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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..

New York Culinary Experience 2014

[Translate] Last weekend, (not far after I landed from London), I attended the New York Culinary Experience 2014 at the International Culinary Center in SoHo, New York. As like my previous two years of participating in these weekends, this cooking weekend is always a blast. Certainly food filled (you will practically eat non-stop from morning to early evening). You will be enlightened by famous and well respected chefs (at least two dozen on the schedules) and get a sense of their personality as they teach you their recipes and you’ll meet individuals from around the country who love food and..

Jack Daniel’s Single Bourbon: Bounty & Barrel Dinner Series (NYC)

[Translate] Last night I attended the kickoff of Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel: Bounty & Barrel Dinner in Openhouse in the Nolita section of New York City. This is one of the five-city tour that features local chefs who cook with the tasty Jack Daniel Single Barrel Tennessee whiskey (and cocktails made with this fine spirit) for an intimate dinner that is also a fundraiser benefiting Share Our Strength‘s “No Kid Hungry Campaign.” Since I arrived a bit late for the canapes due to work, I settled for a refreshing and citrus-y Bluegrass Shrub (seen on the top of this post)..

Recap of Choice Eats 2014

[Translate] Last night was the 7th Annual Choice Eats by Village Voice. This year they moved to a much larger, brighter location despite being further downtown on the edges of the Lower East Side/Chinatown area. This colossal food event has a nice assortment from delicious ethnic eats that would warm your bones while waiting on line outside yesterday like the turkey dandan simmering in that chili broth seen above from Spicy Bampa to sophisticated yet unique squid dish from The Pines (seen below the simmering pot photo). There were also plenty of booze that most attendees who came to Choice..

Legends from Europe Dinner at SD26

[Translate] Photos from top to bottom: Looking down at the main dining room; 30-month Prosciutto di Parma; Chef slicing the leg of Prosciutto di Parma; Cheeses served Grana Padano & Montasio; Prosciutto San Daniele Last night I was invited to the Legends from Europe dinner at the beautiful, historical SD26 at one of the restaurant’s private dining rooms. Despite SD26 would be about 5 years old, mind you they have a long legacy with restaurant scene in NYC. Tony May (the co-owner with his daughter, Marisa May) started and owned the Rainbow Room in the late 60s to the 80s...

Recap of New York Taste 2013

[Translate] New York Magazine’s Taste 2013; Chef George Mendes (Aldea); Chef Dominique Ansel (Dominique Ansel Bakery); Chef Jonathan Benno (Lincoln Ristorante) This year’s New York Taste held on Monday, November 11th at The Waterfront Building in Chelsea. It’s hosted by New York‘s Culinary Editor Gillian Duffy featured the city’s most respected chefs (like chefs Mendes, Ansel, and Benno, photographed above) and mixologists (a total of 40). A portion of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to City Harvest to help fight hunger. As usual, this shindig was fun especially with a live band playing. Some of the most..

StarChefs 2013 – 1st Annual Smoke@ICC & International Culinary Congress (ICC)

[Translate] SuperPier – Venue of 2013′s StarChefs’ ICC This year’s StarChefs took place at the SuperPier (last year). The venue has a lot of character like large steel shipping containers suspended in mid-air and exposed brick walls. This year’s theme “Guts & Gory” seems to fit this venue – rustic, unfinished space to have a sophisticated industry four-day event – that’s if you include their public kickoff event, Smoke@ICC. (This was my third year attending this amazing event. You may read through my experiences for 2012 and 2011.) Gorgeous day to have a BBQ; Various plates at StarChefs’ Smoke@ICC Smoke@ICC..