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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.
On Tuesday, the Village Voice’s sixth annual Choice Eats tasting event took over the 69th Armory on Lexington Avenue. The highly anticipated affair featured Voice food critic Robert Sietsema’s culinary favorites from more than 50 handpicked restaurants spanning the five boroughs, along with beverage pairings from craft beer, wine and spirits producers.
As if all this wasn’t enough, VIP guests were invited inside a full hour before general admission for a live culinary demo from City Grit’s Sarah McSimmons and offerings from a dozen local restos including Pig and Khao, Qi Thai Grill and Exchange Alley. VIPs also indulged in the exclusive “Choice Sweets” dessert lounge featuring confections from Butter Lane, Grandaisy Bakery, Ovenly, and more.
A few of the night’s many standouts included Anella’s velvety handmade burrata with tomato jam and basil salt, fresh seasoned shrimp rolls from both Luke’s Lobster and Red Hook Lobster Pound, tangy buffalo chicken balls from The Meatball Shop, Porchetta’s savory crackling-topped pork crostini, John Brown Smokehouse’s succulent pastrami sliders with sweet ‘n’ tangy slaw, moist red velvet squares from Carlo’s Bakery, and perfectly indulgent fudge brownies from Robicelli’s. A selection of suds from Blue Point Brewing Company, Lagunitas and Stella Artois, along with creative cocktails mixed with Sidney Frank spirits and Prairie Organic Vodka, helped wash it all down.
Whether you prefer savory, sweet, spicy, ethnic, Americana, inventive, classic, vegetarian or carnivorous, Choice Eats aims to please any palate. And with a surprisingly reasonable ticket price point, the bang-for-your-buck appeal is just another reason to attend the eating extravaganza next year.
Ranging in styles from crisp and dry, smooth and sweet, and everything in between, Riesling is an exceptionally versatile wine varietal—making it a solid choice for both stand-alone sipping and pairing with foods. Consistently one of my wine go-tos, especially during warm summer months, Riesling has roots in Germany but is actually the fastest growing white wine in the US. Who knew!?
To celebrate this noble grape, the International Riesling Foundation has introduced “The 31 Days of German Riesling.” For the entire month of July, hundreds of restaurants and retailers across the country will promote German Riesling by offering food and wine pairings, by-the-glass specials, flights, in-store tastings and discounted bottles.
New Yorkers can drink up at restaurants like Ai Fiori, Craft, Eleven Madison Park, Gramercy Tavern, Per Se, Riverpark and Terroir, while locals in Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC and more can join in the fun as well. Check out the full list of participating establishments here.
So raise a glass to Riesling this month and join me as I proudly shout, “Prost!” (delivered in my best attempt at a German accent, of course)