CULINARY OCCASIONS
Event Preview: sweet: New York Tasting Event at the Bowery Hotel

Bigger and better than ever, the third annual sweet: New York tasting event is a food occasion you do not want to miss! Presented by The Doe Fund, an organization known for their dedication to helping the homeless in New York, the night showcases savory and sweet bites by students from their culinary employment training program, as well as chefs from some of the city's top restaurants. Enjoy delectable sweets and you sip on tempting cocktails and dance to the music of celebrity DJ Chelsea Leyland.

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Satisfy Your Bourbon Craving

It's all about the bourbon this September, when we all get to celebrate National Bourbon Month. Nix your typical vodka cocktails for some strong brown spirits. We've let you know where the most innovative and delicious bourbon cocktails are served around the city, as well as DIY recipes to try on your own. Good luck and enjoy!

Lowcountry serves up a plethora of bourbon laden 'tails. Try out their Lowcountry Old Fashioned (Four Roses Bourbon, Orange, Brandy Cherry), Bourbon Dark & Stormy (Rebel Yell Bourbon, Lime, Ginger Beer, Molasses), Sazarac (Johnny Drum Bourbon, Absinthe, Orange Bitter), Triple-B (Blueberry Shrub, Buffalo Trace, Bourbon, St. Germain, Cava), Lowcountry Iced Tea (Firefly Sweet Tea Bourbon, Mint, Lemon, Blackberry Shrub), Ginger Julep (Johnny Drum Bourbon, Jalapeno, Ginger, Mint, Ginger Ale), and last but not least, the Vanilla Chai Manhattan (Vanilla Chai infused Bourbon, Sweet Vermout, Brown Sugar). The Tangled Vine offers two essential bourbon cocktails, The Amsterdam Ave (1792 Ridgemont Reserve Bourbon, Cherry Heering, Maraschino Liquor, lemon, $14) and the Collins (1792 Bourbon, lemon, club soda, $12). Northeast Kingdom in Bushwick let's patrons try out their Old Bushwick Cocktail (Jim Beam, bitters, lime, $9), while Casa Nonna makes The Tuscan (Woodford Reserve Bourbon, peach honey syrup, Marreti Biscotti liquor, bitters, $14).

CULINARY OCCASIONS
All Things Made In Italy: Gala Italia 2012

The 27th annual Gala Italia was celebrated this past Thursday on February 23rd at the Marriot Marquis under the patronage of the Ambassador of Italy, Claudio Bisogniero. The event was hosted by the Italian Wine & Food Institute to promote and celebrate all things Italian and “perpetuate the great vitality of Made in Italy within the local market despite the current economic crisis” faced by Italy. Vineyards from all over Italy were showcased, proudly pouring samples of their award winning wines. Guests who are new to Italian wines or wanted a “cheat sheet” for sampling the best wines offered could use their Gala Italia catalog to try wines awarded the prestigious first place certificate by an Independent American Jury of wine specialists.