A Champagne Wish Comes True

Jen Pelka, an owner of the Riddler in the West Village, has long wanted to serve her own Champagne. She finally found a small grower-producer in France, and now, with her brother, Zach Pelka, she’s got a Champagne that’s exclusively hers. One requirement was that it had to be from a house run by women.…

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Who Needs a Caribbean Yacht When You Can Take the Ferry?

Orion was shining brightly in the dark sky above Anegada in the British Virgin Islands. But the constellation had some electric competition in the band of bright mast lights bobbing offshore — “like a bejeweled Orion’s belt,” observed a new acquaintance who introduced himself as Spoons, the pilot of one of those yachts. He and…

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Inside the 2020 Oscar Parties

LOS ANGELES — For those not invited to this year’s Academy Awards, the second-best option might have been the viewing party and dinner hosted by Vanity Fair. At 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, about 120 of Hollywood’s chosen began arriving at the Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills. Early guests included Sarah Murdoch and Lachlan Murdoch,…

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An Alzheimer’s Drug Trial Fails: ‘We Don’t Have Anything Now’

The study aimed to show that Alzheimer’s disease could be stopped if treatment began before symptoms emerged. The participants were the best candidates that scientists could find: still healthy, but with a rare genetic mutation that guaranteed they would develop dementia. For five years, on average, the volunteers received monthly infusions or injections of one…

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Seeing the Oscar Challenge to Fashion Week and Raising It One

New York Fashion Week dribbled into existence just after President Trump’s impeachment acquittal victory lap, and in the shadow of the Bernie-Buttigieg squabbles over Iowa. Not to mention the Oscars. It was not the optimum moment for the first fashion week of the third decade of the new century to start. It was too easy…

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Your Foam Coffee Cup Is Fighting for Its Life

MASON, Mich. — The Dart Container Corporation, by some measures, is an American success story. The family-owned business was co-founded in Michigan by a World War II veteran with a triple major in mathematics, engineering and metallurgy, and it developed products that, in no small way, helped fuel the modern economy. Dart makes, by the…

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Canned Artichokes Deserve Your Respect

I love to do things in the kitchen that take up a lot of time, tasks that feel special and maybe a little fussy. Things like soaking precious beans overnight, shucking pounds of fresh peas from their pod and gingerly trimming thorny raw artichokes to steam and eat with clarified butter. I also love convenience,…

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Lessons That Go Beyond the Coronavirus Outbreak

News of coronavirus infections is causing many people to panic. It’s unclear how widespread or deadly this illness is going to be, but for once, instead of telling you not to worry, I’m going to suggest riding that wave. Channel that fear into useful action — and find the lessons that go beyond this outbreak.…

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Actual Decadence!

Good morning. Valentine’s Day is Friday, a Hallmark holiday for some, with cards and chocolates and roses of questionable provenance, dinners in candlelight, public displays of affection set to stun. If you’re celebrating, I hope you have your reservations made or your caviar order in. You don’t want to be scrambling around on Thursday or…

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