Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April 16, 1996 Craft Beer Dinner at the James Beard House

I am taking a trip down memory and culinary lane ~ this April 16, 1996 menu is from a craft beer dinner held at the James Beard House in NYC.  

In the spring of 1996, Rogue Ales was invited to participate in a beer dinner organized by Chef David Martin of the Friends Lake Inn (Adirondacks), that would be hosted at the James Beard House in NYC.  At the time I was the Mid-Atlantic / New England sales rep for Rogue Ales, and NYC was one of my favorite culinary hubs. For me, this was a big deal--a really big deal to bring beer from Oregon to James Beard's house--he was an Oregonian, and I was thrilled to be involved.  I knew about the James Beard Foundation, the annual James Beard Awards, and how prestigious being part of a dinner at his house was.   

I bought several tickets (and subsequently joined as a member of the JB Foundation for many years), and invited my parents, Roald and Shirrell Buhler, and cousin, Gawain deLeeuw, to join me. I also extended an invitation for Carol Stoudt of Stoudts Brewing Company to join us, and stay over at my parents house in Hopewell, NJ.  My husband was traveling, but my cousin was in divinity school only a few blocks away, he loves cooking, craft beer, and has an incredible palette. I also remember having a terrible sinus cold, and how mad I was that I could not really taste flavors and savor the dinner like I wanted to.  C'est la Vie.  I did keep the menu!  Anyone else remember Nor'Wester Raspberry Weizen?!  Rogue Smoke is an all time classic craft beer,  as are the many beers brewed today by  Stoudts,  Middle Ages, Gritty McDuff'sSierra Nevada, and Great Lakes Brewing!

 Fast foward to 2014.
Chef Martin is now running Turtle Island Cafe, in Willsboro, NY.  His menu includes many great beers, listed under headings that include The Regulars, Local, IPAs, Crafters, Belgians, and Euros!  I love Chefs that include wine on their beer list!

Sharon and Greg Taylor were Innkeepers at Friends Lake Inn in 1996.  Today they are the Innkeepers at The Fern Lodge in Chestertown, NY -- an amazing looking retreat and 70 acre oasis in the Adirondacks.

The 2014 James Beard Awards will be held on May 5th,  and two great craft brewers are amongst the finalists -- so craft beer has a 2 in 5 chance of winning in the  Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional category! 
  1. Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE
  2. Ron Cooper, Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, Ranchos de Taos, NM
  3. Garrett Oliver, Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY
  4. Harlen Wheatley, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Frankfort, KY
  5. David Wondrich, spirits educator, Brooklyn, NY 
It is exciting to see how Chefs are embracing beer, almost two decades later, both as an ingredient to cook with  but also to pair with.  You've come a long way, baby!

The James Beard House has 3 webcams in the kitchen (stove, prep and kitchen) streaming live during the many dinners they host at 167 West 12th Street. While it is fun to watch, this reminds me of 4-16-1996, when I could see and hear, but not smell a thing!  

Prost, Salute, Bon Appetit and Allez Cuisine!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Chocolate Stout Beef Stew for St Patrick's Day, or any day!

If a photo is worth a thousand words, I would start with Delicious and end with Yum!


Here is the recipe Michele posted on her blog (and many thanks for sharing the photo, story and recipe... note, this is her photo, not mine

So I’m in line at Whole Foods with a parsnip in one hand and a Rogue’s Chocolate Stout in the other.  The Irish woman in line ahead of me looks at my hands and says, “looks like you are having an Irish dinner tonight!”  It was funny to me that stout and parsnips screamed “Irish” to her.  My lovely sister shares her birthday with St. Patrick’s Day.  She’s lucky, as there is always a party on her birthday.  This year is a milestone b-day for her, and I’m bummed we can’t be together.  However, if there’s anything that can make your bummed belly happy, it’s a good Irish beef stew.  The Rogue’s Chocolate Stout imparts a velvety, barely there, chocolatey taste.  I highly recommend using it.  Alternatives for Rogue in your grocery store are Guinness, Murphy’s Irish stout, or your favorite locally brewed stout!  I can’t help but think a Bell’s Porter from Kalamazoo would also be phenomenal.

  • 1 cup of Rogue Chocolate Stout
  • 1 1/4 lbs stew meat (I used bison, but beef is fine too)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced parsnip
  • 1 cup thickly sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • 2-3 cups of beef stock
  • 2 of sprigs of thyme and 2 sprigs of rosemary, tied in a bundle
  • mashed potatoes for topping
  • parsley for garnish
Thanks again Michele, and  Happy Birthday to your sister!

