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A Visit with Sonoma’s Ted Seghesio

Fourth generation owner and winemaker Ted Seghesio will be our guest April 29th on on the Connected Table LIVE! 2pm ET www.W4cy.com and iHeart.com.   Founded in 1895, Seghesio Family Vineyards is one of Sonoma County’s most enduring legacies. Built from years of growing grapes for making bulk wines to be finished by others, Seghesio only started ...

Food Politics with Marion Nestle- The Connected Table LIVE April 22

When the latest research on a food or nutrition comes out….when the U.S. Government shifts left, right or sideways on a topic concerning food or nutrition policy…..or when a journalist wants an authoritative quote from a respected and reliable source….Marion Nestle is on speed dial. Time Magazine included her Twitter among its top 10 in ...

Talking Irish Whiskey with Stephen Teeling, The Connected Table LIVE! – April 15

With a history of making spirits that dates back to the 1700’s, Stephen Teeling’s family has probably done more to shape the concept of what we call Irish Whiskey than any other family in Ireland. Now the Teeling family is about to open Dublin’s first new distillery in over 125 years, bringing the legacy of his ...

Award Winning Broadcaster Jennifer English on The Connected Table LIVE! April 15th

The table is always the liveliest where Jennifer English is seated.  One of our favorite – and most articulate- food and wine radio personalities, Jennifer joins us on The Connected Table LIVE! April 15th, to dish. The conversation will certainly be lively and varied! Jennifer is a multi-award winning broadcaster whom we first came to ...

Catching the Wholesome Wave with Food Activist Michel Nischan

Some people let change happen to them. Others see opportunities to make change happen for others. Chef and Food Activist Michel Nischan, President and CEO of Wholesome Wave, is a leading example of the latter. Michel joins us on The Connected Table LIVE April 8, 2pm ET on W4CY I first met Michel when he was a ...

Giovanni-Bonmartini Fini- David Ransom Wine Profile

A page from The Connected Table Brag Book: David Ransom inked another cover story in the March 2015 issue of Tasting Panel Magazine. The article profiles Giovanni Bonmartini-Fini, President of Barone Fini wines located in Italy’s Aldo Adige region. Barone Fini is one of the fastest growing Italian wine brands in the U.S.A. The wine’s ...

A Wine on Wine Chat with Two Industry Friends

The April 1st edition of The Connected Table LIVE! is a “liquid lunch”chat with two vintage guests from the world of wine. We’ve had the pleasure with working with both on many occasions over the years, so pour a glass with us and tune in. One of the most well-known voices on the radio, with his Blue Lifestyle ...

Families in the Business: Rita and Nicolas Jammet on The Connected Table LIVE! March 25

We have many friends in the food and beverage industry but none as dear to us like family as the Jammets. Parents Rita and André Jammet were proprietors of the La Caravelle restaurant, continuing the restaurant’s legendary reputation for exceptional French food, wine and service. Always, an evening at La Caravelle was delicious and memorable, ...

The Essence of Living Well

Jonell Nash, the longtime food editor for Essence Magazine, and a fellow member of Les Dames dEscoffier, left this world after a short illness. Outside of her immediate circle of family and friends, most of the people who knew Jonell were unaware she had been ill. Jonell would have wanted it that way; she was ...

Connected & About: Celebrating 25 Years of C-CAP

David and I were thrilled to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) on Tuesday, March 3, at Chelsea Piers in New York City. We’ve attended- and produced- numerous multi-chef tasting events in our careers, and this one is among the best. It was so much fun catching up with industry colleagues and ...

The Connected Table LIVE! Visits with Rick Moonen March 11

Chef, restaurateur  and cookbook author, Rick Moonen, has been the country’s leading advocate for the sustainable seafood movement for the past 25 years, bringing national awareness to this subject near and dear to his heart. In 2013 USA Today named him one of Earth’s “Power Players” as one of five leaders helping the health of our ...

The Connected Table LIVE Visits with Joanna Pruess and Riccardo illy March 4

During this particularly harsh winter one dish has sustained us.soup. We’ve raided our larder and pantry to create different soups when we can’t leave our icy driveway. Our go-to book has been Joanna Pruess‘ recently published Soup for Two: Small-Batch Recipes for One, Two, or a Few. The recipes are easy enough for Melanie with plenty of ...

Educators and Mentors: The Connected Table LIVE! Feb. 25

Give a man to fish and you feed him for the day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. – Chinese proverb This week’s show spotlights two individuals whose culinary careers are rooted in education and who have served as mentors to many in the industry. Southerners are very proud ...

Harlem on the Rise- Feb 18

Harlem is one of the most historic and iconic neighborhoods in New York City and the world. We’re Harlem bound this week to attend the Harlem Hospitality & Culinary Conference and will catch up with two personalities in the restaurant and bar world. JJ Johnson, Chef de Cuisine  The Cecil Harlem and sister jazz club Mintons, had an ...

Feb 11 on The Connected Table LIVE!

When it comes to women running the house, Champagne is a good example of many success stories. Widows have assumed the head of the Champagne house for a number of well-known brands to steer their success: Barbe- Nicole Clicquot (Veuve Clicquot/1805), Louise Pommery (Pommery/1858), Mathilde Emilie Laurent-Perrier (Laurent-Perrier/1887). Camille Olry-Roederer (Roederer1932), Lily Bollinger (Bollinger/1941). Women ...

