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Park City Food Tours

Consider taking a day off of the slopes when in the Park City (UT) area to learn some of the history of Main Street while tasting the fare of several restaurants. Local resident Shirin Spangenberg hosts Park City Food Tours where you'll hear how the town has gone from mining to dining — of course, sampling some goodies — while walking down the picturesque historic Main Street. If you're tired from your day's activities, there is a free trolley to take you back up the street. When I took the tour this fall (prices vary seasonally),  we stopped at the below mentioned places for a nibble. The locations change often [...]

By | January 2nd, 2016|USA Restaurants, USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

San Francisco Street Food Festival

San Francisco Street Food Festival (SFSFF) — the Bay Area’s annual celebration of local food and drink, community, and entrepreneurship —  announced the dates for the seventh annual festival on August 15 and 16, 2015. The 2015 SFSFF is moving to the Dogpatch and historic Pier 70, a Forest City Project, to accommodate the festival’s growing popularity and fan base. In 2014, the festival welcomed 50,000 guests, while featuring over 80 local vendors. This year’s event is projected to be even bigger, especially that this year’s event will be two days instead of one. For more information on the festival, click here. - Guest contributor

By | June 27th, 2015|USA Travel, xyz misc|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

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

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

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

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

The Kennebunkport Festival

The Kennebunkport Festival is a annual event that includes the food, wine and the art of Maine. It will run Tuesday, June 3 through Sunday, June 8, 2014. The Food Festival events take place in designer homes, displaying art work and providing meals that are prepared by individual Chefs in each of the homes. The goal is to showcase the best of Maine and what it has to offer on the coastal setting of Kennebunkport.  The Festival is The Art of Dining is one of the major highlights of the festival, it will be a series of dinners prepared by Maine’s top chefs. The festival will also be featuring artists, musicians, wine [...]

By | May 25th, 2014|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

San Fransisco Dine About Town Restaurant Week June 2014

San Francisco Dine About Town Restaurant Week runs Sunday, June 1 through Sunday, June 15, 2014, featuring over 100 restaurants and offering two or three course lunches for $18.95 and three-course dinners for $36.95. For more information or list of participating restaurants, click here.

By | May 21st, 2014|USA Travel, 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

New Haven (CT) Restaurant Week April 2014

New Haven (CT) Restaurant Week runs Sunday, April 6 through Friday, April 11, 2014, featuring a variety of restaurants and offering prix fixe menus. Participating restaurants will offer three-course prix fixe menus for both lunch and dinner, which include an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Lunch will cost $18, while the dinner menu will cost $32. Prices do not include beverage, tax or gratuity For additional information, click here.

By | April 1st, 2014|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Mario Batali May Open Restaurant in New Haven

New Havenites bemoaned the sudden closing of Ibiza earlier this month. And so, I'm glad to share with you the possibility of another opening. Mario Batali  — who will be hosting the upcoming Beard Awards in May — just might be opening a restaurant in New Haven. Mary E. O’Leary, reporter for the New Haven Register,  posted the following news and photograph in the business section (click here for original article). I had to share.... Mario Batali, known for his New York restaurants and television presence, wants to open a restaurant at 278  Park Street at Elm Street.  The 278 Park St. site was approved for a 54-seat restaurant in [...]

By | March 12th, 2014|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Tonewood Maple Tree Adoption Program

Tonewood maple tree adoption program is an opportunity to support small-scale Vermont maple producers and sustainable farming practices. It helps fund small sugaring operations. Adopt a maple tree!  That adoption offers offer small scale producers added financial security and helps to preserve family-owned farms and the tradition of maple production. Each tree adopter (or gift recipient) will receive a selection of gourmet maple treats every 3 months plus an adoption certificate, along with a photo of your tree and an informational booklet about maple production For additional information about this program, click here.  

By | December 28th, 2013|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

New Haven Advocate, 1975-2013

MediaBistro reported that New Haven Advocate, 1975-2013 (New Haven Independent), "a weekly newspaper once known for a mix of gutsy investigative journalism, edgy political commentary, magazine-style feature writing, and savvy arts coverage, died Wednesday following a long illness. It was 38 years old. The cause of death was a changed media landscape combined with corporate cluelessness and cupidity."

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

Texas Monthly Annual BBQ Festival

Texas Monthly will hold its fourth annual BBQ Festival on November 3, 2013 on the City Terrace at the Long Center for the Performing Art at 701 W. Riverside Drive (at the corner of S. 1st Street) Austin, Texas. The event will showcase restaurants from the magazine's ranking of Top 50 Barbecue Joints in Texas. Guest will experience live music and barbecue sampling beside the shores of Lady Bird Lake. General admission tickets are $58 and VIP tickets, including 2 beverage coupons, 1 t-shirt, 1 Q Card and admission onto the festival grounds one hour prior to general admission holders, are $118. For more information follow click here.

By | October 23rd, 2013|USA Restaurants, USA Travel|0 Comments