I recently relocated my office and discovered, in some rarely opened drawers, (why is it that I always giggle when I say something like that) hundreds of dusty cassette tapes, which one would expect to discover these says during an archeological dig. I managed to track down an equally dusty cassette recorder and spent several hours listening to this young man, with a fairly decent English accent, interview many famous names from a bygone era. And I immediately recalled each interview and my immediate impression of my guests.
Here’s a sampling of the more memorable guests and a thumbnail impression of each.
-Julia Child came striding into the room with a huge glass of Australian Shiraz, which she insisted I try as it impressed her with its amazing fruit. After almost half an hour asking me about my life and my family, we finally started talking about her. She was enthusiastic to talk, sincere and down to earth. A very fine, classy lady indeed.
– Emeril Lagasse was flattered that I chose Portuguese wine to complement the meal he created for the wine dinner we both hosted. His ancestors were from Portugal, so I thought it was a nice touch. We met on several occasions, and Emeril, even amid Beatle-mania frenzy from the audience, was level headed, knowledgeable about wine, passionate about food and good company. Not flavor of the month anymore. Shame!
– And my most favorite people are Peter Mayle — who wrote about his Provençal escapades in his best selling books — and Graham Kerr, The Galloping Gourmet. Peter, bless him, has turned a life of wining and dining into an art form. I enjoyed the company of both, but Graham left me the most inspired, and the longest, voicemail messages, which I still keep in my drawers.
This just in
The Philadelphia Film Society At The Roxy is offering BYOB wine nights every Wednesday through August. Beginning Wednesday, June 18, patrons (who are at least 21 years old) can purchase a premium ticket, which will allow them to bring their own bottle of wine to sip during some of the summer’s most slurpable films. This month, PFS Theater at The Roxy is showing “The Fault in Our Stars” and will open Clint Eastwood’s “Jersey Boys” based on the Broadway hit show June 20. The ticket price is $14, which includes film screening, corking fee and glassware.
The new PFS Theater at the Roxy is located at 2023 Sansom St., Philadelphia. For information, chec www.filmadelphia.org/nowshowing.
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