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Food and Wine in the Time of Michelangelo

Michelangelo chalk drawing
Nourishing Genius: Food and Wine in the Time of Michelangelo


Grocery list by Michelangleo
EnlargeThree Grocery Lists with Sketches(detail), 1518, Michelangelo Buonarroti, pen and brown ink. Archivio Buonarroti, X, 578, Casa Buonarroti, Florence, Italy
Date: Sunday, October 4, 2020
Time: 2:00 p.m. PT; 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: Getty's YouTube channel
Admission: Free; no registration necessary
(cost of optional wine and food pairings noted below are approximate) 

Michelangelo was wined and dined at the tables of popes and patrons. He also owned a vineyard, a cheese cave, and an orchard. Join Fred Plotkin, specialist in Italian gastronomy, opera, and history, and Getty drawings curator Julian Brooks as they travel back in time to explore the fascinating connections between art, food, drink, and this incomparable Italian Renaissance artist. 

Then, raise a glass to Michelangelo and discover select wines from Tuscany, Lazio, and Umbria in the virtual tasting. Audiences can live chat with presenters during the premiere. This program is part of the Drinking in the Past series and complements the exhibition Michelangelo: Mind of the Master

The Wine
Discover three wines that would have been familiar to Michelangelo. Get all three in advance, select one, or just grab a glass of whatever you have at home – preferably Italian! 

• Principe Pallavicini Frascati Superiore 2018 - $13.99 
70% Malvasia del Lazio, 15% Trebbiano della Toscana, 15% Greco – Lazio, Italy 

• Villa di Capezzana Carmignano 2015 - $31.99 
80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon – Toscana, Italy 

• Bellafonte Collenottolo Montefalco Sagrantino 2013 - $53.99 
100% Sagrantino – Umbria, Italy

• Non-alcoholic beverage: Acqua di Fiuggi bottled water 

Other Frascati, Carmignano, and Sagrantino options are welcomed. Order wines through your local wine shops or national online retailers (prices are approximate). 

The Food
Enjoy some tasty Italian cheese and bread with your wine (Michelangelo did). We suggest: 

• Cheese: Pecorino di Pienza, Pecorino di Siena, Pecorino Romano, and/or Marzolino 

• Bread: Pane Casareccio (Roman rustic), Pane Sciocco (Tuscan unsalted) and/or other Italian bread 

• Fruit: Pears (Forelle or San Martino), peaches, plums, and/or grapes 

The Fun
Explore this downloadable pdf for wine notes, tasting cards, and a few Renaissance etiquette tips to get the festivities started. 

Create Your Own Zoom Viewing Party
Zoom with your friends. The host can screen share the video for the whole group to enjoy together. Salute! 

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Banner: Left: Studies of the Upper Body of a Man, and Separate Studies of an Arm, a Hand, and an Ear; Sketch of a tree (detail), 1511–1512, Michelangelo Buonarroti, red and black chalk. Right: Seated Male Nude, and a Study of His Right Arm (detail), 1511, Michelangelo Buonarroti, red chalk, heightened with white. Both images: Teylers Museum, Haarlem. Purchased in 1790. © Teylers Museum, Haarlem 
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Przewalski Horse and Wild Thing Zinfandel

Got Time?



From The New York Times, Science Section
"How Conservationists Kept These horses Standing Strong"


The Przewalski Horse is the only horse species that has never been domesticated, and also managed to narrowly escape a brush with extinction.

By 1969, agriculture, hunting and a sting of sever winters had caused the species to disappear from its last range in Mongolia. some horses survived in captivity but in the 1960s, they were being inbred to the point of no return. The horse was saved, however, by a captive breeding program in zoos and by conservationists who reintroduced it back to Mongolia in the 1990s. Today, more that 760 Przewalski Horses roam Mongolia.

