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New York Culinary Experience 2014

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 eager..


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

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) made..


Recap of Choice Eats 2014

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 Eats..


Legends from Europe Dinner at SD26

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. Eventually..


Recap of New York Taste 2013

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 memorable..


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

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 was..


Complexity Group’s Grapes On A Train 2013 – My Maiden Voyage to Montreal

Two weekends ago, I was asked by Complexity Group to shoot and video their annual event, Grapes On a Train. Complexity is a New Zealand-based group that would bring awareness of their home country’s delicious wines to the United States. This particular event is very unique as a medium-sized group of wine industry people, like sommeliers, wine buyers, wine directors, and a few writers gather to meet at NYC’s Penn Station to ride a vintage train car and take the scenic route along the Hudson River to Montreal, Quebec, Canada. During that long ride north, we participated in four different..


SHARE’s A Second Helping of Life 10th Anniversary Benefit

2013′s Honorees at SHARE’s 10th Anniversary A Second Helping of Life: Dr. Stephanie V. Blank of NYU Langone Medical Center, Nancy Bader & Michael Leventhal, and Ruth Reichl (with Chef Anita Lo of Annisa, on left) This past Monday was SHARE: A Second Helping of Life 10th Anniversary that brought together the top female chefs in New York City with our favorite celebrities for a fabulous tasting to benefit SHARE that took place at Chelsea Pier’s Pier 60. SHARE is a nonprofit organization based in New York City, aims to shed light and foster a compassionate community with the help..


Men’s Health Cooking School at Institute of Culinary Education

Setting outside the classroom; Kitchen demo area; Table setting at the Men’s Health Cooking School This past Saturday, I attended the Men’s Health Cooking School at Institute of Culinary Education in the hopes of picking up a few tips from most of these classes and to meet Chef/Owner Andy Ricker of Pok Pok in person. These cooking classes are actually cooking demonstrations rather than the cooking classes where you would get your hands dirty touching and chopping the ingredients. Nevertheless, you will have fun since the chefs who were cooking for us are very cool people and beyond just a..