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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 |2017-08-31T14:11:00-04:00June 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 |2017-08-31T16:19:25-04:00April 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 |2017-08-31T14:11:00-04:00April 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 |2017-08-31T16:19:26-04:00April 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 |2017-08-31T16:19:26-04:00March 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

FOODACTS: A New Play at The Lion Theatre

Jeux de Mots trans.WORDPLAY presents FOODACTS a new play at the Lion Theatre (410 West 42nd Street) conceived and directed by Barbara Bosch with only 16 performances, February 6-24, 2013. FOODACTS is a culinary stage adventure that explores our primal connections to food and its power to unite. Through an entertaining encounter with established novels, colorful poetry, historic essays, personal letters and other literary works by Langston Hughes, Proust, Homer, and Dickens, among others, FOODACTS serves up the joys of food and eating. It goes beyond the mere palate, revealing how human beings relate to and obsess over food from as far back as The Bible to today. Barbara Bosch [...]

By |2017-09-01T15:03:15-04:00January 27th, 2013|Other happenings, Theatre, xyz misc|0 Comments

Pillsbury Bake-Off Open for Entries

Put on your best apron and compete to win nearly $1.1 million in cash, prizes and trips, including a $1 million Grand Prize! The always-classic Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest is redesigned and now open for entries at www.BakeOff.com. Contest finals will take place November 10-12, 2013, at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. What’s new? • For the first time, America will vote to determine all 100 finalists to compete for the Grand Prize at the Bake-Off Contest finals. • To encourage simpler, original recipes, submissions must include no more than seven ingredients and take 30 minutes or less to prepare, not including baking or cooling time. • The [...]

By |2017-08-31T16:19:28-04:00January 12th, 2013|Other happenings, xyz misc|0 Comments

Organic Avenue Pops Up On Broadway

Organic Avenue has officially opened a new pop-up boutique at 1701 Broadway on the west side of the street between West 53rd and 54th Streets. Organic Avenue’s newest boutique is located next to the Late Night With David Letterman studio. The 1,000-square-foot space will remain open through May 2013. The pop-up boutique will offer Organic Avenue’s full selection of cold-pressed juices and organic, vegan food items complimented by snacks and private label supplements. Recent new offerings — including cold-pressed, fair-trade coffee, Gingerbread Latte and LOVE*nog. A special cleanse titled LOVE*POP54 will be available to customers in-store only – a one-day, all-juice cleanse that floods the body with pure nutrition ($56). [...]

By |2017-08-31T14:11:00-04:00December 17th, 2012|Other happenings, xyz misc|0 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving From the Bite of the Best Team

Bonnie, Bryan & Eric: Instead of reviewing a product this week, we’re asking you to share… share what you’re thankful for this year in our comments section, and share with those less fortunate.

Many of us in the northeast are thankful for electricity and for still having our homes. Others aren’t so lucky as a result of Sandy, a storm that devastated our region last month. Many others have also been affected by economic hardships.

That's why — in addition to sharing your holiday thoughts here — we're asking you to please share food and other donations with those less fortunate by giving to food banks, food drives and any organization that help those in need.

To encourage you to do so, we’re offering a chance to win All-Clad Turkey Lifters: a set of two stainless steel lifters to use for moving large roasts or turkeys from the cooking vessel to the carving board, or to secure meat while carving; value $35.

To win: Post comment telling us which charity...

By |2017-09-03T09:20:17-04:00November 20th, 2012|Other happenings|0 Comments

Holiday Helpline From Ocean Spray

Ocean Spray’s Holiday Helpline at 1-800-662-3263 is a resource for holiday related cooking and entertainment questions. The help line is open: Today through Wednesday, Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. On Thanksgiving, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. On Friday, Nov. 23; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. for your leftover questions  From November 26-December 23 only Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. For additional information click here.    

