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PUGLIA by Mort Hochstein
The Closing of Stella D'oro by John Mariani
by Mort Hochstein
For more than a quarter of a
century, New York
restaurateur Tony May (who will be re-opening San Domenico this fall)
has been shepherding culinary
pilgrims on an annual exploration of regional Italian food, wine and
culture. In early spring, 40 chefs, owners, foodies
and writers, trekked to Puglia under the Gruppo Ristoratori
Mort Hochstein, former editor and producer for NBC News and the Today Show, and former managing editor of Nation's Restaurant News, writes on wine, food and travel for Wine Spectator, Wine Business Monthly, Saveur and other food and wine publications.
NEW YORK CORNER
in 1998, when enophilia was raging in the land, Park B. Smith (below) and Gino
Diaferia pooled their considerable resources, which included the
former's spectacular personal wine collection of nearly 200,000
bottles, to open Veritas (from the Latin motto "in vino
veritas"). The intent was to have a modestly sized
built around that collection and to match the food to it in the
French-American style then coming into focus. It
was no surprise
that Veritas soon was winning awards for its wine cellar and the
kitchen raves for its cuisine under Chef Scott Bryan, who has since
to he very fine new restaurant Apiary.
is open daily for dinner.
ccording to news reports this week, after a federal judge
ordered the Stella D’oro Italian bakery in the Kingsbridge
section of the Bronx to
reinstate 134 workers after a protracted 10-month strike, Brynwood
Partners, a private equity company based in Greenwich, CT, that
bought the company in 2006, invited the workers back then
promptly announced that it would
close the factory in October. Operations, said a statement, will be
moved elsewhere and the
products would continue.
police officer was suspended after allegedly pulling his gun at a
McDonald's restaurant because he felt his order was taking too long.
The rap sheet alleges two off-duty Denver police officers placed an
order at a McDonald's drive-thru at approximately 3:20 AM, then became
angry at how long their food was taking. The McDonald's employee
said one of the officers flashed his police badge, then his gun
before driving off without paying.
. . . Meanwhile,
in Berrian Springs, Michigan:
Authorities said a worker at a McDonald's allegedly spit on a police
officer's breakfast sandwich. The Herald-Palladium
newspaper investigative reporter a police report that contended the
restaurant's assistant placed the sandwich in the off-duty
manager's trash bin, but said it disappeared while she phoned him.
and we thought we detected a
The Glenlivet “Instant Tasting Notes” from Rick Edwards, The Glenlivet Brand Ambassador.
"The Glenlivet 12 Year Old: Floral fruity.
15 Year Old: Spicy, nutty
Nadurra 16 Year Old: coconut-lemon cream pie
18 Year Old: butterscotch toffee
Archive 21 Year Old: crème brûlée and raisin pudding."
* From July 13th through Labor Day in NYC, Le Cirque (212-265-6121) and Osteria del Circo (212-265-3636)
will extend Restaurant Week specials offering wine pairings with their
tasting menus for an addtional $10.
* On July 15 Rush Street
in Culver City, CA, is
“Thinking Pink” by supporting the Susan G. Komen
Foundation during Dining Out for a Cure. In addition
to contributing 10 percent of their sales from their lunch and dinner
service, Rush Street will also be hosting the exclusive Dine Out for
the Cure Kickoff Reception in their upstairs lounge, with specialty
cocktails at $6 and the “Pretty in Pink” cocktail in honor of
breast cancer awareness will go for $9; this will also mark the kick
off for their Ladies’ Night which will take place every Wednesday night
at Rush Street from here on out. Call 310-837-9546;
* On July 15-16 in Santa
Monica, CA, Le Merigot will
hold the first annual Dine Out For The Cure®, supporting the Susan
G. Komen L.A. chapter and featuring a cancer fighting menu, with 10
percent of each item served from the Cézanne’s exquisite menu to
benefit Susan G. Komen For the Cure®. Visit www.lemerigothotel.com
or call 310- 395-9700.
14 in Charleston, SC,
High Cotton celebrates
Bastille Day with a wine tasting reception of 12 different biodynamic
wines from the Loire Valley in France, along with French-themed hors
d’oeuvres and music. $25 pp. Call 843-724-3815; www.high-cotton.net or
July 20-24 in NYC, Union Square Café (212-243-4020)
July 27-31, Eleven Madison Park
$24 lunch menu for one week each to benefit City’s Harvest. For each
menu ordered, $1 goes to the hunger relief organization. Visit
www.ushgnyc.com. Additionally, Tabla and Bread Bar (Lunch only), Blue
Smoke (Lunch and Dinner), and The Modern’s Bar Room (Dinner) will be
officially participating in Restaurant Week.
