All That You Missed at Taste of Fifth

In an increasingly alienated, gentrified city, real community events are becoming harder to come by. This past Wednesday, though, we came upon that rare beast: a real community event that managed to be both fun and authentic.

Backyard: Backyard brought the down-home feeling they’re known for full-force with their Cheese Grits, served warm and creamy with an excellent jalapeno kick.

Stone Park Cafe: The folks at Stone Park served us something we’d never had before: ’Escargot Chowder, which was simultaneously delicate and hearty and had us wanting more from the first bite.

Weekend Pick: 5th Annual Meatball Slapdown at Brooklyn Brewery

When: Thursday, April 3rd, 7pm

NYC Beer Week 2014: Go Craft Beer Bars!
New York Beer Week Opening Night Bash !

This small but hearty craft brewery opened in the South Bronx in 2011, and is focused on Bronx pride and beer pride. Their unique, bold beers are available in cans (!!!), and they also brew delicious gin, zinfandel, and bourbon barrel aged pale ales.

Like many New York breweries, Dyckman Brewing is dedicated to their neighborhood--in this case, uptown NYC. Dominican-born brewer Juan J. Camilo brews beers with a subtly Caribbean palate, which is evident especially in their ÉPOCA, a rustic but tart chinola-infused Saison.

If you’re trying to get in on the action (and we suggest you do), tickets are still available here.

NYC Beer Week Preview: February 21- March 2

NY beer enthusiasts have something to look forward to, because from February 21st to March 2nd, The New York City Brewers Guild will be hosting their 6th annual New York City Beer Week. The festivities will begin on the night of the 21st with an Opening Night Bash at Vanderbilt Hall (can you imagine anything more grand than a bunch of NY Brewers in Grand Central Terminal?), and will continue throughout the week with multiple featured events every night that celebrate 16 NYC craft breweries and renowned breweries from across the country, as well as over 250 NYC beer and food destinations and some of the best NYC chefs.

Beef Jerky Gets Real

We’ve put together a list of the best craft jerky in the city so you can get yourself a piece of the beefy snack revolution.

South African cuisine is another international food tradition that has a version of jerky, and South African-born chef Monique Daniels brings Biltong (from the Dutch bil, meaning “rump”, and tong, meaning “strip”) to American jerky fans. Biltong differs slightly from traditional jerky in that it’s thicker, cured in vinegar, and is generally not sweet. This gives it a unique meaty flavor and tender texture, which Daniels protects by not using any chemicals or preservatives in her curing process. Jonty Jacobs also offers Droewors, dried versions of the traditional coriander-spiced boerwars sausage (think Slim Jims, but way better).

TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint 2013

Brooklyn, NY – On September 22nd, TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint will offer a one day crash course in the delicious local fare that makes up over 40 of North Brooklyn’s best restaurants, bars and breweries. This 4th annual event will grace the streets, rain or shine, with sample tastes of your choice ($25 for 4 food tastes, and 2 drink tastes, $45 for 8 food tastes and 4 drink tastes), including special performances by New York Night Train DJ Jonathan Toubin and DJ Queen Majesty.

Central Park Welcomes a New Generation of Philanthropists

One of Central Park's most illustrious gardens will be this year's backdrop to usher in a new generation of young philanthropists.

On Wednesday, June 26th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, the Central Park Conservancy's Greensward Circle will hold its Eighth Annual Evening in the Park benefit in the Conservatory Garden, located inside the Park at Fifth Avenue and East 105th Street, to pass the torch of park maintenance and restoration to the latest crop of young caregivers with a night of fun and dancing. Though today's Central Park is a more vibrant alternative to its plight during the 1970s and '80s, it is also a reminder of the importance of park maintenance and restoration. Members of the Greenswald Circle represent a new generation of philanthropists between the ages of 21 and 39-years old who acknowledge the Park's tumultuous past and wish to ensure the restoration and beautification of Central Park for future generations.

The Brooklyn Local

Last Saturday, City Harvest fed Brooklynites at a fun-filled fundraising event featuring artisanal food and activities. The event was held at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park from 11am-6pm and what a day it was! The weather cooperated with City Harvest and had event-goers leaving happy and completely full.

Over 75 artisanal vendors were in attendance, showcasing their delicious snacks-- from craft beer and wine to local and gourmet food items. There was also a Tasting Tent with private seating, featuring food and drinks from some of Brooklyn's best venues, including Benchmark Restaurant, Momofuku Milk Bar, The Good Fork, and more. The Tasting Tent was curated by Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli of Frankies Spuntino and Prime Meats.

Our Sneak Preview of The Bedford's New Menu

The Bedford (110 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg) held a special sneak preview of their newly appointed Executive Chef Jason Michael Giordano’s forthcoming Tavern Menu last night in their I-Beam barroom. Jason’s new contemporary American pub snack menu was inspired by the dinner served at the White House during President Lincoln’s inaugural dinner. With such an original concept a lot of research had to be done to recreate these dishes that time had forgotten. The Tavern Menu uses old world techniques with classic American ingredients to create dishes such as arancini (risotto balls), fried duck rillette (similar to pâté), devils on horseback (bacon-wrapped dates filled with cheese), and others. Diners also enjoyed a basket of delicately fried kale chips while snacking on the Tavern Menu sampler.