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Dan’s Taste of Summer, Hamptons, NY

Dan's Taste of Summer annual food & wine festival takes in the Hamptons beginning on Friday July 17th with GrillHampton, a competition pitting 8 NYC chefs vs 8 Hamptons chefs in the ultimate grill off. Located at Sayre Park, 156 Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton. Tickets available for $125 (inclusive of all food & beverage). Saturday July 18th is the fifth annual Taste of Two Forks, the biggest celebration of East End restaurants bringing together more than 40 spots under one roof, hosted by The Chew's Michael Symon and Hamptonite Katie Lee (also co-host of Food Network's The Kitchen). Also located at Sayre Park, with tickets from $170 for general admission, [...]

By | July 10th, 2015|Rambling, USA Restaurants|0 Comments

2015 Oxnard Salsa Festival Celebrates Everything Salsa!

Get ready to spice things up during the 22nd Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival, one of Oxnard’s signature events. The festival celebrates salsa food, music and dance on July 25-26, 2015 at Plaza Park, Fifth and “B” Streets, in historic downtown Oxnard. Presented by the Oxnard Downtowners, the annual event features spicy food and fiery, top entertainment, attracting an estimated 45,000 salsa lovers to the City of Oxnard for the two-day action packed celebration. Event highlights include Main Stage entertainment with Salsa and Latin Jazz bands; the Salsa Tasting Tent, featuring over 75 different salsas; an eclectic vendor marketplace; international foods; Kids Korner attractions; chef demonstrations; a salsa recipe contest and [...]

By | June 18th, 2015|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

New Taste of the Upper West Side Begins May 27

The 2015 New Taste of the Upper West Side kicks off May 27 with an exciting lineup of new and returning restaurants, world-class chefs and celebrity hosts for an unforgettable three-night culinary celebration. The annual event donates all net proceeds to the local community. The festivities begin with Soirée in the Park on Wednesday, May 27th 7:30 – 9:30 pm (Rain Date: Thursday, May 28th) , an outdoor cocktail event at Theodore Roosevelt Park that celebrates and raises funds for New York City’s beautiful Theodore Roosevelt Park, surrounding the American Museum of Natural History. Guests will enjoy live chamber music under the stars with champagne and hors d’oeuvres provided by [...]

By | May 7th, 2015|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

Practice Makes Perfect Spring Fling

Practice Makes Perfect Spring Fling will be held May 6, at Midtown Loft & Terrace (267 Fifth Avenue, New York City) from 7-10 pm. The event will have dancing, food, an open bar and an auction that includes Yankees tickets, a 2-night stay at the Las Vegas Cosmopolitan  Delta Voucher, Knicks tickets and a private dinner provided by Celebrity Chef Gabe Kennedy, winner of ABC’s The Taste. Guests will enjoy beverages from Gunhill Brewery, Banfi Winery, Lagunitas Brewery, and food from Kitchen Provance, Shake Shack, and Joanne’s Restaurant. A 100% of the proceeds go to Practice Makes Perfect to allow them to provide summer educational programming in low-income neighborhoods. Practice [...]

By | April 22nd, 2015|Rambling, xyz misc|0 Comments

Annual Iron Chef Elm City, New Haven

The eighth Iron Chef Elm City will be held  Sunday, April 26 11:45 am a the Omni New Haven Hotel, 155 Temple Street.  The competition is a battle between three chefs, requiring them to demonstrate their culinary prowess, while testing their skills against each other, Each chef must create a scrumptious appetizer, entrée and a dessert using the “secret ingredient." which is revealed at the start of the competition. This year's competition feature chef Carlos Cassar of Copper Beech Inn, Ian Frew of Yale-New Haven Hospital and Todd Ruiz of Omni New Haven Hotel Enjoy food samplings from competing chef's restaurants and CT food manufacturers before and during the competition. [...]

By | April 20th, 2015|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Community Plates Food for All

Community Plates, the technology-fueled, direct-transfer food rescue organization dedicated to ending food insecurity in America, presents their signature fundraiser, “Food for All” on Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 6 to 9 p, at  The Loading Dock, 375 Fairfield Avenue, Stamford. This is an event features Fairfield County’s newest restaurants and artisans, in addition craft cocktail bars spearheaded by creative mixologists. The Dessert Café will feature sweet treats and libations. Tickets are $75. To purchase tickets ($75) and find more information click here.  

