CULINARY OCCASIONS
92Y Presents Chocolate Fest 2014!

92Y is now selling tickets for the Chocolate Fest New York 2014: A Walk-Around Tasting. The event is scheduled for Sunday, April 6th, at 7:30pm, and for a mere $35, you can experience all things chocolate, overindulging as your chocolate fantasies come to life! A variety of chocolate taste masters from around the world are scheduled for this decadent occasion. Such masters include Italy's Stefano De Martini, of Torino’s De Martini Cioccolato fame, International Chocolate Awards 2013 Gold Medal Winner Hakan Martensson of Fika Choklad, Joan Coukos of Chocolat Moderne (joining Murray's Cheese to create some phenomenal pairings), and returning by popular demand, Brooklyn's own Liz and Jen of Liddabit Sweets.

HOW-TO
Spice Up Your Party With Spiced Baked Brie

Everyone likes a good wine and cheese party, but how are you going to make yours stand above the rest? Joonbug is here to provide you with fool-proof recipes that will be sure to make your party the talk of tastebud town. Picture this scene: your guests are entering your home, enticed by the smells of cinnamon, fruits, and freshly baked dough. We guarantee that that is exactly what will happen if you follow this easy recipe for baked brie which is sure to capture the hearts of your family and friends. Not only is baked brie more than easy to make -- wrap up some brie and fruit spread in puff pastry, bake it off, and enjoy--but also, you can take it to the next level by making just a few additions.

DAILY BITES
Dinner at Union Square Cafe

Danny Meyer is gracing the front line as one of NYC's most sought-after restaurateurs. He owns Shake Shack, Blue Smoke and Jazz Standard and the Gramercy Tavern, and his 1985 culinary pride — Union Square Café continues to deliver succulent Italian-American cuisine in a clean, relaxed setting just west of Union Square.

DAILY BITES
Delicious Japanese Curry in the East Village

It's often the hole-in-the-wall places that surprise you. Nestled in the East Village, a red circular sign boldly announces Curry Ya's presence among the other Japanese restaurants and bars on the block.

Space is limited here, so be prepared to squeeze your way in. Despite the size, the interior is clean and simple with plain white walls and tall wooden stools with a little storage compartment at the bottom for your personal belongings. A long counter stretches from one end of the wall and bends around. Behind the counter you get an unobscured view of the kitchen, where the chefs work quietly around the stoves and oven.

TOP 5
Fromage du Jour

There are few things in life more satisfying than the first bite of something truly delicious. There are few things in life more comforting than when that first bite is full of cheese. Be it cow, sheep, goat, or a mixture of all three, cheese comes in many shapes and sizes, tastes and textures, and makes an appearance on more than its fair share of menus in some form.

National Grilled Cheese Day is Friday, April 12th, and to celebrate, here are our Top Five best cheese picks from around the city.

Marlow & Sons (81 Broadway, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

LIQUID COURAGE
America On the Rocks

March 28th kicks off the first installment of “America on the Rocks: Local Spirits and Cheese,” a first-of-its kind tasting event organized by Rhys & Rylee, a New York City-based producer of handcrafted vermouths. The pairing series, set to be held at Murray’s Cheese Shop on Bleecker Street, will celebrate artisanal New York State spirits while pairing them with a range of cheeses curated by the city’s most famous cheese-monger. Although it seems unusual to pair cheeses with vermouth, as it is much more common to pair cheese with beer or wine, vermouth, a type of aromatized wine, has a distinctive, robust flavor that pairs very nicely with cheese.

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Chef Leonard Hollander's Baked Mac 'n Cheese

The best cure for the iciest of winter days is curling up by the fireplace with a glass of gluhwein and a heaping portion of baked mac 'n cheese. Here's a recipe for the latter from one of Chicago's cheese experts, Executive Chef Leonard Hollander of Marion Street Cheese Market. Chef Hollander was just awarded a Bib Gourmand award from the Michelin Guide, recognizing the bistro as an excellent option for diners on a budget.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Cheese Addicts Duke it Out at 3rd Annual Cheesemonger Invitational

Looking for a cheesy way to spend this Saturday evening (June 23th) but don’t want to hit up an overly parroted tiki bar? Head out to Long Island City for “an epic battle of monger vs. monger” at the 3rd Annual Cheesemonger Invitational! 40 passionate cheesemongers from around the world will compete in eight challenges until the cheesehead stands alone (hi-ho the derrio the cheese stands alone). Held at Larkin Cold Storage in LIC, contestants will battle it out for a cash prize of a thousand dollars in front of a panel of judges comprised of cheese shop proprietors, dairy farmers, and cheese makers from around the world.

DAILY BITES
DIY Food Revolution: 5 Tasty Food Kits You'll Love

We all have that crafty family member who knits beautiful sweaters, the co-worker whose baking skills makes Martha Stewart look like an amateur, or the friend of a friend who makes their own illegal booze (we’re talking moonshine—making beer and wine is legal). Do-it-yourself hobbies are rewarding whether you’re making seasonal jams from your own homegrown strawberries or you just decoupaged half the surfaces in your apartment. Luckily for those of us who aren’t The Next Great Baker and a far cry from those rednecks making mash in the backwoods of Kentucky, there are kits for us to buy and try our hand, and hopefully impress our overachieving peers, at making all sorts of foods and beverages.

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An Easy Cheesy Party At Home

Nowadays there are parties dedicated to everything from Tupperware, jewelry, and even sex toys. Need to change up your routine potluck dinners? Try a cheese tasting party! Any reason for a party is a good one. A cheese party is relatively stress-free for the host because cheese comes pre-made and is a fun, casual, delicious party idea.

FIRST: Invite a small number of guests, around 6 but no more than 12, to keep the party intimate. More than 12 guests can create cliques during the party, since this is a way to engage with each other over delicious cheese, keep it on the smaller side. Anyone who loves cheese is an ideal guest but don’t limit yourself to cheese mongers. Help expand a friend’s mind by encouraging the discovery of something different.