As the horse's story exemplifies, extinctions are not inevitable. Since 1993, conservation efforts have saved up to 48 mammal and birds species from extinction, a new study says. Without such efforts, extinction rates for mammals and birds over the past 27 years would be there to four times as high.

Your Ponder Species Conservation With Wine:
2016 Wild Thing Old Vine Zinfandel by Carol Shelton, $21

Again, trying the new is good but don't forget the classics. 
This is Carol Shelton, the widely recognized Master of Zin!


2016 Carol Shelton


92 points Wine Spectator

Spirited and zesty, with lively cherry and smoky cracked pepper flavors
that frolic on the long finish toward well-groomed tannins.  

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Chemins de Bassac

** Big Deal of The Week **

Just to clarify, @MetroWines a deal is not just a low priced bottle.
A deal is a bottle that is extraordinary for the price!

From Chemins de Bassac
Bottles from our featured winery are offered by an old estate, created in the 19th century,
which has been a part of the shadows and light of the long saga of winemaking in the Languedoc region.
It has achieved recognition through years of effort nourished by enthusiasm for wine 
and the conviction that this soil harbors a noble character. The estate now covers twenty hectares
and is one of the most beautiful estate in Languedoc.
Bassac is a hamlet where the roads around are an an invitation to stroll over sunny hillsides 
with olive trees, vines, oaks and cypress trees…

RAIZ« Blanc, IGP Côtes de Thongue - Weinhalle

Les Chemins de Bassac RAIZ Blanc, $16.99
Roussanne/Viognier blend is overflowing with juicy tropical fruits - starfruit, passionfruit 
with hints of floral aromatics. A crisp bite of acidity brightens up the finish. $16.99

Les Chemins de Bassac RAIZ Rouge $16.99

Organic: Certified Organic, Certified Vegan
Soil type:  Limestone-clay originating from ancient Quaternary alluvial terraces
Grapes: Grenache 16%, Syrah 30%, Mourvèdre 22%, Cabernet Sauvignon 12% and Pinot Noir 20%
Wild yeast fermentation lasting 20 - 30 days. Fermented in enameled lined cement tanks.

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Joseph DeLissio and River Cafe and RAATS

A Wine Sentinel Stand Down


After 43 Years, the Wine Sentinel of River Café Stands Down - The New York  Times
(JosephDeLissio in 1986)
After 43 years, Jospeh DeLissio, a self described "blue collar kid in a white collar job"
steps down as Wine Director of the highly regarded River Cafe in Brooklyn. Joey D,
that's what his friends call him, put together a mighty fine wine list, one in which we share
a lot of bottles here @MetroWines. But the best connection is Raats Chenin Blanc.
If you shop @MetroWines, you know we, and YOU,
have supported this South African Winery since the doors opened.
But lately, you have turned to new labels. All good, but don't forget this classic. Joey D never did!

Raats Original Chenin Blanc (Unwooded) 2019 | Wine Info

The 2019 Original Chenin Blanc comes from two soil types: decomposed granite and sandstone,
with six months’ aging on the lees. The lively, outgoing bouquet features bold lemon curd,
damp straw and mango aromas. The palate is fresh and crisp on the entry with notes of lime and orange zest, leading to a vibrant, zesty finish. Delicious. 13.5% ALC 90 points, Neal Martin, Vinous (Nov 2019)

Unoaked. $14.99 @MetroWines
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French Fashion, French TV, French Wine!

*** Paris Fashion Week, etc. ***
From the MetroWines French Desk
and The French American Chamber of Commerce




The latest trends! TV5MONDE Style presents a world of fashion, luxury, design, cuisine, culture and more!
All programs are subtitled in English. Enjoy feature documentaries about fashion designers, artists,
performers, sculptures, painters, chefs and visionaries who are creating the trends of today and tomorrow.
In addition, watch some of the best TV5MONDE signature programs including Epicerie Fine, #versionfrançaise, Tendance XXI, Monte-Carlo Riviera Chik, Rendez-Vous d'Amérique, Visites Privées and Echo-logis. 
And more: 

Your French Immersion Wine:

Domaine de Fontsainte Corbieres Gris de Gris 2019 | Wine.com

A crystalline salmon color with superb amethyst tints. Expressive and particularly tonic,
the wine immediately gives off notes of raspberry, cherry and freshly picked strawberries followed by exotic aromas such as pineapple and mango. A direct and considerable freshness. The density and richness
of the fruit mingle with the superb acid vitality giving a wine with a frisson and a magnificent persistency. 

