"'Eat' was my first word. I used to sit in my high chair every morning with great anticipation, waiting to be served my oatmeal with butter and brown sugar while banging my spoon on the tray and chanting 'Eat, eat, eat!'"
–JBF Award Winner Traci Des Jardins
Tyler Colman doesn’t want you to stress out about wine pairings. Of course the food matters, but for Colman it is equally important to take into account your mood, the location, and the atmosphere of a situation.
At Beard on Books yesterday, Dr. Vino had his audience discuss what kind of wines they prefer in various settings. Robust reds are perfect for an evening by the fire in December, while an afternoon in your beach cabana might call for a crisp and clean rosé. Let your instincts and cravings in each instance help guide you to the perfect pairing.
In his latest book, A Year of Wine: Perfect Pairings, Great Buys, and What to Sip for Each Season, Colman urges readers to “drink different” and to get out of their wine ruts—stop by your local wine shop and try something new. It’s a great time for wine, with many interesting bottles out there for very reasonable prices.
Colman's book is also
Tonight we'll be tuning in to the premiere of Bravo'sTop Chef Masters to root for all the contestants who are JBF Award winners or nominees. Among them is Rick Bayless, whose restaurant, Frontera Grill, won the medal for Outstanding Restaurant in 2007. He's competing for his charity, Frontera Farmer Foundation, which supports small Midwestern farms that practice sustainability. We caught up with the Chicago-based chef at last year's JBF Awards gala, when the event's theme was "Artisanal America."
James Beard Foundation: What would you eat for your last meal on earth?
Rick Bayless: Something in a tortilla for sure.
JBF: What’s your earliest food memory?
RB: Peeling peaches with my grandmother.
JBF: What’s your favorite regional ingredient?
RB... Read more >
Author of the highly praised Dr. Vino blog, Tyler Colman brings a budget-conscious and highly seasonal approach to wine that guarantees greater enjoyment.
In anticipation of Colman’s appearance at tomorrow’s Beard on Books, we asked the wine expert and author of A Year of Wine: Perfect Pairings, Great Buys, and What to Sip for Each Season for his top summer wine picks.
La Spinetta, Moscato d'Asti (about $15)
This is probably the ultimate wine for sipping poolside with a light fizz, peachy aromas, and five percent alcohol. Because it is slightly sweet, it's also a perfect wine for newbies.
Wild Rock, Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (about $15)
This kiwi Sauvignon Blanc has the customary refreshing acidity but adds an aromatic lift from a dash of riesling and viognier. Pair with lunch on the
A true James Beard classic, this simple recipe may seem like it contains an overwhelming amount of garlic, but it actually highlights the allium’s softer side. The slow cooking time mellows the strong garlic taste and aroma and creates a buttery-mild garlic-perfumed paste that’s perfect spread on crusty bread.Get recipe >
“When I was just starting out I worked in a restaurant where I prepared canelones, Catalan stuffed pasta. The restaurant’s dining room had a huge fish tank. And we had a pan as long as me that we used for the canelones. One day I was showing off and brought the hot pan right out of the oven and into the dining room. I lost control and somehow managed to dump it into the fish tank!”
–JBF Award Winner José Andrés
Top Chef Masters makes its debut this week on Bravo and its roster of cheftestants is chock-full of JBF Award–winning and –nominated chefs like Rick Bayless, Roy Yamaguchi, and Cindy Pawlcyn. A player of particular note is our 2007 Humanitarian of the Year winner, Art Smith, whose work extends beyond the restaurant kitchen and into the community with his non-profit organization Common Threads. At its Chicago and Los Angeles locations, Common Threads participants learn about new cultures and our global community through food and cooking.
Here’s what happening at the Beard House next week:
Monday, June 8, 7:00 p.m.
Boutique Napa Wine Dinner
Joel Harloff, Dali Wine Bar, Dallas / Proprietor Kathryn Walt Hall, Hall Wines Napa Valley, St. Helena, CA
Wednesday, June 10, 12:00 p.m.
Beard on Books
Tyler Colman, A Year of Wine: Perfect Pairings, Great Buys, and What to Sip for Each Season
Wednesday, June 10, 7:00 p.m.
Ben Pollinger and Pastry Chef Jansen Chan, Oceana, NYC
For details and reservations, visit www.jamesbeard.org or call 212.627.2308.(Photo by Eileen
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