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CULINARY OCCASIONS
Night Market Philly Heads to Chinatown

The roaming nighttime food fair that is Night Market is rolling into Chinatown this week and promises to offer a full plate of Philly's most exciting dining options. The event will "[celebrate] the city's ethnic restaurants, gourmet food trucks and coolest neighborhoods from the people who brought you Headhouse Market." And since the evening is sponsored by and in support of The Food Trust, you can go ahead and feel pretty good about joining in on the festivities.

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Restaurant Roundup: Tasty New Spots in NY

Welcome to the First Course Restaurant Roundup where we'll share our Top 5 places to dine out right now. This list is ever changing so be sure to look back for our latest insights. In the meantime, check out these new locals that promise to be worth their pricetag.

Catch: The new venture from Top Chef winner Hung Huynh that opens October 1, Catch pairs Asian flavors with tastes of the Mediterranian for what's sure to be a tasty scene. The prime Meat Packing locale and boldface business partners from the EMM Group (Abe and Arthur's) are sure to help its klout score as well. 21 Ninth Avenue (at 13th Street)

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Last Minute F & W Festival Tickets

It's the most wonderful time of the year.

Sorry Jewish Holidays, but this weekend's upcoming New York City Wine & Food Festival is really stealing your thunder. As we've been hyping for a while now, the Food & Wine Mag-sponsored event is going on this weekend, September 29- October 2, and promises to forge a complete foodie-overhaul on our town.

In addition to the undisputably fantastic eats, the weekend also promises to bring together some of the most exciting chefs and culinary personalities from around the country. A-list eaters such as Eric Ripert, Anne Burrell, Guy Fieri, Anito Lo, Alex Guarnaschelli, Bobby Flay, Michael White and Sandra Lee are among the headlines who will be in attendance during the three day ride. Oh yea, there's also a Times Talk with Ferran Adria hidden in the middle but, sadly, it's already completely booked.

DAILY BITES
Madison Square Market is Back!

If you feel inundated with foodie events and restaurant openings this September, this won't help. But, if you enjoy these celebrations as much as we do, here's another one to add to the list: from now until October 21, the Madison Square Market is up and running.

Located in Worth Square- yes, it does have a name- on the west side of Madison Square Park, the outdoor dining space will offer food from local favorites such as Momofuku Milk Bar, ilili, Calexico, Roberta's Pizza, Asiadog, Bar Suzette, Nunu Chocolate and Sigmund's.

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Parm Has a Sign!

With the smells and remnants of San Genarro all but a distant memory, Mulberry street is back to its lovely self. But, wait, what's that? It's the new awning and neon sign from Parm, the soon-to-be-opening restaurant from Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi.

The duo, who own and operate Torrisi Italian Specialities right next door, revealed the latest construction on their new space yesterday. We think it's pretty sneaky that they were hiding the much-hyped resto under plywood during the activities of the 10-day Italian feast, but we'll let it slide because everything these guys do seems to be heavy on delicious. Also, we're hoping to be invited over sometime.

DAILY BITES
Gordon Ramsey Gets Another Show

Of the upcoming project, Ramsey says, "These are stories that everyone can relate to because virtually all of us have had a bad hotel experience that's turned a holiday or business trip into a total disaster. It's time to put the hospitality industry to the test." We're not really sure why you would want to test people after you've had a "bad hotel experience," or, for that matter, why said experience makes anyone a quality expert. But, who cares, right? He yells! He's British! He'll go for it!

Hotel Hell does not yet have an air date but we'll post all news as we hear it.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Tom Colicchio Plays Guitar After The Simpsons

He may be the one casting judgement on Top Chef, but Tom Colicchio is about to let the spotlight fall on his own performance.

Chef Tom will perform at Hill Country tonight in honor of Restaurant Industry Night. The event will donate 20 percent of all food and beverage profits to C-Cap, an organization that helps underprivileged youths begin careers in the food industry. The evening will also feature of the musical stylings of the equally smooth-scalped restaurateur, Joe Bastianich. Doors will open at 7pm and more information is available here.

RESTAURANT 101
Freaking Hungry

New York is a pretty scary town. Between property taxes and the possibility of running into an Ex in a post-Bikram Yoga sweat fest, well, there's a lot to be afraid of in this city. And while we don't always want to admit it, even some of our favorite dining spots around town have been known to harbor some serious gotham ghosts. We can't vouch for all of them, but we're betting that most of these night crawlers are pretty friendly. Check out these haunted restaurants suggested on New York.com just in time for Halloween and keep your eyes peeled for things that go bump in the night beyond the ice in your glass.

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Mike Likes Steak

Somewhere between his last eighteen holes and filming those Hanes Tagless spots, Michael Jordan found time to start another restaurant. And while the place has been in business since late August, Air Jordan stepped in last night to really get things going at the official grand opening event.

According to the Tribune, "the Bulls legend was greeted by a large crowd on the sidealk outside of the restaurant...once inside the private event, Jordan took a seat in a security-protected booth...he was later joined by former Bulls teammate, Scottie Pippen and Pippen's wife, "Real Housewives of Miami" cast member, Larsa." The same article stated that most attendees spent the evening surrounding the basketball legend and trying to (unsuccessfully) score a picture with the star. And while much attention may not have been given to the food, it should be noted that standard steakhouse fare was abundant throughout the evening, including passed appetizers of jumbo shrimp and garlic bread.

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Are You Ready for some (Gourmet) Tailgating?

Park your car and lift the hatch-back this Fall for a Tailgating session with Saveur and Sur la Tabla.

The fancy foodie store and culinary mag have teamed up to host a number of tailgating sessions throughout the country. Says Sur la Tabla reps, "The great autumn tradition of tailgating would be little without food, and much more fun with a deviation from the standard fare. Along with a hearty vegetable dip and deviled eggs with a kick, this menu serves up smoky-sweet wings and bratwurst topped with spice-infused pickles. Chocolaty, caffeinated brownies serve as the parking lot finale, and hopeful entry into a perfect main event."