HAPPENINGS
New York African Restaurant Week's Edible Bazaar Benefit

On Tuesday, April 29th, 2014, New York African Restaurant Week will proudly sponsor an Edible Bazaar Benefit at 16 W. 36th Street. The 2nd annual event is presented in conjunction with Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan, and feature a night of dining, drinking, and dancing. All proceeds will go to such organizations as Alliance of Hope for Lupus and Keep A Child Alive. Guests will also enjoy a wide range of tastings from African cuisine, including Barbara Food Creations, Pierre Thiam Catering, Mombassa Dishes, Farafina, Madiba, and Panla Catering. The Spring 2014 honorees include: Mohammed Abdullah (Owner, Accra), Mark & Jenny Henegan (Owners, Madiba Restaurant), Chef Pierre Thiam (Chef, Caterer and Award-winning Author), Dr. Roy A. Hastick (President/Founder, CACCI) and Ramatu Ahmed (Community Organizer). The evening festivities will be hosted by Yolanda Sangweni (Essence and AfriPOP) and Namo. Music performances by DJs Universe and SM.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
The Brooklyn Local

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.

CHARTREUSE
In 'Good Spirits'

After a very successful first-run, Good Spirits, produced by Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan, is preparing for their second installment, set to occur April 6th. Hosted at the increasingly popular Bell House, Good Spirits will match seven Brooklyn chefs with seven spirits, all for your tasting pleasure.

The restaurants showcased in this intoxicatingly merry affair include The Vanderbilt, No.7, Fette Sau, Walter Foods, Mile End, Fort Defiance, The Farm on Adderly, and Palo Santo. Paired with them are seven New York produced spirits-Tuthilltown Spirits, Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery, Rhum J.M., Death's Door, Compass Box, Vertical Vodka, Chartreuse, and Illegal Mezcal.