Tracie P and I had the GREAT fortune to be invited as dinner guests in the home of the delightful Dana and Bob Wesson (from left, above) yesterday evening. The occasion was our introduction to another lovely couple, Katie Kraemer and David Pitre (above), who will be traveling to Turin shortly to attend the Salone del Gusto (October 21-25) as the official Texas delegates.
Katie and David own and manage a 65-acre farm about 30 minutes east of Austin called Tecolote Farm and they are superstars of the Austin Farmers Market.
Between all the talent in the kitchen and the pure goodness of the materia prima, the dinner spread was downright delicious.
We opened some fun wines, too.
Katie and David are the nicest folks and I can’t think of anyone better to represent us in Turin. Hopefully, I can convince them to send photos and a dispatch or two to post here at Do Bianchi.
Bob is one of the world’s leading experts in artificial intelligence (I kid you not) and it was fascinating to hear his take on the Google translation project (one of my personal interests).
Great folks, great food and wine, great conversation… life is good (suck a lime!)…
Is Bob the traffic cone guy?
ace–no! he’s the AI guy :)
katie and dave, pls put us on your list for next year! and thanks for the bag of goodies. your farm will be on our table tonight.
dana and bob–thanks for having us over, your home is lovely and that backyard is a sanctuary, it was a pleasure to spend time together :)
Tracie–you are so welcome! We had a magical evening–can’t wait to do it again. So enjoyable to spend time w/folks who love good food, wine and stimulating conversation as much as we do! You and I need to post about what we manage to do w/Katie and David’s amazing produce!
The link for the heirloom beans that I told you about is: http://www.ranchogordo.com/. Enjoy!
We had the best time with all of you last night, and are still revelling in the delicious foods you prepared, the wines chosen by both of you, and above all, the pleasure of sharing a meal and good conversation. Many, many thanks for the invitation and all the tips.
We are looking forward to celebrating your return (after we all recover from so much fun last night! Now, we know the medicinal properties associated with grappa–firsthand! ;). Tracie and I (with our brown thumbs) have many, many questions for you! Have a wonderful time in Italia!