Publisher's Plate Vol. 25 No. 05

Hospitality is Back!

Mother's Day gifts, 5 crafts Kentucky bourbons, and the passion of Greek cuisine


Ah, the joys of warmer weather, blossoming flowers, and spring optimism! The stock market is experiencing its most substantial surge in over 75 years, according to Barron’s. And according to the National Restaurant Association, restaurants are experiencing a new expansion phase. At Santé, we see consistent readership growth since January 1st of this year, proving the value of quality editorial. We published one new piece a day for 117 days since the beginning of 2021!

This month, we draw your attention to some innovations in the industry and highlight the work of some great restaurateurs and producers in the hospitality industry.

Cannabis-Infused Wine?

Penny Weiss, Santé wine editor, will be raising a glass to California-produced Cannabis-infused wine in The Wineknitter. As the prohibition of Cannabis products gets lifted throughout the country and the world, this is a category that deserves special attention. Penny interviews Alana Burstein, founder and president of Viv & Oak, a leader in this category. She delves into the technology and experience of Cannabis-infused wine and suggests some more exciting culinary pairings. Do Cannabis-infused wines deserve a spot on your wine rack? 

Mother’s Day Wines from Women Winemakers

Who knows best what wines complement Mother’s Day? Women vintners share their expertise and top sparkling and white wines with food pairings in Deborah Grossman’s piece, Mother’s Day Wines from Women Vintners.

For The Dozen: Back Stories in the Bottle

Part of the fun in drinking wine is how it tastes and learning the wine’s back story. They all have one! It may be about the climate, the vines, or the way the grapes are grown. There is usually a fascinating family history and intrigue going back generations. With this Dozen Roger Morris pulls out a few bottles and tells you about how they made it into your glass.

Scott Turnbull Plays Sherlock Holmes

Ever wonder how some wine geeks can guess which wine he or she is tasting without ever seeing the bottle? Sommelier Scott Turnbull, who plays Sherlock to our Watson, Roger Morris, explains how it’s elementary that one deduction will lead to another until the wine is revealed.

Drew Beard, Santé spirits editor, has prepared a Mother’s Day Gifts for the Mom Who Needs a Drink. He will also be exploring five craft Kentucky bourbons to sip this spring and delve into mezcals for Distillations.

Stacey Sears’s Creative Cocktails series continues with Fresh Sips for Spring. Look for Rosé wine-based cocktails and a fine collection of cocktail recipes with gin, tequila, rum, and vodka.

Welcoming Melanie Young as Santé Food Editor

I want to welcome Melanie Young as Santé’s food editor. You may know Melanie from the popular podcast The Connected Table (one of Feedspot’s Top Food & Drink Podcasts to listen to in 2021). She is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier International and served as director of the James Beard Foundation Awards, which she helped create. Melanie also started New York Restaurant Week.

This month Melanie will feature Maria Loi from Loi Estiatorio, New York, in her Restaurant Profile. Entrepreneur Chef Maria Loi shares her passion for Greek cuisine and philanthropy. As Maria says, “In Greece, you trust the chef to give you the best.”

Melanie will also be featuring Allan Benton from Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams in Man with the Ham in Provisions.

We are introducing a new section this month, Chef & Mentor in which we feature chefs and their mentors.

Melanie will also spotlight Bobbie Lloyd, Chief Baking Officer at Magnolia Bakery, and the Book by the same name on The Connected Table At Santé.

Welcoming Ron Stern as Advertising Manager

I also welcome Ron Stern as our Advertising Manager. Ron joins us with over 20 years of background in media representation. He has successfully integrated media packages for iconic media brands such as NEW YORK Magazine, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and Marvel Entertainment. 

Ron specializes in the food and beverage industry, bringing significant experience, skills, and positive energy to help producers build a successful and creative campaign with Santé Magazine. Contact him at

NEW – Santé Marketplace

We have just launched the Santé Marketplace! Who better to recommend products for your food and beverage enthusiastic friends than the editors of Santé Magazine? Head on over and dive into a curated group of products that your gastronomically and libation-inclined friends will enjoy. All of these products have been tested by our editors for the semi-pro and pros in hospitality. Since Santé makes an affiliate commission from the Santé Marketplace, it is an excellent way to support our free editorial.

This seems like a long list of new pieces, and it is, but it is just a sampling for May. Our pool of 100 contributors is always on the lookout for exciting events in hospitality. We are dedicated to bringing the best stories to you.

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