Nouveau beaujolais "madness" takes many forms, and this year it will involve the simultaneous renaming of streets in lower Manhattan and Lyon, France, on Nov. 15 as the two cities share celebrations by giant video screens more than 3,500 miles and six time zones apart.
The party to celebrate the traditional release of the just-made, ultra-fresh beaujolais on the third Thursday of each November will begin at 10 a.m. at Capsouto Frères restaurant on 451 Washington Street and will last until 10 p.m. During that time, the Georges Duboeuf nouveau will arrive for all to taste, Washington Street will temporarily become Rue des Beaujolais, beaujolais lunches and dinners will be served, and the party will be linked by large-screen video to one in Lyon, France, gateway city to the Beaujolais region. Additionally, famous French-born chef Jacques Pépin will be on hand to sign his new book.
Lunch will be from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., and for $25 all will include beaujolais nouveau, saucisson de Lyon with lentils, as well as a green salad and a tarte tatin. Dinner ($35) will have the same menu except the main course will be coq au vin instead of saucisson. Prices are all-inclusive. It will last from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The event organizer is Compagnons du Beaujolais.
For more information and tickets, go to compagnonsdubeaujolaisny.com, and party on.