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Gourmand grocer Darrell Corti has once again made the list of “The 60 (Plus) Coolest People in Food & Drink.”

Darrell Corti is still 'cool'

Published: Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014 - 10:19 am
Last Modified: Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014 - 6:12 pm

For the second year in a row, Sacramento gourmand-grocer Darrell Corti of Corti Bros. Market has been included among “The 60 (Plus) Coolest People in Food & Drink” by For the complete listing, click here.

The editors at the all-things-food-and-drink site define “cool” as “a way of behaving, a bearing, an attitude. Cool people are true to themselves and don’t serve the masters of fad or fashion.”

Corti’s entry reads in part: “Corti is simply one of the most deeply knowledgeable food and drink experts in America, able to expound with equal authority on Chinese tea, Spanish vinegar, Central Asian wine, Italian pasta and about 30,000 other gastronomic topics. Corti knows everybody worth knowing in his chosen field, and everybody knows him. They call him ‘The Professor.’ If you’ve never heard of him, well, that sort of makes him even cooler, you know?”

I called the market to get a reaction from Corti himself. Store manager Rick Mindermann answered the phone. “He’s at the Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition in Los Angeles this week, tasting more than 500 oils,” he said. “But his likely response would be something like, ‘Who, me? I’m just a grocer...’”

Which is pretty cool, no?

Corti is listed with some good company, sharing the “cool” honor with such famous chefs as Jacques Pépin, Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Rick Bayless and Daniel Boulud.

The list also include Cindy (Mustards Grill) Pawlcyn and Thomas (French Laundry) Keller of the Napa Valley.

Pawlcyn’s entry reads: “Pawlcyn was doing local and sustainable before a lot of today’s local and sustainable apostles could put their Pop-Tarts in the toaster by themselves.”

Keller’s entry calls him “almost certainly the finest American-born chef in the country, (who) has dedicated his life to learning how to practice his art to near-perfection.”

Corti Bros. Market is at 5810 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento; (916) 736-3800,

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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