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Mar 29, 2015
Terri Judson

The best foodie Easter events: From Daylesford Farm’s harvest to a Sconeathon …


It’s spring harvest time! In the Cotswolds, Lady Bamford’s Daylesford Farm is embracing the new season with a special “Easter Fun for Children” class at the on-site cookery school. Aimed at urban denizens seeking a trip to the country, it teaches about the connection between farm and food. The young pupils harvest their own seasonal fruit and veg, then collect eggs and milk from the working farm. To finish, they’ll make hot cross buns and decorate Easter eggs. £50, suited to six- to 11-year-olds,

Heston’s Cravings, London SW7

Throughout Easter holidays

If you want to understand our appetites, a new exhibition at the Science Museum explains all. Heston Blumenthal has created a craving experiment with food scientist Charles Spence. You can touch 3D-printed mice, sniff a scientific smell kit, and “chew” “bread” in the interactive displays; there’s even a section on the gut and pooing. Free, 10am-7pm,

Baking at Leiths, London W12


Teen foodies can learn the essentials of baking at the chef-filled Leiths School of Food and Wine in west London. They’ll make orange cheesecake brownies, lemon-syrup loaf cakes and buttermilk soda bread. The afternoon will be spent in a cupcake-decorating challenge. £95, 10am-3.30pm,


‘Odd Bits’ pop-up, Manchester

Good Friday and Easter Saturday

For food-loving teens and parents seeking an idiosyncratic dining experience, the Buttery in Manchester’s Levenshulme aims to show off the best British foods, as well as Manchester produce, through its one-off events. Its Easter Odd Bits pop-up restaurant boasts a first course of calf’s brain with capers and black butter. Also delectable-sounding is the fish course of cod cheeks and chips. Afters rival the mains – cue blood-orange lardy cake with roast rhubarb and vanilla ice cream. £30 for five courses, 7pm,

Wild-garlic foraging, Carmarthenshire

Easter Saturday

Spring’s most exciting arrival, alongside St George’s mushrooms and spring lamb, is the pungent wild garlic, a recherché cheffy ingredient. In the Towy valley in Carmarthenshire, the award-winning Welsh chef Margaret Rees will lead a spring forage and wild-garlic bake to teach folk how to identify the garlicky delicacy and transform it into soups, sauces, pesto and dishes. A tapas taster lunch is served, too. £55, 10am-3pm,

Chocolate weekend, Bristol

Easter Saturday and Sunday

Bristol’s debut Taste Chocolate weekend will offer children’s activities and a cookery theatre with chefs such as Kelly Sealey of Bordeaux Quay making miso brownies, as well as exhibiting a bevy of chocolatiers, bakers and street-food vendors. Sure to be popular with little ones is Bertha’s Sourdough Pizza, a buttercup-yellow Land Rover selling wood-fired pizza. Free, 10am-4.30pm, Brunel Square,

Brighton Food Festival

Wednesday to Easter Monday

The folks behind the Rockinghorse Children’s Food Festival are staging an Easter egg hunt at the Brighton Food Festival, pictured above (where there are also beer, cider and wine festivals). There are also food trails around the Lanes and Kemp Town, and themed dinners to enjoy, such as a pop-up at the aquarium. Free,

Seaside festival, Broadstairs

Easter Saturday to Easter Monday

If you’re pining for the seaside on the bank hols, make your way to Kent’s Thanet. Not only does Broadstairs glitter with seven golden sandy beaches, but the festival itself will have stalls with Kent cider, local blue cheeses and cockle popcorn. Free, 10am-5pm,

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Egg hunt, London W8

Easter Sunday

Public Easter egg hunts are on the up in the capital. Kensington Roof Gardens, a whopping 1½ acres of verdant greenery in the sky, is putting on a trail among its flamingos and foliage. The hunt is led by a giant Easter bunny. And the most coveted trophy is a humongous egg from Choccywoccydoodah. 11.45am,

(A rival adventure is at the Bank of England Museum, where children will seek out chicks and eggs hidden around the museum. 10am-4.30pm, Tomorrow to Thursday and 7-10 April,

Edinburgh street food

Easter Sunday

The Cowgate in Edinburgh welcomes back the Old Town Street Food Festival (pictured above) for a spring extravaganza. There are eight street-food vendors, a real-ale bar, pop-ups and two music stages should you want to bust a move after indulging in some gluttony. Free, 12pm-11pm,

