Ooh la la! Over a hundred fancy French wines will be presented during two Grand Wine Tastings at this year’s “Best of France” at New York’s Times Square Sept. 26 and 27.
Co-chaired by wine collector and president of American Friends of Cité des Civilisations du Vin (www.AFCwCV.org), George Sape in partnership with New York sommelier Jean Luc Le Dû, James Beard Award Winner, the Wines with Style campaign will showcase some of the best vin coming from Alsace, Bordeaux, Champagne, Corsica, Jura, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire Valley, Provence, Rhone Valley, and other French regions.
To help guide visitors through their tasting experience, some of Manhattan’s top sommeliers will offer their expertise at the event, including Andre Compeyre from Loews Hotel, Raj Vaidya from Daniel, and Carrie Lyn Strong from Aureole. The Grand Wine Tastings will be complemented by a cheese, charcuterie and dessert buffet. Educational seminars on the French wine-producing regions will be offered, too.
To attend, go to the Axa Center: 787 7th Avenue (at 51st Street), New York City: Sept. 26 – 7.00pm-10.00pm; Sept. 27 – 3pm-6pm. The early-bird ticket price is $150 per person if you buy online (versus $200 at the event.)
He had us at hello … to that slice of pizza pie he accepted from a man in Naples a few months ago. And now, we Americans are loving Pope Francis in a way the presidential candidates could only pray for.
While his Holiness will be visiting both New York and Philadelphia as he hits our shores, it looks like Philly’s really rolling out the red carpet (if not the traditional red pope shoes).
To celebrate the Pontiff’s visit, some Garces Group restaurants in Philly — Amada, Tinto, The Olde Bar, Distrito, Village Whiskey and Garces Trading Co. — are offering a 10-percent discount to Philadelphia residents September 25 through 28, when the Pope’s in town. While Pizzeria Vetri will serve the papal-inspired Il Papa, a Neapolitan-style pie with Black Mission figs, mozzarella, lardo and Pecorino Toscano, oregano and fresh basil, during the entire month of September. (The same pie he accepted from that Naples pizza maker.)
Not to be outdone, Whipped Bakeshop is offering to make mini Pope cakes. That’s right – take a big bite of this heavenly creation, in vanilla-chocolate chip, red velvet and more, with filling flavors ranging from vanilla buttercream to peanut butter meringue buttercream.
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Egg McMuffins will soon be available from dawn to dusk and then some. Starting October 6, the Golden Arches are rolling out the breakfast sandwiches along with a smattering of their other fare: McCafé drinks, McMuffins (sausage and/or egg), biscuit sandwiches (bacon, egg and cheese, and/or sausage), sausage burritos, hash browns, hotcakes, oatmeal, and yogurt parfaits.
This spring, the behemoth fast food chain tried out the all-day breakfast concept in the San Diego market, and since that presumably went well they are now on to your city or town. The nine items are more or less the same breakfast foods included in the “McDonald’s After Midnight” menu, offered between midnight and 4 a.m. (when the chain starts serving only breakfast).
McDonald’s first tried to expand its menu past midnight in 2012, with its “Breakfast After Midnight” menu from midnight to 5 a.m.