21.99 at wine.com
*** $17.99 @MetroWines ***

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Corzano Chianti

From The MetroWines
"Hiding in Plain Sight Department"

What do we mean by hiding in plain sight? This wine has been on our shelf since last March
when Winemaker William Goldschmidt was @MetroWines.

But somehow, this bottle got lost in the shuffle until Andy pulled it out for Blind Tasting League
We all tried it again. WOW. Smoother with less of the hard edge present in many Chianti wines.
Go solo or with almost any menu!

Corzano e Paterno Chianti 2018 - Nicholas Wines

This picturesque estate lies in the commune of San Casciano, just outside of Florence.
Goldschimdt is a farmer first; his pristine vineyards contain Sangiovese,
ranging in age from 5 to 35 years, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vines, averaging 20 years in age.
The vines are tended organically, the grapes, hand harvested.
Generous use of small barrels in vinification barely tame the exuberant,
broad fruit quality of his wines, and the firm, large-scaled tannic structure in them makes them
suitable for extended aging. The aromas are wonderfully complex and delicate,
showcasing Corzano e Paterno’s incredible terroir, exemplary farming techniques
and non-interventive vinification practices.
The 2018 Chianti has juicy fruit with just enough backbone
to make it the perfect companion to food.

The 2018 is $21 at Princeton Corkscrew
$21 at Vivino
$20.95 at Nicholas Wine in NJ


$16.99 @MetroWines

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Big Red of Week: Decero Cabernet

*** BIG RED of the WEEK ***
Decero Remolinos Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

The signature wines of Decero are three varietal wines: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
As with each of the wines of Finca Decero, they bear the distinct hallmark of our unique Remolinos Vineyard. The tapestry of soils enabled us to plant the vines on the soil most suited to each variety, helping each wine show their classic varietal expression. Located at the highest part of the Agrelo (3500ft), Remolinos Vineyard experiences distinctly cool nights which are felt in the fresh acidity and overall elegance of the wines.
The subtle nuances of these wines reflect the year-round, attention to detail across the Finca Decero estate.
In contrast to traditionally heavier styles of wine from Argentina, Decero has carved out a distinct profile
as elegant, balanced wines which are extremely well suited to food pairing.  2017 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon has classic notes of cassis and some cherry and red fruit flavors with fresh acidity. The wine has supple integrated tannins, from 14 months in french oak barrels. An elegant style of Cabernet Sauvignon.

$17.99 @MetroWines

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MetroNorth in Reynolds Village


MetroNorth is OPEN at 105 Reynolds Village

Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 4 to 6pm

*** 828-424-7411 ***

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Wine, Beer, Sparkling Water, Riedel Glasses and Fine Foods!


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Blind Tasting League on Facebook LIVE

News Release: September 21st, 2020
About: Blind Tasting League on Facebook Live
The Blind Tasting League with Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines, goes LIVE online Wednesday, October 21st at 5:30 via Facebook LIVE. Join in the process of deductive reasoning used by wine experts to determine what's in the glass. Andy will present two wines and work with you through the process because he doesn't know what's in the glass either!
"The past two months have been very well attended," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Please tell friends wherever they live as you can logon from anywhere!"
Participants do not need to register, sign up or pay for the event. All you do is logon to our Facebook page at 5:30 on October 21st. Go here: https://www.facebook.com/MetroWinesAsheville
"This is a great way to learn the deductive process of blind tasting with no pressure," says Gina Trippi. "You don't need any previous experience and Andy has prepared videos and educational materials to get you started down the road of wine knowledge." Get a head start here: https://www.blindtastingleague.com/blog
If you are interested in purchasing the wines to be tasted, you can purchase the two wines by calling (828) 575-9525 @MetroWines. The wines will be concealed in brown paper bags so no looking! And don't tell Andy anything!
Contact for Blind Tasting League: Andy Hale 
 at 828-575-9525 or Andy@MetroWinesAsheville.com

