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Food, Fun, Farmers & Fowl at the 2014 Duckathlon

Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 10:05 AM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Tickets are now available for the 9th annual Duckathlon hosted by D’Artagnan—a leading purveyor of all-natural and organic poultry and game. Taking over New York’s Metropolitan Pavilion on June 14th from 12-5pm, this experiential “farmers-to-table” event will pair acclaimed chefs Anita Lo, Harold Moore, David Waltuck, Brad Farmerie, Cedric Tovar, Shane McBride, Saul Bolton and more with sustainable farmers, as they lead a series of interactive experiences and compete against each other for ultimate duck domination.

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“D’Artagnan has always worked with small farms that share our commitment to sustainability and humane practices,” said Ariane Daguin, co-founder and CEO of D’Artagnan. “With the Duckathlon, our goal is to literally bring the farm to a larger Manhattan ‘table,’ and this event reflects our company-wide belief that product excellence begins with a true passion for animal husbandry.”

Throughout the day, game-loving gourmands can also enjoy a variety of hands-on challenges, live demos and on-stage events such as a fierce French dessert face-off between famed Master Pastry Chefs François Payard and Jacques Torres.

Another reason to join in all the fowl-filled fun? Duckathlon tickets benefit global hunger organization Action Against Hunger and its FoodLove initiative, connecting those who celebrate food and care about hunger in support of lifesaving nutrition. Now that’s something to quack about.

Find more details and snag your tickets HERE.

Image courtesy of TimeOutNY

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A Clean Plates Review: Kaia Wine Bar

Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 02:12 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

With a multitude of restaurants at our fingertips, New Yorkers are often asked, “What type of food are you in the mood for?” While South African may not be a common response, Kaia Wine Bar might just ingrain this cuisine into your arsenal of go-tos. This darling Upper East Side restaurant offers seasonal South African-inspired small plates in a rustic, 50-seat setting.

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Kaia, which means “home” in Zulu, is a candlelit neighborhood gem that’s perfect for a romantic date night or fun evening out with friends. Focused solely on authentic South African flavors, chef Ivan Giani’s eclectic menu features biodynamic and grass-fed meats, organic produce, local cheeses and a sustainable fish program. Beverages include South African and New World wines, along with a selection of American craft beers.

A starter of wild boar sliders topped with smoked tart cherry compote set the tone for an intensely flavorful meal. Along a narrow plate, creamy scoops of ostrich tartare alternated with watermelon radish slices and toast rounds over white chocolate mustard; the myriad of tastes and textures really impressed us when assembled together. Chilled tilefish ceviche mingled with diced kiwi fruit, oranges, red peppers and lime juice for a citrusy and refreshing warm weather dish, best enjoyed when spooned onto the accompanying crisped bread for added texture. Other meal highlights include the vibrant “Jacob’s Nootjes” scallops atop sweet corn purée peppered with mango relish, and the savory “Spear and Shield” dish: bacon-wrapped asparagus resting on portobello mushrooms smothered in cheddar cheese and a rich green peppercorn sauce.

Will I be craving South African cuisine on a regular basis now? Absolutely. The delicious, high quality cuisine and cozy, unpretentious atmosphere make me want to call Kaia my new home away from home on the UES.
 
cleanplates2014My review as published in the Clean Plates Manhattan 2014 Restaurant Guide Book (purchase it here) and on CleanPlates.com. Photo courtesy of Zanda.com.

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Highlights & Best Bites from Choice Eats 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 12:03 PM - Posted by Megan - (1) comment

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.

  1. Vibrant red wine marinated egg with trout roe, mustard seeds & mache from Thirty Acres
  2. Cakes, cookies, cannolis, confections & cutie pies from Carlo\'s Bakery
  3. The Village Voice\'s sixth annual Choice Eats tasting event took over the 69th Armory
  4. Chefs Joel Javier and Bill Telepan served up housemade liverwurst with pickle mustard on cheddar gougères
  5. Luke\'s Lobster drew some of the night\'s longest lines for their fresh seasoned shrimp rolls
  6. A perfect bite: Anella\'s creamy handmade burrata with robust tomato jam and basil salt garnish
  7. Prairie handcrafted organic vodka sweetened things up with their smooth, spiked lemonade cocktail
  8. Brooklyn bakery fave, The Good Batch, elevated the flavors of s\'mores in their darling bonfire minis
  9. Chinese cuisine meets Indian flavors: Pan-seared spiced Tibetan momo dumplings from Chinese Mirch
  10. Brooklyn\'s Pete Zaaz crew had a blast while churning out their cheesy, zesty pepperoni rolls
  11. Cheers to craft beers! A sampling of Little Sumpin\' and IPA ales from Lagunitas
  12. The Lower East Side\'s Kuma Inn went whole hog and put their entire roasted pig on display
  13. Always tasty mac \'n\' cheese-covered Ditch Dogs and taffy-topped table from Ditch Plains
  14. Butter and Scotch\'s boozy butterscotch cupcakes with whiskey caramel, vanilla frosting & toffee crunch
During the sold out soirée, three solid hours of all-you-can eat and drink gluttony ensued as hungry guests bounced from table to table, sampling a smorgasbord of plates from esteemed area establishments and lesser-known local gems alike. The diversity of vendors at Choice Eats is exceptional—from downtown vegan and uptown farm-to-table, to pizza joints in Brooklyn and Astoria’s best Greek. And what seemed like everything in between.

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.

Fan of Village Voice events? Don’t miss out on the 2nd annual Choice Streets on May 7th to taste the best fare on four wheels from NYC’s most beloved food trucks. Get your tickets here!

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