BEHIND THE PLATE
The Restaurants You Love And How They Came To Be

"There are 18,000 restaurants in New York City.

Every year more than 1,000 new restaurants open.”

You’ve heard of Café Moto, right? Maybe you haven’t, but you’ve definitely heard of Le Cirque, Daniel, and Union Square Café. Well, could you imagine opening up a restaurant in New York City and having to go up against these culinary legends?

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Sirio Ristorante Debuts at The Pierre

Last night, New York’s high society, friends of the Maccioni family and regulars of Le Cirque joined the famed restaurateur and New York icon Sirio Maccioni and his family along with illustrious chefs and celebrities in the arts, politics, business and fashion to celebrate the much anticipated opening party of Sirio Ristorante New York at The Pierre, A Taj Hotel. Some of the VIP guests included legendary singer Tony Bennett, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Martha Stewart and Ivana Trump.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
NYC Restaurant Week Extended through Labor Day!

Foodies can breathe a sigh of relief now that NYC's 20th annual Restaurant Week has been extended until September 5th. But don't get too comfortable. Reservations are already going like hot cakes for the food fiasco. This is the rare opportunity for you to get a teasing taste of all the restaurants on your wish list for a fraction of the cost. Participating restaurants create three-course menus for lunch ($24.07) and/or dinner ($35), usually with a few options to choose from within each course. (Just know that drinks, taxes, and gratuities are not included.)

BLUE SMOKE
NYC Restaurant Week is Back!

NYC Winter Restaurant Week 2010
January 25-February 7, 2010
Lunch: $24.07
Dinner: $35.00

It's that time of year again; it is NYC Winter Restaurant Week! These are the two weeks during the winter that foodies all around New York City look forward to. Now, NYC Restaurant Week is not just the peak of sunshine in the overcast winter sky for all those foodies who love to enjoy first class food at exuberantly low prices a few times a year, but has become a time when people all over New York City can treat themselves to the fine dining and fine foods of 4-star restaurants without the 4-star prices. Other than the NYC Summer Restaurant Week, there is really no other time when people of the five boroughs of New York can enjoy a 3-course lunch for $24.07 or a 3-course dinner for $35.00 in some of the elite restaurants of New York City. Some of these restaurants include Danny Meyer's Blue Smoke, Cipriani Wall Street, Tom Colicchio's Craftbar, Le Cirque, Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill, Nobu, and the legendary Smith & Wollensky. If the thought of fine dining does not appeal to you, there are an ample amount of other insouciant restaurants to choose from.

BID AGAINST HUNGER
City Harvest Bid Against Hunger

This past tuesday, eight hundred well-dressed men and women descended on the Metropolitan Pavilion for City Harvest’s annual fall charity event – Bid Against Hunger.

City Harvest started up 25 years ago as a non-profit volunteer program that delivers ready-made food to soup kitchens and shelters across New York City's five boroughs. The concept was the brainchild of a group of Manhattan locals who noticed that restaurants and delicatessens were throwing out perfectly good food at the end of each day. Since then, the organization has helped inspire similar projects across the globe.

BBQ
Summer Fun/ Week in Review

Milk Studios BBQ

Another wonderful day. You can never forget how important it is to say thank you to the people who help you in your everyday. Hats off to the boys at Milk Studios. Every summer they organize a BBQ in the garage space of Milk Studios on 14th Street. This year they added art works from the entire production staff allowing them to showcase their work. What a wonderful way to say thank you.

The BBQ is one of the highlights of the summer. They bring out grills and drinks and this year they added a skate board course. How hot is that? Of course, the party was filled with fashion insiders. Photographers, production staffers, stylists and of course models. Everyone was dressed to relax in jeans and t-shirts, ahhhh…

APRIL BLOOMFIELD
New Yankees Stadium Whipping Up Gourmet Food

If the idea of buying the typical hot dog or cracker jacks at your next baseball game just doesn’t cut it for you, the Yankees have you covered; offering something a bit more sophisticated-albeit at a price.

Florence Fabricant of the New York Times reports that “The folks in the 4,000 or so premium seats at the new Yankee stadium, which will cost as much as $2,500 - will get a bit more than the average fan. They’ll have separate restaurants and dining areas for their exclusive enjoyment and the food will be prepared at open cooking stations run, from time to time, by Masaharu Morimoto, April Bloomfield from the Spotted Pig, and chefs from Le Cirque.” Furthermore, “Those in one of the 1,200 Delta 360 Club seats will have access to a dining room where chefs from the Food Network will occasionally cook at two open kitchens.”