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    Posted on April 25th, 2017

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    Apr 29 – This Week’s Show

    My guest this week is Sandra Gutierrez with her latest book “The New Southern-Latino Table – Recipes That Bring Together the Bold and Beloved Flavors of Latin America & the American South.”

    The New Southern-Latino TableIn this splendid cookbook, bicultural cook Sandra Gutierrez blends ingredients, traditions, and culinary techniques, creatively marrying the diverse and delicious cuisines of more than twenty Latin American countries with the beloved food of the American South. Order a copy NOW!

    The New Southern-Latino Table features 150 original and delightfully tasty recipes that combine the best of both culinary cultures. Gutierrez, who has taught thousands of people how to cook, highlights the surprising affinities between the foodways of the Latin and Southern regions–including a wide variety of ethnic roots in each tradition and many shared basic ingredients–while embracing their flavorful contrasts and fascinating histories.

    These lively dishes–including Jalapeno Deviled Eggs, Cocktail Chiles Rellenos with Latin Pimiento Cheese, Two-Corn Summer Salad, Latin Fried Chicken with Smoky Ketchup, Macaroni con Queso, and Chile Chocolate Brownies–promise to spark the imaginations and the meals of home cooks, seasoned or novice, and of food lovers everywhere. Along with delectable appetizers, salads, entrees, side dishes, and desserts, Gutierrez also provides a handy glossary, a section on how to navigate a Latin tienda, and a guide to ingredient sources. The New Southern-Latino Table brings to your home innovative, vibrant dishes that meld Latin American and Southern palates.

    Later in the program I’ll be telling you all about the Wichita Grand Opera’s Champagne Ball May 6th at the Hyatt.  Wait until you hear about some of the exciting LIVE auction packages that have been assembled for this exclusive event. Joining me to talk about the event and especially the auction packages is WGO COO Edward Lada.

    A Party without Champagne is ju2017_Wichita_Grand_Opera_Champagne_Ball_Artwork_with_quotest a Meeting” And on May 6th, WGO will follow that very sentiment as we will toast the town, with THE WICHITA GRAND OPERA CHAMPAGNE BALL, The only Social Event or Opera Ball of it’s kind in the state of Kansas.

    Sip on the signature bubbly as you revel in the evening’s festivities; delight in a three-course dinner complete with champagne flair; fall in love with Guest of Honor, Wichita’s own Chris Mann, as he serenades those in attendance with selections as The Phantom from Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” a part he made famous with 700 performances nationwide; bid on luxury live auction items and take your chance with the radiant raffle; and dance the night away to the tunes of the spectacular Matt Johnston and Co. returning by popular demand.

    Learn more about the event and order tickets NOW!

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    Image result for 2015 Bula Red Blend2015 Bula Red Blend, D.O. Montsant, Spain (40% Cariñena, 40% Grenache and 20% Syrah)
    Brilliant ruby color. Fresh and assertively perfumed, displaying an array of red and dark berry scents and a soft floral character. Sweet and seamless on the palate, with juicy black raspberry and violet pastille flavors and an undercurrent of smoky minerality. The persistent finish shows very good focus and lift, framed by silky, slow-building. Aged for 4 months in French and American oak. ABV14%  A GREAT value wine!

    Get some at Jacob Liquor Exchange on N. Rock Road

  • Apr 22 – Harvest, Beerfest & Nils Venge

    This week we begin with a great new book from Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolis “HARVEST – Unexpected Projects using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants”  Learn more about Stefani and Alethea.

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    Apr 15 – Salad in a Jar

    My first guest is Anna Helm Baxter with her latest book “Salad in a Jar: 68 Recipes for Salads and Dressings.”  A collection of more than 60 illustrated recipes for simple-to-prepare salads, dressings, breakfasts, and snacks to take on the go.

    Salad in a Jar: 68 Recipes for Salads and Dressings by [Helm Baxter, Anna]The solution to the lunchtime salad rut, Salad in a Jar provides healthy, easy alternatives to dissatisfying or overpriced grab-and-go meals. These nutritionally balanced recipes are perfect for making ahead. Anna Helm Baxter reveals the keys to layering ingredients to maximize freshness and texture for a hearty and satisfying dish or snack. Tips and tricks include instructions on designing salads in a jar with recipes for raw salads, side salads, meal salads, snacks, and desserts.

    Get a copy of Salad in a Jar NOW!

