LIFESTYLE
Cool Start-up Company: Chefday Delivers Right to Your Home

New York area foodies and cooks are in for a treat! Chefday, a Brooklyn-based start-up, delivers pre-measured, fresh ingredients right to your doorstep in order to cook custom recipes designed by NYC restaurant chefs. Seriously, why hasn't anyone come up with this idea sooner?

Some of the city's finest chefs have created recipe designed just for you! All recipes come with a video of the chef in action, cooking your meal. The videos even pause to wait for you at the end of each step. Your fresh ingredients also come with a recipe card. Each recipe allows you to choose different serving sizes, so whether you're cooking for two or eight, they've got you covered. The freshest ingredients are picked from the chef's food suppliers and your food can be delivered between 3-5pm or 7-9pm on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday at your office or home.

BEHIND THE PLATE
The Tantalizing Taste of Graffiti

Eclectic, international, sweet, savory, and bold are adjectives used to describe Jehangir Mehta’s food and wine bar, Graffiti, on 224 East 10 Street. The cuisine is full of foreign tastes and spices, like that of chilies, fennel, and turmeric. It is the union of Asian, French, and American ingredients to create unique small plates designed for sharing with flavors that give your senses a check.

The Next Iron Chef 2010 runner-up, chef and owner, Mumbai-born Mehta offers a cozy and intimate setting where guests will often share table space with those who start out as complete strangers and, by the end of the meal, are foodies all brought together by the smorgasbord of exotic and different flavors. “That looks delicious, what is that? Ok, we’ll take one of those,” or “Have you tried the strawberries and pepper ice cream? I come here just for that!” are phrases exchanged at the table. Oh, and if you have to use the bathroom, prepare to get a little up close and personal with some of the cooks as you have to walk through a tight and minute kitchen to get to the restroom. This experience only adds even more authentic flavor (of a different kind) to the restaurant.

HAPPENINGS
Mondrian SoHo and Chefs for Impact Collide

Join Chefs for Impact as they host an exclusive event at Mondrian SoHo for a great cause on Sunday, November 6th. Enjoy a delicious dinner brought to you by five of NYC's best restos in the Penthouse and enjoy cocktails on the terrace. The five course dinner will be prepared by none other than Sam Talbot (Imperial No. Nine), Gabe Thompson (L'Artusi & Dell'Anima), Jehangir Mehta (Graffiti & Mehtaphor), and Brad McDonald (Colonie). Mix and mingle with the chefs, enjoy live music, and participate in a spectacular live auction. All the proceeds from the event will go towards Impact Network, an organization that is building low cost e-learning schools in rural Africa. Attend this benefit and help the organization seek their goal of raising $25,000 to upgrade five schools with solar panels and e-learning. Tickets can be purchased here ($250), and you can also check out this website for more information.

BEHIND THE PLATE
An Interview with NY Times Reviewed Chef Jesus Nunez

Joonbug arrived at Graffit near the corner of 69th and Broadway around 11am and descended into the well-lit, colorful restaurant. A floor-to-ceiling mirror with the definition of “graffit” outlined the entrance, along with mismatched frames housing different textures creating the perfect so-simple-yet-so-chic décor.

Long communal tables with tall seats lead to a long white bar mid-way through the restaurant. Throughout, the mix of wallpaper and exposed brick with carefully selected pieces of graffiti created a connective thread through the seemingly different rooms.

ANGUS MCINDOE
Broadway Never Tasted So Good

Later this month, join Off-Broadway’s The Play Company for an evening of entertainment and food prepared by chefs from NYC’s top restaurants. Cabaret Gourmet 2009 begins at 7PM on Monday, April 27 and takes place at the American Airlines Theater Penthouse on 227 W. 42nd Street.

The event will be hosted by Broadway star Richard Kind, and theater star Karen Akers is set to perform. While they perform, you get the opportunity to sample epicurean dishes prepared by some of the most well-known chefs from around the Big Apple, including David DeCarlo from Angus McIndoe, Jehangir Mehta from Graffiti, Nancy Olson from Gramercy Tavern, Mickey Price from Market Table and Josh Eden from Shorty’s 32.

Tickets are $75 to $200 and proceeds go to the Play Company. For reservations and additional info, go to www.playco.org.