Other happenings

//Other happenings

Odds ‘n ends posts about things happening in NYC area , plus leftover posts from original BIte of the Best site

The 14th Annual Second Helping of Life Tasting Event, September 18

Two dozen of NYC's top women chefs will offer their signature dishes at nonprofit SHARE's annual “A Second Helping of Life” tasting event on Monday, September 18, 6 PM at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers. Celebrity Chef Angie Mar, Executive Chef of Beatrice Inn, will serve as the event’s Executive Chef. All proceeds will benefit SHARE. Participating chefs will include Food Network favorite Alex Guarnaschelli (Butter), Rebecca Charles (Pearl Oyster Bar), Sarabeth Levine (Sarabeth’s), Amanda Cohen (Dirt Candy), Patti Jackson (Delaware and Hudson), Roxanne Spruance (Kingsley’s), and many more. See the list below. The NYC female chef community has been supporting SHARE’s mission for 14 years, making A Second Helping of [...]

By | September 2nd, 2017|Other happenings|0 Comments

Free No More: Pier 81 Boat Rides

I've been raving about the free boat rides from Pier 81 since they began a few years back. Free no more. The North River Lobster boat sailed for 45 minutes up the Hudson about every two hours. When they first began, the lobster rolls were plentiful served with fresh creamy cole slaw and a bag of chips for $16. I've been many times with friends who came for a summertime visit. Sadly as the pricing of the lobster roll when up, the quality down. And now that ride is $10 a person; the lobster roll $22.95. That's not the worst of it. Fish Bar, which also was free,  now has [...]

By | June 14th, 2017|Big Apple Life, Other happenings|0 Comments

The Next Big Bite: The Media’s Influence on What We Consume

The Next Big Bite:  highlighted key trends in a discussion about the media’s impact on food and drink decisions. This second annual event was held last month at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in Brookfield Place, New York City. It was sponsored by Les Dames d’Escoffier New York (LDNY), the preeminent organization of women who are leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality. The New York chapter (LDNY) is the founding and largest of the 37 chapters in the United States and abroad. The centerpiece of the evening was a panel discussion moderated by Martha Teichner, correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning, featuring Carla Hall, Co-host [...]

By | November 23rd, 2016|Other happenings, Rambling|0 Comments

The 13th Annual Second Helping of Life Tasting Event in September

SHARE will celebrate its 40th Anniversary at the annual “A Second Helping of Life” tasting event on Monday, September 19, 6 PM at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers with almost 30 of NYC’s premier women chefs offering up their signature dishes (scroll down). Chef Angie Mar, Executive Chef of Beatrice Inn and Chopped Grill Masters Grand Champion in 2015, will serve as the event’s Executive Chef. All proceeds will benefit SHARE. Tamsen Fadal — PIX 11 Evening News Anchor — will serve as the evening's host. Founded in 1976 by breast specialist Dr. Eugene Thiessen with twelve breast cancer patients and survivors, SHARE currently serves 40,000 people annually with free supportive [...]

By | August 16th, 2016|Other happenings|0 Comments

Ruth Reichl: What Everyone’s Talking About on April 20

Join food critic, editor, and best-selling author Ruth Reichl on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 7:30 - 9:00PM at the JCC Manhattan (334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th) as she describes her recent journey away from Gourmet magazine and back into her own kitchen. This journey resulted in her  book, My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life. A six-time James Beard Award honoree, Reichl captures not only her zeal for the great meal, but the joy to be found in small culinary encounters and how what we eat can animate our lives.  For tickets ($25 the public, $20 members) to "What Everyone's Talking About: Ruth Reichl," click here. For more [...]

By | April 12th, 2016|Other happenings|0 Comments

SHARE Raises ~$500K at the Annual Benefit

Last Monday's event at Pier 60 brought together leading women of stove, stage, screen and publishing to help raise money for SHARE, a non-profit organization that offers free peer support to women with breast or ovarian cancer, their families and friends. All of SHARE’s services are free of charge and include helplines, educational programs, support groups, and public-health initiatives. According to Beth Kling, SHARE’s communications director, the fundraiser raised close to half a million dollars — $496K to be more exact — enabling this organization to continue to support those affected by breast or ovarian cancer. Below is the list of the chefs, their sous chefs and the foods attendees [...]

By | September 29th, 2015|Other happenings|0 Comments

The 12th Annual Second Helping of Life September Tasting Event

Twenty-eight of NYC’s top women chefs cook their signature dishes for “A Second Helping of Life” to benefit SHARE's work to fight breast and ovarian cancers. This event will be held on Monday, September 21, 6 PM at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers. This year’s roster includes Food Network favorite Alex Guarnaschelli (Butter), Anita Lo (Annisa), Rebecca Charles (Pearl Oyster Bar), Chopped Grill Masters Grand Champion Angie Mar (The Beatrice Inn), Amanda Cohen (Dirt Candy), Patti Jackson (Delaware and Hudson), and many more. Breast cancer survivor Pat Battle — co-anchor NBC4’s “Weekend Today in New York” — will serve as host. Over two dozen female celebrities will serve as sous chefs. “Women [...]

