Lambstock 2013, the fourth annual pilgrimage of chefs, farmers and sommeliers from across Virginia and beyond, brought together all of those passionate about the farm-to-table experience in a leave-no-trace get-together that has become the stuff of legends. Last year’s Lambstock was featured in The New York Times. For the 2013 edition, Lynn Seldon of The Local Palatte: Food Culture of the South produced a comprehensive and gastronomically delightful essay on the virtues of this annual event, featuring photos by Jes Gearing and The Modern Gentleman’s Jason Tesauro.
Tesauro has served as an ambassador for Virginia wine and Chief Sommelier for Barboursville Vineyards since 2002. Check out this front page profile of Barboursville in the July 7, 2013 The Sunday New York Times – “VIRGINIA WINES: In the Old Dominion, A New Terroir.” [Read more...]
Just recently, Tesauro slipped under the radar and headed to Cuba for a rum-fueled adventure into sugar cane country. “PRAISING CANE: Rum is the Spirit of the Islands.” is the story of his trip, featured in Sommelier Journal on July 15, 2013 – (Subscription required to access full article). Read it here.
Check out Jason Tesauro’s debut in Decanter magazine titled, “VIRGINIA: America’s Old World.” As kismet would have it, Jason’s first Decanter issue (July 2013) is consequently Sir Michael Broadbent’s last. Fare thee well, Mr. Broadbent, your palate informed the whole wine world, and a twenty-one taste bud salute to you. Read the full article here.
It’s time to get your lab coat tailored and join Tesauro as he presents the Taste of South’s Art of Blending Seminar at Euphoria Greenville. Discover the winemaker’s craft and blend and bottle your own meritage-style wine as you play with beakers, pipettes and graduated cylinders to assemble your own cuvée. Join us Friday, September 27, 11:30am in the Private Dining Room at North Hampton Wines in Downtown Greenville, SC.
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Join Tesauro on August 31 at EPICURIENCE VIRGINIA in partnership with Saveur. Jason will decant Octagon XII Edition 2009, the 2013 Virginia Governor’s Cup winner, and host an entertaining seminar: “All (VA) Roads Lead to Rhone: Understanding Viognier, Virginia’s Signature White Grape.” We hope to see you there, August 31, 2pm at the historic Morven Park in Leesburg, VA.
Tesauro returns to Border Springs Farm for another edition of Lambstock, The New York Times’ favorite Baaaachanal. This time, he’ll be presenting Rosé on the Ridge, a mobile tasting station with Virginia rosés and sparkling wines – plus local farmstead cheeses and handrolled cigars. Come see Tesauro take the stage to belt-out some Cash tunes while award-winning D.C. Chef Robert Wiedmaier blows the blues harp.
It’s not news to learn that the Italians take their shoemaking as seriously as the French take their cheese-making. But it was news to me to learn that the Lucchese brothers brought their Italian craftsmanship to Texas back in 1880. In the 1960s, the founder’s grandson, Sam Lucchese Jr. reinvented bootmaking, handcrafted Presidential kicks for LBJ and made Lucchese the first name in bespoke bootsmanship.
This week, just in time for Mother’s Day, Lucchese Boot Co. is bringing its El Paso stylings to NoLita as Space Cowboy Boots hosts a Lucchese Classic Trunk Show, May 10-11. I’ll be hosting the show…and since mama always said never to go somewhere empty-handed, I’m bringing bubbly and oysters for a Boots & Flutes affair.
Anyone is welcome to pop-by, browse, nibble and sip, but friends, clients and fans of The Modern Gentleman are invited to make appointments for private fittings with Lucchese Design Specialist Tray Gilmore or Space Cowboy proprietors Paul Greyshock and Jaylin Ramer.
Roses are cliché…but boots are a clever and classic gift for Mother’s Day. Why not treat mama or a sweetheart to a day in NoLita? Revel in a sumptuous pairing of Boots & Flutes as I shuck Rappahannock River Oysters and pour Barboursville Vineyards Cuvée 1814 Brut & Brut Rosé while your feet and calves are pampered in shark, stingray, hippopotamus, deer, cow, buffalo or bison hide.
