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

"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

4/07/2021

The Vision of Columbus For Samuel Roger's Poems, J. M. W. Turner: Watercolors From Tate exhibition, Mystic Seaport Museum, Collins Gallery, Tompkins Exhibition Building, Mystic, CT. (2019-2020)

 
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The Vision of Columbus for Samuel Roger's Poems. The problem with this watercolor is Turner's "the marching ranks of armed spirits, the ghostly warriors of Atlantis" evoke visions of Napoleon's troops from the artist's era, not the era of Columbus. J. M. W. Turner: Watercolors From Tate exhibition, Mystic Seaport Museum, Collins Gallery, Tompkins Exhibition Building, Mystic, CT. The exhibition, the only showing in the United States, will run here until Feb. 23.

Be advised that the lighting is not optimum at this exhibition, by design, to protect the fragile delicacy of the watercolors and are thus not to be seen as their best. Also, to really get Turner, back off several feet, because a lot of the effect is lost up close. Also photography (without flash!) is actively encouraged at this exhibition. I shot all these with my Android Galaxy S9+ phone and actually began to really see these watercolors on my computer after I downloaded the photos (of which I shot more than 100) and could see the full-bore vibrancy of some of Turner's water colors.

 
 All photographs by Gerry Dawes
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 Gastronomy Blogs
 About Gerry Dawes

Gerry Dawes is the Producer and Program Host of Gerry Dawes & Friends, a weekly radio progam on WPWL 103.7 FM Pawling Public Radio in Pawling, New York.

  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. 

In December, 2009, Dawes was awarded the Food Arts Silver Spoon Award in a profile written by José Andrés

". . .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, October 2009. 
 
Pilot for a reality television series on wine, gastronomy, culture and travel in Spain.
 

4/06/2021

Ferran Adrià and elBulli: Reflecting on Food Arts Magazine's 1997 Article, Foam, Foam On The Range, The First Major Article to Appear About Adrià and elBulli

 
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Ferran Adrià giving me a friendly greeting, at the Joselito pavilion San Sebastián Gastronomika, November 11, 2010.
 
“The first major article about Ferran in the United States was a piece written by Hispano-phile food and wine writer Gerry Dawes for the chef-centered magazine Food Arts in late 1997, in reference to what became Ferran’s first culinary creation, it was headlined “Foam, Foam on the Range.” —Colman Andrews, Ferran: The Inside Story of El Bulli and the Man Who Reinvented Food (Gotham,New York, 2010).
 
 
 Author Colman Andrews in Madrid. 

Author Colman Andrews and Chef Ferran Adrià in New York at the book signing party for Colman's Ferran: The Inside Story of El Bulli and the Man Who Reinvented Food.
 
 
The Food Arts magazine re-print of  Gerry Dawes’s article on El Bulli in 1997, one of
the most important and impactful articles in the history of the magazine. The
reprint was published as part of the 20th anniversary publication marking the
founding of the magazine.
 
“As a newspaperman steeped in the culture of New York City tabloids, I knew the importance of getting to a story first, even for a monthly food trade publication like Food Arts that did not have a general circulation. But the magazine did have great influence in the food world and I thought it would be a coup for us to run the first English language blowout piece about Ferran Adrià before his impact spread beyond Spain. At the time (1997), few Americans had been to, let alone heard of, El Bulli.  
 
Ferran Adrià at elBulli with his foam canister, 1998. 

But Gerry Dawes, already known as Mr. Spain, had. His article revealed the great culinary awakening sweeping from Adria’s kitchen through the rest of Spain, which suddenly overtook France as the focal point of creative cuisine. The attention paid to the eccentricities of Adria and his disciples also led millions of chefs, culinary professionals and food aficionados to visit Spain, where they discovered something far more enduring: the great treasures of the country’s re-invigorated regional cuisines. That’s a lot ofheavy lifting for one piece in an American trade magazine.”—Jim Poris, Senior Editor, Food Arts.
 
Jim Poris, Senior Editor, Food Arts magazine.
 
Jim Poris also says that this article inspired a whole generation ofyoung chefs to travel to Spain in search of these new cocina de vanguardia experiences and look for training stages in the kitchens of Spain, which in turn also led them to discovering traditional Spanish cuisines and inspired the proliferation of tapas bars and restaurants that we enjoy in the United States today. -- These excerpts are from Sunset in a Glass, Adventures of a Food & Wine Road Warrior in Spain by Gerry Dawes©2021  (publication summer/fall 2021). 
 
Ferran Adrià and Gerry Dawes at elBulli in May 2008.
 
 “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 and Ariane Batterberry, editor-in-chief and publisher and founding editor and publisher, Food Arts.
 
Michael and Ariane Batterberry, editor-in-chief and publisher and founding editor and publisher, Food Arts.
 
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Photos of Ferran Adrià, Colman Andrews, Jim Poris and Michael and Ariane Batterberry by Gerry Dawes©2021.
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 Gastronomy Blogs
 About Gerry Dawes

Gerry Dawes is the Producer and Program Host of Gerry Dawes & Friends, a weekly radio progam on WPWL 103.7 FM Pawling Public Radio in Pawling, New York.

  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. 

In December, 2009, Dawes was awarded the Food Arts Silver Spoon Award in a profile written by José Andrés

". . .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, October 2009. 
 
Pilot for a reality television series on wine, gastronomy, culture and travel in Spain.
 

Restaurateur Drew Nieporent at Elkano Restaurant, Getaria in Spain's Basque Country with a Whole Grilled Rodaballo (Turbot)

 
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In 2010, with my friend Drew Nieporent holding a platter with a whole rodaballo (turbot) fresh off the outdoor grills at one of the greatest fish restaurants in the world, Elkano, in Getaria, The Basque Country, Spain, 30 kms. west of San Sebastián.

Since we are all cooped up in our homes and cannot travel and I am undergoing Spain withdrawal, I am going to be posting a series of photographs taken in Spain on many of my wine and food trips there with some of the American, Spanish and international chefs and food personalities, winemakers and well-known people I have been with on trips, outings and excursions I have led and conferences I have attended. Comments are welcome.

All photographs are copyright by Gerry Dawes©2020 and, other than passing them along with credit on Facebook, publication is not authorized without my written permission.
 
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 Gastronomy Blogs
 About Gerry Dawes

Gerry Dawes is the Producer and Program Host of Gerry Dawes & Friends, a weekly radio progam on WPWL 103.7 FM Pawling Public Radio in Pawling, New York.

  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. 

In December, 2009, Dawes was awarded the Food Arts Silver Spoon Award in a profile written by José Andrés

". . .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, October 2009. 
 
Pilot for a reality television series on wine, gastronomy, culture and travel in Spain.
 
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