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36. Gerry Dawes's Spain: An Insider's Guide to Spanish Food, Wine, Culture and Travel

"My good friend Gerry Dawes, the unbridled Spanish food and wine enthusiast cum expert whose writing, photography, and countless crisscrossings of the peninsula have done the most to introduce Americans—and especially American food professionals—to my country's culinary life. . .” - - Chef-restaurateur-humanitarian José Andrés, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and Oscar Presenter 2019; Chef-partner of Mercado Little Spain at Hudson Yards, New York 2019


Basque Tourism Event with Wynton Marsalis & Teresa Barrenechea at Guastavino in NYC, Oct. 20, 2011

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Cookbook-author and chef Teresa Barrenechea, Master of Ceremonies and jazz musician Wynton Marsalis 
at the Basque Country promotional event last night at Guastavino in NYC. 
Photo by Gerry Dawes©2011 /

Last night at Guastavino in New York City, The Basque Government (of Spain) presented a Basque tourism video, a fashion show dedicated to Getaria-born designer Cristóbal Balenciaga, a pintxos-tapas (with nearly fifty different Basque specialites) and a tasting of txacolis and Rioja Alavesa wines and music and by Basque folkloric performers, including a txistulari (flute and drum player).

Txistulari (txistu = flute), flauta y tambor (flute and drum) player at the Basque Country event last night 
at Guastavino in NYC. Photo by Gerry Dawes©2011 /

The event's Master of Ceremonies was Chef-author Teresa Barrenechea (The Basque Table) and jazz star Wynton Marsalis, who has appeared frequently at the Vitoria Jazz Festival, spoke on behalf of the Basque Country.  

Jazz musician Wynton Marsalis and cookbook-author and chef Teresa Barrenechea, 
Master of Ceremonies at the Basque Country event last night at Guastavino in NYC. 
Photo by Gerry Dawes©2011 /

Also spotted at the event were star chefs Juan Mari Arzak (Restaurante Arzak) and Andoni Aduriz (Mugaritz), Kukuxumuzu tee-shirt tycoon Mikel Urmeneta, Instituto Cervantes President Javier Rioyo, Íñigo Ramírez de Haro, Consulate General of Spain for Cultural Affairs, and Terry Zarikian, Director of Product Development for Jeffrey Chodorow’s China Grill Management Group and Creative Director of Bar Basque in Manhattan.

Two-star Basque chef Andoni Aduriz of Mugaritz near San Sebastián with Kay Balun 
at the Basque Country event last night at Guastavino in NYC. 
Photo by Gerry Dawes©2011 /

Slide show on the Basque event at Guastavino.
(Double click to enlarge.)

Gerry y Sus Amigos (A one- minute trailer in Spanish filmed in The Basque Country for a proposed television series in Spain).

About Gerry Dawes   

Gerry Dawes was awarded Spain's prestigious Premio Nacional de Gastronomía (National Gastronomy Award) in 2003. He writes and speaks frequently on Spanish wine and gastronomy and leads gastronomy, wine and cultural tours to Spain. He was a finalist for the 2001 James Beard Foundation's Journalism Award for Best Magazine Writing on Wine, won The Cava Institute's First Prize for Journalism for his article on cava in 2004, was awarded the CineGourLand “Cinéfilos y Gourmets” (Cinephiles & Gourmets) prize in 2009 in Getxo (Vizcaya) and received the 2009 Association of Food Journalists Second Prize for Best Food Feature in a Magazine for his Food Arts article, a retrospective piece about Catalan star chef, Ferran Adrià. 

Trailer for a proposed reality television series  
on wine, gastronomy, culture and travel in Spain.

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