Champagne Sippers

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Listen to new episodes of the World of Wine on World Radio Paris, hosted by Paige Donner.  It’s summertime and it’s time for champagne sipping.  Ok, well, it’s always time for champagne sipping… Listen to Paige’s interview here on the … Continue reading

GOODfood+wine Episode 6 – From Paris to Bordeaux And Back Again

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by Paige Donner This episode of GOODfood+wine airing on World Radio Paris is all about Bordeaux. Well, nearly. In honor of the bi-annual Bordeaux Vinexpo extravaganza (opento the trade only) we did some pre-tasting at two of Bordeaux’s most prestigious … Continue reading

What Tops Wine Tasting in Pauillac & Pomerol…?

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by Paige Donner What Tops Wine Tasting in Pauillac & Pomerol…? Wine tasting with Dad in Pauillac and Pomerol! FULL SLIDESHOW of BOTH CHATEAUX HERE   (All photos by Paige Donner © 2015) These two châteaus, Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de … Continue reading

Checking In With Bordeaux’s Cité des Civilisations du Vin

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by Paige Donner It’s always a thrill to watch the development, the progressive, step-by-step development of an ambitious and culturally iconic project. Such is the case with the Cité des Civilisations du Vin gorgeously taking shape along the banks of … Continue reading

GOODfood+wine Episode 5

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by Paige Donner Welcome to another episode of GOODfood+wine. For this edition, airing first on Sunday May 3rd 2015 in Paris, you’ll be hearing an interview I did with Paris’ famed Palace Hotel, Le Bristol’s Head sommelier, French-Canadian Marco Pelletier, … Continue reading

Les Tontons Trinqueurs Edition 2015

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by Paige Donner  What’s better than sipping Burgundy on a barge parked along the Seine in Paris? The wittily named Les TonTons Trinqueurs (which is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the old cult French comedy film, les TonTons Flingueurs, or Crooks … Continue reading

L’Institut Paul Bocuse

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by Paige Donner  Celebrating its 25th year, the Institut Paul Bocuse culinary arts school chose a most fitting location for its fête: Le Pavillon Ledoyen Paris, recently awarded its 3rd Michelin star under the new ownership of Chef Yannick Alléno. … Continue reading

La Bonnotte of Ile de Noirmoutier – The World’s Most Expensive Potato

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by Paige Donner It’s nearly May – and that means La Bonnotte is just about in season!  La Bonnotte, for those of you not familiar with it, is a little yellow gem that grows on the small, sheltered Isle of … Continue reading

Atelier Dom Pérignon

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Set right in the mythical Benedictine Abbey of Hautvillers, where Dom Pérignon is said to have discovered the méthode Champenoise, is now the Atelier Dom Pérignon. l’Atelier Dom Pérignon à l’Abbaye d’Hautvillers Full Slide Show On Chérie Du Vin  All … Continue reading

GOODfood+wine – Episode 4

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GOODfood+wine aka Paris GOODfood+wine © Paige Donner 2014 Episode 4  Climats de Bourgogne  by Paige Donner – Interview with Guillaume D’Angerville Emily Dilling Interview by Paige Donner – In studio interview with our GOODfood+wine fresh market reporter Chef Singer (formerly) … Continue reading

Vinexpo To Honor Wines From The Good Ol’ USofA

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(re-posted from Press Release) According to the Vinexpo/IWSR study the United States are the world’s number one wine market and the study forecasts a growth of 11% between 2014 and 2018. During that period the American wine consumption is expected … Continue reading

Your Pets Will Dig This Organic Food From Recycled Bags

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(sponsored post) Canadian dog food brand, Open Farm, to recycle ALL of their packaging. Also, for every empty bag sent in, they will make a donation to the sender’s favorite animal charity or rescue organization. As of this week, I … Continue reading

Lanson Black Label – preview

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This is one of the best videos I’ve yet seen released by a champagne house. It’s by Lanson and it previews their Black Label cuvée. It also introduces their new cellar master. It’s brief and to the point. Every bit … Continue reading

Paris GOODfood+wine Episode 3

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by Paige Donner In this episode of Paris GOODfood+wine you’ll hear all about a small French bird called the ortolan, considered a traditional culinary delicacy in some circles. Next, Paris restaurant critic and book author Alec Lobrano joins us again … Continue reading

MSNBC’s First-Ever Food Correspondent, Chef Tom Colicchio

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Tom Colicchio, celebrity chef and founder of Food Policy Action says, “We’re going to send a clear message to Congress that we’re organized, we’re viable, we’re strong, and yes we have a food movement and it’s coming for you.” Blog … Continue reading

France – L.A. Culinary Connection March 11th to 14 – It’s All About The Cuisine, Bébé

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Sponsored Post Over twenty Michelin-Starred Chefs and James Beard Award Nominees and Winners represented in second annual culinary showcase at L.A. LIVE, March 11-14, 2015 All-Star Chef Classic showcases renowned domestic and international chef talent in a series of interactive … Continue reading

Valentine’s Day Incites Passion For…Chocolate!

