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Art of Aperitif episode 3: Misha Kahn

Art of Aperitif episode 3: Misha Kahn

Photo of Misha's solo booth at Design Miami/Basel 2002 from Friedman Benda gallery   Welcome back to another episode of The Art of Aperitif! Today’s guest is Misha Kahn. Misha is a visionary in the world of design and "one of the leading creative voices of our...

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Art of Aperitif episode 2: Sarah Edwards

Art of Aperitif episode 2: Sarah Edwards

photo of Sarah Edwards and her art by David Sherman   Welcome back to The Art of Aperitif - happy hour conversations with artists, to whet your creative appetite! I hope you're excited for another conversation with an amazing creative luminary. My guest this week...

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Art of Aperitif episode 1: Natalie Salminen

Art of Aperitif episode 1: Natalie Salminen

foreign invasion / port, portal, point of entry / permissions granted? | encaustic, paper, gold foil on birch panel by Natalie Salminen Rude   Welcome to the Art of Aperitif - Happy Hour interviews with artists to whet your creative appetite! I decided to start...

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Dips and Sips for Game Day

Dips and Sips for Game Day

Ok, I'm going to preface this by saying that most sports involving balls are not particularly in my wheelhouse. As a Norwegian, I was raised with the indisputable conviction that the 4X15 km Nordic Skiing relay was the HEIGHT of nail-biting sports drama. And that if a...

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Pairing cheese and cocktails

Pairing cheese and cocktails

Pairing cheese and wine? Old news. (Delicious, delicious old news, of course.) Now it's time to pair cheese with cocktails! I had the absolute delight of an opportunity recently to teach a class with Kerry Jerred, a cheese professional (which is a good candidate for...

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Crafting a charcuterie board

Crafting a charcuterie board

As opposed to the American happy hour, which is often an attempt to shake off the day, the European practice of apéro is a celebration of the continuation of the day. An opening into the evening and a prepping of the palate for supper. In the words of food writer...

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Enjoying summer by the pool

Enjoying summer by the pool

It's a pool, pool summer... So you probably want summer by the pool recipes. Let’s talk about pools for a minute. Where have pools been all my life? I hope for your sake you have had more outdoor pools in your life than I have had in mine. I never thought I...

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Summer afternoon, summer afternoon…

Summer afternoon, summer afternoon…

It may not be a widely acknowledged fact that poetry and aperitifs are the *perfect* pairing, but they ARE. And we are headed toward picnic perfection. I was recently introduced to this poem, and I think it might be the most perfect of all (not to mention you could...

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Cocktail garnishes

Cocktail garnishes

Garnish like a pro! I’m a committed garnish skeptic. I like pretty cocktail garnishes when I see them in photos, but in my actual drink? They always somehow seem to hit me in the face and then I spill down my shirt and well…I suppose it was my own fault for wearing...

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