Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Martha Stewart loves "The Wine & Food Festival of New Paltz" by Philip S. Kampe and Maria Reveley

It sure seemed like Martha Stewart loves the Wine & Food Festival of New Paltz". She took time out of her busy schedule, (meaning a flight later in the day to France) to visit Mohonk Mountain House and the festival. She was kind enough to be interviewed to a packed-house by Kevin Zraly, author of the 'Windows On The World' wine book (3 million sold) fame.

Afterwards, Martha mingled with the audience and strolled the lovely Victorian grounds of the estate, before doing an impromptu book signing. Ms. Stewart has authored 84 books during the span of her 32 year food related career. 

Festival founders Dushka and Sam Ramic were publicly happy for the large crowd that attended the three day event, highlighted by hundreds of wines, star chefs including Sara Moulton of PBS fame, Marcus Guiliano of the Hudson Valley and Rose Beranbaum, author of the 'Cake Bible'.

Wine and food products from New York state were represented.

Culinary Institute of America (CIA) wine professor, Steven Kolpan, presented an interesting lecture highlighting the vast array of Wines from New York state. Professor Michael Weiss, also a wine professor at the CIA, spoke about several wine subjects, highlighting 'Wine and Food of the Global Village'. Specific wines were paired with various foods.

The Wine & Food Festival of New Paltz is more than just a festival. It is an event that unites the consumer, the winemaker, the importer, the distributor, the chef, the professor, the fashion gurus, the vendors and the organizers into one family. We ate together, drank together, were educated together, danced together and laughed together, all in a mere 72 hours.
The Festival was magical, unlike any other wine and food festival in the world.

Thank you to the International Wine Masters and Dushka and Sam Ramic for changing my life...

Images of 'The Wine & Food Festival 2015 of New Paltz"
Photos by Maria Reveley

                              Chef Sara Moulton with the authors, Maria (l), Philip (r)

                                            Martha Stewart with Kevin Zraly
                                             Cheese seminar led by Lou DiPaolo
                              Wine and food pairing seminar with Professor Michael Weiss
              "A Journey Through Italy's Prized Vineyards' was given by author Kevin Zraly

                                       The arbor at Mohonk Mountain House
                                        The Taste New York wine and food parlor
                                            An image of the lake at Mohonk
                                                              A wine tasting
                                                         New York state wines
                                          The fan club of festival founder, Sam Ramic
                       Pastry chef and cookbook author Rose Beranbaum cooking class
                                        The Grand Tasting at the open-air Pavillion
                                                       Wines from around the world
                       Culinary Institute of America, wine Professor Steven Kolpan
                                     Italian Cheese experts, Margaret and Maria

Philip S. Kampe
Maria Reveley

1 comment:

Tim G. said...

Nice follow-up article. I felt like I was at the Festival..You are a good writer.

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