This week's tablehopper: butter-poached.

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Steak tartare with pommes frites and a Kusshi oyster at Boulevard. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Jeez, this has been quite a week. Someone pinch me. (No, not there! My waistband runneth over.) Tuesday night I attended the opening party for La Maison Cointreau (what a party) and had the honor of not only watching the divine Dita Von Teese perform, but interviewing her as well! Stand by for a transcript soon—we had a fun chat.

Wednesday night I swung by DIFFA’s Table Hop and Taste event for a hot minute (thanks to La Crema wines for the kind invite) and had a chance to catch up with some of my favorite gays and check out some fun table designs. I would love to do one with a designer pal one of these days (and it’s not just because of the event name).

I think I am still recovering from the opening party at Capo’s last night. Yeah, I tried three kinds of pizzas (cast-iron pan, deep dish, and stuffed), they were ridonkulously good. Duh. The joint opens tonight, call and get your reservation now. Oh, and don’t miss the Made Man barrel-aged cocktail, it’s a winner.

One of the highlights of my over-the-top week was a Chablis dinner at Boulevard Wednesday night, probably one of the better wine tasting dinners I’ve ever had. Chef Nancy Oakes slayed me with the steak tartare with pommes frites topped with a Kusshi oyster, a wicked combo I’ve never had before (I am going to beg her to put it on the menu—Nancy, pleeeeease?!). And paired with the 2010 Domaine Séguinot-Bordet Chablis Vieilles Vignes? In a word? Mmmmminerals. (The wine is all-stainless, and for less than $20, a total steal.) Anyway, we tasted our way through seven delightful wines, including the 2008 Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos, which made the table utter a collective “wow” when paired with the butter-poached quail. Yeah, you heard me right. Butter. Poached. Quail. Excuse me, it’s time to make myself a salad.

Have a swell weekend in spite of the rain (I am kind of excited about it), and please consider attending these fabulous fundraisers: tonight is the Taste and Tribute event for the Tibetan Aid Project, Saturday is a pig roast for Share Our Strength at Elixir, and Sunday afternoon is SF Hearts NY at Local Edition.

Bisous!
Marcia Gagliardi

View tablehopper Newsletter from Friday, Nov 16 2012