February 2020

Dear Single Gourmets, This month of February is short, but at least the days aren’t getting shorter, and thankfully the dreary days of winter haven’t been that cold. This month, The Single Gourmet returns to Rossini’s for opera night (an old favorite after having been banned for quite a long time – but please do […]

January 2020

Hello Single Gourmets, The days are not getting shorter any more, but they sure are getting colder. Thankfully it hasn’t really snowed yet. I’m sorry this newsletter is so short, and that there are only 2 events. I’ve got 3 lined up already for next month; I will get the February newsletter out early. In […]

December 2019

Hello Single Gourmets, In the interest of getting this newsletter out as soon as possible, I am going to keep the intro short and sweet. The days are getting shorter and colder, and the holidays are approaching. Thankfully it hasn’t really snowed yet, although with my luck, the day after I put this in the […]

November 2019

Hello Single Gourmets!I have not been well the past several weeks, which is the reason why there was no October newsletter. I have extended everyone’s membership by a month, am better now (I would prefer not to be asked about it), and am on track to get the December newsletter out by the end of [...]

September 2019

Hello Single Gourmets! First and foremost, apologies for the lateness of the newsletter. I am working diligently to get the October newsletter out by the 15th (of September!).Second, please be aware I have slightly modified the refund policy. Due to restaurant deposit and guarantee requirements, if you cancel 7 (or more) days before an event: you will [...]

August 2019

Hello Single Gourmets! I hope everyone has been staying cool, this summer has been brutally hot! Even I -- who normally never complains about the heat -- am finding this heat a bit oppressive. Most of you have probably noticed by now: The Single Gourmet has a new address (located above, under the logo). I [...]

July 2019

Hi, everyone. I apologize for not getting this newsletter out sooner, and for having only 3 events in July. These past few weeks have not been easy for me. I unexpectedly had to move from my place in the East Village, and I haven't been able to find a suitable place to go to yet. [...]

June 2019

Ah, May, was so wonderful! There were a few weirdly cold days that made us shiver, but now June is here, and so are the flowers… but so are the bugs! I can’t believe I already got a mosquito bite, and I haven’t even been to a barbecue yet. But at least I don’t need [...]

May 2019

May 2019 Spring officially began back on March 20, but I feel like only now is it starting to get warm, and even these past few days have been a bit chilly. The month of May (in Latin, Maius) was named for the Greek Goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman era goddess of […]

April 2019

  An update on my mother: As I wrote in the previous newsletter, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and started chemotherapy back in September 2018. Regarding this, I have some good news: on February 7, my mother completed and survived 2 rounds of chemotherapy. (I don’t know exactly what kind of chemo it […]

March 2019

First, the obvious. Huge apologies for not having printed and sent newsletters for January and February. As many of you know, my mother was recently diagnosed with cancer, and it affected me (and my time) far more than I anticipated. However, her chemotherapy treatments finished in the second week of February, and she is feeling […]

December 2018

December got its name from the Latin word “decem” (meaning ten) because it was originally the tenth month of the year in the Roman calendar, which began in March. Strangely, the winter days following December were not included as part of any month in their calendar. Later, the months of January and February were created […]

November 2018

November is when you really start to feel the chill in the air, and sometimes it even snows. This Thanksgiving I will give thanks that my first trip with the group (to Iceland) was successful… and it didn’t snow on us! I am also thankful to have met all of you and for the support […]

October 2018

I’m still working on not being terrible… as well as on overcoming my procrastination habits, and my fear of failure (success?). For those of you who are still with me, thank you all for your patience. At least the weather is finally getting cooler. Not much of a transition, though… it’s been cold these past […]

September 2018

Last month I mentioned how it seemed like the summer was just flying by… now we keep having day after day of 90+ degree weather, and I’m wondering if it will ever end?! We start our September with dinner at I’ Trulli (where Nicola’s mother, Dora, prepares hand-rolled fresh pastas daily) on Saturday, September 8 […]

August 2018

First things first… as many of you have noticed, there is a change of address. Please send all checks and correspondence to this new address: The Single Gourmet, 151 E 3rd St #2G, New York, NY 10009. Second, many people have been asking what the role of Aaron (the owner of The Single Gourmet from […]

July 2018

When I was in high school, and throughout college, I had a problem. A really bad problem. It was a scourge that I tried hard to be rid of, but without much success, and it was (and still is) one of my worst enemies. At times it produced flashes of brilliance, but most often, it […]

June 2018

First, a huge apology. This newsletter is very late. Aaron has been a great mentor, and I have quite the pair of shoes to fill. Taking over the day-to-day running of this group has been very much a learning experience for me. There have been a few bumps in the road, and I thank you […]

May 2018

  There has been a change to the dates Toronto & Niagara we are now planning that trip for 6 nights over the last weekend in July and we are working diligently to finish the itinerary; currently the plan is to stay at and eat at the top restaurants with amazing tours of the city […]

