I have to give it up for McSweeney's. Just as the world was ready to say "Newspapers are dead," the publishers printed the one time only Panorama newspaper, reminding us all how exciting it can be to read newsprint with the wingspan of a vulture. And while we've been holding our hammer to put the final nail in the coffin for food magazines (R.I.P. Gourmet), McSweeney's has been readying to release Lucky Peach.
Perhaps we should use the age-old "what I did on my summer vacation" construct, with the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen standing in for "summer vacation." Or, to borrow a phrase from Commis chef James Syhabout, who was being honored as one of Food & Wine Magazine's Best New Chefs, "It's like spring break for rich, old people." Indeed. By 5:45 p.m. on the first night, women in staggeringly high heels clutched to their mates and to the banisters of each stairway, the effects of French 75s and altitude (Aspen is at about 10,000 feet above sea level) conspiring to make them a bit tipsy.
Peach vs. Fig
Mark your calendars: Next Wednesday, November 4, 7x7 has arranged what promises to be a very illuminating, interesting panel discussion—David Chang, of Momofuku fame, Momofuku cookbook co-author (and NY Times writer) Peter Meehan, Chris Cosentino and Meadowood chef Chris Kostow will discuss food, art and—well, who knows what else. It promises to be one hell of an evening at Café du Nord, beginning at 7 p.m. Best of all, it’s free—just RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Changtastic" in the subject line.