@micheleparvizi  @chocolatestout  @rogueales

Erin Go Rogue

Erin Go Rogue!

March Madness is in the kitchen... check out the delicious and fun green marshmallows from the folks at TruffleTruffle in Chicago 

 "our signature beer & pretzel marshmallows have gone green for St. Patrick’s Day so you can celebrate in style! inspired by the Chicago River, we’ve dyed our Rogue Chocolate Stout-infused marshmallows green, dipped them in a milk chocolate shell and topped each with a crust of salted pretzels and a splash of four leaf clovers. available in a 4pc or 12pc box."

@truffletruffle  @RogueAles  @ChocolateStout

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Happy 100th Birthday Julia!

August 15, 2012  ~  Julia Carolyn (nee McWilliams) Child's 100th birthday.

In celebration of Julia Child's 100th Birthday the Les Dames  d'Escoffier NYC chapter requested pinning stories, recipes and photos on their Pinterest board.  This photo takes me back to the moment in my career that was directly influenced by Julia Child.  I did not meet Julia in person, but her persona was a hugh influence and I found my (speaking) voice in her kitchen, literally.

I was invited to speak at the Culinary Institute of America by the ALES Club in 1996 and again in 2003.

The photo below was during my second visit in August 2003 -- I was pacing back and forth in front of the Julia Child Kitchen, in the Danny Kaye Theater, inside the Conrad Hilton Library at the CIA Hyde Park Campus.  It was sink or swim, and I swam!

CIA student Daniel Maser invited me to speak at the ALES Club meeting.  I paired 9 beers from Rogue Ales and 5 cheeses from Rogue Creamery (three cheddars and  two blues) and spoke for over 2 hours to a crowded room with future Chefs and hospitality industry students.

A crew from the ALES Club helped me prep and serve that evening. I have kept in touch and followed the careers of several students from 1996 and 2003. A big shout out to Chef John Harkness, Daniel Maser and Jasmine Smith (in the center - green shirt, who oversees Quality Control for Fra' Mani in Oakland. CA).

I did not grow up watching Julia on PBS (albeit I love watching the episodes now, and wish I'd seen them then...), nor do I own any cookbooks written by her (thanks to the internet and web searches, it is easy to find her recipes online). 

However, while thinking about Julia and how she influenced me, I realized there are 6 degrees of separation between me and Julia.

Born Julia Carolyn McWilliams in Pasadena, CA on August 15, 1912, she died on August 13, 2004 at age 91 (just shy of 92!).  Julia married Paul Cushing Child on September 1, 1946 in Stockton, NJ.  He had family in Lumberville, Pennsylvania where Julia and Paul often visited.  Amazing to think I have driven Route 32 through Lumberville every day for 20+ years and have gazed at the same landscape and traveled the same roads as Julia. 

Her father (John McWilliams, Jr., Class of 1901)  attended Princeton University, not long after my maternal grandfather, and mother's namesake, Shirrell Norton McWilliams, class of 1894.  While these two McWilliams were a few years apart during college, many Princeton alumni, especially my GreatGreatGrandfather were active in alumni activities (PRade and Reunions, Princeton Avenue eating clubs, Princeton Club in NYC, Buffalo, etc.).  Chances are Shirrell and John were aware of each other.  Shirrell was involved in theater including Princeton's Triangle Club, playing Julius Caesar in the Horable Julius Caesar with Booth Tarkington.

My 6 degrees of separation from Julia:  
my mother Shirrell + Grandmother Georgiana +  GreatGrandfather Shirrell Norton McWilliams / Princeton University / John McWillams Jr + Julia McWilliams Childs

I found my voice and inner culinary confidence in your kitchen.  Happy 100th Birthday Julia! 
Thanks for inspiring me, and the tip, when you smile for the camera say Champagne!

Bon Appetit!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Mothers Day Made Sweeter with Beer + Chocolate

Beer + Chocolate for Mothers Day,  May 13, 2012  ~  a great way to kickoff  Craft Beer Week (May 14-20).

Give Mom (or any woman in your life)  the gift of beer made with chocolate, or chocolate made with beer for Mothers Day-- in a bottle or can, in a chocolate bar, truffle, marshmallow, brittle, cupcake, or a pint of ice cream or gelato. There are so many ways to enjoy beer + chocolate, and Mom will thank you for having such great taste, and for thinking of her on Mothers Day.

