Each year we are delighted to attend the Latke Festival at Brooklyn Museum. This year marked their 10th Annual Festival on December 3rd, 2018. This festival featured over 26 New York City restaurants all competing for the 2018 Latke festival awards. This year included four categories, Best Traditional Latke, Best Creative Latke, Best Latke and Peoples Choice Best Latke. Each restaurant showcased the versatility of these delicious potato pancake with a variety of healthy ingredients. This holiday event is presented by Great Performance, a prestigious New York based catering and event company, whom launched this event several years ago as an annual fundraiser for The Sylvia Center. The Sylvia Center is a non profit youth nutritional and educational organization that helps teach the youth and families how to create and maintain great healthy eating habits. Thanks to a listings of sponsors also for making this yearly event possible, Tito's Vodka and Edible Brooklyn along with Yelp, City Winery, Milagro Tequila, and so many more. We had the pleasure of tasting almost every lakte we could get our hands on. Each latke was presented with some of the best toppings like smoked salmon with a healthy made special sauce or apple sauce with a beautiful garnish. The style and techniques of these latkes were amazing. We look forward to this event every and every year thanks to Shelly Clark from GP. The Best Holiday Event Of The City!!
Nick Sider, the self taught internationally known acrylic painter held a Opening Night Solo Exhibition on November 30, 2018 in NYC Union Square at 7 East 14th Street. Nick's "Alive On Canvas" displayed life like paintings which had the entire crowd amazed. These eye-catching paintings spoke for themselves with each and every detail. Each painting displayed a "wow" factor. Nick Sider stated that "My favorite moment while painting is when a subject on my canvas begins to COME ALIVE". At this art pop-up you were able to get a first hand look at all original artworks of his wildlife, and lifelike painting. Please feel free to follow Nick Sider on Instagram @nicksider. We would like to give a special thank you to Good Girl PR for an exclusive preview.
The 19th Annual Winter's Eve was a true hit, despite the pouring rain, for a true New Yorker nothing slows us down. This yearly outdoor Tree Lighting celebration is held at Dante Park. Dante Park was filled with people cheering and in such a joyous holiday spirit. The Young People's Chorus of NYC sung a huge variety of Christmas songs as on-lookers sang along. There were food tents lined up and down 59th street and Broadway to 70th street. A line up of 34 delicious restaurants waiting for you to grab a bite. Performances were everywhere,along with live entertainment for everyone of all ages. The Upper West side gave you nothing but holiday cheer all evening with hot cocoa, pumpkin soup, Christmas carolling, ice sculpting, stilt walkers, jugglers and so much more. We would like to give a special thanks to The Lincoln Center BID for making this spectacular event happen each and every year along with all the restaurateurs, Atlantic Grill, Rosa Mexicano, Magnolia Bakery, P.J. Clarke's, Porter House Bar and Grill just to name a few, we appreciate you. To all the performers, Cafe Wha Band, DJ Tom Macari Red Silk Dancers, etc. and a great big thanks to Lincoln Center.
The Holiday Spirits Bazaar truly brought such a holiday spirit to New Yorkers. There were multiple holiday cocktail stations set up with a decor that made you feel like you were in The North Pole of cocktails. This three floor event, with filled with cocktail vendors with brands like Diplomatico Rum, Mezcal, Ketel One, Le Grand Courtage Brut, Deadwood Whisky, Don Q and so many more. Westward Whiskey's mixologist mixed up a cocktail called "Winter Wonderland" Simply thirst quenching! A " W " was engraved in each ice cube that was beautifully done (this delicious cocktail was my fav) lol. The room was so energetic with conversations, music and light hors d'oeuvres. The atmosphere felt like you were among family. This holiday tasting event was hosted by drinks blogger Selena Ricks of the Dizzy Fizz. Thanks Selena for such a wonderful evening!
Park Central Cocktail Making Class with mixologist Jason Bodoy is one of the best cocktail making classes I have attended and I have been to quite a few. Each month Jason instructs you with all the necessary elements on making a delicious cocktail. Either shaken or stirred, each individual person attending will have all the tools needed on making three concoctions which may include tequila, gin, scotch or rum depending on the monthly spirit involved. Everyone who has attended while I participated, by the look on their faces truly enjoyed this class as well as the presence of Jason, the knowledgeable mixologist. See the link in our things to do section an sign up now. Enjoy!
