Our Own Enthusiasm for Wine Enthusiast‘s “Wine of the Year”: 2015 Gary Farrell Russian River Chardonnay

“This year’s top spot goes to a Russian River Valley Chardonnay, the first No. 1 white wine in over 10 years! For its display of excellent quality, competitive pricing and wide availability — a veritable triple threat — the Gary Farrell 2015 Russian River Selection Chardonnay [$35] could not be overlooked as the top wine this year.”
Wine Enthusiast magazine

“Our Russian River Selection is a symphony of vineyards in the Russian River Valley, and we are grateful to these fine growers for their dedication to quality. Their hard work affords us the opportunity to make beautiful, refined wines.”
Theresa Heredia, winemaker, Gary Farrell Winery 

As wine writers, we’ve had the pleasure and privilege of being hosted for wine events all around the world.  The vast majority of them have been exclusively for wine journalists.

But the other night, Gary Farrell Winery‘s winemaker Theresa Heredia and general manager Nancy Bailey were in Manhattan and we were invited along with a fellow wine writer and her guest to attend an event primarily focused on consumers.  Where else could we meet hip-hop artists and video producers — not to mention an entire lacrosse team — as they enjoyed some of their first wines from California’s Russian River Valley?

As opposed to diving into the science and technical specifics of the winemaking process, it was refreshing to see the Gary Farrell team playfully making their wines accessible to a broad audience.  The key characteristic of Gary Farrell’s Russian River Pinot Noir, which was described by the team as “the sexiest varietal known to man”?  “FOG!”  “Pinot Noir is very expressive of place,” it was explained.  “Fog puts the fruit in the fridge for the night — and that change of temperature from day to night is the secret of Russian River Pinot Noir.”

Heredia, who assumed her position at Gary Farrell in 2012, credited her approach to winemaking to everything she learned “at the University of Joseph Phelps.”

In addition to the award-winning 2015 Russian River Chardonnay, other standouts of the evening included the 2014 Gary Farrell Olivet Lane Vineyard Chardonnay ($45), the earthy-noted (with hints of mushroom, soy sauce, and tobacco) 2015 Gary Farrell Rochioli Vineyard Pinot Noir ($80), and the black-fruited 2014 Gary Farrell Maffei Vineyard Zinfandel ($50).  While the minty-noted Zinfandel was paired with a bittersweet chocolate dessert, it could have held its own against any savory mushroom or meat dish with ease.

Gary Farrell Winery is located at 10701 Westside Road in Healdsburg, California’s Russian River Valley, and produces small lots of Burgundian-styled, varietally expressive Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  garyfarrellwinery.com.

 

Celebrating Renowned Energy Healer Diane Goldner’s New Book YES, YOU CAN HEAL at Divya’s Kitchen in New York

Photos by Howard Childs Photography

“People have considered Diane Goldner a world-class healer for years, and I’ve seen it firsthand.”
Allison DuBois, the inspiration behind the hit TV show “Medium,” who was portrayed by Oscar-winning actress Patricia Arquette

It was fascinating, delicious, and fun to join our Los Angeles-based friend Diane Goldner for an afternoon tea yesterday afternoon at Divya’s Kitchen in the East Village in celebration of Diane’s forthcoming book YES, YOU CAN HEAL (Golden Spirit Books; April 23, 2018).

Diane is an honors graduate of Barnard College and a former investigative reporter with bylines in The New York Times and The Wall St. Journal.  Once a skeptic, she began investigating energy healing for a magazine article and was amazed to learn that the techniques actually worked.  She ended up interviewing renowned energy healers such as Rosalyn Bruyere and former NASA scientist Barbara Brennan, learning so much that she was drawn to become an energy healer herself.

Diane’s work has been praised by some of America’s most famed medical doctors, including Christiane Northrup, Mehmet Oz, and Bernie Siegel:

“I love Diane Goldner‘s book [AWAKENING TO THE LIGHT]….It’s so inspiring.”   
Dr. Christiane Northrup, author of the New York Times bestseller Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, which lists Diane Goldner as a recommended resource

Diane Goldner has done society a good deed with this book [HOW PEOPLE HEAL].”
Dr. Mehmet Oz, TV host and author of the New York Times bestseller Healing from the Heart

“Through her work and writing, Diane Goldner guides us on the path to true healing.”
Dr. Bernie Siegel, author of the New York Times bestseller Love, Medicine & Miracles 

We first learned of Diane through the Cornelia Spa at the Relais & Chateaux-affiliated Surrey Hotel (whose mailing list we’re on), which houses one of our favorite restaurants, Cafe Boulud.  After suffering from chronic shoulder pain for several years, Andrew had one 20-minute session with Diane in the Hamptons last summer — and within two days, it had subsided substantially.  After a week, the pain was completely gone.