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by Paige Donner This Valentine’s Day why not indulge in a bit of self-love?  Yes, I mean CHOCOLATE! The good thing about eating chocolate is that it’s actually included in the grouping of Nature’s Super Foods. Gotta love nature! If … Continue reading

Episode 2 GOODfood+wine aka Paris GOODfood+wine Airs February 15th

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by Paige Donner If you read French and keep on top of French culinary news, you may already have bookmarked several of these articles that buzzed around the social media waves these past weeks, namely how France is mounting a … Continue reading

I Love Lemons, Frozen Too

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Reblogged by Paige Donner I have a major lemon addiction. I confess. And it’s not just during detox time, after the holidays. It’s a year-round thing. Lemonade in the summer, hot water, lemon and honey in the winter. So what … Continue reading

Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh AOC – The Other Sweet French Wine

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by Paige Donner The World of Wine has endless gems in store for you to discover. That is what’s so riveting about continuing along the path of wine exploration. Just when you think you’ve come across most of France’s highlights, … Continue reading

Gérard Bertrand’s Book About His Life In Wine

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All photos by Paige Donner © Gérard Bertrand is one of those rare Frenchmen in wine – a former rugby star who took over the family business of wine when he retired from his illustrious sports career. Since his father George’s … Continue reading

Food Books by French Authors Make Good Gifts

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Author’s note: as a stunning example of the cultural communications chasm that still exists between France and the rest of the culinary world, imagine standing in a room of food and wine journalists at a chef’s book award event in France and having everyone swear to you that they’ve never heard of Zagat’s! No kidding. Continue reading

Café en Capitale from Yannick Alléno

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by Paige Donner For this year, his Christmas gateaux (cakes) have taken on the role of representing, in delicately edible patisserie form, several of the great monuments of Paris. Continue reading

Hospices de Beaune 2014 Burgundy Wine Auction Breaks All Previous Records

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by Paige Donner This year’s Hospices de Beaune wine auction, the celebrated annual Burgundy wine event, not only surpassed all previous record sales years, but surpassed it in spades !  Listen to my full report HERE at World of Wine on World … Continue reading

Christmas Yule Logs And Paris – A Sweet Tradition

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by Paige Donner (all photos copyright Paige Donner) Every year about this time, as the leaves turn their gold, yellow, orange and red, a sweet tradition overtakes Paris. That tradition is the annual presentation by France’s superstar chefs of their … Continue reading

Bus + Gastronomy = Bustronome, Voyage Gourmand

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by Paige Donner Move over foodtrucks, because France has re-envisioned the gourmet food on wheels concept and it’s called the Bustronome. Only in Paris!  This surely qualifies as one of those Only in Paris experiences.  The French, as you know, … Continue reading

Cité du Champagne

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Every year in September France celebrates their Heritage Days, called the Journées du Patrimoine. This year, I dared to take a preview peek at one of the few new fabulous developments in Champagne. The oldest co-operative in Champagne, known now … Continue reading

London Wine Experience

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sponsored post  Bettane+Desseauve are going Anglophone. Well, probably not quite. BUT the esteemed French wine duo, heralded as two of France’s top wine writers and critics, are holding their third London wine event. It’s happening October 24 & 25th. 3rd … Continue reading

Local Long Island Girl Scout Makes A Difference – One Restaurant At A Time

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by Brittany Winter (featured guest blogger) Zandra Genovese, a young Long Islander and Girl Scout is making a huge difference for those people who use wheelchairs for mobility on Long Island. Zandra Genovese, a young Long Islander and Girl Scout is … Continue reading

Moby Chimes In With Hollywood Food Voices

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by Paige Donner Check out this new video, just dropped today, West Coast time, by Moby and Hollywood Food Voices: “We Need Our Bees A Lot More Than They Need Us” – Moby paraphrasing Einstein https://www.youtube.com/embed/8h2Qr_5gyN0 “If the bees go, … Continue reading

Kale vs. Watercress

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Just when we were all getting comfortable with kale… along comes watercress to mix everything up. So what is all this fuss about watercress packing more of a nutritional punch than kale? Based on a study carried out by researchers … Continue reading

The Baroness

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by Paige Donner Last summer, while attending Vinexpo in Bordeaux, I had the great good fortune to be issued a Press invitation to the Gala Dinner held at Mouton Rothschild in Pauillac, hosted by Madame Philippine de Rothschild. The gala … Continue reading

Luau To Benefit Wounded Warrior Project

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Guest Post by Brittany Winter On a day of remembrance, Long Island companies team up to give back to our nation’s bravest.   On September 11th   2014 – The Sporting News Grill and BluChip marketing will be collaborating to throw a Summer … Continue reading

Ice Cream On The Champs-Elysées

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by Paige Donner All photos copyright Paige Donner 2014. Summer time means ice cream. But what a – NICE! – surprise to find an ice cream truck parked right on the Champs-Elysées in Paris. And not just anywhere on the … Continue reading

Cat and Doggy Treats, Miamm Meeoww!

