Almond Restaurant & Bar in Bridgehampton will host best-selling food writer Gael Greene this Sunday, August 7 at 8:30 p.m., in a special presentation, “A Night of Delicious Sex and Fabulous French Fare.”
The evening features a three-course menu prepared by Chef Jason Weiner, complete with wine pairings, interspersed with readings by Greene from her New York Times bestseller Blue Skies, No Candy and the infamous “instructional book” Delicious Sex: A Gourmet Guide to Pleasure for Women…And the Men Who Want to Love Them Better. Admission includes a download of one of her books—either Delicious Sex, recently reissued in an updated and uncensored 25th anniversary edition, or the long-out-of-print erotic classic Blue Skies, No Candy.
A question-and-answer session with Greene follows dinner, but I just couldn’t wait until then to speak with her. Best known as New York Magazine’s “Insatiable Critic” columnist for 40 years, Greene has authored 14 books, including Doctor Love, Bite: New York Restaurant Strategies and Delicious Sex, which she told me she is re-launching because she feels that “really, sex is more needed than ever.” She pointed out that two people at the same table having different cell phone conversations are not connecting.
I’ll be there myself on Sunday to hear Greene and to enjoy my first meal in Almond’s new location. Almond moved about a mile east earlier this year, to the corner of Montauk Highway and Ocean Road. Award-winning pastry chef and restaurateur Sarabeth Levine told me she hopes to attend. In her words, Greene “put me on the map years ago. She’s fantastic!”
As a restaurant reviewer I thought to ask Greene what faculty I should be most concerned about losing as I age. It didn’t take her long to reply: “Enthusiasm!” Clearly Greene, a sexy septuagenarian sybarite, remains very enthusiastic about her life’s work—celebrating food culture and pleasure. We swapped “best bets” about East End restaurants and I was gratified to learn that we’re in total agreement about the best places to dine out here. I was delighted to be able to share some of my East End faves she’d not yet tried.
Greene has long spent time in East Hampton, “sometimes Wainscott, sometimes Bridge.” We also compared notes on where to food shop. Since she mentioned her love of local pies, I said that maybe I should make her one of mine. She said, “Oh, maybe you should.” And so I shall!
I can’t wait to dine with her and many like-minded people this Sunday. As Greene said to me, “The fun part of work comes in the evening—seeing friends.”
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