By | April 19th, 2015|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Harlem EatUp! Festival 2015

Harlem EatUp! is a new festival celebrating the food, culture and spirit of Harlem on Thursday May 14th through Sunday May 17th, representing the renewed spirit of the area while paying homage to its roots. A variety of events will be held throughout the weekend featuring nationally and locally renowned artists from the culinary, fine arts and performing arts worlds. As part of its mission and dedication to Harlem, net proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Citymeals-on-Wheels and Harlem Park to Park. On Friday, “Dine In Harlem” will pair Harlem chefs and restaurants (including The Cecil, Streetbird, Jin Ramen, Vinatería) with national chefs who have ties to Harlem (including Carla [...]

By | April 11th, 2015|Other happenings|0 Comments

Bruno DiFabio Opens Amore Cucina & Bar, Stamford, CT

Numerous awards, 11 restaurants and several Food Network gigs later, Bruno DiFabio opened Amore Cucina & Bar, the second oldest restaurant in Stamford (921 Hope Street). The six-time World Pizza Champion, restaurateur, and Food Network judge came home to the neighborhood where he made his first pizza dough. Amore Cucina & Bar offers classic Italian fare to pay homage to its predecessors. The restaurant features Bruno’s popular Pizza Romana, a square pie that uses the “Poolish” dough method of a 72-hour fermentation process that's cooked in a gas-fired brick floor oven. Varieties include the award-winning West Side (spicy salami, green olives, tomato, mozzarella and passata). The wood-fired oven offers the [...]

By | February 20th, 2015|USA Restaurants, xyz misc|0 Comments

Carnevale at Tommaso’s, Bay Ridge, Brookyn

The celebration of Carnevale at Tommaso’s (1464 86th Street) in Brooklyn continues it's 42nd year of tradition. The festival celebration — from Friday, February 6th through Fat Tuesday February 17 —  features a  food, wine and music from a troupe of classically trained singers, who perform Italian arias, folk songs and Broadway standards. The feast begins with a parade of 15 hot and cold antipasti — many prepared only for Carnevale — and continues with a choice of pasta and entrée, followed by coffee and dessert. The fee is $45 to $60, depending upon the day. For information visit their website or call for reservations call 718-236-9883. - Guest submission [...]

By | January 22nd, 2015|Rambling, xyz misc|0 Comments

Banana Festival, Port of Hueneme, CA

Go Bananas’ on the scenic grounds of the Port of Hueneme (105 East Port Hueneme Road) during the Banana Festival, Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The free festival provides a fun-filled day to learn about the journey of the banana and the interworking of the Port. Festival highlights include delicious food and banana treats, live music, interactive displays, recipe contests, arts & crafts, kid’s activities, port tours and more. Vendors offer authentic tacos,  savory barbecue, Thai noodles, local brews and special banana treats including banana splits, banana smoothies and chocolate dipped bananas. Local bands will provide entertainment. Get a glimpse into how the Port works [...]

By | September 14th, 2014|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

NYC Restaurant Grading System

The New York City restaurant grading system implemented in 2010 is working. Many diners won't enter a restaurant  if there's a "B" or "Grade Pending" posted in the window. In fact, I — like 88% of New Yorkers — consider the grade before booking my res. I check with the department of heath online or use the ABCEats app. Click here to find a restaurant's letter grade and to learn what the grades actually indicate. Did you know that: New Yorkers eat at restaurants nearly a billion times each year 6,000 New Yorkers are hospitalized and 20,000 visit emergency room each year because of foodborne illnesses 2,700 residents of NYC [...]

By | September 13th, 2014|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

Hudson Valley Wine and Food Festival

Hudson Valley Wine and Food Festival opens its gates at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck (NY) September 6 and 7 from 11 am to 5 pm for those eager to taste, test and learn about award winning wines, state-of-the-art distilleries and New York State’s food producers. Wineries, distilleries, craft breweries and food artisans will present their wares for other to enjoy wine tasting and food sampling as well as the demonstrations by well-known chefs. The celebratory atmosphere is enhanced by live music and the anticipation surrounding the judging of the Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition. Founded 13 years ago by Hudson Valley-based, the Hudson Valley Wine and Food [...]

