Category: Food & Wine

MET Drink Expert Names Area’s Best Beers

July 28th, 2017 in BU Today Features, Food & Wine, Gastronomy, MET News

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Sandy Block, a certified Master of Wine who teaches in both the MET’s Wine Studies and Gastronomy programs, gave a toast to his favorite local craft brewers in a recent interview with BU Today. With nods to the beers he enjoys most in the heat and at parties, see if Block called out your preferred brew in BU Today.

French Awards Recognize Wine Book by MET Instructor

June 9th, 2017 in Faculty News, Food & Wine, MET News, Programs, William Nesto

French Awards Recognize Wine Book by MET Instructor William Nesto

Chianti Classico: The Search for Tuscany’s Noblest Wine, a history of the fabled Italian wine co-authored by Programs in Food & Wine instructor William Nesto and wife Frances Di Savino, was the only book penned by Americans to win an award at a prestigious Parisian wine conference this year.

The jury of the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV) bestowed Chianti Classico with the 2017 Special Mention Award in the “Monographs” category. The honor recognizes “the best works published over the past two previous years which provide an original and relevant contribution, with an international significance for the vine and wine sector,” according to the organization.

Nesto, one of only 356 certified Masters of Wine in the world, teaches in MET’s Wine Studies program. Learn more about the OIV Awards here.

MET Master of Wine’s Historical Italian Text Nets Cookbook Award

June 6th, 2017 in Faculty News, Food & Wine, MET News, Programs, William Nesto

Master of Wine Bill Nesto Nets Cookbook Award

Programs in Food & Wine instructor and certified Master of Wine Bill Nesto, who teaches in the MET Wine Studies program, and co-author/wife Frances Di Savino were feted last month when their book celebrating the history of the modern wine appellation known as Chianti Classico was named a winner at the 2017 Gourmand International World Cookbook Awards.

Chianti Classico: The Search for Tuscany’s Noblest Wine explores the history of Italy’s Chianti region and its signature wine. It became the only entry from the United States to win in the “Drink Special Awards” category during the ceremony, which was held on May 27, in Yantai, China.

Learn more about the Gourmand Awards here.

Documentary Tells Life Story, Accomplishments of Chef Jacques Pépin

May 18th, 2017 in Alumni News, Faculty News, Food & Wine, Gastronomy, Jacques Pepin, MET News

Jacques Pépin speaks at Boston University's MET50 Gala

Before Jacques Pépin became an acclaimed chef, TV host, author, and cofounder (with Julia Child) of MET’s Certificate Program in the Culinary Arts and MLA in Gastronomy, he put in his time humbly developing the craft that would go on to bring him worldwide renown. The story of his ascent as a food icon is documented in the new PBS special, American Masters—Jacques Pépin: The Art of the Craft, which debuts Friday, May 26, at 9 p.m.

After a recent advance screening of the documentary, Pépin admitted that when he got his start, kitchen work was not as respected as it has become today. “At the time, the cook was very low on the social scale,” Pépin explained.

Read more in the Boston Herald.

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MET Lecturer Sour on Sugar Industry

January 24th, 2017 in Food & Wine, Gastronomy, MET News, Programs

MET Lecturer Sour on Sugar Industry

The sugar industry would have you believe that there is no solid, specific link between sugar consumption and weight gain. But award-winning health and science journalist Gary Taubes, who recently delivered a lecture on the subject as part of MET Food & Wine’s Pépin Lecture Series, writes in the New York Times that many industry findings are misleading, and even believes sugar “may have prematurely killed more people than tobacco.”

On Thursday, January 12, Taubes—author of The Case Against Sugar—gave a lecture of the same name, co-sponsored by Programs in Food & Wine and the MET Gastronomy program. Read more of Taubes’ conclusions in the New York Times.

MET Instructor’s New Winery Gives Students a Taste of Winemaking

December 15th, 2016 in Faculty News, Food & Wine, MET News

MET Instructor’s New Winery Gives Students a Taste of Winemaking

Certified Specialist of Wine Jacquelyn Groeper, who teaches in the Metropolitan College Certificate Program in Wine Studies—and who is also a graduate of the program—recently opened Artis Winery in Pembroke, Massachusetts. Her winery has already hosted MET’s Red Winemaking Laboratory—taught by Groeper and Master of Wine Bill Nesto—which offers lessons on how to process grapes, vinify them, and mature, analyze, stabilize, bottle, and label the resulting wine. Those interested in learning how to make wine should attend the Winemaking Information Session on Friday, April 21, 2017, 6–7:30 p.m., for information about the next laboratory.

Read more about Groeper’s Artis Winery in the Boston Globe.

MET Master of Wine’s History of Chianti Earns Global Respect

October 21st, 2016 in Food & Wine, MET News

MET Master of Wine’s History of Chianti Earns Global Respect

Programs in Food & Wine instructor Bill Nesto explores the history of Italy’s Chianti region and its signature wine in his recently penned book, Classico: The Search for Tuscany’s Noblest Wine—which the Boston Globe says “provides a jumping-off point toward discovering bottles [of Chianti] available here on shop shelves.”

Nesto, a Master of Wine who teaches in the MET Wine Studies program, and his co-author Frances Di Savino will offer lessons from their new book, as well as provide samples of the wine’s many varieties, at a seminar this Friday, October 14. Read more about Chianti Classico in the Boston Globe.

Food & Wine Teacher Brings Farmyard Flavor to Martha’s Vineyard Eatery

October 21st, 2016 in Food & Wine, MET News

Food & Wine Teacher Brings Farmyard Flavor to Martha’s Vineyard Eatery

“Farm-to-table” dining, which prioritizes organic foodstuffs and sustainability, has a champion in part-time Metropolitan College Programs in Food & Wine instructor Chris Fischer, who also serves as chef at the Covington—a Martha’s Vineyard restaurant where the island native puts the philosophy to practice with the help of crops from his family farm.

Learn more about Fischer’s history, stripped-down culinary style, and the lessons he brings to the Programs in Food & Wine at BU Today.

MET Food & Wine Studies Alum Among Boston’s Top Sommeliers

September 22nd, 2016 in Alumni News, Food & Wine, Gastronomy, MET News

MET Food & Wine Studies Alum Among Boston’s Top Sommeliers

Sarah Marshall, an alumnus of the Metropolitan College’s Wine Studies certificate program, has made the most out of her Food & Wine expertise. The drink curator at Cambridge’s Oleana restaurant was recently named one of Boston’s top sommeliers by Meininger’s Wine Business International.

The Earthy Virtues of Fermentation

August 31st, 2016 in Food & Wine, MET News

The Earthy Virtues of Fermentation
Home fermentation is having a moment, according to the Boston Globe, which reports that the practice of preparing your own uniquely nutritious food is rising in popularity.

Jeremy Ogusky, quoted in the Globe item, will be teaching people to make probiotic foods like kimchi and sauerkraut—which he calls fermentation’s “gateway drug”—as part of the BU Programs in Food & Wine’s Hands-On Cooking Classes seminar series on Tuesday, October 27, 6–8:30 p.m.

Register for Ogusky’s Fermentation seminar, and learn to make “living” foods.