CULINARY OCCASIONS
All That You Missed at Taste of Fifth

In an increasingly alienated, gentrified city, real community events are becoming harder to come by. This past Wednesday, though, we came upon that rare beast: a real community event that managed to be both fun and authentic.

Backyard: Backyard brought the down-home feeling they’re known for full-force with their Cheese Grits, served warm and creamy with an excellent jalapeno kick.

Stone Park Cafe: The folks at Stone Park served us something we’d never had before: ’Escargot Chowder, which was simultaneously delicate and hearty and had us wanting more from the first bite.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
The Winning Dishes of Tasting Brooklyn 2012

After much success last year, Tasting Brooklyn came back for round two. A diverse collection of restaurants and foodie havens were serving up some prime bites last night and not to worry - we will let you know which ones were the cream of the crop. Attendees included:

An Nhau, Arancini Bros, Benchmark Restaurant, Cheryl's Global Soul, D. Coluccio & Sons, Egg, Fornino Park Slope, Fort Reno, Kiwiana, Littleneck Restaurant, Loreley Williamsburg, Maison Premiere, Palo Santo, Robicelli's, SoCo Restaurant, Stone Park Cafe, Sweet Loren's, Tchoup Shop, The Chocolate Room, The Meatball Shop, The Saint Austere, The Sunburnt Calf BK, and Wild Rise.

AQUAVIT
NYC Restaurants and Wine Shops Celebrate Reisling Week

Starting this Monday, it’s Riesling Week! Wines of Germany and the European Union present the fifth annual Riesling Week, May 18-24th. Restaurants and wine shops from coast to coast will be celebrating “the ultimate food-friendly white wine” from Germany, (the birthplace of Riesling,) Austria, and Alsace during this week. Restaurants in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Las Vegas and Miami will offer Euro Riesling specials, (like food-pairing menus and by-the-glass selections) and wine retailers will be hosting Riesling tastings. Check out destinationriseling.com for more info on these promotions.