This year NYC Vegetarian Food Festival hit NYC on May 18Th - 19th, this celebration of healthy and sustainable living was filled with eager attendees on both days. This two day event was jammed packed with a line reaching a block long. There were local and national vendors fully stocked and ready with food samplings, great cooking demos, seminars and panel discussions. There were over 90 exhibitors showcasing their brands and sharing ways and ideas to live a sustainable and cruelty free life, including VSPOT, Made Good Foods, Partake Foods, Bona Bona Ice Cream and so many more. Sarah Gross Feoli and Nira Paliwoda, co-founders of New York Vegetarian Food Festival and U.S. Veg Corp a event production and marketing brand company who had a strong conviction on the growing vegetarian and green markets worldwide. Keynote speakers included Eleni Simos, Certified Holistic Heath Coach, "The Clean Eating Chick" and Crystal Pang, @veganeatsnyc a blogger sharing great tips on Instagram about eating out in New York City as a vegan and how simple it can be. In attendance was Keynote Speaker Eric Adams, who served three decades of commitment to the City of New York as a State Senator, Police Officer and Coalition Builder. Mr Adams was diagnosed with diabetes and has completely reversed the disease and is now very passionate about healthy living for everyone. " Making Veganism Accessible to All" is a movement of his and he publicly wants everyone to know about it. Thank you Sarah and Nira for all that you done, uyour dedication and hard work for the past 9 years with NYC Vegetarian Food Festival and many years to come. Thanks to all of your sponsors who continue to make this event possible, 16 Handles, Perfect Foods, Rescue Chocolate, and Misfit Market. Looking forward to next year!
This year Harlem Eat Up was definitely the highlight of Harlem. This yearly summer event has become a culture within a culture, representing some of the best chefs from the best restaurants of Harlem with great food and entertainment beginning May 13th-19th, 2019. At this two day finale event, "The Ultimate Stroll and "The Harlem Stroll" a huge number of pioneers are celebrated for their long standing ability to continuously deliver culinary excellence and upstanding history within the Harlem community like Melba Restaurant, Sylvia's Soul Food and Spoonbread. These long standing restaurants have paved the way for other soul food and local spots to make their mark. "Were there is soul food, love usually follows". There were over 60 participating restaurants that filled up Morning-Side Park on West 112th Street. Harlem Chocolate Factory, Lloyd's Carrot Cake, Shake Shack, Red Rooster, The Edge Harlem and Harlem Shake just to mention a few. This festival represents the culture of Harlem in many ways including music, food and people. Marcus Samuelsson and Herb Karilitz had a vision to re-create the history of Harlem for an entire week and redefine the neighborhoods identity by giving the community an opportunity to enjoy that old time Harlem Renaissance feel with some old school jazz and the true meaning of Harlem's rich culinary tradition. Food is a part of all cultures and had always continued to bring people together. Harlem Eat Up is a true representation of ethnic culture with over 4,000 attendees daily during their two day finale. During this two day event "The Harlem Stroll is a free event with food tasting samples for all ages including a Kids Zone attachment with a full itinerary of activities, and entertainment, a basketball competition and much more. "The Ultimate Grand Tasting" is the perfect name for what took place on Saturday and Sunday's final close out event. There were a long listings of spirit vendors like Bulleit, Don Julio, Hendricks Gin, Martell Cognac and so many more, shaking and stirring some of the best cocktails for food pairings from local Harlem Restaurants. Thank you to all the sponsors, Citi, who continue to make Harlem Eat Up possible.
