What better way to start out in Jewels from The Roving Stove’s new home, than announcing the release of Eau De Vie Julie Anne in Italy and France, a limited edition bottle of Grappa named after yours truly by the venerable Simini Catering in conjunction with Antica Grapperia Bosso. Here’s to raising a glass to the new website and a new business venture.

Julie Anne Rhodes

Let me introduce you to the people bestowing this enormous honor. World class Chef Giuliano Simini’s haute cuisine has graced the buffets of major film sets to the most prestigious of international events…

Simini Catering

… including Milan fashion week, and a recent gala dinner in honor of David Beckham.

David Beckham

Monica Simini, the creative director of Simini Catering (I think you will agree from the photos) has an exquisite sense of style and dramatic flare. She approached me last November about this exciting new venture, and I’ve been dying to tell you all about it! I asked Monica to answer a few questions to explain this to you better:

J: Monica, I am so flattered! What inspired you to name the grappa after me?

M: The owner of Grapperia Bosso asked me some good ideas for a new product. Some days ago I found your website for personal chef, and when I saw your name I thought it will be the right choice. I  was looking for an international name that could be pronounced as well for English people as for French people and I think that Julie Anne is a good choice for the pronunciation. For Italian people the name Julie Anne sounds like someone very elegant with a high level of natural class.

J: Where will Eau de Vie Julie Anne be sold?

M: I decided to give the packaging in 3 differents shops in the centre of Turin:

1) It will be a famous jewellery in the centre of Turin that will show the
2) It will be a fine oldest pastry and delicatessen in the centre of Turin
3). It will be an elegant shop of fashon dresses in the centre of Turin”


J: You also mentioned making it available in Gerard Deparieu’s restaurants in France

M: Yes, and the packaging will be also utilized for elegant wedding parties in wedding bags so that it will be a good present for the customers in a beautiful locations such as Italian castles or villas.”

Eau de vie Julie Anne

If all goes well, hopefully one day the grappa will be made available here in America too. Thank you so much for this great honor, and please thank Chef Guiliano Simini for sharing his fabulous recipe with us. As you know, I do not drink, but I can certainly cook up a storm with Eau de Vie Julie Anne.

risotto with grappa

Risotto with Grappa

BTW, Chef Guiliano highly recommends using Acquerello rice which is unhusked and aged for at least one full year, whitened slowly, and finally restored with the germ intact. Acquerello rice grains absorb flavor exceptionally well, and do not bind together or lose their starch, proteins or vitamins. What are your favorite risotto recipes?

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  • April 19, 2011
    5:44 am

    Congratulations on the new site and Eau De Vie Julie Anne. How exciting! What a secret to keep since Nov! Well done!
    I love making my famous mushroom risotto. Waiting patiently while stirring this dish is so rewarding in the end. It is so full flavour and extremely filling.

    • April 20, 2011
      9:52 am

      Hehehehe – that mushroom risotto puts a lot of smiles on faces!

  • April 19, 2011
    11:13 am

    Congrats on the site and the Grappa! What an honor! Wish it was available in the states… hoping for the near future!

    • April 20, 2011
      9:51 am

      I hope it will be next year, Nicole. Monica is sending me a few bottles, so I can make Guiliano’s recipe – can’t wait!

  • April 19, 2011
    11:26 am

    CONGRATULATIONS JEWELS! What a fantastic honor as well as marketing tool! And, the new site is delicious!!! LOVE IT!!!

    • April 19, 2011
      11:21 pm

      Promise lots of delicious things to come!

  • April 19, 2011
    1:27 pm

    congratulations my dear…well done..and i wanna have one of those bottles *grin*…u r a very very fantastic woman..thnx 4 everything…greets from germany…

    • April 19, 2011
      11:20 pm

      danke schön

  • April 19, 2011
    1:57 pm

    It’s wonderful!! The site is brilliant and beautiful and so easy to meander.

    Beautiful and delicious work.

    • April 19, 2011
      11:19 pm

      Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyy. Can’t wait to see you Thursday!

  • April 19, 2011
    2:00 pm

    Greetings from Paris XXX

    • April 19, 2011
      11:18 pm

      Merci bien!

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    2:54 pm


  • April 19, 2011
    3:24 pm

    Congrats on your grappa xo Beautiful site !

    • April 19, 2011
      11:16 pm

      Please keep coming back – I’ll be adding new things frequently.

  • April 19, 2011
    3:48 pm

    Hello Jewels! Congrats! love the site and love that you’ve been made a legend – very cool. Love you too! xx

    • April 19, 2011
      11:15 pm

      Hey Lee – are you coming to LA for Sam’s gigs? Your room at Bates Motel is waiting for you. xo

  • April 19, 2011
    6:13 pm

    This was a gorgeous tribute to you, Julie. We are so proud of you. Mom and Dad

    • April 19, 2011
      11:14 pm

      Thank you Mom xo

  • April 19, 2011
    8:46 pm

    That is wonderful, Jewels! Monica is correct..you are elegant with a high level of class! let us know if it becomes available in the US. xx

    • April 19, 2011
      11:12 pm

      Blushing, but lovin it!

