When the holiday season comes around each year, many people find themselves overcome with an inexplicable sense of joy as they take in the festive decorations, music, and spirit of goodwill. Others find themselves quietly panicking about the prospect of yet another year of gift-hunting, family drama, and awful renditions of Christmas classics on the radio. Whichever camp you fall into, a little bit of alcohol is never remiss during the holidays. Fortunately the Internet is teeming with boozy inspiration to help you revel in the holiday cheer or take the edge off your yuletide-induced anxieties.
This Tuesday, December 10th is National Lager Day, so we decided to get deep with all things lager in honor of the hallowed occasion.
First up: what is lager? For all you beer neophytes, there are traditionally two major categories of beer: Ales and Lagers. The difference between the two is basically a matter of yeast chemistry. The yeast used in ales (as well as bread and wine) is called Saccharomyces cerevisiae, while the yeast used in lagers is called Saccharomyces uvarum. There are two major differences between the yeasts which affect the flavor profiles of the beers they create. Put simply:
Jersey inspired and based restaurant Little Town will be having their Food & Beer Pairing Dinner on Wednesday, December 11th at 7pm. The handsome Manzo brothers, Albie and Chris, have selected Executive Chef and Food Network's Chopped alum Jordan Andino as the creator of the Hoboken restaurant's menu. The Food & Beer Pairing Dinner will feature beers from the Bolero Snort Brewery and meatballs by momma Caroline Manzo. Beer and a hearty prix-fixe dinner, how could you say no? Tickets for the event are $45 and can be purchased here.
Little Town 310 Sinatra Drive Hoboken, New Jersey 07030
If you are someone who (like us) views wine and cheese as two major food groups, you may want to consider swinging the $26 asking price to see Josh Wesson and Steve Jenkins talk grapes and curds this Sunday evening.
Sommelier and owner of Best Cellars, Josh Wesson, boasts an extensive resume in the food and wine industry over the last few decades. Wesson won the title of Best Sommelier in French Wines & Spirits in the United States in 1984. In 1989, he was nominated for the Who's Who in American Cooking. In 1997, Food & Wine magazine named him Retail Wine Innovator of the Year. His most recent venture, Best Cellars, aims to bring quality affordable wine into the homes of wine enthusiasts nationwide.
The last season of HBO’s “Treme” has come to an end, but the celebration is just beginning. The show’s creator and executive producer David Simon, executive producer Nina Noble, and story editor/ cookbook author Lolis Eric Elie presents: Talking “Treme”, a celebratory event held at 92Y. Matt Zoller Seitz of New York magazine is set to moderate the talk which aims to take a closer look at the role of New Orleans cuisine in the popular show. 92Y will stay true to the festive vibes of the Mardi Gras capital by setting up the room cabaret style, inviting a jazz pianist to play before the talk begins, and serving free food and cocktails from the cookbook, Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans (written by Elie).
Everybody might be talking about Thanksgiving now, but we know that the minute the turkey is done and the football's turned on, there will only be one thing on people's minds. We're talking, of course, about Black Friday, and brace yourself, folks, because like winter, it is coming.
Black Friday might be a little brutal when it comes to battling the shopping masses, but it doesn't have to be all stress! We've got the hook up on places offering Black Friday food and drink deals, so you can treat yourself after a day as a retail warrior.
On November 18th, 2013, guests were invited to meet Andaz 5th Avenue's new executive chef, the charming and tattooed Chad Minton. The mellow and intimate event was held at Apartment 2E of the swanky midtown Manhattan Hotel where guests sipped on drinks at the open bar while tasting Minton's new Fall/Winter menu.
This past Sunday, we had the pleasure of attending Eater Eve--Eater.com’s precursor to the invite-only Eater Awards--and we had an absolute ball. As soon as we walked into the gorgeous, neon-lit Angel Orensanz Center, we were greeted with a buzzing crowd of interesting people enjoying themselves in style, not to mention a delightful Tanqueray, champagne, and absinthe welcome cocktail. What really impressed us, though, was how well the evening’s Southern theme was brought home. It was the unifying thread among the 11 excellent epicureans, which included Southern Chefs representing their home cuisine, as well as local Chefs riffing on Southern classics. The Southern aesthetic was really brought together with touches like the specially crafted cocktails (more on those later), and the featured band, Houndmouth. In addition to providing a down-home, roots-rock soundtrack to the night's Southern fare, the Louisville band has also been in touch with Eater about their best food experiences along the southern leg of their tour, making the connection between the music and the food that epitomize and celebrate Southern culture.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which generally means going home (for all you non-native New Yorkers), or maybe having family over to your place. But what about those of us left behind? And more importantly, what about those of us who would really rather not obliterate our kitchens with a frenzy of Thanksgiving cooking? Well, now there's a place for you--or rather, a whole bunch of places for you. We've put together a list of the best Thanksgiving meals in the city, so that this year, you can get all your cooking done for you. You can impress visiting relatives, or just enjoy a stress-free Thanksgiving dinner on your own or with your friends. Either way, if you're trying to take the restaurant route this year, here are the best places to do it.
Winter may not exactly scream garden season, but this may be the best season of all to visit the New York Botanical Garden.
Sunny days are perfect for walking down idyllic nature paths in the heart of the Bronx, enjoying natural treasues like waterfalls, enormous trees, and local plants.
But as the sun goes down and a breeze comes in, it's nice to have a cozy place to warm up!
For the first time, the New York Botanical Garden is hosting a pop-up seasonal eatery: The Holiday Dining Pavilion, curated by Stephen Starr Events. Open since this past Saturday to coincide with the annual Holiday Train Show, this tented area features an inventive menu at a variety of food stations that pay homage to New York street food.