I read a post on another board offering the sale of prepaid reservations at a Chicago restaurant. The post mentioned that the price of the meal includes "water pairings." Admittedly, I'm not the most sophisticated diner around, but pairing water with food seems pretty farfetched to me. A bit of Googling on the subject turned up more than I ever would have imagined, including a soon-to-be-published book entitled, "Finewaters Guide Book -- A Connoisseur's Guide to the World of Premium Bottled Waters."
Should we expect to see water menus alongside the wine lists in our favorite restaurants? Is this to be taken seriously -- or is it a case of the Emperor's New Clothes revisited?