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The Gourmet Highway: Spirits of the South-A Whiskey River Adventure

Distilled spirits came to early America much like the arrival of wine. Europeans were deeply steeped in alcoholic beverages from producing them to personal enjoyment. Wines arrived in Florida with the early Spanish Conquistadors and the monks who brought in wines to St. Augustine. The Scots, Irish, Welsh, English and Dutch had mastered the art …

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The Gourmet Highway: New Culinary Adventures

While the road is long and sometimes narrow, I never feel alone. The almost universal magic in communities, whether parts of a big city or small villages waiting for a visitor, provide unlimited opportunities for new friendships, cultural enrichment and, of course, flavors you never dreamed possible. I like to mix everything, moving from well-planned …

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THE GOURMET HIGHWAY: Revival Cuisine-American Originals

Visiting over 20 cities in ten states since the beginning of the year, a journey that included many a meal from the enticing country breakfast, to simple but filling lunches and, of course, some regal dinners, inspired a search for the cultural core of American food: Recipes. Like many, I have shelves filled with cookbooks, …

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The Gourmet Highway: Dare to Pair-A Delicious Journey

The first dinner table in America that served a variety of wines chosen for compatibility with the menu was at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia home. Jefferson, who loved to entertain guests ranging from politicians to foreign dignitaries, likely used these affairs to cultivate new friendships and alliances, perhaps occasionally converting an adversary into an ally. …

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Gourmet Highway: The Divine Wonders of Dining in Different Places

By Doc Lawrence – Charleston, New Orleans, Miami Beach, Memphis, Nashville, Louisville, Montgomery and Atlanta were a few of the large cities we visited along the Gourmet Highway. There were glorious stopovers at wonderful destinations like Highlands and Cashiers in the mountains of Western North Carolina and the grand city of Thomasville deep in south …

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