April 2018

  If April showers bring May flowers, what do Mayflowers bring? Pilgrims! (My nephew likes to tell me that joke.) The Romans named this month Aprilis but the derivation of this name is uncertain. April was the second month of the earliest Roman calendar, before January and February were added by King Numa Pompilius about […]

March 2018

A very wise, wealthy man once said to me, “In life, you can be right, or you can be rich!!! You decide. I prefer to be rich.” I have taken that mantra and lived by it my entire life. Not regarding monetary riches, but interpreting his words to mean take the high road, no one […]

February 2018

The Roman month Februarius was named after the Latin term februum, which means purification, via the purification ritual Februa, held on February 15 in the old lunar Roman calendar. Historical names for February include the Old English terms Solmonath (mud month) and Kale-monath (named for cabbage) as well as Charlemagne’s designation Hornung. January and February […]

January 2018

I was looking back at the first newsletter that Art wrote after I took over the group. He mentioned what a shock it was to be writing ‘2014’ — it seemed like just yesterday. I think every year when I change the date, be it in my checkbook or on here, it seems a little […]

December 2017

  Many of you coming to future dinners might start to notice a new face helping out with The Single Gourmet. I have partnered up with a good friend of mine, John Montoya to grow the group and run events as other duties of raising a family might take me away from trips and events. […]

November 2017

  November is known for one big holiday, Thanksgiving. Although President Washington declared Thursday, November 26 as a “Day of Publick Thanksgivin’,” it used to fall on whatever date the President at the time gave the proclamation, and thus Thanksgiving used to fall on different days. Eventually, Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving to fall on the last […]

October 2017

  I recently read a humorous letter to my mom written by her friend regarding aging. It went something like this: When you were young, you counted your age in fractions, as in, “I am five and a half” and you were so proud of that ‘half.’ After you pass the age of ten you […]

September 2017

  Good news for The Single Gourmet family, my wife Juliane is now almost 4 months pregnant with a new Lefkowitz due around February 13th, 2018! Juliane wants it to come a few days late, so it could be a “Year of The Dog” baby, but I prefer a Valentine’s Day surprise thus making birthday […]

August 2017

A member recently told me that there is a “national day” celebrating something every single day. Upon researching this, it is true. Some of the notable “national days” in August are, “National Ice Cream Sandwich Day” on August 2nd, not to be outdone, personally August 4th is my favorite, “National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day.” Don’t […]

July 2017

July was named Quintilis prior to the birth of Julius Ceasar. Imagine the month of Quintiles being the 7th month of our calendar? We have a very busy Quintilis ahead so let’s jump right in to the newsletter. Our trips have been very successful with 15-30 joining us over the years. On those trips, we […]

June 2017

June is one of the nicest months of the year. The weather is predictable (always good), the spring dresses come out (always great), the beach is on the agenda (always fun) and a summer trip is always planned. Have you noticed that no one ever complains about anything the entire month 😊?  I have!  I […]

May 2017

As I write the newsletter for May every year, I always feel it is time to pay respects to Art Fischer who technically founded our group exactly 35 years ago. For those not aware, Art brought the name of the business and the rights to use the name from a woman in Canada. Being the […]

April 2017

April was the second month in the early Roman calendar and it became the fourth when the Romans started using January as the first month. The Romans called the month Aprilis and depending on whom is asked, April comes from the meaning ‘to open,’ or from Aphrodite, the goddess of love. In some parts of […]

March 2017

Recently, I took a seminar teaching valuable lessons on living an extraordinary life. It was a full weekend of inciteful knowledge about our existence and the purpose of our life. I can go on and on about some of the ideas expressed, but one thing that caught my attention was a brief conversation about meeting […]

February 2017

The New Year’s Eve has come and gone and I am thrilled to announce that the trip we planned for Cuba was a great success. Everything was so great about that trip, and I love Cuba so much, that I am planning a return back to Havana with the group the week after Thanksgiving! If […]

January 2017

My wife says I start every newsletter off talking about the weather, or how fast time flies and I should try something different this time. Although, I do remember last January as if was yesterday and I hope that we have a mild winter. Come to think of it, maybe my wife is right. Anyway, […]

December 2016

I like writing the December newsletter because it gives me time to reflect on this year’s past events, dinners and trips. I can see what worked and what didn’t, what was well attended and what was not, what to repeat and what to bury in the snow. We discovered some great new restaurants for the […]

November 2016

November reminds me of the scene in ‘The Titanic’ when the crewmate says “Iceberg right ahead.” It just seems to be the month where we crash into something very cold . Alas, some of us can look forward to our sold-out trip to Cuba coming up soon. I am putting together another trip, this time […]

October 2016

October is my favorite month, not only because it is my birthday month (and Juliane’s- I need to throw that in), but it is often the best time to get out and enjoy nature before heading into the cold days of winter. As you receive this newsletter, Juliane and I will soon be flying off […]

September 2016

The long days of summer are almost over and we are now seriously looking into our plans for New Year’s week as the final months of 2016 will soon be a memory. By the time we meet for our September events, 30 of us will already be reminiscing about our Montreal trip. The Cuba New […]

