HAPPENINGS
Impact Network's Chefs for Impact Event

Last night at The Bowery Hotel the Impact Network hosted their 3rd annual Chefs for Impact gala event featuring an 8 course meal prepared by some of the top chefs in NYC.

The Impact Network is an organization that brings tools for learning in the classroom to rural parts of Africa. They have created the eSchool 360, which gives teachers daily lessons provided through a tablet and a projector. So far Impact Network has reached 10 schools and over 1,700 students with plans of expanding internationally.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Eat, Drink & Get Lucky!

LUCKYRICE wants you to eat, drink, and get lucky at the Fourth Annual LUCKYRICE Festival. The flagship festival, April 28th-May 5th, celebrates the diversity and culinary culture that is found throughout the Asian region. With proceeds going to City Harvest, the LUCKYRICE Festival is made up of large-scale tasting events, festive dinners celebrating traditional and innovative Asian fare, and other gastronomic gatherings.

Returning this year are LUCKYRICE’s most popular events the Night Market, the Grand Feast, and the Cocktail Feast. New to this year’s festival is the LUCKYRICE Parlor on Bowery at the Old Bowery Station where nightly pop-up dinner parties will be held. These exclusive dinner parties will be prepared by Chef Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese Food, Tokyo’s Chef Ivan Orkin, Chef Siapin Chutima of Lotus of Siam in Vegas, and others.

LIQUID COURAGE
Satisfy Your Bourbon Craving

It's all about the bourbon this September, when we all get to celebrate National Bourbon Month. Nix your typical vodka cocktails for some strong brown spirits. We've let you know where the most innovative and delicious bourbon cocktails are served around the city, as well as DIY recipes to try on your own. Good luck and enjoy!

Lowcountry serves up a plethora of bourbon laden 'tails. Try out their Lowcountry Old Fashioned (Four Roses Bourbon, Orange, Brandy Cherry), Bourbon Dark & Stormy (Rebel Yell Bourbon, Lime, Ginger Beer, Molasses), Sazarac (Johnny Drum Bourbon, Absinthe, Orange Bitter), Triple-B (Blueberry Shrub, Buffalo Trace, Bourbon, St. Germain, Cava), Lowcountry Iced Tea (Firefly Sweet Tea Bourbon, Mint, Lemon, Blackberry Shrub), Ginger Julep (Johnny Drum Bourbon, Jalapeno, Ginger, Mint, Ginger Ale), and last but not least, the Vanilla Chai Manhattan (Vanilla Chai infused Bourbon, Sweet Vermout, Brown Sugar). The Tangled Vine offers two essential bourbon cocktails, The Amsterdam Ave (1792 Ridgemont Reserve Bourbon, Cherry Heering, Maraschino Liquor, lemon, $14) and the Collins (1792 Bourbon, lemon, club soda, $12). Northeast Kingdom in Bushwick let's patrons try out their Old Bushwick Cocktail (Jim Beam, bitters, lime, $9), while Casa Nonna makes The Tuscan (Woodford Reserve Bourbon, peach honey syrup, Marreti Biscotti liquor, bitters, $14).

AFTERNOON TEA & ASIAN DESSERT PAIRING
Lucky Rice, Lucky Us

Over the past couple years, New York City has enjoyed and enveloped itself within the revitalization of Asian culture and cuisine. In commemoration of the Asian awakening, LUCKYRICE.com hosts a festival of Asian significance, joined by culinary superstars. An aggregate of culinary heavyweights-Daniel Boulud, Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert, David Cheng, Masaharu Morimoto, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and others-preside over The Lucky Rice Festival, a weekend long celebration of Asian eats.

Hosted by Kelly Choi, the festival's kick-off event comprises an evening filled with Asian-inspired cocktails and snacks, all to benefit City Harvest and the Asian American Federation. Apothéke's Albert Trummer is the mixologist mastermind behind the evening's lip-smacking cocktails. Drinks and snacks are supplied by such watering-holes and culinary establishments as Momofuku, Daniel, Prime Meats, Apothéke, Fatty Crab, wd-50, and many well-known others.

EAST VILLAGE
Restaurant Review: Gemma

Gemma
Cuisine: Italian
Price Range: Moderate to Expensive

East Village
335 Bowery
(at 3rd Street)
New York, NY 10012
(212) 505-9100
www.theboweryhotel.com/dining

Classic Italian dishes comfortably shine at Gemma, a New York eatery that may not be raising the bar, but they’re certainly keeping it at an appropriately delicious level. With old world elements like thatched wine bottles hanging from rafters, half-burned candelabras, farm-style tables made from distressed wood, and chic counter-parts like the copper-covered bar, Gemma has the feel of an old shoe that just got resoled. Dark wood paneling and soft lighting give your meal a touch of intimacy, while an extensive wine list with a wide range of moderate to super expensive choices allow for a nice evening out.