Event Recap: Slow Wine

On a recent sleeting February evening, the Metropolitan Pavilion appeared to have been celebrating Mardi Gras a bit early this year by masquerading as 1OAK, boasting enormous lines and an aggressive front of house staff. Once you made your way passed the Bridge and Tunnel crowd, checked your coat behind the European crowd, grabbed a wine glass behind the snobby Manhattanites, and scooped up a Panini behind trendy hipsters in beanies, a delightful spread of Italian themed glory laid before you, ripe for the plucking.

Italian wine can be a secure go-to for wine drinkers both experienced and novice because of its accessibility and easy drinking quality. The old world qualities allow a variance in taste, but Italian wines generally pair well with food. A winemaker we spoke with at Slow Wine pointed out slyly that just because Barbera was common did not mean it had to be simple. He was right. Out of all the wines we tasted, it was the Barbera varietal that continually showed diversity and intrigue.

Looking Ahead: Slow Wine 2014

Now here is something we can get behind: a food and wine company with ties to the community. Slow Food is a global grassroots organization that aims to combine the glory of good food with the sustainability of local culture. Some of the projects that Slow Food is involved with include promoting biodiversity, offering classes in food appreciation and making health conscious choices, as well as engaging young people in a positive way through the Slow Food Youth Network. By adhering to a policy of promoting food that is good, clean, and fair, Slow Food aims to connect people internationally by a common philosophy of delicious and environmentally conscious agriculture and

Eats on the Beat

With so much activity going on in New York City, it can be hard to narrow down the best things that are going on at any given time. Food lovers flock to this city for its wide array of cuisines and we don't blame them. Here are some of the things going on in the culinary world that you definitely don't want to miss!

Chili Cook Off: is inviting you to tickle your taste buds with a fun chili cook off at Greenwich Village Country Club on January 20 from 12-3pm and 5-8pm. There will be chili galore - from mild to super spicy - for you to try, as well as plenty of seasonal craft brews to wash it down. Tickets range from $33-$43 and can be purchased here.