Back in the saddle

Dear Feastlings,

Today, I went for my first bike ride since Covid knocked the stuffing out of me three and a half weeks ago, and despite the fact that I was pedaling through hot air thick with impending rain and the evaporated sweat of a few hundred thousand Tucsonans, it was good to be back in the literal saddle.

To be back in the figurative saddle of running a restaurant that’s spent two and a half years faltering? Perhaps less so, though I have high hopes on which I won’t elaborate out of superstitiousness. Suffice it to say that every time I’ve let go of the trapeze for the past two years and change, there’s somehow miraculously been a pair of hands or another bar to grab just as I think I’m swiping at nothing. I’m hoping for more of the same this week.

In the meantime, I’m distracting myself with wine, some of which I’ll drink, but most of which I’ll discuss. You can find me and Katherine shooting the breeze with a few others today at 2:00 (and there’s still time to join us if you choose.)

Old but affordable

If you’ve already got your samples handy, you can log in here:

Topic: Affordable Old Vines
Time: Jul 30, 2022 02:00 PM Arizona

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Then tomorrow, I’ll be chatting with four more people, and any of you who are interested, with little snacks alongside:

Feriae Augusti

As of last night, there were still four sets of tastes and snacks left to be had, so you may be able to join us. Our still being closed on Sundays, this one will be entirely virtual, and I’ll send you the link tomorrow by midday. It’s all Italian wine, a prelude, really, to our special menu on Ferragosto, or technically on the cusp of Ferragosto.


You’ll want to make a reservation for that one, as we’re sure to book up.

I don’t have more to mention today, but Tuesday your mailbox should have a glimpse of the new dishes on the August menu, and likely a little bellyaching from your old pen pal, Doug, who’s cautiously happy to be back in the saddle. Stay well in the meantime.


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