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The party has begun :)

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I just finished a lovely afternoon and evening with Nicko,his wife colleen,Mezzaluna and Momoreg.
We started with a nice get together where I work,had a tour,some beluga,foie gras and cured salmon as we sipped roaderer champagne.
We all them meet in Stamford for a nice meal at Telluride,great conversation and talked about our anticapation of everyone meeting tommorrow.

I tell you these are some special people.
Can't wait to fill you in as the cheftalk weekend unfolds:chef:
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PS...I wish you all could be with us:)
Baruch ben Rueven / Chanaבראד, ילד של ריימונד והאלאן
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post #2 of 55
I have been anticipating this weekend for awhile now, and so far, it's a blast! Brad, you are a wonderful host, a great cook, and a friend.:)
post #3 of 55
Thank you both for sharing. It's almost as good as being there. My best to the whole gang tomorrow, and have lots and lots of fun!!

A.
post #4 of 55
Iam just so jealous.. you people are my favorites on this board..
Yes Iam whining soon school is over and I wil have a life again..
Hav fun and hopefully I'll be able to join you all soon.
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post #5 of 55

Re: The party has begun :)

Just how much champagne did you sip CC?:)

I look forward to meeting everyone tonight. Today Mezzaluna, Momoreg, Nicko, myself and a cast of Significant Others are going to do Manhattan; from Chinatown to Zabar's!
At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.
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post #6 of 55
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KyleW,

Maybe a little to much LOL.
I will see you later.
Oh,and don't forget the bread:bounce:
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post #7 of 55
LAst loaf is in the oven as I type!
At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.
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At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.
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post #8 of 55
The bread was fantastic, just as I imagined it would be! It's hard to say which was better this weekend--the food or the company! What a wonderful couple of days.

Yesterday, Nicko, Colleen, Mezzaluna and I took the train into the city, to meet Kyle, and take a quick food tour of the city. Well, we never did meet up with him in the city...something went wrong in the planning process, and we were waiting in different parts of Grand Central Station. Disappointed that we couldn't locate him, we began our day on a subway down to Chinatown. We walked around, and also passed nearby the horrible site of the disaster.:cry:

From there, we decided to continue our tour, and took a cab to Yonah Shimmel's Knishes, which has been around since 1910, and they make the best knishes on earth! On a full stomach, we then wandered into Katz's Deli, another Jewish eating institution in NYC, where we enjoyed pastrami sandwiches, salami sandwiches, matzoh ball soup, and a vanilla egg cream.:lips:

We hopped another taxi uptown, to Zabar's, an old market full of New York 'chutzpah' (lots of character), and shopped in there for a good hour. I think that was the high point of the day! Since we were in the area, we also wandered around Citarella, which is a more upscale gourmet shop.

Following all that fun, we walked off the day by meandering down the heart of Manhattan on Broadway, back towards Grand Central. :bounce:

The day wasn't finished: We still had to get home and prepare for our big dinner at Beacon. Our table was situated right in front of the open kitchen, and we all stood around and chatted for quite awhile before sitting down to eat. The meal began with 2 unexpected platters of raw and cooked seafood, plus french fries for Jim's kids (who are absolutely adorable!).

Everybody seemed to enjoy the meal very much, and we finished with a surprise birthday cake for Nicko and Colleen (which Colleen had requested for Nicko). I had discovered that her birthday just passed as well, so they were BOTH surprised. I made a hazelnut apricot cake. Mbrown also provided some delicious, and beautifully packaged biscotti, to round out the meal. We also got a special gift from Nicko!!!

Dinner was wonderful, but no, it wasn't over...:)

Today was the picnic, located on a huge apple and pumpkin farm. There were about 15 or 20 of us there, and we had ideal weather. A perfect New England autumn day! Capechef had put together some gorgeous platters of food, which included dry aged sirloin, and blue cheese, olives, tomatoes, and onions (I'll let him describe it, but everyone really loved it), Kyle made 4 different kinds of bread- all of them sensational. Mezzaluna, my husband, and I prepared a butternut squash soup with parsnip and fennel seed, plus some grilled veg and chicken. Mbrown couldn't make it to the picnic, but she did give us a wonderful banana dessert to bring along, which the crowd really loved.

Then Mezz., Jordan and I had to go... off to the airport to drop Mezz. off.

What a wonderful time we had. And Mezz. was a great houseguest.

There aren't many people like these in the world. I enjoyed every second.
post #9 of 55
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Geezzzzzzzz

What a great weekend.

My lovely wife Jill and I just finished enjoying a nice Cabernet with Nicko and Colleen at our humble abode.
Jim his wife Ruth and three joyous children came over as well to re fuel for there long ride home to Delaware.

