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This Week, In The World of Food

This Week's Food Events
(March 1st-March 7th, 2010)

Pretty much every day of the week, there is something food related occurring in New York City, you just have to do the research. Lucky for you, I've taken care of thatand have picked out the most unique food events occurring this first week of March.

Presented by Tasting Table and Thrillist, bars and restaurants around New York City will be participating in Martini Week. During Martini Week, visit any of the participating establishments, from 5:30-8:30pm, and try anyone of their premium vodka and gin martini cocktails for just $10. Each place has created 2 distinct martini cocktails, one vodka and one gin. Participating bars and restaurants include 10 Downing, Peacock Alley at The Waldorf Astoria, Danny Meyer's Tabla, Tao, The Oak Room, and many well-known others.

Never a Dull Dinner at Vicky & Lysander's

Love the idea of a dinner party, but do not have the space, time, or energy to throw one? Let Vicky and Lysander, Mama's Food Shop, and Sugar Sweet Sunshine do all the work for you. During the month of March, every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7pm and 9pm, Lower East Side storefront, Grand Opening, will host Vicky & Lysander's Dinner Party-- and they'll host your dinner party.

Corton: A Magical Restaurant that Tricks Mind and Mouth

Taking part in an innovative and cutting-edge meal is not an experience to take lightly. With 2 Michelin stars and numerous magazine awards and newspaper features, Corton brings you into a world where you expect the unexpected. Headed by famous restaurateur Drew Neiporent and renowned chef Paul Liebrandt, Corton takes center stage in providing New York City with a whimsical world of food and drink. However, that does not guarantee that all of what you eat will taste good to you. Your meal at Corton may lead you to think about what flavors or textures you enjoy, and what combinations are not destined for each other.

Peru Comes To Miami A La Carte

27 N Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 374-5153

For a midday refresher or a nice chat over a South American dish, take a journey below the equator and experience the simplistic ambiance of Miami's new favorite D-Lima. Open daily until the early evening hours and specializing in providing a much needed break from shopping, sightseeing or the office, local Peruvian fare is the main course on the menu at this quaint and tucked-away restaurant. Come prepared to stun your taste buds as chefs douse turkey and cheese, American-style sandwiches, with copious amounts of huancaina sauce, a spicy chili mix from the alleyway markets of Peru.

Cake Turns Ice Cream at Momofuku Milk Bar

Even though it is Friday, I cannot wait until Sunday. Not my most favorite day, Sunday, the signal of the end of the weekend, is actually the beginning of something amazing, and I predict to be utterly delicious. Momofuku Bakery & Milk Bar will be debuting their cake-to-ice cream soft serve flavors of Red Velvet Cake, Carrot Cake, and Cream Cheese Frosting ice cream. Smooth, creamy, and rich, these ice cream flavors are like frozen frosting, and we all know frosting is the best part.

Bagatelle's Black and White Ball

Deemed the "Party of the Century," Bagatelle, located in the Meatpacking District, will be celebrating its two year anniversary tonight with an over-the-top party. Bagatelle's Black and White Ball will be held tonight at the celebrated establishment. Admission is open to everyone, so if you are looking for something exciting and very Sex And The City, I suggest a little visit to Bagatelle. Decadent French food and a dizzying amount of French champagne bring this evening right to the South of France. Mingle with French celebrities and dance the night away with performances from Jacques Dumas and music spun by a DJ from St. Tropez. Forget the multiplying inches of snow outside and making your way down to Bagatelle, because $2.25 can take you to the French Riviera.

Pleasure Your Palate at LA Weekly's 2nd Annual Gold Standard Food and Wine Event

If you have a taste for fine food and nothing on your agenda this Sunday, head on over to LA Weekly's 2nd Annual Gold Standard event at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Pulitzer prize winning food critic Jonathon Gold has culled together 40 of the best tastes in Los Angeles to pleasure your palate. VIP tickets are already sold out, but for a $60 admission fee, pre-payable online, you can try the best of the best from eateries such as Loteria, Hungry Cat, The Jar, Ciudad, Mozza and many more. And if you want to bring your kids, the children's fee is just $10! If you have a thirst for something with a bit of a kick, there will be plenty of beer, wine and spirits on hand to sample from The Wine House, Singha Beer, Frontier Whiskey and more.

A Taste of Fame

From Ming Tsai, (the East meets West fusion cuisine genius) and Todd English (the celebrity chef that people love and love to hate), to the "locally grown" culinary powerhouses such as Chef Lydia Shire and Chef Barbara Lynch, Boston has a great number of star chefs that shine well beyond New England. Taking their influence to the silver screen, these chefs have certainly been mixing the pot. Here is a look into what Boston's favorite cuisine characters have been up to.

Home Sweet Maison

In its new location on Astor Place in South Beach, local favorite Maison d'Azur has sought to revamp its image and style with new-age spice and flare. A colorful glance at the Cote d'Azur, Maison offers the venue, the cuisine and the entertainment which are exemplified by stunning outdoor cabanas for VIP reservations as well as a lush, indoor dining area. In keeping with the upscale style of the Fisher Island nightlife crowd, Maison compliments sister venues Casa Tua in Miami and Pazza Notte in Midtown Manhattan. Surpassing these two upscale likenesses, Maison embodies a full-night experience complete with DJ's from South Beach's hottest nightclubs as well as in-your-face belly dancers as the capstone of the evening's entertainment.

Sushi and Japanese Tapas Food Tasting Event

Looking for something unique and new to do in New York City? Every Saturday, Foods of New York hosts a Sushi and Japanese Tapas Food Tasting Event. Experience authentic Japanese cuisine, while learning about the history and tradition of Japanese food, including sushi and Ippin Ryori, Japanese tapas. Sit at a private table and indulge in 18 separate menu items, broken down into six courses.

These six courses are an array of diverse Japanese dishes that epitomizes tradition Japanese food. Japanese tapas, small plates ranging from seared rare beef to tofu drizzled with sweet miso, are explained as they are served. Three types of sashimi, sliced raw fish, as well as three types of nigiri, sliced raw fish laid and pressed on top of seasoned rice, are also on the tasting menu. Two types of maki are also served; maki is sliced fish and seasoned rice rolled tightly in nori seaweed. A contemporary Japanese dessert wraps up this traditional Japanese tasting event.