CULINARY-OCCASIONS

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Travel the Globe Courtesy of Edible Manhattan

Are you feeling slightly uninspired as of late? Do you dream about taking a fabulous vacation to an exotic locale, inspiring envy from all of your friends and co-workers? Have you just had the same sad salad for the umpteenth lunch in a row? This event is just what you need to help you break away from your self-induced repetitive blues.

On Thursday, October 30th, join us from 6-9pm at the Metropolitan Pavilion as we taste bites and sip cocktails from around the globe. Skip out on ordering the same Pad Thai from the place up the street as you expand your mind and your palette. Never had Turkish food before? A bit wary of sampling fresh Iberico ham from Spain? Fear not. The many vendors featured in this event offer a wide variety of options that will sate even the pickiest eater. The event is designed to entice those who love to travel, but more importantly, for those who love to eat and drink.

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Savor your Way through National Chocolate Day

The world owes Christopher Columbus a lot of respect. He discovered America, and one of our favorite food categories: chocolate.

We swoon over it, indulge in it, crave it and eat our heart out with it. Chocolate is one of the most sinfully delicious treats in the entire world…and now it’s time to celebrate it! Tuesday, October 28th marks National Chocolate Day. Gear up Boston, because we have the scrumptious scoop on where to savor chocolaty goodness all day long.


Bar Boulud, Boston at Mandarin Oriental Boston

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Weekend Pick: Bantam's BIG Cheese & Charcuterie Party at Bantam Cider Company

To honor of the 20th anniversary of Cider Days, New England’s beloved cider-centric festival, the Bantam Cider Company is throwing a party featuring the perfect trio of C’s: cheese, charcuterie, and, of course, cider! Indulge in the food’s autumnal flavors and savor a glass of cider (the first is free, $5 will be charged for additional refills). Tickets to this 21+ fall fête are $35 each and can be purchased here.

What: Bantam's BIG Cheese & Charcuterie Party at Bantam Cider Company

When: Friday, October 24th, 7pm

Where: Bantam Cider Company Taproom, 40 Merriam St., Somerville, MA



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Halloweening with Brass Union


From October 27th through the 31st, Brass Union will feature delicious Halloween food and beverage specials. Get in the Halloween spirit all week long with Executive Chef Jon Kopacz and Pastry Chef Andrea Gillis as they whip up irresistible delicacies. Please your sweet tooth while savoring Brass Union’s Sticky Icky Spider Pumpkin Shortbread Cookies with apple buttercream frosting ($5), in addition to the venue’s Glazed Bloody Scones ($5).

Beverage Director Paulo Pereira will be busy concocting the Sideshow ($10), and Pennywise ($10) for thirsty guests. The Sideshow features pumpkin-infused apple brandy, triple sec and lemon juice, in addition to a sinful rim of brown sugar, cinnamon and pumpkin seeds. Pennywise gets its name from the freaky clown in It, and is prepared with aged rum, fresh muddled cranberries and rejuvenating apple cider.

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Taste America: A Night of Culinary Stars


For so many, the term "culinary occasion" is used loosley, thrown around in the presence of a decent brunch or dinner we partake in with family or friends. This past Friday night, all of that changed with the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America: A Night of Culinary Stars. The name alone is a mouthful. We’re talking about the Wrestlemania of the LA dining set; October 10th was an evening of superstar chefs coming together to prepare treats of all varieties for a fabulous few in the name of food itself.

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Hashbrowns and Hashtags: Women in Media Talk Truth Over Avocado Toast

Photos by Shiri Lara

Despite the rainy, stay in bed all type weather that descended upon New Yorkers this past week, we traipsed through the thick of it to participate in a lovely brunch event at Chalk Point Kitchen, Soho’s newest farm to table restaurant specializing in brunch fare. Hashbrowns and Hashtags is an event seeking to unite entrepeneurs, influencers, and personalities who have achieved success by utilizing social media and cementing a strong presence in the landscape.

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#CevicheVsTiradito Declares a Winner After a Night of Peruvian Festivities

The race for the next uber-authentic cuisine is a never-ending one for NYC gastronomes. In the hunt for the next unique bite, New Yorkers flooded the Eventi Hotel this Tuesday, October 9th, for a tasting event that pitted nine of the best Peruvian restaurants in the city against one another. Each restaurant presented their best ceviche, tiradito, or both, for a satisfying and delicious sampling of Peru's finest flavors.

