food 10.31.06

Food Notes

Tour de France
Five courses, five classic dishes from five regions of France is offered Wednesday, November 8th at Cocotte, 337 5th [4th St.] Bklyn 718.832.6848. It's $60 (plus tax and tip), which includes wine paired from the same region. Look for a scallop cr'pe (Brittany), tarte flambée (Alsace), quenelles de brochet (Lyons), beef bourguignonne (Burgundy), pear and almond cream tart (Paris). Yum.

The Improvisational Cook
Food writer Sally Schneider, author of A New Way to Cook, has a new book outcalled The Improvisational Cook (Morrow, $34.95). Ms. Schneider says, "Although we tend to view accidents as something to avoid, they often bring unexpectedly delicious results." And that's the thrust of the book, which gives you a basic understanding of how each recipe works, and then offers ideas on how to adapt or embellish it.

Talk/Wine Tasting/Book Signing
Christine Vachon, producer of "Far From Heaven," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," and "Boys Don't Cry," will be at Bottlerocket, 5 W. 19th [5th] 212.929.2323, tomorrow night, 6-8pm, talking about her new memoir, A Killer Life: How An Independent Film Producer Survives Deals and Disasters in Hollywood and Beyond. It's free, no reservations required. You'll get some chat, some wine, and a book signing will follow.

We liked our brunch last weekend at the just-opened Wombat, 613 Grand [Lorimer/Leonard] Bklyn 718.218.7077, a small, well-wrought slice of Down-Under goodness a bit off the beaten path. For dinner, entrees average $17 for things like Aussie-spiced pork tenderloin, hangar steak, and chicken Wellington floater (which, you won't be surprised to learn, turns up no Google hits).

Gaja Truffle Dinner
If we had a spare $385, we know how we'd spend it: at Scott Conant's Alto, 11 E. 53rd [5th/Mad] 212.308.1099, on Monday, November 13th, 7pm, when Conant cooks a five-course truffle menu that will paired with Gaja wines. Even the memory of drinking Gaja wines brings us pleasure, so the prospect of several vintages of Barbaresco (going back to the '85 vintage), not to mention Mr. Conant's cooking, may be as irresistible to some of you as it is to us. The evening is hosted by Sergio Esposito of Italian Wine Merchants.


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