I've blogged about chocolates made with and paired with beer from Vosges Haut Chocolate in Chicago,  Capogiro Gelato in Philadelphia,  truffle truffle in Chicago, Socola Chocolates in Oakland.  Best of all, these all happen to be women-owned business who have embraced craft beer, and use it as an ingredient!

The new Vosges Smoke + Stout chocolate bar is amazing.  You bet I am biased since Katrina choose to use "my" beer,  but this really is good and a delicious gift to give and receive.

In celebration of Mothers Day and Craft Beer Week, I want to share this quote for the day, posted on Oct 5 1995 in the Bacchus Wine/Beer forum on Compuserve.  I came across an old file of notes and emails on Women in Brewing.  The message below is from  a 1994 article in the Beer & Tavern Chronicle that Alan Eames wrote.  "Beer is a woman's occupation. Beer is a woman's power base. It is the basis for all political organizational power women have had and enjoyed. Women maintain power and status in a male-dominated society by their skills as brewsters. They continue to do so in non-technologoical societies today." 

Today on WHYY Radio Times author Liza Mundy was interviewed about her new book TheRicher Sex.     Here are 3 soundbytes:   71% of women are in the workforce.  40% earn more than their husbands (compared to 23% when the government started tracking incomes for married working couples).  Women under 30 with no children earn more than Men under 30.

Open a bottle of craft beer brewed by a women or with a woman on the label, indulge in gelato, chocolate or other confections made by a women, visit a restaurant with a women chef in the kitchen (and let your server know you are there to patronize them because there is a women in the kitchen!) and toast the successes and future of the women in your life, on Mothers Day and Every Day!   



Thursday, May 10, 2012

Knives! Camera! Action! 2012 CityMeals-on-Wheels Chefs Tribute June 4th

On June 4, 2012  CityMeals-on-Wheels'  27th annual Chefs'  Tribute will descend upon  Rockefeller Center. This gala is one of my favorite fundraisers of the year and for a very worthy cause. I will be pouring a selection of Rogue Ales and Elysian Brewing's beers.    

Here is the inside scoop from CityMeals website:

In 1985, Chefs Larry Forgione and Jonathan Waxman went to Citymeals Co-founder Gael Greene with the idea of celebrating the life of James Beard and his love of cooking, all for the benefit of Citymeals-on-Wheels. As Gael remembers, "The first 'American Chefs and Winemakers' al fresco feast was planned to celebrate Jim's 82nd birthday. When he passed away a few months prior to the event, the gala salute to America's harvest and American talent became our tribute to him."

For the last twenty-six years, the Chefs' Tribute to Citymeals-on-Wheels has kicked off the summer season in New York City with a celebration that feeds both the body and the soul. Last year, over 1,000 guests gathered in Rockefeller Center and raised over $782,000, enough to provide 121,800 meals for our city’s frail aged neighbors.

This year, renowned chefs will gather in Rockefeller Center to celebrate food and film by creating dishes inspired by their favorite movies.  Chefs' Tribute 2012: Knives! Camera! Action!  brings the favorite movies of gourmet chefs to life with unique tasting menus from some of the most exclusive restaurants in the world. Below is a list of all the chefs who are taking part in this glamour

--Rick Bayless, Frontera Grill, Chicago

-- Jonathan Benno & Richard Capizzi, Lincoln Restorante, New York

-- Richard Blais, The Spence, Atlanta
Press coverage of "The Spence"

-- April Bloomfield, Spotted Pig/The Breslin, New York

-- Daniel Boulud & Gavin Kaysen, Café Boulud, New York

-- Juan Branez, Cucina & Co., New York

-- David Burke, David Burke Townhouse, New York

-- Andrew Carmellini, The Dutch/Locanda Verde, New York

-- Cesare Casella, Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto, New York

