Wine Wisdom: Andrea Robinson

Wine Wisdom One of the few female master sommeliers in the world, an inductee into our Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America, and a JBF Award winner, Andrea Robinson is in high demand for her advice on wine. We recently caught up with her to get the details on her new project and her suggestions for a few value-minded quaffers.

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Wine Wisdom: Q & A with JBF Award Winner Kevin Zraly

wine glass Since he was inducted into our Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America in 1988, the restless Kevin Zraly has stayed busy: after taking an exhaustive, two-year world tour that touched down in over 100 wine regions, he has updated and re-released the classic Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, which hit bookstores in late September. We got in touch with the JBF Award–winning instructor to see what else he's been up to and what he likes to drink for under $20.

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Eye Candy: American Icons Gala Auction and Dinner

We're wrapping up the week with another helping of photos from Wednesday's American Icons gala auction and dinner at the Four Seasons Restaurant. Scroll down for shots of the fabulous crowd and stunning space. (For yesterday's batch, click here.)

JBF president Susan Ungaro and Charlie PalmerJBF president Susan Ungaro and Charlie Palmer pose for a photo during the VIP reception

silent auctionGuests mingle during the silent auction

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Food Matters: James Beard–Themed Dining in Hawaii

When one of our board members mentioned that they had gotten wind of a yearly James Beard–themed dinner in Hawaii, we knew we had to investigate. We eventually tracked down Hilo resident Mike Middleworth, a member of a group called Wine Connection that stages wine and culinary events throughout the year. "I have always enjoyed James Beard's recipes, so it seemed very logical to produce a dinner with a menu of his dishes that call for a wine as an ingredient," Middleworth explained. "We then drink the same wine for the pairing."

This is the fourth year that Middleworth has hosted the dinner, which is attended by anywhere from 30 to 50 people, and it's always a huge success. "Beard's recipes, of course, are richer than today's healthy cooking, but you can't beat the results," says Middleworth.

The menu for the event, which was held last weekend, is below. We're charmed to see that the spirit of the dean of American cookery is alive and well in the 50th state.

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