Meet the Locals

In the Kitchen with Wine Bar Owners Tracy and Jamie Kennard — Meet the Locals: Upstate New York

Who: Tracy and Jamie Kennard, owners of wine bar Brunette
Where: Kingston, New York

Tracy and Jamie Kennard are the owners of Brunette, a natural wine bar in downtown Kingston. They've converted the space, a former barber shop, into a sweet and stylish spot where you can nibble on gougères over a glass (or a bottle) of something intriguing — orange wine, perhaps?

Interesting wines like these, Tracy tells us, are what the bar has become known for, although there are plenty of other colors to tempt. She also explains that the decision to open Brunette was based on their desire to spend more time upstate. Tracy is a fashion and lifestyle consultant and Jamie is a graphic designer, and both travel back and forth to the city to keep these endeavors running. But they were longing to make the Catskills a more permanent home. And if you were to visit their tiny house, you'd understand why.

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Seattle Chef Rachel Yang Talks About Being a Mom & Kid Food — Meet the Locals: Seattle

Rachel Yang has become a household name in Seattle food circles and beyond. Together with her husband and business partner, Seif Chirchi, she has three restaurants in Seattle and a fourth in Portland. Their first restaurant, Joule, earned the pair a James Beard nomination and a nod from Bon Appetit (the magazine ranked the Korean steakhouse #9 on its annual Best Restaurant in America in 2013). Frank Bruni featured the asparagus rice bowl at Revel on The Best Thing I Ever Ate, and Trove — a four-in-one restaurant, complete with a frozen custard stand — is no small feat (which is to say, incredibly impressive).

But whether people are talking about eating her Korean-inspired rice bowls on the breezy porch at Revel or comparing noodle favorites from the bright noodle bar at Trove, there's something they might not realize: While she and Seif are building a successful restaurant empire, they're also raising two adorable boys, Pike and Rye.

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Aran Goyoaga of Cannelle et Vanille Shares Her Favorite Seattle Secrets — Meet the Locals: Seattle

Aran Goyoaga, an effervescent Seattleite who grew up above her family's bakery in Spain's Basque Country, has earned a reputation as one of the country's best food photographers. Her bright, airy studio in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood doubles as a meeting space, where she also teaches photography workshops and hosts fundraisers. On any given day, you'll find her there, working on one perfect photo for a corporate client, having eggs on toast with homemade pistachio-rose dukkah with a friend, or brainstorming for her next big project while she turns out loaves of gluten-free sourdough.

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3 Amazing Shops for Cooks in Portland, Maine (According to a Local Artist) — Meet the Locals: Portland, Maine

When you think of Maine, what comes to mind? Maybe you think of lobster rolls and the rocky coastline. Maybe you think of cabins in the woods and flannel. Chances are, you think of L.L. Bean — are we right?

Well, one of the people responsible for putting those images of rustic simplicity in your head is Meredith Brockington. As the former photo art director for the iconic Maine brand, Meredith oversaw photo shoots for the company's catalog and brand campaigns. So, of course, she knows all the best places to shop for wares to make your home magazine-worthy.

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Oxbow Beer Brewer Tim Adams Shares His Favorite Summer Beer — Bite-Sized Guide: Portland, Maine

(Image credit: Erin Little)

When it comes to summer drinking, the key is to find a beverage that's cold, refreshing, and not too alcoholic. Wine spritzers are always a favorite, but this year we're stockpiling farmhouse beers. What's farmhouse beer, you might ask? We're so glad you did.

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Maine Oyster Farmers Share the Best Way to Shuck & Eat Bivalves — Bite-Sized Guide: Portland, Maine

Maine's cold, clean water makes it ideal for seafood of all kind: Lobster, to be sure, but also oysters, those sweet and briny bivalves that we often associate with cooler climes. But, in Maine, you can (and should!) eat oysters all year round.

We caught up with oyster farmers Valy Steverlynck and Eric Horne to find out the best way to shuck your oysters — and how to eat them (besides slurped straight from the shell).

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