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Joanne Weir
Food memories inspire love, laughter & tears
My entire family recently gathered in my hometown of Northampton, Massachusetts. It wasn’t your typical family reunion however; my ailing father had taken a turn for the worse and the doctors told us to gather everyone together at his side as soon as possible. Months before I had committed to be the guest chef at the WGBY Wine Weekend to support Western New England public television. My dad, John A. Tenanes, a US Army World War II Veteran, passed away on February 28, 2011, just two days before the WGBY event. I’m really proud of my father, who served our country in 5 major battles, including the invasion at Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge, and also as an interpreter at the Nuremberg trials in Germany after the war.

My father was a man of few words, but from the time I was young, he always called me "his wandering gypsy".  He probably thought I was crazy these last several years zigzagging around the country teaching in 50 US cities in one year, then flying off to Europe, Australia, and around the globe teaching cooking courses for weeks and sometimes months at a time. These last few years, he was happy to be at home with my mom, Jean, leading a wonderfully quiet life. And who wouldn’t? My mother is an amazing woman, wife, and incredible cook. She, and the love the two of them shared continually inspire me.

The WGBY event was a real success, and I know my father would have been really proud of me that evening.  Everyone was wonderfully supportive, and they really loved the Wine Lovers Dinner menu (and so would have he), and I want to share it with you.
To cherished memories,
Joanne Weir

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