Posts from May 2005

Danny Meyer of Union Square Cafe now in charge of restaurants & cafes at MOMA

The Museum of Modern Art in New York is sprucing up its food offerings by having Danny Meyer of 'Union Square Cafe' fame taking care of its restaurants and cafes.
For the Cafeteria on Level 2, he took some inspiration from places he ate at in Rome as a Student.
For 'The Modern' , he enlisted the help of 2 Frenchmen, sommelier Stephane Colling and Alsace born Gabriel Kreuther, the chef.

Everything you wanted to know about BLOGS and where afraid to ask? Join us on May 19 in Montclair (NJ) for a Panel Discussion

Some of us or rather most of us feel intimidated by all these new TECH tools, this is why we decided to offer local businesses, artists and non-profits an illustrated guide on BLOGS.
How to set them up?
How to publicize them?
How to use it?
With the help of our talented Panel we will show you just that.
For program details and reservations go to MAY 19 Event
For daily updates go the Event Blog Page Montclair New Jersey Blog Panel 
We look forward to see you there.

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The right medicine for a cold, Celso Fonseca new album : "Rive Gauche"

As I have been down with a cold since the week-end, listening to Celso Fonseca's new album, "Rive Gauche" (Six Degrees) was music to my ears who right now cannot stand loud sounds.
This second album is more jazzy than the first one, old-fashioned jazz bossa nova in a way, not too far from the sound of Baden Powell.
Celso Fonseca is no new kid on the block, he was over the years the sideman for many brazileiros including Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa and Chico Buarque.
If you want to listen to excerpts of the album follow this  Six Degrees link, and you can listen to  samples of each song or if you wish to sign for the Free Rhapsody Trial, treat yourself to the whole album and a Caipirinha

Heard Interesting Conversation on James Beard on Leonard Lopate Show (WNYC Radio) this afternoon

It was refreshing to hear today Ruth Reichl and Gael Greene on the Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC Radio  recount memories of James Beard, founder of the James Beard Foundation the 'temple' of American Cuisine.
What was refreshing was actually hear them recount how in the 70's these pioneer of fresh produce and quality food, could marvel at such things as finding some delicious berries.
I guess it was before the Cult of Personality entered the american kitchen.

Want to Learn about Quality/ Value Priced 'Spanish Wines' read Jancis Robinson FT Week-End piece

As you might know by now, Jancis Robinson is one of my favorite wine writers.
In her May 6 article Never mind the quantity, Taste the quality in the Week-End edition of the Financial Times, she shares her knowledge of solid values one can find amongst Spanish Wines.
In the Northern New Jersey area, some of these wines can be found at Bottle King or if you look for a wider selection at Super Cellars

It's not a Movie, Released this week "Nouvelle Vague' 80's Songs with a Bossa Nova flair

An anglo-franco-brasileiro collective calling itself 'Nouvelle Vague' (New Wave in English) just released this week on Luaka Bop/ V2 the self titled 'Nouvelle Vague'.
Sultry French and Brazilan  (?) singers treat us to covers of such 80's songs as XTC 'Making Plans for Nigel', PIL "This is not a love song' , Cure "A Forest" alongside lesser known gems such as (scots) Joseph K "Sorry for laughing" and a number of other titles originally by  The Specials, Joy Division and others...
All the songs have a lazy sunny afternoon, bossa nova/ french pop (say Francoise Hardy) tinged flair. Perfect when the Sky turns blue.
Humour me, Rumour me.

The 'San Francisco Chronicle' reports on BLOGS use by Small Businesses

On May 5th, Ilana Debare reports in her excellent article in the San Francisco Chronicle on 'How small companies across the USA promote themselves through weblogs'.
They run the gamut from Green Cine a Bay Area DVD Online Rental Service with a Focus on Independant Movies to Ben Williams, co-owner of Horsefeathers Restaurant in New Hampshire.
I guess this article should be a must read for the skeptics who think that blogging is about as wasteful as writing poetry.

ON MAY 19, in Montclair, LEARN how BLOGS change the way Businesses Communicate with their Audience...with COF NJ METRO

On May 19 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm  Company of Friends New Jersey Metro invites you to a panel discussion on How Blogs change the way Businesses, Non-Profits and Artists communicate with their audience.

Where: Church Street Cafe : 12, Church Street in Montclair (Private Upstairs Room)

For more Info e-mail us at

Steve Soderbergh's Contract with Mark Cuban's Company will Test new Distribution Model

Steve Soderbergh just signed a contract for 6 movies with Marc Cuban and Todd Wagner's company, 2929 entertainment.
As announced on the Hollywood Reporter  website on April 29, the deal will see the movies released at the same time in theaters, on TV and in Home VIDEO format, challenging the usual staggered release way.
The idea is to give consumers the choice of when and how they will watch the movies.
Thanks to Janet for sharing this with us on thePHO List