I know, I know. It’s been too long since I have added a post here. I have been traveling most of the Month of May and will be gone again next week. I was in NYC for the Beard awards ( no my book did not win; It lost out to the big food trend of the year, Fat. So much for salads and good nutrition. Even six of the journalism award nominations were about pigs and pork.) But the Awards ceremonies themselves were a hit and quite inspiring. It was the first time Women in Food had been celebrated by the James Beard Foundation. All the food served at the reception and at the media dinner was prepared by women chefs. We had women mixologists making great cocktails. And women sommeliers serving wine at the VIP dinner. As a founding member of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs , it made me mighty proud.
I also hae embarked on a new aspect of teaching. I worked with the culinary food service teams at Yale University an at University of Massachussetts in Amherst. Student diners are way more discerning these days and I have been teaching the university cooks the fabulous food of the Mediterranean. It was especially poignant for me to be at Yale from where I graduated 50 years ago. Visited the Art and Architecture school where I had been a student. Very emotional and heartwarming.
Also was a participant in Cooking for Solutions, a great chef event heal at the Monterey Bay Aquarium every year. It celebrates sustainability on land and in the ocean. Very inspiring. Did a demo at Esalen and one at Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley. Also visited Earthbound Farms to tour their amazing gardens
Now I am off again to teach in upstate NYC with my friend chef Suvir Saran and a return visit to U Mass for a chefs conference.
So sorry to be so brief here but time is of the essence.