Friday, July 30, 2010

8/2 - Paul Barbey, Chef Paul Prudhomme, Peter Mondavi, Jr.

 Paul Barbey - Owner - Hurley's - New York City

This legendary Manhattan Saloon has a fascinating history and celebrities  from Ed McMahon & Johnny Carson, to Jack Paar, Bob Hope and Tom Brokaw among others were among the many customers. The original location was right next to 30 Rock and there was even a tie line to the bar so the network could call and let the talent know when they were needed.  Hurley's is at a new location now, but Paul Barbey the owner's son has fond memories of a different time and era.

Chef Paul Prudhomme  - K-Paul's Restaurant - New Orleans 
First there was the ravishes of Katrina, then the economic meltdown followed by the BP Oil spill and another storm. Is New Orleans on the way back?  What about seafood - is it safe? Chef Paul has all the answers.  Chef Paul Prudhomme has propelled the distinctive cuisine of his native Louisiana into the international spotlight and continues to push the limits by creating exciting and new American and international dishes.Chef Paul learned the importance of using the freshest ingredients while cooking at his mother’s side and continues to use only earth’s finest harvests. As the youngest of 13 children, Chef Paul was always adventurous. His strong curiosity of life and cultural customs motivated him to leave Louisiana in his early 20’s and travel across the United States to experience every culinary environment possible. From an Indian reservation all the way to the finest, five-star restaurant, Chef Paul learned to love, appreciate and blend the flavors of his younger years with those of many other cultures.

Peter Mondavi, Jr. - Charles Krug
As the third generation member of the family who owns and operates C. Mondavi & Sons, Peter Mondavi, Jr. now leads the vision for the historic Charles Krug Napa Valley brand. His responsibilities include day-to-day operations such as winemaking and overseeing the 850 acres of Napa Valley estate land, in addition to directing sales and marketing for this brand. As co-proprietor, he works closely with his father and brother, Marc, to carry forward the legacy of the Peter Mondavi Family and steward all of the winery's brands.  The second son of Peter and Blanche Mondavi, Peter Mondavi, Jr. was born in 1958 and raised on the historic winery property. Peter Jr. followed in his father's footsteps by attending Stanford University, where he earned a BS and an MS in Engineering, then an MBA. Peter's engineering background has proved a valuable asset to the winery; he has directed a number of key design projects, including the development of a state-of-the-art winemaking facility. His business education has contributed to the development and execution of the company's long-term strategic plan.  Peter Jr. is overseeing an ambitious, $21.6 million winery and vineyard investment program, focused on replanting the family's 850 acres of prized Napa Valley land and upgrading winemaking operations. The intention is to enhance Charles Krug Winery's reputation as one of Napa Valley's premier properties, centering on the family's tradition of innovation, integrity and quality.  He is a member of numerous wine-related organizations, including the Wine and Food Society of San Francisco and the American Society for Enology and Viticulture. He is a former board member of both the Napa Valley Vintners Association and the Family Winemakers of California.