By | August 30th, 2015|Other happenings|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

Phenomenal Femmes Wine Dinner, Ritz, NYC

Marika Vida, wine director at Ritz-Carlton Central Park and a fellow Dame — member of Les Dames d’Escoffier — invited me to attend one of her Phenomenal Femmes Wine Dinners, part of a series highlighting pioneering women of the wine industry. This one featured Audrey Herd-Smith of Antinori, wine pairings by Marika and a four-course dinner created by Executive Chef Mark Arnao. Before being seated, we sipped bubbly Montenisa Franciacorta Rose, as we nibbled jumbo shrimp wrapped in shredded potatoes served with a scampi sauce. With each course and wine, Audrey Herd-Smith shared her wisdom and knowledge about the wines. We sipped the crisp Guado al Tasso Vermentino 2013, as [...]

By | December 20th, 2014|Other happenings, xyz misc|0 Comments

Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival

Bite of the Best recently attended the 13th annual Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival, at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, New York. The two day festival showcased a range of New York State wine and specialty foods, along with sample dishes from local restaurants and food trucks. While New York City may be the center of the restaurant world, the Hudson Valley is an epicenter for much of the locally grown food NYC chefs favor in their dishes, as well as a cottage industry of artisanal food producers. The Festival offered a peek at, tastes of and opportunities to buy many tastes of the region’s bounty, focusing on [...]

By | October 24th, 2014|Other happenings|0 Comments

SHARE raised $450K at the Annual Benefit

Earlier this week, leading women of stove, stage, screen and publishing united to share their support for breast and ovarian cancer fighters and survivors at SHARE's 11th Annual “A Second Helping of Life” benefit. According to Beth Kling, SHARE's communications director, the event had about 850 attendees, and raised over $450,000. Their highest grossing event, enabling this organization to continue to support those affected by breast or ovarian cancer. Photo credit: Jean G. Bortner    

By | September 24th, 2014|Other happenings|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 Wineracks.com, the Hudson Valley Wine and Food [...]

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

A Second Helping of Life Tasting Event September 22, 2014

Over three dozen leading women of stove, stage, screen and publishing unite to share their support for breast and ovarian cancer fighters and survivors at the 11th Annual "A Second Helping of Life" benefit on Monday, September 22, 6 p.m., at Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers. Individual tickets are $325, $500 and $750. Tables of 8 and 10 are priced from $5,000 up to $35,000. For information call 212-937-5581 or visit www.sharebenefit.org Participating Chefs: • Anita Lo, Annisa • Rebecca Charles, Pearl Oyster Bar • Alexandra Guarnaschelli, Butter • Amy Scherber, Amy's Bread • Alison Awerbuch, Abigail Kirsch Catering & Events • Einat Admony, Balaboosta, Taïm, and Bar Bolonat • [...]

By | August 19th, 2014|Other happenings|0 Comments

Taste of Tribeca May 2014 (NY)

Taste of Tribeca — an outdoor food festival featuring a variety food from the top chefs and restaurants of New York — will be held Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 11:30am to 3pm. All proceeds will go towards the continuation of the arts and enrichment programs at local public schools, PS 150 and PS 234. Ticket — which are on sale now —for the general tasting event are $45 for advanced purchase or $50/day of event, which includes six tastes from any participating restaurant. Also available are the premium seating ticket for $350, $680, $950 for tables of two, four and six that includes personal food runners, reserved seating, designer t-shirts and a gift bag from [...]

By | April 10th, 2014|Other happenings|0 Comments

James Beard Foundation Launches Live-Stream Kitchen Cam

Starting on Monday, you can watch the behind-the-scenes action happening at the James Beard House more than 200 nights a year right from your computer. On Monday, March 31, the James Beard Foundation will launch the JBF Kitchen Cam, a live-stream three-angle camera feed that, allowing any foodie with an internet connection to experience the behind-the-scenes action at the Beard House. That night the cam will capturing multiple JBF Award-winning chef Daniel Boulud and his team from DANIEL as they prep, plate, and serve their multi-course menu for “Dinner with Daniel”. The JBF Kitchen Cam will run during most James Beard House Events, including these upcoming dinners: April 3, Coast-to-Coast [...]

