UPDATE MAY23: A meltdown, literally. Runny gelato is not our idea of an ideal freebie. When we asked why the gelato was so runny? Instead of an apology, all we got was an excuse: ’It’s supposed to be a little softer than ice cream’. Errr O.K.! The mango was barely edible and the dark chocolate? More like churros con chocolate dip, minus the churros. Fuggedaboutit! Super sludgy, inedible. Better to not serve than to serve crap, Yoda say. We had a much better experience when we paid. Our advice: Focus on quality before getting greedy. Further expansion plans including a Steak House here. HUGE FAIL. Congrats to Stellina on making it on our SAVE YOUR MONEY list.
We know, we know….the lines were long last year and toward the end we ran out of food. That’s why I DOUBLED the number of chefs and am feeding fewer people. Meatopia will sell out fast this year, so get your tickets ASAP. You won’t regret it!
Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, May 25th. MORE INFO
Experience Spanish cuisine at its finest by joining us for the 3rd annual El Coto De Rioja Paella Parade in NYC on Monday, May 23rd, 2011.This friendly competition between talented chefs with a passion for the traditional Spanish dish is an event that is enjoyed by all. If the promises of tasting savory paella and a brilliant water view are not enough, do note that the dishes are paired with the wines of El Coto De Rioja, imported by Frederick Wildman & Sons.
Participants in this cook-off competition will be showcasing their unique renditions of the dish in hopes of being crowned victorious by an esteemed judges’ panel in categories comprising “Most Creative Paella,” “Best Use of Ingredients in a Paella” and “Best Overall Taste.” The top honor is the crowd’s choice: the “El Coto de Rioja Paella Parade Pleaser”. BUY TIX
Sweetery NYC is going to be giving away about 3,000(!) FREE whoopie pies tomorrow (5/24) to help author Sarah Dessen promote her new book “What Happened to Goodbye.”
The special promotional truck will be parked outside of the BEA Book Exhibit at the Javits Center for the launch of Sarah’s new book, and then they will be off to the Barnes and Noble in Union Square to do more of the same.
Please note this is a special promotional truck that will be wrapped with Sarah Dessen and Penguin Books advertising. The free giveaway is not available at the regular Sweetery truck.
Traditional yet timeless, the cheese course is the essence of France’s culinary excellence. Join Erin Hedley on an exciting journey through the French countryside, sampling the finest examples of luscious cheeses and delicate wines. Discover why exquisite cheeses and wines from the same terroir are such harmonious partners, why luscious triple creams are perfect with Champagne, and many more of Erin’s tried-and-true rules of the “Service de Fromage”. The indispensable foundation of all cheese knowledge, the French fromage is illuminated in this class in all of its delicious glory. Official Website | Tickets
Always a great party Mediterranean style… Lots of food, drinks, and interesting people… Not to mention totally unique products that will be 15% off during the event! Just in time for Memorial Day hostess gifts
Kick off the summer with Fleisher’s Grass-fed & Organic Meats as they celebrate their newly released book, The Butcher’s Guide to Well-Raised Meat, by bringing you a walk-around, nose-to-tail beef fest, complete with butchering demos and a delectable medley of tastes showcasing bovine delights! Fleisher’s co-owner and master butcher Joshua Applestone and Back Forty’s chef de cuisine Shanna Pacifico will provide a seasonally appropriate demo on how to butcher perfect cuts of beef for summer grilling and give you a tempting tutorial on the best way to prepare beef tartare. Snack on the likes of mini roast beef sandwiches with crispy shoestring fries and Cabot clothbound cheddar cheese sauce; and grilled beef heart skewers with charmoula. Refreshing mint juleps and Captain Lawrence brews will also be available to toast to Fleisher’s new book.
Sometimes I have to scratch my head about Mario Batali. He’s done some fairly odd things (e.g., worn those atrocious orange Crocs all of the time, befriended Gwyneth Paltrow, lacked the foresight to arrange the space in Eataly to not form lines a la Space Mountain), but I’ll have to forgive him. The positive experience we had at Eataly makes up for some of these quirks.