CULINARY OCCASIONS
1st Annual 'Lobster de Mayo' to Take Place in NYC

That is because on May 10th, the first annual, “Lobster de Mayo” will drop its anchor at Capitale in New York City. The event, hosted by Food Network’s Katie Lee, will unite chefs from New York's elite restaurants. The handpicked crew will assume the role of the evening’s tastemakers, serving up a delectable celebration of lobster and tequila.

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Celebrate National Macaron Day with a Macaron Crawl

On March 20th, enjoy a day chalk full of free tastings, as you celebrate one of the world's greatest cookie, the French macaron. Yes, it's time for the best of cookie traditions, National Macaron Day, during which macaron shops across the city join together in celebration of this singular confection.

Simply go to any participating macaron shop and say you're there for Macaron Day and they give you a free macaron--that's all there is to it. They even prepared a convenient map of all participating locations, so you can pick the one closest to you or plan out your mad dash to get as many as possible.

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Mid-Winter Food Tasting Benefiting City Harvest At Resorts World Casino

What: Mid-Winter Food Tasting for City Harvest

Where: Resorts World Casino New York City 110-00 Rockaway Blvd Jamaica, New York 11420

When: Wednesday, February 26th at 7PM

CULINARY OCCASIONS
New York Taste 2013

Mondy night, Joonbug headed down to The Waterfront for New York Taste, and we were honestly blown away. We’d heard that the annual food fest--hosted by New York Magazine since 1998--was something special, but the whole evening exceeded even our raised expectations. New York Taste was truly an exploration as much as an exhibition of the best of the New York culinary scene, representing the traditional and the cutting edge alike, (often in the same dish.) It also provided a unique opportunity to meet the inspired men and women behind the food. Dishes were prepared on-site, allowing us to glimpse the artistry of the work in progress, and the very approachable chefs fielded questions and greeted diners all night. It was an immersive experience, something more intimate than you’d find if you went to any one of the Chef’s brick-and-mortar locations, that was still casual enough to enjoy freely. In all, a fabulous event.


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Give & Give Back Chef Challenge Competition on World Food Day

In a world where news is constantly streaming into the public’s eyes and ears, it is difficult to make a strong impression—one that invokes the desire for action.

Coming up soon is World Food Day, a day that tries to raise awareness of the need for hunger relief and for food donations that are fresh and healthy. But how do we raise awareness? By making a friendly competition amongst NYC’s top chefs to create nutritious, delicious and affordable meals using only ingredients that are typically found in area food pantries!

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Canstruction: NYC’s Most Imaginative Food Charity Competition

Fall is a magical season—eliciting within us a sense of wonder, and a tingling feeling of optimistic anticipation. Is it because Thanksgiving is nigh? Or is it those beautiful leaves transformed into fiery canopies above our heads? Whatever it may be, fall in New York City is ephemeral and meant to be cherished.

And there is no better way to welcome in autumn than by checking out—and hopefully, participating in—the 21st annual Canstruction exhibition and food drive. This spectacular display will feature the panoply of sculptures made entirely of unopened canned food that will then be donated to City Harvest to be distributed to approx. 400 soup kitchens and food pantries throughout the city.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Macaron Day NYC is March 20th

Join bakeries around the city, on Wednesday, March 20th, as they celebrate the Fourth Annual Macaron Day NYC. The classic French cookie, is made of a soft and crunchy, delicate shell made from almond flour, sugar, and egg whites with a smooth layer of creamy ganache sandwiched in the center. These delicious sandwich cookies come in so many colors and too many flavors to count. It’ll be hard to decide but when you do, just mention to the bakers that you’re there for Macaron Day NYC to receive a complimentary macaron. While celebrating the occasion you may discover your new favorite macaron bakery all while noshing for a good cause. A portion of the day’s macaron sale proceeds will be donated to benefit City Harvest, an organization dedicated to feeding the city’s hungry.

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Eat, Drink & Get Lucky!

LUCKYRICE wants you to eat, drink, and get lucky at the Fourth Annual LUCKYRICE Festival. The flagship festival, April 28th-May 5th, celebrates the diversity and culinary culture that is found throughout the Asian region. With proceeds going to City Harvest, the LUCKYRICE Festival is made up of large-scale tasting events, festive dinners celebrating traditional and innovative Asian fare, and other gastronomic gatherings.

Returning this year are LUCKYRICE’s most popular events the Night Market, the Grand Feast, and the Cocktail Feast. New to this year’s festival is the LUCKYRICE Parlor on Bowery at the Old Bowery Station where nightly pop-up dinner parties will be held. These exclusive dinner parties will be prepared by Chef Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese Food, Tokyo’s Chef Ivan Orkin, Chef Siapin Chutima of Lotus of Siam in Vegas, and others.

HAPPENINGS
A Mid-Winter Escape

Earlier this week, City Harvest's Leadership Council hosted its second annual signature fundraising event, A Mid-Winter Escape. The event took place at Apella and had a Mexican-inspired theme. Local restaurants, including Hill Country Chicken, Toloache, El Toro Blanco, Gran Electrica, Momofuku Milk Bar and more, set up shop for the evening serving guests delicious bites from their restaurants. The event also featured tequila tastings and margaritas in sticking with the Mexican theme. Guests could also participate in the silent auction, which featured items contributed by Bobby Flay, tickets to NY sports events, and more. The event even had some throwback music with a special live performance from Nine Days, best known for their smash hit "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)." More than 220 guests attended the event and raised nearly $800,000.

ONLY IN NYC
The Ultimate Gingerbread House Display

Get in the holiday spirit by checking out the ultimate gingerbread house display at Le Parker Meridien. New York City bakeries, restaurants, and pastry chef's created unqiue one-of-a-kind gingerbread displays inspired by 'Landmarks Around the World.' The display will be in the hotel's atrium from December 1st through January 3rd. Patrons can view the magnificent display for free, but you can vote for your favorite gingerbread creation for a chance to win a hotel stay at Parker Palm Springs for $1/vote or $5/8 votes. The money raised from the display will benefit renowned hunger charity City Harvest.