Fresh Take: What If You Could Get Drunk Off A Loaf Of Bread?

Food & Drink

What if you could drink a loaf of bread?

That’s the simple idea at the center of Altamura Distilleries, a vodka company based in Puglia, Italy that I profile alongside the blue-haired entrepreneur behind it in a feature published this morning.

Read all about the terroir-driven provenance behind this creamy spirit, and tell me what you think. Altamura’s vodka is made with ancient wheat that’s protected by a domination of origin—and when that wheat gets baked into bread, it’s the only loaf in the world with the distinction. The wheat is storied stuff. The Roman poet Horace even wrote about the grain dating back to 37 B.C.

Now it can get you drunk.

— Chloe Sorvino, Staff Writer

P.S. I’m en route to Southern California for Expo West, and I’m excited to meet many of you on the floor!

I’d also love for you to stop by the keynote conversation I’m moderating on Thursday at the Marriott Marquis Ballroom with James Beard award-winning chef Sean Sherman, of Owamni in Minneapolis. Sherman’s cookbook The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen has been one of my all-time favorites since it was published seven years ago, and when I finally got the chance to dine at Owamni in 2022, I was blown away. Tasting wild game with a tangy berry sauce and wild sumac—from a kitchen that shuns ingredients including wheat flour, cane sugar and dairy—was a treat. And an unfortunate rarity. Sherman sits on the boards of organizations including the BIPOC Foodways Alliance and Seed Savers Exchange. It’s going to be an exhilarating conversation. See you there!


Order my book, Raw Deal: Hidden Corruption, Corporate Greed and the Fight for the Future of Meat, out now from Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books.


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Field Notes

What do you do when you make a pot of beans to last for a week? Add shrimp and spinach from the freezer and call it dinner.


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Chloe Sorvino leads coverage of food and agriculture as a staff writer on the enterprise team at Forbes. Her book, Raw Deal: Hidden Corruption, Corporate Greed and the Fight for the Future of Meat, published on December 6, 2022, with Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books. Her nearly nine years of reporting at Forbes has brought her to In-N-Out Burger’s secret test kitchen, drought-ridden farms in California’s Central Valley, burnt-out national forests logged by a timber billionaire, a century-old slaughterhouse in Omaha and even a chocolate croissant factory designed like a medieval castle in northern France.

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