Sardine tins, chocolate, filled with cookies; All made by a 3-star French Chef!

by Paige Donner The photos above are of Kléopatre, the new cat at Hotel Le Bristol, Paris. She was welcomed, befittingly, on a palanquin. These (chocolate) sardine tins, filled with yummy little cookies were made by no less than a … Continue reading

Chilled Avocado Soup

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The Avocado tree is native to Mexico and Central America… The vitamins and minerals contained in this recipe can do everything from speeding cell turnover (to reveal healthier skin underneath) to protecting skin from the sun’s damaging rays. Get plenty of moisturizing vitamin … Continue reading

Fast Food Solution

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by Paige Donner What better time than summer to 1. Eat Healthier 2. Spend less time in the kitchen 3. Transform your body to Fantastically Fabulous With these three goals in mind, is it any wonder then that Fast Food … Continue reading

Résistance Naturelle

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Ten years after releasing the acclaimed film, Mondovino, Jonathan Nossiter is back in theaters with his newest film, Résistance Naturelle. It examines vineyards in Italy that are cultivating their grapes organically and others that are using chemicals and pesticides. He … Continue reading

White Strawberries – the Originals

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by Paige Donner La Freizh, La Freizh!! A young, impassioned wild strawberry producer – gariguette in French – named Julien Héliès has launched a limited production of White Strawberries. Did you know strawberries were originally WHITE?! You might not have … Continue reading

le Winelab by Bettane + Desseauve

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by Paige Donner What?! you say?! A new wine event for Paris?! Yes. And it’s by Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve, the same wine experts/journalists who bring us Le Grand Tasting every year. This inaugural event took place on Monday … Continue reading

Paris Patisseries In Pictures

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by Paige Donner Just a few tantalizing photos… All details and descriptions to these outstanding Paris Patisseries can be found HERE at 10BEST Paris. All photos are copyright the illustrated pâtisseries. @LocalFoodWine Follow us On Tumblr * Follow Us On Twitter * Like Us … Continue reading

Sydney Sunshine and Hunter Valley Wineries

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by Susie Edwardson (guest contributing writer) Is there anything better than guaranteed sunshine and countless rows of vineyards laid out before you, all just waiting for their unique, lovingly produced wines to be tasted? With its next door neighbour New … Continue reading

SPIT – Science Politique International Tasting (Competition)

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by Paige Donner In a truly wonderful demonstration of Bollinger’s credo, Life Can Be Perfect (with Bollinger), the day of the SPIT competition unfolded delightfully in Aÿ, France… All photos by Paige Donner copyright 2014  SPIT competing schools this year … Continue reading

Moët’s Pop-Up Restaurant With Yannick Alléno

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by Paige Donner On a recent round-up of Paris interviews, I succeeded in doing the near-impossible – catching up with the man-in-motion, the chef who never stops, Mr. Yannick Alléno, 3* Michelin chef and champion of local-sourced ingredients for his … Continue reading

2015 International Catering Cup -Shangri-La Team Represents

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by Paige Donner At the International Catering Cup competition held earlier this month in Toulouse, the team from Paris’s Shangri-La Hotel took home the top prize. This means they will be representing France in the International competition held in 2015. … Continue reading

China Leads World In Red Wine Consumption

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  According to the market survey commissioned by Vinexpo, the international wine and spirits exhibition, whose Asian show is to be held from 27 to 29 May this year in Hong Kong, China has become the world’s largest red wine consuming nation … Continue reading

Grey Goose’s Sundance

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by Paige Donner As Hollywood hitches itself once again to the Sundance Film Festival post in Park City, Utah as it does every winter, Grey Goose will be there to welcome the filmmakers, revelers and partymakers with specially designed cocktails. … Continue reading

Lazare by Eric Frechon

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By Paige Donner As I sit here at my desk and write this blog post, my little doggy is sitting on my lap. It’s her preferred spot when I’m writing at my desk. Yes, I am lucky, aren’t I ? I … Continue reading

Krug: The Art of Blending Pleasure

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by Paige Donner Can’t think of a better Christmas present this year than a cellar tour and tasting at Krug. Isn’t it too true that oftentimes « the best » is shrouded in mystery ? People tell you something is the best but … Continue reading

Dallet’s Tropical Fruit Macarons – Chef Demo

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by Paige Donner All photos and media c. Paige Donner, Local Food And Wine ’13.           Vincent Dallet is one of the not-to-miss patisseries and chocolatiers in the Champagne region. With shops in both Épernay and … Continue reading