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Wednesday is for Food and Wine

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Frank Bruni dishes on Nightline tonight.

BayWalk’s Friday Night Wine and Music Series is still free and open to the public and (each guest’s first glass of wine is still compliments of Barefoot Wine and Bubbly), but now a $2 donation collected for a second or third glass will help make one terminally-ill child’s dream come true. On Friday, August 21, 5 to 8 p.m., enjoy the swinging sounds of the Tom Mullinix Jazz Band. All proceeds will benefit the Children’s Dream Fund. More than 400 people attended the last BayWalk Friday Night Wine & Music night.

Eleven Madison Park, which opened in 1998, now ranks among the most alluring and impressive restaurants in New York. It has reached this pinnacle because its principal owner, the indefatigable Danny Meyer, made a key move in 2006, bringing aboard the chef Daniel Humm, and because together they decided — out of pride, it seems to me, more than any commercial calculation — that this restaurant could and should shine as brightly as any other.

A snapshot of Bernie’s AmEx spending was released to the public. The 100-plus page document shows that the Madoff Clan—the account covers 14 (!) credit cards—wasn’t only busy stealing money, but spending it too. There’s a lot to love here, from $10,000 charitable donations to organizations he was ripping off, to hotel stays that cost more than a year of education at most colleges.

Scott Boswell has devoted to the project of making Stella! a better restaurant over the past four years, the Dutch would be calling the 504 for engineering advice. We can take solace instead in Boswell’s sparkling achievements. Stella! is impressive on every level, more so than any other restaurant currently operating in New Orleans.

For decades, distillation of drinkable spirits could only occur in three Tennessee counties: Lincoln, Moore, and Coffee. In July, the legislature, acknowledging the micro-distillery boom, and hoping to spur cultural and culinary tourism, voted to allow the distillation of whiskey in 41 more counties. As a result, a number of small distilleries will soon join industry behemoths Jack Daniel’s and George Dickel in filtering corn whiskey through charcoal. (Prichard’s, a small-shop maker of rum in Kelso, Tennessee, was already in the pot-still game.)

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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