Liverpool Food and Drink Festival

Easter Sunday and Monday

An edible garden, children’s zone and market are just a few of the attractions on offer at Liverpool’s spring festival in Sefton Park. For coffee-geek parents there is Adams Russell, selling hand-roasted Java and Brazilian Santos while bread-heads can check out Dough It Yourself. From £5 (under-14s free),

Country show, Northamptonshire

Easter Sunday and Monday

From ferret racing to enticing regional produce, the provincial country show comes into its own at Easter. One of the first of the year is in the grandiose grounds of Kelmarsh Hall. Alongside the countryside events, there’s a food festival. From £13 (free for 15s-and-under),

(Another spring show is the Gamekeeper’s Fair on the Catton Estate in Derbyshire. Expect a food village of fresh game, butchery, pies, and artisan cheese. From £8, under-15s free, 11-12 April, )

Sconeathon, Suffolk

11 April

Heard of a Sconeathon? By popular demand, it’s now in its third year. Nestled along the Suffolk coast on the National Trust’s Dunwich Heath and Beach, the Coastguard Cottage’s tea room attracts scone-adoring fans, who can muse over 30 sweet and savoury varieties. Free, three scones for £3, 10am-5pm,

Baking with Bertinet, Bath

Thursday and 9 April

Bertinet Kitchen, the Bath cookery school run by the lauded French chef Richard Bertinet, is putting on Easter sessions for children. Youngsters can discover the art of baking “real” bread with a parent, granny or grandpa – £190 for 1 adult, 1 child, Thursday – or participate alone and refine their patisserie skills: £35, 9 April,

Street-food festival, Birmingham

11 April

Village Square on Kings Heath’s high street will play host to street-food collective BrumYumYum, offering a vibrant day out. Highlights include Umami dishing up katsu curry, Buddha Belly selling Thai fare, and Low n Slow – try the brisket chilli cheese in brioche. Free, 12pm-6pm,

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Mar 28, 2015
Terri Judson

Willow’s partners buying SILO in Reynolda Village – Winston

Will Kingery

Will Kingery

Will Kingery

Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2015 2:01 pm

Willow’s partners buying SILO in Reynolda Village

Michael Hastings/Winston-Salem Journal

Winston-Salem Journal

SILO Deli, Wine Cheese, 114D Reynolda Village, is changing hands.

Chris Barnes is selling the business to Will Kingery and Norb Cooper Jr., the owners of Willow’s Bistro and King’s Crab Shack downtown. Kingery and Cooper will take over the lease from Wake Forest University, which owns the property.

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Mar 27, 2015
Terri Judson

Kickoff the Okanagan Wine Season with Annual “Bud Break” Festival

As vintners await the annual rite of bud burst in area vineyards, wine lovers can celebrate the start of the season at the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival.

Nicknamed the ‘Spring Okanagan Wine “Bud Break” Festival, the event introduces new releases for the upcoming year.

“The Spring Okanagan Wine Festival is a fabulous springboard to kick off our new season as we celebrate our new releases with new and old friends and of course, incredible food,” exclaimed Don Triggs, Co-Proprietor of Culmina Family Estate Winery.

Wineries from Oyama to Osoyoos will participate in the 21st annual event, each featuring a wide range of activities. New this year is the “Iron Sommelier” BC wine and food pairing competition, sensory wine and viticulture workshops at Okanagan College plus live music at numerous new wineries in the region.

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“We are thrilled to once again welcome visitors from around the country and around the globe to join us in celebrating some of the best wines produced in the world,” said Glenn Mandziuk, CEO, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association. “The spring festival is one of the favourites for our guests providing them opportunities to not only be the first to sample many new releases, to also come face to face with our region’s leading winemakers and growers.”

The popular Spring WestJet Wine Tastings is slated for the Rotary Centre for the Arts from May 1st to May 2nd with over 250 wines under one roof for attendees to taste.

A full list of all 90 culinary and wine activities taking place during the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival, which runs from April 30th to May 10th, can be found on the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society website.

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Mar 27, 2015
Terri Judson

Williamsburg to hold Harvest Celebration

Next fall, the greater Williamsburg area will host the Williamsburg Harvest Celebration, a five-day culinary festival designed to showcase the region’s local restaurants and attract tourists from across the nation.


