Tastewithus

Tuscany, Italy

by Elizabeth Cooper in Wine & Beer

While making our way around Tuscany our ‘home base’ for those few days was Fattoria Casabianca (http://www.fattoriacasabianca.it/), a quaint agrotourismo outside the picturesque town of Caschina in Murlo. Casabianco is a family owned farm/vineyard/winery that produces a line of Chiantis in and around the foothills of Montalcino.
This evocative, timeless landscape hosts five 13th century farmhouses,… read more

Raclette, that’s French for scrape…

by Alexander Kast in Wine & Beer, Cheese

One of our most popular cheeses this time of the year is our French Raclette (which coincidentally is on Special at $10.99lb, normally $13.99lb), a robust, funky cheese used to make the iconic gooey dish of the same name.  The word Raclette translates from French to mean “scrape” (or “squeegee” according to Google Translate), which is how the dish is prepared. 
The story goes that a couple of French guys in… read more

Monte Rosola and Il Poggione

by Elizabeth Cooper in Wine & Beer, Cheese, Wine & Beer

The second half of my Italian vacation took me to a lovely vineyard and winery just outside of Volterra, Monte Rosola (www.monterosola.com).  The owners, Gottfried and Carmen Schmitt, were most hospitable hosts.  When we arrived it was an absolute deluge, so rather than wandering the vineyards we were treated to a spectacular Tuscan lunch while tasting through the Schmitts’ lineup.  This included several… read more

Italy: Sights, Sounds, Culture and Flavors

by Elizabeth Cooper in Wine & Beer, Cheese, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

Having just returned from a spectacular trip to Italy, it seems only fitting to dedicate the next few blogs to the wonderful sights, sounds, culture and flavors of the various regions visited. I made the trip with three close friends; we started in Venice, arriving in the early evening to stroll the ancient alleyways (no room for vehicles here) and canals looking for a restaurant recommended by a native Venetian friend.… read more

Autumn Brews

by Elizabeth Cooper in Wine & Beer, Cheese, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

Written by Rosiland Schwartz Southern Season Beer Geek
Fall is finally upon us, gentle readers, and with the changing seasons comes a tidal wave of new and exciting fall beers. If you like to drink seasonally, like I do, you’ll already have downed a few Märzens and a few Pumpkin beers, but you may still be wondering about the origins of those styles and what makes them so popular today. Well, wonder no more! What follows… read more

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Susan Hearn

Get to know the Chef
 
What are your top 5 kitchen tools?
Knife
Wooden Spoon
Micro Plane
Vita Mix
All Clad Pots
 
What is your favorite culinary destination?
 Greece – I know it is really a country not a city but the whole country is smaller than any state in the US.  I love the island cuisine.  How fresh and natural all the food is there.
  
What smell evokes a wonderful memory?
The smell of cinnamon,… read more

RUSH IN FOR RUSH CREEK!

by Alexander Kast in Wine & Beer, Cheese, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Cheese

It’s that time of the year! Uplands farm, makers of Pleasant Ridge, an amazing pasture fed cow’s milk cheese is releasing their third year of Rush Creek. It’s definitely the “hot” cheese with write ups in New York Times  and Bon Appetite, but the hype is matched by a superior cheese, so no need to eat your words, unless you really, really want to!
WHAT IS IT?
Rush Creek is produced only in the autumn, when the cows… read more

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John Ash

Upcoming Classes:
In Honor of Chicken — October 9, 2012 6:00 PM
On The Grill! — October 10, 2012 6:00 PM
Get to know the Chef
What are your top 5 kitchen tools?
My Henkles knife tops the list along with a couple of microplanes, Vita Mix, Potato Ricer and Fish Spatula!
What is your favorite culinary destination?
Since its close by, my favorite city to eat is San Francisco without a doubt. I’m also enjoying… read more

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Sheri Castle

Upcoming Class:
Cooking with Cast Iron — September 20, 2012 6:00 PM 

Get to know the Chef
What are your top 5 kitchen tools?
Good knives, a cast-iron skillet, tongs, fine-mesh sieve, food mill
What is your favorite culinary destination?
Atlanta, closely followed by Charleston.
What smell evokes a wonderful memory?
Hot cornbread. It was the daily bread of my childhood.
What do you have that is interesting in your… read more

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Sandra Gutierrez

Upcoming Class
The New Southern-Latino Table — September 13, 2012 6:00 PM
Get to know the Chef
What are your top 5 kitchen tools?
Blender, serrated vegetable peeler, grater, citrus juicer, food processor
What is your favorite culinary destination?
New York City because you can find food from all over the world
What smell evokes a wonderful memory?
Caramel. It reminds me of the spun sugar candies of my childhood.… read more