Don Sebastiani, family patriarch of the venerable family that has been making
wine in Sonoma County for over 100 years, describes his daughter Mia as an “old
Italian soul.” If so, they don’t make old Italian souls like they used to.
This one arrived for our scheduled meeting on her skateboard.
We were meeting so that Mia could talk with me about
a new division for the Don Sebastiani Family of Companies, Mia’s Kitchen, a
collection of specialty food products for which 25-year-old Mia is director.
“How could I not be enthusiastic when my dad suggested I head the division,” she
said. “It had my name on it!”
"Mia's Kitchen" Quarterly Review of Wines
Say New England cuisine and I'm immediately transported to a shoreline shack
glorying in the incredible edible delight of succulent pink and white lobster
meat dribbled with drawn butter and stuffed into a butter-grilled hot dog bun.
No recipe needed; as with so many of the foods of New England, sublimity lies in
simplicity. Some toss the lobster in mayonnaise before stuffing it into the
grilled bun. That's alright with me. But don't even think about adding such
artsy ingredients as jalapeno peppers or lemon grass, as some are wont to do -
culinary fussing around adds up to lobster roll ruined.
Down to earth, straightforward - words that describe New England's cuisine
also describe well the character of New Englanders themselves......
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