The celebration, which is set for Nov. 11-15, will feature events held in Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown.


In each municipality, restaurants will offer special dining experiences led by local chefs and focused on local products. Additional attractions will include an oyster roast; cooking demonstrations; wine, high-end spirits and beer tastings; live entertainment and colonial tavern dinners.


Tickets to various events at the WHC will cost $25 to $100. According to Cindy McGann, executive director of the WHC, the celebration is expected to sell 5,000 tickets — 5,000 attendees are not expected, however, as some individuals will buy tickets to multiple events.


McGann said that she hopes the event attracts wine and food enthusiasts of all age groups.


“[The goal] is to increase awareness about what the greater Williamsburg area has to offer,” she said.


In addition to highlighting Williamsburg’s culinary scene, the celebration will showcase the historical aspects of the city and work to increase overall tourism in Virginia.


As part of the event, funds are also being raised for four charities — Meals on Wheels, FISH, Fresh Food Fund and Southern Foodways Alliance.


McGann, who came up with the idea for the festival, initially discussed her vision for it with Patrick Duffeler, founder of the Williamsburg Winery.


“I had always wanted to have a celebration like this,” she said. “I thought this would be the perfect location to do this kind of event … Duffeler said, ‘It won’t be as easy as you think because there’s three municipalities here.’ [He] was very instrumental in laying the groundwork for getting the three municipalities together.”


In order to plan the event, the WHC has a founding committee, an advisory committee and an honorary committee.


Individuals such as Mayor of Williamsburg Clyde Haulman, Duffeler and McGann make up the founding committee, while President of the College of William and Mary Taylor Reveley serves on the honorary committee.


Students at the College are also involved in planning for the WHC.


In mid-January, Duffeler met with the executive board of the Student Marketing Association to gain student insight into the celebration.


Alicia Howard ’16, president of the Student Marketing Association, serves as the student representative to the WHC. She leads a group of students heading the festival’s social media campaign.


The campaign will include promotion on typical social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as a possible geofilter for Snapchat.


According to Vice President of Events Paul Warren ’16, the SMA is also working to create a memorable hashtag for the event.


In addition to promoting the WHC, the SMA is working to engage students by hosting events at the Blue Talon and Busch Gardens, seeking feedback regarding the festival and offering incentives such as discounts and social media deals.

“I would say to definitely keep on the lookout for an exciting student event,” Warren said in an email. “We are exploring options currently to create an event that students will be able to participate in because it’s mainly a food and wine festival.”

Students will be able to participate in the festival by volunteering for events and attending portions of the actual festival.

“I truly believe [the WHC] will be a great, memorable experience, filled with not only top Virginia chefs, but also a real chance for residents and non-residents alike to reflect on why this city and community is so special,” Howard said in an email. “Patrick Duffeler said something during our first meeting that really stuck with me — ‘The problem is, history is no longer fascinating.’ Williamsburg offers something so unique compared to other cities and food and wine festivals. We are coming together in a place where our founding fathers came together in community as well.”

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Mar 22, 2015
Terri Judson

Red Hook zoning board to discuss Greig Farm Inn and eatery plan

RED HOOK Town Zoning Board of Appeals members will meet to discuss whether Greig Farm is seeking an area variance or special use permit in its request to convert a barn to a 14-room inn and 80-seat restaurant.

The session is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday in Town Hall at 7340 South Broadway.

“Some of it might be attorney-client session,” board Chairman Nick Annas said.

“We’ll come out of that session and the objective of the meeting is to determine whether or not the board wants to change that area variance,” he said. “In all due respect to the applicant we want to tell him what it is we want him to do, what information we want him to get us.

“We don’t want him to come before the board and present him with another hoop to jump through.”

Owner Norman Greig filed the request for a variance because the town limits the number of special permitted uses to one, with the farm already approved for an airplane landing strip.

He is also is seeking to have access through Pitcher Lane instead of a state road and the 80 seats requested exceeds the town limit by 30 seats.

Approval for variance request was granted earlier this year but zoning board members rescinded their 4-2 decision after agreeing with opponents that state Environmental Quality Review Act requirements were not followed.

A public hearing on the new application has been recessed until 7 p.m. April 8 in Town Hall.

“The procedures weren’t done correctly and we didn’t file a SEQR,” Annas said. “As a consequence the adjacent neighbors who were fighting this filed an Article 78 petition and we read that and agreed with it.

