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Enjoy Winter French Dishes At Paname NYC Restaurant

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 Chef Bernard Ros and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane toast at Paname NYC Restaurant in Manhattan











Diners who enjoy French contemporary cuisine can still enjoy Paname NYC Restaurant winter menu until the end of the month.  I sat down with Chef Bernard Ros as he explained some of the signature dishes and favorites among patrons who enjoy hearty winter dishes at this French eatery on the upper east side.

The bouillabaisse is one of the winter treats just waiting to be tasted!  A  wonderful  appetizer to experience is the Lentil salad especially prepared to satisfy  the most ravenous appetite. The food is always amazing with  traditional French favorites on a $39 prix fixe menu, which also includes a la carte items.  

Another hearty French dish to try and is a standard is the French onion soup, steak tartare and crab cakes for the first course...all gorgeous and all delicious!.  Another great appetizer is amuse-bouche made of porcini mushrooms formed into a bite sized pate.

Desserts are also very fabulous on a cold winter night!  The creme brulee at Paname is really the best dessert on the menu. It's super rich and creamy on the inside with a hard iced sugary shell and I also detected a few dashes of cocoa powder on top and a lovely presentation with fresh mint, whipped cream, and a slice strawberry. My husband went with the apple tarte and the moment he took a bite I saw his eyes sparkle. He said it was the most delicious apple tarte he had ever tasted.  It is especially delicious served warm with melted Tahitian vanilla ice cream surrounding the tarte.

Please come dine and enjoy these winter dishes until the end of the month at Paname NYC:

BOUDIN NOIRE= BLACK POUDING —CHICHEN LIVER MOUSSE WITH PORT WINE —LENTILS SALAD AND BEEF BOURGUIGNON  =BEEF STEW

For more information please visit: panamenyc.com

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Pink Champagne Kisses,
Cognac Wellerlane






Elegant And Casual Dining At Jubilee NYC

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Executive Chef and C0-Owner Chef Luc Holie at Jubilee Restaurant NYC located at 1st Avenue and 52nd Street in Manhattan
















































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane enjoys a sky blue martini at Jubilee Restaurant NYC located at 1st Avenue and 52nd Street in Manhattan




JUBILEE is Beekman and Sutton Place’s favorite kitchen. The restaurant brings elegance to casual dining in a quaint and vibrant atmosphere. Have a cocktail at the vintage English Bar or in the Lounge.

JUBILEE was founded by Eric Macaire and is co.owned with Chef Luc Holie and his spouse Ilda. It is famous for serving a variety of fresh steamed Mussels in delicious sauce. Specialties include Duo of Tuna and Salmon Tartare, Dover Sole Meuniere, Striped Bass, Sea Scallops, Steak Frites and Rack of Lamb. French Culinary essentials are Steak Tartare, Escargots and Profiteroles.

I sat down and chatted with Executive Chef and Co-owner Luc Holie about the signature dishes that the restaurant is famous for.

We dined on signature dishes 

Terrine de Foie Gras de Canard avec Compote de Fruit

Chef Luc's Homemade Terrine of Duck Foie Gras with Fruit Chutney



Mussels Trio  - Your choice of any 3 Flavors: Marinière, Curry, Poulette, Catalane, Dijonnaise, Citronnée, Tomato Basil, Asian, Calvados and their deliciously prepared rack of Lamb.


Jubilee is a gorgeously decorated midtown east French eatery that was established by Eric Macaire, and is co-owned with Chef Luc Holie and his spouse Ilda. When you step into this quaint French bistro you feel like you've entered someone's home, and are dining in their French Country kitchen. Not only is the decor and ambiance inviting, but the staff is very friendly.

The most famous dish is the mouth watering fresh steamed mussels in a variety of special sauces which we all sampled at the restaurant.There's even a special, separate menu that's dedicated to just mussels! If you're like me and you can't decide between the nine sauces, you can get a trio of mini pots to try. I suggest going with a group of people, that way you can get three trios to share.

Deserts are fabulous too!  We dined on French pecan pie and Tarte aux Pommes Chaudes Warm Apple Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream

I highly recommend Jubilee NYC for French Fine Dining.

