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apéritif

(ă-pĕr″ĭ-tēf′) [L. aperire, to open]
An alcoholic beverage, such as wine, taken before a meal to stimulate the appetite.
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It's just updating the centuries-old aperitif tradition of European cuisines, particularly those of France and Italy, where meals would often begin with a simple drink, like vermouth on ice.
Whether or not the aperitif undergoes a true rebirth in America, this may very well be, like the title of Luis Bun uel's classic 1930 film, "The Golden Age" of Aperol--a phenomenon that would hopefully cure Bunuel's long depression.
Her latest book, Aperitif: Recipes for Simple Pleasures in the French Style (Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 1997; $24.95), focuses on a tradition little known in this country.
We asked Laurent Vasseur, manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota's Vernona restaurant, to chat with us about aperitifs. They are much more popular in Europe than in the United States, so Vasseur's background at Maxim's in Paris and at the Ritz Hotel in London makes him the perfect source.
As an aperitif, wine will be offered or maybe gin and tonic and possibly dry sherry now that it is making a comeback.
Also included is a special Christmas Eve celebration with open bar for aperitifs plus a gala dinner.
THIS week, let us consider the aperitif. I find there's something very nice, very civilised, about taking a special drink before a good meal.