The Connected Table Live

The Connected Table Live

Food and beverage industry insiders Melanie Young and David Ransom connect you to the people and stories in the world of eating, drinking, hospitality and travel. Hear from chefs, restaurateurs, vintners, farmers, sommeliers, mixologists, authors, educators and more. Discover new places and go behind-the-scenes. Melanie and David are an insatiably curious culinary couple who bring a delicious new approach to exploring the pleasures of the palate. #connectedtable @connectedtable Wednesdays, 2 p.m.ET./11a.m. PT. on W4CY Radio http://www.W4CY.com. The show will be available on demand at www.iHeartRadio.com and everywhere the iHeartRadio app is available under the Shows & Personalities section. This show is broadcast live on W4CY Radio – (www.w4cy.com) part of Talk 4 Radio (http://www.talk4radio.com/) on the Talk 4 Media Network http://www.talk4media.com/).... Show More

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October 11, 2019 51 min

After apprenticing with artisan bakers throughout Europe, Daniel Leader founded Bread Alone bakery in New York's Hudson Valley in 1983. Today he is considered one of the nation's leading masters on making artisan bread and a scholar on the art and science of baking. Bread Alone's wholesale/retail distribution now stretches from New York to Boston. Leader is author of five books on baking including the latest, Living Bre... Read more

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Chef Mina Newman draws on her Peruvian heritage at Sen Sekana in New York City. The menu features Nikkei cuisine, a fusion of Peruvian and Japanese flavors, from fresh ceviche and sushi to pisco roasted mushroom empanadas and quinoa-crusted chicken nanban with black vinegar sauce. Winemaker Sarah Troxell and husband, Galen, own Galen Glen Winery (est 1995) in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley. Galen Glen was the first winery to plan... Read more

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September 13, 2019 51 min

Chef Marc Murphy's career has stretched from Monte Carlo to Manhattan, most recently running Landmarc and Ditch Plains restaurants. He is a regular judge on The Food Network's "Chopped" series and active in charitable causes such as Share Our Strength, City Harvest and Food + Finance High School. Murphy works with The Culinary Diplomacy Project, an organization which sends prominent chefs to destinations around ... Read more

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September 9, 2019 50 min

Chef Kerry Heffernan is an activist for sustainable fishing and conservation who serves on the Monterey Bay Aquarium Blue Ribbon Task Force. He is a chef consultant for Seaworthy in New Orleans and for "15 CPW," a private restaurant in Manhattan. Chef Barbara Sibley is owner of La Palapa Cocina Mexicana and two La Palapa Taquerias in New York City. Active in supporting workplace equality, Sibley was honored by the Restauran... Read more

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Award-winning cookbook author and southern food chronicler, Virginia Willis, discusses the unique global culinary diversity of the American South - a delicious hodgepodge based on history, heritage, handed-down customs and hard work. Willis is author of Secrets of the Southern Table, which takes readers on a journey throughout the southern states to share the stories of local food purveyors, farmers, fisherman and other producers. ... Read more

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Father-son, Massimo Bernetti and Michele Bernetti, oversee Umani Ronchi Winery in Italy's Abruzzo and Marche. The family started making wine in 1957 with a focus on the local Verdicchio and Pecorino white varieties and Montepulciano red in three estates. Founder of The Wine Advocate in 1978, Robert Parker Jr, has been called the most influential wine critic of all time. Parker retired in May 2019 after selling a majority intere... Read more

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July 26, 2019 47 min

Vintner Robert Princic discusses his family winery, Gradis'Ciutta, in DOC Collio (Friuli Venezia Giulia) in San Floriano del Collio near the Slovenian border. The farm, originally called Monsvini (“Mountain of Wine”), dates to 1780. Princic’s family started Gradis’Ciutta with five hectares in 1945 after World War II; they now own 90 and practice organic farming. Princic makes white wines, a signature of the area, from native an... Read more

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July 11, 2019 50 min

Loire Valley Vintner Nicolas Joly is a pioneer in biodynamic farming. He is proprietor of La Coulée de Serrant in Savennières, one of only three single estate appellations in France (the others are Romanée Conti, Burgundy, and Château Grillet, Rhône Valley). Once a monastic vineyards dating to the 12th century, La Coulée de Serrant has been under vine for nearly 900 consecutive vintages. It is one of three Chenin Blanc wines of dif... Read more

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Third generation farmer, Tom Gamble, shares his family's 100-year history in Napa. Gamble purchased his first vineyard in Oakville in 1981 and opened Gamble Family Vineyards in 2005. His estate wines are made from vineyards in Oakville, Yountville, Mt. Veeder and Rutherford. Chef and food writer, Annie Copps, shares culinary morsels of New England in "A LIttle Taste of Cape Cod" and "Little Local Maine." Copps i... Read more

