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'Tis the season
Thanksgiving 2004 is but a memory, and that means that Mister Tom and Mister Jerry have turned up on the scene. The traditional warm and soothing holiday beverage is made from simple ingredients -- rum, brandy, egg batter, hot water and nutmeg -- but it's amazing what cheer it provides.
Kenny Moriarity tells us it's now available once again at the Place, 229 Lexington Ave., as it has been for the past century or so. Schwabl's, 789 Center Road, West Seneca, is also a famed depot. Happy Holidays!

Wine and chocolate
It's long been reputed to be a no-no, but it doesn't have to be. To prove it, Bob Syracuse of the Pizza Plant, 8020 Transit Road, Williamsville, is holding a free wine tasting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday with Ron Jordan, aka "The Wine Guy." On the list: Van-Ruiten Taylor Cab-Shiraz and something he calls a "surprise" Zinfandel with a variety of chocolates. White selections, too, and Italian cheeses. After the tasting, guests are invited to stay, have dinner and enjoy live music with Pete Worden, 632-0847

The Dinosaur moves south
Loyal friends and patrons of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Syracuse and Rochester will be interested to learn that the restaurant is planning to open in New York City on Wednesday.

Coming soon
And this just in. Stavros Malliaris advises us that his glamorous restaurant Nektar, 451 Elmwood Ave., will reopen after last year's disastrous fire sometime in the middle of December. "The prices will be reasonable," he says, adding that the new menu will include items like steak, shrimp, pasta and seafood. Dinner only and yes, in case you were wondering, the Martinis will still be available at the bar.

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