We were invited to El Paso, Texas to cook at a gathering of ‘Oldways Preservation’, a non-profit organization based in Boston, Massachussetts. ‘Oldways’ is one of the premier educational forums for focusing on healthy, culturally diverse and historically respectful eating. They put on conferences around the world and invite scientists, farmers, professors, chefs and food/wine media to promote positive lifestyles.
04/11/13 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview interview, Richard Fain, CEO/Board Chair of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and chair of Veritage Miami (United Way Food and Wine Festival.) He’s changed the name to Veritage.
Who's growing cocktails in their gardens? In a manner of speaking, Blackbird Ordinary and Broken Shaker are. The two Miami-Dade bars are growing plants they use to make simple syrups, infusions and garnishes. You can also grow your own "cocktail garden." Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist, visits Books & Books this Friday, and she'll be giving gardening tips.
It may surprise some of you but I used to be quite shy when it came to going into restaurants and trying dishes and ingredients I had not known growing up, (as I had) in a small town in Northern Illinois. Now I am known for being “all in” when it comes to that… but we all have our ‘earlier selves’...don’t we?
04/04/13 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Gustavo Rech general manager of Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak at Turnberry Isle and David Varley, corporate executive chef for the Mina Group. Wediscuss how they have been able to keep their brand standards when many celebrity chefs in South Florida have failed, plus the new Michael Mina restaurant opening at the Fontainebleau Hotel.
In her March 22 article in the New York Times, Liesl Schillinger wrote that she wanted to capture the Miami restaurants and tourist haunts that are "uncool" and serve "the salty fried food, the lime-drenched cocktails."
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03/28/13 - 1:30pm - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Shari Gherman, founder of the American Fine Wine Competition and Chef Christina Machammer, from B Cellars Napa Valley Blends and winner of the 4th season of Hell’s Kitchen. Shari talks about the best American wines and Christina shares her thoughts on pairing food and wine.
Last month, Josh's Deli in Surfside was transformed into the Saffron Supper Club. The lights were turned down, and the duck prosciutto and smoked salmon were tucked away. Candles covered the long diner counter, and an infatuating aroma of nutty rice tahdig greeted dinners.
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03/14/12 - Thursday’s Topical Currents is with Linda Gassenheimer, and her report from the huge “Fancy Food Show.” It’s a big event for the food industry, and Linda gives her slice of the best and most innovative products. How about a boxed Ethiopian dinner you can prepare at home? Also, we’ll taste the latest veggie chips, and sample banana jam on breakfast toast. Fred Tasker gives wine suggestions. That’s Topical Currents, Thursday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1, rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2.
New York Times columnist and cookbook author Mark Bittman adopted a diet of eating plant-based foods before 6 after his doctor gave him a wakeup call about his poor health. The author still eats the cheeses and meats he can't bear to give up, if he desires, but only after 6, and in moderation.
02/28/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents is an edition of our popular “Restaurant Roundabout” with Linda Gassenheimer . . . and dining critics from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade. Learn about new hot spots and chefs . . . old favorites and best values.
The wine-soaked, bacon-infused, foie-gras-stuffed long weekend that was the 2013 South Beach Wine & Food Festival wrapped up yesterday. There were celebrity chef appearances, parties, tastings, chef demos, and wine pairing sessions, among other things.