Dinner and a movie
"Sideways," the award-winning movie that turned half of America on to Pinot Noir, is one of the best culinary films ever. So Bacchus, 56 W. Chippewa St., is going to show the film at a special wine dinner starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
The food will have a California feel, and the wines will hail from Santa Barbara County, which was the setting of the film. It will feature micro greens salad with goat cheese, cider vinaigrette and artichoke chips with Laetitia Brut Cuvee; roast duck, poached pear and parsnip puree and baby arugula with AuBon Climat Pinot Noir, 2004; and seared ahi tuna, roasted pepper and olive salad, crisp polenta with Melville Estate Pinot Noir 2004.
The price for the evening is $49. Call 854-9463.
Coffee and a flight
Starting this week, passengers on all JetBlue flights will enjoy Dunkin' Donuts Original coffee and Dunkin' Decaf. According to a survey undertaken by both the airline and the retailer, more than one-third of Americans say that airline coffee is worse than their own daily cup. They also cited coffee most frequently as the beverage they would like to see improve while flying.
No word, sad to say, on serving the doughnuts themselves.
The honor system
Now here's an interesting restaurant sidebar. A place in Salt Lake City called One World Cafe has no prices and no menu, and it's now making a profit.
Patrons select their own portion sizes but are expected to pay a fair price for what they are served, dropping in their money on the way out.
"I had my own 'Field of Dreams' experience about the pricing," says founder Denise Cerreta, meaning that trust is her key ingredient. She provides it, and the customers come.
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-- Janice Okun