For more information please visit www.jubileeny.net

Keep reading Cognac's Corner Magazine for the very best in Fine Dining!

Pink Champagne Kisses
Cognac Wellerlane

Crooner Paul Loren Performs At The Polo Lounge At The Westbury Manor

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Westbury Manager Francesco Cavara and Crooner Paul Loren pose for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the Polo Lounge at the Westbury Manor in Westbury, New York
  















































Westbury Manager Francesco Cavara  poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the Polo Lounge at the Westbury Manor in Westbury, New York

































































Dining at the Polo Lounge at the Westbury Manor, Westbury New York

















































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the Westbury Manor, Westbury New York









Enjoy all your classic jazz favorites played by the extremely talented musician and vocalist Paul Loren every Thursday night at the very elegant Westbury Manor located at 1100 Jericho Tpke, Westbury, NY 11590.



Westbury Manor is an elegant English manor house right here on Long Island, reflecting a genuine old-world charm. Guests enjoy cocktails and sumptuous dinners served in a glass-enclosed conservatory imported from London, or in their spacious garden-side patio area. 


The manor is set on five acres of beautifully landscaped gardens.  Everyone who visits this historic landmark is treated to the seasonally planted and well-appointed foliage. The grounds provide the perfect backdrop to capture any day in photos and enjoy the company of friends and family. For special occasions and wedding ceremonies their garden chapel seats up to 280 guests - with one wedding at a time coming in 2017, your privacy is ensured, allowing you and your guests to relax at your own pace. There is absolutely no distractions. The day is focused on your planned event.  The Manor Room radiates simple elegance, with rich wood accents, ornate ceilings and a large hardwood dance floor. Experience their outstanding cuisine where everything is prepared in a scratch kitchen à la minute to ensure only the freshest meal is served. Control the ambience and set the mood with the Manor Room's customized LED lighting. Truly make your event perfect in every way. 

After enjoying drinks at the large circular bar in Westbury Manor's Polo Lounge, you may choose between their intimate Dining Room with softly lit tables or the airy brightness of  their Conservatory. Whichever room you select, you are ensured a unique dining experience. Relax and savor a glass of imported wine and tantalize your taste buds with their continually updated menus and specials.

I was happy to interview Manager Francesco Cavara who was our host for the evening.  Mr. Cavara served us some of their signature appetizers including Oysters Rockefeller(Baked local oysters with spinach, parmigiano & pernod.)  Other signature appetizers include:


Eggplant Parmigiano

Baked with mozzarella, parmigiano cheese & tomato basil topped with arugula and


Fried Calamari

Fresh (never frozen) served with marinara & thai chili sauce


I was also happy to try their famous Filet Mignon.  
Certified Angus Filet Center Cut Filet Mignon* (GF)
6 oz. / 10 oz. Certified Angus.



Later I sat down with Crooner Paul Loren who was performing that evening.

Out of the crowds of New York City has come a singular talent--with an ear for melody and a timeless approach. Crooner and songcrafter Paul Loren describes his music as "golden-tone pop," but to the savvy listener, it is so much more. Infusing elements of Soul, Rhythm&Blues and the American Songbook, Paul's music is at once the right kind of familiar, yet altogether refreshing. With an electrifying stage show and a knack for fashion that would make Cary Grant envious, he exudes that rare combination of both substance and style. Paul Loren is truly a 'soul crooner' for the generations.

  
For more information about this sexy crooner please visit http://www.paulloren.com and to enjoy a a fabulous dining experience at the very elegant Westbury Manor please visit http://www.westburymanor.com

Their next event is Valentines day.  Do something special with your loved one this Valentine's Day. The Westbury Manor is now taking reservations in their Polo Lounge - Call today.

Call 516.333.7117 for scheduling information on your favorite local talent and to make your reservations.


Keep reading Cognac's Corner Magazine for the very best in entertainment in Long Island, Manhattan and the Hamptons.

