Queens Restaurant Week – 2014

15 Oct

Everyone had a great time sampling dishes from numerous restaurants in Queens at the Press Conference to announce Queens Restaurant Week 2014. Restaurant week in Queens runs from October 13 to October 31, 2014. For more information visit: http://www.itsinqueens.com/dq/RestaurantWeek/participants/

#QueensRestaurantWeek

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From left: Borough President Melinda Katz, Queens Economic Development Corporation Chair Emily Lin, QEDC Executive Director Seth Bornstein, and State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr.

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The line was long for California Pizza Kitchen. But, it was worth the wait!

Eat in Astoria Launch Party

22 Sep

The Eat in Astoria Launch Party last week was a great opportunity to sample food and drink from numerous restaurants in the Astoria section of Queens New York. I can’t wait to visit them. For more information go to http://www.eatinastoria.com and @EatsNewYork.

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Brooklyn EATS 2014

3 Jul

2014 Long Island Hospitality Ball

10 Jun

The Long Island Hospitality Ball to benefit the American Cancer Society was held on June 2, 2014 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY. The Ball is the social event of the season on Long Island and guests had a fantastic time partaking in the delicious food, exotic drinks and fabulous entertainment.

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The People’s Kitchen at COLORS Restaurant – NYC

31 Oct

This past September The People’s Kitchen in Oakland California announced a new partnership with Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) in New York City.
ROC will be helping them launch People’s Kitchen full-time COAST TO COAST!

ROC operates COLORS Restaurant in New York – a cooperative restaurant rooted in community and social justice principles. According to Saqib Keval of The People’s Kitchen ,”Our values, our ideas, and our dreams are in great alignment with those of ROC and of COLORS. The People’s Kitchen is going to be working with COLORS to open full time in NYC, Oakland, Detroit, and New Orleans over the next few years !!!!!”

Cooking with Color 4 Kids Live Interactive Cooking Program Launch

24 Jul

Kristen Hess, The Artful Gourmet

Kristen Hess, The Artful Gourmet

Cooking with Color 4 Kids by Kristen Hess

On June 27, eDiningNews and Kristen Hess, The Artful Gourmet launched a new cooking program for kids called Cooking with Color 4 Kids © at Madiba Restaurant in Brooklyn. This interactive, hands-on cooking class is designed for the whole family, as Kristen teaches kids and parents how to cook colorful, healthy recipes through the color palette, ripe with fruits and vegetables and fresh, natural ingredients.

Food Color Wheel

Food Color Wheel

The class began with an introduction to the color wheel and the various benefits of eating colorful fruits and vegetables in the spectrum. Kristen had the kids name some of their favorite Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Violet foods and discussed ways to add more color into your cooking. Instead of just making a cheese pizza, add some spinach and fresh tomatoes or basil. Make your Macaroni and Cheese healthier by adding some broccoli to it.

Madiba Restaurant, Brooklyn NY

Madiba Restaurant, Brooklyn NY

Lots of fun colorful ideas were exchanged as the kids got ready to start making some of their own colorful recipes from the South African Restaurant Madiba in Brooklyn.

Students making South African Pap Cornmeal with Monkey Gland Sauce and Tomato Onion Gravy

Students making South African Pap Cornmeal with Monkey Gland Sauce and Tomato Onion Gravy

Kristen with students and parents after Cooking with Color 4 Kids class at Madiba Restaurant

Kristen with students and parents after Cooking with Color 4 Kids class at Madiba Restaurant

Kristen with students and parents after Cooking with Color 4 Kids class at Madiba Restaurant

Kristen with students and parents after Cooking with Color 4 Kids class at Madiba Restaurant

Students and parents after Cooking with Color 4 Kids class at Madiba Restaurant

Students and parents after Cooking with Color 4 Kids class at Madiba Restaurant

On the cooking program menu were South African specialties such as: South African Pap Cornmeal with Tomato-Onion Gravy and Monkey Gland Sauce made with apricots, red wine, tomato and raisins, Sweet Corn and Pumpkin Salad, Pumpkin Fritters, Shebeen Salad with house wild greens, papaya, mango, summer berries, avocado, and nuts, and Rooibos Tea.

South African Pap Cornmeal with Tomato Onion Gravy

South African Chakalaka

South African Chakalaka

South African Monkey Gland Sauce

South African Monkey Gland Sauce

Shebeen Salad with Wild Greens, Papaya, Mango, Berries, Avocado and Nuts

Shebeen Salad with Wild Greens, Papaya, Mango, Berries, Avocado and Nuts

Pumpkin Fritters

Pumpkin Fritters

Pumpkin and Corn Salad

Pumpkin and Corn Salad

Rooibos Tea

Rooibos Tea

The class was videotaped live on Livestream by eDiningNews, and the video is featured online and also below for those who missed the class. All in all, it was a fun, interactive class that the kids and parents loved. And most of all a rewarding experience for me as I got to teach kids how to cook and eat healthy by adding colorful fruits and vegetables to their everyday cooking.

