To my hale, hardy (and hearty) readers in the greater Philadelphia area…. I’ll be hosting a wine dinner at Bistro on the Brandywine out in bucolic Chadds Ford, PA on Tuesday, February 3, 2009. The menu will put a few twists on otherwise ostensibly classic French bistro dishes, while I’ll be pouring some great value wines from French regions such as Beaujolais, Madiran and, you guessed it, the Loire. At $75 all inclusive, it stands to be a great way to fight the recession blues without depriving your soul of the righteous pleasures of food and wine. Sound good? Then check out the menu or jump on in and make a reservation online.
For my no less hale and hardy readers in the remote hamlets of San Francisco and New York, there are also a couple of neat events coming to your towns in February. Robert Camuto, whose book Corkscrewed I reviewed recently, will be passing through both San Fran and NYC on his whirlwind US book tour.
- On the evening of Thursday, February 19, 2009, Robert will give a book talk and signing, accompanied by a tasting of some of the wines featured in Corkscrewed, at 18 Reasons in San Francisco’s Mission District.
- And on Saturday, February 21, 2009, he’ll perform double duty in New York. First up, from 4 to 7 PM, is a book release and wine tasting event – along with Savennières’ own Nicolas Joly – at Chambers Street Wines in Tribeca. Later that evening, Camuto and Joly will both hop the bridge to Brooklyn to co-host a wine dinner at iCi in Fort Greene.
Further information about these events and other stops on Robert’s book tour can be found at RobertCamuto.net.
In response to an observation I made in my review of Corskcrewed, Mr. Camuto offered up a “special” wine tasting to anyone arriving at any of his events by bicycle and mentioning my article. Though I expect he made the offer at least half in jest, I’m encouraging everyone to take him at his word. So I’m putting the call out to my fellow vino and velo inclined bloggers – Joe and Wolfgang in San Francisco and Karen and Alice in New York – and asking them to organize group rides to their local events. Keep the rubber side down, y'all. Lycra optional.