CULINARY OCCASIONS
Everything You Missed at The Village Voice's Choice Eats

Every Texan who comes in, right before they have the barbecue, they’re like “I have to have queso.” I feel like we’re the only ones in the city serving queso... I've been down there a couple of times as a kid, and it was just – just legitimate.

With a seal of approval from people who've made this food part of their lives, you know it’s the real deal! After all, nothing can make a person feel comfortable like a taste of their home. With food talks such as this, which provide education on cooking methods and combining different cuisines, Choice Eats changed from being solely a tasting event into a practical and relatable experience in education.

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Event Preview: The Village Voice's Choice Eats
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CHOICE EATS: THE VILLAGE VOICE'S SEVENTH ANNUAL TASTING EVENT!

Foodies, take your mark, get set, and go! Starting today, January 29th, at 12pm tickets go on sale for the Village Voice's seventh annual tasting event, appropriately titled Choice Eats. This one-of-a-kind culinary event allows attendees to sample delectable eats from over 60 of the most reknowned restaurants from all over NYC, previously featured on Fork In The Road blog and carefully selected by The Village Voice's food critics.

TV TALK
Tessanne Chin Crowned

Move over Celine Dion because there's a new star in town. The Voice crowned its season five champion last night and it was Jamaican queen, Tessanne Chin, who took home the title.

"It's unbelievable. I'm just so grateful. I worked very hard for this moment," Chin said moments after winning the competition.

Chin charmed the coaches and viewers with her powerful, soulful voice and reggae influences. "You are just capable of anything and it blows me away," her coach, Adam Levine, told her after her performance of Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing."

LIQUID COURAGE
Event Review: The Village Voice Holiday Spirits Tasting Event

The Village Voice hosted their annual Holiday Spirits Tasting Event last night in the best way they know how--by bringing together the beautiful people of NYC to taste some of the best booze in town (and outta town). The event was commissioned to celebrate the holidays, as well as commemorate the most important peice of American history-- the 80th anniversary of the day that ended the prohibition era. And what better way is there to celebrate the end our country's boycott of the most indispensable liquid substance since H20?

TV TALK
Christina Aguilera Shows off Her "Voice" Impressions

Contestants on the hit reality series “The Voice” may have to battle it out with each other for the winner’s prize, but it’s clear that, despite being on separate teams, judge Christina Aguilera has grown close to her fellow musician judges Adam Levine, Cee-Lo Green, and Blake Shelton. During an interview with Queen Latifah, Christina was asked to do an impression off her “Voice” costars. Not only did Christina agree to do the impressions but she also did them quite well.

During her interview, Christina revealed what she thinks about her three costars personalities. She spoke in a friendly manner about how she feels that Adam has a lot of rushed energy, while Blake is more slowed down and relaxed. When it came to Green, Christina said “Cee-Lo is great. Cee-Lo speaks in like poetic rhyme. He is so sultry.” Christina also revealed that doing impressions of each other is something all her costars sometimes do. According to Christina, after working with each other for five seasons, you do get to know each other pretty well and doing impressions of each other just becomes a must.

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Chevonne and the Fuzz: Where Talent Meets Class

On Wednesday night, Joonbug was invited to indie pop/rock band Chevonne and the Fuzz’s CD release party at Sullivan Hall. The seven-member band just completed their first recording earlier this year and played for an intimate yet enthusiastic group of family and friends. We sat down with the band for a few minutes before the show began.

Chevonne is a petite woman with large eyes peeking from behind a curtain of curls flowing down her back. She greeted us with a sincere hug before perching on a barstool surrounded by her bandmates. There is not a drop of ego in her demeanor, nor in anyone else’s. She speaks of her time on The Voice with humility and gratitude, and of her band with respect. Even though she is nominally the front woman, she shares the role of lead singer with the talented Chris Ricci, lending a secure balance to the band's sound. During the interview Chevonne claimed that all members share the spotlight, and she was right--it wasn’t a drippy line. Watching the band perform, it was evident that every member of the band was both valued and integral to the sound.

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Brooklyn Pour is Coming October 12

Beer season is upon us! Though NYC may not have full-blown Oktoberfest festivities, there are plenty of events around the city celebrating local breweries, and, more importantly, those who want to indulge in local brews.

This will mark the third year of the Village Voice's Brooklyn Pour festival. Last year, we had a blast, and we can’t wait to return.

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Kickin' It with Chevonne

Fans of NBC's The Voice will never forget the spunky soulful singer, Chevonne, who won the hearts of many even though she was eliminated. She competed on Team Cee Lo and was stolen by Christina Aguilera before her untimely elimination. But The Voice was not the start of Chevonne's singing career. She has also toured with both Estelle and Lady Gaga and even performed 'Born This Way' acapella at Madison Square Garden for an HBO special. Now the singer has launched a Kickstarter Campaign to get support for her studio album and we got the chance to chat with the future megastar about what we can expect from it.

DAILY POP
The Voice's Chevonne

If you're a die hard fan of NBC's Season 3 of "The Voice," you most likely remember Chevonne, the rocking soul scream machine. We watched as the quirky underdog made her way through three rounds when she finally got judges Cee Lo and Blake Shelton to turn during her blind audition when she sang "Brass In Pocket" by The Pretenders.

Being on Team Cee Lo, she easily impressed both Cee Lo and his team advisor, Matchbox 20's Rob Thomas as she nailed rehearsals for her battle round with Avery Wilson on the David Guetta ft. Sia song "Titanium." Although Chevonne didn't win the battle against her teammate, she was highly praised for her soaring high notes and bold stage moves. Her time wasn't over though when judge Christina Aguilera saved Chevonne with the new "coach steal" feature, applauding Chevonne for her flamboyant and exciting performance vibe.