Pink Champagne Kisses
Cognac Wellerlane


Celebrate New Year's Eve Polynesian Style at Mai-Kai Restaurant In Fort Lauderdale, New York

 


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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane  poses for a photo-op with Manager Kern Mattei and Patricia Parenti at Mai-Kai Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, New York





















































































































































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Patricia Parenti and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at Mai-Kai Restaurant















































Patricia Parenti and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at Mai-Kai Restaurant

























































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Mai-Kai Restaurant

 






During my press coverage of Basel Week in Miami, I did a TV  show at the oldest Polynesian Restaurant in the United States, Mai-Kai Restaurant located at 3599 N. Federal Hwy.in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

General Manager Kern Mattei was our host for the evening as we dined on exotic appetizers and signature cocktails.

Built in 1956, patrons and guests enjoy Polynesian dining and a spectacular Revue everynight at Mai-Kai Restuaurant.

The essence of Polynesia comes alive in the songs and dances of the celebrated Islanders Revue. Each year, owner and show choreographer Mireille Thornton creates new interpretations of village life in the South Pacific at the turn of the century.

Ms. Thornton's inspiration comes from regular visits to the islands that comprise Polynesia: Tahiti, Aotearoa, New Zealand, Samoa, and Hawaii.

Mai-Kai visitors witness Polynesia's rich heritage in dances such as the Hawaiian Wedding song where two young lovers are separated and then reunited in marriage. Or, the spirited Tahitian solo drum dance competition from Polynesia's largest annual cultural celebration, the "Heiva I Tahiti".

This year's dynamic show boasts more musicians, drums, and brightly colored costumes that light up the stage. The detailed costumes are hand-sewn and reflect the spirit of the South Seas.

They are made from hand-painted tapa cloth (from the bark of breadfruit trees), flowers, mother-of-pearl, feathers, abalone and other small seashells.

The Revue dance troupe also performs outside the restaurant for private parties, charity and community functions.

Performances are enjoyed  nightly (call for show times as they might change through out the season).


During the summer months (starting in June), the Mai-Kai features a Kids Show every Sunday evening.

Witness the children  interpret stories of Polynesia's rich heritage through graceful dance movements.

They rehearse several times throughout the spring months to learn the new dance numbers and develop skills required to keep up with adult dancers.

Decked out in grass skirts, hand-painted cloth sarongs, leis and traditional feathered headpieces, the children offer their peer audience an insight into Polynesian culture and traditions. As the children entertainers become more coordinated, they advance to the next dance level which includes different props from rhythmic instruments to knives.

The owner and show's choreographer, Mireille Thornton, began as one of the original dancers in the Islanders Revue in 1961, making her part of the longest running Polynesian dance show in the continental United States. A native Polynesian, Thornton travels to Polynesia every year to work with dance experts and find new insperation for the troupe's dances and costumes.

Providing entertainment for the entire family, the Mai-Kai dancers invite audience members to hop on stage and learn some new dance moves. Children under 12 years old enjoy the show at no charge and there is a children's menu available. Each receives a lei and a Polynesian activity book. In addition, the Mai-Kai has a special menu tailored to children's tastes including Captain Hook's Ribs, Society Island Shrimp, Bora Bora Beef and Kon Tiki Chicken.

Entrees include everything from THAI RED CURRY CHICKEN with gluten free/can be made vegetarianCoconut, bamboo shoots, sweet baby peppers, sweet peas, Thai basil, lemongrass or MACADAMIA ENCRUSTED MAHI  MAHI with Pineapple Salsa, Passionfruit Beurre Blanc.

Winner of the Opentable Winner 104 Diner's Choice, Mai-Kai Restaurant is perfect venue for your New Year's Eve Party.

For more information to book your party please visit http://maikai.com/

Keep reading Cognac's Corner Magazine for the very best in red carpet events, Art Openings and fabulous restaurants.

Pink Champagne Kisses
Cognac Wellerlane


Patrons Enjoy Winter Menu at Paname NYC


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Owner and Chef Bernard Ros poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at Paname NYC



















































































































Paname NYC - Winter Menu









During my week covering New York Fashion Week I also experienced dining at many high end eateries.  I was invited to dine at one of my favorites, Paname NYC Restaurant, by a dear friend of my mine, Miriam Silverberg  The restaurant is featuring its New Winter menu and Miriam wanted us to experience the new dishes that were artistically created to be edible and enormously satisfying to the palate.

