by Filippo BartolottaI have to catch up with my diary as the following days will be packed with events and the current ones are over packed.We got in NYC with the kids set up at the Love a lot school and everything has been going pretty well and smoothly aside theenormousamount of work that LEBACCANTI back office with Vanessa guiding everything with immense clarity andthoroughness; Barbara implementing all the actions, Carrie and Valentina co-ordinating from Florence Italy.On my side I have been finishing off an article for Decanter Magazine and getting the last details in place for the Road show with a little morning run here and there tocheck theneighborhood.The second part of the week has been a little more crazy also for me as I had to get a group ofwonderful"Italy at Your Table "wine selection to try with John Malkovich in occasion of the launch of his new artistic fashion creation.I went to the Rivington Hotel to place all the bottles there while waiting for John.
I want to personally thank the following tremendous wine estates who made it to thisawesomeopportunity managing to get the bottle in time in only 24 hours!!!Chianti Classico Riserva Castello di Monsanto 2006Valiano Riserva 2006Arnaldo Caprai Sagrantino di Montefalco 25 AnniIsole e Olena Cepparello 2006Propriet Sperino Lessona 2005Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2004Punset Barbaresco Campo Quadro 2004Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 2004Poderi Boscarelli Vigna il Nocio 2006Tenuta Friggiali Pietra Nera 2004
While Barbara was getting the wines out of the extremely "secured" boxes, I was displaying the bottles on the pool table.
My son in the meanwhile was having fun in the most amazing candy shop in NYC which happens to be wright in front of The Rivington Hotel: ECONOMY CANDY NYC.
We are trying to set up another event with John at the beginning of March, of course always with the TechnoBohemian underground noise!Talking about underground...Right after arranging the wines for John Malkovich, Vanessa and I set off to visit an underground Sushi place on the lower East side: Sushi Uo 151Rivington St.
It is a tiny but quite glamorous place with great traditional Sushi dishes and more experimental ideas like the gnocchi with on a horse radish bed forinstance.It's is a very romantic little restaurant verydifficultto find as it is in a private house.Everything is really fresh and expressly made right in front of you by super Sushi master chef David Bouhadana. A very New Yorker that moves as fast as aJapanesecartoon: he has been a great host.
Not cheap and the music too loud for my taste, but great service and friendly hospitableapproach with a very good Sake list!Morning after this is time to hope on the train to Washington, but not before a little street band motivational music:
I'll tell you more about the 48 hours inWashingtonDC where I have been having the most hectic and yet relaxing time with amazing helpful and interesting people. I'll tell you more about Jos Andres and ThinkFood in the next blog because right on arrival with Alice'sassistant(super sweet) Sarah I started off right with a tasting at the Miller's the CEO of Jos Andrs ThinkFoodGroup.Starting from my zen artist host Dhalia and her tremendous wooden American house in Kenwood.
...to atomic Jan Bhurgman, Joane Nathan and Robert Morrison and all the great volunteers and hosts of the Sunday Night Supper Event.
Now I am in Kansas City where I am dashing off to start the first official date of ITALY AT YOUR TABLE.I am a little nervous although Kevin and Gina are looking after me realllllllly well.Also, last night with Alice Waters I got a clicking inspirational moment which is still lingering with my tastings of the Italy at Your Table Wines that she loved so much: her aura is simple and yet never lasting: thank you Alice!
Tomorrow I'll tell you about the Dinner at Joane Nathan's with all the celebrity chef and of course Alice Waters.Go to go...