Featured Foodie: Joanne Weir

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Confession:  I have a girl crush on Joanne Weir. Writer, James Beard Award winner, world-traveler, chef and restauranteur of the fabulous Copita Tequileria y Comida  in Sausalito, California, and a fan of France and Prosecco too? Swoon!

Joanne's resume and food life read like a delicious travel novel (one I'd like to be a character in) that begins with young Joanne in the kitchen of her great-grandmother's restaurant in Boston and moves through the decades and around our beautiful globe---from Australia to Thailand, and many passport stamps in between--- with our main character Joanne teaching, writing a library of exceptional cookbooks, earning a Master Chef Diploma, getting a nod from Julia Child, winning a James Beard Award, and becoming an award-winning TV personality.  To put it into Cliff's Notes speak summary ---Joanne Weir is the bomb!  

In her new public television series, “Joanne Weir’s Cooking Confidence”, Joanne’s love of teaching brings her center stage. Her home kitchen is the classroom for each show as she works side-by-side with a student for a hands-on cooking lesson. The student and viewer learn how to easily prepare a wide variety of recipes, using the freshest and most seasonal ingredients available.  Recently, "Joanne Weir's Cooking Confidence" won the 2013 Taste Award for "Best New Series." 

Read more about her, buy her books, watch her show, read her recipes on her website---and Joanne, if you're reading and you need an adoring assistant, on-air sidekick, or potato chip fetcher---call me! 

 The Foodie Five

1.  What is your favorite food memory from childhood?

When I was a kid I loved going for picnics under the maple trees at my grandfather's dairy farm in the Berkshires in Massachusetts. He served chicken salad sandwiches from the chicken he butchered. He made his own rolls and homemade mayonnaise and he always served the sandwiches with warm potato chips, the potatoes coming from his garden.  And for dessert, he churned homemade maple walnut ice cream using the maple syrup that he'd made in the spring.  

2.  If you could cook in anyone’s kitchen, whose would it be and why?  

I travel so much; hence my favorite kitchen in the world is my own.

3.  No one is looking.  What is your secret food fetish?

I'm absolutely in love with potato chips. If I have them in my house they keep calling my name until I eat the whole bag.

4.   Fill In The Blanks:   “I’d like to see more ______ on restaurant menus and please, for the love of figs, go easy on the ______”

I’d like to see more fresh vegetables on restaurant  menus and please, for the love of figs, go easy on the truffle oil.

5.  Congratulations, you have won Carte Blanche to dine in any city in the world! Where would you go and why?  

I'm a sucker for all the little tapas bars called bacaros in Venice.  I love to walk from one to another and taste all the small bites of food, called cicchetti.  This way of eating is so fun and the food is delicious.  Have a little glass of Prosecco and move on to the next one!

Would you like to be a featured foodie? Contact Kimberley at www.kimberleylovato.com

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Kimberley Lovato

Kimberley Lovato has written about travel, lifestyle and food for national and international publications and websites including National Geographic Traveler, Executive Travel, American Way, AFAR, Condé Nast Traveller (UK), Ryan Air, b.there, Easy Jet Traveller, leitesculinaria.com and frommers.com, among others. She is the author of a Michelin Guidebook on Brussels, where she lived for six years Her culinary travel book, Walnut Wine & Truffle Groves, about the Dordogne region of France, won the "Best Travel Book" nod in 2012 from the Society of American Travel Writers, as did her personal essay, "Lost and Liberated," which also appeared in Best Women's Travel Writing, Volume 8. When she's not plotting her next trip or her annual pilgrimage to France, she resides in San Francisco where she is a correspondent for BBC's Passport Blog, a student in Stanford University's Creative Writing Certificate program, and a brave mother of a teenaged girl.