By | March 29th, 2014|Other happenings|0 Comments

2014 James Beard Media and Book Awards Finalists Announced

What follows are the nominees for the 2014 James Beard Foundation Media Awards — where the winners will be announced on May 2, 2014. 2014 James Beard Foundation Broadcast and New Media Awards Presented Lenox Tableware and Gifts Radio Show/Audio Webcast Here & Now Hosts: Meghna Chakrabarti, Jeremy Hobson, and Robin Young Area: Public Radio Producer: Kathy Gunst The Splendid Table Host: Lynne Rossetto Kasper Area: American Public Media and Public Radio Producers: Jennifer Russell and Sally Swift This American Life Host: Fred Armisen, Ben Calhoun, and Ira Glass Area: NPR Producer: Ben Calhoun Special/Documentary CBS Sunday Morning: “Eat, Drink and be Merry” Host: Charles Osgood Network: CBS Producers: Gavin [...]

By | March 18th, 2014|Other happenings, xyz misc|0 Comments

2014 James Beard Foundation Restauarnt Award Nominees

What follows are the nominees for the 2014 James Beard Foundation Award — where the winners will be announced on May 5, 2014. 2014 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards Best Chef: Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH) Dave Beran, Next, Chicago Curtis Duffy, Grace, Chicago Jonathon Sawyer, The Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland Paul Virant, Vie Restaurant, Western Springs, IL Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia, Chicago Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (D.C., DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA) Cathal Armstrong, Restaurant Eve, Alexandria, VA Spike Gjerde, Woodberry Kitchen, Baltimore Brad Spence, Amis, Philadelphia Vikram Sunderam, Rasika, Washington, D.C. Cindy Wolf, Charleston, Baltimore Best Chef: Midwest (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI) Justin Aprahamian, [...]

By | March 18th, 2014|Other happenings, xyz misc|0 Comments

Ritz-Carlton (NYC) Women & Wine Dinner Series

Auden Bistro & Bar — the newly opened restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton Central Park — has launched a Women & Wine Dinner series, combining iconic figures of the wine industry with traditional bistro cuisine. Each dinner features a four-course meal prepared by Chef Mark Arnao, with wine pairing by wine director Marika Vida-Arnole using the guest speaker’s. Dinner is served in the private dining room. The upcoming events include the following dinners: • March 18th, 2014 – Debbie Lewis, Owner of Lewis Cellars Winery (Napa Valley) • April 1st, 2014 – Veronique Drouhin, Winemaker • May 21st, 2014 – Stephanie Honig, Owner of Honig Vineyard and Winery (Napa Valley) A [...]

By | March 1st, 2014|Other happenings, xyz misc|0 Comments

Chocolate Wine Pairing at The Ritz, NYC

Ritz-Carlton’s Wine Director, Marika Vida-Arnold  has paired wine from wineries lead by iconic women in wine, with pralinés, orange sticks and ganache created by Pastry Chef Stephanie Grajales. Some sample pairings of  "Chocolate takes Flight" with a feminine touch include: Dark Chocolate Ganache Infused with Fresh Mint, Lauverjat Sancerre Winemaker: Karine Lauverjat Dark Chocolate Orange Peel, Dobogó Tokaji Aszu Winery Owner: Izabella Swack Belle Femme Praliné, Veuve Clicquot Demi Sec Homage to Madame Clicquot Ponsardin These pairing are offered in flights of three for $45 per person beginning on February 9th through February 15th in the Star Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park. For more information, call 212-521-6125. [...]

By | February 5th, 2014|Other happenings, xyz misc|0 Comments

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

The 10th Annual A Second Helping of Life, NYC

More than two dozen of NYC's top female chefs will serve savory and sweet dishes at the Tenth Anniversary "A Second Helping of Life" benefit on Monday, September 23, 6 p.m., at Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers. Chef Amanda Freitag of Food Network's "Chopped" and Cooking Channel's series "Unique Eats" will serve as Executive Chef and author and restaurant critic Ruth Reichl (will serve as host at this fundraiser to support SHARE, a non-profit organization that offers free peer support to women with breast or ovarian cancer, their families and friends. Activities include a tasting reception and live and silent auctions. A Second Helping of Life is an annual fall [...]

By | September 14th, 2013|Other happenings|0 Comments

Metropolitan Washington D.C. Restaurant Week August 2013

Metropolitan Washington D.C. Restaurant Week runs through Monday, August 19 to Sunday, August 25, 2013, featuring hundreds of participating restaurants and offering lunches for $20.13 and dinners for $35.13.  For additional information or a listing of participating restaurants, click here. 

By | August 19th, 2013|Other happenings, USA Restaurants, xyz misc|0 Comments

Devour Downtown (IN) Restaurant Week August to September 2013

Devour (IN) Downtown Restaurant Week runs through Monday, August 19 to Sunday, September 1, 2013, featuring a variety of participating restuarants and offering 3-course meals at a valued price.  For additional information or a listing of participating restaurants, click here.

