This year marks the beginning of a new phase for me and my company, VinEducation, after many years of hibernation. The new model – a portfolio of several types of food and beverage ventures, with great new adventures still to come.
For now, the website feeds to this blog, but by the end of March 2013, it will be packing its bags and moving to its very own site! Till now, here’s a bit of information about what’s happening.
1. Food and Beverage Education: After over a decade working for two of the world’s most influential culinary institutions, I have taken my unique innovative approach to teaching on the road! Although I remain an adjunct beverage instructor at the International Culinary Center, I will also be teaching classes privately and publicly for novices, serious amateurs, and industry professionals in NYC, California, and internationally.
2. Culinary Event Management: More chefs and restaurateurs are finding themselves torn between the day-to-day operation of their businesses and the growing need for public interaction through food festivals, charity events, industry conferences, etc. I’ve worked with several of the largest – including New York City Wine and Food Festival, New York Culinary Experience, StarChefs International Chefs Congress, and Meatopia – helping chefs and organizers handle the food-related preparation, and complex logistics of moving chefs, staff, and food across the country and around the world to the waiting plates of thousands of guests.
3. Private Chef: I am now working with a wonderful company, Kitchit, who handle all my private chef bookings in NYC and (very soon) in LA and San Francisco as well.
4. International Culinary Tourism: This is the one I’ve been waiting for… exclusive, hands-on, behind the scenes culinary trips to Istanbul, Paris, and Italy are currently in the planning phases. Hope to see the experience launch in Fall 2013.
5. Food and Beverage Writing: Look for a new and improved “Eat and Tell” column on Eat Something Sexy coming soon! And, maybe a new book on the horizon? And, of course – the return of regular (weekly) posts on Wander, Eat and Tell!
Please let me know if there are any food, beverage or travel topics you’d like to see more of… your comments and suggestions are always welcome!