By | September 1st, 2014|Other happenings|0 Comments

Bourbon Women “Sip-osium,” French Lick, Indiana

Bourbon Women will hold its first  “sip-osium,” a weekend of bourbon enjoyment and education, at the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana, Friday August  22 through Saturday August 23, 2014 The two-day conference includes daily cocktail receptions and a bourbon dinner Saturday evening. The cost is $175 for members; $225  for non-members that includes a one-year Bourbon Women membership. Saturday only tickets are $150 for members, $200 for non. For more information and to register, click here. Attendees of the "sip-osium”must be at least 21 years old. Bourbon Women is a member-based organization founded in 2011 to promote and preserve the heritage of bourbon through educational, networking and charitable [...]

By | July 23rd, 2014|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels, Soho

The Parisian wine bar — La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels — recently opened in New York City at 249 Centre Street. It features nearly 600 wines from around the world, with several offered via enomatic machine, and dozens of others available by the glass. Sommelier Fabien Suquet (formerly of the three Michelin Star-awarded Auberge Du Vieux Puits) has compiled a wine list from his favorite producers around the world. Nearly 70 percent of the list is French with venerable bottles from Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Chablis. There's also wines from small growers from Lebanon, Israel, Greece, Hungary, and Brazil. A menu of small plates from chefs Armand Arnal (of the Michelin [...]

By | June 28th, 2014|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

2014 Oxnard Salsa Festival

Get ready to spice things up during the 21st Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival July 26 -27, 2014 at Plaza Park, Fifth and “B” Streets, in historic downtown Oxnard. The annual festival, which is presented by the Oxnard Downtowners, celebrates spicy salsa food, top notch music and dance, attracting an estimated 45,000 salsa lovers to the City of Oxnard for the two-day action packed celebration. Event highlights include Main Stage entertainment with Salsa and Latin Jazz bands; the Salsa Tasting Tent, featuring over 50 different salsas; an eclectic vendor marketplace; international foods; Kids Korner attractions; a salsa recipe contest and more. Event admission and parking are free. For Festival information, call [...]

By | June 2nd, 2014|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

New Taste of the Upper West Side in May

The 2014 New Taste of the Upper West Side  begins in Theodore Roosevelt Park on Tuesday, May 27th (with a rain date on Thursday, May 29th) at 7 pm with a cocktail event under the stars to celebrate and raise funds for New York City’s Theodore Roosevelt Park ($150/person) Travel Channel’s Adam Richman and  Food Network star and Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli (Butter Restaurant) will host Friday, May 30th's Comfort Classic from 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm, at the Grand White Tent on Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th Streets. The duo will oversee 40 restaurants from the Upper West Side showcasing their comfort dishes and competing to win [...]

By | April 17th, 2014|Rambling, xyz misc|0 Comments

A Taste of Excellence, Time Warner Center, NYC

Attend the  epicurean event on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 beginning at 6:30 pm on the second floor of the Time Warner Center, NYC. The Restaurant and Bar Collection at Time Warner Center offers an evening of fine dining, wine and entertainment. Enjoy canapés served by Union Square Events and sip specially crafted cocktails from Center Bar and Stone Rose Lounge during an open-bar cocktail hour. Dine on dishes from A Voce, Landmarc, Porter House New York and Masa. End the evening on a sweet note with desserts and cordials, accompanied by live jazz from Jazz at Lincoln Center. To purchase tickets ($95/person), click here.  

By | April 16th, 2014|Rambling, xyz misc|0 Comments

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Fund Raiser, April 25

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Connecticut Chapter will host Hops & Grapes, Toasts & Tastes at Chelsea Piers, Stamford, (CT) on Friday, April 25th from 7:30 to 10:30pm. Local restaurants, and distributors will showcase a selection of foods, wines and beers. LLS hopes to raise over $50,000 during this fun-filled evening. The evening’s festivities will include a silent and live auction and raffle. To this date, Hops & Grapes vendors include: Back East Brewing Company, Bar Russo, Bar Sugo, Beverage Boss, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Cakey Kathy, Capriccio Café, Casa Villa, Chocolations, Colony Grill, Dash N Drizzle, DiMare Pastry Shop, Farmboys Smokin’ BBQ, J’amie ҫa Cake c/o Bar Sugo, Little [...]