By | August 16th, 2013|Other happenings, USA Restaurants, xyz misc|0 Comments

Valley Food Lovers’ Festival, Hudson Valley, NY

On July 19-20, the 3rd Annual Hudson Valley Food Lover's' Festival is holding two fundraising events at Columbia County's Copake Country Club. The first event, "Hootenanny" Farm Fresh Dinner on July 19, 6-11 pm will include a Hudson Valley cheese course and golf cart drive-in movie. The goal of the second event, "Friends of the Farmer" Festival July 20th, 11 am-6 pm is to raise funds for the Farm On! Foundation and Camp Farm On!, which educates students about having careers involving the local food system. For more information click here.

By | July 10th, 2013|Other happenings, USA|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

The James Beard Foundation’s Chefs & Champagne

On Saturday, July 20th, the James Beard Foundation (JBF) will honor multiple James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, food writer and teacher Andrew Zimmern at Chefs & Champagne New York, the Foundation's annual summer fundraiser in the Hamptons at the Wölffer Estate Vineyard (Wölffer Estate, 183 Sagg Road, Sagaponack, NY 11962). This sumptuous tasting party will feature flowing Champagne, the wines of Wölffer Estate Vineyard, Stella Artois Belgian lager and culinary offerings from a select group of more than 35 renowned chefs, many from JBF Award–winning restaurants. General Admission from 6:00 to 8:30 pm is $200 for JBF Members, $275 for non-members and includes all tastings, silent auction bidding opportunities, [...]

By | June 20th, 2013|Other happenings, xyz misc|0 Comments

Mother’s Day Chocolate Class, NYC

Make Mother’s Day extra sweet with Perugina’s chocolate school at La Scuola Grande (Eataly, 200 Fifth Avenue @ 23rd Street, NYC) hosted by cookbook author Francine Segan, Saturday, May 11 --- 2:00 to 3:30 pm Perugina — known worldwide for its Baci candy and commitment to the art of creating quality confections — invites you to attend the chocolate class where you will create your very own hand-crafted Baci and also explore a guided tasting of specialty chocolate bars as well as gain a deeper understanding about this popular ingredient. You'll.... Meet chocolate expert & class instructor, Francine Segan, trained at the legendary Perugina La Scuola del Cioccolato in Perugia [...]

By | April 28th, 2013|Other happenings, xyz misc|0 Comments

Kick-Off Cocktail Party to Benefit Taste of Tribeca

This year’s 19th Annual Taste of Tribeca kicks off with a cocktail party on Wednesday, May 1st from 6-9pm at Macao Trading Company at 311 Church Street, New York, NY 10013; 212.431.8750.  This exclusive event starts the celebration of local downtown flavor. The spirited evening will include special cocktails created by Steve Olson, aka wine geek, along with exotic hors d’oeuvres provided by Macao, including Mushroom & Truffle Croquettes, Macanese Chili Prawns, Veal & Lamb Meatballs with Francesinhas Sauce,and Mini Chicken Dumplings in chili oil. Cocktail Party tickets are $75 per person and include a General Taste Ticket to Taste of Tribeca on May 18th. All proceeds will ensure the [...]

By | April 20th, 2013|Other happenings, xyz misc|0 Comments

Hamptons Restaurant Week April 2013

Hamptons Restaurant Week runs from Sunday, April 7 to Sunday, April 14, 2013, featuring a variety of participating restaurants offering a 3-course prix fixe lunches for $19.95 and dinners for $27.95 all night, except for Saturday when it will only be offer until 7pm.  For additional information, click here. -guest contributor

By | April 6th, 2013|Other happenings, USA Restaurants, xyz misc|0 Comments

10 Foods That Are Delicious No Matter How You Say It

Imagine this. You’re out to dinner with some friends. You see some awesome new dish with some weird new ingredient you’ve read about on your food blog (you’re pretty cultured after all). You’re dying to try it, but you have no idea how to even pronounce it. You call over the waiter and give it a shot. It’s a massacre of the English language. Plates drop, silverware clinks and the entire restaurant points and laughs at you until you run home and cry into your giant pillow. It’s OK. This is why you order food online. No phones, no talking, no pronunciation. Order that weird dish with too many vowels [...]

By | March 25th, 2013|Other happenings, xyz misc|0 Comments

Atlantic City Restaurant Week March 2013

Atlantic City Restaurant Week runs from Sunday, March 3 to Saturday, March 9, 2013,  featuring participating restaurants with selected prix-fixe lunches for $15.13 and dinners for $33.13 . Prices are per person and do not include beverage, tax, or gratuity. For additional information or to see a full listing or participating restaurants and their menus, click here. -guest contributor

By | March 2nd, 2013|Other happenings, USA Restaurants, xyz misc|0 Comments