The Makeup Show has now become one of the most talked about beauty shows today. For several years this team of beauty professionals are consistently evolving with some of the best brands and makeup artists in and outside of the United States. This year these professionals gave insight on how the future is enhancing when it comes to perfecting beauty, even for that stay home mom who decides to step out of her comfort zone with a clean and subtle makeover. The Makeup Show set it off with a wonderful brunch day for a team of influencers and media personal. Each person was handed a fully stocked handbag with products from some of The Makeup Show Vendors - Makeup Forever, Perricone MD (which we adore), Smashbox, Danessa Myricks, NYX, Melanie Mills Hollywood (another favorite) B3 LimeLife by Alcone, Stilla and Damone Roberts, just to name a few. This beautifully designed leather crafted handbag by Makeup Forever also came with a leather cased matching mirror that was super cute. This press day event also included a fully stocked brunch and cocktails that were extremely delicious sponsored by Kettle One. On opening day there was a line outside the venue before 9am on a rainy morning with attendees in anticipation to see whats behind those doors. Entering the venue you could see an a variety of summer colors that was so breathtaking, lipsticks, eye shadow, foundations, etc. There were panel booths set up with sessions scheduled for everyone to see and understand how to apply makeup correctly and ask questions about your skin type, or just getting to know what is your perfect shade of foundation should be. Makeup Forever is now one of my favorite brands. I have tried several makeups, with oily skin i am constantly patting my face all day but with Makeup Forever Foundation Matte Velvet those days are over! Each day at The Makeup Show, this two day event gave you an opportunity to learn about new products from makeup tutorials, watch & learn from hair stylists, cosmetologists, aestheticians, and beauty executives. We learned so much and are truly looking forward to another great year which has already been scheduled for May 3rd -4th, 2020. See you there!
Growing Up Hip Hop, WEtv celebrated a new season with cast members, Angela Simmons, Vanessa Simmons, Jojo Simmons and Romeo Miller in NYC at Avenue NYC. This reality shows cast members also include Damon Boogie Dash, Kristina Debarge, Egypt Criss, Brianna Latrise and Tee Tee Francis. These cast members are considered the next generation of hip hop, which this title was passed down from parents who made a name for themselves in the hip hop community. WEtv gives their children an opportunity to tell their stories while living their daily lives. This open bar, red carpet event celebrated a new season of whats ahead. The cast members were red carpet ready, very approachable and delighted that we were there to get a glimpse of what it's like GUHH. The crowd networked as DJ Quest Love played some of the best hits today and great old school classics. Thanks Strategic Heights Media for such an amazing night.
GET IT FOR LESS had the pleasure of attending The Latke Festival 2017 in Brooklyn New York at The Brooklyn Museum. This was such a delightful event , with tasty Latke all over the entire venue, showcasing 20-plus latke creations, from the classic to the decadently imaginative. Popular Latke Festival veterans such as Baz Bagel, Benchmark, Burger & Lobster, Kulushkat, Shelsky’s of Brooklyn and Veselka joined. Along with first timers like FryGuys, Loreley Beer Garden and Tudor City Steakhouse in the museum’s stunning glass enclosed lobby pavilion. Everything was so tasteful and wonderfully displayed. This event was well organized and each and every vendor was pleasant and a great presences to be around. The VIP section for press was such a treat. Thank you Shelly Clark , we are looking forward to next year.
We were super excited about the Coffee and Tea Festival this year. Upon entrance as press i was greeted with a goodies bag with some very special treats by one of the vendors "Oh You Tease" and a Coffee & Tea Festival bag from the festival. You could actually smell the aroma of coffee when you entered the festival. There were stations everywhere of tea, coffee, spices and much more. I came across Brooklyn Tea, a naturally flavored healthy tea that helps with your daily living. This tea truly is made to promote health and wellness, it is an all natural based tea with a variety of options for all ailments and taste delicious. Thanks to Kristen Sarcone we were truly honored to attend. Looking forward to next year.