    Photo of Anna Helm BaxterANNA HELM BAXTER is a food writer, recipe developer, and food stylist. She started her career working for Jamie Oliver before moving to New York where she has worked across almost every food media outlet including many major magazine publications and network TV shows. Anna lives, cooks, and writes in Brooklyn with her husband and two young children. She likes insanely spicy food, making elaborate birthday cakes, and saving room for dessert.  Follow Anna on Face Book and Twitter

    Here’s three GREAT events that you’ll want to add to your calendar!

    Abbey Wolfert from High Touch Technologies and I will tell you all about the “Cutthroat Cookoff for special Olympics
    Friday April 21st 6:00-10:00 p.m. at “The Hudson” 508 S. Commerce

    Dinner-and-a-Show-HTT-Events-041-300x254Cutthroat Cookoff, a fundraiser that supports the 2017 tournaments. This event pairs 5 contestant teams, comprised of a professional chef and Wichita-area leader, challenging them to produce various courses of a meal on the fly with unknown ingredients.  Follow on Face Book

    Learn more & get tickets

    Jamie Lindamood from the Greenwood County Cattle Woman’s group joins us to talk about this years “Day at the Ranch.”

    SATURDAY, APRIL 22 2017, 8:30 AM 5:30 PM
    Come  out to the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas and learn about how and why we do AG(riculture) in Kansas!

    Growing crops, raising cattle/beef, burning ranchland, the life of a rancher and their cattle, and what goes into the food you eat. A fun education for adults and kids!

    Bus tour (tickets $100 each) will be a trip in style to the country – this is the recommended way to take the tour, and a great trip for girlfriends or something to do with your spouse or co-workers. You will get SO much more out of the day if you ride the bus out – the bus ride includes coffee, treats and education on the way out. Lunch. Snacks and wine (obviously must be 21+ to drink!) on the trip home. Adults only (Children over the age of 10ish) are allowed to ride the bus.

    Caravan tour (tickets $45 each) is a great way to bring the kids along to enjoy your day in the country (Recommend this option for families only – Adults will get a lot more out of the tour on the bus.) The caravaners will meet the bus and follow us out. includes coffee, lunch, snacks and a great day of fun education in the country – and treats for the kids too!

    Kids tickets are Free for children under 5, and $10 for kids 5-12 years of age.  Get tickets and learn more here.

    Questions – please message us on facebook or email Jamie at gwccattlewomen@gmail.com   Make sure to check us out on Facebook too at GWCCattlewomen.

    Chris Mann

    Chris Mann

    Then it’s all about…
    The Wichita Grand Opera’s Champagne Ball
    Saturday, May 6 2017 6:00 PM

    Chris Mann will be joining us to talk about his return to Wichita and guest performance at this special event.  Chris has been hailed as “The Best Phantom since Michael Crawford!” He has performed with the National Symphony for President Obama, on Christmas at the Rockefeller Center and in his own symphony tour across the country. He has also performed on Ellen, The Today Show, Conan, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and was an original member of the Dalton Academy Warblers on Glee. Hailing from Wichita, KS, Mann holds a vocal performance degree from Vanderbilt University.  Follow on Facebook & Twitter

    For more than a decade, Wichita Grand Opera’s annual Opera Ball has been one of the premiere social events in the region, to benefit the WGO. This year’s Opera Ball, scheduled for May 6th at Wichita’s Hyatt Regency, will be the party of the year. Put on your dancing shoes and prepare to see and be seen!

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    Invitations and tickets to the Opera Ball are available through
    WGO’s Box Office, 316-262-8054, or online at SelectASeat.com.
    Individual tickets are $200 per person
    A Table of TEN is $1,500

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2014 Tapiz Alta Collection Malbec, Mendoza Argentina
    wine bottle labelIntense red color with violet hues. Fresh red fruit and spicy floral aromas stand out, accompanied by vanilla and toasted almonds. The palate is fruity, balanced and with good volume. Its sweet tannins give a gentle and persistent finish.

    The critics love this wine: James Suckling 95  W&S 91  WS 90  WE90

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    Posted on April 3rd, 2017

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    Apr 8 – The South’s Best Butts

    This week my guest is Matt Moore with his new book “The South’s Best ButtsPitmaster Secrets for Southern Barbecue Perfection.

