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    Posted on January 15th, 2018

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    Jan 20 – Dutcher Crossing Winery

    This week I’ll be chatting with proprietor and wine maker extraordinare Debra Mathy from Dutcher Crossing.  Had the opportunity to meet, eat and drink with Debra on a brief visit to Wichita and was impressed with the wines we shared and ordered several more to talk about on the show.  Dutcher Crossing makes a bunch of wine, limited quantities and ordered on-line, not yet available here.  A great gal with a great journey-in-wine story. 🙂

    Dutcher Crossing Winery represents an authentic and enjoyable experience for wine-lovers who visit the beautiful Dry Creek Valley. The perfect blend of award-winning wines, gorgeous wine country views and warm hospitality await visitors.

    Proprietor Debra Mathy can often be found welcoming guests with Dutchess, her Golden Lab, sidekick and official greeter. Winemaker Kerry Damskey’s small-lot, select vineyard approach to winemaking can be learned and enjoyed in the tasting room. In short, Dutcher Crossing offers the timeless qualities of an artisan approach to life.  Check out Dutcher Crossing on Facebook & Twitter

    The vintage high-wheel bicycle, a treasured gift from Debra’s father, represents Dutcher Crossing’s pursuit of quality small-lot winemaking, the guiding power of her father’s imagination and the journey that lies ahead.
    Debra Mathy is an adventurer, and her journey to become the proprietor of Dutcher Crossing Winery is her most memorable quest. “My destiny was to be a business woman and own Dutcher Crossing Winery,” she stated. “It has been a long road, but I’m here, heading happily forward.”  Follow her Blog here.
    During the show we will not only learn about Debra and Dutcher Crossing but taste a bunch of wine…oh the trouble I go to to bring you wine FUN!  I have several of Debra’s wines with me and look forward to trying them during the show.  If you want to learn more and order some of these fine wines, visit: www.dutchercrossingwinery.com
    Good Life Guy’s Wines of the Week:
    Lots of Great wine from Dutcher Crossing
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    Jan 13 – 2018 Food & Drink Trends

    My guest this week is food expert Mareya Ibrahim of www.eatcleaner.com to talk about her Top Eight Food Trends for 2018.

    When food expert, Mareya Ibrahim, started in the food industry 26 years ago, she could never have imagined the number of options that would one day be available.  These days, you get to choose from over 35,000 products and navigate a sea of new food terminology and complicated “labelese” vast enough to make your eyes glaze over like Cronuts (wait, that trend was, like, so 5 years ago).  With all of these products that claim to be good for you, plus the growing amount of food documentaries jockeying for your attention, it’s hard to know what to eat anymore, for fork’s sake!

    For six years, Mareya have accurately predicted the Top Eight Healthy Food and Beverage Trends, and once again I’m here to help you break through the “bull” like a master butcher. In 2018, she’s returning to food basics, going in deep with collagen and rediscovering the cherry – it’s not just for pie anymore.  This year, trust your gut and you’ll soon be navigating the aisles like a pro.  Here’s the topics we will be talking about

    1. Root To Table
    2. Good Gut Health
    3. Collagen Complex
    4. Boosted Baxics
    5. Alt Coffee
    6. Hot Sh*t
    7. Intro to the next super food – Tart Cherry
    8. Shishito Peppers

    Mareya Ibrahim is also known as “The Fit Foodie,” a nationally recognized food safety and clean eating expert, an award-winning entrepreneur, television chef, author and inventor. She is the CEO and founder of Grow Green Industries, INC. and the patented co-creator of the eatCleaner®, eatSafe™ and eatFresh™ line of all natural and organic products that help offer cleaner, safer, longer lasting produce. Her book “The Clean Eating Handbook” was released in May 2013 and is being touted as the ‘go-to’ guide for anyone looking to eat cleaner and get leaner. She is a contributor to “The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life” by Rick Warren, Dr. Daniel Amen and Dr. Mark Hyman. She is a featured chef on the Emmy-nominated cooking show Recipe Rehab, eHow.com, Livestrong.com and is a frequent guest on San Diego 6 and Fox 5 San Diego News. Her back-page column, “The Fit Foodie”, appears in Edible Orange County Magazine.  Follow Mareya on Facebook & Twitter

    Then Chef Eric Gephart – the Director of Culinary Inspiration for Kamado Joe Ceramic Grills joins us to tell you all about his “Dinner on the Grill + Wine Pairing” next Friday at All Things Barbecue.