By | April 11th, 2014|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Bleecker Kitchen & Co. Opens, NYC

Bleecker Kitchen & Co. recently opened in Greenwich Village (643 Broadway, New York City), in the space formerly occupied by the Corner Shop Café. Veteran mixologists Tim Cooper (GoldBar) and Justin Noel (1534) feature  drinks that emphasize American flavors and ingredients including an Apple Walnut (American brandy, apple cider, lemon juice, cinnamon, grade “b” maple and black walnut bitters, $13) and Concord Mule (vodka, Meyer lemon juice, concord grape, ginger, thyme and club soda, $13). Executive Chef Steven Ferdinand— with  culinary experience at Aquavit, Le Zoo and Sugar and Plumm — offers a seasonally inspired American menu featuring small (rabbit confit with arugula, carrots, green beans, egg and orange-cider vinaigrette, [...]

By | March 17th, 2014|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

Tuscany Wine Dinner at Felidia with Banfi Wines

Lidia Bastianich's flagship restaurant Felidia (243 East 58th Street) will host “A Taste of Tuscany with Banfi Wines," a special 5-course dinner and wine pairing on March 26th at 6:30pm, for $205 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Cristina Mariani-May — proprietor of the internationally renowned Castello Banfi vineyard estate in Montalcino, Tuscany and co-CEO of Banfi Vintners — will lead dinner attendees through a paired tasting of the her family's wines, including the Banfi crown jewel, Summus, and the critically acclaimed flagship, Brunello di Montalcino. Felidia executive chef Fortunato Nicotra will prepare the following courses for the dinner to be accompanied by these wines: Pappa al Pomodoro, Scampi Dorati, Micro [...]

By | March 15th, 2014|USA Restaurants, xyz misc|1 Comment

‘Dare to Pair’ Spirits Tasting Dinner Series, NYC

Atrio Wine Bar and Restaurant (102 North End Ave, Manhattan, NY 10282) is hosting a spirit tasting dinners, 'Dare to Pair.' The series focuses on a unique spirit each dinner. Still to come are the Hudson Whiskey (March 19), and Remy Martin (April 24). Executive Chef Antonio Cardoso will create a spirit-infused menu to compliment the cocktails served, while brand ambassadors will educate guests on their respective spirits. The fee is $110 for each dinner, held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. For reservations, call 646-769-4250 or email For more info, click here. - guest contributor

By | March 11th, 2014|USA Restaurants, xyz misc|0 Comments

Pillsbury Bake-Off Now Accepting Entries

The Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest is now open, calling home cooks to compete for the $1 million Grand Prize. The finals will be November 3, 2014, at the Omni Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. What’s new? For the first time, America’s vote will be combined with the judges’ decisions to determine the Grand Prize Winner. Additionally, Pillsbury expanded the ingredient list to include  a Gluten Free Award. The Bake-Off now features four recipe categories with separate two entry periods. The first entry period includes the Simply Sweet Treats and Savory Snacks & Sides categories and is open for entries from now until March 27 (11:59 a.m. CDT), 2014. The second contest [...]

By | March 9th, 2014|USA, xyz misc|0 Comments

Liberty Prime: A Female-Friendly Steakhouse in Jersey City

Liberty Prime Steakhouse, a new kind of steakhouse arrived in Jersey City, within walking distance from the Grove Street & Exchange Place PATH station and just minutes from Hoboken and New York City. Restaurant owner George Makrogiannis always had a vision of bringing his own steakhouse to Jersey City. He joined forces Moran's restaurant in Manhattan and the Davenport group to launch Liberty Prime — 111 Montgomery Street, Jersey City — making his dream a reality. Like every great steakhouse, Liberty Prime makes quality meat its priority, but unlike every other steakhouse, they also pride themselves on their female friendly focus. Liberty Prime diverges from the traditional steakhouse that focus [...]

