Jobs We Love: Paul Lang

Paul LangHe started out as a film student waiting tables at restaurants like No. 9 Park in Boston and Al Forno in Providence, but eventually Paul Lang set off to travel throughout Italy to learn more about food and wine. Eventually he opened his own company, A Casa, which specializes in bringing exciting, personalized, and delicious wine dinners and events to people’s homes. Recently he has also taken on the role of wine director at NYC’s Il Buco restaurant. We caught up with him to find out how he does it all. James Beard Foundation: What’s your job description? Paul Lang: I create and prepare personalized Italian wine dinners in people’s homes. JBF: How did you get your job? PL: I worked as chef for the Capezzana Estate in Tuscany. Then I served as sommelier at Babbo restaurant in NYC. I left Babbo to start A Casa.

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The Bookshelf: Beard on Books Recap

olives and orangesYesterday, at Beard on Books, Sara Jenkins discussed her cookbook Olives & Oranges: Recipes and Flavor Secrets from Italy, Spain, Cyprus & Beyond with guests at the Beard House. She joked that she is “really a home cook who got misplaced in a professional kitchen,” and in testing recipes for the book she happily rediscovered the joys of home cooking. Jenkins truly believes that simplicity rules: “The greatest thing you can do to food is not mess it up.” As the daughter of a foreign correspondent, Jenkins grew up throughout the Mediterranean. While in Italy, Lebanon, and Cyprus, she was exposed to a rural existence where electricity was a novelty and eating with friends and family was at the heart of life. Her memories are filled with good food and wonderful

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