Mouthing Off

By the Editors of Food & Wine Magazine

Sugar High
Wine Talk

Etienne Hugel, who passed away on Saturday, April 9, was an indefatigable, always entertaining proponent not just of his own family's wines, but of the wines of Alsace overall. It's a significant loss for the world of wine.

What I Learned

In the fall of 2012, Food & Wine tasked me with wrangling hundreds of chefs for a large-scale interview project. I was just coming off a hyperlocal food editor gig at a New York weekly, and the work was a chance to broaden my knowledge of national culinary talent. I spoke with chefs doing honest work in their regions, such as Landon Schoenefeld of Haute Dish in Minneapolis, and Kevin Sousa who was using his Pittsburgh restaurants as engines for urban renewal. And, of course, I spoke with the heavyweights—David Kinch, Charlie Palmer, Grant Achatz, who talked my ear off for two hours about sherry vinegar and Sleep No More. The sea-change chefs. The kahunas.

And then there was Judy Rodgers. Read more >



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