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WineFairy chats with Jimmy Crippen about Fire on the Rock; Billie Rogers on Blue Ridge Wine-Food Festival; Jean Anderson on Falling off the Bone; and Alan Goldfarb of Tudal Wine Group

1st segment of this weeks Show: Cooking Competitions - Fire On The Rock Interactive Culinary Experience Competition Dining in Western North Carolina - Jimmy Crippen
 
Fire On The Rock Chef Challenge is an annual "diner judged" food competition that began in 2005 during the inaugural year of the Blue Ridge Wine and Food Festival in Blowing Rock, North Carolina with just six chefs. This year eighteen chefs are competing for the grand prize of $2500 and the coveted "Red Chef Jacket". Restaurants battle head-to-head in preliminary elimination battles every Tuesday and Wednesday at Crippen's Restaurant, the neutral competition house. The last four Chefs standing will compete on stage in front of a live audience while cooking for professional food critics and writers this April 16th and 17th at the Hayes Performing Arts Center during the Blue Ridge Wine and Food Festival. Jimmy Crippen, Proprietor, Crippen's Country Inn and Restaurant, Blowing Rock, is the brains behind Fire On The Rock Chef Challenge.

 

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2nd segment of this weeks Show: Wine Festivals - 2011 Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival in Blowing Rock is As Far West As You Can Go and Still Be in North Carolina - Billie Rogers
 
Looking for a great wine event? The North Carolina High Country encompasses six mountainous counties in the far northwest corner of the state. Bisected by the Blue Ridge Parkway, the area boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Appalachian Mountains. The heart of the region is Blowing Rock, a town of only 3 square miles yet is home to more than 100 shops, about two dozen restaurants, and nearly 20 hotels and inns. Apr 13 - 17, you are invited to attend the 6th Annual Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival where you can enjoy wine tastings, seminars, cooking classes, and wine maker dinners. Billie Rogers is the Events Coordinator for the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce and Producer of the Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival.

 

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3rd segment of this weeks Show: Recipes & Cookbooks - Falling Off The Bone is Low 'N' Slow Cooking Plus Dashes of Ingenuity and "T.L.C" - Jean Anderson
 
There's a special report on meat cookery in the December 2010 issue of the Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter that Jean Anderson finds of particular interest. 'High-heat browning of grilled or fried foods,' the report states, 'can increase inflammation in the body. In addition to boosting your risk for heart disease and diabetes, it may also contribute to arthritis.' The report goes on to say that you can minimize your chances by using such moist methods of cooking as braising, simmering, and stewing. Falling Off The Bone truly is an homage to Anderson's mother who was always able to turn tough, sinewy, economical cuts of beef, veal, lamb, and pork into meals as memorable as they are nutritious. You'll find several recipes using wine and beer. I hope that you enjoy listening to our conversation as much as I had recording it with Jean!

 

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4th segment of this weeks Show: Wine Producers - Napa Tudal Winery and Oakland Cerruti Cellars Share Kirk Venge as Winemaker - Alan Goldfarb
 
The thirty-year tradition of crafting boutique wines at Tudal Winery in St. Helena, Napa Valley winery shares a common winemaking philosophy in Kirk Venge with trendy, recently-opened urban Cerruti Cellars in Oakland, California. What was Tudal Wine Group thinking when they started a new winery in these uncertain economic times? Thirty-four year old Venge (son of Nils) is now making estate-grown wine from Tudal's 35-year old Cabernet vines. Could they possibly be among the oldest Cab vines still producing in the U.S.? Tudal defines boutique... producing under 2,000 cases and a price range of $35 - $55. I like the idea of wineries nestled in densely populated urban areas. It feels more... local.

 

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lynn krielow chamberlain is an independent wine and food journalist and host of the "Wine and Dine" radio show heard on VinVillageRadio broadcast on wsRadio, the world-wide leader in internet talk-radio with over 4-million listeners a month!


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