Ms. Silverberg is a top New York City publicist and has represented many restaurants in New York City,

Before dinner I sat down with owner, Chef Bernard Ros who explained that the name Paname is a French slang for Paris.  Chef Bernard has traveled extensively throughout Europe as a restaurant consultant.  He has owned many restaurants in Manhattan and Paname is his latest accomplishment.  Paname has now been established as a neighborhood favorite with fabulous dishes such as Escargots de Bourgogne in Russet Potatoes and Atlantic Salmon, Lemon Rind with Pepperade Couus and Fondant de Betterqave.

Paname Restaurant is situated on 1068 2nd Ave between 56th and 57th Street in Midtown of NYC.   The first time I visited the restaurant it immediately reminded me of a restaurant I dined at a few years ago near Sacre Coeur, Paris.  It has a relaxing, cozy and comfortable atmosphere that is paired with warm dimmed lighting and romantic French music.  An ideal spot for relaxation and romance.

After dinner we were treated to an array of beautiful desserts that the restaurant is famous for including:  Apple Tarte, Tarte Tatin, Flourless Chocolate Cake, Mousse au Chocolat, Crepe Maison, Tahitian Vanilla Ice Cream and Les Sorbets.

Paname C'est Paris is clearly a  very special and favorite neighborhood French Restaurant.

For more information please visit http://panamenyc.com

Keep reading Cognac's Corner Magazine for the very best in Fine Dining.


Pink Champagne Kisses
Cognac Wellerlane

Chocolate and Wine Tasting Hosted By Chocolate Sommelier Roxanne Browning At The Mansion at Glen Cove


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Glen Cove Mansion Director of Operations Gus Montesantos poses for a phoro-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the Mansion at Glen Cove for an Exotic Chocolate and Wine Tasting















































Executive Chef Andy Helliwell poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the Mansion at Glen Cove for an Exotic Chocolate and Wine Tasting
















































Chocolate Sommelier Roxanne Browning poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the Mansion at Glen Cove for an Exotic Chocolate and Wine Tasting



































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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op on the Grand Staircase at the Mansion at Glen Cove for a very Exotic Chocolate and Wine Tasting








The Mansion at Glen Cove was a delicious destination for sampling the exotic pleasures of pairing chocolates and wines from around the globe. The elegant soiree was hosted by Chocolate Sommelier, Roxanne Browning.

Guests arrived before the tasting to sample some delicious dishes that were prepared by Executive Chef Andy Helliwell, including Beef Flanken braised in mole to compliment the variety of wines and chocolates that were going to be paired.

Roxanne Browning, Chocolate Sommelier, from New York had all intentions as a child to save the world. She earned a BFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York City that led to a career in the ad world on Madison Avenue, far from the ideal of joining the Peace Corp. One day she woke up in 1990 in the small town of Northport, where she wanted to bring positive changes to her community, and so she decided to run for office. As a two-term elected official she was allowed to serve the people, which was both a rewarding and a humbling experience.

Roxanne Browning, Chocolate Sommelier, from New York had all intentions as a child to save the world. She earned a BFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York City that led to a career in the ad world on Madison Avenue, far from the ideal of joining the Peace Corp. One day she woke up in 1990 in the small town of Northport, where she wanted to bring positive changes to her community, and so she decided to run for office. As a two-term elected official she was allowed to serve the people, which was both a rewarding and a humbling experience.

For more information please visit ExoticChocolateTasting.com and for more information about the Mansion at Glen Cove please go to GlencoveMansion.com.

For the best event in Long Island, The Hamptons and Manhattan keep reading Cognacscornermag.com

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Cognac Wellerlane


Manna Restaurant - A New Addition To Hampton Eateries


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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane enjoys dining with Celebrity Chef Marco Barrila at his new restauant Manna in Watermill, New York










































































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TV Host  Cognac Wellerlane, Celebrity Chef Marco Barrila and Eric Andrew Ruiz. pose for a photo-op at Manna Restaurant in Water Mill, New York


A new addition to Hampton eateries is the newly opened Manna Restaurant located at 670 Montauk Highway in Water Mill, New York.  This little eatery was formerly Mirkos Restaurant before Celebrity Chef Marco Barrila took over the establishment.

