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La Vie Lounge – VIP Bloggers Night

6 May

La Vie is an exotic space nestled in the East Village that offers a French-Moroccan aesthetic with a full dinner menu created by Executive Chef, Momo Terien.  With its beautifully intricate hanging lanterns and intoxicating ambiance, La Vie offers an escape for the après work and late night crowds alike.

Live entertainment including international music nights and belly dancers are featured throughout the week and the new dinner menu is now available for late night dining, offered until 3am, 7 days a week.  La Vie also offers one of the best happy hours in the neighborhood, including $4 sangria, $3 select beer, $6 well drinks, and $15 hookah that goes from 6pm-10pm, 7 days a week.

As a guest of the Grand Opening event, I was treated to an evening of open bar, hookah, select hors d’oeuvres based off of the new dinner menu and an impromptu belly dancing performance that stole the show.

The event was a lot of fun, and if I find myself in the Lower East Side, needing a little Middle-Eastern flare, I’ll definitely keep La Vie Lounge in mind.

Mother’s Day at Greensquare Tavern

29 Apr

(press release)

A MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION INSPIRED BY…MOM.

Chef John Marsh and his partners at Greensquare Tavern, the new farm-to-table restaurant at 5 West 21st Street, are offering Mother’s Day specials inspired by their own moms.

“My mother was an amazing gardener and a terrific home cook,” Chef John Marsh recalls.  “Local ingredients meant our back yard.”

Partners Larry McIntyre and Leon Bell also credit their mothers with inspiring a life-long love of food. For Leon’s mother, a Holocaust survivor, “food is life. Food is love.”

Along with its regular menu, Greensquare Tavern will feature a $45 Prix fixe menu with a choice of appetizer, salad, entrée and dessert including the Mother’s Day specials below:

* Jane Marsh’s delicious Pan-roasted Striped Bass with citrus herb sauce, caramelized onion mashed Yukon potato & sauteed swiss chard.

* Rita McIntyre’s famous Lasagna Bolognese with handmade pasta sheets, ground beef, veal & pork; three secret cheeses & homemade marinara served with sautéed broccoli rabe.

* Celia Bell’s Veal Scallopini with roasted shallot demi-glaze, risotto Milanese & sautéed spinach.

For reservations call 212-929-2468, or visit greensquaretavern.com.
Of course,  all moms will leave with a beautiful rose to cap their meal.
Small plates: $9 – $10
Medium plates: $13 – $19
Entrees: $23 – $26

NYWCA Online Auction Press Release

28 Apr

If you like food and dig charities, then this event described in the below press release will be perfect for your pallet.

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NEW YORK WOMEN’S CULINARY ALLIANCE LAUNCHES FIRST-EVER    

ONLINE AUCTION TO PROMOTE A BID FOR HEALTHY EATING

 Proceeds Raised Will Be Directed to Charities Including Spoons Across America and Nourishing NYC

NEW YORK, NY (April 12, 2011) – Join New York Women’s Culinary Alliance (NYWCA) members in support of healthy eating and nutrition for New Yorkers.  As chefs, cookbook authors, and culinary professionals, Alliance members understand that nothing is more vital to health than good food and nutrition.  In an effort to help New Yorkers achieve this, the NYWCA has launched its first-ever Bid for Healthy Eating Online Auction.  Live now through May 4th, 2011 at http://www.charitybuzz.com/auctions/NYWCA, the public has the rare opportunity to bid on a range of one-of-a-kind epicurean experiences.  Auction highlights include:

·      Dine with Celebrity Chef, Sara Moulton, with a Custom Wine-Paired Dinner for 4 at New York City’s Famed ilili Restaurant

·      Attend the “Oscars of the Food World” – James Beard Foundation Awards with Dinner and a Private Tour of the Media Room Beforehand

·      A Rare Test Kitchens Visit and Behind-the-Scenes Tour at Food Network with the Network’s Executive Chef, Robert Bleifer, Including a Show Taping

·      Lunch with Erica Duecy, Fodor’s Travel Restaurants & Hotels Editor

·      A Private Tour of the James Beard House (JBF) with JBF’s President, Susan Ungaro, Followed by an Incredible Chef’s-Themed Dinner for 2 at the House

“Raising funds for nonprofit organizations whose missions align with ours has long been a part of our charitable giving efforts,” said NYWCA President Liz Young. “And this year, we are excited to utilize our members’ skills and deep-rooted relationships in the food community to help two very worthwhile organizations.” One hundred percent of auction proceeds that the NYWCA receives will benefit the alliance’s charitable giving efforts, including donations to Spoons Across America – a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating children, teachers, and families about the benefits of healthy eating and Nourishing NYC – a not-for-profit organization with a mission to alleviate the strong correlation between low-income status and poor dietary health by providing nutritious meals and nutritional education without question and without criticism.

The NYWCA is a not-for-profit organization whose mission fosters networking, education and cooperation for women in the culinary and beverage fields in the New York City area.  The Alliance goals include assuming a dynamic role in community affairs, particularly through outreach programs and fundraising for women’s health and nutrition issues, as well as working with adults and children in need, to teach them the basics of nutrition, food buying and healthful meal preparation.

