Following is a guest post from Chicago-born poet and food-and-travel writer Matthew Gavin Frank, who is, by the account of any reasonably sane person, a very interesting guy.
Frank has, at turns, held the following jobs:
- proprietor of an Alaskan breakfast joint
- menu designer for Julia Roberts’s private parties in Taos
- sommelier for Chefs Rick Tramonto and Gale Gand in Chicago
- instructor of creative writing to undergraduates in Phoenixa
- poetry teacher to soldiers and their families near Fort Drum in upstate New York.
I told you he was an interesting character.
If that doesn’t totally sell you, this probably will:
Frank has just released the book Barolo (The University of Nebraska Press, 2010), which, as he described it to me, is “about my illegal work in the Piemontese Italian food and wine industry,” during which he spent six months “living out of a tent in the garden of the local Pittatore farmhouse.”
Frank’s guest post is excerpted (with permission) from Barolo (around $17 at Amazon.com), and describes his first meeting with Piemontese vintner Luciano Sandrone, who sounds like the Italian version of Wolverine. I think you’ll enjoy it as much as I did, though I suppose that we’re going to have to get the book to find out how what happens next in this intriguing tale…
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Those of you on the Right Coast who think that GruVe is groovy would do well to check out the upcoming Austria Uncorked event in NYC on May 5th – and 1WD readers get a discount on tix!
Here are the details on the event, in which what looks like a ridiculous amount of Austrian wine is gonna be poured:
Unlimited wine tasting featuring wines from over 100 Austrian wineries and cuisine from New York City’s finest restaurants at Tribeca Rooftop, May 5th from 6 to 9pm.
Participating restaurants include Wallsé; Gordon Ramsey at the London; Seasonal Restaurant; Aldea; KLEE; BLT Prime; 10 Downing Food & Wine; Salumeria Rosi; Telepan; Recette; 15 East Restaurant, and Grandaisy Bakery.
COST: $55 in advance; $70 at the door. Tickets can be purchased from bottlenotes.com
Proceeds from the event will benefit GrowNYC’s "Learn It, Grow It, Eat It" program, a local education program that helps teens manage their health through hands-on gardening, nutrition education, and activities like community farm-stands.
Enter the coupon code AUSTRIANYC when ordering to receive your discount on tickets for the event (at the time of this writing, the discount is $10 off the advance purchase price!).
Many moons ago, a very nice young lady by the name of Alana Riley, who had friended me up on twitter, contacted me to see if I was interested in a customized twitter background for my twitter landing page. You know, so I can keep up the appearance of professionalism and all that.
Was I interested? Well… Duh.
I was amazed at the finished product that Alana produced for me, which you can see below (click to embiggen), for those of you who are tweetdeck fanatics and never visit anyone’s twitter pages directly.
I’ve been thinking about giving Alana’s biz a plug on here for a few months, and never really got around to it because I suck and should be destroyed, and probably should mow Alana’s lawn and then pay her $2 when I’m done. Anyway, better late than never!
Here’s how Alana describes her new biz:
“I create custom websites and logos for individuals / small companies, offer graphic design & logo services, as well as social media services (from setting up an account for someone to running an account should the individual want to outsource that).”
You can check out her wares at www.sixtwentymedia.com which should be going live soon, or email Alana if you’re interested in a kick-ass twitter background.
And yeah, I know this has nothing to do with wine but you’ll get over it because you’re cool like that.