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November 2021:
Food + Wine

As a natural fit to the start of the holiday season, November easily lends itself to a celebration of all things food and wine! It is the centerpiece of why we gather with friends and loved ones, and allows us to share old memories, create new ones, and laugh and reminisce in between. This month we will spotlight amazing wineries and talented Chefs, all while being grateful of the togetherness food and wine always promises.  

Explore our full schedule of exciting and educational events at The Lodge at Woodloch, featuring inspirational and motivational guest speakers, available to elevate your consciousness and personal awareness.

Erica Wides
Erica Wides, Chef and Writer
November 5th - 7th
Erica Wides is a chef, writer, actor and media host from Brooklyn, NY.  She is the creator and host of Funny People Making Food, a food-comedy mashup webseries, and Let’s Get Real; the cooking show about finding, preparing and eating FOOD on the Heritage Radio Network. She is also a former columnist for the Huffington Post and NuMi, and has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, the Food Network’s Top 5 and Chopped, Home Shopping Network, PBS, Sirius Radio, NPR, and in 2013 was a speaker at TedX Berkeley. 

She’s been in the food business for over 25 years, working in New York’s finest restaurants, including Arcadia, Zoe, Savoy and the China Grill, and as a Senior Chef-Instructor at The Institute of Culinary Education for 15 years. She is currently on the faculty of Home Cooking New York, a boutique cooking school in Soho, NYC.  Erica is the owner of Chefsmartypants LLC, a food consultancy developing products, menus and concepts for clients from idea to opening. She is also a commercial and voiceover actor and print model.

Saturday, November 6th
Cooking Demonstration 
Featuring Autumn Vegetable Shakshuka and Handmade Pita Bread

Jennifer Clair
Jennifer Clair, Culinary Instructor
November 12th
Jennifer Clair is a culinary instructor and the founder of Home Cooking New York, a recreational cooking school in New York City, now offering virtual cooking classes to anyone, anywhere. Before launching the school in 2002, she honed her editorial chops as the former Food Editor at Martha Stewart Living and Recipes Editor at The Wall Street Journal. She is the author of Six Basic Cooking Techniques: Culinary Essentials for the Home Cook (March 2018), a cookbook based on the best-selling class at the school, and is the host of the cooking podcast, "Kitchen Radio." In addition to teaching, she is a board member of Fareground, a women-run anti-hunger organization, devoted to increasing access to healthy foods to Hudson Valley residents and families. She lives in Beacon, NY with her family.

Friday, November 12th
Cleansing Your Grocery List: How to Choose the Cleanest Ingredients in the Supermarket  
This food seminar/lunch-and-learn lecture is designed to give you all the information you need to make the best food choices at the supermarket. Before you cook a meal, you must go grocery shopping, so this is where the most valuable food education begins. The modern supermarket is stocked with an overwhelming array of choices, so this seminar is the first step to making the best food choices in all the departments: produce, dairy, meat, eggs, cooking oils, and packaged foods. This is NOT a class about calorie-counting or low-fat foods. A good food education goes well beyond that. Today’s well-informed food shoppers and cooks know that keywords like local, organic, sustainable, grass-fed, humanely-raised, wild, GMO, and extra-virgin all tell a much clearer story about the food we eat than its packaging. A robust Q&A is included, so everyone’s burning questions will be answered.

Saturday, November 13th
Cooking Demonstration featuring a Winter Soup Sample
Featuring Spiced Red Lentil Soup with Coconut, Spinach and Smoky Black Bean Soup with Sweet Potatoes, and Chive Creme Fraiche

Johnny Livanos and Adriana Soley
Johnny Livanos, Greek Wine and Spirits Expert & Adriana Soley, International Mixologist Extraordinaire

November 15th - 17th
Johnny Livanos, Sales Manager for Diamond Wine Importers, is a 3rd Generation Greek American and expert on all things Greek.  Coming from a multi-generational New York restaurant family, Johnny joined the Diamond Wine Importer team after having years in the restaurant business selling Greek wine.  Running Greek restaurants, such as Molyvos and Ousia in NYC, as well as Zaytinya in Washington, DC, Johnny gained a tremendous knowledge and passion for sharing the joys of Greek wine with the world. This led Johnny to also launch his own gin brand, called Stray Dog Wild Gin, which is distilled in Northern Greece with a medley of wild Greek botanicals.

