Children of Bellevue Benefit

A friend of mine offered me a very expensive ticket to a charity held for the Children of Bellevue Hospital. So of course, I took it.

They had some amazing offerings, from all of the best restaurants in the city, including Sumile, Hearth, Public, Sapa, Per Se, Peasant, Craft, Telepan, and Tabla The best dishes in my opinion were the sardine on fried chickpea by Public, the cuttlefish by Hearth, the yellowtail preparation by Telepan, and the Tuna Sashimi by Craft. The most shameful dish was offered by none other than Per Se which was trying to pawn off – I shit you not – popcorn. Popcorn. They weakly submitted that it was “black truffle infused,” but no one was buying. I think they managed to give away three little bags of popcorn. Totally weak man, pony it up for the kids you cheap bastards.

In terms of boozing, there were tons of fantastic wines and I tried them all. While it is impossible to list all 70 wines offered, notable mentions include: the 2004 Vidal Icewine from Niagara Peninsula and the 2003 Inniskillin Riesling Icewine (Morrell only has the 2002) the 2004 Chablis Champs Royaux, William Fevre, and the 2003 Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helding Riesling Spatlese, frum Rudi Wiest. The biggest surprise however, came from Zyr Vodka, which had their namesake vodka on tap. It was AMAZING. They filter it more than their competitors so it is far smoother than even Grey Goose. I had heard of guys writing about how they could take crappy vodka and turn it into something smoother than Grey Goose with a Brita Water Pitcher, but it looks like Zyr took the idea and really ran with it. Zyr is now the official vodka of Virtual Obscurity!

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