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Gourmet Highway: Small Towns With Big Dreams

By Doc Lawrence- ( WHITE SPRINGS, FL.) Nestled alongside the storied Suwannee, one of America’s most romantic rivers, this little village is much like it was during the riverboat days decades ago when celebrities like Theodore Roosevelt and wealthy tycoons came here for spa enjoyment centered around the mineral water springs. Residents proudly showcase Victorian …

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Celebrating an Enduring Couple–Food & Wine

By Erin R. Griswold – The locavore movement (buying locally produced goods and services) is not lost on John Sarich in his new book Chef in the Vineyard: Fresh & Simple Recipes from Great Wine Estates. In this beautifully photographed and logically organized guide, wine and food pairings are extolled and explained in simple yet …

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The “Aha” Moment, Matching Food and Wine

By Marsha Fottler Jeffrey Saad is a chef, restaurateur, runner up for the Next Food Network Star (season 5) and he’s soon to have his own cooking show. His motto is “cooking without borders” and he proves it in his global cooking style and his willingness to travel anywhere for a culinary thrill. Saad started …

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GOURMET HIGHWAY: Tailgating Down South

By Doc Lawrence. It is a hallowed culinary ritual down here, inextricably tied to NASCAR races, college and NFL football. Tailgating is core heritage, vital bedrock, and a super-sized, high-octane picnic as Deep South as grits with red-eye gravy. Many wonder where tailgating began. Frank Spence, a former top Atlanta Braves executive and a respected …

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GOURMET HIGHWAY: North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley is Wine Paradise

By Doc Lawrence. The Andy Griffith Museum is in Mount Airy, North Carolina, a lovely place that the actor called home through high school. It’s also the place where you can still rub elbows with cast members. The museum houses an impressive collection by Griffith’s close friend Emmett Forrest. “Andy Griffith Show” fans marvel at …

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GOURMET HIGHWAY: Chef Dean Fearing

He may be the best By Doc Lawrence. (DALLAS, TEXAS): The creator of Fearing’s Restaurant and its “Elevated American Cuisine – Bold Flavors, No Borders,” Chef Dean Fearing has developed one of the hottest dining concepts in the country. Named “Restaurant of the Year” and “Table of the Year” by Esquire Magazine in 2007 and …

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GOURMET HIGHWAY: Chef John Folse, America’s Ambassador of Louisiana Cuisine

By Doc Lawrence. “Wine is sure proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” – Benjamin Franklin Chef John Folse is revered as one of the great American chefs from Louisiana. His eight cookbooks spread the gospel of indigenous Louisiana cooking to the world. The PBS mainstay, “A Taste of Louisiana,” is …

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Young Wines Mirror Spring Magic

By Doc Lawrence. Then younger than springtime, am I, Gayer than laughter, am I, Angel and lover, heaven and earth, Am I with you! (From “South Pacific.”) “South Pacific” was one of the first movies I recall from childhood. It played at Atlanta’s Fox Theater, an architectural and cultural treasure where over the years I …

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Gourmet Highway

By Doc Lawrence. A MONTH OF LOVE, WINE AND FINE DINING “He who loves not wine, women and song remains a fool his whole life long.” – Martin Luther February features Valentine’s Day, our gentle ritual, at midpoint. Tradition strongly suggests red roses, chocolates, candlelit dining and a card with a personal proclamation of love. …

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