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The French Spirits Soiree NYC

26 Apr

By Kristen Hess, Artful Gourmet

Watch the video of Kristen Hess with eDiningNews.com covering the festivities at The French Spirits Soiree at the Astor Center, a fun and lively cocktail event held by The Dizzy Fizz.

The French Spirit Soiree

With over 300 guests at the event, we experienced the hedonistic era of turn of the 20th century France, filming and interviewing the guests and spirits vendors, all the while sampling delightful Belle Epoque-themed cocktails, punches, absinthe and spirits in this surreal Parisian bohemian environment. The event featured live vintage jazz music, street artists, painted clowns and a risqué burlesque dancer – all reminiscent of the romantic, glamorous lifestyle of the Parisian art nouveau era. There were plenty of noshes to go with our French Spirits with cheese trays from Murray’s Cheese and rustic bread by scratchBREAD.

A special nod to all of the spirits sponsors that made the night complete: LilletTariquet ArmagnacPernod AbsintheRicard PastisBenedictineCointreau®, Rémy Martin 1738® , Noilly Prat,G’Vine GinJune Liqueur, Bonal, Dolin, and St-GermainÀ votre santé!

French Spirits Soiree photos
Photos by John Walder & Gabi Porter

Here are some drink recipes from the event (and for more of them check out SpiritsSoiree.com)

La Vie en Rose
1 oz. Ricard
½ oz. simple syrup
4 raspberries
G.H. Mumm Champagne
Muddle raspberries with syrup. Add Ricard, and shake with ice to chill. Strain into a Champagne flute, and top with Champagne.

Cointreau® Basil Lemonade
2 oz. Cointreau®
5 basil leaves muddled
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
2 oz. soda water
Muddled basil with fresh lemon juice, add Cointreau®, shake and strain over fresh ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with leaf of basil.

The St-Germain Cocktail
2 parts Brut Champagne or Dry Sparkling Wine
1.5 parts St-Germain
2 parts club soda
Add Brut Champagne, then St-Germain then club soda to an ice filled Collins glass and stir until completely mixed. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Avant
2 oz. G’Vine Floraison Gin
.25 oz. L’Esprit de June
.5 oz. lemon juice
5 green grapes
3 oz. tonic
Muddle grapes and basil. Add all but tonic and shake. Strain over ice in a tall glass. Add tonic and stir. Garnish with a basil leaf and grapes.

French Spirits Soiree at Astor Center
Photos by Kristen Hess

See more photos from the event by Gabi Porter on Metromix, and by John Walder on Facebook.com/TheDizzyFizz.

SOBE Food Festival

15 Mar

By Kristen Hess, Artful Gourmet

Sharon Block with eDiningNews recently visited the 2011 South Beach Wine & Food Festival in Miami, Florida. This year’s fantastic event was held from February 24-27 and was the 10th anniversary of the Food Network’s festival. The weather was warm with bright sunny skies and visitors had an opportunity to learn and interact with their favorite Food Network, Cooking Channel and industry chefs and personalities, all amid the beautiful backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean.

Sharon Block - eDiningNews

Sharon Block from eDiningNews getting ready to sample the fabulous wines, spirits and foods at the Grand Tasting Village.

4 Orange Premium Vodka

4 Orange Vodka, the world’s first vodka exclusively made from Florida oranges held the First Annual Classic Cocktail Competition.

Chef Fabio Viviani

Sharon was thrilled to meet Chef Fabio Viviani Brand Ambassador for Bertolli® Olive Oil and a  Top Chef All  Star.

Barilla Booth

Enjoying the pasta in the Barilla booth.

Visit eDiningNews on YouTube to see a video overview of the Grand Tasting Village.

Meet The Chef: Adam Shepard, Lunetta

15 Feb

Behind The Scenes Interview with Lunetta Restaurant, Brooklyn NY

Kristen Hess at Lunetta in Brooklyn

Watch the full video interview with Kristen & Adam here

By Kristen Hess, The Artful Gourmet

Meet Chef Adam Shepard from Lunetta with an in-depth, up close interview as Kristen Hess and eDiningNews interview Adam about his background, Lunetta’s Mediterranean gourmet fare, insights on his cooking style, and his commitment to the Slow Food philosophy.

Lunetta, a trendy Mediterranean restaurant on Smith Street in Brooklyn, has a fantastic menu and atmosphere that you must try for yourself! They offer a variety of small plates and gourmet market fare such as bruschetta, antipasti plates, fresh roasted market vegetables and a variety of pasta dishes and entrees including Pappardelle with Porcini-braised Berkshire Pork, luscious Lunetta meatballs, and savory Sullivan County chicken, roasted under a brick with mushrooms and marsala wine.

Lunetta has been featured in “The New Brooklyn Cookbook” and is a practicing member of the Slow Food International group who’s philosophy it is to commit to food biodiversity and use all local and organic farmers, growers and food suppliers.

In warmer temperatures, you can dine alfresco in the back garden, or enjoy a private dinner party in their cozy yet spacious dining room with a full bar.

View the Lunetta_Menu

Lunetta
116 smith street, btw pacific and dean, brooklyn, NY 11217 |  718.488.6269

http://www.lunetta-ny.com/brooklyn/

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