Everyone is reminded of a time in our life when a particular scent or taste transports us back to a memory. It could be the light scent of hickory smoke kissed ribs, the smoke may remind you of a bonfire; your mouth salivates with the thought of a warm, gooey s’more. Many of our holidays and family gatherings center around a meal, and as we age, we in fact may be responsible for recreating this meal in our home one day. At the Aviator’s Den, we like to write about experiences that highlight those memories as well as the passion that the artists in the culinary world exhibit, at times it is the “ah-ha” expression when viewing a work by Pablo Picasso knowing exactly what was happening in his life while he was creating the work. A chef’s dish, in many ways, is similar to a movement of a symphony, working just the right amount of strings with the soft tone of the French horn.
We may not tend to think about it, but there is someone who has a deep passion about every aspect of what we eat and drink, from foraging for the rarest of mushrooms in the local area, to sourcing coffee from remote villages within the Andes rainforests. We invite you to come on a journey through our fine neighborhood, where these passions are being executed on a daily basis. These passions are not only demonstrated at your local favorite restaurant, but many times by you. My mother always told me, “if you put your heart into what you are cooking, it will always turn out wonderful.” This is where my passion began and continues to grow from.
The Aviator’s Den is a culture, a place you venture to when you want to dive deep into the technique a chef is using or where a particular ingredient comes from. Maybe you prefer the art of the cocktail and want to discuss the different types of gin and the way they change the flavor of the Aviation, a classic cocktail first made during the golden era of flight. In the coming months we will take you on a journey that will leave you thirsting for more, visit us at AviatorsDen.com.
These are two quotes from innovators in their own business, without knowing who they are; you can sense their internal passion.
“ Wine to me is a passion. It is family and friends. It is warmth of heart and generosity of spirit. Wine is art. It is culture. It is the essence of civilization and the art of living.” –Robert Mondavi
"The secret of good cooking is, first, having a love of it. ... If you're convinced that cooking is drudgery, you're never going to be good at it, and you might as well warm up something frozen." – James Beard