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. The Connected Table Live Radio Show is broadcast live at Wednesday's 2PM ET on W4CY Radio (www.w4cy.com) part of Talk 4 Radio (www.talk4radio.com) on the Talk 4 Media Network (www.talk4media.com). This podcast is also available on Talk 4 Podcasting (www.talk4podcasting.com).... Show More

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October 15, 2020 52 min
Ruth Reichl has held many roles in the food industry: restaurant cook and co-owner, restaurant critic for The New York Times & Los Angeles Times, editor-in-chief for Gourmet magazine and author of several bestselling books and memoirs including: Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me with Apples, Garlic and Sapphires and Save Me the Plums. Reichl reflects on the joys of home cooking, the state of America's farmers and food supply a...
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October 12, 2020 45 min
Barboursville Vineyards in Virginia was the 18th century estate of statesman, James Barbour. In 1976 Italian vintner, Gianni Zonin, acquired the estate to create Barboursville Vineyards, the only winery for the Zonin family outside Italy. Luca Paschina, Barboursville's winemaker and general manager since 1990, shares the Barboursville Vineyards story and discusses its location and wines. Today, Barboursville is a popular destin...
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September 30, 2020 51 min
Are virtual wine events here to stay in the wake of COVID-19? When will people feel comfortable attending in-person tastings and events, both in the U.S. and overseas? What about hybrid events? A consultant to global wine companies, Gino Colangelo, founder, Colangelo & Partners (www.colangelopr.com), shares his firm's findings on what makes a successful virtual wine event. This includes a dynamic presenter, lighting, backdr...
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September 24, 2020 51 min
Food blogger and Instagram personality (@peaslovencarrots), Danielle Renov discusses her debut cookbook, "Peas, Love & Carrots." Inspired by Danielle's Sephardic and Ashkenazi heritage and growing up in New York, the book's 250+ recipes are infused with the marriage of cultures and traditions. Danielle now lives in Israel with her husband, Eli, and their children. She shares her enthusiasm for Israel, ho...
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September 17, 2020 52 min
Kelly Fields Chef/Owner of Willa Jean restaurant and bakery in New Orleans, shares her expertise and creative twists on baking in "The Good Book of Southern Baking: A Revival of Biscuits, Cakes & Pies,” written with @KateHeddings. New York's #Niagara wine region has a long growing season thanks to the "lake effect," says vintner Jim Baker, owner of Chateau Niagara Winery. Baker discusses Niagara's key gr...
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September 10, 2020 46 min
Natalie MacLean is Canada's and North America's go-to online wine educator, an award-winning wine journalist and author of "Red, White & Drunk All Over" and "Unquenchable: A Tipsy Guide for the World's Best Bargain Wines." She discusses wines for hard to pair foods and suggests Canadian wines to try. Buffalo (NY)'s food scene is more than its iconic chicken wings and Beef on Weck. Marble+Rye&...
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September 3, 2020 50 min
Melanie and David broadcast live from historic Hermann J. Wiemer Estate in New York's Finger Lakes on the first day of harvest, visiting with vintner-partners Fred Merwarth and Oskar Bynke. A native of Germany, Hermann Wiemer opened his winery in 1979; on the shores of Lake Seneca.

How has culinary education adapted in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and what does the future look like for aspiring chefs? Rick Smilow, presiden...
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August 26, 2020 51 min
Alice Paillard's ancestors have been growers in Champagne since 1704. In 1981 her father, Bruno Paillard, broke with tradition to found his own Champagne house to produce wines known for their complex blending and longer aging. Alice now works with Bruno as Co Director. Cooking was always a passion for fashion executive, Ann Ogden Gaffney, but after surviving two bouts of cancer it became a mission. She created non- profit Cook...
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August 19, 2020 49 min
Born in Ethiopia, adopted and raised in Sweden, Chef Marcus Samuelsson's multicultural background and belief in food-as-community reflects his life today as Chef/Owner of Red Rooster, Streetbird and Ginny's Supper Club, all in Harlem. The youngest person to earn a New York Times three star review at age 23 as executive chef at Aquavit, Marcus is Co-Chairman of the Board for Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) to h...
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August 19, 2020 49 min
Who doesn't love chocolate? Mr Chocolate, aka Jacques Torres, is one of the world's most respected experts on all things confection. Founder of Jacques Torres Chocolates, produced and sold in New York and online at MrChocolate.com, Jacques' collection includes exquisite artisan chocolates and other sweets. He is the recipient of France's prestigious Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur.

