Last week, Grub Street invited readers to decide whether Per Se’s new series of wine dinners"The American Table at Per Se”—was a deal or a way to make dining at the pricey Michelin-three-star restaurant even more expensive. As far as I’m concerned, if you’ve got $325 (not including tax) to throw around, a good way to spend it is at the inaugural event tonight, with Wells Guthrie of Copain Wines. Not only does Guthrie make exceptional Pinot Noirs and Syrahs (F&W called him a food and wine visionary in 2008), he’ll also pour selections from some of his French influences, like superstar Jean-Louis Chave. Although Guthrie will be too busy pouring wine to cook, he probably


could; he's staged in the kitchen of Per Se's sister restaurant, the French Laundry. For those who can’t make it to Per Se tonight, there are more pretty amazing sounding American Table dinners lined up with Brewer-Clifton's Greg Brewer and Abe Schoener of the Scholium Project.