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DC Tribune Online, 1 June 2006 [cached]
Mike Whitfield, manager of Product Development and Education for United Liquors and a member of the Society of Wine Educators, will take students from northern to southern Italy and specifically Tuscany without leaving East Memphis.
"My role is to demystify these wines so it's not intimidating," said Whitfield.
"It's about fun, not snobbery.
Events, 7 Jan 2009 [cached]
This particular wine tasting will be an Introduction to Italian Wines with Mike Whitfield of United Liquors Corp.
Events, 24 Sept 2008 [cached]
An Overview of Italian Wines with Mike Whitfield of United Liquors Corp.
Tickets, 24 Sept 2008 [cached]
Explore the wines of Italy with Mike Whitfield of United Liquors Corp. alongside some palate cleansing cheeses from the Brushmark.
Memphis Magazine :: Dining In :: June 2004, 1 June 2004 [cached]
For Mike Whitfield and Darlene Pruett that means taking the party outside.
"Anyone with some backyard space, imagination, and a little bit of money can do this, but the cooking results can be almost duplicated by purchasing an adjustable charcoal grill, a campstove, and a couple of gas burners," says Whitfield, known to most as "Big Mike" or "Chef Bubba."He emphasizes the point by hefting a four-foot-long, one-inch-by-three-inch board and a Crescent wrench that are part of his stash of outdoor cooking tools. Easy for him to say.After 25 years as a ground operations instructor for Northwest Airlines, Whitfield - who has always had a passion for cuisine - went back to school at the Memphis Culinary Academy, graduating in 1987.Under the skilled tutelage of Joseph Carey, Whitfield turned an avocation into a profession.
In the course of his second career, Whitfield has been a key part of many local restaurants including The Carriage House, Dux, and the King Cotton Caf8E, and he still fills in occasionally when a friend needs help.Today, he truly loves his day job as manager of product development and education for United Liquors Corporation, a Memphis wine and liquor distributor.He describes it as the world's most perfect career choice. It was a mutual love of wine that brought Mike and Darlene together 12 years ago when they met at work.
As his nicknames attest, Whitfield is bigger than life, with a contagious smile, hearty laugh, and expansive vocabulary of gestures often called upon when he talks about food and wine.
Mike and Darlene say that virtually every guest becomes a repeater, and is then treated like the regulars.Couples or, in the case of singles, an individual are expected to bring an hors d'oeuvre, appetizer, or dessert, and a bottle of wine for the group.The hosts provide the main course and an array of compatible side dishes. "From a fiscal standpoint, we could never do this as frequently and with this level of quality without everyone's participation," Mike explains.
Wisdom from Chef Mike Whitfield
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