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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
We are in it: the inevitable decrescendo towards civility and normalcy. The frigid aftermath of the volatile highs of St. Paddy’s weekend are typically associated with a week-long hangover—a gradual decompression from the bombast and insanity that lulls the weekly warrior into a funk. To alleviate the languorous haze induced by the work-week grind, the natural remedy is to inject some joviality into the everyday—a proverbial week-long “hair of the dog” that lessens the sting of Reality’s cruel embrace!
With the emerald garb relegated to hibernation, the debaucheroues memories shall have to sustain for another year’s time. Until then, a little daily indulgence shall have to suffice!
Join America’s top craft beer brewers Saturday March 3rd at the Lexington Avenue Armory for the inaugural NYC American Craft Beer Festival hosted by The Hand Crafted Tasting Company. For those who enjoy day drinking there will be a session held from 12:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. and a second session later in the evening for those of us who want a killer Saturday night pregame, starting at 6 p.m. and ending at 9:30 p.m.
During either session festival goers will experience a “true celebration of American craft beer[s]” from local breweries such as Blue Point Brewing Company, Brooklyn Brewery, and Sixpoint Craft Ales being among the 75 featured brewers. While attempting to sample all 150 high-quality seasonal brews sample the specially prepared food designed to be paired with each tasting. The food court will include menu items such as a grilled cheddarwusrt topped with green apple on a pretzel roll, vegetarian soft tacos, and a little something called the Frito Pie made with fresh chili, sour cream, chives, and sharp cheddar cheese, all served on a bed of Frito Lays chips.
It’s that time of year again, where the James Beard Foundation announces their semifinalists for the 2012 awards, which recognizes the nation's best restaurants and chefs in the industry. From Best New Restaurant to Outstanding Restauranteur, only five semifinalists from each of the categories will go on to the finals.
It is no surprise to see Danny Bowien from Mission Chinese Food in San Francisco facing Emma Hearst from Sorella in New York City for Rising Star Chefs for an east versus west coast battle. The competition is tight this year and we are unsure on who will make it to the final round. Unfortunately, New York didn’t make it on the Outstanding Wine Program list.
Yes it’s even possible to adopt a green stance towards going out on the town. One easy way to do this is to order beers from local breweries- they have lower costs of production and their products travel shorter distances than larger, more well-known breweries.
Check out the following list of local breweries, and keep your eyes open for their products as you hit the city’s bars, restaurants, and stores.
Ithaca Beer Co.
606 Elmira Rd. Ithaca, NY 14850 607-273-0766
Our Favorite: Flower Power
79 North 11th Street Brooklyn, New York 11211 718-486-7422
Our Favorite: Brooklyn Pennant Ale
161 River Avenue Patchogue, NY 11772 631-475-6944
Our Favorite: RastafaRye Ale
40 Van Dyke Street Brooklyn, NY 11231 917-696-0438
Our Favorite: Sweet Action
Our Favorite: Kelso Pilsner