Michael From The East
Growing up, the Harlem native " Michael From The East" had passion and long lasting dreams of becoming a musician. Michael's determination led him to create music that will touch your soul. His medley of gripping narratives and melodic cadence are among the slew of reasons why he is on his way to becoming a cultural staple. Michael's gifted talent resonates with such emotions it's contagious and uplifting. Once you get to know Michael From The East you will understand why. Being raised in a spiritual household his father Rev. Booker and mother First Lady Booker has always prayed over him and his sister Ashley. A lot of his musical influences came from the sounds of 60’s & 70’s, watching his father play tons of old school music. Michael From The East places his own spin on music like Indie R&B, Bedroom Soul and Emo-Rap music. He has released 3 EPs; the most current being “ F.T.E.” We had the honor of attending his listening party in his hometown on Thursday night. His friendly presence clearly states "Hello Everyone I'm Here". Once he started singing his music created a calm and mind blowing feeling that resonated with everyone and it was noticeable. Look out for Michael From The East, he is about to raise the charts!
Thrillist-The Fasties Awards Show
Have you ever loved a fast food chain's sandwich, burger, fries, tenders, dessert or even their sauce so freakin' much that you debated with friends over which is best? Well spread the word because your fav may have just won on THRILLIST'S FIRST EVER FOODIE AWARD SHOW, "THE FASTIES"! Thrillist, the best online media website covering food and drink, introduced their first ever fast food award show honoring a variety of fast food chains and professionals that made their mark in the fast food industry. Thrillist picked 16 categories to celebrate, nominating favorite chains, favorite dishes, and fast food trends of the year on February 11th, 2020 in New York City at SubCulture, 45 Bleeker Street. THE FASTIES will air on Thrillist.com and YouTube on February 19, 2020.Thrillist’s, Send Foodz, star Tim DeLaghetto and YouTube sensation David So hosted a full evening of fast food, humor and accolades for all to enjoy on Thrillist.com and YouTube, February 19, 2020. Dynamic duo, Tim and David has a combined following of 5 million subscribers on YouTube, made THE FASTIES award show an unforgettable evening with some of the funniest fast food jokes you could ever imagine. The red carpet was packed with original designs of chicken nugget accessories, McDonalds home-made happy meal purses and personally designed hats made out of french fries. On the red carpet, Culver's Chef, Quinn Adkins shared his passion for food and his gratitude for being nominated in a few categories. Arby's, Carl's Jr and White Castle's, William Seaquist, winner of the Best Plant-Based Burger - the White Castle Impossible Slider, were all in attendance. The infamous Miki Sudo, American competitive eater and Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest winner in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 had an opportunity to once again show off her incredible eating skills by finishing off 2 pizzas, 2 pasta dinners, 1 order of chicken wings, 4 desserts and 14 sandwiches. WOW! Tune in to Thrillist.com or YouTube, February 19, 2020 to watch THE FASTIES. Photos credit of @thrillist .Please find 2020 Fasties winners here:Best Fried Chicken Sandwich Popeyes - Chicken Sandwich (winner) Chick-fil-A - Chicken Sandwich McDonald’s - Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich Carl’s Jr. - Big Fillet Chicken Sandwich KFC - Crispy Colonel SandwichBest Burger Culver’s - ButterBurger Cheese (winner) In-N-Out Burger - Double Double McDonald’s - Quarter Pounder With Cheese Whataburger - Double Meat Whataburger Wendy’s - Dave’s DoubleBest Plant-Based Burgers White Castle - Impossible Slider (winner) Carl’s Jr. - Beyond BBQ Star Carl’s Jr. - Beyond Famous Star With Cheese A&W - Beyond Burger Burger King - Impossible WhopperBest Fries Arby’s - Curly Fries (winner) McDonald’s - Fries Chick-fil-A - Waffle Potato Fries Taco Bell - Nacho Fries Checkers/Rally’s - Famous Seasoned FriesBest Taco Del Taco - The Del Taco (winner) Taco Bell - Crunchy Taco El Pollo Loco - Chicken Taco Al Carbon Jack in the Box - Taco Taco John’s - Crispy TacoBest Dessert Yoshinoya - Cheesecake (winner) Taco Bell - Cinnamon Sticks Wendy’s - Frosty Culver’s - Vanilla Custard Jollibee - Peach Mango PieBest Chicken Tenders Raising Cane’s - Chicken Fingers (winner) Popeyes - Tenders Culver’s - Original Chicken Tenders Chick-fil-A - Chick-n-Strips Long John Silver’s - Chicken TendersBest Breakfast Sandwich Chick-fil-A - Chicken Biscuit (winner) Taco Bell - Breakfast Crunchwrap with Bacon McDonald’s - Bacon, Egg, and Cheese McGriddle Subway - Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Wendy’s - Breakfast BaconatorBest Coffee Culver’s (winner) Chick-fil-A McDonald’s Sonic Jack in the BoxBest Sauce Culver’s - Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese Sauce (winner) Chick-fil-A - Chick-fil-A Sauce Raising Cane’s - Cane’s Sauce McDonald’s - Honey Mustard Whataburger - Spicy KetchupBest New Menu Item of the Year Popeyes - Chicken Sandwich (winner) Burger King - Impossible Whopper KFC - Kentucky Fried Wings Taco Bell - Black Bean Crunchwrap Supreme Chick-fil-A - Mac & CheeseRegional Chain of the Year Culver’s (winner) In-N-Out Del Taco Whataburger Bojangles’Chain of the Year Popeyes (winner) Burger King Chick-fil-A Wendy’s White CastleMenu Item of the Decade Taco Bell - Doritos Locos Taco (winner) KFC - Double Down White Castle - Impossible Slider McDonald’s - Szechuan Sauce Popeyes - Chicken SandwichLifetime Achievement Award Ketchup (winner) No other nomineesMost Valuable Pickle (MVP) Popeyes Chicken Sandwich Pickle (winner) No other nominees
The 18th Annual Orchid Show
The 18th Annual Orchid Show: Kaleidoscope featuring the famed floral designer, Jeff Leatham brings thousands of bold and beautiful colors to this years annual showcase. . Jeff Leatham, is an award winning artistic director of the Four Seasons Hotel in Paris,creating floral sensations since 1995, knighted with the Orde des Arts et Lettres, the highest honor for atists in the French culture. Jeff's clients include Oprah Winfrey, Tina Turner, Dolly Parton, Cher and the Kardashians. The Botanical Garden will be showcasing thousands of orchids through mirrored sculptures, overhead arches and rain forest deserts, all with a bust of color illustrated by this years designer. At this years press preview, Jeff explains how humbled he feels to have such an opportunity to create magic for The NYBG Orchid Show. He helped facilitate our tour through a wonderful world of rare and iconic orchids. "Jeff states " I want every gallery to be a different color experience for visitors as they move through them, like looking into a kaleidoscope". He loved kaleidoscopes as a child, and this was his vision for NYBG exhibit. There are a number of hidden gems this year. Make your way to the rain forest desert to get a glimpse of the underground illustration with bursts of breathtaking colors. As you move through the passage the colors follow you and transcend into one another. It's amazing! You can also enjoy orchid evenings with a 21+ crowd, music, light bites, a cash bar and dancing. On Thursday February 20th at 11am join Jeff Leatham as he discusses how he brings his floral designs to life, with a Q&A and book signing directly after.
Beer Bourbon BBQ 2020
Beer Bourbon & BBQ is the ultimate party to begin the year. This years event was held at the Brooklyn Expo on January 18th, 2020. Patrons grabbed a glass as they entered and made their way into a crowded room of vendors (Koval) (Bulliet)(Four Roses) (Breukelen Rub) mixed cockatils, tastings and food vendors. A full itinerary of sessions were scheduled for the day, teaching seminars on grilling, cooking demos and bourbon tastings. During the event Handsome Devil Restaurant from Newburgh NY roasted an entire pig which was incredibly amazing to see first hand. When they rolled it out on a BBQ grill grate everyone stood still and stared. It was golden brown and crisp. Each session of the evening consist of talks, competitions, bacon eating contest and more. If you have never attended, keep your calendar clear for the end of January 2021. See you there!
New York Wine Festival 2020
How about access to over hundreds of wines all in one room. New York City Wine Fest each year, at the Tunnel Warehouse on West 28th Street. Travel the world with out needing your passport. Guests will enjoy wine samples for their entire session paired with live entertainment, food and interactive games. There was unlimited access to some of the most popular brands of wine along with a few other spirits. The entire room was so energetic with people playing giant jenga, scrabble,networking and enjoying the moment. Each year this festival comes around, stay tuned and we will definitely keep you posted.
