Doc Lawrence

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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Gourmet Highway: New Tennessee Whiskey, Wine Labels & Food Journeys

By Doc Lawrence – Traveling the greater South leads to discovery of food and good beverages, and where to find the best. This past year included one genuine surprise involving a legendary whiskey, arguably the most recognizable brand on the planet. There’s more: Respected wine experts-Master’s of Wine as they’re officially known-are urging some labeling …

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Gourmet Highway: Tailgating Down South-The Great Outdoor Feast

By Doc Lawrence – Tailgating in Baton Rouge on a game day Saturday outside LSU’s Tiger Stadium showcases cuisine that would “put many fine dining restaurants to shame,” according to the highly respected Tim McNally, a legendary New Orleans radio and TV host and former president of the New Orleans Food and Wine Experience. Tailgating …

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GOURMET HIGHWAY: Christmas in Original Florida

By Doc Lawrence – In 1928 Pulitzer Prize winner Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings left New York for the wilds of Florida, lamenting that her “first Christmas at Cross Creek would break my heart,” but she stayed on to become one of America’s most acclaimed writers. With full knowledge she would miss the traditional celebrations up North, …

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GOURMET HIGHWAY: Florida’s Grapefruit League – An American Tradition

By Doc Lawrence – Bart Giamatti, a popular commissioner of major league baseball famously observed that life for kids of all ages begins again each spring with the first crack of a bat meeting a baseball. You get a head start on the annual rebirth in Florida where a select number of baseball teams come …

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