Color Block Party- Seaport District 2018 was a blast! The art illustration by @geronimo was a full color display of balloons in all sizes , shapes and color. The Heineken River Deck was a great way to lay back relax, unwind and take in the view of the east river. The energy was so electrifying, a full cocktail bar and loads of people ready to see whats in store. If you don't know, Seaport District has really redesigned the seaport into an amazing place for concerts, movie screening, or dinner at one of the amazing restaurants. This illustration was an event to let you know that the seaport district is getting ready for whats ahead.
Ron Williams, Harlem-nite and Founder of The Annual Harlem Whiskey Festival organizes an event that speaks volumes when it comes to his passion for whiskey and cigars. During a casual conversation with business partners this journey came about and led him to learn as much as possible about whiskey and it's culture. Ron's passion for this beverage showed exceptionally at his 4th Annual Harlem Whiskey Festival with some of the top brands on display, like Balvenie, Macallan, Jefferson Reserve, Virginia Black , Uncle Nearest and Westland just to name a few. This Annual Harlem Whiskey Festival is a two night event including a Craftsman Dinner at Sylvia's Restaurant, where an honoree is chosen and is usually someone with achieved indelible success, a VIP opening night party and a whisky after dark (cigar & whisky pairing). Day two is a press access event, an evening of networking, tastings and cocktails. Ron Williams truly wants everyone to know that whiskey is not only a distilled alcoholic beverage, there is also layers of history behind this smooth beverage. Whisky can be sexy, cool, classy and elegant for everyone including woman. Ron has had the pleasure of smoking cigars with some of the best like Jay-Z, Dr. J, Swizz Beatz & Steve Stoute. This was a two day event that we had the pleasure of attending and it was a true pleasure both evenings.
Season 4 Screening of Power was a true hit. Everyone in the room was so excited to see whats next , or who will not make it to next season with the deceit , lies and murder and back stabbing. Courtney Kemp and Curtis Jackson (50 Cent) had an opportunity to collaborate and make things happen and that is exactly what they did. This show is FIRE!!
Mid SummerNight Feast- Festival Of Cinema 2018 was a soft opening for the Kew Gardens Festival Of Cinema which will be running from August 3rd -12th. The SummerNight Feast had some of the best food vendors/ restaurants showcasing their food/products for guests to sample for a small fee of $3-$10. Vendors /restaurants participated from all over Queens. There were some of the most delicious ices creams, sweet treats and food. We sampled a whole variety of treats. We were able to see and taste the love and commitment that was put into preparation of the food at this event. The DJ on set kept every one dancing as the evening went on. Everyone enjoys great food and good music that truly makes you want to stick around and mingle. The evening turned out to be a wonderful, very well organized and fun filled event. I had the true pleasure of tasting Scoops in Cohoots, which is a Plotting Wickedly Ice Cream Ice Cream Co. as they would call it, and they are absolutely right. Each flavor is spiked with a spirit, either champagne, whiskey, etc. and oh boy it's Simply Delicious! This event also gave guests exclusive access to trailers from films participating in the upcoming Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema along with red carpet access, Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema Step and Repeat and the Museums Art Work. There will also be an opening and closing night Red Carpet Event with exclusive after party access with some of the actors, producers and directors. We had such great pleasure attending this event and am truly looking forward to the full itinerary ahead.