By | November 25th, 2013|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

Fame Opened in Wicker Park, Chicago

Fame is an art-centric bar ( 2015 W. Division at Damen, Chicago) brings nationally acclaimed artists’ work to Wicker Park. The nightlife destination presents craft cocktails and innovative bar food in a space designed by interior designer, Antonio Ballatore. On the food scene, Fame  introduces Chef Sam Demarco’s modern and casual American cuisine. With more than 30 years of experience, Chef SammyD brings his fun culinary twists to the Windy City. His sharable plates provide unique twists on traditionally casual dishes, including: Tuna "Nachos" featuring pokey style diced tuna, plantain chips, roast pineapple salsa and sriracha mayo FBBBLT (Fame's Bao Bun BLT) Greek Gyro - griddled mini bao bun, lamb [...]

By | November 21st, 2013|USA Restaurants, xyz misc|0 Comments

Genji Sushi Offers a Solution to Holiday Food Indulgence

Genji Sushi is embracing the power of quinoa by offering a signature blend of red quinoa and brown rice in lieu of white rice at their sushi bars locations inside Whole Foods nationwide. Genji chefs are offering this blend on a variety of rolls, but any roll can be custom made to order with the new red quinoa and brown rice blend,  giving customers a more nutritious option as the holiday season commences. Genji’s Corporate Executive Chef Takao Iinuma — protégé of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto —  developed the recipe specifically targeting customers who are looking white rice sushi alternatives. Based on an average roll, the new mixture has more protein, [...]

By | November 18th, 2013|USA, xyz misc|0 Comments

NoLA’s Michael Stoltzfus at City Grit, NYC

Led by Executive Chef and Owner, Michael Stoltzfus, Coquette’s culinary team will be prepare a “Fall in New Orleans” themed dinner on November 14th at City Grit (38 Prince, between Mott and Mulberry, New York City) Chef Stoltzfus — who was nominated for a 2013 James Beard Award for Best Chef in the South as well as Food & Wine Magazine’s People’s Best Chef in both 2012 and 2013— will create a multi-course experience that includes: a New Orleans root vegetable salad with cashew butter, satsuma vinaigrette and olive praline; butternut squash cavatelli with fried chicken and maple syrup; suckling pig and for dessert apple cardamom snowball and sweet potato [...]

By | November 6th, 2013|Rambling, xyz misc|0 Comments

New Haven Celebrates National Pizza Month

October is National Pizza Month, and what better place to celebrate than New Haven, CT, the birthplace of the first American pizza slice. The first slice is purported to have been served in 1925 at the famed Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria, and since then, New Haven has become known as an authority on pizza, with a number of shops throughout the downtown area. In addition to tasting New Haven’s famous thin crust pizza, visitors can also experience unique menu items and specials at New Haven restaurants this month. National Pizza Month specials include: Kitchen ZINC: In celebration of National Pizza Month, Kitchen ZINC is holding Weekly Pie Fights throughout the month [...]

By | October 18th, 2013|USA Restaurants, USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Win Lipton K-Cups & Keurig Brewing Machine

Lipton, in collaboration with Green Mountain Coffee Roaster (GMCR), has just released its first-ever hot and cold iced tea varieties for Keurig K-Cup single-cup brewing systems. These new Lipton K-Cup packs are a different way to enjoy fresh brewed tea blends, with the ease and convenience of a Keurig brewer. Prepare simply and quickly with one of the three new K-Cups filled with  delicious ingredients in three unique combinations: Lipton REFRESH: This crisp and refreshing iced sweet tea is made of fresh-pressed tea leaves and sweetened with cane sugar. This new variety joins GMCR’s current Brew Over Ice collection for Keurig K-Cup brewers, an innovative line of beverages that are [...]

By | October 14th, 2013|Done Deals|61 Comments

Central Coast Chefs Vie for Best Soup

It’s the battle of the soup kettles when twelve Central Coast chefs showcase their best artisan soups during the 3rd annual Grand Ole Soupabration: Soup, Wine and Wildlife, on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2 to 5:30 p.m., at Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria. Tickets are now on sale. Chefs from San Luis Obispo to San Simeon and in between have joined this year’s event to benefit Pacific Wildlife Care in Morro Bay. Judges, including Southern California celebrity chefs and local media personalities will pick the best soups in four categories, while attendees will select a Taster’s Favorite award. Attendees can also sample olive oil, artisan breads, artisan chocolates, cookies and gourmet [...]