    Learn more and make a reservations NOW!

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2014 Finca La Luz “Callejon Del Crimen” Malbec Gran Reserva
    Uco valley, Mendoza Argentina
    The“Gran Reserva” line has won many awards and it is renowned worldwide. It is an outstanding “Smart Buy” year after year. The aromatic richness of this line perfectly matches the vanilla and chocolate from its 12-month ageing process in new French oak barriques. Deep red with violet hues, delicate aromas highlight ripe red fruits with hints of mint that are very harmonized with notes of vanilla and chocolate from oak. In the mouth, ripe plums stand out with very good acidity, hints of raisin and sweet tannins. Decanter 95/100  Learn more here

    Grab a bottle at Jacob Liquor Exchange on North Rock Road here in Wichita and Join me!

  • Jan 6 – Mark Arts

    Come out and join me for my LIVE broadcast from the magnificent new Mark Arts facility and the public open house this Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  Learn more here www.markartks.com

    Katy Dorrah

    I’ll be talking to Katy Dorrah Executive Director of the Mary R. Koch Arts Center or Mark Arts. I’ll also be speaking with other staff members and guest chefs about the all new Pat & Silvia Do Culinary Arts Kitchen and future culinary programs that will be offered.

    Our new campus is an artistic hub for the entire community. Explore the nine state-of-the-art studios where creativity ignites. Experience the new great hall where memories will be made. And, come prepared to be inspired by our inaugural exhibition, the Mark Arts Kansas Invitational. Do not miss this opportunity to expand your collection – and your point of view.  Visit MarkArts.com

    Community Open House
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Saturday, January 6
    1307 N. Rock Road

    Originally founded as the Wichita Art Association in 1920, Mark Arts is the area’s oldest and most comprehensive visual arts organization. Since its inception, Mark Arts has made art and art education available as a privately funded organization. Art instruction for adults, teens and children is available in culinary arts, dance, digital arts, drawing, enameling, jewlery, metalsmithing, painting, photography, printmaking, pottery and sculpture.

     This architectural drawing doesn’t do the new building justice!  It truly is a work of ART and the interior is too, modern – high tech – spacious – and dramatic…

    Follow Mark Arts on Face Book

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2007 Bodegas LAN Gran Reserva, Rioja Spain
    90% Tempranillo from a selection of the best grapes coming from 30 year-old, low yielding bush vines in the Rioja Alta and 10% Mazuelo from our Viña Lanciano vineyard.  Destemmed and fermented in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 30º C. The wine was then macerated for 3 weeks, over-pumping the must daily to favor higher extraction of color and aromas.  Aged 24 months in American and French oak barrels, followed by a minimum of 36 months in the bottle.  Garnet with ruby hues. Aromas of ripe red fruits combined with spicy notes from the aging in oak (Vanilla, cinnamon, fennel, licorice root) and tertiary aromas (Leather, cigar box…) from its prolonged bottle ageing. Full bodied and round, its mouthfeel is elegant and very well balanced.  Pair with roasted meats, lamb, hearty stews and cured cheeses.  Learn more here!  Follow on FaceBook & Twitter

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    Dec 30 – Simple Real Food

    My first guest is Amanda Cushman with her new book “Simple Real Food Delicious Clean Food Prepared Simply.”

    A contemporary multi cultural blend of easy to follow recipes from well known culinary instructor Amanda Cushman. This book has make ahead tips as well as alternatives suggested for each recipe. There are wonderful photographs to accompany many of the dishes. Learn more here!

    Later in the program, Jonathan Glass joins us to talk about Hangover prevention.  Even I know the simple answer…don’t drink too much. Not bad advice for this time of year. However, it is almost New Years Eve and as we bid farewell to 2017 many of us will be sharing adult beverages with friends and family.
    Jonathan will share his 15 Tips How To Avoid Or Minimize Your Upcoming New Year’s Day Hangover.  Jonathan’s tips are divided in to three phases, what to do before during and after.
    • BEFORE: Hangover ‘Pre-Tox’: Do This Before You Drink
    • DURING: Practical Tips to Avoid a Hangover
    • AFTER: You’re Hung Over… Now What?