The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence hosted their annual Bear Awards in honor of Jim “Bear” Brady in NYC on October 1st, 2018, an evening that celebrated champions and real heroes in the gun violence prevention space. Reflecting on one year after the Las Vegas massacre, the evening was inspiring, uplifting, and left guests feeling charged to create change. A highlight of the evening was the live auction which featured items such as a set visit and meet and greet to MADAM SECRETARY generously donated by TEA LEONI, an ERIC CLAPTON experience at Madison Square Garden and tickets to The Golden Globe Awards official after party. Amid the auction, BRYAN CRANSTON surprised both guests and Christie’s auctioneer ROBBIE GORDY by jumping on stage to offer two tickets to opening night of NETWORK, his new Broadway play opening this fall. The winner will enjoy two tickets, a backstage meet and greet, and access to the after party on December 6th. After one guest rounded out the bidding at $11,000, which according to Bryan were tickets earmarked for his agents, he surprised the crowd again by offering a second pair for a matching bid, thus taking seats away from their “mooching relatives,” according to his wife who shouted from Table 8. (We had the honors of receiving this information and write up from Sunshine Sachs) Thanks so much! Photo Credit: Bryan Bedder for Getty Images on behalf of Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
We were truly delighted to attend the House of Peroni NYC Event. The event space was truly decked out in green and white with beautiful lounge seats for you to sit back and take it all in. Each time we taste this brand we are never disappointed. The music was vibrant and the view was to die for of the NYC skyline looking into New Jersey. There was a Glass Garden Lost & Found from Orto Botanico Di Padova(1545) incorporated into this event. The world's oldest academic medicinal garden: Taste Of Nectar. Representing the original purpose of the Botanical Garden, and where legend has it the Medici's concocted medicines and potions, artist Maayan Zilberman offers guests a chance to exchange a Roman Chamomile blossom, representing a manifestation of communal healing and growth, for a gold-infused oleander-inspired edible piece, symbolizing the darker side of the Garden: knowledge and awakening, a polar opposite. Maayan offers each guest a chance to become one with the theme of the exhibition, exchanging a piece of organic material with an edible piece. Each participant helps the edible and floral installation come to life.
Margaret Mead Film Festival this year honors her legacy by connecting us with communities around the world through actions of others who refused to give up. This years festival at American Museum of Natural History ran from October 18th-21st. Opening night all attendees had the pleasure of screening the premiere of "Stolen Daughters" by Directors Karen Edwards and Gemme Atwl an HBO Documentary. This film gave you a direct look on how girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram (a terrorist group) escaped from imprisonment and restructured their lives. There were so many films that shed light on how resilient we all are. Opening night was also about networking and connecting with others "all about film". At the closing night ceremony The Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award was given to Christy Garland, the director of What Walaa Wants, this film was inspiring, a girl being raised in a refugee camp by her siblings while her mother was in prison and overcoming some of the constant challenges of growing up as a female in the Palestinian Security Forces. A big thank you to Manager of Media Relations, Michael Walker for an opportunity to understand what the Margaret Mead Film Festival is truly all about. We were delighted to have access to Q&A's of some talented and gifted film makers and directors. Looking forward to next year.
This year's NYC LG Business Solutions TechTour event was held at Metropolitan West. This event gave us exclusive access to the latest commercial display, solar and mobile technologies. There was one thing that stood out the most for us and it was their moving robot Choli. You could control her with a gaming remote, take photos with a background displayed of various locations in NYC. She had a giant LG phone display attached to her which displayed the agenda for the event whcig im quite sure could be programmed as desired. Choli, is a clear example of how innovation through technology is evolving tremendously. The evening event was a night to remember with a DJ Carol C performance, mobile oyster bar, passed hors d’oeuvres and a lot of networking. Thanks LG #LGontheroad
This Future of the Cocktails event, was exactly that and more! On Friday November 2nd, 2018 Industry City was the highlight of Brooklyn, with mixologist from all over NYC, mixing some of the most delicious cocktails . This Belvedere sponsored event was packed with numerous cocktails stations to choose from. Hors d'oeuvre and an Oyster Station was a true highlight. Our favorite cocktail of the evening was the Muir Glen, that spicy mezcal taste was amazing and thirst quenching. This evening was a great networking opportunity as well a night out with friend. Mixologist from Bulleit, Belvedere and Muir Glen made some of the best cocktails of the evening. Thanks you, Food Loves Tech for the invite.
Taste Of Times Square 2018 is a yearly event in the heart of NYC. There is no better way to enjoy NYC, than to taste some of the best NYC restaurants all in one place, Times Square. This event was packed with restaurants from all five boroughs of New York City offering everyone a a chance to taste some of their best dishes for as low as one dollar. The stroll was a few block radius with over 30 stations. There was live music, entertainment and activities for everyone. I personally could not stop eating. Hard Rock Cafe's grilled burgers were such a treat, grilled to perfection. Juniors Cheesecake happened to be one of the stations that seemed to have a never ending crowd and the small line was worth it. Looking forward to another great year in 2019. Thanks #TimesSQEats