After Karen tripped and fell on a New York City sidewalk, she was left with an open knee wound that after several days showed no signs of getting any better — until a session with Diane expedited its scabbing and healing.  Other sessions were even more profound.

We’re grateful to Diane for her extraordinary gifts — and that she shares her insights into the healing process in YES, YOU CAN HEAL.

Diane Goldner is a renowned energy healer and medical intuitive based in Los Angeles, who also meets with clients several times a year in Manhattan and the Hamptons.  She also does long-distance healings.  DianeGoldner.com

Divya’s Kitchen, located at 25 First Avenue (near 2nd Street in Manhattan)has been named the best Ayurvedic and healthy restaurant in New York City.   DivyasKitchen.com

Howard Childs is one of New York City’s leading event photographers whose clients have ranged from Hermes to Time Inc.; he is a joy to work with. HowardChildsPhotography.com

Closing Out Women’s History Month, A Salute to Women Who Create Exhilarating Movement — And Who Make A Difference

Top left: 92nd Street Y’s Christine Chen, MacArthur Fellow choreographer Elizabeth Streb, and Karen Page — at STREB Lab’s SEA

Elizabeth Streb‘s cavernous Brooklyn space is known as SLAM (Streb Lab for Action Mechanics), which is also a frequent move that occurs at one of her shows. For the month of March, her fearless team of action heroes, as they’re called, will navigate intimidating industrial contraptions and fling themselves from unnatural heights, seemingly defying physics with the pep of cheerleaders [in] the hourlong show, ‘S.E.A.’ (‘Singular Extreme Actions’)….”
The New York Times

Women’s History Month Salute #1:  Elizabeth Streb of STREB

Thanks to the 92nd Street Y’s Christine Chen — with whom we’ve had the pleasure of working on a number of programs around our and others’ books — we attended Sunday’s performance of Elizabeth Streb’s ‘S.E.A.’ at SLAM in Williamsburg.  Check out our Instagram posts at instagram.com/theflavorbible for a video and more photos.  One post read:

“Ever wonder what happened to all those kids who didn’t listen when their parents told them not to jump on (or off!) their beds??  Now you know….Still EXHILARATED to have witnessed our first live @strebslam performance — choreographed by MacArthur Fellow / choreographer / creativity daredevil Elizabeth Streb on Sunday, thanks to an invitation from @92ndstreety’s lovely and multitalented Christine Chen (who was a member of @strebslam for 4 years)….This show ‘S.E.A.’ is amazingly artful and entertaining and thrilling and should NOT be missed….Luckily, it’s been extended two weeks, so catch it before it closes April 8th!  #nyc #newyork #newyorkcity #brooklyn #williamsburg #greatpopcorn”

Four shows remain:  Saturday, March 31 at 5pm; Sunday, April 1 at 3pm; Saturday, April 7 at 5pm; and Sunday, April 8 at 3pm.

Get your tickets here:   http://streb.org/seaanhrofaction/

8 Dance Performances to See in NYC This Weekend

Our guide to dance performances happening this weekend and in the week ahead. BALLET NACIONAL DE ESPAÑA at New York City Center (March 2-3, 8 p.m.; March 4, 7 p.m.). The flamboyant Ballet Nacional de España returns to Midtown for the first time in nearly two decades to open this year’s Flamenco Festival at New York City Center.

Top left: Jody Oberfelder surrounded by the cast of “Zaubernacht”; Bottom left: Jasper Oberfelder-Riehm, Karen Page, and Yana Oberfelder-Riehm, above Jody Oberfelder; Bottom right: Andrew Dornenburg, Mary Madsen (aka the “Witch”), and Karen Page

“Now, the ‘Zaubernacht’ (‘Magic Night’) music as [Kurt] Weill wrote it will be heard in New York for the first time since 1925, in a new production with choreography by Jody Oberfelder and with Gary Fagin conducting the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Lower Manhattan.”
The New York Times

Women’s History Month Salute #2:  Jody Oberfelder of Jody Oberfelder Projects

We served on the committee for Jody Oberfelder‘s March 14th gala celebrating the premiere of “Zaubernacht” at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan — which turned out to be a magical night indeed.

