Good Swill Hunting: Confessions of a Farm to Table Foodie

"Eating is an Agricultural Act" — Wendell Berry

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New Foodie Guides

Panna Cotta at Luma on Park in Winter Park, Florida

Panna Cotta at Luma on Park in Winter Park, Florida



Since the roll-out of 30 individual US and Canada Foodie Guides about a week ago, this blog has been re-energized and re-dedicated. I’ve gone on this week to finish the Nevada and New Mexico Foodie Guides. Kansas is almost done and Arkansas shouldn’t take much longer.

You might wonder why such small population states to start? Why not finish California or New York, for example? My short response is that small states are much less dense by rule, so much easier to finish in a short amount of time.

Time, for me, is a scarse commodity these days. I just changed my career from a traveling wine broker back to an insurance consultant. Insurance sales, not nearly as sexy but far more lucrative, is something I did about twenty years ago. That’s why I’m trying to pick my battles carefully with these less complicated Foodie Guides.

It’s my hope for this blog to bring you interesting content regarding the North American farm-to-table movement. I’ll be heading south on business next week. I plan to check out the scene again in Gainesville, Florida and visit some old favorites (if possible) in Winter Park. I’ll be blogging about my experience at The Jones. I expect to have as many as three meals there, so I’ll have lots of photos and info to share with you.

About a year ago I attended a different conference in Orlando. I spent my evenings in Winter Park, attending four terrific places: Luma on Park, Prato, Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder. Somehow that piece never got posted. I’ll be writing it up today and posting it next Sunday.

US Foodie and Cheap Eats Guides Now Available!

Butterscotch Pudding, Wooodberry Kitchen

Butterscotch Pudding, Wooodberry Kitchen


Happy New Year everybody! I’m very excited to announce that, after some four years of work, the US Foodie Guide and Cheap Eats sections of the site finally has content. I had to await my daughter getting out of med school for winter break to oversee the build-out.

Now available as ebooks for 99 cents each are the following Cheap Eats Foodie Guides:

1. Atlanta Cheap Eats

2. Chicago Cheap Eats

3. Washington, D.C. Cheap Eats

4. New York City Cheap Eats

You can download them at PayPal. Places listed in these guides are extracted from my much more in-depth Illinois, Washington D.C., New York City and (forthcoming) Georgia guides.

Also now available for 99 cent downloads are these US Foodie Guides:

5. Illinois Foodie Guide

6 New York City Foodie Guide

7. Washington, DC. Foodie Guide

The next set of Guides to be posted are all 13 Canadian provinces. They should be up in the next few days. Also complete and ready to go are these foodie guides: American Samoa, Guam, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Alaska, Oklahoma, Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota. By next Sunday’s post I hope to have all 30 guides available for sale. I’ll then roll out individual guides one at a time starting in March. 43 U.S. states remain.

Between now and then I have plenty to do to get the word out about them. If anyone has any marketing tips, please help. Obviously, radio and print interviews are ideal.