JOHN FELLEMAN – THE ULTIMATE CONNOISSEUR
“Kimelman, it’s St Patrick’s Day and you’re going to lunch at Lutece. We have our annual table for 10 Irishmen and Andre (Soltner) is making us cassoulet”. But John, I’m not even Irish. “Your wife is and your brother-in-law leads the NYPD Emerald Society bagpipers up Fifth Avenue”. It was truly a fabulous event! The food, the guys and the wines were spectacular. However, by 4:30PM, it was very clear that I didn’t have enough Irish blood. The boys moved on to a sports bar for the start of “March Madness”. I went home and got into bed. But holding the bed to the floor was physically impossible. In the minutes (seemed like hours) before sleep saved me, I was sure that my family would be forming a “minyan” (quorum) to say Kaddish.
All of John Felleman’s business success and his kindnesses to his fellow man are almost forgotten because all who knew him were so focused on his joie de vivre. John was the ultimate “connoisseur”. He knew where and when to eat every vegetable, fish, animal, or sweet. Even sporting events, music, and art were meticulously scheduled. Tradition was his “bible”. People were always greeted with a smile and were treated the same whether banker, doorman, or taxi driver. John made every moment count. Surely Cathy, his wife and very close partner, must have seen a chink in his armour but we didn’t. Clearly we should all embrace John’s passion for living.
John has given me the honor of sharing his recipe for the “Romanze” – no, I fooled you – it’s actually Otto’s (the bartender at Lutece), who only disclosed the magic ingredients to John.
The following makes a 26 ounce pitcher:
6 ounces Cointreau . 4 ounces Framboise . 4 ounces fresh lime juice
8 ounces fresh orange juice . 4 ounce fresh lemon juice
Dash of grenadine for color
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