    Jonathan Glass L.Ac., M.Ac., CHT (www.healingessencecenter.com), is a Licensed Master Acupuncturist, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Reconnective Healer, Energy Healer, Certified Hypnotherapist, Herbalist, Muscle Response Tester and Natural Health Educator. He is on the faculty of The Dharma Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda and has served on the faculty of the New England School of Acupuncture. He presently teaches at numerous yoga schools locally and throughout the US.  Be on the lookout for Jonathan’s new book to be released soon “Total Life Cleanse

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    NV Chandon Brut Classic
    In keeping with the style established when the winery was founded, Chandon Brut Classic captures the expression of California’s vineyards. Its crisp and fresh flavor profile relies on a blend of the three traditional grape varietals used in Champagne — Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier — and adds a celebratory note to any occasion.  Brut Classic consistently expresses our signature flavor profile of apple, pear and citrus flavors and aromas with a hint of spice that leads to a soft, dry finish.

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    Dec 23 – Kitchen Creativity

    My guest this week is Karen Page (and photographer husband Andrew Dornenburg) with their new book “KITCHEN CREATIVITY – Unlocking Culinary Genius with Wisdom, Inspiration, and Ideas from the World’s Most Creative Chefs.

    In this groundbreaking exploration of culinary genius, the authors of The Flavor Bible reveal the surprising strategies great chefs use to do what they do best. Beyond a cookbook, Kitchen Creativity is a paradigm-shifting guide to inventive cooking (without recipes!) that will inspire you to think, improvise, and cook like the world’s best chefs.
    Great cooking is as much about intuition and imagination as it is about flavor and technique. Kitchen Creativity distills brilliant insights into these creative processes from more than 100 top restaurant kitchens, including the Bazaar, Blue Hill, Daniel, Dirt Candy, Eleven Madison Park and the NoMad, Gramercy Tavern, the Inn at Little Washington, Le Bernardin, Oleana, Rustic Canyon, Saison, Single Thread, and Topolobampo.
    Based on four years of extensive research and dozens of in-depth interviews, Kitchen Creativity illuminates the method (and occasional madness) of culinary invention. Part I reveals how to learn foundational skills, including how to appreciate, taste, and season classic dishes (Stage 1: Mastery), before reinventing the classics from a new perspective (Stage 2: Alchemy). Einstein’s secret of genius-combinatory play-pushes chefs to develop unique creations and heighten their outer and inner senses (Stage 3: Creativity). Part II’s A-to-Z entries are an invaluable culinary idea generator, with exercises to prompt new imaginings.
    You’ll also discover:
    • experts’ criteria for creating new dishes, desserts, and drinks;
    • comprehensive seasonality charts to spark inspiration all year long;
    • how to season food like a pro, and how to create complex yet balanced layers of flavor;
    • the amazing true stories of historic dishes, like how desperate maitre d’ “Nacho” Anaya invented nachos; and
    • proven tips to jump-start your creative process.
    The ultimate reference for culinary brainstorming, Kitchen Creativity will spur your creativity to new heights, both in the kitchen and beyond.  Get a copy NOW

    The married couple, whose website is KarenAndAndrew.com, lives in New York City, and posts on Twitter @KarenAndAndrew, on Facebook and on Instagram @theflavorbible.

    Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
    2014 Tiat Family Winery “The Ball Buster”
    75% Shiraz, 14% Cabernet and 8% Merlot hand harvested from old vines in the Barossa Valley. Classic vinification, 100% basket pressed and aged in oak. Deep Black Purple. Intense aromas of black current, Stewed plums, Cherry, and chocolate. Full bodied berry palate with a sweet long lasting finish. ABV15.5% – leading to a BIG, BOLD wine i.e. the name 🙂

    Critical Acclaim

    Wine Spectator – #36 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2017
    Bold, with dense notes of dark chocolate—covered coffee bean, plum paste, wild blackberry, cigar box and date bread. Expressive and generous. The velvety tannins linger. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now through 2027.
    Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
    Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 The Ball Buster Proprietary Red offers pronounced plum preserves, blueberry pie and blackberry tart notes with underlying licorice and dark chocolate hints. Medium to full bodied with a solid backbone of ripe tannins and lively acid cutting through the concentrated black fruits flavors, it finishes with persistent pepper, anise and spice box notes.
    Grab a bottle of this wine or many others from the Wine Spectator Top-100 display at
    Jacob Liquor Exchange on North Rock Road here in Wichita
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