Last Saturday, City Harvest fed Brooklynites at a fun-filled fundraising event featuring artisanal food and activities. The event was held at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park from 11am-6pm and what a day it was! The weather cooperated with City Harvest and had event-goers leaving happy and completely full.
Over 75 artisanal vendors were in attendance, showcasing their delicious snacks-- from craft beer and wine to local and gourmet food items. There was also a Tasting Tent with private seating, featuring food and drinks from some of Brooklyn's best venues, including Benchmark Restaurant, Momofuku Milk Bar, The Good Fork, and more. The Tasting Tent was curated by Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli of Frankies Spuntino and Prime Meats.
The Bedford (110 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg) held a special sneak preview of their newly appointed Executive Chef Jason Michael Giordano’s forthcoming Tavern Menu last night in their I-Beam barroom. Jason’s new contemporary American pub snack menu was inspired by the dinner served at the White House during President Lincoln’s inaugural dinner. With such an original concept a lot of research had to be done to recreate these dishes that time had forgotten. The Tavern Menu uses old world techniques with classic American ingredients to create dishes such as arancini (risotto balls), fried duck rillette (similar to pâté), devils on horseback (bacon-wrapped dates filled with cheese), and others. Diners also enjoyed a basket of delicately fried kale chips while snacking on the Tavern Menu sampler.
We are in it: the inevitable decrescendo towards civility and normalcy. The frigid aftermath of the volatile highs of St. Paddy’s weekend are typically associated with a week-long hangover—a gradual decompression from the bombast and insanity that lulls the weekly warrior into a funk. To alleviate the languorous haze induced by the work-week grind, the natural remedy is to inject some joviality into the everyday—a proverbial week-long “hair of the dog” that lessens the sting of Reality’s cruel embrace!
With the emerald garb relegated to hibernation, the debaucheroues memories shall have to sustain for another year’s time. Until then, a little daily indulgence shall have to suffice!
Join America’s top craft beer brewers Saturday March 3rd at the Lexington Avenue Armory for the inaugural NYC American Craft Beer Festival hosted by The Hand Crafted Tasting Company. For those who enjoy day drinking there will be a session held from 12:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. and a second session later in the evening for those of us who want a killer Saturday night pregame, starting at 6 p.m. and ending at 9:30 p.m.
During either session festival goers will experience a “true celebration of American craft beer[s]” from local breweries such as Blue Point Brewing Company, Brooklyn Brewery, and Sixpoint Craft Ales being among the 75 featured brewers. While attempting to sample all 150 high-quality seasonal brews sample the specially prepared food designed to be paired with each tasting. The food court will include menu items such as a grilled cheddarwusrt topped with green apple on a pretzel roll, vegetarian soft tacos, and a little something called the Frito Pie made with fresh chili, sour cream, chives, and sharp cheddar cheese, all served on a bed of Frito Lays chips.
Drink Local Beer, Order Beers on Tap.
Yes it’s even possible to adopt a green stance towards going out on the town. One easy way to do this is to order beers from local breweries- they have lower costs of production and their products travel shorter distances than larger, more well-known breweries.
Ithaca Beer Co.
606 Elmira Rd. Ithaca, NY 14850 607-273-0766
Our Favorite: Flower Power
79 North 11th Street Brooklyn, New York 11211 718-486-7422
Our Favorite: Brooklyn Pennant Ale
161 River Avenue Patchogue, NY 11772 631-475-6944
Our Favorite: RastafaRye Ale
What to Drink Now at Corkbuzz Wine Studio
When: Jan 30, 7 pm - 9 pm
Where: Corkbuzz Wine Studio, 13 E. 13th St. (Bt. 5th Ave. & University Pl. ), 10003
Start your week at the newly opened Corkbuzz Wine Studio for their 'What to Drink Now' class. Join fellow wine lovers to explore the latest in everything wine --from the latest regions to where to experiment with new favorites. Get your ticket here.
Last week we attended the Belgian Beer Festival hosted by Get Real NY at the Altman Building. The evening was a tremendous success, from the wide selection of delicious Belgian beers to the incredible food provided by Petite Abeillie.
There were over 100 different kinds of Belgian Beer available to both novices and experienced drinkers alike. The volunteers were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable, and never hesitated to share their favorite beers with you. Our favorites were the Brooklyn Brewery Local 1 and Local 2 and the Quid Pro Quo from Quad. We also enjoyed some interesting brews such as the “Raging Bitch” and the “Jolly Pumpkin”.
Attention New Yorkers! Top Chef and famous restauranteur Tom Colicchio has announced his plans to open a beer-garden near Manhattan’s famed High Line Park! An abandoned railroad track, the High Line has become the ideal place for picnics, first dates, or just a casual stroll. Beer-gardens are HUGE this summer in NYC and Colicchio’s newest venture, Lot on Tap, is sure to live up to the hype. Lot on Tap is an outdoor taproom fit to accommodate 350 patrons.
Autumn's one of my favorite times of year. The colder weather, the bonfires, bundling up in sweaters and of course, pumpkin-themed everything. It started with candy and bread and now it's in beers.
"Oktoberfest" beers and pumpkin beers are quite close together on your local liquor store's shelves so here's a rundown of four of your possible choices. When you're finished you'll be ready to settle down next to the crackling flames of an outdoor fire and watch the leaves swirl on the ground alone, or cuddled next to your favorite person.
1. Brooklyn Brewery's Oktoberfest. A Marzen-style beer. It's got a smooth, velvety mouth-feel and it goes down easy. This is a beer to drink with burgers, barbecue and all kinds of football food. The spice notes in the beer rock against the spice in the BBQ and burgers. Plus it's got a moderately long finish, so one sip transitions into the next bite and back again.
2. Oktoberfest by Hacker-Pshorr. An old German brewery in business since the early fourteen-hundreds. Their Oktoberfest is extremely traditional; no extra flavors or infusions here, just good solid marzen taste. It is slightly sweeter though and has a short finish.
3. Dogfish Head's Punkin Ale. Dogfish Head is known for being adventurous and their Punkin Ale is no exception.The spice and pumpkin flavors are both there which makes for a strangely comforting brew. Surprisingly, it goes well with fried chicken; the spices in the beer and the spices in the chicken marry and blend together. It's no big leap of faith to imagine that this would also be splendid to serve with pumpkin pie.
4. Sam Adams' Oktoberfest. This would be a fantastic beer for a bonfire; it's not too fussy or flavored and it's simple, but not too simple. It's the porridge that's just right. While it doesn't have any special flavors, it's thicker and more full-bodied than Sam Adams' regular lager and fills the mouth rather pleasantly. Sam's offering is laid back, great for an evening with friends you know and love.