Latkes are more than Latkes. Besides the usual celebration at Chanukah, different cultures and people have Latke in a variety of ways. Here one sampled Latke prepared in non traditional ways and for a good cause.The Latke Festival, now in 11th year. It gets more popular and bigger. This festival returned to Brooklyn Museum on December 16, 2019 for the 4th year in a row. This is a charity event organized by Great Performances that celebrates the best and most creative potato pancakes in New York City.The Blackened Cajun Treif Nightshade Latke, a fried green tomato and andouille stuffed blackened potato latke with remoulade, was very tasty.Another interesting Latke was the VerOkonomiyaki Latke, a Japanese-style octopus potato pancakes topped with sweet soy sauce.There were top honors in six categories, including two new ones – Best Vegetarian and Best New Participant Latke,. People’s Choice Best Latke, Best Overall Latke, Best Traditional and Most Creative,There were new participants like Manhattan’s Graffiti Earth, David Burke Tavern, and Ha Noi House, Brooklyn’s Baoburg, Duet, Gumbo Bros, and Lighthouse, and another new 2019 addition, a home cook participant who won the latke recipe contest conducted by the Jewish Food Society.The attendees voted for the People’s Choice Best Latke.All the net proceeds from Latke Festival went to The Sylvia Center, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that focuses on teaching cooking in unde rserved communities, inspiring children, teens and families to eat well through hands-on experiences on the farm and in the kitchen. Another Great Year!!
The Kamiyah Mobley Story
Robin Roberts, award-winning journalist, television broadcaster,anchor of ABC's Good Morning America presents her Lifetime movie and documentary starring Emmy winner Niecy Nash, Rayven Symone Ferrell and Ta’Rhonda Jones, Kidnapped: The Kamiyah Mobley Story. This movie is based on a true story of a young woman Kamiyah Mobley played by (Rayven Symone Ferrell) who was abducted as an infant and at the age of 18 Kamiyah finds out she was kidnapped at birth and the family she knew to be hers was all a lie. Gloria Williams played by (Niecy Nash) in her earlier days went through the trauma of a miscarriage and was also in an abusive relationship and was yearning to have a steady and stable relationship of her own. One summer day in 1998 Gloria drove from her home in South Carolina to a Florida hospital and walked up to the mother of Kamiyah Mobley, Shanara Mobley’s (Ta’Rhonda Jones) dressed and posing as a nurse and took the newborn out of her mothers arms. Years later Kamiyah was insisting on get her first job once she turned 18yrs old, then she realized something was wrong. Kamiyah was having difficulty obtaining her legal documents in order to work.. She confronted Gloria, at this point Gloria had to be honest about the abduction. Kamiyah tried to keep this situation a family secret as long as she could, until an anonymous tip soon led to Gloria’s arrest and their world came tumbling down.
Kwanzaa Crawl 2019
Kwanzaa Crawl is a movement that was created by Kerry Coddett and Krystal Stark. The aim of this movement is to bring unity and awareness all under the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa Crawl is a one-day event bringing people of the African diaspora together to support Black owned businesses in their communities. We were truly delighted to experience such a feeling of togetherness amongst one union. The vibe and energy was so electric it pulsated through from one individual to the next once as soon as you entered registration. The creativity in the attire that people displayed was definitely forms of expressions that said "Yes I Am Here". This Kwanzaa Crawl is not your ordinary bar crawl, so please make that known! After registration there is a celebration held expressing the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Umoja, Kujichagulia, Ujima, Ujamaa, Nia, Kuumba and Imani. This movement is so well organized. Each person participating in the Kwanzaa Crawl is assigned to a team with a team leader which has designated locations for their group to attend. Each team leader we met had a bull horn creating a sign of awareness stating "let's do this my people" and keep up while your at it (lol). Please keep in mind teams were singing as they were in the streets of Harlem creating a synergy that was unbelievable. The black owned businesses that opened their doors so that this union could be celebrated and allowed us to honor them were Lenox Sapphire, Shrine, Gin Fizz, Cove Lounge and Harlem Hookah. Each and every one of them truly welcomed the teams with open arms. Each establishment had a personal DJ that kept everyone on their feet the entire time that was allotted to stay at one venue. My staff and I at Get It For Less were so intrigued by the unity and the selflessness that was involved in this movement. We can see where this has definitely taken our communities, and this is only the beginning stages of the third year. Krystal & Kerry thank you for opening up your lives, creating and making your vision a reality. We can't wait to see what is in store next year.
