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Pastry chefs all over the country are infusing their desserts with salty and savory elements—from bacon and salted caramel to black olives and blue cheese.
Fan of the salty-meets-sweet flavor profile? Check out my slideshow on Food & Wine to discover the talented chefs and bakers who have mastered that crave-worthy balance.
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Bring on the bubbly! My friend and CitySip founder, Blaine Ashley, has organized New York’s first-ever Champagne Week. From November 4th through the 8th, exciting events will be taking place all over the city including a Champagne and spirits cocktail competition, exclusive tastings, a private pairing dinner, sparkling happy hours and more. I’ll raise a glass to that!
Experience boutique bubbly brands to world-class favorites during the ultimate, multi-day Champagne celebration. Get your tickets here so you can sip away and uncork all the indulgent fun!
Check out this list of NYC Champagne Week festivities you can attend:
The Champagne Campaign
Date: Monday, November 4th – Friday, November 8th (nightly, 10pm – close)
Location: Corkbuzz Wine Studio
Throughout New York Champagne Week, cap off your night at Corkbuzz Wine Studio with 50% off ALL bottles of Champagne? EVERY night? YES!
Champagne Cocktail Competition
Date: Tuesday, November 5th (6pm – 9pm)
Location: Experimental Cocktail Club
Showcasing the diversity and approachability of Champagne. Come see ten of the city’s best bartenders mix up Billecart-Salmon Champagne cocktails with a variety of spirits including Hendricks Gin, Milagro Tequila, Montelobos Mezcal, Reyka Vodka, Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, Plantation Rum, Pierre Ferrand Cognac, and many more!
Bubbly Bourbon Libations
Date: Wednesday, November 6th (6pm – 8pm)
Location: Evelyn Drinkery
Following the Boutique Champagne Tasting, add a little spirit to your step and head to the East Village for the official after-party Happy Hour at Evelyn Drinkery. This event will feature Hudson Baby Bourbon in a Classic Champagne Cocktail!
Piper Heidsieck Champagne Pairing Dinner
Date: Thursday, November 7th (8pm – 10pm)
Location: Trattoria Il Mulino Gramercy
An exclusive four-course meal designed by chef Michael Mazza to pair with four Champagnes from the beautiful Piper Heidsieck portfolio. Accompanying each course, revelers will savor Piper Brut, Piper Rose Sauvage, the elite Rare Millesime Brut and the coveted, newly released Piper Vintage 2006. The ever-so elegant Piper Heidsieck Brand Ambassador, Estelle Ngo, will be on hand to guide guests through pairings. This dinner is limited to 25 guests and will take place in the downstairs private dining room.
Closing Champagne Week Bubbly Hour Reception featuring Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte
Date: Friday, November 8th (6pm – 8pm)
Location: The Pierre Hotel’s TwoEBar/Lounge
Conclude New York Champagne Week and your work day in high-style at the uptown, elegant Pierre Hotel. The posh TwoEBar/Lounge will offer guests a special sparkling menu featuring Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve and their delicious Rosé. Guests may also sip an assortment of sparkling cocktails concocted exclusively for Champagne Week.
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My good friends at LocalBozo.com are throwing their first-ever food event on Tuesday, October 8th at Santos Party House and you’re invited. “Local Eats 2013″ will feature delicious tastings from NYC restaurants Alison Eighteen, Swine, Boulton & Watt, Sotto 13 and more, alongside unlimited craft beers from Blue Point, Bronx Brewery and Lagunitas, wines from the Finger Lakes, and Tanqueray, Captain Morgan and Smirnoff spirits.
Attendees will also get to participate in a silent auction, with 100% of proceeds benefitting KEEN New York—a local nonprofit organization that works with developmentally disabled children in arts and athletics.
Tickets are affordably priced at $45 (two hour tasting beginning at 7:30pm) or $55 for VIP tickets (three hour tasting beginning at 6:30pm with exclusive gift bags), and are available here.
Come join me and get local with the best bunch of bozos around! And for the scoop on all the hottest NYC happenings—from concerts and sports to restaurants and red carpet events—be sure to follow @LocalBozo.
In one of Brooklyn’s hottest up and coming neighborhoods, recently opened Atrium DUMBO marks the first solo venture from chef Laurent Kalkotour. Just steps away from Brooklyn’s scenic waterfront, the former Governor space now boasts an airy industrial interior with a grand open kitchen, second level mezzanine and views of Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Influenced by his roots in Provence, Kalkotour turns out a market-driven menu showcasing simple, high-quality ingredients and classic techniques. “My style of food is simple, rustic and flavorful. I want my guests to feel at home, like they’re having a family dinner.” Kalkotour states. The refined French-inspired fare includes dishes of juicy Free Range Chicken with spiced eggplant over an addictive sauce of yogurt, harissa and pine nuts; tender Berkshire Pork Chop with spoon bread, zesty piquillo peppers and bacon jam; and Sweet Corn Panna Cotta with jalapeño corn bread, cilantro and refreshing blackberry sorbet.
Beverage director and partner Alexander LaPratt (former sommelier at Jean Georges) developed Atrium DUMBO’s beverage program, which includes a selection of more than 100 new and old world wines, along with craft beers available by the bottle or on tap. And the inventive cocktail list, crafted by PDT alum Payman Bahmani, features a variety of artisanal spirits and rare liqueurs. Guests are invited to sip on specialty libations like the Raspberry & Balsamic, which blends barrel-aged genever, raspberry gomme syrup, balsamic, and muddled raspberries topped with Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, or the Olive Oil cocktail, made with EVOO-infused vodka, Amontadillo sherry and sea salt.
Atrium DUMBO, 15 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11201, 718.858.1095, atriumdumbo.com
This year marked the 31st annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, America’s premier and most prestigious culinary event. And I couldn’t have been more honored or excited to be heading out West with the KitchenAid team to attend my very first Classic. With eager anticipation and my appetite in tow, I made my way from Manhattan to Aspen, Colorado for three jam-packed days of food- and fun-filled festivities.
Aspen is a charming little town, boasting world-class restaurants and hotels, eclectic boutiques, and stunning mountain scenery—a breathtaking backdrop for a truly exquisite weekend. Food-loving attendees indulged in the ultimate culinary celebration with a schedule featuring everything from exclusive events and grand-scale tastings, to panels with industry pros and live demonstrations from celebrity chefs.
Read the rest of my recap and check out more pics on KitchenAid’s The Kitchenthusiast™ blog here.
Juicy peaches at the peak of ripeness are one of my favorite summertime treats. And there’s nothing like creamy, homemade ice cream to keep you cool on a hot day. This easy-to-make recipe combines fresh, flavorful peaches with a touch of bourbon and honey sweetness. The result? A perfectly refreshing, warm-weather delight that’s sure to be a winner at your next summer party.
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light, with my additions of bourbon and honey to kick it up a notch. Churn up a batch and enjoy!
Peach Bourbon Ice Cream
Place the peaches in a blender or food processor; process until finely chopped. Combine peaches and remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Pour peach mixture into the freezer can of an ice-cream freezer; freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Spoon ice cream into a freezer-safe container; cover and freeze for 2 hours or until firm. Note: this ice cream is best eaten the same day it’s made.