A great show this week with a cool new Irish cookbook, a wine event not to be missed and some great wine from Boomtown to finish up Washington Wine Week.

My first guest this week is Chef Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve in Washington D.C. and author of “My Irish Table.”

The debut cookbook from Cathal Armstrong featuring 130 recipes showcasing modern Irish fare, along with stories about Armstrong’s journey from Dublin to Washington, DC, and becoming an internationally recognized four-star chef, the owner of seven successful food and drink establishments, and a leader in the sustainable-food movement.


With its moderate climate and amazing natural resources, Ireland is a modern-day Eden, boasting lush, bountiful produce, world-renowned dairy, plentiful seafood, and grass-fed meats. In My Irish Table, sustainable food movement leader and four-star chef Cathal Armstrong celebrates the food of his homeland and chronicles his culinary journey from Dublin to Washington DC, where he runs seven beloved and critically lauded restaurants.

Featuring 130 delicious recipes—from Kerrygold Butter-Poached Lobster with Parsnips to Irish Stew, Shepherd’s Pie, and Mam’s Apple Pie—My Irish Table draws on Armstrong’s Irish upbringing as well as his professional experience and French culinary training. In his hands, Irish food is comforting yet elegant, rustic yet skillful, and My Irish Table invites you into his kitchen to explore the vibrant traditions and rich culinary landscape of the Emerald Isle.  Get a copy NOW!

Chef Cathal Armstrong

Cathal has that rare combination of deep civic mindedness, compassion, and culinary talent. This book is full of wonderful recipes to explore, from a Saint Patrick’s Day roast leg of lamb with herb pesto to simple, classic brown bread. In the fine spirit of Darina Allen, Cathal is preserving Irish foodways, celebrating their rich traditions, and breathing new life into them.” —Alice Waters, proprietor of Chez Panisse and author of The Art of Simple Food

Learn more about Chef Cathal here…

There’s still time to make reservations for the Pebble Beach Food and Wine Event April 10 – 13, 2014

Joining me to tell you all about it is James Verlarde, Vice President of Brand Relations for this amazing event.  The Good Life will be broadcasting LIVE from the event on Saturday April 12th.  Learn more and come join in the FUN  www.pbfw.com

Pebble Beach Food & Wine is the premier epicurean lifestyle event on the West Coast, matching 250 acclaimed wineries and 75 celebrity chefs to create a hedonistic four-day destination on one of the most picturesque strips of coastline in the world. Throughout the weekend you’ll enjoy intimate access to the pinnacle of culinary and wine talent at wine tastings, cooking demos, and some of the most exclusive, unique dining opportunities available in the world.


We’ll finish up chatting to Corey Braunel Co-Owner & Winemaker of Dusted Valley & Boomtown wineries in the Columbia Valley.  I’ll have two of the Boomtown wines in-studio with me to taste and talk about.  Both of these wines will be available at Jacob Liquor Exchange on North Rock Road here in the flat lands for FREE tasting Saturday afternoon between 2:00-6:00 p.m. CDT.  Click here to learn more about Boomtown!


Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
Two great wines from Washington producer Boom Town…

2012 Boomtown Dusted Valley Chardonnay
100% Chardonnay. this beautifully crisp, clean Chard was fermented in a stainless tank to preserve the bright fruit characters.  Smooth, easy drinking with great Chard character at a great price.

2011 Boomtown Merlot
78% Merlot, 13% Syrah, 5% Malbec, 2% Petite Verdot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from some of the finest vineyards in the Columbia Valley.  The wine was aged in 35% new oak; 85% French, 15% American.  Another example of great Merlot from Washington, the palate is filled with cherries and dusty malted-chocolate.  Mouth coasting tannins make it a great wine for big flavorful foods.

September 30, 2013 –  Wine & Spirits’ panels and critics tasted 12,500 wines to select the 100 Wineries of the Year. They highlighted these producers as the top performers in their respective regions, from legendary names in Napa Valley and Burgundy to newcomers in New Zealand and Spain. Dusted Valley is thrilled to have made the list for 2013 among some truly amazing producers.

You can taste both these wines and more, Saturday Afternoon between 2-6:00 p.m.
at Jacob Liquor Exchange on North Rock Road where it’s still Washington Wine Month!

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