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi

Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Do the Different with Céline Red Blend

From The MetroWines
"Step Outside Your Comfort Zone Department"
Savio Soares Selections 18.99 11.5ALC


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2019 40% Chardonnay, 40% Gamay, 20% Mondeuse.
Gradually, over four generations, the estate has been built up in this rugged terrain.
There are three main soil types, each matched with its best corresponding varietal:
 the soils of the Montagnieu area are white marl clay, perfect for Altess (Roussette)
and Mondeuse; the silica and limestone soils of moraine hillside slopes perfect for Chardonnay;
and finally the clay and limestone mountain scree soils where Pinot Noir excels.

Teaching Moment: What's scree? Scree is a collection of broken rock fragments at the base of crags,
mountain cliffs, volcanoes or valley shoulders that has accumulated through periodic rockfall
from adjacent cliff faces. Landforms associated with these materials are often called talus deposits.

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New Guinea Singing Dog and Tyrrells Semillon

Almost In Memoriam!


Ancient breed of singing dog re-emerges in Indonesia after being believed  to be extinct for 50 years | Daily Mail Online


A New Guinea Singing Dog, a dingo like animal with a unique howling style,
was considered extinct in the wild. But scientists reported recently, based on DNA,
that the dogs live on! The New Guinea dog is closely related to the Australian Dingo. 


Let's Celebrate with an Australian Wine!
(Seasonal Drinkers Heads UP)

Not the first time we have recommended Tyrell's Semillon. As days grow cooler,
because of the heavier palate feel (see below), this is the perfect transitional white wine. 

*** And this versatile, crowd pleaser only has 10% ALC! ***

Sourced from a small selection of Semillon blocks, the grapes were both hand
and machine picked before gentle pressing and fermentation in stainless steel tanks.
Wine then spent a few months on yeast lees to gain extra complexity and palate feel.
The Hunter Valley Semillon has a lifted nose showing citrus freshness,
the palate continues with fresh citrus and concentrated grapefruit flavors.
The palate is light to medium bodied with a perfect balance of fruit and soft acid.
Distinctive and refreshing, featuring bright, crisp lemony flavors, some saline. 

Tyrrell's Hunter Valley Semillon 2019  Front Label

Out of Stock at Gary's. Just as well. It was $20.50
*** $18.99 @MetroWines ***

Need another reason to support Australia? After Australia requested China
give more information about COVID, a trade war erupted
between the two countries with Australian Wine becoming a bargaining chip.

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Grüner, Austria, and Scheu

From The MetroWines Gift Idea Department
and The Embassy of Austria in Washington DC 

Born in Vienna, Elizabeth “Lisl” Scheu Close (1912–2011) left an indelible mark
on Minnesota’s built landscape during her six decades as an architect. In 1938, with her husband,
Winston Close, she founded the state’s first architecture firm dedicated to modernism.
In addition to designing the first International Style house in Minneapolis,
the firm also created more than 250 handsome and efficiently planned modern residences.
One of the few women who were practicing architects in the mid-twentieth century,
she blazed a trail for future generations of women in the profession.


Your Gift it With Austrian Wine
Well structured, built to last.  This Grüner presents the characteristics of the best Grüner Veltliners.
Lightly perfumed, bone dry and full bodied, high acidity and notes of spice and white pepper.
Hints of citrus fruit flavors of lemon, lime and grapefruit. The real thing!