Adriana Soley hails from Barcelona, Spain. Adriana was exposed to the culinary field at a very young age through her family’s restaurant in Spain. She studied at the Bar Master Reserve at the Chamber of Commerce in Madrid, where she expanded her knowledge of Spirits. She continued to develop her career working in renowned restaurants owned by Michelin Star Chefs Jordi Vilá and Sergi Arola in Barcelona and Madrid. Ms. Soley has been recognized within the mixology world. In 2012, she won the international competition of Gin Mare Mediterranean Inspirations and the 2014 Swizzle Masters Competition. She was also selected out of 5,000 entrants as one of the 15 best mixologists in the US at the North East Finals of Diageo’s World Class Competition. She has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Bar&Beer, Luxury Spirits and Spirits Business. Adriana moved to the New York City in 2013. She has dedicated the past few years of her career to honing her spirits market knowledge and cultivating brand management and marketing skills at well-¬‐known Companies like Aveniu Brands, ABCK Corp and Miguel Torres. Adriana has held multiple management positions in these companies, such as NY Metro area manager, national spirits brand ambassador, national spirits sales manager and wine and spirits trade marketing manager, prior to joining the Infinium Spirits Team in 2020. Adriana is a spirited laugher, amateur flamenco dancer and has the unique ability to know someone everywhere she goes. Cheers!

Monday, November 15th
Greek Harvest Dinner ($)
Join us in celebrating the harvest, Greek-style. Our Chef Josh will prepare in our Chef’s Kitchen, a Greek style dinner using our own local ingredients. Each course will feature a story along with the pairing from Johnny Livanos, Greek Wine and Spirits Expert.  OPAH!!! There is a slight up-charge for the intimate dinner experience of $80 per person which includes the wine pairing. Please sign-up for this activity with our Hostess. 

Tuesday, November 16th
Spanish Brandy and Dessert Tasting
Come enjoy The Lodge at Woodloch's signature dessert flight paired with super premium spirits from the Torres family. Adriana will guide you through the wonders of Spanish brandy while you taste our delicious house made desserts.

Jonathan Deutsch
Jonathan Deutsch, Ph.D., CHE, CRC, Chef in Residence

November 19th - 21st
Jonathan Deutsch, Ph.D., CHE, CRC is Professor in the Department of Food and Hospitality Management in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University and Director of the Drexel Food Lab. He is the President of the Upcycled Food Foundation and previously was the inaugural James Beard Foundation Impact Fellow, leading a national curriculum effort on food waste reduction for chefs and culinary educators. He was named a Food Waste Warrior by Foodtank. Before moving to Drexel, Deutsch built the culinary arts program at Kingsborough Community College, City University of New York (CUNY) and the Ph.D. concentration in food studies at the CUNY Graduate Center and School of Public Health. At Drexel, he directs the Drexel Food Lab, a culinary innovation and food product research and development lab focused on solving real world food system problems in the areas of sustainability, health promotion, and inclusive dining. He is the co-author or -editor of eight books including Barbecue: A Global History (with Megan Elias), Culinary Improvisation, and The Anti-Inflammatory Family Cookbook, and numerous articles in journals of food studies, public health and hospitality education. He earned his Ph.D. in Food Studies and Food Management from New York University (2004), his culinary degree from the Culinary Institute of America (AOS, Culinary Arts, 1997), and is an alumnus of Drexel University (BS, Hospitality Management, 1999). A classically trained chef, Deutsch worked in a variety of settings including product development, small luxury inns and restaurants. When not in the kitchen, he can be found behind his tuba.

Friday, November 19th
Cooking Demonstration featuring Jonathan Deutsch
Featuring recipes from Jonathan’s book, “The AntiInflammatory Family Cookbook”.

Saturday, November 20th
Cooking Demonstration featuring Jonathan Deutsch
Featuring recipes from Jonathan’s book, “The AntiInflammatory Family Cookbook”.

Month-Long Features

Vitamin N Walk
There are many health benefits to spending time in nature. Join our Naturalist Josh on this easy walk through the various trails surrounding The Lodge at Woodloch. He will discuss some of the ways we can take in Nature (Vitamin N) in our daily lives.

What’s My Dosha?
Come learn the basics about doshas from the Indian medical system of Ayurveda! We will take a test to identify your particular doshas and learn how to use the dosha system to help you gain more balance in your everyday life.