By | October 10th, 2013|USA, xyz misc|0 Comments

New Haven Dining Deals During Yale’s Presidential Inauguration

In celebration of Yale University’s upcoming Presidential Inauguration Ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, New Haven restaurants are offering special dining deals throughout the weekend. As the city honors Yale’s 23rd president, Peter Salovey, patrons can whet their palates with a variety of mouth-watering options from 18 of New Haven’s most sought-after restaurants. Participating restaurants will offer several different $23 dining options. These include a prix fixe lunch or dinner menu, a sampling of the restaurant’s favorite culinary offerings, or a bottle of wine. For example, Heirloom Restaurant will offer a specialty cocktail called “23.” Caseus Fromagerie & Bistro and Ordinary will offer a $23 cheese and charcuterie platter with [...]

By | October 7th, 2013|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Greenwich Wine + Food Festival

The Greenwich 2013 Wine + Food Festival, a three-day event presented by Serendipity magazine that benefits The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, will take place October 3-5, 2013, at the Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, CT. The festival will feature a Kick-Off Party on Thursday, October 3, a Grand Tasting Gala on Friday, October 4, and the Culinary Village on Saturday, October 5. Thursday evening’s official weekend Kick-Off Party, featuring wines paired with gourmet hors d’oeuvres, is an introduction to the weekend’s featured chefs and event sponsors. The Grand Tasting Gala on Friday evening will feature tastings by the event’s 13 chefs from Connecticut and New York, fine [...]

By | October 2nd, 2013|USA, xyz misc|1 Comment

Casting for Food Network Star in NYC

Interested in becoming a host of your own cooking show?  Food Network Star is holding open casting looking for "those with a captivating personality who believe they’re at the top of the culinary game and want to inspire a Food Network audience through their passion for food and cooking." Open casting calls in New York City, October 7, San Antonio, October 14, San Francisco, October 19, Providence, October 26, Los Angeles, November 2, New Orleans, November 12 and Chicago, November 16. If you can't attend you can alternately submit a 3-minute home video. For more details about the casting call and to download an application click here. - guest contributor

By | October 1st, 2013|Other happenings, xyz misc|0 Comments

Katch Brewery & Grill, Astoria, Queens

Katch Brewery & Grill, a newly opened 450 seat American restaurant in Astoria (31-19 Newtown Avenue), is the latest addition to the flourishing beer scene in Queens. Katch offers 50 craft beers on tap, with 14 more mainstream offerings by the bottle, along with an impressive “kocktails” collection. The menu of pub “klassics” includes nachos made with béchamel cheese sauce, hand-shaped patties burgers made from of a proprietary beef blend, house-smoked grilled ribs and linguini, with prosciutto, broccolini, and blue cheese in garlic red wine sauce. Katch’s Kourtyard captures the spirit of an upgraded outdoor picnic area with wooden communal tables, colorful umbrellas and televisions positioned along a brick wall. [...]

By | September 22nd, 2013|NYC Restaurant Reviews|0 Comments

Morton’s The Steakhouse, New World Trade Center Location

Morton's The Steakhouse reopened at the World Trade Center in early July after more than a decade's absence from the Downtown Manhattan neighborhood. Morton’s, which was originally located at 90 West Street and was lost during the attacks of 2001, is returning to the same block, directly across from the 9/11 Memorial, in the Club Quarters Hotel,. Morton’s The Steakhouse boasts 10,500 square feet with the bar area on the street level and the main dining room downstairs. With two private dining rooms seating anywhere from 10 to 80 guests, Morton’s is for any business meeting, family gathering or intimate dinner. Morton's The Steakhouse is known for its signature menu [...]

