The Sweet and Savory Spectacular


I helped out @SherryYard and her assistant LeahChoi @HelmsBakeryDist at “The Sweet and Savory Spectacular” Food, Wine and Culinary Competition event for C-CAP a non-profit leader providing culinary scholarships for at risk high school students Sunday, October 19 at the gorgeous Art Institutes Santa Monica campus Caught up with @Duff_Goldman, @JetTila, @BarbaraLazaroff, SuzanneTracht @Suzanneatthejar, @SuzanneGoin, Barbara Fairchild @fairchildonfood and the effervescent Lori Wressell and tireless LA C-CAP director, Mitzie Cutler @mitz207! Congrats!


Favourite Farm Shop


One of my favourite Farm Shops just moments from the Cornwall Shore. Lucy’s team Tracey and Maggie are full of smiles at Padstow Farm Shop supplying locals and visitors alike with outstanding local seasonal food and provisions including handmade bread with grains harvested and milled at the farm plus local fruit, vegetables, meats, sauces, and don’t forget the Kernow chocolate (sea salt is my weakness). I left laden with gifts of chocolate, Cornish sea salt and bottles of Mary’s Shed lavender hand soap!

Vanilla Table Presentation


Jacqui Small and Quarto Publishing seemed pleased with the Vanilla Table presentation pitch that took place at Quatro in London. Afterwards, served and tasted bites of Saturn peach and vanilla caramelised onion flaky crust pie with thyme and dolcelata.

A Toasting Cocktail



A toasting cocktail catch up with my UK assistant for Vanilla Table Kathy Kordalis whilst sipping Prosecco and a Hemingway Daiquiri in Barnes, South London. Cheers!

Salem, Massachusetts


Greetings from Salem, Massachusetts! A great setting to meet, chat and present Vanilla Table aboard the Beaufort Princess cruising Gloucester Harbor to the wonderful book team launching Vanilla Table in the USA and UK!


Rei do Gado


A delicious dinner at the landmark Rei do Gado in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp district. Cassio the “between shift” bartender (right) makes Caipirinhas learned from his Mum Isabel in Brazil. “It’s the sugar stirred in just so” he told me. Manager Rose and team gave spot-on-service and the endless tastes of marinated roasted meat and salad bar offerings from crab legs, soups, Brazilian palm salad to chocolate chip cookies set in a classic 40′s setting made for a most relaxing eve!

Vanilla Table Release in the USA & UK


Just announced! Vanilla Table official release date in the USA and the UK by Jacqui Small Publishing is March 19, 2015. Pre-order, purchase details and book signing events to come!

Keauhou Store 1919


A grocery store treasure high in the hills above Kona, Hawaii, the Keauhou Store opened in 1919 is a must visit stop during your next trip to Hawaii! Don’t forget to try the pickled egg salad sandwich and a handful of freshly baked cookies. Aloha!

If you wish to read more about the stores history go to Keauhou Store.

James Beard Awards – A Fun Time Was Had!

IMG_1846_Sherry Yard and me in NYC.

IMG_1878_Chefs Rick Bayless and Elizabeth Falkner at Chefs Night Out in NYC.

1880Charles Phan and Sherry at Chefs Night Out.

1946Sherry Yard and husband Edward share a secret on the yellow (red) carpet!

1955Lifetime Achievement Award for Sirio Maccioni.

1917Mario Batali dancing for the press in his signature orange crocs.

The Mario Batali Foundation (MBF) and Books for Kids (BFK) have announced the opening of another Books For Kids library this fall in the Las Vegas, Nevada area.

Amanda Hirsh, Executive Director of Books for Kids. “Like the other Mario Batali Foundation libraries, this new library with Books for Kids will give underserved youth access to books and greater literacy resources, to help prepare them for school and for life. We are honored to continue this partnership with MBF as we further both of our missions to eradicate illiteracy in this country.”