Sotheby’s Will Auction Wines From El Bulli

Adrià. (Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Telefonica)

Last year, the storied three-Michelin-star restaurant El Bulli closed its doors in Roses, Spain, so that its chef of 27 years, Ferran Adrià, could focus on El Bulli Foundation, a mysterious institute that will do some sort of gastronomic research. To raise money for that endeavor, the foundation is selling off about 8,800 bottles of wine from the restaurant’s cellar. Over two sales next April at Sotheby’s, in Hong Kong and New York, it hopes to bring in $1.1 million to $1.6 million. Read More


Tonight, the Morgan Library Toasts Oktoberfest, Munich Drawings Show

A large helping of spätzle. (Courtesy luca.candini/Flickr)

A Friday evening at the Morgan Library and Museum is one of New York’s great pleasures. Admission is free after 7 p.m., there’s usually a classical-music ensemble playing in the Renzo Piano–designed space and the Morgan Café is open late. Also, the café serves this drink called the Three Martini Lunch, which is, yes, three two-ounce martinis, each with a different garnish—an onion, a twist and an olive. (“In a Hemingway unpublished ten-page draft, an expatriate’s distractions are alleviated only by a three-martini lunch,” the menu explains.) Read More


MoMA PS1’s Long–Awaited M. Wells Dinette Opens Thursday

A 24-ounce hamburger photographed at the original M. Wells. (Courtesy Roboppy/Flickr)

After months of speculation and painful waiting, the glorious day is near: the M. Wells Dinette will open at MoMA PS1 on Thursday. The original M. Wells, which was located in Hunters Pointer in Queens, earned acclaim for inventive cooking that was intensely heavy on meat (offal, especially). It closed in August 2011, after only about a year in business. Since then, its owners, Hugue Dufour and Sarah Obraitis, have hosted pop-up food stands at MoMA PS1 while preparing to open new restaurants. Read More


M. Wells Will Open Restaurant at MoMA PS1

M. Wells. (Photo by Wallyg/Flickr)

It’s official. The much-loved Quebecois M. Wells Diner, which closed its Long Island City home last year after a dispute with its landlord, is set to open a “cafeteria-style restaurant” in MoMA PS1 in May of this year, ending months of rumors about the move.

MoMA PS1 director and MoMA chief curator at large Klaus Biesenbach had this to stay in a news release:

“In our growing emphasis on presenting all aspects of contemporary practice, MoMA PS1 is welcoming M. Wells as adding the experience of innovative and excellent food to our offerings of contemporary art, performance, experimental architecture, music, fashion, and design.” Read More


Alison Knowles Will Make a Salad For Earth Day at High Line

Ms. Knowles at the Tate (Photo courtesy of

Performance artist Alison Knowles will stage her landmark Fluxus score Make a Salad at the High Line on April 22 to commemorate Earth Day.

First staged in Baltimore, in 1962, Make a Salad was a famous score in which Ms. Knowles did just what the title dictated, and in large quantities, for her audience. Since then it’s been repeated in other venues, usually for art historical purposes, notably at the Tate Modern in 2008. Read More