“What we’ve done is reopen the hearings and now to file the SEQR form we’re asking for far more detail.”

Concerns have also been raised about the inn and restaurant because it will add to a list of activities on the 93-acres farm. Resident Linda Keeling in a March 11 letter submitted for the public hearing contends that the property is receiving tax break for being farmland but hosts numerous commercial activities.

“The property is designated farmland first … yet it presently houses various commercial ventures (such as an) air strip, nursery, greenhouses, Halloween scare events, hot air balloon and wine festivals, and apartment rental units,” she wrote.

Keeling added that Greig Farm has a history of opening new businesses or changing land use before receiving town approvals.

“The farmers market was in operation prior to being given the officials site plan approval by the Planning Board,” she wrote. “I had to attend meetings and give supporting documentation of the problems encountered.”

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Mar 20, 2015
Terri Judson

Wine geeks get their own Con – U

Put away the lightsabers and break out the decanters: Wine geeks are getting their own Con.

SommCon, an educational summit and expo for wine professionals, is being launched this fall with the aim of establishing San Diego — already known for comics and craft brew — as a hub for oenophilic expertise.

The confab will bring together a blend of nationally known industry names and a cluster of some of the buzziest local rising stars for four days of training, seminars, lectures, speed dating-style blind tastings and lots and lots of spitting.

The event, which will be open to sommeliers of all levels, restaurant and hotel beverage directors, winemakers, retailers, importers, distributors and wine enthusiasts willing to pay to taste and learn along with the pros, will be held Nov. 18-21 at downtown San Diego’s Manchester Grand Hyatt.

From 200 to 300 attendees are expected, and the inaugural con will draw primarily from San Diego, as well as Orange County, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, organizers said.

SommCon will send a strong signal that San Diego is harvesting major wine cred, said Brian Donegan, an advanced sommelier and one of the event’s advisers.

“It’s more about what San Diego is bringing to the table,” said Donegan, who works in retail and wine education with the local companies My Cellar Master and Truly Fine Wine.

“There’s an amazing talent pool of knowledgeable wine and beverage people in this city, and it’s only getting stronger and stronger. I think (SommCon) will bring a lot of people here and put San Diego on the map as a wine and education hub.”

Though there are wine festivals, competitions and trade expos all over the globe and a dizzying number of educational programs affiliated with various certification exams, SommCon’s comprehensive approach — encompassing everything from one-on-one tastings with master sommeliers to customized career development tracks and in-depth explorations of specific grapes or regions — makes it a unique entry on the professional wine scene. A somewhat similar industry confab is the annual TexSom, held outside of Dallas, though its main focus is a wine competition.

SommCon will be held in conjunction with the popular San Diego Bay Wine Food Festival, which attracts close to 10,000 people for a week’s worth of dining and drinking. The festival’s massive Grand Tasting — last year’s featured 70 chefs, 150 wine and spirits purveyors, 30 gourmet food companies, a Chef of the Fest competition, live entertainment and cooking demos — will serve as the closing event of SommCon.

For the wine pros attending SommCon, including master sommeliers, masters of wine, sommelier candidates, Wine Spirit Education Trust certificate holders, Certified Specialists of Wine and Certified Wine Educators, the three days before the festival will be decidedly more intimate and scholarly.

“What they did was think beyond the traditional wine festival idea,” said Joe Spellman, a Chicago-based SommCon adviser and master sommelier, considered to be the most prestigious title in the wine industry.

“Southern California is such a broad market for consuming great wine, and the opportunity to be educated by master sommeliers, to develop your palate, to develop service techniques … would be of great value to the local trade.”

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Mar 19, 2015
Terri Judson

Wine dinner kicks off Sugar Land food festival

“La Dolce Vita” wine dinner, which kicks off the five-day Sugar Land Wine Food Affair, will be 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 8 at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square. The five-course meal will be a collaboration of the chefs of Coppa Osteria, Cavour, Arcodoro, Quattro and Radio Milano Each course will be paired with Banfi wines. Cost of the dinner is $150.

Among the other festivities at the 12th annual Wine Food Affair are the casual Sip Stroll, a high-energy Bartender Challenger and the Grand Tasting.