Judith Jones and Karen Page on The Connected Table Live Jan 28

If you have a dog-eared copy of any of these cookbooks on your shelf at home: Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Marion Cunningham’s Fannie Farmer Cookbook, Marcella Hazan’s Essentials of Italian Cooking or Jacques Pepin’s Art of Cooking, you can thank Judith Jones. If you ever read the published Diary of Anne ...

Doing the Texas Two Sip

Fresh off his trip to the San Antonio Cocktail Conference, The Connected Table LIVE’s David Ransom connected with two Texas distillers making kick-ass spirits. We invited them on our show January 21. Randall Metting, Dulce Vida Tequila – Austin Randall Metting is often referred to as “The Mayor of The Sweet Life.” His website http://randallmetting.com/ ...

The Connected Table Live! at the San Antonio Cocktail Conference

Fresh off our trip to Maui, The Connected Table LIVE heads to Texas to attend the San Antonio Cocktail Conference Jan 15-18. The first of its kind in Texas, and now in its fourth year, the San Antonio Cocktail Conference was named one of the Best Cocktail Festivals in America by Fodor’s Travel. Like its ...

The Aloha! Edition of the Connected Table Live! Jan 7

Aloha! from beautiful Maui where we celebrated the New Year and Melanie’s birthday in Hana on Maui’s lush eastern coast. Given our beautiful setting, we’re featuring two individuals whose lives have been influenced by Hawaii. One is a native Hawaiian who moved to the East Coast where she made her mark in the world of ...

The Connected Table Live! New Years Eve Edition

We continue our Families in the Industry series with the father-daughter duo of Tony and Marisa May, proprietors of SD26 in New York City. Both are like family to us and we have spent many evenings savoring delicious meals and decadent white truffle dishes at both SD26 and the Mays’ prior restaurant, San Domenico. Tony ...

Christmas Eve Special: Our Favorite Things!

Jon Rowley’s career has been a fascinating life-long exploration and quest to improve the flavor, quality and understanding of fish, shellfish, fruits and vegetables. After travel to Europe and attending Reed College, Jon began his career as a commercial fisherman in Alaska. In 1981, as a life-long scholar of the seafood industry from harvest to ...

Family First: Bill and Peter Deutsch on the Connected Table Live Dec 17

December 17th on The Connected Table LIVE! Melanie and David will start a new series entitled “First Families of Wine, Food and Hospitality.” Many businesses, from wineries to restaurants to the vendors who supply them, are often multi-generational. The business may have started small, possibly in a garage or a storefront. Over time it grew ...

Tastemakers on the Connected Table Live! Dec 10

Two award winning cookbook authors and journalists who both bring their style of taste to all they do will be our guests on The Connected Table LIVE! December 10, 2pm ET/ 11am PT. She is the first Latin American woman chef to have been invited to be a guest chef at The White House to ...

Savory Chatter on the Connected Table Live! Dec. 3

Her Miami Herald “Dinner in Minutes” column is distributed on the McClatchy Wire Service to over 6 million readers each week. She is the “go to” source for all things culinary in South Florida and the Keys and is author of The Flavor of the Florida Keys (new!) and Keys Cuisine. She is the producer ...

Toasting New York State Wines & Spirits Nov. 26 on the Connected Table Live!

We live in New York’s verdant Hudson Valley where we will spend our Thanksgiving. Our November 26 show is dedicated to New York State wines, spirits and cideries which produce not only wonderful products loved by restaurateurs and consumers alike but also produce jobs for many people. Thanks to initiatives like NY State Governor Andrew ...

The feeding Season Starts Nov. 19 on the Connected Table Live!

Mid November marks what we like to refer to as “The Feeding Season.” Magazines show pretty dishes of festive foods and everyone talks about what to drink at the holiday table. We’re Giving Thanks to an abundant season for Italian white truffles, fresh cold water oysters on the half shell, crisp Hudson Valley apples in ...

The Connected Table Live Features Two Women Entrepreneurs Nov. 5

Women entrepreneurs rule The Connected Table Live! Nov 5., 2pm ET/11 a.m. PT from Asheville, NC’s Moonshine Mom to Las Vegas’ Leading Lady of Restaurants. Tune in to hear their dynamic stories. Troy Ball, Founder & President, Asheville Distilling Company, maker of Troy & Sons CBS-TV called her “the Moonshine Mom.” In many ways it ...

Oct 29 on The Connected Table Live

We have another spirited lineup this week from coast to coast Wednesday, October 29, on The Connected Table Live on www.W4CY.com, 2p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT. Our first guests are the bartending world’s dynamic duo, Lynnette Marrero and Ivy Mix, who have built the largest female bartending competition in the USA- and soon the world. Speed ...

The Connected Table Live Oct. 22: Window on Kevin Zraly

Tune in October 22 for our featured guest and good friend, Kevin Zraly, internationally acclaimed wine educator and best-selling author of Kevin Zraly Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, with over 4 million copies sold. Kevin Zraly has been described as a naturally gifted speaker who is both refreshingly humble and candid. His passion ...

Meet Two Spirited Women on The Connected Table Live Oct 15

Melanie and David talk with two spirited women on Wednesday’s edition of The Connected Table LIVE Wednesday, October 15th, 2pm ET/6pmPT W4CY www.W4CY.com. Our first guest is Lizzie da Trindade-Asher, President of Macchu Pisco, who with her sister, Melanie, have helped share Peru’s national drink with the world. A lawyer by training Lizzie directs the ...