(I will be speaking at this event! Looking forward to meeting you all!)
June 26 & 27, Pennington, NJ
Produced by Slow Food Central Jersey and Five Estate Wineries of New Jersey
FESTIVAL EVENTS SCHEDULE / BIOS PARTICIPATING SPEAKERS & VENDORS
Michael Colameco is the host and producer of Colameco's Food Show on 13/WNET-NY and the host of WOR-Radio's "Food Talk," which runs every Sunday from 10am to noon on 60 affiliate stations. He also appears regularly on the nationally syndicated NPR program "The Splendid Table" as a New York food authority. Mike also authored the new Mike Colameco’s Food Lover’s Guide to NYC, where he uncovers the best choices from among thousands of favorite New York food locations and offers his own highly personal review of each:
· RESTAURANTS You'll find hundreds of Mike's top spots for dining—whether you're craving a once-in-a-lifetime experience or simply the best wood-fired pizza in town.
· BAKERIES AND CHOCOLATIERS Mike takes you from an Upper West Side bagel shop (owned by an immigrant Thai family) to exquisite handmade truffles in Soho.
· WINE BARS Looking to sample Italian, French, or even South African wine (and food)? Mike reveals the best spots to find it.
· WINE SHOPS Oenophiles and wine novices alike will discover the most knowledgeable, affordable, and friendly places to buy a bottle.
· MARKETS Italian, Indian, or Korean specialties, the freshest fish, the sweetest fruit: Take the best of New York home with you, from Mike's favorite food shops.
Mike has also developed and conducts several culinary programs through the iconic 92nd Street Y in Manhattan, including walking tours of New York's ethnic culinary neighborhoods, Q&A panel discussions with top New York chefs, and live cooking demonstrations at the VIKING showroom, where he is Chef in Residence, and he teaches hands-on cooking classes at the French Culinary Institute. A graduate of the CIA, Mike has worked in some of the city's best restaurants, including The Four Seasons, Tavern on the Green, and The Ritz Carlton, where he was Executive Chef.
Mary Ann Esposito
Mary Ann Esposito is the creator and host of the PBS series, Ciao Italia, televeised nationally and internationally. This year the series celebrates its milestone 20th year, making it the longest running cooking series on public television.
Mary Ann holds a Masters Degree in food history from the University of New Hampshire. She also holds an honorary Doctorate Degree in Humane Letters from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH. Mary Ann studied in regional cooking schools throughout Italy and got her start in Perugia, Italy. She teaches classes in cooking schools throughout Italy each year.
Mary Ann is the author of many cookbooks with her 11th, Ciao Italia- Five Ingredient Favorites, published last fall. Her bread book, What You Knead, won the International Cookbook Revue award for the best in its category, and was also named one of Food and Wine’s top cookbooks. Her book, Mangia Pasta, was nominated as one of the three best cookbooks tied to a television seires by the International Cookbook Revue.
Mary Ann has appeared as a guest chef on the Today Show, Regis and Kathy Lee, Discovery, Food Network, QVC, Fox, Pax, Martha Stewart Radio, and a host of others. She has been featured in newspapers and magazines including People Magazine, TV Guide, Family Circle, Yankee and USA Today. She has also been honored by numerous organizations for her work in preserving traditional Italian foods and culture.
Viewers and peers alike have raved about Mary Ann and Ciao Italia, including: - Jacques Pepin: “Real Italian Food comes from the home, and Mary Ann Esposito invites us to accompany her on a journey through the authentic home cooking of her favorite regions of Itlay. Her food will warm the heart as well as the belly of those who prepare it” and - Mario Batali: “Mary Ann Esposito has been a pioneer in the world of cooking shows. Ciao Italia is authentic and entertaining, like a great Italian meal, prepared for and eaten with friends and family.”
Peter Genovese is a feature writer for the Star Ledger in Newark, NJ. Nobody covers Jersey food like Peter. He is, perhaps, most famous for the MunchMobile where Peter, his guests and the MunchMobile search New Jersey for the best road food. You can follow their adventures on NJ.com/munchmobile
and read about the State’s best pizza, best bars, chili cook off winners, best pastry shops and much more.
He is also the author of several books including: The Food Lovers’ Guide to New Jersey (Best Local Specialties, Markets, Recipes, Restaurants, Events and more); Roadside New Jersey, Jersey Diners, The Great American Road Trip: US 1, Maine to Florida; New Jersey Curiosities, Roadside Florida, and The Jersey Shore Uncovered: A Revealing Season on the Beach.When it comes to food and New Jersey, there is no better expert than this! And he is happy to share with you the knowledge he has learned. Peter lives in South Jersey.
Barbara Seelig Brown
“Put on your Bunny Slippers, pour a glass of wine and cook.” For years, as a culinary educator, this has been Barbara’s favorite phrase to set the scene for her students. The concept – relax, have a good time, and she will show you how to make cooking at home a breeze.
This theme resonates in all Barbara’s culinary endeavors be they as a cookbook author, food columnist, radio personality and now as a TV host for the Stress Free Cooking Show, airing Fall 2007. Barbara’s move into television is a natural extension of her work as both a culinary educator and food and wine spokesperson. Barbara’s broadcast media appearances include the following:
• Host of the new Stress Free Cooking Show
• Host of Back to School Fuel-Kid Zones
• Co-host of SuperFoods with Steven Pratt, MD
• Featured chef for the Fun to Know DVD series on cooking by Millenium Interactive, Inc.
