General: March 2008 Archives

Wine Country A Hit According to James Beard

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jbawards.jpgThe highly anticipated announcement of this year's finalists for the James Beard Foundation Awards ( counts some of wine country's brightest stars among its honorees.  Dubbed "the Oscars of the food world" by TIME Magazine, the "JBF" awards have been recognizing North America's top food and beverage professionals, broadcast journalists, authors and restaurant designers since 1990 at their annual awards gala at Lincoln Center.  Past recipients include Jacques Pépin, Joel Robuchon, Thomas Keller and Paul Draper of Ridge Vineyards - to name just a few.

Beer & Cheese Make for a Great Match

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By Courtney Cochran


Spend enough time in a wine country brew pub and you'll sooner or later hear the favorite mantra of wine country bartenders, "It takes a lot of good beer to make great wine."  And while beer's popularity with the winemaking cognoscenti may not come as a huge surprise, its affinity for cheese probably does. That's right, like wine beer can pair beautifully with an array of fromages from Muenster to Morbier, and often does so even more gracefully than vino itself.

A Remembrance of Things Repast

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By Natalie MacLean


Breakfast in a gulp, lunch on the go and dinner on the run. Life in the fast lane seems to have bypassed the slow, ancient pleasures of the table. However, an amiable group of gastromes hopes to put an end to our nuke-it-and-eat-it culture.

With a charming chiocciolina (small snail) as its mascot and a philosophy that advocates the defence of pleasure, Slow Food, an international organization with 30,000 members in 35 countries is helping members rediscover the flavours of regional cooking and fresh local produce. The group believes that small doses of sensual pleasure preserve us from the fast and frozen food, the enemies of contemplative cuisine.