August 2016

The heart of the summer is here and we have been moving right along with weekly events that just keep getting hotter. Over 50 joined us for dinner for July 4th at Docks and our Montreal Trip is almost sold out. We suspect the fun will keep coming and as many know, we are planning […]

July 2016

It is finally July, the time of year when the days are longer and the sun seams to always shine. This month we enjoy fireworks, outdoor barbeques, trips to the beach, boat rides, drinks on rooftops, walking-tours and for those more adventurous, gardening, hiking and camping. The only concern this month are the AC bills […]

June 2016

69 West 9th Street #6A New York, NY 10011 NEWSLETTER 646-825-0268- Aaron June 2016 aaron@thesinglegourmet.net As many of you know by now, our Founder Art Fischer passed away peaceful as he fell asleep on April 19th 2016 at the impressive age of 92. Many members took time off to go to the services, listen to, […]

May 2016

In April 1982, Art Fischer invited a few single friends and acquaintances to a dinner group he created, those friends invited their friends, and when the NY Times got wind of this, they featured an article on what was to later become, The Single Gourmet! One week after the article was published 500+ people signed […]

April 2016

Normally, I like to start off the newsletter with a bit of humor or history about the current month or make a comment about the weather, but we have a lot of events coming up and I want to jump right into them. Before that, I need to mention something very important. When attending our […]

March 2016

March is named for Mars, the Roman god of war who was also regarded, albeit ironically, as a guardian of agriculture. His month Martius was the beginning of the season for farming and now in the Northern Hemisphere it is the beginning of spring. Let’s hope this comes soon. This coming month is full of […]

February 2016

New Years has come and gone and now we are entering the first lap of 2016. This month we spend the first Sunday watching the Super Bowl and the next Sunday avoiding restaurants on Valentine’s Day. Hold on tight to your napkins this year, because I suspect it will be a wild ride of amazing […]

January 2016

Recently I’ve heard an appropriate quote for this time of year, “The days are long, but the years are short.” It seems no truer a statement as I sit and write January’s 2016 newsletter. Weren’t we just celebrating New Year’s Eve 2015 in Italy? As we will be dining at the restaurants in this newsletter, […]

December 2015

The holiday season is soon upon us and there is no avoiding the Christmas decorations that have replaced the pumpkins. December brings holiday parties, snow storms, Santa Claus, menorahs, jazz on New Year’s Eve and Single Gourmet events. Most either love this time of year, or hate it. Some will be traveling with us to […]

November 2015

The final lap of 2015 is here. It’s time to secure your New Year’s Eve plans with The Single Gourmet, so join us for our trip to Spain. A great group is going, many of whom traveled with us to Italy last year. Who would NOT want to spend New Year’s Eve in Barcelona? Seriously….and […]

October 2015

The best part of October besides my birthday, Halloween and half price candy (though this is usually in November) is the perfectly mild weather. There really isn’t a day we need to check the temperature as it always seems to ‘fall’ on wearing pants and a long sleeve shirt. After a fantastic, yet ‘warm’ trip […]

September 2015

By the time we attend the first event in this newsletter, some of us will already have been back from our trip to Austin & San Antonio. A trip that has been on my mind for about a year. It is amazing to think about a future event, plan it, get excited for it and […]

August 2015

There is a lot to digest in this newsletter so I will jump right into the events. Our July was a wild one as we sold out two events, had 46 members join us for dinner on July 4th, and a fire postponed another dinner. The only event left is Sunday, July 26th, at KNICKERBOCKER […]

July 2015

July, the real heart of the summer, when the days are long and the air conditioning bill puts a frightening scare in all of us.  The freezing winter is but a memory as the street festivals, not the snow, interrupt traffic. Weekends now involve picnics in Central Park, beach days, outdoor all-day brunch, walking the […]

June 2015

It seems every year around this month we start to think how time flies. Wasn’t it just last week that some of us were dancing away the night at Rossini’s while others were in Rome walking the Spanish Steps? Now, 6 months later, we can’t believe it is the half way point of the New […]

May 2015

In April 1982, Art Fischer sat down at an old typewriter and typed the first Single Gourmet newsletter. The membership price was $35 a year (for those wondering)! For over 32 years Art used that typewriter and brought you his humor, excitement and expertise on delicious restaurants. He went on to introduce 1000’s of singles, […]

April 2015

As April showers bring May flowers, so they also will bring the launch of our new website (all in favor say YAY, the rest say FINALLY!). New things to look forward to: there will be a referral program for referring new members to the group; you will be able see and pay for events online; […]

March 2015

March is around the corner and believe it or not, so is spring. Besides March Madness, and the fun antics on Saint Patrick’s Day, we look forward to hunting for eggs, and The Single Gourmet dinners. February was an interesting month as two of our events had to be rescheduled due to poor weather, but [...]

February 2015

New Years is over and so are the holidays (the ones we get gifts for), in a flash we move onto a month with colder temperatures, the super bowl and half priced heart shaped chocolates on the 15th at CVS. We left 2014 on a great note with an incredible trip to Italy, where we […]

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