Interviews with NVA

Two Barstools & a Knife: An Interview, FIU & Norman Van Aken

Recently I was interviewed by three of the key folks at FIU. Here is what they introduced me by, “Happy Anniversary to the FIU podcast 2 Barstools and a Knife. One year of amazing guests and great stories. To celebrate this Milestone they are joined by Chef Norman Van Aken, restaurateur, celebrated…

Interviews with NVA

Two Barstools & a Knife: An Interview, FIU & Norman Van Aken

Recently I was interviewed by three of the key folks at FIU. Here is what they introduced me by, “Happy Anniversary to the FIU podcast 2 Barstools and a Knife. One year of amazing guests and great stories. To celebrate this Milestone they are joined by Chef Norman Van Aken, restaurateur, celebrated…

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Tom Waits Reads Charles Bukowski

Many years ago it was my great luck to see Tom Waits perform in a very small venue in Chicago. He was really just becoming the star he eventually would. But back then it was an insiders group that braved a nasty Midwestern storm to see his show. A single spotlight shone…

“Dear Miami”; An Open Letter from Norman Van Aken

The Editors of the New York City based company, “Star Chefs” asked me to write a letter to our city to coincide with their publication of the new issue of the Star Chefs Magazine, “Rising Stars”. It is about the emerging and vital talents of our Miami culinary community. The ceremony recognizes…

Postcard

Cigar Snob Magazine: “If Hemingway Were a Chef”

“Between the cable networks and the blogs, the Instagram accounts and the YouTube channels, the cookbooks and the magazines, food is everywhere, and there doesn’t seem to be any shortage of opportunity to become a food celebrity. All it takes is a bit of personality, a cell phone camera, access to melty…

Postcard

“Forward to the Future” by Joseph Hayes

The highly talented and ever curious journalist Joseph Hayes writing for @edibleorlando peers into what is possibly coming our way as we make ourselves bravely (like it or not) into 2021. Please hit the link to read his words and see the fine photography. Wishing you all a safe, healthy and sane…

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The Typewriter

“If the map of the world were a tablecloth, and I could choose a place at that table, I would sit at the Southern tip of Florida, at the nexus of North America and the Caribbean. My plate would touch Cuba, the Florida Keys, the Yucatan, the West Indies, the Bahamas, and South America. And, if time could tell, I would listen to the tales of voyagers, discoverers, traders and mystics who, in searching for “the Indies”, the Great Kahn and the riches of China, discovered something much more valuable and enduring, A New World of Culinary Treasures. Almost instantly, the cuisines of the Old World began to merge with foods of the new one; This evolutionary and inexorable fusion lies at the heart of New World Cuisine.”

— Norman Van Aken, July, 1993
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