City Pulse

By P.J. Gach

Did someone say “free wine?” Morell & Company has it. Now before you go crazy, the wines are for complimentary in-store tastings. These events occur four nights a week, from 4 PM – 7 PM. Morell also holds special tastings. To attend a special tasting, you must make a reservation and the cost varies from one tasting to another. If you’d like to learn more about wine, sign up for one of their in-depth wine classes. The introductory wine classes are the first Tuesday of every month and theme classes are on Thursdays. To find out more about any of the tastings or classes, visit their website www.morellwine.com or call them at 212-688-9370. Morell also has a very tasty bar and restaurant, where you can sit in or out and watch the world pass by.

Morell & Company
1 Rockefeller Plaza (at 49th Street)
212-688-9370
http://www.morellwine.com

The New York Gourmet Society is having their first event of the New Year at Café Deville, January 14th. The dinner is open to non-members as well as members of the society. They’ll be enjoying the new Beaujolais Nouveau wines with a menu inspired by food from the Dijon region of France. Each of the six courses will be paired with the appropriate wine. Can you say, “Yummy?” I knew you could. To find out more about the dinner, or to find out more about the New York Gourmet Society, visit their website www.nygourmetsociety.com

New York Gourmet Society Beaujolais Dinner@ Café Deville
January 14th, 7 PM – 9:30 PM
103 3rd Avenue at 13th Street

The sad truth is Monday’s are boring, blah and ucky to the nth degree. Suba Restaurant and Tapas Lounge is doing its best to make Mondays fun by offering dinner and a movie. For $29.00, (tax, tip, beverage not included), you get a three course dinner and a movie. Classics like “Some Like It Hot” on January 24th or newer ones like “The Commitments” (January 10) and “Moulin Rouge” (January 17th).

Monday Dinner and a Movie @ Suba
109 Ludlow Street
212-982-5174
http://www.subanyc.com

egullet is a foodie’s dream. You’ll find online discussions on where the best restaurants are throughout the US and the world. Tons of recipes, cooking tips, and you’ll meet other foodies who share your passion. You can even chat with world-renowned chefs. Sigh! Log in now at http://forums.egullet.org/

Short fiction that wakes you up with your morning coffee does exist. The pieces are as short as a slurp. They’re just 25 words are less. Along with your beverage, they’ll help with your “morning mind.” Espresso Stories is the place to hit in the AM. The site came from an idea by writers I.P. Bird and Chris Worth. Sign up and submit one of your own. http://www.espressostories.com

FunWithWine.com has listed over 2300 wine events in New York City since 2000. They host parties, work with charities and (of course) promote fun with wine.

Two FWW events are just around the corner; FunWithWine.com Presents 1995 Cabernets – A 10 year Retrospective on the Dream Team, January 19th at the Eagle’s Nest Studio and FunWithWine.com Presents Swiss Fondue and Wine Party, February 03 at the Clockwork Apple Gallery.

To sign up for any of the FunWithWine events, receive emails or learn more about them, go to their website. http://www.funwithwine.com

Like you didn’t overeat during the holidays, here comes Winter Restaurant Week! With these prices, you can indulge in a great meal or three. We’re talking three course lunches for $20.12 and three course dinners for $35.00. And yes, tax, tip, and beverage are not included in the deal. This is going on for ten days this winter, Jan. 24-28 and Jan. 31-Feb. 4, at more than 100 of the city’s best restaurants. For the complete list of participating restaurants, please visit NYC & Co’s website

Now you’re going to need to work off all that food and drink, so this weekend go to Central Park’s East Meadow (enter 99th & fifth Ave) for the annual Winter Festival featuring Quebec City as this year’s special guest. There’ll be free ice skating at the Lasker Rink in Central Park – enter by 110th and Lenox Avenue, children’s entertainment, snow tubing, show shoeing, skiing and more. Visit the official website to find more information

We’re just a few days into the New Year and PSNBC is all ready presenting; Sob Stories: New Year’s Resolutions Gone Awry! This comic evening is hosted by
Christian Finnegan (“Chappelle’s Show”, “Best Week Ever!”) with guests; Matt Higgins (“Centralia”, “Second City”), Liam McEneany (“Premium Blend”)
Marta Ravin (“Premium Blend”), John Hodgman (“Little Gray Books” reading series)

PSNBC Presents Sob Stories: New Year’s Resolutions Gone Awry!
January 4th @ 8 PM, $5.00
The Marquee
265 Bowery (between Great Jones & E. 4th)
212-664-2957

Originally published January 2005
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