Even Surprise Vegans Get to Eat: Catering Lessons from Heather and Izzy Part 2/?

Part 1 of this blogpost, ‘She’ll Be Alright, Mate’ introduced Heather Bickford, Ratho Farm’s chef and my catering savior the night of our front-of-the-house triumph and back-of-the-house roller coaster Mardi Gras Dinner. We also went over catering lesson one: An intoxicated guest is one who will overlook or forgive mistakes. 2. Start at LEAST one full…

‘She’ll Be Alright, Mate:’ Catering Lessons from Heather and Izzy Part 1/2

It occurs to me that I shouldn’t let even one more blog post go by without introducing you to Heather Bickford, the Chef of Ratho Farm and one of the most delightful and food-knowledgeable people I’ve ever encountered. She’s charming, eccentric, has a beautiful family and has forgotten more about catering than you or I will ever know. Without…

Where in the World Is Ratho Farm? Part 2: The Road To Ouse

I’m calling this “Where in the World is Ratho Farm” Part Two, because my inaugural blog post gave the basic location, and that of Tasmania as well, since many Americans aren’t that swell at non-US geography. Dozens who I talked with on my Southern Food Road Tour about my trip didn’t know it’s an island off the southeast coast of…

Margaux’s French Apple Tart from the Apple Isle

I’ve been struggling with how to restart this blog, which I all but abandoned while I was living is Tasmania in February and March of 2017 at Ratho Farm, an upscale farm-stay and wedding venue sited on Australia’s Oldest Golf Course. I stopped writing, not because I didn’t find the project interesting anymore, but because I got…

Acute golf addiction and chasing Mardi Gras ingredients

I remember at some point believing that I would find time to house-make andouille sausage for this Saturday’s Mardi Gras event; the garlicky spiced and smoked pork sausages that many Cajun and Creole recipes rely on for flavor. That was almost certainly before I became hopelessly addicted to golf, a lifestyle change that has been molding my body…

Back from a Technology Holiday, A Bad, Bad Blogger Repents

It’s been twelve days since my last post, which is an eternity in bloggertime, and especially in aspiring bloggertime. I know this because for four-plus years I was director of content at a PR firm in Chicago, IntraLink Global, where we urged our clients to post daily, at the very least, and more often if…

Southern Food Road Trip: Biscuits Lesson with Susan Spicer in New Orleans

New Orleans, LA – Making an iconic Southern recipe with one of the region’s most influential chefs was beyond my wildest expectations when I started planning in December to eat my way to culinary enlightenment through the American South. But Susan Spicer is legendary for being generous with and supportive of other chefs, or, in this…