October 18th I attended the NYC Wine and Food Festival with my husband and had a fantastic time. ‘Foodies’ are warm, fun people…when you add a little free wine, it is quite a party!
Upon arrival Ludo was posing and smiling with fans. Since I find his grumpiness endearing, I asked him to stop smiling and give a scowl and he obliged. He let me know that starting this December, I can get my Ludo grumpy fix by watching the next season of ‘The Taste’, can’t wait.
We visited some great booths of all natural products and drinks that I will cover in future posts. Lots of great finds, from globally sourced ingredients to all natural dressings great for marinades to lovely loose teas and pre-made cookie doughs (without any preservatives or chemicals, that’s a first!) I also sampled some wonderfully smooth domestic and imported wines.
My husband and I enjoyed the demos, and I had 2 opportunities to chat with an inspiration of mine, Paula Deen. She looked amazing ya’ll!
I explained to her that in my forties I am just starting down the road as a cookbook author, and I often think of how she started out later in life, and did so well, paving the way for others. She shared with me the secret of ‘never giving up’, and I am happy she never did. She also generously let me know that she was 54 years old the very first time she was on TV. She seems very kind and such a dynamic force of nature!
Michael Simon, another absolute favorite of mine from The Chew, did a demo and book signing. I love that he cooks from his Greek heritage.
I asked his advice for how to become successful in this industry, and his comments were similar to what I have been trying to convey in this site – to cook from the heart, keeping family memories and traditions alive through passionate cooking. I think that is why I find him so engaging, because his love of family shines through. He is a kind, generous, down to Earth guy in person.
I left the festival pumped, and can’t wait to continue to share my family’s recipes with you, and keep cooking up a storm.