Ever wondered what makes a perfect gumbo, crawfish etouffee or praline? Is the secret in the roux, sauce or seasoning? Find out by signing up for a cooking class in New Orleans, a Louisiana city with 300 years of culinary history.Established in 1980, the New Orleans School of Cooking promises fun, food and folklore. Classes are held in an 1800s renovated molasses warehouse in the French Quarter, where Cajun and Creole experts teach the basics of New Orleans cooking, blended with history and tall tales.
While many of Virginia’s more than 280 wineries are dog-friendly to some degree, there are a handful of vintners that roll out the red carpet—and the swimming pools and the doggie ice cream truck—for Fido! Most of the Old Dominion’s pet-friendly vineyards offer water bowls and doggie treats, but these five that go above and beyond to welcome your furry friend.
Plan a culinary getaway to the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. It’s where you can find fresh-catch shellfish and farm-fresh agricultural products, food & drink trails, festivals, farmers markets, signature dishes, and other scrumptious goodies.Whether savoring seafood by the shoreline or expanding your palate at themed festivals dedicated to local favorites, great food and original takes on classic dishes are waiting to be celebrated across the Mid-Atlantic.Here are just some of the stops to tempt foodies.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is best known as a place to experience nature and wildlife or hit the slopes or relish in all things winter.It’s a place where you expect to indulge in hearty game, cozy coffee, and massive slices of berry pie. And you can.But that’s not Jackson Hole’s only foodie story.In a place that sees eight months of snow, chef-driven artisan dishes showcasing fresh ingredients may seem impossible if not unexpected. Yet this northwestern community offers lots of flavorful local food made with produce grown right in the heart of downtown. How?
Between Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia, the Spanish moss-strewn, swampy stretch of the Lowcountry coast makes for a world-class road trip—especially if you love boiled shrimp, boiled peanuts, alligator sightings, humidity and the boondocks. You can complete the drive in about two hours if you resist pulling over at the numerous tempting stops. But what fun is that?
Breweries, wineries and more foodie stops dot the map between Los Angeles, California, and Seattle, Washington. Amtrak’s Coast Starlight, which runs between the two cities and hugs much of the West Coast—and is billed as “one of the most spectacular of all train routes”—offers a compelling way to explore the region. The entire trip from the Los Angeles Central Terminal to Seattle Amtrak Station, or vice versa, takes 35 hours without stops, but to savor a taste of the West Coast plan a leisurely trip with multiple stops. As an example, you might hop off at these six stations to visit six unique independent breweries.
The most-awarded craft whiskey distillery in the U.S. is located near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Surprised?Pittsburgh’s booze boom—specifically, its whiskey scene—is legit. In late February, Meredith Meyer Grelli of Wigle Whiskey, the nation’s most awarded craft distillery, received her second-consecutive James Beard nomination for “Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Producer." As Grelli says with a grin, “This year Wigle was one of five distilleries in the U.S.to receive the semi-finalist award. We are completely honored and delighted! And now we get back to work!!”
Surrounded by historic dairy farms—some of which have made cheese for over 175-years!—Madison is the capital of a state that has long been the top cheese producer in the United States. In Wisconsin, the craft of cheese-making is so rigorous that every producer must obtain a license to make cheese. (A license is also required to produce butter.)
I had one mission in Wilmington, Delaware: Track down a sandwich shop called Capriotti’s and get “The Bobbie.” Though he now lives in Atlanta, Ga., Michael, one of my best friends, grew up in Wilmington. If I had a dollar for every time he’s mentioned that sandwich and described it in elaborate detail, his mouth watering and eyelids lowering at its delicious memory, I could afford to buy us both first-class tickets to his hometown to jump into a huge pile of those sandwiches.
The pink boots area sign that this craft brewery employs something just a little different than most breweries.Rubber boots are a necessity for workers on the production floor of a brewery—but they’re most often black. At 515 Brewing Company in Des Moines, Iowa, Barbara Becker wears pink boots. The 35-year-old is the only female brewmaster in the state of Iowa and is a self-proclaimed nerd when it comes to the science of brewing great beer. “It’s never the same day and I’m always intrigued by the microbiology of what I do,” she says. “The yeasties do what the yeasties will do.”