Cheese Plate? I’m there.

MB friend Megan invited me to the press night of 2nd Story at Webster’s Wine Bar, which I absolutely could not pass up because…

A. Me? Press? I am still drunk on the idea.
B. $5 Wine Flight? Also still drunk.
C. They have a cheese plate.
D. Megan is fantastic!

If you have never been to Webster’s, then you should get on your feet / the train / the bus / the car / the bike now and go. The super cozy upstairs makes you feel at home and cocooned. Matt and I took a seat on the camelback velvet couch, impressed at the novelty of being served food at the couch (just like home!) I recommend the cheese plate and, apparently, recommend ordering 2 as I did because they were so yummy (get the Pleasant Ridge and the Ubriaco).

The wine flight (2 oz. servings) is paced throughout the night, and timed with each reading. While the wine was OK, it paled in comparison to the descriptions of said wine that each storyteller prefaced their piece with. Genius – who doesn’t love ridiculing the snobbery of sommeliers and wine-snots?

The storytelling was fantastic, and perfect in length and timing. I tend to be a very antsy person, regardless of the event, so the stories and breaks between were *just* enough. Each storytelling date (May 3 – 7, and 10 – 14), reflects a different theme, so the stories are updated on a daily basis along with the wine choices. Unfortuantely, that means you will miss out on Courtney Shaughnessy’s fantastic reading. But no worries, there was not a dull bulb in the box last night.

7 Comments so far

  1. Byron (unregistered) on April 25th, 2006 @ 3:30 pm

    2nd Story night isn’t just rad it’s rad to the millionth power and that’s a lot of rads in one place–let me tell ya.

    CHECK IT OUT. I have brought friends from all over who aren’t into “readings” and BEG to back again.

    It’s that cool.

  2. Dave! (unregistered) on April 25th, 2006 @ 4:16 pm

    You had me at “Wine Bar”… Cheese plate sealed the deal.

  3. Devin Stein (unregistered) on April 25th, 2006 @ 5:02 pm

    I was a 2nd Story virgin until last night…now I wish it would come ’round more than but once a year. The atmosphere is fantastic, the people are warm and welcoming and the stories are amazing. Did I mention they have inexpensive flights of wine throughout the evening? Yea, i know, how can you pass up that opportunity?
    The stories are incredibly well told and gripping. They are very personal and invite discussion after each one. And of course the discussions get better as the night goes on (has nothing to do with the wine). So, yes, come to Webster’s to witness the magic that is 2nd Story. You’ll be crazy happy that you did. And, yea, the cheese platter is f*in’ awesome.

  4. carolyn (unregistered) on April 25th, 2006 @ 5:20 pm

    2nd story is awesome – i already bought tickets for three different nights! great selections of readers – megan’s awesome, and she’s reading a lot of different nights!, lauren pesca, gina frangello, jonathan messinger….so many different ones to choose from! go!!! :)

  5. kristin (unregistered) on April 25th, 2006 @ 6:12 pm

    I love wine, but more importantly I love Megan. The two meet at Webster’s Wine Bar and I’m a happy girl. As a groupie of hers I’ve never left disappointed, but have left drunk a couple of times. YEAH art! So go and the hilarity will insue. Seriously it’s tods awesome!

  6. Megan (unregistered) on April 25th, 2006 @ 10:57 pm

    Hey, Devin: we’ve heard the “Do it more than once a year” comment from a few people, which is very exciting and insane, and, because we’ve been feeling exciting and insane as of late, we’re going to start 2nd Story monthly in June, the last Sunday of every month at Webster’s. Keep on e eye on the Serendipity site and as soon as we can get our heads above water after the May Festival, we’ll start posting.

  7. Devin (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 9:46 am

    How truly outrageous! truly truly truly outrageous! I can’t wait ’til June! i’ll be there with bells on!

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