A Fresh Start, Al Fresco

Around Thanksgiving, we reported that Gaspare's, an Italian eatery in Maple Leaf specializing in seafood and beloved by countless North Enders, was closing its doors. After leasing the space for a decade and a half, owners Gaspare and Dianne Trani went in search of a property they could own. They swore they'd keep Gaspare's in the North End; sure enough, at the end of May, the restaurant will reopen at 6705 Greenwood Ave. N. with outdoor seating, a working fireplace, a full bar, and a cozy, 32-seat dining room. Chez Shayn Unless he takes on Mount Everest blindfolded and barefoot, Shayn Bjornholm has no more peaks to conquer: in 2003, the Canlis Restaurant wine director was named Washington state's "Sommelier of the Year"; last year, GQ magazine called him one of the nation's top six restaurant wine advisers. And now he's come in at the head of his class on his first crack at the three-day test leading to nomination as one of the world's 118 "Master Sommeliers." Judge Madeline Triffon, herself a Master Sommelier, singled out Bjornholm in the service segment for his "princely carriage. Boss Chris Canlis signaled Bjornholm's triumph by letting him pick a bottle for immediate consumption from the cellar he presides over. The choice: a simple 1985 Leroy "le Musigny" from Burgundy. The tab? $1,000—but Canlis got to share it. PG Me Nobody ever said Morgan Spurlock didn't understand business. His autobiographical documentary about a month of eating nothing but McDonald's may not have won the Academy Award, but it's still got legs and is coming to a classroom near you as the Supersize Me Educationally Enhanced DVD. The school edition, priced at about $40 (the regular DVD costs half that much) contains pop-up menus full of stats and "learning tools," 24 "standards-based lessons in health education [and] life skills, and games to "challenge students and test their understanding." Best of all (from Spurlock's point of view, at least), the DVD has been re-edited to remove "certain language and scenes to create a new PG version of the movie which viewers can watch from start to finish in a family or educational environment." New markets! Captive audiences! What's next? The X-rated director's cut? What tangled Webs we weave Too busy to update the Web site this weekend? If you're a restaurant owner, that could spell legal trouble, at least in New Zealand. Writing on USAToday.com, information-tech lawyer Eric Sinrod recently reported that Tony's Vineyard Restaurant in the town of Henderson, New Zealand, was slapped with a $NZ3,000 fine (roughly $2,200 in U.S. currency) for failing to update its online menu. The lapse, which a district-court judge deemed intentional, left would-be diners with an inaccurate sense of prices and selection and violated the country's Fair Trading Act. Could this happen here? Consulting Washington law, we find that, indeed, "any person, firm, corporation or association who, with intent to sell or in any wise dispose of merchandise, [posts] an advertisement of any sort [that] contains any assertion, representation or statement of fact which is untrue, deceptive or misleading, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor." Fair enough. While the Tony's case isn't likely to set knees knocking locally, we at Hot Dish suggest that restaurateurs who find themselves similarly embattled pursue this simple form of damage control: Charge the irate customer the price listed online, then fix the site before another diner can take advantage. Food and/or beverage news? E-mail Hot Dish at food@seattleweekly.com.

 
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