|James Di Carlo delivers the pies|
First off, I was with a young salesman in an account today and I told him that Dec 1 was traditionally the busiest day of the year. “Traditionally?” he asked. “Yes” I replied. “That’s so old school.” Uh hum, that it would be. But that’s where my ship launched from and I’m now sailing into my 31st Dec 1. I still get that surge of energy, that certain butterfly in the stomach feeling when Dec 1 rolls around. Call me old school.
|Photo styling by Salvador Dali|
|Lidia pouring Vespa Bianco to some of the staff at the Mozzarella Company|
The next day I had the occasion to take some wine to my friend Paula Lambert, not far from Jimmy’s. I have been working with Paula since 1982, when I had olive oil from Tuscany I used to sell her. Now we trade Hoja Santa leaves for cheese and Paula promotes local growers and homemade cheese. Anyway, that day Lidia Bastianich rolled through town on a book tour and she spent the afternoon making cheese with Paula and a few friends. Bob Long ( remember Long Vineyards?) popped in, surprise! We sipped on the wines from Lidia’s vineyards in Friuli and also the Maremma property.. Lidia asked me where my mom was, She wants to talk to her now. Great photo opps, cheese to die for and again, that warm and fuzzy feeling one shouldn't really be having this time of the year. After all it is the high season. But maybe this really is what O-N-D is about. Well, this week, it was.
|Lidia, Paula and Bob Long|
|Weekly breakfast meeting with one of the old school guys|