Our Instagram post after the event read, “Congratulations to dancer-choreographer Jody Oberfelder on the historic premiere of her dance piece set to Kurt Weill’s “Zaubernacht” tonight as previewed in The New York Times — and kudos to the ace catering team of Jasper [Oberfelder-Riehm, who cooks professionally with Chef Bill Telepan at Oceana] & Jana [Oberfelder-Riehm, who’s back in Manhattan after a stint in pastry under Portland chef Vitaly Paley] & Penelope [Simons] & Associates, who nailed it!  We also had fun congratulating Mary Madsen, who reprised her scene-stealing role as the “Witch” for us over cocktails….Hats off to the entire amazing cast!  #nyc #newyorkcity #dance”

Kurt Weill’s Music for a Magical Dance, Lost and Now Found

I saw video of a performance that was done in London. I was like: Oh god, I don’t want to do this piece. They followed it note for note and had a dancing stove. It was really cutesy. I tried to invent some new characters. It’s very much a mash-up of different fairy tales.

STREB is dedicated to bringing the audience and community into the artistic process by breaking down barriers to participation and access with new approaches to creation, education and presentation. Built on the organizing principle, Extreme Action — as developed by choreographer and action architect Elizabeth Streb — the company’s mission is to create opportunities for artistic discovery and connection for a constituency whose diversity represents the breadth and complexity of society at large. streb.org

Jody Oberfelder Projects creates art that connects to and illuminates everyday life. Whether on a proscenium stage, in a film, or installation, her work transforms an audience’s experience from passive voyeurism into intimate engagement. Jody Oberfelder‘s body of work serves up tangible, visceral experiences of presence that allow the opportunity for audiences to insert themselves into the art.  jodyoberfelder.com

Renowned Psychic Fahrusha — Who Helped Us Recover Karen’s Missing Diamond in 2003 — Pals Around with Jimmy Fallon and Blake Shelton on National TV

Blake Shelton and Jimmy Go to a Palm Reader

Jimmy and Blake Shelton have never been to a palm reader before, so they visit Madame Fahrusha to find out about their futures.

The best psychics in NYC:  From tarot card readers to mediums, we’ve done the research and tracked down the top psychics in New York….Intuitive and remote viewer Fahrusha has been giving readings since her teens. By using palmistry, tarot readings, direct psychic revelation and occasionally reading photographs and handwriting, she has guided many clients through their pressing questions about the future. She has helped former clients in both worldly matters, like recovering lost objects, and celestially with guidance through UFO experiences. Recently, she has brought her extensive knowledge of parapsychology to ‘Shattered Reality,’ her podcast with Kate Valentine.”
Time Out: New York (August 4, 2015)

In our first e-newsletter, which was published in 2004, we shared this now infamous story:

A year ago, much to my horror, I discovered that my diamond had fallen out of the engagement ring Andrew had given me when he’d proposed to me under the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree 14 years earlier. Having no idea whether it had fallen out while on my daily run in Central Park, in our apartment, or somewhere in the miles between, I nonetheless searched our home for the better part of a day — and was devastated when I wasn’t able to find it.

A strange idea crossed my mind, as I suspect it might whenever someone becomes this distraught: I thought about Fahrusha, the lovely woman named one of the city’s top 10 psychics by New York magazine whom I had hired for the prior several years to provide psychic readings as entertainment at an annual alumnae party I organized — even though I was always so busy hosting the party that I’d never asked her for a reading myself.

Since I had already given up all hope of ever finding my diamond, I decided I had nothing to lose. Feeling a bit ridiculous, I called her and explained my predicament. Fahrusha — who’s never set foot in our home — replied matter-of-factly that my diamond had fallen out of the setting when I’d taken my ring off my finger and put it in the white box that I’d put on top of my bureau. (As I had done exactly that before I’d left home to get a manicure, she had my attention!) She told me that my diamond was at an angle that made it hard to spot with the naked eye, and that in the morning Andrew and I should buy a very strong flashlight and shine it around the floor — and that perhaps I might catch a glimpse of its sparkle.

The next morning, we did as she advised. Within 10 minutes of shining the flashlight along the floor of our bedroom, I saw a glint — my diamond!

In addition to earning my eternal gratitude, I thought Fahrusha had at the very least earned lunch at any restaurant of her choice in Manhattan! She mentioned that she had once done readings at a party hosted by a network executive upstairs at Le Bernardin — and that the hors d’oeuvres had been so delicious she’d wondered ever since what it would be like to dine there. My 3+ hour lunch there with Fahrusha was one of the most memorable of my life — for the great pleasure of getting to know Fahrusha better, not to mention the great pleasure of savoring chef Eric Ripert‘s extraordinary cuisine!

Thus, while neither of us understands how Fahrusha gets her information, Andrew and I have learned to listen when she makes predictions….

