#SCBDEvent: Review with the Crew! SCBD & Bar-Top Bandits at Johnny Utah’s, NYC

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Free this Wednesday, April 17th after work? Come join the Bar-Top Bandits and I at Johnny Utah’s in NYC for their biggest country dance party! It’ll be tons of fun and they have some amazing drink specials on deck! RSVP on Facebook, here.

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See you there, cheers!

Look out for more Small Chick Big Deals event coming up soon…

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Craft Beer Heaven at the NYC Craft Beer Festival!

So on a sunny little day in March, I journeyed to a lovely large place that had a wonderful sign posted outside the front welcoming craft beer enthusiasts from all regions of the states.

As I walk into the Lexington Armory – I stop dead in my tacks.

I look to my co-worker and said, “I think we found beer heaven.”

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She agreed and we made our grand entrance into the wild brew-gallery of the most unique and delicious crafts beers New York City has ever seen.

Now, as a young millennial, I am searching for the latest and greatest in the craft beer world. I admit that cider is my go-to treat, but after this festival my brew-knowledge was lifted to a whole new level of deliciousness.

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A few of my favorite tastings/experiences include:

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Original Sin Cider – Cherry

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Peak Organic – Simcoe

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McKenzie’s Hard Cider – Lazy Lemonade

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The House of Shandy – Curious Traveler

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And of course…

Angry Orchard! But I already tried that one C;

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Moving on, we grabbed ourselves the most delicious pretzel I have ever had. No seriously, this pretzel must have been caressed by the most delicious beers while baking to a crisp.

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I obviously could not contain myself and started eating before I snapped a picture. #sorrynotsorry

Many of the tables had a representative from the brewing company! I was able to meet the representative for Angry Orchard and I could not be more exited. I give the festival a 4.5 out of a 5 start rating – the only thing I would have liked to see is the similar beers/ciders near each other to make it a little easier to navigate, other than that it was a complete success!

When the day was over we left with our complementary beer/shot glass, we were absolutely over the moon and left with wonderful memories of delicious craft beers.

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I will be attending next year and already can’t wait!

Seriously, do not miss out. I will see you there! (:

You will see me again soon, my good Sir’s.

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Au revoir!

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#SCBDExclusive: #NJWFF Grand Tasting Recap

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This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending of the Grand Tasting at the 5th Annual New Jersey Wine & Food Festival better known as NJWFF with my boyfriend, Jason. The NJWFF takes place at the Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg, NJ.  The ride to Crystal Springs was breathless, even with the snow, which if anything made it more magical.

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Jason & I at NJWFF

The event was huge and got a great crowd, each room filled with other foodies like us trying the best food and wine New Jersey offers. The amount of food we consumed was overwhelming and it was hard to take food pictures because it was so crowded and I couldn’t wait to get each sample in my stomach, but I still remember our favorites. Our favorite room was the Spanish charcuterie room that was just added on the weekend of the event. The men behind the charcuterie were awesome at answering at answering questions we had. Plus, the charcuterie was some of the best I’ve had.

Some of our favorite dishes we tasted were:

  1. Braised Short Rib from American Cut
  2. Bison Bruschetta from The Orange Squirrel Restaurant
  3. Filet Mignon with Truffle Creamed Spinach from Strip House
  4. Applewood Smoked Trout, with Compressed Apple, Pickled Breakfast Radish, and Celery Root Puree from Ho-Ho-Kus Inn

Those were just some dishes that stuck out to us at the tasting! It was great to see the chefs in their element! I definitely want to check out the restaurants mentioned above, since I haven’t. All of the dishes stood out to us because they were unique and memorable!

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Chef Jose Andres & I at NJWFF!

One of the highlights of the night, was meeting the chef of honor and legend, Chef Jose Andres. I even got a picture with him! He was so sweet and it was unexpected which made it that much better! After meeting Chef Jose we continued to explore the different food and wines a bit more, and catch some of the entertainment including a really talented tapper.

