1 This is the majestic Mohonk Mountain House. Founded by Albert Smiley in 1869, this historic castle resort and landmark continues to be owned and operated by the Smiley family. The current president and chief executive is Albert's great-grandnephew, Bert Smiley. http://www.mohonk.com/mohonk-mountain-house
2 The three-day event, presented by International Wine Masters, featured celebrity chef demonstrations, educational discussions, wine tastings, and various activities for trade experts and consumers. http://www.internationalwinemasters.com
3 It was such a beautiful day - if only I had time to go canoeing on Lake Mohonk! Mohonk Mountain House sits at the edge of Lake Mohonk, a small lake only half a mile long and 60-feet deep.
4 There are 125 of these "summer houses" throughout the property. All of these structures are unique, with no two built exactly alike. They were first built in 1870 using local materials. Their main function was to provide visitors places to sit, so they could enjoy the beauty of the surrounding countryside.
5 I loved the beautiful stonework in the 'castle' on the main property. Much of it was Shawangunk stone. (Photo: Matt Petricone)
6 Shawangunk stone was found throughout the Mohonk Mountain House exteriors. The main structure was built by the twin brothers, Albert and Alfred Smiley between 1879 and 1910. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986.
7 The Mohonk Mountain House property consists of 1325 acres - mostly landscaped meadows and gardens. It adjoins the Mohonk Preserve, New York State's largest natural preserve. (Photo: Matt Petricone)
8 The resort has so many wonderful views of Lake Mohonk.
9 Roxanne Neuburger and Tifani Ramic helped check in guests for my talk, and distribute copies of our latest issue of Martha Stewart Living. If you don't already have a subscription, go to my web site for more information. http://www.marthastewart.com
10 I was interviewed by Kevin Zraly. Kevin is an award winning wine expert, teacher, and the author of the number one bestselling wine book, "Windows on the World Complete Wine Course". http://www.kevinzraly.com
11 Kevin did a lot of research on me to prepare for our discussion. Someone told him I like white Burgundy, so he brought me some.
12 Kevin also got hold of a box of my new Toasted Coconut & Sea Salt Triscuits! We shared the box with the audience. http://www.triscuit.com
13 It was a very nice and lively crowd - guests from the resort, and day visitors to the Wine & Food Festival.
14 Nina Smiley is the marketing director of the Mohonk Mountain House. She is married to Mohonk's current president and chief executive, Bert Smiley, a fourth generation owner named after its founder, and great grand-uncle, Albert Smiley.
16 Lots of guests waited for me to sign their books. Book signings are always so much fun - I get to meet so many interesting people.
17 Here I am with Sam Ramic of International Wine Masters, his wife, Dushka, and their children Tifani, Ben and Tiana.
18 Kevin Zraly, chef and restaurateur, Marcus Guiliano, and I showed off a newspaper article about the Wine & Food Festival.
19 I am so proud of ULIVjava, my line of lean and healthy coffee products. Co-founder, Kathleen Schoen, and director of marketing, Pamela Tucker, served samples of the tasty drinks at the event.
20 One room was dedicated to New York State food and beverage vendors. Here I am with the nice folks from Millbrook Vineyards & Winery in Millbrook, New York.
23 This is Moni Schifler-Azank of Superkrauts in New Paltz village. The Red Ginger Zinger sauerkraut was delicious. http://www.rawsuperkrauts.com
24 All the vendors at the Wine & Food Festival were so knowledgeable and passionate about their products.
27 Named after its founder, Dr. Konstantin Frank, this wine company has been providing quality wine for more than
50-years. It is now run by Frank's son, Willy. They produce some tasty wines. http://www.drfrankwines.com
29 I was scheduled to travel to Milan shortly after the event, and was interested to know where I could shop while I was there. As luck would have it, one of the festival's vendors represented Italian designer Alviero Martini's newest line of handbags, 1a Classe. Other fashion companies at the event included L'ED Emotion Deisgn, Eredi Pisano and Cremieux.
30 This room featured tastings of grand cru wines. (Photo: Matt Petricone)
31 Look at the woodwork of this balcony railing - it was so beautifully detailed. (Photo: Dave Alfieri)
33 Lou DiPalo of DiPalo's Fine Foods in New York City's Little Italy paired Italian cheeses with wines during one of the festival's scheduled presentations. DiPalo's is famous for its fresh mozzarella and fine Italian products. http://www.dipaloselects.com/
34 Do you know what this is? It's an actual carved watermelon - it was so creatively crafted. (Photo: Matt Petrocione)
35 Here I am with another one of the great festival vendors.
36 Giuseppe Brasa poured a sample of a Bellussi wine for a guest. The international wine tasting room featured wines from Italy, France, Croatia, Spain, Argentina and more - from vintners including Verum, Pratello, Usiglian del Vescovo. (Photo: Matt Petricone)
37 Bobby Marino, Mathias Noguera, Heather Kirkland and Sam Ramic. (Photo credit: Matt Petricone)
38 Chef, cookbook author and television personality, Sarah Moulton, demonstrated some of her culinary techniques for festival guests. (Photo credit: Matt Petricone)
39 A pretty evening view from the Mohonk Mountain House main dining room. (Photo: Matt Petricone)