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Wine festivals

The wines of Argentina and Chile will be in the spotlight at the International Wine Festival 1-4 p.m. April 11 on the Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp in Kemah. Festivalgoers will be able to sample more than 40 wines, along with appetizers. Tickets are $45 at the door or purchase online at

Sample wines from more than 25 wineries and enjoy small bites by Grotto, McCormick Schmick’s and Vic Anthony’s at Brenner’s Wine Fest 3-6 p.m. April 11. The outdoor event is held on the grounds of Brenner’s on the Bayou, 1 Birdsall. Advance tickets are $65; $75 at the door. A VIP ticket that includes early entry and premium wines is $125. Purchase tickets at


Pollo Tropical will mark the grand opening of its fifth Houston-area store 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday. The event will include giveaways, games and calypso music. The Miami-based chain specializes in flame-grilled chicken and Caribbean-inspired sides, such as red beans with ham, corn souffle and balsamic tomatoes. 13347 Westheimer, 281-920-9121

Dish Society has opened a second location in the Katy retail complex LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and features a full bar. The seasonal menu includes items such as roasted beet salad, brisket-stuffed sweet potato and chicken pot pie. 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy, 281-394-7555.

Harris County Smokehouse is set to open its new store Thursday along the Northwest Freeway. The restaurant replaces their 20-year-old smokehouse located less than a mile away on FM 1960. That location was abandoned because of highway expansion. 19811 U.S. 290, 281-890-5735

Grafittis at Union Street has opened in the historical Sixth Ward. The burger joint is decorated in colorful Americana murals. There’s a spacious covered patio up front and cozy bar tucked away in the back. The family-friendly menu includes fresh-cut fries, panko-crusted onion rings and chicken-fried chicken. 2003 Union, 713-869-7000


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Mar 18, 2015
Terri Judson

Rolls-Royce’s barrier to cool is mustard ad from ’80s

Most companies would pay handsomely to have an advertisement remembered for decades. Rolls-Royce, however, is trying to get people to forget one, something it has been trying to do with varying degrees of success for 30 years.

Members of Generations X and earlier probably remember the ad clearly. Two stuffy gents ride in sumptuous Rolls-Royces in the back seats, of course. The window lowers: “Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon?” The response: “But, of course.”

In an instant, Rolls-Royce was no longer the paradigm of classic, Hollywood-style luxury, a favored prop for Elvis, Omar Sharif and Sammy Davis Jr. It became a symbol of entitlement and old money, rather than entrepreneurship and entertainment.

“That commercial caused more damage to the brand than any good it could have done,” says Eric Shepherd, president of Rolls-Royce North America. “We’re still influenced in the public eye by this particular ad that came out in 1984.”

Shepherd, in fact, keeps a bottle of Grey Poupon on his desk as a reminder — a sort of totem to avoid as he steers the brand. Crusty, old heirs are all well and good, but the few who are left won’t be driving much longer.

Rolls-Royce is now focused on projecting “cool, modern luxury.” It wants to woo Silicon Valley royalty and the self-made millionaires of China.

The shift away from the staid and stately came primarily from BMW, which bought the badge in 2003. The sensibility is evident in the product line. In 2013, Rolls-Royce unveiled the Wraith, a car unlike any it had made. The Wraith had only two doors, a sleek, “fastback” roofline, and a massive, 12-cylinder engine.

The Wraith started selling in late 2013.

“Wraith really changed peoples’ opinions about what Rolls-Royce was,” Shepherd says.

Meanwhile, Grey Poupon, a Kraft condiment, didn’t let up. It reprised its Rolls-Royce spot for a campaign in 2007 and again in 2013.

The Rolls-Royce strategy appears to be keeping the brand fresh. In the past five years, global registrations for the brand have surged almost fivefold, to 3,545 according to IHS Automotive.

Much of that momentum came from the Wraith and the traction the company got in such places as Vietnam and Dubai. The Middle East and Africa is now almost as large a Rolls-Royce market as Europe.

Also helpful has been implicit endorsements from celebrities such as Michael Strahan, Lady Gaga and David Beckham — a bit of counter-programming to the Poupon smear.

Rolls-Royce still doesn’t do much in the way of traditional advertising. It parks its cars at wine festivals and yacht shows. These days, it doesn’t have to remind consumers that it’s not just for elderly aristocrats; customers do that for it.

When Rick Ross’s Wraith rolled off the truck, the rapper marked the occasion with a four-minute video, including a discourse on success, aspiration and “new money.”

There was no mustard involved, just a really big cigar.

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