These days, despite the new gig for Travel Channel and Noah’s arrival last January, I seem to have a lot of time on my hands . . . except it’s all at 30,000 feet and only occurs between take-off and landing. I catch up on reading and unfurl the hundreds of crumpled Post-Its that I accumulate between flights. So in the interest of clearing the decks, here are some random ideas I have had on ‘my desk’ for a while now . . .
*Wine dinner, this Sunday night at Town Talk Diner . . . be there or be square . . . $65 a person, all very hush-hush and on the QT. It promises to be a blast—these guys know how to throw a party.
*Happy fifth birthday, Alexis! Check out Girl Friday and you’ll see how the busiest folks in town can be in two places at the same time. I’m not just a fan, I’m also a client.
*Opening-week parties for the new restaurant in the Chambers Hotel begin this weekend. I will miss attending them, and rumor has it so will Jean Georges Vongterichten. If JGV spends as little effort in opening this restaurant as he seems to be, the results could be dismal. Personally, I would like to see JGV plotz down for a few weeks and work his magic around town—kiss some babies, make some food, and create a little buzz for the place. One of the five best meals I ever ate was at Lafayette in the Drake Hotel twenty years ago when he first came to NYC, and he can still make my head spin when he is in front of the stove. I am praying that he pays attention to his new outpost here in Minneapolis, because the track record of gastro-preneur owned and operated boites is dismal when the lead dog never pulls an oar on his own. An ugly mixed metaphor, but you get the idea.