Marco Barrila, born and bred in Messina, Sicily was impressed at an early age by the vast range of regional food dishes. He found his love of cooking at age 13 working in his grandmother’s trattoria “La Caraffa” that dates back to the 1800’s. Before the age of 18, he apprenticed at local butchers and bakeries. Later he enrolled at the Escuola Alberghiera to broaden his experience of international cuisine and to the technical methods of cooking. He remained in Italy until age 24 and then moved to New York City to work in various culinary outlets such as the Paramount Hotel and Carmines before taking over as Executive Chef at Fiorello’s Lincoln Center. Here Marco made a name for himself. In his second year, he was nominated as one of New York City’s Top 40 Chefs alongside chefs Danielle Boulud and Marcus Samuelsson.

Abandoning the city for a weekend holiday trip to the Hamptons, Marco fell in love with the landscape that was similar to his native Sicily. He was quickly offered a new haven with a hotel group and began discovering the astonishing new world of catering and events. He soon began sharing his delicious dishes with the Hamptons elite covering countless charity and multi-media events. Later recruited by Robbins Wolffe Eventeurs as their star executive chef, Barrila cooked for thousands of people during a season of twenty four-caret gold line up of events, including the Ross School Concert Series.

After a ritual change of seasons in the Hamptons, Barrila launched Insatiable EATS, a niche catering company serving sought after international cuisine. Now after five years of success and with a coveted client list, Insatiable EATS has become known as one of the most distinguished and exclusive catering and event companies in the Hamptons. Marco and his creative kitchen team perform for some of the most high profile private parties and annual events on the East End, each distinctly itself, yet happily unified in a highly recognized atmosphere. Insatiable EATS continues to evolve and has expanded with new branches in New York City.  Now Chef Marco has decided to make the former Mirko restaurant his home and established Manna to satisfy the appetites of Hamptonites.

The menu features the best of local farms and seafood as well as exotic imported ingredients. Dining at Manna Restaurant patrons will enjoy a quieter and stylish atmosphere, Manna is the perfect place for business or family dinners and romantic date nights.   Manna is the perfect summer spot for cocktail hour and dining alfresco.

Celebrity Chef Marco Barrila offers a multi-regional array of traditional, rustic dishes that change seasonally and focuses on local farm to table as well as imported Italian products. The menu includes signature dishes like grilled octopus, lobster risotto and truffled veal chops. Walls are adorned with organic 3 dimensional Hampton landscape paintings and artwork by local artist Gil Ferrar. Enjoy dining by fireplace in the winter and the outdoor seating for the summer months  in the courtyard seating.  The restaurant is open year round for private events. 

For moe information please visit https://www.facebook.com/Manna-by-Marco-Barrila and for more information about Chef Marco Barrila's catering services please visit http://www.insatiableeats.com/

Keep reading Cognac's Corner Magazine for the very best in restaurants and trendy eateries in the Hamptons, Long Island and the Hamptons.


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Cognac Wellerlane



The Historical Algonquin Hotel Is Still A Popular Hangout For the Rich and Famous

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Historian and Author of "The Algonquin Round Table New York Historical Guide" from Lyons Press poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Jazz Musicians Dan Aran, Michael Arenella and Ana Lucia McGorty
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TV Host C ognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with a party of Friends at the Historical Algonquin Hotel in Times Square  Manhattan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op toasting her Birthday Celebration at the Historical Algonquin Hotel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Patricia, Cognac, Helen and Cara pose for a photo-op at the Historical Algonquin Hotel in Times Square
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane and Stylist Patricia Parenti pose for a photo-op at the Historical Algonquin Hotel in Time Square for Cognac's Birthday Celebration
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I recently visited the historic Algonquin Hotel located at 59 West 44th Street in Manhattan near Time Square for my birthday celebration.
 
The Algonquin Hotel Times Square, Autograph Collection, is an AAA Four Diamond luxury hotel located just a block from the lights of Time Square and steps from Fifth Avenue shopping. This extraordinary hotel is  one of the most distinct boutique hotels in the Midtown area thanks to their rich history and impeccable hospitality.

