Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Local Artisans and Flavors‏

Taste Signature Foods from Local Producers
Saturday, June 2, from 12pm to 4pm

Baked Ideas
Picture a bakery where imagination is the main ingredient. In Patti Paige's kitchen, artisans form their own cookie cutters and mix custom icings for delectable handmade treats.
Bocce's Bakery
Local canines wag their tails at Bocce's Bakery. Andrea Tovar and her dog Bocce are famous for handcrafted dog biscuits, fresh-baked with the best natural ingredients.
Brooklyn Slate
Great companions for local farmstead cheeses, these beautifully crafted New York slate cheese boards are a collaborative effort by Brooklyn's Sean Tice and Kristy Hadeka.
Grady's Cold Brew
Cool off with New Orleans-style iced coffee. Artisans create this smooth concentrate using a special blend of roasted coffee, ground chicory and spices, brewed and bottled by hand in Brooklyn.
Mason Jar Cookie Company
Make your own custom cookie mix! It's easy with DIY jars featuring luscious layers of all-natural ingredients – just add butter, an egg and bake a batch fresh.
The Redhead
NYC legend has it that everything's better with bacon – especially The Redhead's famous peanut brittle. This savory-sweet treat is made with a combo of bacon, nuts, maple syrup and spices.
Rogue Confections
Savor the luscious art and soul of Sherri Adler's handmade Belgian chocolate mini pops and cupcake toppers, all decorated with colorful images inspired by vintage textiles, wallpapers and greeting cards.
Salt of the Earth Bakery
Taste the love in sweet treats from a family bakery. Each of their handcrafted creations is paired with a specially selected artisanal sea salt that makes the flavor shine.
The Saucey Sauce Co
Explore the flavors of Vietnam as you taste a medley of Southeast Asian dipping sauces. They're made in Brooklyn with lots of love and the finest local ingredients.
Tumbador Chocolate
Renowned pastry chef Jean-Francois Bonnet sources the finest ingredients in the world in his chocolates, which feature exotic fruits, spices, fresh herbs and regional flavors.
Columbus Circle
10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 823-1703

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Fader Magazine + Captain Morgan FT. Ryan Leslie May 31st

Complimentary Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum Cocktails
RSVP at to attend.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

5 Boro PicNYC - Governors Island on May 26th & 27th



Try something new this Memorial Day at the 5 Boro PicNYC: a 2-day-only celebration of craft beer, gourmet eats, and live tunes taking over Governors Island on May 26th & 27th from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Buy your tickets here and  enter the code "JCheese" for a discount on a general admission ticket to this fabulous event, courtesy of the Jarlsberg Cheese!

Expect the following:

* Food Events like the Jarlsburg Grilled Cheese Pavillion and the Slow Food Taco Challenge
* Sixpoint Beer - all the greatest hits and some new options. (Beer will not be sold before 12pm on Sunday, May 27. Beer sales will end at 4:15pm both days.)
* Hot Sauce and Blues - MUSIC ALL DAY! Hot sauce tastings/events paired with some smokin blues bands.
* Portion of ticket sales will benefit Slow Food NYC, Earth Matter, Kingsborough Community College's Culinary Program and Teen Battle Chef. For more details see

The fine print:

* Food Sampling is guaranteed until 2pm. Food is first come first served thereafter.
* Must be 21 to drink. ID checked at the door.
* Beer will not be sold before 12pm on Sunday May 27th. Beer sales will end at 4:15pm both days.
* Additional beer tickets will be sold on site for $6, or four for $20. Beer tickets are all final sales.
* Additional food will be available for purchase on site.
* Event is RAIN or SHINE
* All Sales Final
* Children are free with paying adult

Thursday, May 17, 2012

BarSmarts WIRED is now free

I would like to let you know that BarSmarts WIRED, the 100% online version of BarSmarts Advanced, will be available for FREE throughout May and June, 2012. I did the program myself last summer and it was really a great opportunity on all levels. In order to partake, you must go to, click Register for Wired, and enter the code spring2012 when the system asks for a promo code. This code will bypass the payment screen.

BarSmarts is a one-of-a-kind online bartender education and certification program sponsored by Pernod Ricard USA, and developed in collaboration with the world's most celebrated cocktail experts from BAR, LLC.

Good luck! I hope to see you soon in one of the BarSmarts live networking events!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Manhattan Cocktail Classic - the GALA

MCC's GALA at the New York Public Library was not only outstanding but my favorite event during the last six years in the city. There are no words to describe it, only pictures. Cocktails will follow....

Photo credits: Belathée, Gabi Porter

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Starbucks Frappuccino Half Price Happy Hour May 4-13th

Starting May 4th and lasting through May 13th, Starbucks is offering half-price Frappuccinos from 3:00-5:00 PM, during Frappuccino Happy Hour! No coupon is necessary. Just enjoy Frappuccino Happy Hour at all participating Starbucks! If you’d like daily reminders about this deal so you don’t miss a day, text HAPPY to 697289.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Burgundy Wine Week in New York

Burgundy is coming to New York City to celebrate Burgundy Wine Week 2012 for a week of festivities from Wednesday May 2nd through Wednesday May 9th. The purpose of the upscale event is to introduce New Yorkers to some of the best Pinot Noir in the world, and Chardonnay from one of the most prestigious white wine producing areas. Burgundy is known as the most terroir-conscious wine region of France. Tastings will be held at dozens of metropolitan area wine stores, restaurants and other venues. Schedule available at

Toast of the Town 
Hammerstein Ballroom
Also on Thursday, May 3rd, Burgundy Wine Week 2012 will have a table at this annual wine, spirits and food gala where will be featured the wines of Gabriella Wines, a prominent importer and distributor of Burgundy. Guests at Toast of the Town will be able to taste more than 500 select wines from around the globe, and savor gourmet dishes from 35 of the top restaurants in the city. 311 West 34th Street | VIP: 6 to 7pm | Grand: 7 to 10pm. Grand Tasting: $109 VIP Tasting: $169
Beaujolais Lunch
La Bonne Soupe
On Monday, May 7 the public is invited to enjoy a special lunch at La Bonne Soupe, a New York institution since 1973, to taste the incomparable Gamay grape as it explodes in the wine of the 12 villages of Beaujolais wine country including sublime vintages from Morgon, Julienas and Moulin a Vent. $45, 48 West 55th Street. 12:30pm. RSVP to (212) 586-7650 or

Docks' Oyster Bar
Press Dinner
Tuesday, May 8 - The team at Gabriella Wines will welcome key members of the trade and press. 633 Third Ave. @ 40th Street. 7:30pm. 

Closing Party
Night of Le Burgundy Cocktail Nouvelle: Drink. Dance. Delight.
Wednesday, May 11 - The final night of Burgundy Week will celebrate the new art of the “wine cocktail” at Le Colonial, the romantic restaurant reminiscent of Vietnam during its French colonization. At this festive tasting, a deejay will spin tunes while three prominent mixologists put their contemporary spin on Kir, the classic cocktail that hails from Burgundy. SPECIAL BONUS: Revelers are invited to taste the ambrosial new cocktail brought to you by the folks at Saint Germain, the ethereal elderflower liqueur, and Burgundian sparking wine Veuve Ambal. 8 – 11pm, Le Colonial, 149 East 57th Street. $45 for one ticket, $70 for two (use promo code BWWBUY2), RSVP at