They both focus on the pleasures of the palate, one with a dining focus and the other through wine. Melanie and David speak with the Insatiable Gael Greene and Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson Wednesday, November 12 on The Connected Table Live 2p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT
The Insatiable Gael Greene- Living a Delicious Live of Passion and Purpose
She was recently named a “Living Landmark” by the City of New York, and her impact on the dining scene has, indeed, been monumental. Gael Greene has been a towering presence as a restaurant critic and columnist for 47 years – 40 of them as the Insatiable Critic for New York magazine, where she established her unique voice as a food writer after editor Clay Felker encouraged her to write as a passionate consumer. Among the results: “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Ice Cream But Were Too Fat To Ask,” “The Mafia Guide to Dining Out.” and “Nobody Knows the Truffles I’ve Seen.”
Gael is currently the restaurant critic for Manhattan magazine, an editorial consultant and writer for Foodie.com, author of a newsletter Fork Play and a weekly restaurant blog, BITE on her website, InsatiableCritic.com
But it’s her presence outside of restaurants and in the homes of many of NYC’s most special residents where Gael’s passion for delicious living is only surpassed by her passionate purpose to help those who may not be able to dine in restaurants and who may not have a warm meal waiting at home. She co-founded Citymeals-on-Wheels with famed American chef and food writer James Beard in 1981 to help feed New York City’s homebound elderly and has been the board chair since then. Citymeals now delivers more than two million meals a year to 18,000 frail, homebound New Yorkers who may otherwise go hungry.
Her insatiable prose is not limited to just magazines and blogs. Gael is author of seven books, among them best selling erotic novels, Blue Skies, No Candy, Delicious Sex and Doctor Love. And she just released a memoir, Insatiable: Tales from a Life of Delicious Excess.
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Talking Flights with Andrea Robinson
The first woman designated as Best Sommelier in the United States, Andrea Robinson is one of the country’s leading wine educators and only one of only twenty women in the world to hold the title of Master Sommelier.
Andrea is the winner of three James Beard Foundation Awards and was selected by Bon Appetit Magazine as Wine & Spirits Professional of The Year in 2004. She has written four best selling wine and food books, including Everyday Dining with Wine, which won the prestigious IACP Cookbook Award.
Andrea has appeared on more than 100 episodes of Food Network’s “Cooking Live Primetime,” “Hot off the Grill” and “Emeril Live” shows. She was featured on Working Mother magazine’s cover as a Working Mother of the Year, and she has been profiled in People, Glamour, Elle, NBC Nightly News, CBS This Morning, The New York Times, Food & Wine magazine, and others.
Andrea has extended her knowledge from bottle to glass with the creation of The One™ – a dishwasher safe wine glass designed to optimize the tasting experience by showcasing the scent of the wine. The One™ simplifies the need to purchase multiple wine glasses for different grape varietals.
It’s this practical and engaging approach to enjoying and demystifying wine that has made Andrea The One Delta Air Lines selected to serve as its Official Sommelier in charge of selecting flights of wine for its BusinessElite flights. Delta earned its wings bringing Andrea on board!