March 10, 2011 0 comments Articles & Reviews, By Jonathan Cristaldi

James Beard Foundation Greens, SXSW, Sinatra Simulacra

Jonny Cigar and BK Winery Winemaker Connor McCormack. Photo courtesy of James Beard (himself!).

“Someone said drink the water, but I will drink the wine.” – Lyric by Paul Ryan.

Good Winetology followers (all 3 of you) (3,000!):

Let’s talk in threes for this wonderfully brief but loaded flog blog schmost post.

1. James Beard Foundation Greens (as in the James Beard Foundation, but green). We, your humble but deserving Noble Rot hosts, Jonny Cigar (me) and Brian Quinn (him) hosted a blending event at the Brooklyn Winery for the James Beard Greenlings. They were all delightful! And the highlight was that winemaker Connor McCormack joined us! He, unlike Mr. Quinn and myself, has “legitimate” knowledge with respect to that whole wine thing. He’s really got it down and he gave a tour and I interrupted a lot to make jokes while Connor did his best to refrain from stuffing me in one of the tanks and suffocating me with the CO2 flowing forth. Thanks for refraining Connor! My wife thanks you. Thanks you for nothing. She’s furious. The insurance money would have been worth more than I’ll ever make anyway, so, again, thanks! What a great damn time we had. Log into the other Google (Facebook) and see for yourself here.

Jonny blesses the wine (Deacon Cigar). Photo courtesy of James Beard.

2. SXSWi. (South by Southwest interactive). Austin, Texas comes into it’s own every year as the world turns toward SXSW extravaganzas. So, we too will take our turn. Here’s how it happened: over coffee with Danielle Gould of Food+Tech Connect I had an epiphany. I wrote down the word IDEA. And this suddenly before my eyes became Idea(COMM). Let’s back up: Danielle asked us to participate in creating a very exciting event for the interactive SXSW front. Her raison d’etre is to connect food communities with the technology that can help foster and grow those communities.  So, we came up with a Farm-to-Table interactive event which becamse dubbed, over coffee, Idea(COMM) or Instant Data Evolves a Community. The idea: invite chefs to create menus and source all the ingredients locally direct from farmers using apps and brilliantly designed websites for just that purpose. Curious to know more? Go here.

Cigatra. Photo by Katie Sokoler.

3. Sinatra Simulacra. (The title of the next [highly anticipated] Jonny Cigar performance). On Thursday, April 14 in this the year of 2011, an epic evening unravels… full cocktail hour… best mixologists in New York City… twelve-piece orchestra… brand new arrangements of Sinatra favorites by Daniel Barnidge, who recently arranged music for Sting… Jonny Cigar crooning, singing, swinging, reflecting… on Sinatra. An invite will go out soon, but only 75 seats are available for this one-night spectacular. The venue is Dixon Place, now into their 25th season. Their new theater on Chrystie Street is brilliantly outfitted with the best technological upgrades in lighting grid and sound systems…

Beginning March 14th, I will chronicle here on Winetology 30 days of “becoming” Frank Sinatra.

- The Voice (of Cigatra).

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