There is nothing like enjoying fresh Italian in a modern, sexy space. Chef Bruno Abate is as authentically Italian as his food; he has lived and tasted his way across Italy. After taking a bite of crusty bread topped with burrata (a fresh Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream) I knew Chef was about to hit us with some real deal dishes from his homeland (thank God, as several trips to Italy has turned my palate into a real diva). It was cool to have access to some yummy Italian goodness without having to use my frequent flier miles.
Let me whet your appetite with pictures of some of his other specialties I tasted:
I had the opportunity to spend some time with the founders of Powerhouse Productions, Rochelle Brown and Sonia Armstead, and attend their celebration of being in business for more than a decade they hosted in New Orleans. I’d not had the pleasure of seeing them together (except for a brief hug on the streets of DC at Obama’s first inauguration) since we worked on the wildly successful Tyson Foods /Feeding America project with celebrity Chef G. Garvin, so I was excited to see the team!
The need for good bubbly never stops.
You may not have the money for, or the inclination to splurge on, a bottle of 1995 Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires ($150) or even the Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label ($42). It’s like that sometimes. No worries; here are six of my favorite bubbly alternatives under $20 (some under $10) that are yummy and you can feel good about bringing to ANY party (even to that friend’s house who traveled all over Europe for a year sipping wine ):
Those who partied with us over the holidays had the chance to taste Auchentoshan Single Malt Scotch Whisky – and people are still texting me asking how to drink it…or for cocktail ideas. Auchentoshan triple distills every single drop (which is unique) – and there is no wrong way to enjoy it.
NYC and Chicago, you are not alone in the battle of snow. December also gave Jerusalem some snow shade – and my fave Israel tour guide and history sherpa Ofir Jacobson, PhD, sent me some pics of the “once-in-a-century” storm, deemed thusly by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Interesting how snow can be both fun and fraught with drama.
Currently, Jerusalem is back up to 40+ degrees – but winter CLEARLY is a fickle mistress…so they may want to keep their gloves and shovels handy. Trust. I threw in some Chi and NYC pics in the slide show as we are snow sister cities…
Jettasetting Weekend: Chicago Gourmet, presented by Bon Appétit, Sept. 27-29 (yes, there are still tickets, but..)
This is going to be super YUMMY!
A true foodie fête, Chicago Gourmet, presented by Bon Appétit, is a true celebration of food and wine showcasing more than 100 of Chicago’s finest restaurants and chefs, as well as hundreds of renowned vintners, spirit makers, and premium breweries from around the world.