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On the Road
with Tonia's Kitchen Archive - restaurants we have visited and events we have covered

9th Annual Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival
September 19th through September 21st, 2014

Autumn arrives with a weekend of wine, food, seminars and chefs

Wine Pouring

Three of Newport's most beautiful historic mansions will once again be filled with visitors and vendors celebrating the 9th Annual Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, presented by The Preservation Society of Newport County and FOOD & WINE. Hundreds of wines from around the world will be poured, and a variety of cuisine from regional restaurants and caterers will be served, making the festival one of the East Coast's most sophisticated and anticipated events.

Television chef and author Sara Moulton and internationally-renowned lifestyle expert Martha Stewart will headline the Grand Tastings at Marble House, cooking on the Jenn-Air Master Class Culinary Stage on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Regional favorites also participating in the weekend cooking demonstrations include Michael Ferraro, Executive Chef of Delicatessen and creator of Mac Bar in New York City, and Dan Enos, Executive Chef & Managing Partner of Boston's Oceanaire Seafood Room.

Chocolate lovers will delight in Brian Donaghy's & Tim Brown's demonstration with Guittard Chocolate. Additionally, local chefs Karsten Hart, Executive Chef at Newport's Castle Hill Inn, Jonathan Cartwright, Executive Chef of MUSE at Vanderbilt Grace, and Champe Speidel of Persimmon will be sharing their talent and tips on stage.


Chef Hart

Listen to Tonia's interview with Chef Karsten Hart - Executive Chef at Newport's Castle Hill Inn.



Roost Cafe and Bistro, Ogunquit, ME

Recently, Tonia visited the Roost Cafe and Bistro in Ogunquit, Maine. The entire meal, created by Chef Chris Godfrey, was sumptuous. Fried Avocado Strips, a unique appetizer adorned with a gorgeous chipotle cream sauce, was followed by a scallop dish with a sausage bread pudding and then a fabulously flavorful chicken liver pate. This fine culinary experience ended with a scrumptious orange flan. Complementing each creatively displayed course was a warm vibe, lovely room and a bartender who served well crafted and potent cocktails.

Roost Cafe and Bistro, Ogunquit, ME

At the end of the day, The Roost Cafe and Bistro is the kind of place that makes you feel really at home.



Tonia recently visited The Mooring Restaurant in Newport, RI., where she enjoyed a spectacular display of the freshest seafood. Tonia spoke with Chef Bob Bankert about his luscious crab cakes, flavorful halibut and other delicacies served that evening. The meal was paired perfectly with fine wines- and the entire experience was supreme.



Tonia's Kitchen covered the Sixth Annual NYC Wine & Food Festival, bringing together both legendary culinary icons from around the globe and America's most beloved television chefs.



We Did It!!!

Thanks to everyone who donated to Tonia's team for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Boston. The team raised $3,500. It was an incredible event and we appreciate your support.



At the Fancy Food Show, this past June, Tonia's Kitchen sampled many delicacies. Blue Cheese was one of this year's stars; there were many versions, some with fruit, some ultra creamy... but our favorite leaned towards Moody Blue, by Roth.

Fancy Food Show

The Fancy Food Show, this year was dominated by one confectionary product: Dark Sea Salt Caramels. So many vendors, so much chocolate, and all of it, luscious!!

Fancy Food Show

Some beautiful French Pastry, from PatisFrance, at this summer's Fancy Food Show. Artfully crafted - and so wonderful...

Fancy Food Show


Wines of Portugal

Tuesday, April 30, is Wines of Portugal - Grand Tasting, in NYC. Showcasing the range of Portugal's wines, from the dry reds of Bairrada to the delicious whites from Vinho Verde, more than 50 wineries will be presenting their latest vintages. International appetizers will also be served, showcasing an assortment of Portuguese dishes.

Listen to Tonia's Interview with Chandinee Patel.


Taste of Hope

Taste of Hope is the American Cancer Society's annual signature culinary, wine and spirits event featuring some of New York's most popular chefs, restaurants and beverage vendors. Held on May 2, the fundraiser will feature a cocktail party atmosphere where guests can sample signature dishes, premier wines and spirits along with inventive cocktails.

