CULINARY OCCASIONS
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.

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Get Shaken & Stirred in Brooklyn

Calling all booze hounds! Brooklyn Shaken & Stirred is going down October 2nd from 6-9pm at The Green Building. For one night only, Brooklyn cocktail bars and restaurants come together for a night of eats and libations. Sharon Beason, founder of BrooklynExposed.com and Tasting Brooklyn, is the mastermind behind this cocktail-infused evening that features cocktails made with small-batch liquors, boutique local wines and beers, accompanied with small bites.

Both new and old cocktail spots will be serving their signature drinks, including Maison Premiere, Pok Pok, and Sunburnt Calf. Local liquors include Brooklyn Gin, Six Point Brewery, and Brooklyn Republic Vodka. There will also be plenty of artisanal liquors including Templeton Rye, Tenneyson Absinthe Roale, and White Pike Whiskey. And if you're a wine lover, you won't be left out! Local wineries include Brooklyn Oenology and Brooklyn Winery.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Crawl Your Way Through Brooklyn's Finest Eateries

Tickets are now available for Bon Appétit’s three day, pub-inspired grub crawl through Brooklyn. During the first weekend in June, grub enthusiasts will have a chance to get up close and personal with Brooklyn’s most buzz-worthy chefs. Eat and drink your way through three Brooklyn neighborhoods while taking a peek inside the kitchens that have create the delicious foods that have put the borough on the culinary hotspot map. On Saturday night, stick around after the food stops for a concert and DJ performance at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory starting at 9 p.m.

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The Weekly Restoration: Party Edition

What is it about Monday that breeds melancholia? Is it the ponderous distance from Friday, the insipid conflux of responsibility and duty, or the tethering embraces of socialization? Rumor has it that “everything that rises must converge,” therefore, rise we must: above the miasmic, ennui-inducing strands of our proletarian lots! So let us ascend from the ashes of ambition, and combat the stultifying grind of the “everyday” by indulging in a little frivolity.

Day by day we crawl towards salvation—the glorious beacon of freedom and fleeting mercy that is Friday—only to repeat the endless Tantalusian cycle anew by weekend’s end. In order to maintain homeostasis (as well as sanity) we must temper desire with duty, in this finely honed balancing act of existence. In that light, here’s the rundown of the weekly restoratives, guaranteed to revitalize and reinvigorate even the most jaded of souls!

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Foodie Alert: The 2nd Annual Tasting Brooklyn Fest

Don't miss out on the 2nd annual Tasting Brooklyn, an event bringing together foodies from, you guessed it, Brooklyn! On April 3rd from 5:30-9pm at the Dumbo Loft, the hottest restaurants in the borough will gather round and serve up some of their specialties including top-notch restos like Maison Premiere, The Meatball Shop, Littleneck, The Saint Austere, Kiwiana, Fort Reno,

The Chocolate Room, and more. Drinks will be poured by Brooklyn Oenology, Brooklyn Winery, Sixpoint Beer, Bulldog Gin, Honeydrop Beverages and Brooklyn Soda works and the proceeds will benefit the Brooklyn Food Coalition, which promotes healthy eating practices to Brooklynites.