We still don’t know how Fahrusha is able to get such accurate information, but we and many of our friends have been amazed by our conversations with her — and “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon and his guest Blake Shelton appeared to be hugely entertained during the segment with her that aired last night — which has already been widely reported in Billboard, Broadway World, Entertainment Tonight, et al:

Billboard:  “Blake Shelton & Jimmy Fallon Go to a Palm Reader (and Relentlessly Mock Each Other) on ‘Fallon‘”

Broadway World:  “Jimmy Fallon & Blake Shelton Visit A Palm Reader On TONIGHT SHOW

E! News:  “Blake Shelton and Jimmy Fallon Get Their Palms Read—and It Gets Slightly Risqué

Entertainment Tonight:  “Blake Shelton Gets His Palms Read With Jimmy Fallon, Jokes About Having ‘Too Much Sex’”

Congratulations, Fahrusha!

Fahrusha was featured as one of a dozen “Psychic Superstars” in a New York magazine cover story.  She has also been featured as one of the city’s best psychics in Time Out:New York, and has also made appearances on “The View,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” National Public Radio, and in the pages of The New York Times.  She cohosts the podcast “Shattered Reality” that can be found at shatteredrealitypodcast.wordpress.com.  Her website is Fahrusha.com, and she can be reached via email at fahrusha@fahrusha.com.

To Its Tagline “Wines. Hospitality. Nature.” May We Propose That Edmond de Rothschild Heritage Add “Cheese.”?

Top, left: Winemaker Fabrice Darmaillacq with Andrew Dornenburg; Top, right: Baroness Sheri de Borchgrave, Baroness Ariane de Rothschild, and Karen Page

Top, left: On behalf of Edmond de Rothschild, Boris Bréau welcomes guests to The NoMad; Top, right: The NoMad sommelier Sarah Plath; Center: Karen Page, Bodegas Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia Managing Director Ignacio Calvo de Mora Brito Cunha

“He who knows how to taste wine does not drink it but tastes to tease out its secrets.”
–Salvador Dali

Edmond de Rothschild Heritage had us enraptured at a wine tasting lunch at The NoMad on Friday afternoon.  However, we were surprised that our rapture wasn’t reserved exclusively for its wines — which included an elegantly restrained 2017 Rimapere Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (and were told we were the first in the world to taste the new vintage) and a 2016 Merle Blanc de Chateau Clarke Baron Edmond de Rothschild Bordeaux (a compelling lemon and grapefruit-noted blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc, rounded out by Muscadelle and Semillon Gris).

However, we turned out to be just as gaga — if not more so! — over its Perigord black truffle cheese.

Bottom, Left: One of our very favorite goodie boxes of all time, Edmond de Rothschild Heritage allowed us to take home a generous portion of its heavenly black truffle cheese — which The NoMad served alongside Rothschild’s own honey (Bottom, Right)

As our lunch’s gracious host Baroness Ariane de Rothschild explained to us, all it took was one family member (her father-in-law) who mourned the sad state of the French cheeses he’d been tasting — and knew he could do better, leading him to pronounce, “I’ll make my own!”  His passion led him to craft Bries de Meaux cheese, half it lengthwise, and fill the center with a mixture of black truffles and triple-creme cheese.

The result — Le Fermier a la Truffe Noire du Perigord — is one of the most jaw-droppingly delicious cheeses we’ve ever tasted.  Paired with the family’s own Miel Toutes Fleurs du Domaine, no one needed dessert (which the restaurant whisked away too quickly for us to taste anyway).

While not yet available in the United States, fortunate cheese lovers should definitely hope for a taste during their next visit to Bordeaux.

P.S.  This post is merely Part I — Part II will go into the wines further.  Oh, yes, never forget that Edmond de Rothschild is still perhaps best known for estate red wines — and if you’re ever lucky enough to stumble across the 2001 Chateau Clarke Baron Edmond de Rothschild Listrac-Medoc, with its notes of leather and smoke, you just might remember it for a very long time.

Edmond de Rothschild Heritage is known for “Wines. Hospitality. Nature.”  (Plus, if we have our way, Cheese. Extraordinary Cheese.)  edr-heritage.com/en/

Peering Into The Heads of Amazing Chefs: A Conversation About KITCHEN CREATIVITY With “Good Food” Host Evan Kleiman

In the studio at NPR member station KCRW Radio in Los Angeles

“That’s Karen Page.  Together with her husband, photographer Andrew Dornenburg, she’s written some of the most respected tomes on modern cooking today.  Karen and Andrew recently released their 11th book — called KITCHEN CREATIVITY.  In it, they offer culinary education from the world’s greatest chefs, without relying on a single recipe.”
Evan Kleiman, host, “Good Food” on NPR member station KCRW (Los Angeles)

It’s always a joy to be interviewed by a really thoughtful, passionate radio host — and former restaurateur Evan Kleiman is one of the most thoughtful and passionate radio hosts by whom we’ve ever had the pleasure of being interviewed.