Weingut Roland Minkowitsch – RM WEINGUT
2018 Grüner Veltliner

*** $13.99 ***

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Palmira for the Weekend

*** The Big DEAL of The Week ***
2018 Palmira Rosso, Venezia Giulia, from Visintini


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Importer says: Palmira, Oliviero and Cinzia Visintini are wine geeks of the best kind.
You can see Slovenia from their farm, it’s the next line of low hills on the horizon, 6km away.
Their grandfather Domenico Visintini bought the estate and its ruined medieval tower in 1884.
A portion of the original 13th century cellar is full with Palmira Visintini’s personal wine stash! 

Certified Organic. Practicing Biodynamic. Beautiful ruby ​​red color in glass.
Good red fruit on nose and plate.
 Accessible taste with soft, pleasant tannins.

13% ALC. $12.99

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Venice Vicariously

Join Us Virtually
Italy in Our Hearts and Minds:
Venice, The Most Improbable of Cities

Join Carla Gambescia, author of La Dolce Vita University, and explore Venice's complexities and contradictions as we discover some of its many secrets. Venice has been lauded as Queen of the Adriatic, being nicknamed la Serenissima and boasts having been maritime republic of over 1,000 years, a vast museum, a triumph of human will over nature. Once a beehive of espionage, the luxury and pleasure capital of Europe, a mecca of extraordinary artists and personalities and zenith of all Grand Tours yet even today, Venice remains in many ways, an enigma.

During this two-part series, we will celebrate the city of myth, mystery, and majesty that has captured the imagination of dreamers and travelers alike for hundreds of years. Registration fee: $25 per session.


Carla Gambescia is the author of La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z, Silver Prize winner of "Best Travel Book of the Year" awarded by the North American Travel Journalists Association. A regular lecturer on topics of Italian cultural interest, Carla has written about and toured every region of Italy on foot or by bicycle and curates the photoblog Postcards from the Boot. Carla conceived and co-led the Giro del Gelato bicycle tour winner of OUTSIDE Magazine's "Best Trip in Western Europe," and, for a decade, owned and operated Via Vanti! Restaurant & Gelateria in Mount Kisco, NY.

Following Carla's, presentation there will be a brief Q&A session.

Not able to join us on Zoom, but want to tune in later? If for whatever reason you are not able to join the webinar, all paid and registered attendees will receive a recording of the session no later than two business days after the event. 
Refunds will not be issued.

We can't wait for you to join us!

Learn more about all NIAF Virtual Events

Amb. Peter F. Secchia Building
1860 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

© 2020 National Italian American Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

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Emma Peel and Chateau la Grolet

In Memoriam
Emma Peel


OK. I know Diana Rigg is much more than The Avengers but, come on,
she WAS and IS Emma Peel. A pioneer!

Before there was a Wonder Woman, a Bionic Woman, a Tomb Raider, a Mulan!!
there was Emma Peel, there was Diana Rigg.


Diana Rigg, Emma Peel of 'The Avengers,' Dies at 82 - The New York Times

Celebrate the Life and Work of One of the Greats
With a bottle that is tall, lean, dark, powerful and a persuasive class act.

Côtes de Bourg
Chateau la Grolet 2017 Bordeaux, $25
70%Merlot, 15%Cabernet Sauvignon, 10%Cabernet Franc and 5%Malbec

The 2017 Château La Grolet is another outstanding success. It's a deep, meaty Bordeaux 
with dark cherry, blackberry, sweet rose aromatics and flavors, a juicy,
classically structured palate, and long, driven close.

