Italy’s Piedmont, Lombardy, and Lake Country from May 17- 28, 2022


Spend time with Tenaya Darlington, aka Madame Fromage, co-host, author, and educator of artisan cheese, wine and spirits. She’ll entertain you throughout the tour, introducing you to some of Italy’s best artisan cheese. Wine tastings reflective of the terroir of Barolo and Barbaresco, led by Chiara Boschis who was instrumental in elevating Barolo to its […]

On the Road to Where I Want to Be

Chef Robert Springer

I am, in the truest sense of the word, a restless soul. I write these words more for myself than anyone else. This is my therapy to find my real self and help me to get to where my compass leads—a dialogue with pen and paper to find out if that compass points me to […]

A Cooking Method as Old as Mankind

Fire Cooking

Every culture has a name for cooking with wood: braai in South Africa, barbacoa in Spain, churrasco in Portugal and Brazil, and the familiar “barbeque” to Kurdish, Hmong, and East African chefs. And, just like the name, the method is entirely different for each. But the need for a chef to call in all their […]

Spice Salmon with Carrot Farro

Spice Salmon with Carrot Farro

Ingredients For the Fish  (2) 6 ounce each salmon filets with skin 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (save a few intact leaves for plating) ½ teaspoon cumin Salt and pepper to taste 2 shallots thinly sliced  Farro  2 cups semi-pearled farro 2 cups vegetable stock 2 cups carrot juice Instructions Add […]

Pear Delight

Pear Delight

Ingredients One Bottle of Sauvignon Blanc (or Pinot Grigio or Pinot Gris)  1/4 cup of honey 10-15 saffron threads 2 cardamom pods  5 Bosc or Bartlett Pears cut into fours from top to bottom (for a nice presentation try to keep stem on one piece of the four)  Pinch of salt  1 cup of crushed pistachio  3 […]

Chimichurri sauce

Chimichurri sauce

Chimichurri sauce, an amazing condiment to be used on steak, fish, sausages, chicken, and anything that comes off the grill this summer. Also excellent for a marinade. The beautiful thing about this recipe is that the ingredients don’t change but you can pretty much “eyeball” everything and purée or chop to your preference. In my […]

Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese

Lobster Mac 'n Cheese

Serves 4-6 as a main course Serves 8-12 as an appetizer Ingredients 1 lb of Cavatappi pasta or elbow pasta 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 4 tablespoons of flour 2 cups of milk 1 tsp salt Pinch of pepper Pinch of cayenne 1 lb of lobster meat tail/claw ¼ tsp of nutmeg ¼ cup of chopped […]