Spring Tour USA 2016 - Events Schedule

Seattle Events February 5-12

Feb 5 - Delaurenti - Trampetti Olive Oil Tasting, from 1:00 - 6:00
Feb 6 - The Shop Agora - Terre Margaritelli wine & Trampetti Olive Oil Tasting, from 2:00 - 6:00
Feb 9 - PoggiBonsi (Renton) - cooking class with me, wine & olive oil tasting 6:00 - 8:00
Feb 10 - PoggiBonsi (Renton) - cooking class with me, wine & olive oil tasting 6:00 - 8:00
Feb 11 - Barnacle - Terre Margaritelli & Trampetti wine & olive oil tastings 3:00 - 6:00

Nashville Events Feb 15-17
TBA

Washington DC Events Feb 19-28 at Via Umbria in Georgetown:

Feb 19 - Cooking Class with me & Terre Margaritelli tasting
Feb 20 - Terre Margaritelli winemaker dinner
Feb 24 - Trampetti Olive Oil tasting
Feb 25 - Terre Margaritelli winemaker dinner
Feb 26 - Cooking Class with me & Terre Margaritelli tasting
Feb 27 - Terre Margaritelli winemaker dinner
Feb 28 - Terre Margaritelli winemaker dinner

Grand Cayman Feb 29-March 11
(ok, this is vacation, but if you are there and want to organize something or just hang out, let me know!)

Philadelphia & NYC Events March 13-23

March 15 - Boffi Soho showroom (NYC) cooking demo & Terre Margaritelli wine tasting
March 16 - Boffi Soho showroom (NYC) cooking demo & Terre Margaritelli wine tasting
TBA - Urbani Truffles (NYC) cooking demo & Terre Margaritelli wine tasting

rest of dates TBA


Spring Tour USA 2016!

As some of you already know we are planning our big US Tour!  In each city we will be holding private dinners, Terre Margaritelli wine tastings, Trampetti olive oil tastings, cooking classes and much more!  Below you will find the dates for each city, if you would like to organize a private wine dinner (minimum 8 people), send me an email and we will do our best to accommodate you.  Follow along on my social media for our upcoming event calendar!

Seattle: February 5-12

Nashville: February 15-17

Washington DC: February 19-28

Grand Cayman: March 1-11

Philadelphia/NYC area: March 13-23


From the Jet Set ... to the Donkey Set


Il Siciliano
Originally uploaded by jennifer mcilvaine

We just got back from almost a month of travelling NYC, Seattle, and Sicily. Its like going to 3 different planets...different time zones, different types of people, different lifestyles, very different ways of thinking.

In New York we were hosted by our good friends and sellers of Federico's oil, the Di Palo's in Little Italy/Chinatown. We kept things pretty low key - we were just there for 3 days, and I was getting over the flu...plus, as always, August in New York can be pretty unbearable. We went to Central Park, Times Square, the Village, saw a broadway show...the usual stuff. We ate at Bacaro and Il Buco , plus the usual assortment of asian food and hot dogs.  And, of course, we remained mesmerized by all of the crazy sh*t one witnesses in NY.

From the Big Apple we took a leisurely 6 hour flight to the Emerald City,  Seattle - land of contradictions (also my home for 5 years).  Home to corporate giants Microsoft, Boeing and Starbucks, it also houses some of the largest "green" anti-"the man" active groups around.

This trip turned into a game of "How many 10 course meals can one eat in a week?"  A lot.
We feasted at Boat Street CafeThe Corson BuildingKurtwood FarmsManekiLa Carta de Oaxaca, and a  Ritrovo hosted evening at  Tulio Just throw that wedding diet right out the window...... We were exhausted after this marathon, not only eating about 10 times more than usual, but also 2-3 hours earlier that usual - something I really like about living in Italy is the fact that no one eats before 8:00, and in the summer, even later.  This July at Baskilk√≥, our first tables rarely came in before 9:30 - no wasting daylight!!!

Going Green:  a trip to Seattle is just not complete if you don't get out of the city and into the beautiful surrounding islands and mountains.  Before dinner at Kurtwood, we spent the day scavenging the beaches of Vashon Island.   Then, I had the bright idea to go to  Rainier - Fede's never been.  Always check the weather and the status of the mountain before going.  I had visions of laying in meadows of wildflowers...but this was not too be.  Summer did not come to Rainier this year.  There was snow in Paradise!

A quick 26 hour trip, and we were back in Foligno, ready to depart for La Bella Sicilia....



Philly Phaves

I took a last minute trip to Philly to celebrate Turkey Day, and to see family and friends before I start my new adventure with Basiliko (I think I'll be lucky to see the light of day in the coming months).  Here are some of my favorite moments:

Best Brews:  Philly is definately a beer-drinkin kind of town...

  • Carl's homebrew:  my friend Carl has been homebrewing for about 6 or 7 years now - this year's Oatmeal Stout was by far his best!
  • Triumph Brewerytheir Coffee & Cream Stout is almost better than dessert
  • Dogfish Head Brewery: dare I borrow from Miller Hi-Life and call Dogfish's Chateau Jiahu the "Champagne of Beers"... its sooo fabulous....

Best Meal: yes, Thanksgiving is always great, and I ate at a few good spots in Philly...but the best was the Grilled Cheese with tomato and bacon from the Keswick Diner in Glenside.  Its a classic.  It was perfect.

  • runners-up:   all the asian/indian/mexican food I managed to stuff into my face - I will be bringing Chinese food on the plane back to Italy.

Doggy Style:  the funniest things I saw this trip all had to do with dogs:  a hot dog stand called "Who's Ya Dawggy?";  a dread-locked, rastafarian dog - you could practically hear the Bob Marley; and the Pekinese from the Philadelphia Dog Show - you had to see it - too cute!

Favorite Pastime:  doing laundry - god bless driers - I think I did laundry almost everyday, just because I could....

Couch Potato:  I forgot how good TV in english could be!  I watched marathons of Project Runway, and Top Chef.  My favorite bonehead Top Chef moments...

  • the "executive chef" of Oceanaire not knowing how to cook trout in front of Eric Ripert - priceless
  • "mohawk guy" saying that, in his opinion, one should put a 10-12 hour braise on venison shanks - dude, you'd be lucky if you were left with dust after 10-12 hours.
  • Casey putting some form of fish roe on practically every single dish to make it "fancy"
  • Rocco DiSpirito lamely trying to say that he helped prepare the dish by Hung, which Todd English dubbed 3-star Michelin - keep grabbing at straws, Rocco...

Most Ridiculous: 

  • getting the bill at Coquette in Philly - $120 - I don't know who they think they are, but that is ridiculous - good, but nothing special French Bistro food (I think there are almost as many "french bistros" in Philly, as there are Starbucks.)  Oh, and I was served raw potatoes twice.
  • I paid $2.68 for an espresso
  • CNN showing a split screen of breaking news:  on the left were wild fires in California - there was no sound for this.  However, on the right, was footage of shoppers at the malls - obviously more important than forest fires burning down people's homes, is hearing about the freaks who line up at the mall at 4am, and the "hottest" "must-have" useless gadget.  Only in America...