-- Michael Cimarusti, Providence, Los Angeles

–- Scott Conant, Scarpetta, New York/Los Angeles/Las Vegas

-- John DeLucie, Crown/The Lion, New York

-- Chris DeLuna, La Fonda del Sol, New York

-- Luc Dimnet, Brasserie, New York

-- Ben Ford, Ford's Filling Station, Culver City, CA

-- Larry Forgione, Conservatory for American Food Studies, St. Helena, CA

-- Marc Forgione, Marc Forgione, New York

-- Yuhi Fujinaga & Michael Gabriel, The Sea Grill, New York

-- Duff Goldman, Charm City Cakes/Charm City Cakes West, Baltimore

-- Rick Moonen, RM Seafood, Las Vegas

-- Marco Moreira, Tocqueville, New York

-- David Myers, Comme Ça, Los Angeles

-- François Payard, François Payard Bakery, New York

-- Alex Pilas, Eataly, New York

-- Alfred Portale, Gotham Bar and Grill, New York

-- Pierre Poulin, Aureole, New York

-- Antonio Prontelli, Rock Center Café, New York

-- Andrea Reusing, Lantern, Chapel Hill, NC

-- Eric Ripert, Le Bernardin, New York

-- Missy Robbins, A VOCE, New York

-- Marcus Samuelsson, Red Rooster, New York

-- Mindy Segal, Hot Chocolate, Chicago

- Nancy Silverton, Mozza, Los Angeles

-- Joachim Splichal, Patina, Los Angeles

 -- Bill Telepan, Telepan, New York

-- Toshio Tomita, Nobu New York, New York

-- Jacques Torres, Jacques Torres Chocolate, New York

-- Rich Torrisi, Torrisi Italian Specialties/Parm, New York

-- Laurent Tourondel, BLT American Brasserie, New York

-- Silvana Vivoli, Gelateria Vivoli, Florence

-- Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Jean Georges, New York

-- Jonathan Waxman, Barbuto, New York

-- Bill Yosses, Washington, D.C.

TEDxDrexelU: Why Not Add Chocolate to Beer

Why Not....  is the theme for TEDxDrexelU on May 16, 2012.   I was invited to participate and immediately thought Why Not Add Chocolate to Beer.  

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas worth Spreading.” It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, & Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. 

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience (Ideas worth sharing). At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.  

The outline of my TEDx talk:   Beer is one of the building blocks of civilization that spans across many continents and cultures. Created from grains that were cultivated and steeped, the first evidence of beer dates to the Neolithic (7000 BC). Join me as we fast forward 9000 years and explore the art of brewing and the state of the beer industry in the 20th and 21st century. Theobrama cacao (aka chocolate) also plays a significant role in civilization. Discovered in the New World when Montezuma introduced Cortes to xocolatl almost 500 years ago, today chocolate is consumed around the world, and is also an ingredient and flavor used in craft brewing. 

Here is the list of  TEDxDrexelU speakers and their Ideas Worth Spreading:

  1. Tyler Hartung:  Co-Founder and VP of Finance and Operations at The Unreasonable InstituteWhy Not quit your job and become a server?  
  2. Nick Anselmo: Director of Theather at Drexel University Why Not engage in the dynamic world of theater? 
  3. Carla Diana: Associate Director of Interaction Design at Smart Design,  Bringing Objects to Life through Form, Code and Electronics 
  4. Bill Moggridge: Director at Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design MuseumWhy Not change the world with design thinking? 
  5. Sebbie Buhler:  Beer Craft Adventurist,  Why Not add chocolate to beer? 
  6. Robb Armstrong: Cartoonist at GoComics.comWhy Not go to work in your underwear like me? 
  7. Brian Robertson:  Co-Founder at HolacracyOne,   Why Not ditch bosses and distribute power? 
  8. Chelsea Briganti, Leigh Ann Tucker, Monica Bhatia and Ingrid Zweifel: From The Way We See The World, Why Not make the world the way you see it? 
  9. Dan Formosa:  Ph.DConsultant in Design,  Why Not admit there is a problem with math and music? (or why Pythagoras would have liked the cats in Nashville) 
  10. Marek Swoboda: Biomedical Researcher at Drexel UniversityDemocracy in science and technology. Why Not? 
  11. Jason Ingle:  Executive Director at Greener PartnersWhy Not fix our food system? 
  12. Russell Meddin:   Founder of Bike Share Philadelphia, Why Not bring Public Use Bicycling, bike-sharing, to Philadelphia? 
  13. Patrick McDonald:  Founding Partner of Onion Flats LLC, Jack 
  14. John Anderson Fry.  President of Drexel University Guest of Honor  

Tickets for TEDxDrexelU are available online. Follow these links for more details, posted on the  facebook page,  at the website  and on the TEDxDrexelU blog.

Join me for the journey to TEDxDrexelU!