Stay tuned for more class locations and dates as the cooking program grows around NYC!d for the whole family, as Kristen teaches kids and parents how to cook colorful, healthy recipes through the color palette, ripe with fruits and vegetables and fresh, natural ingredients.

Watch the cooking class video on YouTube

Vinexpo Executives Reveal IWSR Study’s Results

6 Feb

On January 17th Vinexpo executives announced in New York city the launch of its 17th edition, to be held June 16-20, 2013, in Bordeaux, France. As the world’s largest international wine and spirits exhibition, held every two years in France, Chief Executive Robert Beynat and Chairman Xavier de Eizaguirre also released the results of the latest study of the World Wine and Spirits market to some 100 journalists and trade VIP’s.

Xavier de Eizaguirre

Xavier de Eizaguirre
Chairman Vinexpo

Robert Beynat

Robert Beynat
Chief Executive
Vinexpo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highlights of the study relating to wine usage in the United States included:

In 2011, the U.S. became the leading wine consuming nation in volume and value in the world, ahead of France and Italy.
The U.S. is the leading consumer market in the world for wines priced at more than $10 per bottle.
The U.S. is the third largest wine importer worldwide, including both still, light and sparkling wines.
The U.S. is the fourth largest wine producer in the world.
The U.S. is the 6th largest exporter of wine in the world in volume and value.

Vinexpo will take place from June 16-20, 2013
at the Bordeaux Exhibition Centre in France.
For further details, see www.vinexpo.com

For more information:

Sopexa USA
Marie Christina Batich
– PR Manager
Tel: 212.386.7416 Marie-Christina.Batich@sopexa.com

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Selena Ricks Hosts The Third Annual Holiday Spirits Bazaar

2 Dec

New Yorkers were treated to the ultimate festive cocktail experience at the Third Annual Holiday Spirits Bazaar, on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at Astor Center.

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Selena Ricks with one of the fabulous mixologists at the Third Annual Holiday Spirits Bazaar

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One of the Great Bartenders at the Third Annual Holiday Spirits Bazaar

2 Dec

One of the Great Bartenders

New Yorkers were treated to the ultimate festive cocktail experience at the Third Annual Holiday Spirits Bazaar, on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at Astor Center.

Fab Food Finds at the Taste of Queens 2012

14 May
Taste of Queens 2012

Taste of Queens 2012

Article and photography by Kristen Hess, Author of The Artful Gourmet

On May 1st I attended the annual Taste of Queens – a massive, lively food-filled event celebrating the food and restaurants all over Queens, NY. It was well fit to be hosted in the top level, window-filled Caesar’s Club at Citi Field (home of the Mets!), as there were over 47 restaurants and food vendors from Queens proudly displaying their tasty creations and cocktails.

I attended the event with David Hillman of eDiningNews.com to capture all the food, fun, people and highlights, so keep reading to see great photos and a fun video of the fab food finds we discovered there! There was also a taste competition as judged by a team of local foodies and media types, here are the winners:

Pop Diner

Pop Diner

Magna Ristorante

Magna Ristorante

Magna Ristorante of Flushing (above) won the Best Entrée award for its Penne alla Siciliana, which featured sautéed eggplant and long, tubular pasta in a marinara-style sauce,

Magna Italian Dishes

Magna Italian Dishes

and Pollo alla Romana, which included lightly sautéed chicken breast and specially prepared artichokes in a tomato-and-cream sauce.

Papazzio Restaurant

Papazzio Restaurant

Bayside’s Papazzio Restaurant & Caterer (above) won the Best Appetizer award for its Pasta e Fagioli, which consisted of various kinds of red and white beans in a creamy, savory broth with onions, carrots, celery, rosemary, prosciutto and noodles. According to Papazzio’s Dominick Bruccoleri this soup also contains “a lot of love.”

Tropisec

Tropisec

In the Best Dessert category, the judges chose Tropisec (above), a Long Island City-based company that creates flowers and other edible designs from dried tropical fruits such as mango, papaya and pineapple. One of founder Blanca Lilia Narváez‘s signature products consists of dried banana pieces mixed with unprocessed cocoa.

McClure's Bloody Mary Mix

McClure’s Bloody Mary Mix

Best Alcoholic Beverage: McClure’s Pickles for their Bloody Mary Mix

See the full list of Queens restaurants and food vendors that participated in the event.

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Highlights from the Taste of Queens event ::

SEE THE PHOTO GALLERY/SLIDESHOW

WATCH THE VIDEO ::

See more videos and press coverage on the event:

NY 1 video

Queens Buzz post

Queens Examiner post

DNA Info post

World Journal article in Chinese

The Forum photos

Epoch Times article in Chinese

Sustainable Pantry blog

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