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CULINARY OCCASIONS
House Beautiful and KitchenAid Host Kitchen of the Year

Last week, House Beautiful and KitchenAid hosted Kitchen of the Year with Celebrity Chef (and our current crush) Tyler Florence. Held in Rockefeller Center, the event took place in a demo kitchen designed by the man himself, with plenty of outdoor seating and Tyler’s (yes, we’re on a first name basis) own wine to keep guests hydrated.

RESTAURANT 101
Osteria Morini

Tucked away on Lafayette Street, Osteria Morini is one of the best restaurants that we’ve tried this summer. A creation by celebrated chef Michael White, this spot did everything right, from the décor, to the friendly and accommodating waitstaff, to, most importantly, the food. Dim lighting and brick walls set the mood, and communal tables and mismatched chairs and mirrors give Morini a unique coziness that is sometimes forgotten by restaurants that are trying too hard to be “different”.

RESTAURANT 101
Coffee Shop


Don’t be fooled by its name, this place is not your average corner coffee joint. Smack in the middle of the bustling Union Square, Coffee Shop has a steady stream of patrons trickling in all day and well into the evening. The hoards of people are a testament to Coffee Shop’s popularity, which is mostly due to their great food, low prices, and hip bar scene.

The noise level is inexplicably high, so if you’re looking for a quiet night out we don’t recommend it. But, if you can handle it, we suggest you order the Greek Salad. Fresh lettuce, feta cheese, ripe tomatoes, and cucumbers are dressed in a light summer dressing. Around the outside are four balls of lightly fried falafel that have a great flavor. We also recommend trying out one of their Deluxe Burgers. We tried the Char Grilled Turkey Burger on a Toasted Potato Bun with a little added avocado to complement the juicy burger. There are tons of toppings and options to choose from, including 4 types of cheese, bacon, avocado, or fried onions.

HAPPENINGS
2011 Chefs Dinner

This weekend in the Hamptons is the 2011 Chefs Dinner to benefit the Hayground School’s Jeff’s Kitchen and the Jeff Salaway Scholarship Fund. Celebrated chefs such as Mark Forgione, Josh Capon, Jonathan Waxman, Harold Dieterle, Michael White, Gerry Hayden, and Claudia Fleming are just some of the talented chefs that will be in attendance.

Proceeds for the event are going towards the Hayground School, and will pay tribute to Jeff Salaway, one of the school’s founders and famous restauranteur. The proceeds will also benefit Jeff’s Kitchen, a kitchen and classroom that is used to educate young children.

HAPPENINGS
Nourishing NYC Hosts the Art of Eating Well

How many events provide the opportunity to eat great food while looking at fantastic art AND support a good cause? The Art of Eating Well, hosted by Nourishing NYC, combines all three. The fundraiser will take place on July 28th at the William Bennet Gallery in trendy SoHo.

Nourishing NYC is a non-profit organization that aims to eliminate the correlation between low-income and unhealthy foods. They provide nutritional, well-balanced meals to impoverished and hungry New Yorkers while also educating others on how to make healthy choices.

CULINARY OCCASSIONS
James Beard Foundation Hosts Chefs and Champagne Honoring Emeril Lagasse

This Saturday in the Hamptons, the James Beard Foundation is hosting their Annual Chefs & Champagne Event, honoring Emeril Lagasse. Lagasse will be joined by other beloved chefs like Marcus Samuelsson and Wolfgang Ban among many others.

Hosted at the Wolffer Estate in Sagaponack, the event promises to have unlimited champage, beer, and wines from the area. They will also be announced the Christian Wolffer Scholarship for Wine and Food Studies.

BEST OF
Best Sushi For Your Buck

New Yorkers love their sushi and we're always willing to drop that extra dough for some quality fish. But here at JoonBug we know that in our fine city, you never have to look far for a bargain! Check out our picks below for the Top 5 sushi restaurants that won't break the bank.

Located on the Upper East Side, Koito Sushi is known for their quality food and great deals. While not ideal for large groups, Koito’s intimate setting makes it a great place for date night. The owner and wait staff are all Japanese to ensure authenticity and great flavor. JoonBug Tip: Bring a mint ;).

New York, NY 10128
Neighborhoods: Upper East Side, Yorkville
CULINARY OCCASSIONS
Beer and BBQ Festival at Hudson Terrace

This August, don’t miss out on the opportunity to sample some of the best BBQ and drinks on one of New York’s most famous rooftops.

From 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Hudson Terrace will afford ticketholders the opportunity to sample over 30 Summer Beers, Vodka Lemonades, and Barbeque while listening to some great live music.

The $50 ticket will give each guest 5 beer samples, a hotdog or slider, and a one-dish item.

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CULINARY OCCASSIONS
Amstel Light's Meatopia

Vegans beware! This Saturday Amstel Light is hosting Meatopia at Pier 5 at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Brought to you by Whole Foods, Meatopia, also affectionately known as “The Woodstock of Edible Animals” will feature 45 of the top chefs in the nation cooking food from some of New York’s best farms.

RESTAURANT 101
Mesa Grill


With Restaurant Week nearing its end, we figured we better make a reservation and fast. We ended up choosing Celebrity Chef Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill. We’ve always been a fan of Mr. Flay but had never been there, and we were eager and excited to check it out.

What a disappointment. We decided to forgo the uninspired Restaurant Week menu and instead chose a few items from the regular dinner menu. To start, we ordered the Fresh Cut Tuna Nachos and the Cremini Mushroom Quesadillas. These were the best things that we ate, the tuna nachos were paired with some delicious tortilla chips and we enjoyed the ceviche-like feel of the tuna. The Cremini Mushroom Quesadilla was tasty as well; it was topped with Fontina and Ricotta cheese and a fried egg, and had a nice flavor.