I think we had a pretty good spred going today at the farm:)
Everyone who walked by tried to crash our picnic...But thanks to mezzaluna LOL that didn't happen.
I prepared a pommery mustard fresh herb crusted dry aged prime sirloin with danish blue,yellow tomatoes,red onion,watercress and a gremalata of parsley,sundried tomatoes,roast garlic,shallot and olive oil.also had some 12 year old balsamic for a drizzel.Michelles perfect grilled chicken,eggplant,fennel,peppers,zuccini and yellow squash was so tasty and displayed like a piece of art. The squash soup with the bite of the fennel seeds was great.
Mezz the sweet pastry was incredible,and Kyle...your bread was super.BTW Jill and I ended up with the leftover loaves:bounce: and Linda was so easy to talk to

I so enjoyed meeting Mbrown and her husband, What a talent!!!
Mbrown shared with us the best biscotti one can ever have.
Daveb and his wife joined us last night for dinner as well...so engaging.Mezz...What can I say you are a true mench:)

Momoreg....one of the best parts of our eastcoast get together was being able to become closer with you. Jordan..you have a complete package.
Also,Non Chef and Chef helene I love you two :D :p :D

So, Where do we meet next?
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post #10 of 55
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I should also add that there are many people who could not join us this weekend,But so many people of the cheftalk community were in our thoughts.
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post #11 of 55
Next one: Toronto or Montreal!
post #12 of 55
It all sounds so lovely. So glad everyone enjoyed themselves. I'm salivating just reading about the food.



Montreal, Annexe, so everyone can have the "French experience". ;)
When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food.

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post #13 of 55
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canada,So many freinds.

I truely hope we can share a toast soon
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post #14 of 55
Well, it's just jasmine tea, but here's a toast anyway..
To Nicko, and you and to the entire ChefTalk community: health, happiness, peace and friendship always! (hmm... sounds like a Christmas greeting, doesn't it?)
:beer: :beer:
post #15 of 55
Here here!

Such a nice toast for a glass of water. ;)
When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food.

- Desiderius Erasmus
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When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food.

- Desiderius Erasmus
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post #16 of 55
It was so great meeting all of you and seeing momoreg again! :smiles:

Thank you Capechef and Momoreg and Nicko for putting this all together!:beer:


The world is shrinking by the second, as it turns out we all have more than cheftalk in common, just get one of us talking and we share an experiance, location or intrest. Surprising and reassuring. :cool:


I look forward to seeing you all again and again and again. AND meeting everyone else all over the world! We have a movement here.........
:chef:


PS. Mezzaluna, I have been here since '99. Imagine if cheftalk had been here since '92, what was I thinking??:blush:
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Oooh food, my favorite!


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bake first, ask questions later.
Oooh food, my favorite!


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post #17 of 55
I am very glad that you had great time!
I didn't have any doubts that the food would be great!

I think that it would be fair for our friends that they post all these interesting messages- that the next meeting should be in Montreal!!

I wouldn't even dare to suggest another meeting in divine Santorini... I could accomodate everyone to a small house we owe there and overlooks the volcano. As a Greek old proverb says "There is always room for good people"
Just a thought!

Waiting for the photos!
"Muabet de Turko,kama de Grego i komer de Djidio", old sefardic proverb ( Three things worth in life: the gossip of the Turk , the bed of the Greek and the food of the Jew)
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"Muabet de Turko,kama de Grego i komer de Djidio", old sefardic proverb ( Three things worth in life: the gossip of the Turk , the bed of the Greek and the food of the Jew)
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post #18 of 55
Whata Hoot! This weekend was awesome. It was so nice to put faces and people together with the the words I read here. Dinner Saturday was delicious and the atmosphere was warm and relaxed. Very little apprehension about meeting relative strangers. I don't know why it would have been a suprise that the sense of community was the same in 3D as it is here on the board. CapeChef and Momoreg, you get the prize for planning a truly memorable weekend. I'm not sure we could have asked for more yesterday. The weather was ideal, the spread was unparalleled and the company was top shelf! How great is it that veritable strangers can not only agree to meet but put on a feast in the process! m brown's dessert, cape chef's beef, momoreg's veggies & chicken, mezzaluna's pastries (airlifted from Wisconsin!)
capped off (in the car on the way home :-)) by momoreg's individual goodie boxes filled with just a few more calories! We ate no dinner last night. I have not forgotten that our fearless leader and, and his fearless leader, was with us as well. Nicko and Collen, you should take no small amount of pride in having created a community that is as warm and hospitable as ChefTalk. If you had not, I probably would have had pizza for lunch yesterday:) I'm am very glad to have met all of you and I know I speak for Linda too :)
At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.
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post #19 of 55

Missed you all!

...But my thoughts were with you. I kind of knew your weekend would be a success and I'm glad the weather helped a little bit!

Awaiting photos, please tell us more!

:D
K

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K

«Money talks. Chocolate sings. Beautifully.»
«Just Give Me Chocolate and Nobody Gets Hurt.»
«Coffee, Chocolate, Men ... Some things are just better rich.»
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post #20 of 55
How about sharing a few of those wonderful recipes everyone mentionned... :lips:
When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food.

- Desiderius Erasmus
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When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food.