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Located in Tuscany 40 minutes south of Florence, Tenuta Il Palagio is a 16th century estate and organic farm owned by world-renowned musician, Sting, and his wife, Trudie Styler, a director, producer and actor. The couple purchased Il Palagio in 1997 and spent years restoring the villa, gardens and replanting vineyards. Il Palagio makes acclaimed wines, olive oil and honey. Trudie Styler shares the spirit of Il Palagio along with E... Read more

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June 20, 2019 50 min

Feudo Montoni is an historic- and isolated- wine estate in central Sicily dating to 1469. Rosario Sireci purchased Feudo Montoni in the late 1800s upon discovering a wealth of ancient, pre-phylloxera vines. Third generation family member, Fabio Sireci, oversees wine production which focuses on cru-estate wines made from 100% indigenous varietals, all certified organic. His wife and partner, Melissa Muller, has embraced her Sicilian... Read more

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June 13, 2019 51 min

Azienda Agricola Cavalchina in Italy's Veneto has played an historic role in establishing an identity for Custoza white wines and, more recently since 2016, for Garda DOC sparkling wines. Luciano Piona Cavalchina discusses the region and its wines as well as the history of his family's estate which dates to the early 1900s and is located between Verona and Lake Garda. This show is broadcast live on Wednesday's at 2PM E... Read more

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South African André Shearer co-founded wine import company, Cape Classics, in 1992 following the end of apartheid. Cape Classics is now the largest player in the South African wine import business and also imports wines from France. Beatrice Contini Bonacossi is a member of family-run Capezzana, Tuscany's oldest wine producing estate dating back to 804. The Contini Bonacossi family helped establish DOCG Carmignano in Tuscany an... Read more

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We visit two wine estates in western Sicily: Baglio di Pianetto is owned by the Marzotto family. Dominque Marzotto and Renato de Bartoli discuss the estate's history and location, considered ideal for Nero d'Avola. Feudo Disisa in DOC Monreale has belonged to Mario di Lorenzo's family for more than a century and boasts the first and oldest Chardonnay variety in Sicily. Other key grapes in DOC Monreale include Insolio an... Read more

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May 16, 2019 50 min

Janet Fletcher the well-respected author of 30 cookbooks and creator of the blog, Planet Cheese, which opens readers' eyes to the world of cheese. She discusses her latest book, "Wine Country Table: with Recipes that Celebrate California's Sustainable Harvest." Valle dell'Acate winery in southeast Sicily produces wines made from native varietals as well as the iconic Cerasuolo di Vittorio DOCG. Sixth generation ... Read more

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Two wine producers from the Loire Valley share their stories. Pierre-Jean Sauvion is 4th generation family member and winemaker for Maison Sauvion, the leading Muscadet producer in France. The Sauvion's “Château du Cléray” has belonged to the family since 1935 and is one of the oldest estates in Sèvre et Maine. Amélie Neau is winemaker at her family’s Domaine de Nerleux, located in St. Cyr en Bourg in Saumur-Champigny, known fo... Read more

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An authority on Jewish cooking and culinary history, Joan Nathan is the author of 11 cookbooks, including "King Solomon's Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World," "Jewish Cooking in American" and "Quiches, Kugels and Couscous:My Search for Jewish Cooking in France." She discusses the global migration of Jewish food traditions. This show is broadcast live on Wednesday'... Read more

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Chief winemaker for Golan Heights Winery since 1992, American-born Victor Schoenfeld is a legend in Israel's wine industry. He oversees winemaking for Yarden, Gilgal, Mount Hermon and Golan. Marna and Frank Brigtsen opened Brigtsen’s Restaurant in 1986 in a Victorian cottage in Uptown New Orleans. A New Orleans native and protégé of the late Chef Paul Prudhomme, Brigtsen creates dishes rooted in Creole and Acadian traditions. M... Read more

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New York City's Gotham Bar & Grill, celebrating 35 years in 2019, defined new American cooking, thanks to its longtime Exec. Chef Alfred Portale. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Portale initially studied jewelry design. His eye for design inspired his innovative architectural dishes that launched a trend. Portale remains at the top of his game with his team that includes Exec. Pastry Chef Ron Paprocki, who ... Read more

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April 11, 2019 49 min

As Executive Chef at the Waldorf-Astoria NYC for 30 years, John Doherty managed five kitchens and dinners for U.S. Presidents and other world leaders. He now runs Black Barn Restaurant in Manhattan, which offers a farm-to-table dining experience, and started the hunger relief charity, Heavenly Harvest Foundation. As Chairman of Feudi di San Gregorio in the Irpinia region of Avellino in Italy, Antonio Capaldo oversees his family'... Read more

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