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New York Magazine’s Taste 2014

[Translate] From top photo: Harvest Lady (left) and Prospect Park Sour (right) by Clover Club; Octopus pastrami by Bâtard New York magazine’s 16th annual signature event New York Taste was a sold out event is hosted by culinary editor Gillian Duffy. It featured more than 40 of the city’s most celebrated chefs and mixologists. Chef superstars include pastry chef Jennifer Yee of Lafayette, Bryce Shuman and Eamon Rockey of Betony, former Top Chef contestant Dale Talde, and Iron Chef’s Masaharu Morimoto. A portion of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to City Harvest to help fight hunger. More..

NYC Wine & Food Festival 2014: Exploring Belgium’s Countryside hosted by Kobe Desramaults

[Translate] One of the most special and unique dinners at NYC Wine & Food Festival was Exploring Belgium’s Countryside hosted by Kobe Desramaults of the 1* Michelin rated restaurant, In de Wulf at Park Lane Hotel. What makes Chef Kobe Desramaults stand out is the fact he is not from here locally (even our neighbor across the pond, the United Kingdom) and his style of cooking is not like what I would find in the States. Chef Desramaults goal for this dinner was to have elements of his restaurant’s style of food and flavors (and trying to sneak in some..

NYC Wine & Food Festival 2014: Meatopia X

[Translate] Celebrity chefs on deck – Paul Qui of Qui (Austin, TX); Seamus Mullen of Tertulia & El Comado (NYC); Jamie Bissonnette of Toro NYC; Matt Lightner of Atera (NYC) NYC Wine & Food Festival wrapped up its 4-day food extravaganza with Meatopia X. This event is not for the faint of heart, especially if you are a vegetarian. This is a truly a meat festival, celebrating the carnivore in most of us and the animals that we’re consuming expertly grilled, smoked, and/or barbecued by the celebrity chefs locally and one from the United Kingdom (Chef Richard Turner of Hawksmoor)...

NYC Wine & Food Festival 2014: Thrillist BBQ & The Blues & Saturday Grand Tasting

[Translate] Sweet Chick’s ribs at Thrillist BBQ & Exterior of the Grand Tasting This past weekend was the packed, food-packed weekend of the NYC Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF). This annual event hosted by The Food Network and Food & Wine magazine pull in the extended family for this blowout series of dinners, seminars, tastings, talks, demos, classes, and parties held all over the city. Along with small-screen celebrity chefs, the list of participants includes heavy-hitters from the New York restaurant scene such as Pastry Chef Dominique Ansel (the man behind the Cronut). The massive volume of events means there’s..

Identità Golose NYC 2014 Dinner Hosted by Mario Batali

[Translate] The dinner taking place at La Birrera; Chef Massimo Bottura & Luciano Monosilio plating; Chef Mario Batali observing; Chef Mark Ladner plating; Chefs Denny Imbroisi (left) and Ugo Alciati (right) Identità Golose New York 2014 at Eataly is a the organization’s fifth year and focused on the meeting of seven famous chefs from the New York City area and seven famous Italian chefs that honor to Italy. It’s an open-ended theme compared to previous years giving the chefs the freedom to cook what they like but tie back to Italian heritage. I was honored to be the invited guest..

Under the August Moon, hosted by PhilDev

[Translate] This past weekend, we were invited to a fundraiser dinner called Under the August Moon, hosted by PhilDev at one of their board members’, Mrs. Gail Alvarez gorgeous Anahata Estate in Northern New Jersey. PhilDev is a non-profit organization that seeks to advance the Philippines’ economy with the advancement of science and technology through programs in high-tech education, research and entrepreneurship training. This particular dinner has a cocktail reception at the gazebo found at the owners’ home and imbibed on the exclusive aged Bacardi-owned rums while schmoozing with the friendly attendees. (more…)

Sud de France Festival 2014: Dinner at Contra

[Translate] Sud de France Festival is an annual, three-week celebration of the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France, notably for their wines. Events involved in sommelier competitions (those in the wine profession) or for the non-wine professionals like us, attend fun things like the launch party, wine tasting classes, and their series of “Tasting Tables” and typically features a French jazz band to entertain the crowds. This year, one of the participating restaurants that are collaborating with Sud de France was Contra ($90 per person for this particular dinner). Contra cooks seasonal, beautiful and naturalistic dishes (à la Noma) and it seems..

New Taste of the Upper West Side 2014: Best of the West

[Translate] New Taste of the Upper West Side is an annual series of food events that benefits The Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District (BID), not-for-profit corporation, and one of New York City’s official business districts. The BID area, from West 67th Street to West 82nd Street, is a continuous stretch of shops and restaurants, including the American Museum of Natural History and the New-York Historical Society. All commercial properties within the area are members of the BID. Our focus is on making our area a superb public space, so that business thrives and the quality of life for visitors and..

Taste of the Nation NYC 2014

[Translate] Executive Chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois of Blue Smoke & Danny Meyer of Union Square Hospitality and Honorary Chair of this event A few nights ago, Taste of the Nation NYC by No Kid Hungry that took place at 82 Mercer that drew over 80 renowned restaurants and bars, chefs and food personalities, in New York City to raise awareness for fighting hunger in America. One in five children in this country struggles with hunger, including nearly 925,000 kids in New York alone. The good news is that this is a solvable problem. The No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood..