Fireworks in the sky, it’s almost the 4th of July, and I have something to celebrate. Next week, I join T . Edward Wines as the Head Writer of Marketing & Social Media. And I am excited! Writing for their website and blog, handling Facebook and twitter, I’ll be crafting winemakers’ stories and scripting in-house marketing notes. It’s brilliant how this position came about. A big shout out to Brian for that! And funnily enough, it’s not just my love of writing and wine that brought me to TEW, but it’s also the fact that I used to race bikes with Team Comedy Central, and the folks of TEW are both riders and big fans of cycling!
Archive for June, 2011
Finally!! The time of year that we’ve been waiting for! Tanktops at night. Rosé in the park outside. Sultry summer events around the city…some with reasonable food and beverage offerings…others not. All with long lines and small plastic glassware.
Leaving nothing to chance, we dared not attempt Summer Stage last night empty handed…but we knew the security would be tight. We strategized during the day, each offering to bring wine (and snacks) in a undetectable container. And because we had such brilliant success, I thought I’d follow up on last year’s post about the wine thermos, with tips on wine vessels for public events in the city.
A few days after opening, Eataly’s Bierreria, the new rooftop beer garden with a bird’s eye view of the Flatiron, gave way to an event to announce the new Food and Wine MBA at Alma Graduate School at the University of Bologna. There was a panel with Italian food personality, Lidia Bastianich, and the owner if Eataly, Oscar Farinetti. But it was Fabio Parasecoli, the coordinator of the New School Food Studies Program, who best summarized the marriage between the MBA and Food and Wine. “How do we manage to brand–to promote– to understand the value of food…Consumers are interested in understanding stories, histories…What do I buy when I buy this food? How do I create an industry around this tradition?” And so, since it’s always a good time to recreate oneself, which can best be done through travel and school, the curious should consider and if interested, apply for one of the ten full-scholarships that are currently being offered, for this one-year immersion program. Deadline is July 15th. Apply here.
Brainchild of Kara Newman, author of Spice & Ice, and more…, Drink.Think is a spoken-word event “dedicated to celebrating what we drink.” Next Wednesday, I’ll be reading wine poetry at Lolita Bar, alongside a host of talented writers. It’s bound to be a fabulous evening. You can read more about the event here. I hope to see you there!
Last week, Caitlin, Ellen and I met at Edie & the Wolf, an Austrian restaurant/wine bar, on Avenue C, near 7th Street. With an entrance that’s rustic and livened with green herbs, flowers, and grass, the gates of spring were sprung open, revealing the dark wooded interior to Loisaida. Arriving at around seven, to a handful of diners; by eight, there wasn’t a free seat in the house. There’s a menu of shared plates and small plates, and entries, cheese, and dessert, so perhaps it’s more of a restaurant, but there is a bar and a counter with space for a glass or four of Gemischter Satz.