El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico at Kupferberg Center had everyone out of their seats. This group of men danced all night long and held nothing back. The sound of the band and the bass was electrifying. I had never heard them before and I was truly impressed of the crowd that packed the auditorium to hear and see them perform some of their greatest hits. The Kupferberg Center is located at Queens College and holds events from music, dance, ballet, comedy and more. We love this hidden gem. El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico at Kupferberg Center Photo by DecentXposure_
Chadwick Boseman at UrbanWorld Film Festival 2017 looked stunning as her stepped on the red carpet for the premiere of Thurgood Marshall. I had the opportunity to see him play a role like any other in his career. If you haven't seen the film , you should check it out, its moving and it will give you an insight on Thurgood Marshall's career and obstacles as a lawyer.
Pore The Core Hard Cider Festival 2018 at Brooklyn Expo was a tasty delight with over 5 styles produced by over 40 different cider makers. The event will feature local favorites like Big Apple Hard Cider and Original Sin; best-selling US brands like Woodchuck Hard Cider and Angry Orchard; and a variety of imported ciders and perries from Spain, England and elsewhere, like Maeloc. The line was down the block of people waiting to enjoy the taste of apple flavored ciders. The music was pumping as you entered and vendors where ready to pour.
Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint was actually one of the best events to end the summer. The weather held up beautifully and the space was packed with people ready to taste, socialize and enjoy every detail of this event. Upon entering the event you were greeted with such pleasant and helpful staff. You were also given a Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint cup to personalize as your own. We couldn't believe how many vendors participated in this event, food and cocktails were everywhere. Some of the best restaurants serving delicious small but filling portions so you can have plenty of room to taste everything your heart desired. We were informed this is the 9th year of Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint, so we only could imagine what the 10th Anniversary will bring. Each and every food and cocktail station that we had the pleasure to come across was such a treat and there was enough of everything to go around several time. Scoops in Cahoots was one of our favorites! They have a delicious ice cream that is called "Cocoa's Got Class" made with Black Cocoa and Marshmallows and Sea Salt. OMG!! We are really looking forward to next year, truly hope to see them on the list. Thanks Jaclyn Pfingst for all your hospitality and a well put together and organized event.
Louis Vuitton Illustration Event 2018 in Financial District was like no other i have ever seen. This illustration of vintage luggage, clothing is truly a woman's dream. There was vintage bags of all color and new line styled bags as well. This self guided tour had an illustration that made you feel like you were on a subway car called Louis Vuitton Lane. After the self guided tour you were able to purchase a few items that were available and they also handed out a free pin to place on your clothing with the known signature. It was a true experience. We loved it!!
Art Expo New York 2018 was full of surprises with beautiful decked out colored art on display to ceramic dogs that were Tiffany inspired. If you had the chance to attend at Pier 57 NYC you couldn't leave without taking something home to display and show off to your friend. Some of the painting looked so real you may have wanted to reach out and touch them. An example is this Marilyn Monroe painting, such a true doll!
Wine Riot was a packed house at the Brooklyn Expo Center. You could feel the energy in the room that everyone was there ready to taste. Everyone walked around and was super excited about all the varieties to choose from. There were over 100 wineries in one big room ready to pour. There were such great selections of reds, whites, chardonnay and more. We were super excited and enjoyed every detail of this event.
The Big Chocolate Show 2017 Press Day was filled with some of the best chocolate vendors from all over. Each station had loads of tastings ready for the press. There was dark chocolate, white and milk chocolate all over the entire venue. The big chocolate show gave press a change to understand how chocolate is processed and how it actually arrives in the store for consumers to purchase. The details would actually shock you! This event also held a tasting room for some of the best chocolate cocktails for attendees will enjoy. Thank you The Big Chocolate Show, we are looking forward to attending next year.
Architectural Design Show 2018 Press Day at Pier 92 & 94. This event each year has some of the hottest designers ready to display the most unique designs when it comes down to home decor. This show is known as simply the best design show around the world. You can see anything from modern, chic or over the top, depending on what is your preference when it comes to comfort for you and your home. We are always delighted to see whats in store for the public and truly brag about how this show each year steps it up a notch. We always look forward to next year and the designers that are on the roster. Each design was truly like no other!