A heavenly biscuit at Evangeline Restaurant’s weekend southern brunch in Calistoga.

Fried green tomatoes and house-made pimiento cheese at Evangeline restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evangeline opened in 2015. The menu is French country bistro using the local bounty which you can  experience firsthand  at the weekend farmers markets a short stroll from the restaurant. The weekend brunch has a decidedly southern accent: saucer-sized fluffy biscuits, chicken and waffles, various takes on popular creole egg dishes, shrimp and grits and fried green tomatoes with house -made pimiento cheese. Cocktails, of course, are aplenty at the brunch and not to be missed.

Chef Rios has a culinary background that includes working in the kitchens at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro in Yountville, The Peninsula Beverly Hills Roof Garden and the Inn at Little Washington in Virginia (truly one of the nation’s finest gems of a restaurant). He seems to have found his soulful home on the kitchen at Evangeline Napa.

Evangeline is located at 226 Washington Street, Calistoga, CA info@evangelinenapa.com. (photo: Napa Tourist Guide)

Chef Gustavo Rios, Evangeline Napa joins The Connected Table LIVE! September 20, 2pm ET (11AM PT) on W4CY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Connected Table Live

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Live at w4CY.com Wednesdays, September 6, 2pmEST. Listen anytime on iHeart.com

The Connected Table Live

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About us: 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. All of our 50 minute shows and SIPS! podcasts can be heard anytime  on iHeart.com and the free iHeart App.  Listen anytime on iHeart.com and the iHeart and live Wednesdays, 2pm EST on W4CY.com. Connect with us on Twitter@connectedtableInstagram@theconnectedtable and Facebook@connectedtable

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)

What’s It Like To Oversee the Carnegie Hall of the Culinary World? August 9- The Connected Table LIVE!

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If you’ve never dined at The James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village, you are in for a one-of-a-kind experience. Formerly the home of the beloved cookbook author, educator and culinary raconteur, James Beard, aka “the Dean of American Cooking,” The James Beard House has been called “the Carnegie Hall of the Culinary World.”

The historic James Beard House is located at 167 West 12th Street in Greenwich Village, NYC

The historic James Beard House is located at 167 West 12th Street in Greenwich Village, NYC. Photo: Martin Ramin

Almost nightly a spectacular dinner takes place, prepared by a talented guest chef from around the world, delighting members lucky enough to score a seat.  More than 53,000 dining events have taken place at The James Beard House since its first dinner in 1987 prepared by Chef Wolfgang Puck, owner of Spago restaurant in Beverly Hills.

The James Beard House dining room. Photo: Martin Ramin

The James Beard House dining room. Photo: Martin Ramin

It’s also home to The James Beard Foundation, a non-profit founded in 1986 to celebrate, nurture and honor chefs anf other leaders in the industry. Educational programs, scholarships, advocacy and the annual James Beard Foundation Awards are among its many programs. Since 1991, The James Beard Foundation has awarded $7 million in scholarships.  JBF Awards recipients now number over 2500 since the program was launched in 1991 and was soon dubbed by TIME magazine as “the Oscars of the food & beverage industry.”

Susan Ungaro is President of The James Beard Foundation photo: Ken Goodman)

The James Beard Foundation President Susan Ungaro joins us August 9, 2pm EST, on The Connected Table LIVE (W4CY Radio/www.W4CY.com).  During Susan’s 11-year tenure she has initiated programs to align with the mission of JBF and its commitment to education, philanthropy and advocacy, and in the process raised its profile beyond the JBF Awards, JBF House dinners and other longtime special events. These include initiatives such as The annual JBF Food Summit, the JBF Leadership Awards and the Women in Culinary Leadership Program.  

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