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August 19, 2020 50 min
A special pre-recorded show with two great ladies in food. Lidia Bastianich is host of an Emmy Award-winning TV series, a bestselling author, successful restaurateur, and owner of a flourishing food and entertainment business.

Carol Brock's vision to "break the pyrex ceiling for women in fine food and beverage" launched Les Dames d'Escoffier International, a nonprofit with 42 chapters and 2400 members. Brock's po...
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July 22, 2020 49 min
Haiti’s Delphine Gardère, CEO of Rhum Barbancourt, is the family’s 5th generation overseeing the distillery, established in 1862 by her French ancestor, Dupré Barbancourt. Delphine shares her passion for Haitian art and culture and explains how Barbancourt makes its aged dark rums. After attending university in Spain, Nicola Thornton worked with leading wineries in Toro. She created global export company, Spanish Palate, to market ...
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Phil Long owns Longevity Wines, an urban winery in the Livermore Valley, one of California's oldest AVAs. He discusses the appellation, his vision as a winemaker and his role as president of the Association of African-American Vintners. Harlem is one of NYC's most vibrant, diverse and community-focused neighborhoods thanks to eateries like Harlem Shake. Founder Jelena Pasic and business partner, Dardra Coaxum ,share what...
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Doug Frost is only one of four wine professionals to hold both Master Sommelier and Master of Wine accreditations. The Kansas City wine educator and author is a partner in Echolands Winery in Walla Walla AVA, Washington. Chef-Restaurateur Michael Chernow, founder of Seamore's, cofounder of The Meatball Shop and WellWell plant based functional beverages, shares what drives him as a hospitality entrepreneur and how a daily exerci...
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Ariane Daguin, founder of D'Artagnan, a leading purveyor of high quality, humanely-raised, hormone-free, antibiotic-free meat, game, duck, poultry, foie gras, charcuterie and other specialty foods, discusses the state of the industry and how she sources from farmers throughout the U.S. For 35 years, D'Artagnan has supplied leading restaurants and has a successful ecommerce business selling direct to consumers. Daguin also d...
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June 18, 2020 52 min
Grace Young has been called the Stir Fry Guru, thanks to her cookbooks, classes and award-winning video, Wok Therapist. Grace shares tips on using and caring for a wok and the joys of preparing Chinese dishes. She discusses need to support local Chinese restaurants and shops, many family owned. An ex marine turned vigneron, Rutger de Vink is founder of RdV Vineyards in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He discuss his appro...
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CoFounder of Wheeling Forward, para-athlete, and traveler, Sommelier Yannick Benjamin proves how living in a wheelchair does not need to limit your life. He discusses plans for his New York City restaurant, Contento, and how restaurants can be better at serving the needs of people living with disabilities. The bucolic Berkshires in Western Massachusetts is home to many family farms. Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner share fa...
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Gonzalo Iturriaga, Technical Director, Tempos Vega Sicilia, takes us inside this legendary winery in Spain known for its iconic Unico label. He discusses the family's other wineries, Alión (Ribera Del Duero), Pintea (Toro), Bodegas Macan (Rioja) and Oremus (Hungary). Johanna Mendelson Forman, PhD, and Filiz Hösükoğlu co-edited “The Cuisine of Life: Recipes and Stories of The New Food Entrepreneurs of Turkey” from the Livelihood...
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Neurosurgeon Dr. Tom Kenefick purchased Kenefick Ranch, a 250 acre working farm in Calistoga (Napa Valley) in 1980. Today, 40 years later, Kenefick Ranch produces wines from Bordeaux and Rhone varieties. Tom, son Chris and daughter Caitlin discuss Kenefick Ranch's history and wines. Chef Gaz Oakley joins from his home in Wales to share his passion for plant-based cooking from his latest book, "Plants Only Kitchen," and ...
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Mathieu Roland-Billecart is CEO of Champagne Billecart-Salmon and seventh generation member of this esteemed family-run champagne house, established in 1818. He discusses Billecart-Salmon's history, its iconic bottle and selection of champagnes. Angela Garbacz is owner of Goldenrod Pastries, an inclusive community pastry shop in Lincoln, Nebraska. Her cookbook, "Perfectly Golden, “includes signature recipes for cookies, cak...
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