  • April 19, 2011
    11:04 pm

    Congratulations Jewels!
    You are amazing.
    Your new site is so clean and elegant.

    Keep it coming love.

    • April 19, 2011
      11:10 pm

      That means so much to me coming from you Mr. Divine. xo

  • April 20, 2011
    4:21 am

    Congratulations on the new site and Eau De Vie Julie Anne!!!!!This must be very exciting for you,glad that your dreams are coming true,you deserve it!!!!!!Sad I can’t taste your Grappa but sure it’s a great one.
    Enjoy this wonderful moment you’re amazing!!
    Kisses from Argentina!!!!

    • April 20, 2011
      9:53 am

      That is so lovely Maria – I hope to visit Argentina one day soon!

  • April 20, 2011
    5:09 am

    Congratulations!!!! Wow, you are nothing short of amazing!!! Beautiful bottle and very elegant just like you!! Much success to you and LOVE the new site!

  • April 20, 2011
    9:55 am

    It is supporters like you, and your lovely comments that have kept me going, so you deserve a lot of the success too. Thank you Stacy.

  • April 20, 2011
    11:35 am

    Wow Julie Anne! Congraulations on your namesake grappa and also on your gorgeous new site! I’m loving it!

    • April 21, 2011
      9:33 am

      Thank you, I’m having so much fun.

  • April 20, 2011
    2:35 pm

    Jewels, the new website is stunning! Congrats to you, and to the elegant grappa, for an elegant, beautiful woman…inside and out. Hugs XO

    • April 21, 2011
      9:35 am

      Hope your munchkin takes long naps, so you can come visit often!

  • April 20, 2011
    3:08 pm

    Congratulations on the launch of both your stunning new website and “your” grappa!
    Ciao Bella!

    • April 21, 2011
      9:37 am

      Thanks Connie – its been a long road, but exciting to watch my vision become a reality.

  • April 20, 2011
    3:40 pm

    Many congratulations on your new business venture & gorgeous new website – really like it!


    • April 21, 2011
      9:39 am

      So happy you like it Marisol – I hope you find all of the content interesting, valuable, fun, and yummy, so you keep coming back for more!

  • April 21, 2011
    12:16 pm

    Oh, how lovely! Congratulations on all of the new and exciting ventures!

    • April 21, 2011
      12:26 pm

      Thank you Morgan! BTW Joe D is opening a new restaurant just outside Atlanta – let me know if your in the hood at any point to do another restaurant spy for me! xo

  • April 21, 2011
    12:24 pm

    A very proud Italian girl is sending you a lot of congratulations…Ciao Silvia

    • April 21, 2011
      12:27 pm

      Oooooooh Sylvia – hope you get a chance to taste it! Thank you, Jewels xo

  • April 21, 2011
    12:40 pm

    Love the new site! Hope that it brings increased traffic to your web page. The recipe looks very tempting and maybe I’ll just have to treat myself to a nice dinner and make this a part of it.
    But, I’m looking even more forward to your recipes, especially any vegetarian/vegan ones to help keep me on track/ I know your new site will be the go to place for people wanting the best recipes around. And the best recipes will be here, no doubt about it!
    Hugs to you!

    • April 21, 2011
      12:48 pm

      I’ll be conjuring a few up for you then Ruthee!

  • April 21, 2011
    1:44 pm

    congratulations!! I am looking forward to more beautiful pictures with the fabulous recipes that follow!! how exciting!!

    • April 26, 2011
      9:39 am

      Keep on coming back – I love writing them, and thank you!

  • April 21, 2011
    9:03 pm

    The new site looks amazing. Congrats!

    • April 26, 2011
      9:41 am

      Thank you Tracee – having a lot of fun with it! Hope to see you soon.

  • April 22, 2011
    8:53 pm

    Jullie: This is a great sight. I will lookforeward to seeing the programs on food Net. You have hit a homerun


    • April 26, 2011
      9:39 am

      Thank you UNCLE Harlan – you may be just a little bit prejudice, but I hope you are right!

  • April 24, 2011
    6:17 am

    All the best to you Jewels! Your new site is simply fabulous and your new grappa is a wonderful honor. I look forward to more interesting and fun posts!

    • April 26, 2011
      9:35 am

      For you Jess, always, but I should get YOU to write one or two!

  • December 29, 2011
    3:57 pm

    Congratulations on this fantastic honor! The bottle is beautiful. It would make a nice little vase for a centerpiece after it’s emptied.