The Algonquin Hotel is a New York City Landmark. The hotel was designed by Goldwin Starrett and it opened in 1902. The hotel was planned as a residential hotel but was changed into a lodging establishment. Frank Case took over the hotel in 1907 and bought the property for $1 million. Frank Case was the owner and manager of the hotel until in 1946. Upon Frank Case’s death, the hotel was purchased by Ben Bodne. The hotel changed hands several times and in 2002 it ended up in the hands of Miller Global Properties. When the hotel opened in 1902, it had 174 rooms. The hotel is best known for housing some of the best literary and theatrical minds such as Poet and Critic Dorothy Parker. The most prominent of these geniuses was called the Algonquin Round Table. Frank Case, the hotel’s original owner established some of the hotel’s traditions. One of these traditions is to keep a cat. Male cats are named Hamlet and female cats are named Matilda.

During my evening I had the chance to chat with Historian and Author of "The Algonquin Round Table" Kevin C. Fitzpatrick.

Cognac:  Hello darlings, I am Cognac Wellerlane and I am here at the historical Algonquin Hotel and I am here with Mr. Kevin C. Fitzpatrick who is a famous author and he recently published a book about the Algonquin Round Table.
Kevin:  Yes...

Cognac:  and it is all about the fabulous people of the day like Ms. Dorothy Parker who was a famous poet, she was also a critic.

Kevin:  A critic, short story writer.....

Cognac:  And she frequented this hotel and it is haunted with her entourage of famous writers, poets, and just famous people of the day.  I am here with Kevin Fitzpatrick and he is going to talk about this book.

Kevin:  Thank you for having me on.

Cognac:  Yes!

Kevin:  Well the book is called "The Algonquin Round Table New York Historical Guide" from Lyons Press and it's about thirty members of the Vicious Circle that met right where you are sitting in 1919.

Cognac:  What fascinated you about this hotel and the people that came to this hotel to write the book.

Kevin:  I am a fan of the Algonquin just as someone would be a fan of Yankee Stadium because I know the greats were here.  This was ground zero for amazing  writers, producers, actors, Broadway publicists and what not that came in here about ten years and to this day it still a literary landmark.

Cognac:  You know what fascinated me about Dorothy Parker, like her I am a journalist, like her I do reviews, like her I also am a critic but amazingly Ms. Dorothy Parker died on my birthday which was June 7, 1967 and I was born June 7, 1957.

Kevin:  Wow!  That's incredible!  Well you have a lot of other things in common too!  She also spent a lot of time in Long Island...a lot of time in Broadway theaters and she liked a good time as well!

Cognac:  Why did she love this hotel so much?  What was so special about the Algonquin Hotel.

Kevin:  It's very close to everything that was important to her.  Her job was nearby, the theaters that she worked as a critic were nearby, her offices were nearby....she lived on the upper west side, that's where she grew up.  She would take the train.  It was very easy to get here because it was near Times Square.  It was a very centrally located place and the speakeasies were close by too.

Cognac:  Ah ha!  The speakeasies from the 20's and 30's.

Kevin:  They were on 49th Street where Rockefeller Center is today.  The speakeasies were on 49th between 5th and 6th Avenues.

Cognac:  But strangely and sadly enough as famous as she was she did not make a lot of money doing what she did.  Isn't that true?

Kevin:  No she didn't.

Cognac:  Journalist don't.  I don't make a lot of money either.  People think that because I look so glamorous all the time.

Kevin:  Well she made money in the 30's and 40's when she was working in Hollywood but she spent it as quickly as she made it.  She like to say "Hollywood money isn't money. It's congealed snow, melts in your hand, and there you are.''
 
Cognac:  Oh my God. I would say that myself!  Sometimes I wonder those numbers do they mean something?  67, 57, June 7th... I don't know it's a little psychic don't  you think?

Kevin:  A funny thing about the end of her life is her very good friends were Gloria Vanderbilt and Wyatt Cooper.

Cognac:  Wow!

Kevin:  They were very important to her.  She met Wyatt Cooper in California when he was working as a writer.  He moved back to New York in the 60's with Vanderbilt and they really took her under their wing.  They were very important to her and Gloria Vanderbilt in particular.  When Dorothy Parker died, the reason Gloria couldn't go to her memorial service was because she just had baby and the baby was Anderson Cooper.