By |2017-08-31T16:19:30-04:00November 19th, 2012|Other happenings, xyz misc|0 Comments

Celebrity Chef’s Tasting Fundraiser

Celebrity Chef Aaron Sanchez and wife Ife Sanchez Mora are teaming up with 3 other "Chopped" judges to help raise money for The Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls with a Celebrity Tasting meet and greet November 27th at 7pm at The Tribeca Loft above Tribeca Grill. Tickets are $100. Come taste the food of Chef's Chris Santos, Aaron Sanchez, Amanda Frietag and Maneet Chauhan of "Chopped" and help raise money for young girls building self esteem through musical education and performance. For tickets click here. - guest contributor

By |2017-09-01T15:05:05-04:00November 15th, 2012|Other happenings, xyz misc|0 Comments

Curry Club at Jones Wood Foundry

The Curry Club, dedicated to the exploration of the myriad iterations of the pungently spiced dish, will debut at Jones Wood Foundry, 401 E. 76th Street, New York on Monday, November 5 and continue on throughout the month, specifically on November 12, 19 and 26.  Each evening will feature a curry, along with the special Indian beers and wines, throughout Jones Wood Foundry’s normal dinner service, 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. Jason Hicks, chef/ co-owner of the Upper East Side food-driven pub, and Saira Malhotra, food writer on the Indian food scene, will partner to present New York City a uniquely British experience each Monday night in November with a different [...]

Women In Culinary Leadership Evening at Vermilion

In an effort to examine the role of women in leadership positions in the culinary industry, the James Beard Foundation and Vermilion are launching the "Women in Culinary Leadership Program."  The initiative will be announced September 18, 2012 at the "Women in Culinary Leadership Evening" at Vermilion in New York City in an event featuring a thought-provoking panel discussion plus a five-course Indian-Latin fusion dinner. The program — spearheaded by Rohini Dey, founder of Vermilion, and Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation — aims to examine the gender imbalance in the food industry, celebrate the accomplishments of women in the field and support women working to make it [...]

By |2017-08-31T14:11:01-04:00September 17th, 2012|Other happenings, xyz misc|0 Comments

Plate by Plate: Food & Wine Tasting Benefit

Plate by Plate, an annual food and wine tasting benefit on September 22, 2012, features the Bay Area's top restaurants and wineries including Per Diem, Credo, Gitane and Cafe Claude, Piperade, Chaya Brasserie, Georges, Gundlach Bundschu, St. Supery, Grgich Hills and more. Net proceeds from the benefit will go towards Project by Project (PbP), a national nonprofit organization comprised of young professionals and social entrepreneurs based in SF, LA & NY. PbP is dedicated to realizing a three-pronged mission that is still in practice today: volunteerism, awareness and fundraising. Tickets $150 for General Admission / $250 for VIP. VIP reception begins at 6:30 pm as  VIP ticketholders  receive early access [...]

By |2017-08-31T16:21:59-04:00September 14th, 2012|Other happenings, xyz misc|0 Comments

Juice It Up!

The Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California campus welcomes Juice It Up! – a juice and smoothie bar chain in Southern California that recently opened at 1824-1826 E. Marengo Street in Los Angeles. Juice It Up!  offers seven new juice blends including, the Refresher, Energizer, Rejuvenator, Awakener, Detoxifier, Immunizer and the Healthy Heart. The juices are made with kale, spinach, celery, cucumber, carrots, lemon, ginger and other micronutrient-rich fruits and vegetables.

By |2017-08-31T15:38:23-04:00August 29th, 2012|Other happenings, xyz misc|0 Comments

Las Vegas Restaurant Week August to September 2012

Las Vegas Restaurant Week runs from Monday, August 27 to Sunday, September 2, 2012. Selected restaurants will be offering dinners from $30.12-$50.12 and lunches from $20.12-$30.12. For additional information or to see a full listing of participating restaurants and their menus, click here. -guest contributor  

By |2017-08-31T16:19:33-04:00August 22nd, 2012|Other happenings, USA Restaurants, xyz misc|0 Comments

The 9th Annual A Second Helping of Life, September 24

Top female chefs will again serve signature dishes to fight cancer. In fact, more than two dozen of NYC's top female chefs will serve savory and sweet dishes at the Ninth Annual "A Second Helping of Life" on Monday, September 24, 7 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 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.  All of SHARE's services are free of charge and include helplines, educational programs, support groups, and public-health initiatives. [...]

By |2017-09-03T08:01:21-04:00August 19th, 2012|Other happenings|0 Comments