WORLD-RENOWNED CHEF AND HOST OF OUR AUTHENTIC FOODS OF ITALY: TOUR THE ITALIAN COUNTRYSIDE BOUTIQUE SHARES HIS INSIGHT INTO THE FAVORED CUISINE

Authentic Foods of Italy

A culinary tour through Italy is all about the senses – the tastes (first and foremost), the smells, the scenery. And of course, the people who make it all so delicious. Chef Tony Mantuano (maybe you recall him as one of the most revered and beloved contestants of Top Chef Masters) hosts the tour with his wife and culinary partner, Cathy. The expedition departs Rome and journeys through Molise, giving guests “insight into a little-known region’s food, wine, and history.” We sat down with Chef Mantuano for his take on all things Italian.

Rue La La: The itinerary takes Members through several villages and home-style restaurants. What’s your one favorite meal?
Chef Mantuano: The specialty of the region is called Pampanella – delicious and unforgettable. [Editor's note: Pampanella is a pork dish, marinated overnight with garlic and ground sweet pepper.]
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January 26, 2011

AN INTERVIEW WITH CO-FOUNDERS JONATHAN KING AND JIM STOTT

Stonewall Kitchen

We sat down with Stonewall Kitchen for the scoop on their history, philosophy, and how to make the best blueberry pancakes (Hint: New Englanders might have an advantage).

Rue La La: Tell us how the journey started.
Jonathan: We had an abundance of produce from our gardens… We both love to cook and experimented with lots of fruit and many recipes. We also didn’t have a lot of money at the time and wanted to use the jams, jellies, pickled veggies, and mustards for holiday gifts for family and friends. Jim’s grandmother, Pearl Oxner, had a great recipe for blueberry pie and we actually adapted that to make the first run of Wild Maine Blueberry Jam.
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September 19, 2010