Soldier ON Diana

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Cascina Zerbetta and Mimi Thorisson

From The Ciao Asheville 
Book Suggestion Department




Mimi explores the beautiful coasts and countrysides of Italy in this lavishly photographed cookbook
featuring simple, authentic recipes inspired by the country's devoted producers and rich food heritage.
From Tuscany to Umbria to Naples and more, Mimi dives into Italy's diverse regional cuisines
and shares 100 recipes for authentic, classic dishes, enriched by conversations with local food experts
who share their time tested techniques and stories. Find dishes culled from across the country,
such as agnolotti in sage and butter from the north, the tomato-rich ragùs and pastas of the southwest,
and the multifaceted, seafood-laden cuisine of Sicily. The mysteries of Italian food culture
will unravel as you learn to execute a perfect Neapolitan-style pizza! 

“These stories and recipes are a real tribute to everything I love about Italy..... —Lidia Bastianich
Mimi writes from her home in Turino, Piemonte, Italy.

Your Read it With, Serve it With, Pair it With,
Drown Your Jealous Tears Because You Don't Live in Turino With Wine:

BK Zerbetta Barbera.jpg

100% Barbera. Organic and Vegan. The 2017 Barbera del Monferrato is a rich,
spicy wine with strong hints of blackberry fruit and a great acidity balance. $19.99

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Sandy Cove Sauvignon Blanc

Brett's New Find of the Week!


Winery Tasting Notes for 2019
This wine is elegant and restrained while still undeniably Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. 
It has that grassy element we love from New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, 
but it's a little less aggressive and perhaps rounder and richer in flavor than most.
All good: Certified Sustainable Farming, Minimal Intervention, Recyled Glass! 12.55 ALC.


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France Online

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Nina Simone and Double Canyon Red

North Carolina Home of Nina Simone Gets Permanent Protection
The music of Nina Simone, which spanned several genres including jazz and R&B,
helped define the civil rights movement. She died in 2003 at the age of 70.



Celebrate Nina with a wine that is smooth,
velvety, sultry and a contender!

*** The Big Red of The Week ***
Double Canyon Horse Heaven Hills 
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington State, $22

Review: 2016 Double Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills -  Drinkhacker


The 2016 Double Canyon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon expresses great depth and concentration of flavors,
with a long, generous palate that opens up on the entry. Deep, dark garnet in the glass, aromas of red currant
and coffee beans are joined alongside hints of polished leather, caramel cassis and pine.
The palate has a bright entry, moderate tannins with pleasing length and complexity, and an elegant finish.
The flavor profile is characteristic of our estate vineyard, displaying notes of cherries, red fruit, and rose hips.

 JEB DUNNUCK, 94 Points
Our 90-acre parcel is planted to 1,850 vines per acre, exceeding typical Washington standards;
this high density of vines produces less fruit on each individual vine, thus increasing overall quality.
The vineyard is planted to a range of different Cabernet Sauvignon clones that have been selected
for the characteristics they have displayed from our site over the past decade of winegrowing.
The fruit is hand-harvested and we perform daily pump overs for extraction.
Once fermentation is accomplished, the wine is aged in French oak barrels for 18 months.

To Nina! May her voice, piano and legacy live on forever!

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Cooking Eggplant

Cooking Demonstrations

Cooking demonstrations at the U.S. Botanic GardenLooking for ideas on how to use seasonal fruits and vegetables? The following cooking demonstrations provide instruction, tips, recipes, and ideas on plants you can grow so you have the freshest ingredients at your fingertips. Enjoy!

Cooking Demonstration Videos

Find all of the Garden's Online Cooking Demo videos in these two playlists. Explore and find new recipes to cook and new plants to grow!

Purple eggplants

Eggplant Eggstacy!

The striking eggplant, with abundant color variations and shapes, is a versatile fruiting vegetable. Join Danielle for this online demonstration as she highlights how eggplant can be used in egg-celent ways. Then join Adrienne in her garden as she reviews what worked for her eggplant crop this year and how to prolong production even as the weather begins to cool.

DATE: Posted on Thursday, September 17
TIME: 12 noon
LOCATION: Here on our Cooking page
FREE: No pre-registration required

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