Tidal X Benefit Concert
The fifth annual TIDAL X Benefit Concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on October 21st, 2019. The annual event will be hosted by Angie Martinez and Clarissa Molina, and features an impressive lineup that includes Alicia Keys, G-Eazy, Lil Uzi Vert, French Montana, and more. The artist of the evening lined up for the photographers before hitting the stage. In the past few years, TIDAL X has raised upwards of $10 million, focusing its attention on providing relief on impacted countries by Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
Taste Of East Harlem 2019
If you are a New Yorker, when you think or hear the two words East Harlem, you think of food, family and culture. The 2nd Annual Taste of East Harlem was held on June 21st at the beautiful Union Settlement Community Garden, located at 237 East 104th Street. Taste of East Harlem represented a feeling that simply stated " welcome you belong here". This tasteful food festival had some of the best local cuisine vendors from all around the community which included Caribbean, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Italian, Dominican. There were over 17 vendors which included Sisters Caribbean Cuisine, El Paso Mexican, Egg Roll Queen, Sabor Boriqueno, Cake Burger and many more. Each participating vendor had such great uniqueness in flavors, we couldn't help ourselves, we circled the garden quite a few times making sure we didn't miss anything . Delicious margarita cocktails by Amor Cubano, local craft beer from East Harlem Bottling Co. & Yave Tequila which is one of the world's first mango tequila with no added sugar. The garden was packed with a diverse crowd of foodies super excited and ready to eat. Where there is great food there is always great music, played by Ochun Afro-Latin Band. Thank you Union Settlement "Buy Local East Harlem" for having us. Buy Local East Harlem is an initiative led by Union Settlement, with support from Citi Community Development to encourage everyone in East Harlem, particularly larger organizations and entities, to support local businesses by creating relationships that will allow for the longevity of small businesses becoming suppliers to these institutions. Union Settlement is an on-the-ground resource for East Harlem residents of all ages, and a passionate advocate for the needs of undeserved communities. We are truly looking forward to whats in store next year!
Savor The Summer Thrillist 2019
We are delighted to say "No One Throws A Summer Party Like THILLIST! #Savorthesummer2019 was the ultimate summer extravaganza on August 15th, 2019 at Pier A Harbor House in New York City. The minute the doors opened cocktails were being made, food stations prepared and ready to accommodate. If you are a foodie this was the place you should of been or you totally missed out. This party had some of the best New York City restaurants sizzling dishes on the grill, Lobster Burger, Taco Dumbo, Black Iron Burger, Schaller's Stube Sausage Bar, The Nugget Spot X Thuffleist, Ho'Brah Tacos, OddFellows Ice Cream, Bodega Negra, Harlem Shake, Whitmans and Baar Baar. #SavortheSummer2019, was three floors of every foodies dream for one night. One floor was a live DJ, another floor setup with photo-op props, gaming options and more. The top level/rooftop was an amazing view that was undeniably the best spot to get a panoramic picture of the entire New York City. Everyone kicked back with delicious ice-cold Hard Iced Tea from Twisted Tea or specialty summer cocktails courtesy of Tequila Don Julio. Stay tuned for what's next the summer isn't over just yet! Thanks Stacey Richman, Director-Consumer Communications of Group Nine Media.
