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Bring on the bubbly! In 2013, CitySip founder Blaine Ashley introduced New York’s first-ever Champagne Week—and it’s back again for the third year. Bigger, better, and bubblier than ever. From November 9–13, curated events will be taking place all over the city including exclusive tastings and sparkling happy hours, a culinary Champagne excursion featuring top NYC chefs, and a Bubble Bash closing party.
Experience boutique bubbly brands to world-class powerhouses during the ultimate, multi-day Champagne celebration. Snag your tickets here so you can sip away and uncork all the indulgent fun. Here’s the schedule of NYC Champagne Week festivities you can attend:
The Blow Your Mind Champagne Tasting
Wednesday, November 11th | 6-8 pm | Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit
Join Champagne specialist Alyse Mizia for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience several of the world’s best Champagnes—including Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label, Dom Pérignon, and Krug Grande Cuvée—all while seriously upping your sparkling wine knowledge.
Champagne Devaux Portfolio Tasting Class
Thursday, November 12th | 6–7:30pm | Back Label Wine Merchants
Brand Ambassador Anne-Caroline Dussort will lead an intimate class featuring boutique brand Champagne Devaux, as guests taste their way through six cuvées complemented by cheese and charcuterie.
Champs de Cuisine
Thursday, November 12th | 7–9:30pm | Haven’s Kitchen
This culinary celebration showcases some of NYC’s most acclaimed female chefs and wine personalities—Esther Choi of Mokbar, Grayson Schmitz, Leah Cohen of Pig & Khao, and Sara Lehman aka “Somm in the City”—as they present savory and sweet dishes featuring Champagne, served alongside specialty cocktails and (of course) more Champagne. A portion of event proceeds will benefit the Toklas Society.
The Bubble Bash: New York Champagne Week’s Official Closing Party
Friday, November 13th | 9pm-12am | Hornblower Hybrid Yacht
Dance and sip the night away aboard a state-of-the-art luxury yacht! This ultra-fun fête will feature multiple bubbly Brut and Rosé bars, sparkling wine cocktail stations, a rotating set of DJs, and more. Refill your Riedel flutes all night long and get home safe with $20 credits via UberPOOL. Code: SIPSAFE
Stay connected to all the bubble-filled happenings on Facebook and Twitter. Hope to see you there. Sante!
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September is a time for new beginnings. And whether you’re going back to school or settling into a fall schedule, nothing helps you power through the day like a delicious, energy-packed lunch.
So what to make when you’re brown-bagging it? It’s easy to get stuck in the same boring weekday routine, but my friends at Food Network aim to change that. They’ve invited me to be part of today’s Communal Table lunch party, where members of the online food community share recipes for midday mealtime inspiration.
My lunch table contribution is a simple, satisfying sandwich recipe that tastes sophisticated, yet is easy to put together on busy mornings (or the night before). This chicken salad’s high protein content will help combat mid-afternoon slumps, while hearty cashews, curry powder and sweet-tart grapes deliver a dynamic flavor and texture punch.
Since this recipe was adapted from Cooking Light, it’s a wholesome option for school lunch boxes too! Kids are sure to love the combination of crunchy nuts and juicy grapes—plus, the curry is subtle enough that it won’t overwhelm picky little palates.
Dig into the recipe at the bottom of this post, and check out the below links for more fantastic lunch ideas from around the web. Want to join the party? Get in the conversation and share your favorite recipes on Twitter by using hashtag #pullupachair (@FoodNetwork @ThisGirlCanEat).
Tidy Mom: Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter Cookies
Made by Michelle: Almond Butter and Banana Sandwiches
Chez Us: Healthy Tuna Salad
And Love It Too: Healthy Lunchbox 2012: The Ultimate Collection
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Back to School Roasted Chicken Legs
Bacon and Souffle: Gruyere Grilled Cheese With Apple Salad
Zaika Zabardast: Fresh Corn Cakes With Black Bean Salad Tossed in Cumin Vinaigrette
This Girl Can Eat: Cashew Curry Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Spicy-Korean “Ramen” Noodle Soup
Haute Apple Pie: Edamame Hummus
Feed Me Phoebe: Deviled Egg Salad Sandwiches
Creative Culinary: Margarita Watermelon
Big Girls Small Kitchen: Swiss Chard Turnovers With Parmesan and Pistachios
Cashew Curry Chicken Salad Sandwiches (serves 2)
adapted from Cooking Light
Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring until well blended. Add chicken, celery, cashews, and green onions; stir well. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve chicken salad on rolls and garnish with lettuce and tomato (optional).
From rising food rockstars to acclaimed celebrity chefs, the country’s culinary elite gathered together last night to celebrate the Food & Wine 2012 Best New Chefs. Held at the Liberty Theater in the heart of Times Square, the 24th annual soiree ushered in the latest roster of talented visionaries, as announced by Food & Wine Editor-in-Chief Dana Cowin and Publisher Christina Grdovic.
During the Broadway-themed affair, Best New Chef alumni Daniel Boulud (1988), Michael Anthony (2002), Shea Gallante (2005), Gavin Kaysen (2007), Matthew Lightner (2010), George Mendes (2011), and Top Chef All-Stars winner Richard Blais prepared tempting signature dishes, as partygoers mingled with the industry’s finest and eagerly anticipated the winners ceremony.
Every year, the editors at Food & Wine scour the nation to find the most talented chefs with a unique culinary vision. “It is such a delight to honor these incredible chefs, who have made a tremendous impact on the culinary world in a short period of time,” Cowin says.
Now, introducing the 2012 Food & Wine Best New Chefs:
Erik Anderson & Josh Habiger, The Catbird Seat, Nashville, TN
Mario Carbone & Rich Torrisi, Torrisi Italian Specialties, New York, NY
Danny Grant, RIA, Chicago, IL
Dan Kluger, ABC Kitchen, New York, NY
Corey Lee, Benu, San Francisco, CA
Jenn Louis, Lincoln Restaurant, Portland, OR
Cormac Mahoney, Madison Park Conservatory, Seattle, WA
Bryant Ng, The Spice Table, Los Angeles, CA
Karen Nicolas, Equinox, Washington, DC
Blaine Wetzel, The Willows Inn, Lummi Island, WA
After the big reveal, guests noshed on Creole-seasoned buttermilk fried chicken drumsticks from DJ Questlove—who rocked the turntables and helped take the event to all-out dance party status. In between savory bites and cutting loose on the dance floor with Dana Cowin and The Harlem James Gang, the crowd sipped Belvedere cocktails and Gallo wines, and got sweet on luscious Godiva chocolate truffles.
Thanks to the entire Food & Wine staff for a truly memorable evening. Wishing many congrats to all the 2012 Best New Chefs!