For additional information about the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance, visit http://www.NYWCA.com.

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About Spoons Across America

Spoons Across America is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded on the premise that it is essential to the health of children and society to bring the joys of the table to the children of America.  The organization works to influence the eating habits of children through hands-on education that celebrates the connection to local farmers and the important tradition of sharing meals around the family table.

 

About Nourishing NYC

Nourishing NYC was opened in 2008 to address poor nutrition and health while addressing the issue of food scarcity and hunger—large issues facing the poverty-stricken East Harlem community in New York City.  The organization strives to achieve the mission of “Nutrition for All” through a three-pronged approach of feed, educate and advocate.

Peanut Butter & Co. – Valentine’s Day (Press Release)

8 Feb

For Immediate Release

Contact: David Kirschenbaum (212) 757-3130 ext. 112

David.kirschenbaum@ilovepeanutbutter.com

VALENTINE’S DAY AT PEANUT BUTTER & CO. IS FOR SWEETHEARTS

Greenwich Village sandwich shop once again offers their Sweetheart’s Snack this Valentine’s Day
(New York, NY) – The world-famous Peanut Butter & Co. Sandwich Shop is pleased to announce that its Valentine’s Day Sweetheart’s Snack is once again being offered this year.  Those looking for an inexpensive, fun, and tasty way to celebrate Valentine’s Day will be happy to hear that the Sweetheart’s Snack special will be available for the first time for TWO DAYS on Sunday, February 13 & Monday, February 14, 2011 from 11am until 9pm.

Back by popular demand, the $35 per couple (plus tax and gratuity) prix fixe menu consists of four heart-shaped sandwiches served with Peanut Butter & Co.’s trademark potato chips and carrot sticks.  Big glasses of fresh milk (plain or strawberry-flavored pink) with a heart-shaped straw for two accompany the meal.  The PB & J Pretzel Sundae (vanilla ice cream, peanut butter pretzels, and raspberry sauce) and candy Conversation Hearts mark the sweet end to your date.  The romantic mood will be set by music from Sirius XM Radio’s Love Channel 3. The low price includes a jar of Peanut Butter & Co.’s all-natural, gourmet peanut butter to take home as a delicious souvenir.

Peanut Butter & Co. will be open from 11:00am until 9:00pm.  Couples can guarantee seating by booking 45-minute time slots with a credit card.  Reservations are suggested.  Peanut Butter & Co. is located at 240 Sullivan Street in NYC.

WHAT: Peanut Butter & Co.’s Sweetheart’s Snack Special

WHERE: 240 Sullivan Street, Between Bleecker And West 3rd Streets, New York City

WHEN: Sunday, February 13 & Monday, February 14, 2011 from 11:00am – 9:00pm

COST: Just $35 per couple, plus tax and gratuity. Includes a free jar of all-natural, gourmet Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter

FOR RESERVATIONS, CALL: (212) 677-3995

Peanut Butter & Co.’s ten varieties of all-natural peanut butter – Smooth Operator, Crunch Time, Cinnamon Raisin Swirl, White Chocolate Wonderful, Dark Chocolate Dreams, The Heat Is On, Mighty Maple, The Bee’s Knees, Old Fashioned Smooth and Old Fashioned Crunchy – are made fresh from a special blend of U.S.-grown peanuts chosen for their taste, texture and natural sweetness.  Certified Kosher by Orthodox Union and Vegan by Vegan Action (The Bee’s Knees is Vegetarian), Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter contains no cholesterol, no trans-fats, no hydrogenated oils, no dairy products, and no refined sugars.  Additionally, Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter is made with non-GMO peanuts, and is packaged in recyclable plastic jars or portable Easy Squeezy™ squeeze packs. (Available in 3 flavors.)

Peanut Butter & Co.’s line of all-natural, gourmet peanut butter is now available in over 10,000 supermarkets and specialty retailers including Walmart, Target, Whole Foods and Kroger.  The Company’s products are also available in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Asia.  Peanut Butter & Co. began in 1998 as a cozy little Sandwich Shop in Greenwich Village which enjoys a loyal following of locals and tourists alike. The Shop serves gourmet peanut butter sandwiches, desserts, milkshakes, and smoothies and was the inspiration for The Peanut Butter & Co. Cookbook (Quirk Books), now in its third printing.

Interview with Rhonda Kave (Roni-Sue’s Chocolate’s) on Tuesday, March 9!

6 Mar

After falling in love with her uniquely fantastic “Pig Candy”–or chocolate-covered bacon–I’ve not only had the desire to go back to Roni-Sue’s Chocolates, but actually sit down with the genius behind the counter. Well, it looks like I’ll be killing two birds with one stone on Tuesday, March 9.

For my upcoming NewYork.com review, I will have the pleasure to meet and discuss chocolates with the best of the bunch, Rhonda Kave. I plan to catch up with the chocolate-covered entrepreneur and get some in-depth delights for my review. I’m looking forward to learning about the art, getting some great quotes for my piece, and of course, eating lots of fantastic chocolate.

If anyone out there has a question they’d like me to ask Rhonda, please write a comment on this post, and I’ll be sure to ask her.

I’ll keep the blogosphere updated on when my NewYork.com review gets published.

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