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1st Annual 'Lobster de Mayo' to Take Place in NYC

That is because on May 10th, the first annual, “Lobster de Mayo” will drop its anchor at Capitale in New York City. The event, hosted by Food Network’s Katie Lee, will unite chefs from New York's elite restaurants. The handpicked crew will assume the role of the evening’s tastemakers, serving up a delectable celebration of lobster and tequila.

Zeppelin Hall's Annual Sausage Fest

Are YOU a sausage enthusiast? Does your sausage enthusiasm sometimes shock your friends and family?

Then we have the perfect place for you! From Thursday, April 10th to Sunday, April 20th, Zeppelin Hall is holding their Annual Sausage Fest! The event is a great place for you to bring those friends and fill them up with sausage! Stop snickering.

What: Zeppelin Hall’s Annual Sausage Festival

When: Thursday, April 10th to Sunday, April 20th

Where: Zeppelin Hall Restaurant & Biergarten, 88 Liberty View Drive, Jersey City, NJ

Upcoming: Five Boro Craft Beer Fest

If you thought you got your fill of craft beer at New York Craft Beer Week, think again. The Five Boro Craft Beer Fest is quickly approaching, and all you brew-heads (especially the locavores among you) should take notice.

What’s The Five Boro Craft Beer Fest, you might ask? In essence, it’s a celebration of the five boroughs’ sudsy bounty. Thirty-three breweries from Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and The Bronx will be gathering together to display their beautiful wares, alongside paired snacks from five awesome local eateries (namely, Bill’s Balls, Brooklyn Wok Shop, Asiadog, Bite Size Kitchen, and BeeHive Oven.)

The Official Release: Virgil's Barbecue Road Trip Cookbook

-Boston Butt, the Virgil’s Way - This rendition of pulled pork was even more tender and juicier than expected. While most pulled porks dry out quickly, this one was moist and packed with flavor, each shred of meat seeming to melt away as we ate.

-True Texas Brisket - Smoked for 13-15 hours and complete with a thick crust of aromatic spice rub, layers upon layers of flavor run throughout this perfectly delicate meat. It was suggested that we pair the brisket with Virgil’s Mild BBQ Sauce, which was a great suggestion indeed. The sauce clearly features a medley of pungent, spicy, and smoky ingredients, and when combined with the flavors of the rub, each and every one of those elements steps out to be enjoyed.

Weekend Pick: Raise The Macallan at Venue One

Venue One is bringing The Macallan to a Chicago near you!

The Macallan distillery was the first Scottish distillery to be legally licensed, and has since managed to spread global. The famous single malt Whiskey is known for its many masterful savory flavors, and its unique Six Pillars reputation. And this weekend, Venue One is offering you the opportunity to come try it out and taste for yourself what’s kept the family in business since 1824.

This drinking event is sure to be a smash hit!

What: Raise The Macallan at Venue One

Chick-fil-A's Big Move Into New York City

While “cleaning up” the corporate image is a major part of this movement, Chick-fil-A menus will be “cleaned up,” as well. The alternative markets that have risen up in New York City over the last few years are comprised mostly of millennials who are taking the food they eat very seriously. In order to appeal to this younger demographic, a shift in the chicken-fried delicacies which are so popular in the south was deemed necessary by the executives of this company. Over the past 12 years, over 1,000 grilled chicken recipes were developed and tested in order to bring nutrition into the picture, and strides have even been taken to ensure that all chicken which is sold is antibiotic-free. Development even stretched so far as to removing artificial ingredients from sandwich buns and high fructose corn syrup from all dressings and sauces. Cathy states that creating food for the millennial market is different from the older boomer market because for the boomers, the food was just a product. He states that for millennials, it’s about local sourcing, worker rights, and product quality. “It’s not just a product story anymore — but the whole story.” Playing into this, the company’s official website currently features a nutrition calculator, health information, and links to the Facebook and Twitter pages of the Chick-fil-A Cows (#EatMorChikin #ProtektCowz).

The Upgraded Seder: New York's Best Passover Dinners

1. Chef Julian Medina has a menu running from April 14th to April 22nd, that features such Mexican-Jewish hybrids as kosher tequila, brisket tacos, and matzo brei tres leches. All of his restaurants, which include Toloache, Yerba Buena, and Yerba Buena Perry, will offer the special menu.

Multiple locations: 251 W 50th St., 23 Ave A, and One Perry St., New York, NY

45 E 1st St., New York, NY

Buy Your Tickets Now for Lobster Rumble 2014

Though lobster rolls are pretty great year-round, they’re definitely an iconic summer food. Let’s be real: nothing compliments a sun-soaked day at the beach and the good old coastal summer life better than a nice, juicy lobster roll. So if you’re trying to shake off the cold and but a very tasty light at the end of the wintry tunnel, we’ve got the perfect thing.

Over the past five years, Tastingtable.com’s annual Lobster Rumble has made a name for itself as the unofficial start of a delicious summer, and this year that proves to be truer than ever. For those not yet in the know, the Lobster Rumble is an epic throwdown where 23 of the best lobster roll chefs in the country duke it out for the grand title of Fan Favorite.