Friday, May 10 & Saturday, May 11. Private fitting appointments require advanced reservations: (646) 559-4779.
Space Cowboy Boots
234 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10012
To learn more about this boutique and the backstory on its boots, have a peek below.
Bolos in Nolita: And to think that I saw it on Mulberry St.
There’s an old Steven Wright joke about a blonde Chinese girl who digs Jewish cowboys. If Bucky Goldstein hasn’t already found his way to Space Cowboy Boots, he’d better hit it before the word gets out. Hand-made boots have landed, and the Jersey-born proprietress, singer/realtor-cum-cowgirl Jaylin Ramer, has presaged the rise of retro Texas cool. I popped in looking for a pair of Frye boots for my girl, but walked out with some Cafe Glitter, a set of killer kicks that made my wife quiver with cock-a-hoop delight.
As I poured over the ostrich, crocodile, cowhide and python skin, Jaylin explained the anatomy of a boot. We inspected the shaft, the pulls, the vamp, the toe-box and the shank of dozens of boots. From inlays to outlays, single stand piping to roach stomper toes, I had no idea that my Jeffery-West shoe fetish would draw from NYC to El Paso, Texas and the soul of Stallion Boots and Lucchese Boot Co.
But Space Cowboy delivers way beyond rodeo-style shit-kickers and delicate designer models meant more for red carpets than red clay soil. I discovered raw suedes, detailed tooling, crocodile dress boots to rock with a sleek suit, and ankle-high zipper boots with alligator wing tips and brilliant black leather touches that made me wanna give up regular ol’ shoes come the next Lenten season.
While I was there, in strolled Kevin Pollak and his sweetheart, Jaime Fox. While he and I talked shop, Jaime picked up a sweet pair of pumpkin ditties that went digital when she tweeted this pic. Also shopping, were a couple of top-hatted cats who turned out to be Lisa Marie Presley’s band, in the 212 to promote LMP’s new album, Storm & Grace, with gigs at Sirius/FM and Gramercy Theatre.
I’ve been to Graceland with those to laughed…and with those who cried, thus I had to check out Lisa Marie’s tunes. As a boy who once slung steak and brew on Beale Street in Memphis’s famed Blues City Cafe while his mama served as masseuse at The Peabody Hotel, I know me some Presley. (Oh, ask me about the time my signature triple disco dip landed a ballerina in my arms for a Jerry Lee Lewis music video.) I’ll bet you an Elvis hologram that there’s a bluesy track you’ll like. Ain’t just a surname; she’s got goods – and thigh-high boots on her album cover.
By now, the Delta Gamma sorority girl email first leaked from University of Maryland to Gawker and Deadspin,has gone viral mainly due to its prodigious F-bombs and assertive, if less than Shakespearean, insults. Writer Susan Howson deconstructs the email’s literary effectiveness HERE, but as an authority on manners, etiquette and social savvy, I’m deconstructing this note from another perspective. Continued
University of Maryland Delta Gamma Email Cont’d
Simply, I applaud this note. The tone and language are decidedly not for the tea party set, but it ain’t supposed to be. Behind the four-letter fricatives is a sincere and laudable desire for the chapter to be more present, aware and socially dynamic. This is the sorority equivalent of a half-time, locker room pep talk to a team down 21-0 at their own Homecoming game. Outsiders should not be privy to a coach’s declamations and the proper thing for us to do is treat it like a couple fighting on a park bench: make sure no one’s getting slugged, sure, but give them the space and privacy to work their shit out. Have you read Delta Gamma’s Mission Statement? Nowhere does it state that vituperation is verboten. If anything, the email rant upholds several of the chapter’s core tenets. Brava. Conviction…check! Now all we have to do is work on the diction.
“Delta Gamma offers to women of all ages a rich heritage based on principles of personal integrity, personal responsibility and intellectual honesty. Its primary purpose is to foster high ideals of friendship, promote educational and cultural interests, create a true sense of social responsibility, and develop the finest qualities of character.”