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NEW COGNAC WEBSITE: EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT COGNAC
The BNIC (Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac) has launched www.cognac.fr, a new website containing everything you always wanted to know about Cognac. Translated in seven languages including English, the new site is easy to navigate thanks to its 4-color browser. Just click on one of the colors to access different sections: Red - Cognac Director:. A complete directory of Cognac producers and merchants. Yellow � Facts & Figures: Information about BNIC, the Cognac AOC as well as technical, legal and statistical data. Green � All about Cognac: Cognac history, production, markets and region. Blue � News and Trends: Events and festivals in the Cognac region as well as cocktail recipes and Cognac and food matching, consumption trends, gastronomy and Cognac ambassadors.

MANGOS RULE! CHEF ALLEN'S MANGOS RECIPE CONTEST � LAST DAY ENTRY 8/31
Come summer, and for years now Chef Allen Susser of Chef Allen�s Restaurant in Aventura has feasted on what Floridians consider their birth right: Mangos.
For millions of people around the world, the mango is a comfort food nourishing body and soul. Mangos are fabulous fresh but reach unparalleled heights when cooked. The fruit can absorb spice, heat and fire with no loss of sweetness or character; or be eaten icy in a refreshing sorbet. Star anise, coriander seed, clove, vanilla, turmeric, and cardamom all marry well with mango and spicing mango can create simple or deeply complex flavors.
You can win a dinner for two at Chef Allen�s restaurant, a signed copy of Chef Susser�s �Great Mango Book� or of �The Great Citrus Poster�; or receive a gift certificate for your choice of 3 Chef Allen's sauces if you email your favorite mango recipe to: Chef@ . Last Day for entry is August 31st, 2006. Winners will be notified by email

" TASTE3": WINE, FOOD & ARTS CONFERENCE TO CELEBRATE 40 YEARS OF ROBERT MONDAVI WINERY
With a nod to the past and a leap into the future, Robert Mondavi Winery will celebrate 40 years of the innovation, achievement, and spirit of leadership that Robert Mondavi brought to wine and food in America, with three days of nimble minds, eclectic palates, and provocative ideas--and of course, fine wine and marvelous food.
Taking place at Copia, The American Center of Wine Food & the Arts in Napa, California from July 13-16: TASTE3, an interdisciplinary gathering of professionals in wine, food, and the arts, brings together 30 of the most compelling writers, thinkers, chefs, winemakers, journalists, artisans and executives as speakers, with 250 attendees who are every bit as influential and tapped-in as the speakers.
TASTE3 will thrill, tantalize, engage, intrigue, provoke, and inspire both its audience and its speakers during themed sessions of 20-minute presentations.
The list of speakers includes such luminaries as Austrian crystal designer Georg Riedel; restaurateur Drew Nieporent; Archaeological chemist Patrick McGovern, a leading authority on wine in the ancient world; Maricel Presilla, food historian, author, and restaurateur; Robby Barnett, artistic director of the groundbreaking and gravity-defying dance troupe Pilobolus; Joshua Wesson, retail expert, sommelier and co-founder of Best Cellars; Marie Wright, flavorist, International Flavors and Fragrance (IFF)/Visionaire T ASTE project; as well as 25 alumni of the Great Chefs at Robert Mondavi Winery including Alice Waters, Thomas Keller, Bradley Ogden, Roy Yamaguchi, and more, and a guest list including 50 of America's top sommeliers.
Robert Mondavi Winery's 40th Anniversary celebration will close the conference on Sunday, July 16--40 years to the day when ground was broken at the iconic Oakville winery.
Tickets to TASTE3 are $2,350 per person, which includes full access to the two-day conference at Copia, networking breakouts, lunch and dinner events, the Great Chefs Alumni Gala Dinner and Robert Mondavi Winery 40th Anniversary Celebration closing event.
For more information on speakers, seminars and hotels, visit www.TASTE3.com or call (707) 967-3997.


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