Cognac:  Oh my God what a fascinating story.

Mr. Fitzpatrick went on to say how much he admired Ms. Dorothy Parker and what a good writer she really was.  To find out more information about Historian Kevin Fitzpatrick please visit http://www.fitzpatrickauthor.com/ and to find out more about Dorothy Parker please visit http://dorothyparker.com

During the evening patrons were entertained by Jazz Singer and Musician Michael Arenella who spoke to me about how he was introduced to perform at the Algonquin Hotel.

Cognac:  So tell me Michael I understand that you will be performing hear until the end of June.

Michael:  Yes, We have one remaining Tuesday and we will also be here every Tuesday in July.

Cognac:  Tell my audience what do you think about the Algonquin Hotel?  What drew you to this place to perform every week?

Michael:  Well the Algonquin is unmistakably a piece of New York history with the patchwork of New York's cultural literary heritage.  You know Dorothy Parker, F. Scott Fitzgerald use to sit right over there at that round table!

Cognac:   I know and I interviewed the manager and I said is this place haunted?  Does she haunt this place?  And he said yes, we think she does!  What do you think?  Do you think she haunts it?

Michael:  I definately feel a  presence here.

Cognac:  an energy...

Michael:  An energy of sorts!

Cognac:  Tell my audience about the music that you perform here.  I mean it's typical of the day back in the 20's when Dorothy Parker use to have dinner here.

Michael:  Yes, well here its a hotel lobby so you don't want to do anything too exaggerated.  It's got to be to scale so I am doing a jazz quartet.

Cognac:  What kind of songs do you like to sing?

Michael:  Jazz standards, the Great American Song Book, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hart, Duke Ellington, all the great tunes!

Mr. Arenella will be  completing his run at the Algonquin Hotel until August and then he will be focusing his time coordinating his annual Jazz Age Lawn Festival on Governors Island in mid August.  For more information about Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra please visit http://www.dreamlandorchestra.com/ and follow him on Facebook at Facebook/Michael Arenella.

After dinner I had the opportunity to interview Executive Chef and Director of Food and Beverage, Mr. John Lovitch.

Cognac:  Introduce yourself to the camera.

John:  I am the Executive  Chef and Director of Food and Beverage here at the historic Algonquin Hotel.
Cognac:  What a fabulous, fabulous hotel.  Tell my audience how did you come to work here at the hotel?  Tell my audience the history of how this all happened for  you.

John:  I have been here about a year.  This place was actually part of Marriott's autograph collection and I came to work for Marriott just so I could get into a hotel like this because it is part of a big company and at the same time it operates as a uniquely independent historical place.  It's just fabulous!  I make menus out of old books, I use pages for cursors.  Everything is literary themed.  It is just a really fun place to be and it is so filled with history, romance and how could you not want to be the head chef here!

Cognac:  So many stars have performed here at the Algonquin.  Can you tell my audience some of the more important people that have sang and performed here.

John:  Not even the singers and performers, it's like an endless list of places to be seen with celebrities.  The other night Kim Cattrall from "Sex and the City" fame just came in to take a picture with the mural.  We had tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg here like a month ago.  Obviously the history and the 20's and 30's with Graucho Marx and Dorothy Parker......

Cognac:  Oh that Dorothy Parker she haunts this place, that is for sure!

John:  In a good way!

Cognac:  She makes sure that you guys are doing what your suppose to do, making sure that everybody is being served well!  She wants this place to stay open for another 100 years, maybe 200 years!

John:  Dorothy Parker wants this place to stay open perpetually!

Mr. Lovitch also spoke to me about the famous and favorite dishes from their exquisite menu that patrons love to dine on including:  Mom’s Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese, Buffalo Chicken Popovers, The Round Table Cobb, Brooklyn Lager Fish and Chips and I of coursed dined on the Bronzed Salmon which is combination of  cast iron roast, crab butter, manchego rice and nutmeg brussels.

For more information please visit http://www.algonquinhotel.com/
 
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Dining At Hummus 21 Mediterrean Kosher Restaurant During New York Fashion Week Was A Real Treat!

