Resident Alien

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By George Wayne

Pamela Morgan, the chic Fifth Avenue socialite and culinary queen has, for more than three years, been conducting what she calls “Flirting With Flavors,” which one could call “the chicest cooking class imaginable” and which she would call ‘’more than a cooking class, more like a cooking party.” Six times a month she opens her state of the art kitchen to six candidates who want to upgrade their culinary skills.  What is coolest about this culinary excursion is the fact that it has been attracting a wide range of bankers, industrialists and highly successful men about town who have come to realize that learning how to cook and prepare a meal is one of the classiest investments a man can adapt to impress a suitor or two.

After 25 years of experience creating memorable events for clients such as Martha Stewart herself, Pamela has latched onto a valued niche to broaden brand as culinary instructor, cookbook author and event planner because as she says, “the simple act of cooking can inspire and lay the foundation for a long lasting bond and relationship.  It is the perfect entree to establishing a memorable first move.”

Recently yours truly was part of a “Flirting With Flavors” cooking class with a rather distinguished cast of investment bankers like Tony Santos and Andrew Kahner, the hot menswear designer, Michael Bastian, the film producer, John Sanchez and the MTV reality stud muffin, Tony Santucci – all learning how to whip up a blue ribbon meal of baked oysters with a beurre blanc emulsion, baked Atlantic salmon coated with mustard and breadcrumbs.

We started the session over mojitos, which was the perfect way to loosen things up and then donned aprons and got down to the nitty gritty of preparing a divine, first class meal.  After dinner we took to the patio of her fabulous home to take in the gorgeous sunset over dessert and coffee.  It was a splendid and productive evening to say the least and if I were you I would run to sign up at flirtingwithflavors.com or 212 647 1234.

Speaking of meals, when New York magazine does its annual listing of Best Eats in New York City no doubt the next leading candidate for Best Pizza In New York City will be the brand new high-end pizza emporium and wine bar, Pizzetteria Brunetti at 626 Hudson Street.

Anderson Cooper and Bette Midler will no longer have to go all the way to Westhampton Beach to get their craving for this delicious Neapolitan style pizza. Since 2009 patrons have been flocking to the wood burning brick oven pizza of the father and son tandem, Michael and Jason Brunetti in the Hamptons, but since October locals have been flocking to the latest Pizzetteria Brunetti for its delicious take on artisanal pizza.

Pizzetteria Brunetti
626 Hudson St.
(212) 255-5699
pizzetteriabrunetti.com

Instant classics include the classic Margherita and the Vongole stacked with freshly shucked and chopped clams – amazingly delicious! A fine array of Insalate and first rate listing of wines along with the chic minimalist designed decor of the celebrated decorator Chris Smith make this, without doubt, one of the great informal new eateries in the Meat
Packing District.

I told you last month that a must have coffee table tome on the Christmas list this season is the upcoming fashion book from the legendary fashion stylist Lori Goldstein add to that list another fabulous coffee table book to spice up your collection “Out There: Design, Art, Travel, Shopping” by Maria Gabriela Brito.

The Venezuelan born art connoisseur noted for helping devise the private art collections for clients such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Sean “P. Diddy” Combs has created this lively, colorful absorbing coffee table book, which is part memoir, part guide to creating the perfect home and filled with rich colorful images is a must have this season and is available at Amazon.com or Rizzoli.

And I will be in touch. •

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