By | August 24th, 2013|USA Restaurants, xyz misc|0 Comments

The South Bay Food Fest, Los Angeles Area

StubHub Center —  18400 Avalon Blvd. Carson, CA 90746  — will be transformed into The South Bay Food Fest tomorrow, on August 10, 2013. The event will feature over thirty top gourmet food trucks, beer garden, live entertainment, a kid’s fun zone and game truck and much more! Gates will open at 2 pm and will close at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance,  $12 at the door. Click here for more info or to purchase tickets.  

By | August 9th, 2013|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

The Proprietors Bar & Table Opens, Nantucket

The Proprietors Bar & Table at 9 India Street on Nantucket has opened, joining sibling restaurant American Seasons in celebrating inventive cuisine. A collaboration between Michael & Orla LaScola of American Seasons and Chef Tom Berry, The Proprietors borrows influences and flavors from international cuisines, while highlighting local produce, meat and seafood harvested on small Nantucket and New England farms. Serving as its centerpiece is a wood-top bar outfitted with 14 seats, a small side lounge and focus on handcrafted cocktails and small-batch beers on draft. Developed by award-winning sommelier Orla LaScola, The Proprietors’ wine program has an international bent with a carefully curated selection of European and New World [...]

By | July 16th, 2013|USA Restaurants, xyz misc|0 Comments

Share Our Strength: Autumn Harvest Dinner, NYC

Tickets are now available for Gramercy Tavern’s annual Autumn Harvest Dinner, taking place Monday, September 30th at the restaurant (42 East 20th Street New York City). It's the 20th anniversary benefiting Share Our Strength. The stellar line-up of chefs includes Linton Hopkins (Restaurant Eugene) Stephanie Izard (Girl & The Goat) Marc Vetri (Vetri, Osteria, Amis, Alla Spina) Mindy Segal (Hot Chocolate) The event will include a Champagne & hors d’oeuvres reception, a five-course dinner prepared by the chefs, extraordinary wines paired by celebrated sommeliers, as well as a luxury silent and live auction. For more information or to purchase tickets, please click here. 

By | July 5th, 2013|Other happenings|0 Comments

A Feast to Benefit Cancer Research, Bridgehampton, NY

Chef Todd English and friends present a “Feast” to Benefit Cancer Research on July 27 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the home of Maria and Kenneth Fishel in Bridgehampton, New York. The 9th Annual “A Hamptons Happening,” — an evening of food, drink, music, dancing and an impressive auction— benefits the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF).  Founded in 1976, the SWCRF is a pioneer in cancer research, focusing on uncovering the causes of cancer and reprogramming cancer cells. In addition to honoring celebrity Chef English, the event also honors fashion legend Ruth Finley, creator of the well-known Fashion Calendar. WCBS-TV News Anchor Chris Wragge is the evening’s emcee. [...]

By | July 3rd, 2013|Other happenings, xyz misc|0 Comments

Anassa Taverna Opens, NYC

Tim Pappas (former General Manager of Philippe Chow), and the team behind Avra, launched Anassa Taverna, a new Greek multi-level restaurant midtown at 200 East 60th Street (212.371.5200), New York City. “Anassa” (meaning “breath of fresh air” in Greek) Taverna’s cuisine will feature fresh fish and authentic Greek home-cooked recipes, made with all natural products and ingredients. Just like the Taverna’s in Greece, the restaurant will feature food, wine, and live entertainment/ Greek-born Executive Chef Nikos Karvelas offers the classic Greek salad (tomato, cucumber, peppers, onions, kalamata olives and feta cheese) and grilled lamb chops (grilled and served with roasted potatoes, grilled tomato and topped with tzatziki). Fish is prepared [...]

By | July 1st, 2013|USA Restaurants, xyz misc|0 Comments

Flea & Food Market in Long Island City

Long Island City is home to the newest flea and food market in NYC:  LIC Flea & Food, which will operate every Saturday and Sunday this summer.  and that overlooks the Manhattan skyline. The food and festivities are conveniently located in a 24,000-square-foot lot at the corner of 5th Street and 46th Avenue in the heart of LIC with a view of the Manhattan skyline. It's easy to get to as it's just blocks from the 7, E, M and G trains as well as the East River Ferry and parking across the street.  Buses will run to and from the ferry to the parking lot. Community partners include TF [...]

By | June 21st, 2013|Rambling, xyz misc|0 Comments