TERRY CONWAY | Writer
Magic Mann Print E-mail

The Hunt Magazine
Summer 2015

A few years ago MacGregor Mann headed out on a global culinary walkabout.Junto 2

Mann applied for and was accepted as a station chef at Michelin-starred Noma in Copenhagen. Named the best restaurant in the world by Restaurant Magazine in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, it afforded Mann the opportunity to learn from Chef Rene Redzepi. He augments his pantry by foraging in the wild Demark coastlands, forests and fields where Noma's chefs uncover rich, unexpected flavors.  Diners book several months in advance, and can pay nearly $1,000 a couple for a wine pairing and tasting menu that includes dishes like fried reindeer moss, radishes served in soil, and live ants with yoghurt. Mann  likened his 2012 experience to a “PhD-worthy” sabbatical.

Returning to the states, Mann drove cross country and settled in Idaho, where he  took over as Executive Chef at Henry’s Fork Lodge, a premier fly-fishing destination. Located on a high bluff overlooking  Henry’s Fork River, the venue offers some of the finest accommodations and dining experiences along with the most diverse fishing programs in the entire Yellowstone Park region. To feed the anglers' appetites, typical favorites include bacon-wrapped trout, New York strip steaks seared directly on the coals, creamy butter beans, and  Dutch-oven cornbread dotted with fig jam.

Mann's talent and pedigree  were honed at Amada, part of  the esteemed Jose Garces group of restaurants. At the award-winning tapas bar in Philadelphia, Mann rose through the ranks of Amada (known nationally in creative Latin cuisine) to become chef de cuisine. He was even featured on Iron Chef America, cooking alongside Iron Chef Garces.

 
Triple Crown Champion Value Soars Print E-mail

East Coast Equestrian

June 11, 2018

Newly minted Triple Crown champion Justify saw his stud value skyrocket with his gate-to-wire victory Belmont Stakes. The muscle on muscle chestnut three-year old colt with a big white blaze joined Seattle Slew as the only undefeated Triple Crown winners and became the 13th horse ever to win the Triple Crown comprised of the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9.Justify Winstar

ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell reported the Belmont Stakes (Grade-1) victory pushed the value of Triple Crown winner Justify to an all-time record $75 million.

ESPN and the New York Times previously reported after the Preakness that an agreement was in place for the owners of Justify's breeding rights – WinStar Farm with 60 percent, China Horse Club with 25 percent, and George Soros' SF Bloodstock with 15 percent – to sell them to Coolmore Stud for $60 million with a $15-million bonus if the son of Scat Daddy were to win the Belmont.

WinStar Farm CEO Elliott Walden has denied that a deal has been made. The New York Times said that it may not be official until September so that Justify's owners can take advantage of tax laws dealing with capital gains. Rovell writes that Coolmore can put a higher value on Justify than other stud farms because it has the capacity to stand the superstar at both its Ashford Stud in Kentucky and in Australia during the southern Hemisphere breeding season. WinStar has stood some of its stallions in the southern Hemisphere but does not own a stud farm in Australia. The highest previous stallion deal, Rovell writes, was the $70 million Coolmore paid to acquire 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus.

 
SpaceX vs. Boeing: Race to Space Station Heats Up Print E-mail

Space Waves

August 7, 2018

Who'll be the first to take American astronauts to the International Space Station to claim the U. S. flag?1

On the first space shuttle mission, STS-1, the crew planted the flag in the hatch of the International Space Station in 1981. The final 2011 shuttle flight left the flag behind in orbit, a prize to be claimed by the next crew to fly into space from U.S. soil.

SpaceX and United Launch Alliance (a Boeing and Lockheed Martin partnership) are locked in a pitched battle to be the first to reach orbit with astronauts on board their capsules. The commercial spaceships will be the first to launch U.S. astronauts from U.S. soil since NASA's space shuttle fleet retired in July 2011. Since then, NASA has relied on Russian Soyuz rockets and spaceships to fly U.S. astronauts in space.

After months of testing, a SpaceX Dragon capsule with its stubby nose and matte-black fins, was shipped to Cape Canaveral in mid-July. However, this Dragon won’t carry crew on its first flight, instead, it’s due to make an uncrewed practice run to the space station on a mission known as DM-1.

 
Sizzling “Music of the Night” Print E-mail

WFIT (NPR Radio - Melbourne, Fla)

August 7, 2018

Who doesn’t love the genius of Andrew Lloyd Webber? The knighted English composer has created some of the most recognizable musical theatre productions of all time—from Cats and Evita to Jesus Christ Superstar and Phantom of the Opera as well as other hit musicals.Music of_the_Night

Singers from Orlando Light Opera, a program of Central Florida Vocal Arts, and Opera del Sol will join the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra in a stirring tribute to Webber with Music of the Night on Saturday, August 11 (7 p.m.) at the Scott Center for the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy and Sunday August 12 (3 p.m.) at the Community Church of Vero Beach.

Delivered with the twin attributes of plush and power, Music of the Night promises to showcase all the glamour, magic and mystery of both musical theater and opera repertory. Broadway veteran Michelle Knight (Disenchanted, Jersey Boys, Finding Nemo) headlines the show along with mezzo soprano Sarah Purser, tenor Kit Cleto and baritone Michael John Foster. Also featured in the powerful concert are Stephanie Newman, Stephanie McCranie, Brian Hayes, and Andrew Lejeune. In addition to songs by Webber, the music of Sondheim, Rodgers, Weill, and other composers will be highlighted.

 
Starry, Starry Nights Print E-mail

Florida Today

October 7, 2018

We all know sea turtles dig the dark at our beaches. Light pollution distorts the natural ambient light pattern and confuses new-born hatchlings that need a dark, starry night sky to orient themselves toward the ocean.DarkSky3

As for the human species, stargazers have been headed to the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve, one of the best dark sky destinations in the world. It's an area spanning 1,416 square miles stretching from Sun Valley/Ketchum through the craggy Sawtooth mountain range up to the tiny mountain town of Stanley.

Last year the International Dark-Sky Association (IDSA) announced the Reserve accreditation, marking the first of its kind in the United States. The super-strict designation applies to just a dozen places in the world, including remote regions in New Zealand, Germany, Wales, and Namibia in southern Africa, where the skies are so "exceptionally dark" the light pollution is nearly zero. The isolated locations must have a firm plan in place for long-term conservation.

In the Central Idaho Reserve shooting stars, meteors and comet sightings are the norm. So is the purple cloud of the Milky Way-- that torrent of stars which slashes across a deeply darkened sky in the southwest quadrant each night. Recognized for the quality and depth of the darkness, astro-photography opportunities are as plentiful as anywhere in the country.

 
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