July 21 Brasserie Beck Belgian
in DC will hold a Belgian
Independence Day Celebration featuring importers and brewers from
the best Belgian breweries. Stations
through-out the restaurant featuring Chef Robert Wiedmaier’s favorite
Belgian fare. $100 pp.
* On July
21 in Houston, at Arturo's Uptown, a 5-course wine
dinner spotlighting the cuisine and viticulture of Northern Italy will
be conducted by Sterling Minor, Houston Wine Consultant, and Chef
Arturo Boada. $125 pp. 713-621-1180.
* On July 22 in Charleston, SC, a special event honoring the local shrimp industry will take place at the Old Village Post House--"Shrimp Toast!" 4-course wild shrimp and wine dinner with Kimberly Carroll of Raul’s Seafood on Shem Creekand Chef Frank Lee, Executive Chef and Jim Walker, Chef de Cuisine, with wine pairings by Patrick Emerson, Wine and Beverage Director. $48 pp. with special room rate for wine dinner guests $100. Call 843-388-8935; www.oldvillageposthouse.com.
* On July 23 in Berkeley, CA, Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto holds a 4-course "One Fermented Evening” dinner by Chef Devon Boisen, showcasing seasonally fresh wild salmon paired with a selection of California wines. $69.95 pp. Call 510- 845-7771; www.spengers.com.
* From Aug. 5-8 in Austin,
TX, the American Cheese
Society will hold its annual conference at the Hilton Austin,
with conference seminars, workshops and panels cover topics from the
highly technical (“Starter Culture Cocktails”) to the purely
pleasurable (“Texas Terroir: Local Cheese and Local Brews”), along with
the annual educational conference and world-renowned cheese judging and
competition which culminates in the Festival of Cheese, featuring over
1100 competition entries and more than 1,200 cheeses from more than 30
states and Canada available for sampling. Tickets available
* From Aug. 6-9 SF
Chefs. Food. Wine. in San
Francisco celebrates the diversity and bounty of Northern
California. The main tasting tent will be in Union Square, where chefs,
wine makers and distillers will offer an exploration of taste featuring
local products. Classes and seminars will offer interactive
opportunities for the public to participate with local farmers,
ranchers, chefs, winemakers, distillers, media, luminaries, authors,
vintners, mixologists and culinary experts. Visit
* In San Francisco,
Urban Tavern has
partnered with Shorenstein Hays Nedelander (the Shorenstein Theatre
Group) to offer a pre-theatre dinner package priced at $34.95 for a
3-course meal, a glass of wine and complimentary parking. For an
additional $15 pp guests will be transported, via town car or limo, to
and from the theatre that they will be attending. Visit
www.urbantavernsf.com or call 415- 923-4400.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~NEW FEATURE: I am happy to report that the Virtual Gourmet is linking up with four excellent travel sites:
Everett Potter's Travel Report:
I consider this the best and savviest blog of its kind on the web. Potter is a columnist for USA Weekend, Diversion, Laptop and Luxury Spa Finder, a contributing editor for Ski and a frequent contributor to National Geographic Traveler, ForbesTraveler.com and Elle Decor. "I’ve designed this site is for people who take their travel seriously," says Potter. "For travelers who want to learn about special places but don’t necessarily want to pay through the nose for the privilege of staying there. Because at the end of the day, it’s not so much about five-star places as five-star experiences."
Eating Las Vegas is the new on-line site for Virtual Gourmet contributor John A. Curtas., who since 1995 has been commenting on the Las Vegas food scene and reviewing restaurants for Nevada Public Radio. He is also the restaurant critic for KLAS TV, Channel 8 in Las Vegas, and his past reviews can be accessed at KNPR.org. Click on the logo below to go directly to his site.
Tennis Resorts Online: A Critical Guide to the World's Best Tennis Resorts and Tennis Camps, published by ROGER COX, who has spent more than two decades writing about tennis travel, including a 17-year stretch for Tennis magazine. He has also written for Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel, New York Magazine, Travel & Leisure, Esquire, Money, USTA Magazine, Men's Journal, and The Robb Report. He has authored two books-The World's Best Tennis Vacations (Stephen Greene Press/Viking Penguin, 1990) and The Best Places to Stay in the Rockies (Houghton Mifflin, 1992 & 1994), and the Melbourne (Australia) chapter to the Wall Street Journal Business Guide to Cities of the Pacific Rim (Fodor's Travel Guides, 1991).
Family Travel Forum (FTF), whose motto is "Have Kids, Still Travel!",
is dedicated to the ideals, promotion and support of travel with
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