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What I Did On My Summer Vacation: Andre Natera

by Chef Andre Natera

For our back-to-school series we created an assignment for some of our area chefs, bartenders and sommeliers: what I did on my summer vacation. As these reports are sent back to us we will share them with you. We noticed some are longer than others, and many will be loaded with photographs for extra points.

This summer I had the opportunity to take a culinary excursion to Vancouver in hopes of exploring a major culinary city (and also to see some beautiful Fairmont hotel properties). I stayed at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver in the center of the vibrant downtown hipster scene. It’s an iconic hotel for the city, and much like The Fairmont Dallas, has some of the most beautiful historic ballrooms I have ever seen.    Continue reading

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What I Did On My Summer Vacation: Jennifer Jaco

by Jennifer Jaco

As part of our back to school effort we have an assignment for some of our area chefs, bartenders and sommeliers: what I did on my summer vacation. As these reports are sent back to us we will share them with you. We noticed some are longer than others, and many will be loaded with photographs for extra points.  – ed

To many the life of a Sommelier seems like a dream job.  Meeting winemakers, traveling the world, and drinking wine all day sounds like a pretty cushy gig. However, when I can step away from 12-hour shifts, weekly inventories of enormous wine programs, orchestrating wine dinners while balancing Restaurant Week, and successfully stopping by every table on a 700-cover night they only thing I want is a beer. 

However, in the off-season (aka when its 115 degrees outside) the restaurant scene tends to slow down a bit and we are able to travel!  Summers are what Sommeliers long for.      Continue reading

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