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Cheers to the 2012 Spirited Awards Finalists!

Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 11:05 AM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

With a killer cocktail scene and some of the bar industry’s best talents, New York City is a spirited force to be reckoned with. So when the Top 10 Finalists for the 2012 Spirited Awards were announced, it’s no surprise that the Big Apple is representing across the board.


Held during New Orleans’ annual mixology festival, Tales of the Cocktail, the Spirited Awards will honor the world’s best bars, bartenders, writers, cocktail experts and more. Following a rigorous evaluation of hundreds of nominees, ten finalists have been selected in each of 17 categories.

Finalists from NYC include Dutch Kills, The Clover Club and Mayahuel for Best American Cocktail Bar, while The Tippler, Flatiron Lounge and Macao Trading Co. are among those nominated for Best High Volume Cocktail Bar. Best Restaurant Bar standouts include The Beagle, Lani Kai and Saxon + Parole, and my dear friend Todd Richman of Sidney Frank is up for the Best American Brand Ambassador award — not only can Todd mix up a serious cocktail, but he’s also one of the most stand up guys you’ll ever meet. Congrats!

Check out the full list of finalists here. The top ten in each category will then be whittled down to a final three on Thursday, June 7th. Winners will be announced on Saturday, July 28 at the Spirited Awards ceremony, as part of the 10th Anniversary Tales of the Cocktail celebration.

A heartfelt congratulations to all the nominees, but of course, I’d like to especially raise a glass to my NYC friends and favorites who made the list this year. Cheers!

Image courtesy of Tales of the Cocktail

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Inside the 2012 LUCKYRICE Grand Feast

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 08:05 AM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Wasabi macarons, edamame dumplings, pig’s blood popsicles. These were just a few of the impressive Asian-inspired delicacies sampled at the LUCKYRICE Grand Feast on Friday night. Held at the Mandarin Oriental’s majestic 36th-floor ballroom, this epic celebration drew top chefs from around the globe, including Masaharu Morimoto, Michael Anthony, Ming Tsai, Todd English, Ian Kittichai, Susur Lee and many others from who presented unique interpretations of Asian cuisine. 

  1. Ember Room chef Ian Kittichai dished out Kanom Buarng-Yarn Thai tacos with Sriracha
  2. Chef Michael Anthony\'s snapper with dashi and trout roe, topped with arugula flowers
  3.  Asian food lovers feasted their way through the Mandarin Oriental’s 36th-floor ballroom
  4. Suntory\'s Gardner Dunn impressed with his speedy ice carving skills
  5. Suntory’s smooth aged Japanese whiskies —Yamazaki, Hakushu & Hibiki
  6. Crispy Chinese sausage rice cakes with broken chili sauce from The Hurricane Club
  7. Masaharu Morimoto had a laugh with guests as he served succulent spicy king crab
  8. Chef Aliya Leekong of Junoon prepared lotus root three ways and a creamy rhubarb lassi
  9. Chef Susur Lee and his team offered bites of tasty Hong Kong shrimp taro toast
  10. Chef Adam Woodfield\'s chicken betel leaf with roasted shallot chili and eggplant relish

Packed into the grandiose space, guests sipped and sampled their way through Asia’s diverse cultures without ever leaving NYC. Participating restaurants included Betel, Buddakan, Ember Room, Gramercy Tavern, The Hurricane Club, Junoon, Morimoto, Public, Perry St and Tulsi. To wash down all the flavorful bites, there was also a slew of beverage options, from smooth Suntory whiskies and Singha beer to Bombay Sapphire cocktails and scads of sake. And with all event proceeds benefiting City Harvest, what better reason to pick up some chopsticks and chow down?

For additional coverage, check out my recap of the 2011 LUCKYRICE Festival.

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Toast to the Children with Tom Colicchio

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 08:04 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

There’s nothing better than eating, drinking and hanging out with friends—especially for a fantastic cause. On Tuesday, April 24, join award-winning chef and Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio for the 16th Annual Toast to the Children. Hosted at Colicchio’s elegant Riverpark restaurant, this premier food and wine tasting event raises money for the pediatric programs at Bellevue Hospital.
 
 
Enjoy the gorgeous waterfront space as you mingle with celebrity chefs and fellow gourmands, savor signature dishes from NYC’s finest restaurants—including Barbuto, Blue Smoke, Colicchio & Sons, Craft, Hearth, Pearl Oyster Bar, Perilla, Saxon + Parole and The Hurricane Club—and sip hand-selected wines from sommelier and James Beard Award nominee, Paul Grieco. This year’s gala will also honor celebrated chef Marcus Samuelsson, for his contributions to the culinary world and his philanthropic endeavors, as well as TODAY Show co-anchor Al Roker and senior producer Jaclyn Levin for “Al’s Book Club for Kids.”

Don’t miss your chance to attend this unforgettable event and lend support to Children of Bellevue. Grab a friend (or a few!) and get your tickets today at ChildrenOfBellevue.org.

Image courtesy of RiverparkNYC.com

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