My idea of a perfect celebratory lunch: Scottish salmon and sable on an everything bagel (and bubbles!) at Baz. Photo: © tablehopper.com.
Buon giorno! Can you see my huge smile beaming from New York? Yes, I have been having an epic first month here, but the grin is about a greater accomplishment: on Sunday February 21st, tablehopper turned 10! Crazy, right?! I sent out my very first tablehopper issue, all the way back in 2006. And here’s the very first tablehopper homepage. Awwww. Memories. Where has the time gone? (The same place as my waistline, I suppose.)
I know a bunch of you have been reading my column for years, so here’s a huge thank you for all your support, kindness, tips, feedback, and enthusiasm for my venture. You are an incredible community! I have so much gratitude for all of you who keep the hopper hopping, but especially to my brilliant team over the years, from my designers to technologists to copyeditor to ad sales managers to interns to associate editor to many contributors—and fabulous sponsors!! Yeah, it takes a village.
While I was a bit sorry to not be in SF to celebrate, I imagine I will be hosting a big party later in the year once I return home. I mean, really, I have a year to celebrate until this thing turns 11! But it was fun to be fully immersed in a New York moment on Sunday, enjoying a bagel and sable at a cute luncheonette counter (at Baz) by myself, bubbles in hand. (I posted this missive about it on Instagram or you can check it out on Facebook—thanks for all the kind words everyone, you got me all misty!)
In honor of the new decade, I thought it would make sense to launch a new section: the new yawker. I’ll be posting mini reviews about places and delicious things I’m eating while I’m here in NYC (like Lilia!) so you can keep track when you plan your next visit (all the posts will be stashed online here). And many of you live here, so I hope you enjoy it.
Speaking of NYC, if any of you are going to the Charcuterie Masters event this weekend in Flushing, let me know! Would love to meet you. It’s going to be meat-tastic. I’m also attending an aperitivo hosted by Elizabeth Minchilli next Thursday, see you there?