If you’ve never thought of Washington County, NY as wine country, it’s time to start. In the last decade, intrepid enthusiasts have been planting vines and honing their vintner skills. Their hard work and dedication to craft have produced award winning wines and destination tasting rooms. It is where high quality comes at a reasonable price in a friendly atmosphere.

On November 14th from 2-6pm four local vineyards will gather at the Greenwich Free Library. The public is invited to taste their amazing variety of wines and choose your favorites for holiday meals, gift giving or to stock your cellar.

Local food and wine expert Josh London will walk folks through the basics of buying wine without fear. He joins us this morning along with Greenwich Free Library Director – Annie Miller.

  Chef/restaurateur/cook book author and Emmy-winning host of Public Television’s Lidia's Kitchen and Lidia’s Italy, Lidia Bastianich will be at Proctors in Schenectady, NY this Friday at 8pm.

The best-selling author is a beloved ambassador for Italian culinary traditions throughout the world. Her multiple culinary endeavors have married her two passions in life – her family and food. Her most recent book is  Lidia's Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine: Everything You Need to Know to be a Great Italian Cook.

Nancy Fuller - host of  Farmhouse Rules - the #1 in-kitchen show on the Food Network will talk about America's yearnings for authentic comfort food & sign copies of her new cookbook in a pair of upcoming events in the region. She will be at the Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at the Claverack Library on Monday at 7 p.m.

  Whether it was Katz' Deli on Manhattan's lower East side, Lindy's  in Midtown, or the Second Avenue Deli originally located in the East Village the sights, smells, and sounds of meats like pastrami, corned beef, and tongue, and glass cases filled with pickled delicacies and just the atmosphere and hubbub created by customers, lingering locals, and deli workers belonged to only one place: the neighborhood delicatessen. For Jew living in New York in the early to mid-twentieth century the deli was not only a place to purchase authentic kosher and Jewish cuisine but for many immigrants and their children it was also a place to socialize, bond, and network.

  The Saratoga Wine & Food Festival and Concours d'Elegance is a three-day destination event that draws an audience of close to 6,000 from Montreal to Northern New Jersey from September 11-13.

The festival provides over 250 premiere wine and food exhibitors, invitation-only, along with one-of-a kind seminars. Proceeds from the Saratoga Wine & Food Festival benefit the Saratoga Performing Arts Center's children's education program.

We are joined by Capital Region restaurateur, caterer, and the Honorary chair of this event, Angelo Mazzone of Mazzone Hospitality.

  The Olana Partnership’s much-anticipated summer party returns to the Hudson Valley on Saturday, August 8 from 5-8pm. This year’s theme “Icebergs in August” celebrates Frederic Church’s epic 1859 voyage to Newfoundland and Labrador and will offer guests an evening of ice, art and arctic inspired hors d’oeuvres.

Church’s Olana will appear behind an immense iceberg created for the evening by ice artist Sean Taylor of Capital City Carvers.

To tell us more we welcome - Sean Sawyer, President of The Olana Partnership; Christine Jones, Board Member and Co-Chair of the Event and Chef Brian Alberg from the Red Lion Inn.

Moses Robinson

  Siblings Matt and Ted Lee grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. When they left to attend colleges in the Northeast, they so missed the foods of their hometown that they founded The Lee Bros. Boiled Peanuts Catalogue, a mail-order catalogue for southern pantry staples like stone-ground grits, fig preserves, and, of course, boiled peanuts.

When an editor of a travel magazine asked them to write a story about road-tripping their home state in search of great food, they embarked on a second career as food and travel journalists.

Their new TV show is Southern Uncovered on Ovation and tomorrow he will be emceeing the second annual Coxsackie Cook-Off at the Coxsackie Farmer’s Market. Four local chefs will get a basket of surprise ingredients from the market for each round and will have a short time limit to develop and cook a delicious dish in order to move forward.

Baking With Less Sugar

Jul 9, 2015

  Joanne Chang—beloved author of the bestselling Flour and a Harvard math major to boot - came up with this winning formula: Minus the sugar equals plus the flavor.

Baking with Less Sugar: Recipes for Desserts Using Natural Sweeteners and Little-to-No White Sugar contains 60-plus recipes for anyone who loves to bake and wants to cut back on the sugar - playing up delicious ingredients and using natural sweeteners, such as honey, maple syrup, and fruit juice.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York State's food banks are asking state leaders for $16 million to address a worsening hunger problem.

  Our friend John Fischer is a professor of hospitality and service management at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.

Mr. Fischer teaches the baccalaureate-level Beverage Operations Management, Advanced Principles of Service Management in Hospitality, and Spirits and Principles of Mixology courses.

Wines discussed and tasted on air:
1. Les Quarte Tours, Coteaux d'Aix en Provence 2014
2. Wölffer Estate Rosé, North Fork of Long Island 2014
3. Château d'Aqueria, Tavel, Rhône 2014
4. Roederer Estate, Brut Rosé, Anderson Valley NV