Listen to Tonia's Interview with
Celebrity Chef Marc Murphy


Choice Streets

May 7 is The Village Voice's second annual Choice Streets Food Truck tasting event, on the Intrepid, NYC - and Tonia's Kitchen will be on deck. Featuring over 25 of some of the city's favorite and highly sought-after food trucks, attendees will feast onboard Pier 86 and enjoy an evening of fabulous food & cocktails.

Listen to Tonia's Interview with Rosemary Jorda from the Village Voice




Olive's Aperetivo

On April 17, Chef Todd English's Olives New York is proud to present, Aperitivo! - an evening with wineries Domaine de Beaurenard and Louis Max. On hand to help pour and share their wine will be 8th Generation Winemaker Victor Coulon and Brand Ambassador Stephane Mathieu. After the tasting, there will be a four-course tasting menu paired with the featured wines. We're looking forward to the gastronomic delights!

Listen to Tonia's interview
with Chef Patrick Malone.



Les Cercles Rive Droit

On April 18, Tonia's Kitchen will be on hand for Le Cercle Rive Droite de Grands Vins de Bordeaux, RIGHT BANK GRAND TASTING in NYC, where 32 prestigious chateaux will present an extraordinary selection of wines. A silent auction will allow guests to bid on bottles and magnums of their favorite Right Bank wines. 100% of the proceeds from the silent auction will go to support Citymeals-on-Wheels.



Spirits of Mexico

The oldest, largest and most comprehensive celebration of agave-based spirits in North America, the Spirits of Mexico Festival, will begin its 2013 national tour at Astor Center in New York City on May 29. Guests will have the opportunity to sample dozens of signature styles of spirits produced in Mexico, attend seminars and sample Agave NY's signature cuisine. Tonia's Kitchen will be there for the fiesta!



Arrows Restaurant - Ogunquit, Maine

Arrows - Ogunquit

Arrows - Ogunquit

Interview - Tonia joins Chef Clark Frazier on a garden tour of Arrows gardens

Arrows - Ogunquit



Vignola Cinque Terre - Portland, Maine

Vignola Cinque Terre - Portland




Cooking Light's 'Light Up The Night' - Sept. 21, NYC -
features Celebrity Chefs and Mixologists for a Haute and Healthy Culinary Celebration Showcasing Lightened Up Versions of Signature Dishes and Drinks. Listen to an interview with Cindy Hatcher from Cooking Light.



Cooking Light


International Chef's Congress
Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 - NYC
- listen to Tonia's interview with Antoinette Bruno, Editor In Chief of StarChefs.com

Star Chefs




Just Food
We are excited to cover Let Us Eat Local, Wed. Oct. 3rd 6-10pm, Altman Building, NYC

Just Food




San Diego Spirits Festival - A great place to expand your cocktail library. We enjoyed great food, food demos, and wonderful spirits!

San Diego Spirits Festival




Spain's Great Match:WineFoodDesign - Oct. 24, NYC -
Watch for our report on an unforgettable night of Spanish Wine, Craft Beer, Food, Design and Music.

Spain's Great Match


Tonia's Kitchen would like to introduce you to Mealku: Homemade meals made by approved HomeCooks who want to share. Oct. 25 is the inaugural member event in Tribeca, NYC. When you are making a delicious meal simply post it to the Mealku site and sh are what you have available with other Mealku Members. Mealku will deal with the food containers and the pick up and delivery. And, because of our KU point system, when you need a nutritious homemade dinner you’ll be able to order from a huge selection of almost everything you could think of.



Bordeaux Under One Roof - sponsored by the Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB), will take place on Oct. 25 at the Empire State Building, in NYC, and will feature the very best affordable Bordeaux selections from local American Importers.

Bordeaux Wines


Another Grand Tasting, Dish West, is coming up on Nov. 14 in NYC - and Tonia's Kitchen will be there to cover the event, fork in hand.

Dish West


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