• TV guest interviews on Fox 5's Good Day NY, New Jersey News12's Morning Edition, News12's To Your Health with Dr. Bruce Bonano, and Women in Mind with Dr. Deborah Diamond Fisch
• Radio interviews including WHYY's A Chef's Table with Chef Jim Coleman and Dining Today with Pat Tanner
Barbara has published extensively both as a cookbook author and as a food and wine columnist. Her initial debut with Stress Free Cooking, in 2002, has led to numerous requests for contributions in local, regional and national print media. Barbara’s recipes, tips and tricks have appeared in New Jersey’s Star Ledger Savor, The Record Food, Garden State Woman and New Jersey Countryside. She is a contributing writer for the new Garden Plate Magazine and Cooking Light Magazine. Recently Barbara has released two new cookbooks. Sensational Seafood, in coordination with the American Diabetes Association debuted in the Fall 2008 and the Super Foods Weight Loss Cookbook in Spring 2008.
Barbara continues her avocation for culinary education by teaching at various cooking schools in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She is professionally active as a member of The New York Chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier International, The International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), The American Dietetics Association, and Women for Wine Sense. Barbara is a spokesperson for Colavita Olive Oil and Shady Brook Farms/Honeysuckle White Turkey brands. Barbara lives with her husband in, NJ.
Cindy Groman, Wegmans’ Princeton store - Cooking Tent, Saturday and Sunday: 12:30
Chef Cindy opened our cooking demos last year and was so enthusiastically received we brought her back again this year! Cindy has an impressive background, starting with a degree from the Culinary Institute of America. She has also taught at the prestigious Johnson and Wales in Rhode Island for 10 years and has been with Wegmans for the past 12 years. Wegmans in Princeton is located at 240 Nassau Park Boulevard and opened 12 years ago. Wegman has been on Fortune's List of Top 100 companies to work for 12 years and this past year they ranked #3 on this prestigious list. Cindy leads Wegmans’ Chef’s Chat the first Saturday of the month, as well as the R.E.D. Club – a Reading, Eating and Drinking book club. She can also be found at a cooking station in the store.
Carlo DeVito is a long time wine lover and author of magazine articles and books, including Wineries of the East Coast. He has traveled to wine regions in California, Canada, up and down the east coast, France, Spain and Chile.
He was also a publisher for Running Press Book Publishers, where he published books from Wine Spectator, as well as books with Greg Moore (of Moore Bros), Matt Kramer, Howard Goldberg, and many other wine writers. Mr. DeVito has also been the editor of many successful traditional books. He lives with his wife, pet publisher Dominique DeVito, and their two sons, their two dogs and numerous goldfish. Carlo has been quoted in the Washington Times and other newspapers and wine publications.
Zita Keeley, born in New York City, NY now resides in both the USA and Europe. Her extensive background in media planning and events management, along with her passion for wine, food and travel have naturally brought her to the wine profession.
After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY at Stonybrook, Zita worked in the television/film arena where within a few years she became a Vice President of the company. She soon was offered an opportunity to lead exclusive tours for families and organizations in the US and abroad and enjoyed that until moving to Europe. While Zita lived in England for 6 years exclusively, she was able to travel to over 20 countries sampling amazing food and wines. She was inspired to learn more about wine and did so at the distinguished Cordon Bleu school in London.
After moving back to the USA, she continued her wine studies with notable wine educators such as; Michael Green of Gourmet Magazine, Harriett Lembeck, Wine A Spirits Educator and Master Sommelier Richard Dean to name a few, and started her own freelance wine consulting company, All I Do is Wine. She works with major wine retailers and importers including Wines from Spain, Wines of Argentina, PJ Wine and Pasternak Wines as well as appearing at conferences, trade tastings and charity functions. She is a partner of French Wine Tours specializing in a series of wine education tours throughout France. Zita is the founding President of the New Jersey Chapter of Women for Winesense, a national non-profit wine education organization and member of the Society of Wine Educators and American Wine Society. She received a special Rising Star Award from Women for Winesense in 2007.
She has been interviewed and quoted by several publications here and in the UK. In addition to leading seminars and tastings, she writes the popular "Wining Woman" blog and monthly e-newsletter as well as Zita Keeley's Wine School. After producing the local cable access TV show "Time to Wine with Zita Keeley," she has now partnered with Hoboken-based Coalition films to produce a wine education show aimed at networks such as The Learning Channel of Food Network. The pilot is in production.
Gary C. Pavlis, Ph.D. 30 Minute wine expert
Dr. Gary Pavlis is a professor and agricultural agent at Rutgers University. He works as a wine consultant in the USA, South Africa and China and has conducted classes for credit and leisure on all aspects of grape production, wine tasting and education. Gary regularly appears in print, on the radio and television educating the public on the intricacies of growing grapes in New Jersey or touting the benefits of drinking wine. He has taught for more than 20 years, has a 3000 bottle wine cellar, and never travels to anywhere that doesn’t produce wine.
Mark Phillips is quickly becoming one of the most popular wine speakers in the nation. His irreverent approach and humorous delivery makes for an entertaining educational experience. Discovered by a public television executive, Mark is the right person to help guide you through the sometimes complicated world of wine. Mark is also Executive Director of the Wine Tasting Association based in Chicago, IL. The motto of the organization is, If you are a wine snob, WTA is not for you . Believing that the best wine is the wine you enjoy, Mark's message is informative - not preaching.
Mark also offers products that reflect this appreciation for great wine. His recently developed wine glass may very well be the ultimate wine glass, his 8-CD audio course will turn you into an expert with his easy to remember wine rules, and his DVD Enjoying Wine with Mark Phillips is a best seller. Mark has also published a book Swallow This, which covers topics such as: How To Taste Wine; What Wines Go Best With Food; The One Ingredient That Makes Every Wine and Food Combo Work; How To Store, Save and Serve Wine; What To Do With the Cork When the Waiter Gives It To You; When To Send Back the Wine; When to Microwave Wine; When to Freeze Wine; Putting Wine in Tupperware, and much more.