Wine Barrel Teas,Drinking Like Ernest Hemingway, the Museum of the American Cocktail, and the 2013 International Pizza Expo

Flavorful World’s Friday Fourplay offers up a bite-sized tidbit of info on each of the four food- and drink-related things we found most interesting each week.

Photo credit: Smith Teas
Photo credit: Smith Teas

Wine Barrel-Aged Tea

Tea is aging gracefully these days.  Thanks to the experimentations of the proprietors of Chicago, Illinois’s Rare Tea Cellar and Portland, Oregon’s Smith Teas, it’s doing it in used oak wine barrels. The effect of this aging method is said to add depth to the tea flavors through the wood’s infusion of notes like smoke, Bourbon, Pinot Noir, and spice to the teas.  There seems to be a pretty broad range of options available, both in regard to the sort of wood barrel used and the type of tea aged.  Maturity

Via Tasting Table

Photo credit: Danya Henninger
Photo credit: Danya Henninger

Drink Like Ernest Hemingway

On Sunday, March 10th, the Hemingway Cocktail Seminar going down at Philly’s Cuba Libre restaurant will let all comers sip like the late, great author and world traveler (and legendary drinker) while they learn more about how he lived and imbibed. Presented by Philip Greene, a founder of the Museum  of the American Cocktail, the event will run from 6pm until 8pm.  Pre-purchased tickets (click here to buy those) are $50.00 per person, with tickets at the door costing $55.00.  Included in the purchase price is a copy of Green’s book To Have and Have Another – A Hemingway Cocktail Companion.  Have another? Sure, go on and twist my arm.

Via Zagat

Photo credit: Museum of the American Cocktail

Museum of the American Cocktail

Yeah, I know it just got referenced immediately above, but I felt this one deserved to be an entry in its own right for a number of reasons.  Chief among these are that up until recently, I was unaware that it existed, yet its existence made perfect, immediate sense to me once I learned about it, and that it is headquartered in gorgeous New Orleans, which happens to be one of my adopted second homes.  So what’s it all about? According to the MOTAC website,  this non-profit organization “celebrates and preserves a rich aspect of American culture, while providing educational resources for professionals and the public in the fine art of crafting the cocktail.”  Oh, MOTAC, you seductress, you had me at “celebrates.” If ever there was a museum that I could forgive for not housing any dinosaur skeletons, I think I’ve found it.  And I intend to relish every sip.


International Pizza Expo
From March 19 to March 21, 2013, Las Vegas will host the International Pizza Expo.  Now in its 29th year, this event features the International Pizza Challenge  and the World Pizza Games, as well as live cooking demonstrations, and as many free samples as you’d expect of such a venue. There’s a 3-day-pass available for a cool $180 that will admit you to educational seminars, keynote speaker addresses, parties, and more.  If that doesn’t sound like serious business, then check out this video of 2012 Individual Acrobatics Champion Kazuya Akaogi doing his thing.

Oh yes, they throw down like that at the World Pizza Games…

Via Serious Eats

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