CULINARY OCCASIONS
TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint 2013

Brooklyn, NY – On September 22nd, TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint will offer a one day crash course in the delicious local fare that makes up over 40 of North Brooklyn’s best restaurants, bars and breweries. This 4th annual event will grace the streets, rain or shine, with sample tastes of your choice ($25 for 4 food tastes, and 2 drink tastes, $45 for 8 food tastes and 4 drink tastes), including special performances by New York Night Train DJ Jonathan Toubin and DJ Queen Majesty.

HAPPENINGS
The Best of City Harvest's Summer in the City Benefit

This past Wednesday City Harvest's young professionals group, Generation Harvest, held its eleventh annual Summer in the City restaurant tasting and cocktail party at the Metropolitan Pavilion. During the event, guests had the opportunity to participate in a silent auction, featuring numerous goodies, both food and non-food related, as well as sample eats and libations from some of New York's best restaurants and bars. This year's event had over 650 attendees and raised over $230,000 to support City Harvest's mission of feeding NYC's hungry.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Crawl Your Way Through Brooklyn's Finest Eateries

Tickets are now available for Bon Appétit’s three day, pub-inspired grub crawl through Brooklyn. During the first weekend in June, grub enthusiasts will have a chance to get up close and personal with Brooklyn’s most buzz-worthy chefs. Eat and drink your way through three Brooklyn neighborhoods while taking a peek inside the kitchens that have create the delicious foods that have put the borough on the culinary hotspot map. On Saturday night, stick around after the food stops for a concert and DJ performance at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory starting at 9 p.m.

HAPPENINGS
Unlimited Food Tastings in the LES to Benefit the Grand Street Settlement

On Thursday, April 26th at 7:00pm, check out Taste of the Lower East Side, an exciting night of unlimited food and drinks to benefit local families in need. Guests will enjoy endless food tastings from the neighborhood's hottest restaurants, including Beauty & Essex, barrio chino, Clinton St. Baking Co., CO-OP Food & Drink, Inoteca, The Meatball Shop, The Stanton Social, Think Coffee and many more. The event will also feature an open bar with creative cocktails, a lively silent auction, raffle prizes and a live DJ, the event is a must for foodies, proud locals and those who love partying for a good cause.

GET THE PARTY STARTED
Dudes Only: Planning for the Perfect Guys Night Out

Getting together with friends is tough. No one’s on the same schedule in this city, and everyone’s got their own ideas of how to have fun. Once in a while, however, when the shot glasses are aligned, your best friends, the men who’ve seen you through some serious highs and incredible lows, will be called upon to assemble and debark on an adventure into the inebriated universe of New York.

Ideally, whenever one these Guy’s Nights are declared, there’s hardly any discern between routes which usually leads to an overwhelming cluelessness about the city that’ll leave your motley crew high and dry and ultimately bored. Keep an open mind about where the night may take you, but take a look at these great spots that'll make sure this special occasion isn't bogged down by any lack of plans.

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.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Foodie Alert: The 2nd Annual Tasting Brooklyn Fest

Don't miss out on the 2nd annual Tasting Brooklyn, an event bringing together foodies from, you guessed it, Brooklyn! On April 3rd from 5:30-9pm at the Dumbo Loft, the hottest restaurants in the borough will gather round and serve up some of their specialties including top-notch restos like Maison Premiere, The Meatball Shop, Littleneck, The Saint Austere, Kiwiana, Fort Reno,

The Chocolate Room, and more. Drinks will be poured by Brooklyn Oenology, Brooklyn Winery, Sixpoint Beer, Bulldog Gin, Honeydrop Beverages and Brooklyn Soda works and the proceeds will benefit the Brooklyn Food Coalition, which promotes healthy eating practices to Brooklynites.

GADGETS
Bacon Wrapped iPads

Bacon is pretty popular these days; it is used in chocolate, ice cream, and on every and any sandwich imaginable. Have you ever wondered how bacon is made? Wonder, no more! There’s now an app for that. For $4.99, cheaper than the real thing, you can buy the Better Bacon Book: Make, Cook, and Eat Your Way to Cured Pork Greatness app for your iPad. The application is sleek and minimalistic, easy to navigate, and has a notes and bookmark section.

CHEAP EATS
Fun & Affordable Eats in NYC

Almost everyone is feeling the pinch of the current economic situation. People are cutting back in all sorts of ways but one thing is certain, you still need to eat. Eating out to some is a luxury but it doesn’t have to be a budget busting meal to satisfy your hunger and appetite for something different. Don’t fear your dinner bill and have fun while eating at the following restaurants:

Tacombi (267 Elizabeth Street) is a taco joint created by Food Network Chef Aaron Sanchez as a homage to the “color, flavor, and spice of Mexico’s favorite street food[s].” Tacombi’s laid back décor, friendly prices, and their willingness to throw parties for any occasion keeps customers coming back for more. Plus, to keep the street food feel, your tacos are prepared in a converted VW bus right in the dinning area.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
The Village Voice 'Choice Eats' Announces Final Participants

On March 13th, The Village Voice's fifth annual "Choice Eats" tasting event, will take place. Today they have announced the final participants, bringing the number up to 83 restaurants, a record breaker. The final partakers include: Bowery Diner, Egg, David's Brisket House, El Almacen, Calyer, Grandaisy Bakery, Kutsher's Tribeca and Resto.

This year "Choice Eats" will also feature DJ Sets by Andy Rourke, the former bass guitarist of The Smiths, an alternative rock band from the 80s.

Ty-lor Boring, of Bravo's Top Chef Texas, will also make a celebrity appearance by hosting a demo for those who have VIP tickets.