Monday, August 23, 2010

NYC Wine & Food Festival

We’re delighted to announce the first Food Network VIP Package to the New York City Wine & Food Festival available exclusivelythrough members of Signature including FROSCH.

A limited amount of packages are available, which provide you with VIP access to NYC Wine & Food Festival events. The Signature exclusive package includes two nights at the brand new Eventi Hotel walking distance to most festival events. You will enjoy VIP access to select events as well as exclusive experiences ONLY available to Signature member guests. The package includes five VIP festival tickets including an “Invitation Only” Cocktail Party in the Food Network studios with Melissa d’Arabian star of Ten Dollar Dinners and the soon to be announced winner of this year’s Next Food Network Star!

VIP tickets include:
--Private Cocktail Hour at Food Network Kitchens co-hosted by Melissa d’Arabian and Aarti Sequeira, the season six winner of The Next Food Network Star!
--Tacos & Tequila hosted by Bobby Flay (already SOLD OUT to the general public)
--Paula Deen Brunch with reserved seating
--Sweet hosted by Duff Goldman and Sandra Lee with Speedline Access
--Grand Tasting Session with Speedline Access

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Pompeii

I usually advise clients to explore the Amalfi Coast when stopping in Sorrento to enjoy a relaxing day enjoying the stunning scenery and little resort villages. Instead of taking my own advice, I went to tour the ruins of Ancient Pompeii. It was as hot, long and tiring as I have cautioned; the four-hour walking tour over uneven terrain in the very hot sun of July was not for the faint-hearted, especially considering all the important artifacts have been moved long ago to the museum in Naples. Still, it was a rare chance to experience a Roman city and is an essential stop on the Grand Tour. It was an hour by bus from Sorrento to the ruins with some great views of Mount Vesuvius along the way. Upon arrival, we entered the Roman city of Pompeii. The tour visited the Forum, the bakery shop, the fast food joint and the plaster cast of several victims including the Dog of Pompeii. We also saw the Roman mosaics, some wall paintings and the iconic dancing fawn.

Here are my photos from Pompeii.