Category: Education

Pop that Cork! Value-Priced Champagne Alternatives

In the current economy, many people are looking for an alternative to traditional champagne to help ring in the New Year. Last year we told you about Cava, and we've found a few other sparklers this year as well. ...

Day Two: Window on New Orleans Past and Present

On the first night of our visit to New Orleans compliments of Harrah's for their "Best Weekend Ever" promotion we spent a mere four hours wining and dining at Emeril's Delmonico, which as Joe has promised will have its own ...

The Holiday Party: Or How Not to Throw up on Your Boss

With the end of the calendar year upon us, those companies who aren't budget cutting by playing Scrooge with their employees will be hosting the annual "holiday" party. These can be a great way to enjoy some food and ...

Wine Tasting Clubs: Solving the Mystery One Glass at a Time

Note: This piece originally appeared in Palate Press on September 15, 2009, and has been updated since. Whether by accident or by design, connoisseurs have made the world of wine intimidating to even the most sophisticated city dweller. Wine tasting clubs ...

Mama’s got a Fusebox…

What happens when you start blending wine? You sometimes have a little bit more wine than you would otherwise, and end up writing silly parodies for your blog posts. Here's one such ditty: Mama's got a Fusebox She uses to make blends And ...

Restaurant Common Sense from the NYT

This post from the New York Times about expected behavior by servers in the restaurant industry is astonishing for both its detail and how much of it should just be expected. How and when did our expectations get lowered to ...

Burning our FUSEBOX at Both Ends

It's here! It's here! We received our FUSEBOX blending kit and are all set for the big competition. But what we can't quite decide is if we're working together or against each other! What am I talking about? It's a ...

Somewhere Over the Rhine: Riesling

Toledo, Ohio is know for a number of things: The Toledo Mud Hens and Tony Packo's, being two. What many may not know, is that Toledo is home to an amazing collection of art glass housed in the Toledo Museum ...

Labor Day and the Work of the Vineyard

To depart from the multiple posts you'll find on which wines to pair with your Labor Day celebration (Burgers and Syrah, chicken and Chardonnay, grilled seafood and Torrontés, and if you haven't been hit by the recession: steak and Cabernet ...

Wine Competitions: It Won a Medal – It Must be Good!

My first-ever restaurant review also included reviews of some of the wines. And though we do not usually write negative reviews of the wine we receive as samples, we do occasionally include reviews of less-than-stellar wines that we pay for. ...

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