Saturday 10-11 a.m. on Austin’s Talk 1370
We broadcast this week, as we love to do every once in a while, from our hometown of New Orleans. Not only do we think it’s a food and wine story worth telling, especially considering the efforts to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina we always are impressed by the things we taste. In this program we visit the latest effort from superstar chef John Besh – his fifth restaurant in the New Orleans area, most created while making constant appearances on national TV and promoting his brand-new cookbook, appropriately titled “My New Orleans.” At the contemporary Italian restaurant called Domenica (Sunday), we sit down with Israel-born, Philadelphia-raised chef-partner Alon Shaya – and talk mostly with our mouth full.
Over at the Maison Dupuy Hotel in the French Quarter, at the wonderfully wine-driven Le Meritage Restaurant, there’s a festival going on right now. The French Quarter Wine Festival, now in its fourth year, is more or less a series of the best wine dinners you can ever attend. And that has a lot to do with Chef Michael Farrell’s self-sacrificing willingness to taste his way through a whole lot of great wine. Since the dinners still to come feature the likes of Simi in Sonoma, Soter in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Tablas Creek in Rhone-crazed Paso Robles and even the hard-to-get Silver Oak, we thought you’d like to hear the chef tell us all about what’s on the menu.