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On turning 100: Peter Mondavi Sr. – 11.08.14

Published: November 21, 2014

“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to …

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An interview with Bob Roll, former Pro Cyclist, current sports commentator and Ride Leader at the Bottega Gran Fondo

Published: February 7, 2014

Bob Roll is an American former professional cyclist, author, and television sports commentator. He was a member of the 7-Eleven Cycling Team until 1990 and competed for the Motorola Cycling …

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Clean Food for the Holidays

Published: November 25, 2013

Around the Napa Valley, the gorgeous colors of late fall remind me that entertaining season is right around the corner.  And while we all want our celebrations to be memorable …

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Creating Coqueta Part 1: Why Spanish? – The Journey to the Concept

Published: April 3, 2013

During my career I’ve created several different restaurant concepts, from organic pizzerias early on (Tomatina) to taverns (Ajax in Aspen), but the heart of my cuisine has always been Italian …

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Cooking for a Legend: Lunch with Sirio Maccioni of Le Cirque

Published: April 3, 2013

Everyone needs a bucket list, right? Well, as I mark my 25 years as a professional chef, I am thinking more and more about my influences, early mentors, and people …

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What Sustainable Farming Means to Me

Published: April 3, 2013

I’ve been in the Napa Valley for over 20 years, so naturally my sense of wines and their place in a meal is of great importance to me. Just over …

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Who is that Masked Man? Amigo Bob

Published: April 3, 2013

“Working with the gentle yet precise advise of our advisor, Amigo Bob Cantisano and I walk the vineyards every month, and devise the solutions to problems that nature can best …

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Why Did I Go on Next Iron Chef?

Published: December 10, 2011

Most of the people who know me well have asked me, “Why on earth would you choose to compete on Next Iron Chef?” What makes someone with a thirty-year career …

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Thanksgiving

Published: November 22, 2011

One thing to keep in mind about Thanksgiving – and why it is my favorite holiday of the year – it’s a tradition that is fluid and always evolving just …

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Food & Relationship

Published: November 16, 2011

Last week, a young chef and I were talking about a technique. The chef went to a computer, watched a YouTube video, then modified that technique later that day. This …

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