eGullet has serveral publicly available online classes you can take, including this one on wine tasting. Looks like a great resource.
kottke.org posts about eGullet
The advantages of being in the weeds Dec 13 2005
You can't lie in a kitchen -- that's what I like most about it. You're either ready or you're not, you're either clean or you're a mess. You're either good or you're bad. You can't lie. If you lie, it's obvious. If your food's not ready, then it's not ready. If you're in the weeds, its clear to everybody -- you can't say that you aren't. So I love that aspect of it. I love the immediacy of it, the vitality of it.
I've worked in a number of different places over the years and the ones I ended up liking the least were the places that allowed people (myself included) to hide. Some companies just have way too many people for the amount of available work. Other times, particular employees have a certain status within the organization that allows them to determine their own schedules and projects. Deadlines are often malleable, meaning that work can pushed off. Inexperienced or nontechnical managers might not have a clue how long a task should take a programmer...budgeting 2 weeks for a six-hour task that seems hard buys one a lot of blog-surfing time. Companies with coasting employees are everything a kitchen isn't; they just feel slow, wasteful, lifeless, and eventually they suck the life out of you too.
A just-concluded eGullet conversation with Ruth Reichl, currently editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine and former food critic for The New York Times.
Starting tomorrow, eGullet will be hosting a Nov 27 2005
Starting tomorrow, eGullet will be hosting a week-long conversation with Ruth Reichl.
Matt writes about finding good food in Nov 19 2005
Matt writes about finding good food in an unfamiliar city. We've been struggling with this on our trip to Asia. Offline approaches (books, recommendations by locals, etc.) seem to work well, as does taking a peek on eGullet or Chowhound.
Steven Shaw, founder of the excellent food Aug 12 2005
Steven Shaw, founder of the excellent food site eGullet, has a new book out called Turning the Tables, an outsider's inside perspective on food and restaurants. Here's an excerpt and a review from Wine Spectator.