She’s hosted KCRW’s “Good Food” show for more than two decades now, bringing out the insights of thousands of food experts and chefs through weekly conversations on this must-listen radio show and its podcasts.

During our unforgettable book tour stop in Los Angeles (which we’ll share more about soon!), we had the privilege of being invited to join Evan in the studio for one of our favorite conversations to date about KITCHEN CREATIVITY.  If you listen to only one interview about KITCHEN CREATIVITY, we hope you’ll make this the one:

Kitchen Creativity, Deb Perelman, and the myth of ‘easy cooking’

We’re looking inside the modern home kitchen. Cookbook authors Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg are unleashing creativity. Deb Perelman looks back on Smitten Kitchen and talks everyday meals. Amy Trubek says home cooking has come a long way. And food historian Rachel Laudan explains why ‘easy cooking’ is far from it.

What was the most transformational moment in modern gastronomic history? What can we learn from those who were in the room where it happened? How can we apply the lessons of the world’s most creative chefs to make ourselves more creative, whether in the kitchen or beyond?

You’ll hear insights into the creativity of chefs like Ferran Adria (3:00), Rick Bayless (9:41), Daniel Boulud (8:22), Jeremy Fox (1:57), Daniel Humm (10:47), Eric Ripert (10:05), Michael Scelfo (5:38), Joshua Skenes (10:40), Jacques Torres (3:00), and more.

“I feel like every time I open one of your books, it’s like peering into the heads of all of these really amazing chefs.  And I feel like — particularly with this book — I’m wondering….Would it have been possible, this book, without all the previous conversations you’ve had with chefs for all the other books?”
Evan Kleiman, host, “Good Food” on NPR member station KCRW (Los Angeles)

And you’ll learn our resounding answer to Evan’s provocative question as to whether a one-of-a-kind book like KITCHEN CREATIVITY would even have been possible were it not for the conversations that were started in books like BECOMING A CHEF, CULINARY ARTISTRY, WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT, and THE FLAVOR BIBLE.  

Enjoy!

KCRW’s “Good Food” has been a must-listen show for food lovers hosted by Los Angeleno Evan Kleiman for more than 20 years.  kcrw.com

KITCHEN CREATIVITY Panel Discussion with Celebrated Chefs Amanda Cohen, Damon Baehrel, and Michael Anthony

If you weren’t able to join us for the recent panel discussion Karen Page moderated around our brand-new book KITCHEN CREATIVITY at Rizzoli in New York City, never fear — you can listen to the insights of acclaimed chefs Amanda Cohen (of Dirt Candy), Damon Baehrel (of Damon Baehrel), and 2015 James Beard Foundation Outstanding Chef Award winner Michael Anthony (of Gramercy Tavern) here:

And if you’re curious about some of the insider references therein:

– Karen has celebrated her birthday every recent May with “CBS This Morning” legal analyst Rikki Klieman (wife of former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, who was also in attendance at Rizzoli) at Gramercy Tavern.

– The first vegetarian restaurant to earn a two-star review from The New York Times was Bart Potenza and Joy Pierson‘s Candle 79 in Manhattan.  (Potenza and Pierson attended the Rizzoli event.)

– The Ayurvedic chef-restaurateur featured in KITCHEN CREATIVITY and in attendance at Rizzoli was Divya Alter of the acclaimed Ayurvedic restaurant Divya’s Kitchen and the Ayurvedic cooking school Bhagavat Life in Manhattan.

Top left: Mike Anthony, Karen Page, Damon Baehrel, and Amanda Cohen; Center: Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, Karen Page, Andrew Dornenburg, and “CBS This Morning” legal analyst Rikki Klieman; Bottom left: Candle 79 co-owners Bart Potenza and Joy Pierson

KITCHEN CREATIVITY was named one of the best cookbooks of 2017 in media from Forbes to The Washington Post, and ranked by EatYourBooks.com as the #2 non-recipe food book of 2017.  It won the 2018 Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Food Writing – U.S.

Moderator Karen Page is the author of KITCHEN CREATIVITY.

Amanda Cohen is the chef-owner of Dirt Candy in New York City, and the author of Dirt Candy.

Damon Baehrel is the chef-owner of Damon Baehrel in Earlton, NY, and the author of Native Harvest.

Michael Anthony is the chef-partner of Gramercy Tavern in New York City, and the author of V is for Vegetables.