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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


Feria de Sevilla 2016 La Casetita de Los Nietos de Don Manuel - Photos de Familia

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Finally, I got back to Sevilla for Feria this year, and got to spend a lot of time with my Spanish family, the Manolo Esquivias & Mari Carmen Onrubia clans, who have one of the most wonderful casetas in la Feria de Sevilla, La Castita de Don Manuel. 

Mari Carmen Onrubia de Esquivias dressed in another one of her fabulous flamenco dresses with a superb hand-embroidered vintage mantón de Manila shawl (made in Spain, but named for Manila), held in place by a lovely butterfuly pin, Caseta Los Nietos de Don Manuel, Feria de Sevilla, April 14, 2016. Mari Carmen has a different dress and differnet shawl for every day of the Feria. Photo by Gerry Dawes©2016, Canon M3 

My Sevillano brother and my oldest friend in Spain, Manuel Esquivias Fedriani, outside his Casetita de los Nietos de Don Manuel with his great friend, the legendary Casa Anselma (Triana) flamenco club owner, Anselma Jimenez, La Real de la Feria de Abril de Sevilla, April 14, 2016. Photo by Gerry Dawes©2016, Canon M3 

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Feria de Sevilla 2016 La Casetita de Los Nietos de Don Manuel Photos de Familia
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(Many more photos to come.  This is just from one afternoon.)

About Gerry Dawes

Gerry Dawes is President, Founder & Jefe of The Spanish Artisan Wine & Spirits Group - Gerry Dawes Selections

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. 

". . .That we were the first to introduce American readers to Ferran Adrià in 1997 and have ever since continued to bring you a blow-by-blow narrative of Spain's riveting ferment is chiefly due to our Spanish correspondent, Gerry "Mr. Spain" Dawes, the messianic wine and food journalist raised in Southern Illinois and possessor of a self-accumulated doctorate in the Spanish table. Gerry once again brings us up to the very minute. . ." - - Michael & Ariane Batterberry, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher and Founding Editor/Publisher, Food Arts.
Mr. Dawes is currently working on a reality television series
on wine, gastronomy, culture and travel in Spain.

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