2007-04-20 / Columnists

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Eating Our Words At The Literary Festival
Commentary By Beverly Baxter

Commentary By Beverly Baxter

BEVERLY BAXTER Among the six panel discussions to be included in the Literary Arts Festival's exciting program at Fort Tilden on Sunday will be a segment entitled, Eating Our Words, with renowned cookbook authors. Noted radio personality and food maven, Arthur Schwartz; food writer and chef, Rozanne Gold; and author and photographer, Brian Yarvin will join for a discussion that will include questions and answer sessions about their celebrated work in the food industry. The panel will be moderated by world-renowned restaurateur and consultant, Michael Whiteman, creator of such iconic landmarks as the Windows on the World and the Rainbow Room. The discussion will take place at 11 a.m. at the RAA T7 gallery. (Check today's edition of The Wave for a special centerfold compilation of confirmed festival events and times. You may wish to take this section with you to the festival.)

Long before Zagat was analogous with where and where not to dine in NYC, there was Arthur Schwartz. "A walking google of food and restaurant knowledge," as described by The New York Times Magazine, Arthur Schwartz has enjoyed a celebrated career as a radio personality with his show, Food Talk, which aired on WOR for 13 years and reached millions of listeners. As restaurant critic and executive food editor of the New York Daily News for 18 years, he has been dubbed "The Schwartz who ate N.Y." As author of five award-winning cookbooks, a lecturer and teacher in venues and institutions around New York and at his own cooking school in Paestum, Italy, or as revered restaurant critic; whatever the sobriquet, Arthur Schwartz is acknowledged as one of the nation's foremost food industry experts. His books include "Arthur Schwartz's NYC Food: An Opinionated History with Legendary Recipes," "The Big Book of Southern Italian Cooking and Wine" (Clarkson Potter), "Cooking In A Small Kitchen" (Little Brown), "Naples at Table: Cooking in Campania," "Arthur Schwartz's New York Jewish Food," "What To Cook When There's Nothing In The House To Eat" (Harper Collins), and the best-selling paperback, "Soup Starters" (Harper Collins). His articles have appeared in Saveur, Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, Cuisine, Playbill, German Lui and French Vogue. He has had featured appearances on TV as Food Critic on Good Day New York, Good Morning America, Today and Live with Kathie and Regis. He also makes frequent appearances on PBS and the Food Network channel.

Rozanne Gold, who began her career at the age of twenty-four when she was the First Chef to NYC Mayor Ed Koch, is regarded as one of the most prominent women in the food world today. Her best-selling 1-2-3 cookbook series has set a standard for its simplicity of style and has inspired both home cooks and professional chefs around the world. As Chef-Director of the Joseph Baum and Michael Whiteman Company, she created the food and menus for The Rainbow Room, where she was co-owner and consulting chef for fifteen years, as well as Windows on the World and five of New York's three-star restaurants. Her eight books include: "Kids Cook 1-2-3," "Healthy 1-2-3: The Ultimate Three-Ingredient Cookbook," "Little Meals: A Great New Way To Eat and Cook," "Entertaining 1-2-3: More Than 300 Recipes For Food and Drink" and "Desserts 1-2-3: Deliciously Simple 3 Ingredient Recipes." As columnist for Bon Appetit Magazine, her column, Entertaining Made Easy, is read by five million readers and has been the three-time recipient of the prestigious James Beard Award. Business Week named her a "mover and shaker" in today's food industry.

Brian Yarvin is an author, educator and photographer whose books include: "Farms and Foods of the Garden State; A New Jersey Cookbook," "Cucina Piemontese; The Cooking of Italy's Piedmont"(Hippocrene Books 2005), and "A World of Dumplings" (Countrymen Press, publication set for summer '07). He is a food writer and instructor of food and still-life photography at The Washington School of Photography in Bethesda, Maryland. He resides with his wife and co-author, Maria Grazia-Asselle in Edison, New Jersey.

Michael Whiteman, President of Baum and Whiteman Company, will moderate the panel discussion. As the world's preeminent international food and consulting firm, Whiteman has been creating iconic dining venues around the globe in a career that spans nearly forty years. He was the creator and operator of the former Windows on the World and The Rainbow Room, two of the world's largest grossing restaurants. His global mark was made on the food industry with his revolutionary creation of the first fast-food courts in Europe, Japan and the U.S. He created the New Asia Bar in Singapore, and dining master plans for the National Gallery of Art, the John Paul Getty Museum and The World Bank, as well as restaurant plans and programs for The Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Hotel Arts Barcelone and the Regent of Sydney. Other projects include: The Greatest Bar On Earth and Cellar in the Sky. He is a frequent contributor to Food Arts Magazine. Noted for his keen sense of architecture, design, social dynamics and consumer trends, Whiteman continues to tantalize the food world.

And as we are Eating our Words, festival goers will have a chance to enjoy fabulous museum-style cuisine by Claudette. As Culinary Chef for the Deirdre Maeve Market in Breezy Point, Claudette conducts cooking classes where she teaches many Rockawayites the art of cooking. She has catered elegant private parties for some of Rockaway's most discerning clients. As food vendor for the festival, Claudette will prepare gourmet sandwiches, fruit salads, apple turnovers, brownies and muffins.

*See you....at the Literary Arts Festival!

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