January 2013 began a new phase for VinEducation after several years in hibernation. It is now my primary business – a portfolio of several types of food and beverage ventures and adventures to come.

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 coming soon! And, maybe a new book on the horizon? And, of course – the return of regular (weekly) posts on Wander, Eat and Tell!


It all began as a private chef service, ChalletChef, catering to the numerous ski resorts surrounding Salt Lake City, and a small restaurant (closed long ago) near the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains.  As my interest in wine and flavor dynamics developed, so did VinEducation.

From 2000 to 2006, VinEducation served the Wine Country north of San Francisco – Napa Valley and Sonoma, primarily. The main focus during that period was on serving the wine industry; particularly small and exclusive wineries interested in special meals prepared specifically to accentuate their wines. Other service included private chefs and catering, recipe development and testing, wine tastings, food and wine pairing and menu consulting, speaking engagements, and private tasting tours of wine country.

Once I returned to NYC, the essence of VinEducation changed, as did the amount of time I was able to dedicate to it. Though I am not actively operating the business at this time (I will do events upon request), I am currently developing a new concept for VinEducation that will include many of the previous services as well as new travel programs and (hopefully) a new book in the distant future. This will also include an all-new website. New ETA: March 2013.

Thank you for your interest in both VinEducation and this blog, Wander, Eat and Tell. I hope you enjoy what you see here.

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