Ceviche and tiradito appear to be similar dishes, both characterized by raw fish topped with a light sauce and often citrus-based seasoning. Loosely, ceviche is the sushi to tiradito's sashimi — the former is more famous and the latter is more fish-forward. Ceviche will feature a variety of different seafood chopped into smaller pieces and mixed with other ingredients, while tiradito is usually larger thin slices of fish topped with a light sauce. Guests were invited to try many different variations on these dishes, representing the wide range of preparations they can involve.

One of the most exciting offerings came from Surfish, a Park Slope-based bistro that served seared salmon tiradito. This involved the chef taking a live flame to the fish, serving up both a show and a delectable bit of food. Warique, a Manhattan Valley neighborhood favorite, served one of the most satisfying ceviches, with generous portions and a perfect balance of fish, sweet potato, and citrus that made it easy to go back for seconds or thirds. However, the clear winner of the night, both by taste and by the judges' vote, was Raymi, who came out victorious in both their charred octopus ceviche and their scallop tiradito. Both stood out for their unique balance of ingredients and their flawless preparation. Plenty of drinks were on offer to help you balance the endless tastings, including Cusqueña beer, which is one of the most popular brews made in Peru, as well as a variety of pisco. For those unfamiliar with this South American liquor, which has grown in popularity with the cocktail renaissance, pisco is a type of brandy usually made from white grapes and clear in color. A booth offered a mini-pisco tasting, including Queirolo, the oldest pisco distiller in Peru, whose drink was robust yet easy to drink, and Picasso, a higher-end pisco that had such a delicate flavor it would almost taste like sake, were it not for the thick brandy finish. It was great fun to hop back and forth between so many different Peruvian delicacies, but the event was injured by the fact that they were obviously overbooked. Multiple restaurants ran out of plates, and discarded cups quickly piled up on the edge of every available table. The crowd around the bar, where they were mixing free Patron cocktails, easily topped the trendiest clubs in Manhattan. While this may have made the event a bit more hectic and disorganized than necessary, it was still a one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore the many underexposed Peruvian eateries in NYC.
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Weekend Picks: Hashbrowns & Hashtags at Chalk Point Kitchen


Hashbrowns & Hashtags is a unique space where brunch and social media badasses combine to become a collective of influential food for the mind, and the body too. This boozy pop-up brunch, whose second installment will be held at Chalk Point Kitchen this Saturday at 11am, will feature a bevy of both deliciously edible treats, like Justin's Peanut Butter Cups, and intellectual tidbits from some of the most prominent women affecting the sphere of social media, including Scarlett Stack of Brandsway Creative, Lee Tilghman of Indie Fork, Samantha Chin of Myriad Restaurant Group, and Alexandra Machover from Spur of the Moments. Hashbrowns & Hashtags is also sponsored by Lyft, Califia Farms, so you know this collective is doing it right.

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Weekend Pick: Wine & Chocolate: Making the Perfect Match! at Boston Wine School

It’s back-to-school season, but regardless of whether you’ve already graduated, the opportunities to head back to class are still open – even as an adult. Chocoholics and oenophiles can deepen their knowledge this fall at the Boston Wine School’s snob-free, two hour-long chocolate and wine coupling course designed to teach students about the nuances of both products and how the can be matched to successfully complement each other. Afterwards, you’ll be ready to host your own at-home tasting, where you can share the gift of (and spread the knowledge about) these perfectly paired indulgences just in time for the holidays!

What: Wine & Chocolate: Making the Perfect Match! at Boston Wine School

When: Friday, October 10th, 6:30pm

Where: Boston Wine School, 1354 Commonwealth Ave., Allston, MA

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Everything You Missed At The Emporium Of The Unusual


Ladies and Gentlemen, prepare to step into a world of the most unusual sorts. A sort of carnival where bookshelves move and paintings serve cocktails. This doesn’t make much sense, does it? Of course not, but what else could be expected from the Emporium of the Unusual?

Every year, Hendrick’s Gin opens up its Emporium of the Unusual in different cities throughout America, and last week, Chelsea Market was transformed just for this special occasion. The bazaar of libations offered two rooms for guests to visit various stations and exhibits, each offering a different cocktail prepared with the one and only, Hendrick’s Gin.