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Co-Owner Zak at Hummus 21 Kosher Mediterranean Restaurant located at 1055 1st ave | Directions(Between E 57th & 58th St) New York, NY 10022




































































Hummus 21 Kosher Mediterranean Cuisine




















Co-Owner Zak, Stylist Patricia Parenti, Publicist Miriam Silverberg and TV Host Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at Hummus 21 Kosher Mediterranean Restaurant during New York Fashion Week























































Co-Owner Zak and TV Host and Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at Hummus 21 Kosher Mediterranean Restaurant during New York Fashion Week





During New York Fashion Week I had the pleasure of dining at many fabulous eateries in Manhattan especially one little treasure was Hummus 21 Kosher Mediterranean Restaurant.


I sat down with Co-Owner Zak and talked about the many signature dishes that the restaurant is famous for.


Their menu is characterized by an incredible fusion of Mediterranean flavors and a predominant use of fresh herbs that characterizes each entrée. Hummus 21's ideology is based on the health, cleanliness, and sophistication of their unique ingredients! And with a variety of Glatt Kosher meat and vegan menu options from hummus to soups and salads to Laffa and Shakshuka,poultry, beef, lamb and fish to steaks, there's truly something for everyone in your party to enjoy. 



Whatever you choose, you can rest assured that each dish was prepared with care to ensure only the best flavors come through. Bring your friends and family to Hummus 21 for an amazing brunch, lunch, and dinner. They pride themselves on exceptional customer service and aim to treat each guest like royalty!



And that is exactly how I felt dining on an array of wonderful dishes.  For starters we dined on Babaganush which is grilled eggplant‏ mixed with tahini sauce. Served with achoice of white or whole-wheat pita bread, Israeli Chopped Salad
Chopped tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, parsley, mint andlemon dressing and Moroccan Carrots which is marinated cooked carrots in chef’s special spices and herbs.



The restaurant is famous for their Hummus21 a healthy hummus mixed with wholechickpeas, no olive oil. Served withfinger carrots, cucumber and celery.




For dinner we dined on Lamb Kebab which were delicate cubes of‏ tender lamb marinated in spices, chargrilled to perfection. Served with mejadra rice and white tahinisauce.  We also had the Chicken Kebab, a boneless chicken breast (white meat) grilled on a skewer marinated with rosemary, chili, olive oil and paprika. Served on a sizzler with vegetable rice and harisa sauce on the side.



All in all the dinner was just incredibly delicious and true to its name as the perfect Kosher Mediterranean Cuisine Restaurant



For more information please visit www.hummus21.com




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Cognac Chats with Chef Craig Atwood At Jedediah Hawkins Inn

 
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Chef Craig Atwood poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at Jedediah Hawksin Inn in Jamesport, New York
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wine Expert and Bartender Colin Keillor poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at Jedediah Hawkins Inn in  Jamesport, NY
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jedediah Hawkins Inn
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dining at Jedediah Hawkins Inn is a truly marvelous experience.  Chef Craig Atwood's culinary experience and expertise in creating delicious edible dishes was a delight and truly a treat to experience.

Surrounded by 22 acres of fragrant gardens and farmland, Jedediah Hawkins Inn is a luxurious North Fork boutique hotel, celebrated for its history, genuine hospitality, good food and good wine. Here you will want to stroll the gardens, enjoy a glass of wine in the gazebo or enjoy the surrounding vineyards, farms and beaches of the North Fork.

Captain Jedediah Hawkins built his home in 1863 in the popular Italianate style, complete with ornate architectural features and a belvedere. It was one of the finest residences on the North Fork. After having fallen into disrepair and becoming “haunted”, the house was saved from the wrecker’s ball and meticulously restored. The Inn, a cozy blend of traditional and contemporary design, reopened with a Decorator Show House. The New York State Historic Preservation Award confirms JHI’s investment in the community’s heritage and rejuvenation.

For information about dining and staying at this charming boutique hotel and inn please visit http://www.jedediahhawkinsinn.com/

Please visit Cognac's Corner Magazine for the very best in dining experiences in Manhattan, Long Island and the Hamptons.

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