Woody’s Whine

Call it a blog if you will, but my occasional whine will address most anything that I see or hear as it relates to food, wine, cooking, restaurants, food production and generally goofing around with that kind of stuff.

A lot of information comes across my screen, through my front door and literally into my hands from many different sources and often I’m inspired to respond to it and share those thoughts with you. I don’t claim everything I tell you will be the best or the worst but hopefully will inform and entertain. I’m not really looking for requests but will be happy to address issues that you might suggest and of course that I might be interested if you want to take a chance and of course – I could be wrong.
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Woody's Whine

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Writing from the burnt edge of the Russian River in Sonoma By the time you see this Whine the fires will be old news, hopefully long out, we are safe and life is ongoing but the loss of the homes, business and life will change…

Honey, Dinner’s Cold!

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma Well it’s begun, that email, that phone call, “…so we’re going to be in wine country…..”, yes, it’s visitors. We had three couples come calling within ten days of each other recently and we had…

So Many Vines, So Little Time

Writing from the edge of the Russian River in Sonoma It only feels like a couple of weeks but as I write this it’s been six months exactly since Peg and I left Galewood (12/12) and drove across country in two cars with a cat…

Even One for Uncle Joe

  My column is usually calendar challenged – as I am trying to present food and wine thoughts far in advance of when you will actually see them, making the relevance often more than a bit difficult, but the moon and stars have aligned. You…

Three to Fall For

A recent “Crain’s Chicago Business” article says that you all are taking advantage of falling grocery store prices for beef, chicken, eggs, milk and cheese. Heck I got two-for-one large eggs at Caputo’s the other day, remember last year when eggs were $4/dozen. As result…

Where’s Da Beef?

Da Beef So over the past several issues I’ve offered you my take on popular quick service burgers – MacDonald’s was an easy choice. Sometime later we took it up a step to more serious burger restaurants and Scratch Kitchen was also an easy winner….

Another Round in Burger World

Hopefully you’ll recall that I offered you my thoughts on the basic burger last year when we did a taste test of the three most popular quick service restaurants sampling Burger King, McDonald’s and Wendy’s. Our biggest challenge was literally trying to find the same…

He Really Grew Up in It

Dan Zepponi is not what he appears to be – and you’d never guess who he really is. He arrives about 30 minutes late for our interview last October due to a “business meeting” running a bit long, not a problem as my wife and…

Sips and Tips

Information regards food and wine flies by me at a sometimes overwhelming rate throughout the day and night, seven days a week. Some of it I snatch down, some of it I review and move on and a lot of it just goes away. I…

Two Wines and Three Burgers

In this edition I bring you my thoughts on a trio of events with a trio of tastes embedded as I report on two wine tastings and do a burger review to save you the time and trouble and as an extra added attraction comment…

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