    In The South’s Best Butts, food writer and Southern gentleman, Matt Moore, waves away clouds of smoke to give barbecue-lovers a sneak peek into the kitchens and smokehouses of a handful of the Barbecue Belt’s most revered pitmasters. He uncovers their tried-and-true techniques gleaned over hours, days, and years toiling by fire and spit, coaxing meltingly tender perfection from the humble pig-the foundation of Southern BBQ. More than a book of recipes, Matt explores how the marriage of meat, cooking method, and sauce varies from place to place based on history and culture, climate, available ingredients and wood, and always the closely-guarded, passed-down secrets followed like scripture. Because no meat plate is complete in the South without “all the fixin’s” to round out the meal, Matt cues up patron-sanctioned recipes from every establishment he visits. One thing is for certain…this book will change the way you cook, smoke, grill, and eat, but be warned: Your own butt may suffer in the process.  Get a copy NOW!

    Matt Moore

    Matt Moore

    The son of a cattleman and grandson of a butcher, Matt Moore is hte quintessential Southern cook.  Author of A Southern Gentleman’s Kitchen, his food writing has garnered critical accclaim from publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, and the New York Times. His Souther charm has landed him on the Today Show, Fox & Friends, and the WGN. Matt resides in Nashville with his family and is also a musician, pilot, adventure seeker, entrepreneur, Moonshine colonge creator, avid fisherman and a cast iron and wild game enthusiast.  Learn more at: www.mattrmoore.com  Follow Matt on Facebook & twitter

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2011 Hedges Red Mountain Estate Grown Red Blend
    hedges family EstateA cool-weather blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, syrah, malbec and cabernet franc, this wine leads with a scent of rye followed by compact, chewy cabernet flavor. It’s dark fruited, formidably tannic and tense in its structure, with a finish that’s pleasingly savory.

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    Mar 25 – NeuroEnology

    My guest this week is Dr. Gordon Shepherd with his latest book “Neuroenology: How the Brain Creates the Taste of Wine.”

    Image result for Gordon M. Shepherd is professor of neuroscience at the Yale School of MedicineIn his new book, Gordon M. Shepherd expands on the startling discovery that the brain creates the taste of wine. This approach to understanding wine’s sensory experience draws on findings in neuroscience, biomechanics, human physiology, and traditional enology. Shepherd shows, just as he did in Neurogastronomy: How the Brain Creates Flavor and Why It Matters, that creating the taste of wine engages more of the brain than does any other human behavior. He clearly illustrates the scientific underpinnings of this process, along the way enhancing our enjoyment of wine.

    Neuroenology is the first book on wine tasting by a neuroscientist. It begins with the movements of wine through the mouth and then consults recent research to explain the function of retronasal smell and its extraordinary power in creating wine taste. Shepherd comprehensively explains how the specific sensory pathways in the cerebral cortex create the memory of wine and how language is used to identify and imprint wine characteristics. Intended for a broad audience of readers—from amateur wine drinkers to sommeliers, from casual foodies to seasoned chefs—Neuroenology shows how the emotion of pleasure is the final judge of the wine experience. It includes practical tips for a scientifically informed wine tasting and closes with a delightful account of Shepherd’s experience tasting classic Bordeaux vintages with French winemaker Jean-Claude Berrouet of the Chateau Petrus and Dominus Estate.  Get a copy NOW!

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    Dr.  Shepherd

    Gordon M. Shepherd is professor of neuroscience at the Yale School of Medicine and former editor in chief of the Journal of Neuroscience. His books include Neurogastronomy: How the Brain Creates Flavor and Why It Matters (Columbia, 2012), Handbook of Brain Microcircuits (2010), and Creating Modern Neuroscience: The Revolutionary 1950s (2009).


    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2015 Les Gautronnières Muscadet Sèvre Et Maine
    124954The wine is smooth, ripe and deliciously creamy in texture. It has apricot as well as citrus fruits, fine acidity and a stylish, crisp aftertaste. The wine finishes with a flourish of pepper and spice.  Wine Enthusiast 91

    This organically managed estate is located just outside the city of Nantes in the heart of Muscadet country, in the werstern reaches of the Loire Valley. The family vinifies each of their white wines separately according to vineyard site and soirl type resulting in bottlings of melon de bourgogne that are significantly different from each other in style and personality. Les Gautronnieres comes from a walled vineyard planted on soil comprised of decomposed granite and amphilbolite rocks – also called “green rocks” that yield a lush ample bodied white wine.

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