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!

Edie & the Wolf

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.

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Celebrating Monday’s Champagne Grand Tasting 2011, at the Plaza with a bit of prose in notes:

Disgorged just seven months back

This dame’s done her time

On lees

A whiff of perfumed talc

He breathes deeper as she passed

Apple stalked by savory

She takes her own hand

And circles

Becoming one with herself

St. Chamant Brut Blanc de Blanc 1999

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Foraging for morels on hunting grounds in North Freedom, Wisconsin has topically little to do with imbibing in New York, however, they are equally delightful (though eating morels is even more delightful) and I imagine that the readers of Imbibe New York care for morels just as much as us.  Last year, Ellen, Oscar and I arrived a week late, past prime; picking only ten in total during our rainy May stay.  This year, we flew with Tim to hunt the elusive nightshade with Ellen’s pops Jim, and this year, we had much better luck.

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Always a fan of Txakoli, I was delighted to find a number of bottles at T. Edwards Wines‘ Portfolio Tasting, Italy & De Maison.  But then, when tasting Ameztoi Rubentis 2010,  I was suddenly IN the light, and the angels were singing. A blend of 50% hondarribi beltza, a native black grape, and 50% hondarribi zuri, a local white, this rosé from Ameztoi-Getaria is so  incredibly drinkable and light.  From one of Spain’s smallest D.O. regions, D.O. Getariako Txakolina, the Rubentis is an elegant dance of acidity and fruit. (Around $23 at Astor Wines.)

A couple of months ago, I visited Red Hook Winery in Brooklyn (pictured above), followed by Shinn Estate Vineyards and Channing Daughters, for a piece on Skin Fermented Whites.  Now available in the Spring issue of Edible East End (and possibly Brooklyn and Manhattan too), you can read all about the deliciousness of local Orange Wines here.