Festival of Cinema NYC 2019
If you're not familiar with Festival of Cinema NYC then let's face it, your not a New Yorker! Festival of Cinema NYC is known as the fastest growing independent film festival in Queens, New York. They celebrated their third annual film festival beginning August 2nd-11th, 2019 at Regal UA Midway in Forest Hill Queens. Opening night red carpet premiered Camilo Vila’s “5th of July” starring Jaleel White, which also premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018. "Nora Ephron Goes To Prison" Directed by Hannah Elless. This eleven day film festival showcased over 120 films with over 425 submissions from more than from 40 countries. This years Festival of Cinema NYC has partnered with several organizations hosting five days of free special screenings and presentations to help provide a greater experience for the community of Queens at Queens Library of Forest Hills. Festival of Cinema NYC was loaded with events at multiple venues around Queens for the entire 11 days. During the red carpet event Executive Producer Richard A. Stein from "Joyce" stopped for a moment to give us a brief synopsis about his film, a immigrant Filipino nanny living in NYC who makes a friend that puts an end to her loneliness when she needed it most also, Director, Robert Haufrecht, of "Full Moon and High Tide in The Ladies Room" a narrative about a waitress in Greenwich Village who gets pregnant two years into Roe v. Wade and has to decide whether to have the baby or don't have the baby and her very close friends and family members all have an opinion. Closing Night event showcased "QUEST..The Truth Always Rises" starring Lou Diamond Phillips, Dash Mihok and Betsy Brandt,Directed by Santiago Rizzo, a love story about how one person can have an enormous impact on humanity by sharing and betting on a child in need. The finale of this wonderful film festival finishes off with an awards dinner celebration on August 11th at Queens Brewery where they announced the winners from 18 categories also including the winner of the NYC Indie Film Collective Short Film Challenge. This award ceremony has been known to be the highlight of the Festival of Cinema NYC. Filmmakers, cast, crew and attendees mix and mingle while enjoying a buffet dinner along with free beer and wine. We were truly delighted to attend this years film festival and we greatly appreciated being there. Thank you to their Publicist, Brian Geldin for all that you do. We also had the pleasure of speaking with the Founder & Executive Director, Jason Simba. Jason has so much passion and direction for the Festival of Cinema NYC you can hear it in his voice as he speaks. Thank you Jason for bringing your passion to fruition.
The Norm at Brooklyn Museum
How about taking a trip to Paris without leaving New York City! Well, Paris awaits you at "Maxim's The Norm" Brooklyn Museums French inspired full-service popup cuisine. This culinary added addition to the museum’s Pierre Cardin : Future Fashion exhibition pays homage to the Cardin’s legendary Maxim’s de Paris. The Norms re-creation of Maxim’s de Paris is a true testament of his creation. The bar is designed and lit up with the color gold, a distinctive part of Maxim’s globally recognized logo, one wall displays art masterpieces of the restaurant which opened in the late 1800's and other parts of the room is re-fashioned as Maxim’s famed exterior. The Norm's menu is inspired by the Maxim’s de Paris cookbook. This culinary complement to Brooklyn's Museum has outside seating on a terrace overlooking the museum’s sculpture garden. This French inspired cuisine will be open through Jan. 5, 2020, offering à la carte and prix fixe menu options. Chef Andy Mejias, is the Chef de Cuisine at The Norm. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Chef Mejias, has informed us that his inspiration and love for food came from watching his mom as a kid. In his lifetime of cooking food, Chef Mejias had an opportunity to work at a renowned Michelin Star restaurant with some of the best in his field. This French inspired cuisine The Norm, has given Chef Mejias a chance to really enjoy what he feel he was born to do, create! Chef Mejias, is inspired by several dishes from the Maxim’s de Paris cookbook, but has also created a few of his own that made our palettes dance of joy. Talking to Chef Mejias, you could hear and feel the passion in his voice for the love of what he does. After a long conversation with Chef Mejias, not only is being a chef a career choice for him it's his life long dream. It was a true honor to have dined at The Norm and we will definitely will be back again.
Stella Artois Summer
When Stella is in NYC word travels fast and everyone wants in on the excitement. "Summer Like You're On Vacation" was the perfect event for a hot and humid summer day in New York with temperatures in the high 90's . Stella Artois boating experience traveled through the water waves of Brooklyn and Manhattan. This experience allowed you to sit pretty on a beautiful yacht with Hors d'oeuvre and such pleasant staff. Each group waiting to embark this journey is assigned an allotted time to set sail on a small four-seater boat. Each boat was stocked with your very own personal ice cooler filled to the rim of Belgium beer and water to enjoy as you take in the view and sight see for your 20 minute ride across town. One thing we must stay about Stella, they always produce nothing but the best! Once you set sail the captain gave details on how these boats were designed just for our experience. Entering the dock in Brooklyn at Battery Park from our Manhattan sail port at Brookfield Place cocktail stations were set up with lounge seating, snacks and a live band playing music for everyone to sit, relax and take this "Summer Like You're On Vacation experience all in, and that's exactly what we did! Thanks Stella Artois, we look forward to your next visit to New York City . Vacation isn't about where you are its about how you see things! Cheers!