Welcome to Lady Chef Stampede, Amanda Cohen’s series about the world’s most influential Lady Chefs! Click here to read her Q & A with us about the column, or read on to learn more about this week’s Lady Chef…While the Lady Chef Stampede is only supposed to talk about lady chefs, I’ve been deviating from that path a lot recently. Whether it’s Rosaura Guerrero, the founder of Rosarita Foods, or Amy Scherber, the baker who founded Amy’s Breads, I’ve been mixing it up and keeping you off balance. Today, I want to keep it unpredictable by talking about one of the food world’s most important cooking teachers, Madeleine Kamman.Called the “the superego of modern America’s food revolution” by the New York Times, she has been viewed as a cook’s cook, the French chef who had a feud with Julia Child, a temperamental Yoda who taught a generation of cooks, a tireless self-promoter, an intellectual, and a … [Read more...] about Lady Chef Stampede: Madeleine Kamman, The French Chef Who Battled Julia Child (And Survived)
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Rene Redzepi’s Noma happens to be a magical Danish place where the ants are tasty, the beans come from the sea, and the wine arrives via 18th-century schooner, accompanied by lusty bearded seamen and singing mermaids (or a bunch of hipster waiters?).As wine merchant Sune Rosforth writes on Noma’s blog, there had been multiple miscommunications involving a shipment of organic wine onboard a schooner, and how they all had to find a new home, lest Neptune wrought his vengeance on the ship and subject it to New York City tariffs sink it to the bottom of the sea: The captain of the ship took this opportunity to contact [wine grower Olivier Cousins] and ask him if there was anywhere else he could try delivering his wine to. Olivier immediately asked his importer in London, who turned down the idea. It was then that he called us. We said yes.However, for the trip to make any sense for us, we needed 8000 bottles of wine brought over – and not just from Olivier, but from … [Read more...] about WATCH: Rene Redzepi Delivers Wine By Schooner, How Else?
This story first appeared in the Nov. 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.Now in its third year, the Napa Valley Film Festival -- running Nov. 13 to 17 -- was founded by Brenda and Marc Lhormer, producers of Bottle Shock, a 2008 indie pic about the famous 1976 contest in France that put California wine, and Napa Valley, on the map. More than 100 movies are set to screen at the festival, and befitting its environs, THR turned to Christopher Sawyer -- sommelier and wine educator at Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar at The Lodge at Sonoma -- for advice."My basic philosophy on film and wine pairings is based on character development," he says. "In a great film, you follow the development of each character for an hour and a half. The same is true when you open a fine bottle of wine and engage in sensory experiences as the wine develops with more time spent in the glass." PHOTOS: What Wines to Give and Drink Now PHILOMENA (NOV. 15, 8:30 P.M.)Stags' Leap 2009 Petite Sirah, … [Read more...] about Napa Film Fest: Sommelier Pairs Wines With 5 Titles
“Today we’re celebrating the start of a new era,” DCTV’s co-founder and co-executive director Jon Alpert announced to a crowd of several hundred filmmakers, documentary enthusiasts and journalists.In the background stood DCTV’s home since 1979, a striking structure in French Chateau style with steeply pitched hip roof and prominent corner spiral, which contrasted sharply with the surrounding towers of American boxes. This juxtaposition contributed a bit of the surreal to the ceremony. But only a bit. This was not the 16th century, and certainly not the tranquil Loire Valley in France. The honking horns and growling trucks, darting taxis, the screeching and banging from a construction site across Lafayette Street all insisted this was the 21st century in chaotic New York City.“Documentary films are the eyes and ears and soul of filmmaking,” the DCTV (Downtown Community TV) co-director continued. “New York is the worldwide capital of … [Read more...] about Ground Breaking for DCTV’s New Doc-Only Theater
Imagine this for your summer vacation: You have lunch in the Tuscan vineyards with Allegra Antinori of the Antinori wine dynasty; then you sip fine Barolos in the cellars belonging to another wine family, the Gajas; and finally you indulge in a tasting of about 200 premier and grand crus from Burgundy's top domaines. Such delights are now available through luxury wine travel services offered by Le Baccanti Tours, Cellar Tours, BeautifulPlaces, Abercrombie & Kent and Burgundy Bootcamp. While major wine-growing regions around the world can be found in Australia, Chile, Argentina, Spain and South Africa, most oenophiles stock their cellars with French, Italian and California wines and favor these regions for a wine sojourn.Italy, for one, has more grape varieties and regions than you can shake a vine at. "There are over 400 varieties and it's always a discovery, even for me," says Filippo Bartolotta, director of Florence-based Le Baccanti. Although Brunellos from Tuscany and Barolos … [Read more...] about Luxury Travel Quarterly