Professional Development

Over the past several months I’ve been expanding my beverage tasting horizons – all in the name of “professional development”… can’t teach food and beverage pairing without a well-exposed palate… in short, I get to drink for work. Did I mention how much I love the business I’m in? In addition to attaining a WSET certification in spiritsContinue reading “Professional Development”

The Release Party

Last night was the release party for Life of Reiley’s two latest books – Chrysta Wilson’s Kiss My Bundt and Amy Reiley’s new collaboration with Juan-Carlos Cruz, The Love Diet which is coming out next week. The party was at Amy’s house which is designed around a large open kitchen created specifically for events and commercial production, and I gotContinue reading “The Release Party”

My Lucky Break – LUCKYRICE, Part 2 & 3

Of course, I meant to post this in a more timely manner. Such are the drawbacks of a demanding career and an addiction to continuing education (aka homework). Before I get into the past events, I just want to recommend that you take advantage of the LUCKYRICE Restaurant Week going on this week (May 3-9,Continue reading “My Lucky Break – LUCKYRICE, Part 2 & 3”

My Lucky Break – LUCKYRICE, Part 1

The past couple of evenings have been quite full, thanks to my friend Jennifer Baker of Mina Productions. She is one of the event producers for LUCKYRICE, a series of parties, discussions, cooking demonstrations, and a week of restaurant specials all over NYC (going on now!). So far, I’ve attended two events, and I stillContinue reading “My Lucky Break – LUCKYRICE, Part 1”

Tuesday’s Top Five – LA Edition

I’ve always been an East Coast girl, even when I lived on the West Coast. Even more so, I’m a New Yorker, and as such, I’ve been a little prejudice against Los Angeles for a good long time. For years my friend Amy has been trying to convince me of the wonders of life inContinue reading “Tuesday’s Top Five – LA Edition”

Mountain Time, part 3

Note: I’m writing all these posts on WordPress for iPhone, so I can’t do much editing & can’t see how they are laying out. Please bear with ant typos or strange layouts, I’ll fix them when I get to a real computer. Modified 3/11/10. Yesterday was amazing. the day started with a big early breakfastContinue reading “Mountain Time, part 3”

Media Review: Perfect Pairings

In preparation for the wine classes I’ve been teaching this week, I’ve been reading a great book that one of my students brought in –Perfect Pairings: A Master Sommelier’s Practical Advice for Partnering Wine with Foodby Evan Goldstein (click the link to find it on Amazon).  I took a class with Evan Goldstein many years ago.Continue reading “Media Review: Perfect Pairings”

Tuesday’s Top 5: Holiday Drinks

What better way to drum up some holiday spirit than with spirits? I’ve never really needed an excuse to enjoy a nip now and then (now would be nice!), but the holidays provide many a good reason to imbibe with a bit more frequency, including my birthday next week (hint hint!). Holidays also provide aContinue reading “Tuesday’s Top 5: Holiday Drinks”