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).

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May 14, 2021 32 min
A leading woman of wine in Spain and the world, Cristina Forner continues the legacy of Marqués de Cáceres in Rioja founded by her father, Enrique Forner, in 1970. She joined Marqués de Cáceres in 1983 and was named CEO in 2007. Forner has overseen the company's impressive global expansion, extended brand production into Rueda, Rías Baixas and Penedès and in 2019 acquired Bodegas Finca La Capilla in Ribera Del Duero. U.S. impor...
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Bella Union Winery in Rutherford, Napa Valley was founded in 2012 by the partners of Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel. The winery is located on a 25-acre Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard that runs along Bella Oaks Lane, known as the Bella Union Roadway in the late 1800s. Brooke Bobyak has worked with Far Niente since 2018 and was appointed Bella Union winemaker in 2021. She discusses Bella Union’s signature Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauv...
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Elizabeth Williams is President of the National Food & Beverage Foundation and Founder of the Southern Food & Beverage Museum in New Orleans, which houses food and beverage exhibits from every southern state, the Museum of the American Cocktail and an extensive library of cookbooks, culinary ephemera and more. Born and raised in New Orleans, Williams was always fascinated by the crossroads of food and culture and shares int...
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In 2013, James Sinegal, co-founder/former CEO of Costco, and son, David, a Costco wine buyer, established Sinegal Estate in St. Helena to produce iconic Bordeaux blend Napa Valley Cabernet wine. In 2020, they launched DETAILS by Sinegal Estate, sourcing grapes in Sonoma Valley and using a 1,403-step production process. David Sinegal explains DETAILS’ brand mission to make a Cabernet Sauvignon blend with concentrated fruit and soft ...
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April 29, 2021 53 min
Magnolia Bakery in NYC's West Village drew legions of fans after a spotlight episode in the hit TV series "Sex in the City." Magnolia Bakery's Chief Baking Officer, Bobbie Lloyd, oversees recipe development and management of this beloved bakery which, under her stewardship has expanded to multiple locations. In her cookbook, "The Magnolia Bakery Handbook" (Harper Design) she provides 150 recipes and techniqu...
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April 21, 2021 51 min
For the first time in its history, Commander’s Palace in New Orleans has a woman chef leading the kitchen. Chef Megan “Meg” Bickford has called Commander’s Palace her culinary home since 2008 and was named Executive Chef in 2020. She discusses the restaurant’s Haute Creole menu, whose ingredients are 90% locally sourced. Lally Brennan, family co-proprietor of Commander's Palace with cousin, Tí Adelaide Martin, discusses her app...
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Be the Change is a virtual job fair for the wine, spirits & beer industry that supports diversity, inclusion and equality in hiring and helps streamline the job search process. Launched in December 2020 with a second fair April 22, 2021, Be the Change has formed a partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to provide job opportunities for its graduates. Rania Zayyat, Cofounder of Be The Change and Founder of nonprofit,...
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Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Delia Viader is founder of family-run Viader Vineyards & Winery, located on Howell Mountain in Napa Valley. Established in 1986, Viader produces critically acclaimed small lot Bordeaux blends. Viader’s first bottled vintage was 1989 with 1200 cases. Its 1997 vintage was named #2 in The Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines. The following year, Viader’s 1998 red blend was ranked #3. Delia and s...
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April 12, 2021 41 min
“Vinum Falernum,” the ancient wines of Campania, were considered grand cru wines of their era, produced from indigenous Aglianico, Piedirosso, Falanghina and Greco di Tufo varieties. Salvatore Avallone, Co-CEO of Villa Matilde Avallone (with sister, Maria Ida), discusses the significance of Falernum wines and his father’s research on the subject to start Villa Matilde, located at Falerno del Massico, on the northwestern coast of Ca...
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Who doesn't dream of moving to France to immerse in its food and drink culture? Susan Herrmann Loomis moved to France to study cooking. She landed a job working with Patricia Wells and now runs a French cooking school. She is author of 14 cookbooks, including the recent, Plat Du Jour: French Dinners Made Easy. Forest Collins moved to France to study the language. She runs 52 Martinis, a cocktail and spirits blog that covers the...