- Desiderius Erasmus
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post #21 of 55
I feel the jealousy rear its ugly head, that I couldn't be part of the festivities. What a screwy year this has been (personally speaking) Will it ever get back to a semblance of normality? I don't know, but as I drift in and out I'm glad I always feel like I have a home to come back to.
Hopefully next year I can join you all. Toronto is only 3 hours away, and if we ever get a house, you'll all be welcome.
Here's to the next party!:beer:

On second thought my new signature is not food related enough, so I will change it and try to incorporate the 2. But if I can't be in a kitchen, keep me on ice :D
My latest musical venture!
http://myspace.com/nikandtheniceguys
 
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My latest musical venture!
http://myspace.com/nikandtheniceguys
 
Also
http://www.myspace.com/popshowband "I'm at the age when food has taken the place of sex in my life. In fact I've just had a mirror put over my kitchen table." Rodney Dangerfield RIP
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post #22 of 55

New Signature

How's this for a signature instead?
My latest musical venture!
http://myspace.com/nikandtheniceguys
 
Also
http://www.myspace.com/popshowband "I'm at the age when food has taken the place of sex in my life. In fact I've just had a mirror put over my kitchen table." Rodney Dangerfield RIP
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My latest musical venture!
http://myspace.com/nikandtheniceguys
 
Also
http://www.myspace.com/popshowband "I'm at the age when food has taken the place of sex in my life. In fact I've just had a mirror put over my kitchen table." Rodney Dangerfield RIP
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post #23 of 55
They are indeed the most important tools one can posess in the kitchen. I like that signature.

Well, chrose, I hope to meet you at the next one!
post #24 of 55

next one...

How about Montreal. If my house (or part of it) doesn't fall down again...

P.S.: Your US dollar is now worth around $1.50 (+ or -)...
K

«Money talks. Chocolate sings. Beautifully.»
«Just Give Me Chocolate and Nobody Gets Hurt.»
«Coffee, Chocolate, Men ... Some things are just better rich.»
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K

«Money talks. Chocolate sings. Beautifully.»
«Just Give Me Chocolate and Nobody Gets Hurt.»
«Coffee, Chocolate, Men ... Some things are just better rich.»
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post #25 of 55
The food and wine was great,but nothing can be as wonderful as seeing so much love and warmth that was shared by all.Helene&I enjoyed meeting you all and hope we can all meet again.:) :) :)
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post #26 of 55
I'm still processing all the sensory information from this most wonderful weekend!!! To all of you who could not make it to this gathering, I truly hope you can come to one- hopefully, the next one wherever it is! (I'm up for a lovely plate of tourtiere if everyone else is.)

What can I add? Others have beaten me to the punch. I can only convey to Momoreg, Cape Chef, Nicko and their wonderful "other halves", my thanks for a sublime time. I am fortunate to have met so many wonderful people through this board, but have so many more to meet! We are a community of nearly 2000 people (okay, we won't count all three incarnations of Cape Chef!), and have met just 1% of them in person. If we all were somehow able to meet in one place, the friendship and culinary enthusiasm would be overwhelming. What an awesome goal to work toward!

I got to see Momoreg in action, assembling and decorating Nicko and Colleen's cake; visiting Cape Chef's domain (and what a realm it is, right down to the coolers); appreciate Nicko's boundless enthusiasm and inquisitiveness for all things new; savor MBrown's tender-crisp biscotti; appreciate KyleW's excellent artisan breads; and enjoy the fine company of Jim, Dave, NonChef and Damian, as well as meeting the spouses of many board members. Jim, your children are angels!

I have to sign off now, but will do my very best to get the photos ready for posting quickly!

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post #27 of 55

9 to 1!

NonChef - How could I have doubted you? I suppose I just didn't want to believe it:eek: And now 4-0 on top! Oh the shame!
At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.
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post #28 of 55
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Dear KyleW,
Take solice. All will be ok. Go Yankees!!!!!!!!sorry Non chef:D

Mezz,Welcome home, I hope you had a smooth flight.
Anytime you want foie gras with vanilla/sautern sauce you know who to call.
You know what really intriqued me,The depth of knowlage so many people that are not in our industry have,and also the passion. What a great feeling to see and meet people who "really" care about food,wine and the soil.

I so look forward to meeting more people from this wonderful community. As mbrown said "the world is getting smaller"
Hey...Thats to our advantage
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post #29 of 55

Wonderful!

We had an utterly wonderful time!!! I am sure this is just adding some repetition, but it really was fantastic to sit across the table rather than in front of the computer screen to learn more about each other.
Everybody was so hospitable; Cheftalk is certainly far more than any other web site could ever hope to be - we are a community. :)

The food was fantastic. Even the mountain of french fries were incredible (just ask Linda and Kyle!!) Our afternoon at the orchard was surreal. Is there anything more intoxicating than gathering with new/old friends, surrounded by the beautiful New England foliage and feasting on some unbelievable food? And, yes, the stories about fending off interlopers are true! We could have raised some serious cash by charging non-cheftalkers a per plate fee :)

And the by the way, I am all for the next get together in Italy.

Look forward to seeing everybody the next time around!

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post #30 of 55
News flash: The photos are now being 'dealt with' as I write this. I will try to post something tonight, and get the rest off to Nicko for a better way to view them. Stay tuned.... they turned out great!
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