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Virginia winemakers Rachel Stinson-Vrooman and husband Nathan Vrooman oversee production at their family wineries. Rachel and father, Scott Stinson, oversee Stinson Vineyards in Crozet (Monticello AVA). They make small lot wines using vinifera grapes in an old 3-car garage-turned winery. Nathan Vrooman oversees winemaking at his family's Ankida Ridge in the Blue Ridge Mountains (Amherst County). Ankida Ridge produces small lot,...
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New Orleans is known for its po’boys and muffuletta sandwiches made with signature breads, many of which are baked by 125- year-old Leidenheimer Baking Co. George Leidenheimer emigrated to New Orleans from Germany and founded his namesake bakery in 1896. Fourth generation family members Robert J. Whann, IV, ("Sandy") and sister, Katherine Whann, now oversee Leidenheimer Baking Co. and its time-honored recipes. Sandy Whann d...
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In a city of great meals, Katie's in New Orleans' Mid-City neighborhood is that casual restaurant on the corner you return to often for consistently good food and generous portions. Opened in 1984 and named after the founder's grandmother, the Craig family took over Katie's in 1994. Executive Chef/Owner Scot Craig discusses his creative spin on the menu from po'boys and pizzas to heaping platters of Louisiana se...
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March 8, 2021 51 min
New Zealand native Natalie Christensen is Chief Winemaker at Yealands in the Marlborough appellation of the South Island. Before attaining her oenology degree, Christensen earned a Master's in music and is an accomplished double bass player. She discusses Yealands' location, wines, and sustainability. New Orleans native Adam Yellin is executive chef/co-owner of Local Catch Bar & Grill in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. His m...
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February 25, 2021 51 min
Michael Twitty explores the links between food, cultural identity and ancestry in his award-winning book, The Cooking Gene, which documents his own genealogical search from the USA to Africa. A scholar on both Judaic and Afro-American culture and heritage, Twitty writes the food blog, Afroculinaria. After two decades working in hospitality and experiencing marginalization, Lia Jones founded Diversity in Food & Beverage to advoc...
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February 19, 2021 50 min
At age 30, André Hueston Mack was named Best Young Sommelier by a prestigious culinary group, the first African American to achieve this honor. His career path led him to Napa to become sommelier at Chef Thomas Keller's French Laundry and to New York as head sommelier for Per Se restaurant. In 2007, Mack started Maison Noir Wines in Oregon, focusing on terroir driven wines with eye-grabbing labels designed by Mack. He also own ...
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February 12, 2021 49 min
Theodora Lee leads a dual life as a senior partner at Littler Mendelson, specialists in employment law, and owner of Theopolis Vineyards in Mendocino County's Yorkville Highlands. A native Texan used to farm life, Lee acquired land to plant vines in 2001 and released her first estate bottled wines in 2014. Theopolis Vineyards' Petite Sirah and Pinot Noir have received awards and top ratings, earning Lee the moniker, "Th...
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February 4, 2021 47 min
Florida's Gulf Coast is an important source for fresh seafood. For years, the region supplied 90% of Florida's oysters and 10% of the nation’s. Jeff Tilley and son, Reid Tilley, are partners in Oyster Boss, located in Florida’s Panhandle. Tilley explains the differences in wild vs farm oyster cultivation and processing and discusses challenges the Florida oyster industry faces, sustainability, best practices and why knowing...
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January 28, 2021 52 min
The Massoud family has contributed to the culinary landscape of New York State since the early 1980s. Ursula and Charles Massoud founded Paumanok Vineyards on the North Fork of Long Island in 1983 to produce fine wines from estate-grown vinifera grapes. They later acquired Palmer Vineyards. The family run winery includes sons Kareem, Nabeel and Salim. Nephew Philippe Massoud is owner and executive chef of ilili Restaurant in New Yo...
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January 21, 2021 40 min
Chef Philippe Feret and wife, Marissa Feret, own Hilton Head Social Bakery, a must-visit spot for breads, pastries and other baked goods in Hilton Head Island, a top U.S. destination. Born and raised in Normandy, France, where he worked in his father's patisserie, Philippe served as Exec. Chef at legendary restaurants Windows on the World and Tavern on the Green. The couple discusses their popular patisserie & bakery
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