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It was definitely a night to remember and I would love to attend NJWFF again next year and try to stay at Crystal Springs if possible! We were both so proud to be from the great state of NJ with so many talented chefs!

Hope to see you at NJWFF next year!

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#SCBDEvent: Burgerwood to Open in New Location in Englewood

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Now that I live in Bergen County, there are tons of places I want to try. Burgerwood, which is right next door to me in Englewood is one of them. Burgerwood is a local burger joint, that recently opened by local Bergen County young professionals. Now, this is the dish SCBD is all about so when I got word of their Grand Opening Party in their new location, 24 Van Brunt Street (right next to BergenPAC) I had to tell my readers, especially my Bergen County readers the details! Make sure you save the date– Friday, March 29th because you won’t want to miss it!

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Burgerwood, which was formerly located on Palisade Avenue, will now have a full bar, bigger space, outdoor seating, valet parking and more at the new location.  Delivery will  still be available and their number hasn’t changed so now you can still come to get the same great burger… and a beer!

Burgerwood‘s Grand Opening Party starts at 7:00 PM and goes until midnight, there will be a live dj providing music for the night and drink specials for those who show up with flyers. To find out more details and RSVP, check out the Facebook event, here.

Hope to see you there! Cheers!

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#SCBDEvent: The Manhattan Cocktail Classic will take the Big Apple by Storm May 17th

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The Manhattan Cocktail Classic, New York’s peerless multi-day celebration of cocktails and culture, the start of ticket sales begins today at noon for the festival that will take place on May 17-21, 2013, across the city.  Tickets may be purchased at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic’s website.  Highlights of the fourth year include the legendary opening night Gala at The New York Public Library that attracts thousands of libations enthusiasts; dozens of events ranging from boozy brunches to spirited soirées, bar crawls to bus tours, pig roasts to punch parties; and a three-day trade conference for beverage industry professionals.  Ongoing updates and additional details about events and seminars will be posted to the Classic’s website as the festival approaches.

“The fourth edition of the Classic is shaping up to be our best ever.  We’re upping the ante on our flagship Gala event, once again, with even wilder twists and turns – and our stellar line-up of crowd-sourced events provides countless opportunities for rollicking good times throughout the city,” said Lesley Townsend Duval, Founder and Executive Director of the Manhattan Cocktail Classic.  “We are proud that the Classic has become a foundational event, both for New York City’s nightlife as well as for the spirits and cocktail community, and moreover that it provides a platform for bartenders, brands, restaurants, and businesses to roll up their sleeves and get involved in the creative process.  People from around the country and the globe will be converging in NYC to celebrate libations and the unique cocktail culture our great city has created.  We can’t wait!”
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Celebrate the Opening Night Gala!
On May 17, 2013, New York City’s iconic New York Public Library on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue will be transformed into one of the world’s grandest cocktail parties.  The black-tie event will take over all four floors of the hallowed marbled halls, filling every reading room, stairwell, nook and cranny with masterfully created cocktails, live musical performances, delectable nibbles and noshes, and thousands of the city’s most fashionable movers and shakers.  Heralded as one of New York’s most extraordinary events of the year, it is not to be missed!
And Throughout the Five Days…
This year’s line-up of crowd-sourced, independently-produced events include a sumptuous cocktail-pairing dinner hosted by Le Bernardin’s Chef Eric Ripert; a hands-on mixology class at beloved Brooklyn cocktail mecca, Huckleberry Bar, featuring Brooklyn-based, produced and/or inspired spirits; a celebration of Grand Central Terminal’s 100th anniversary at The Campbell Apartment, featuring turn-of-the 20th century cocktails; a deliciously decadent afternoon pairing chocolates and cocktails; a Tiki safari; a bar crawl; a bus tour; countless seminars and hands-on workshops at some of NYC’s most heralded watering holes; and a pig roast (or three, for good measure).
Get Smart About Spirits at the Industry Invitational!
Aimed at beverage and hospitality industry professionals, the 2013 Industry Invitational will once again take place at the stunning Andaz 5th Avenue Hotel.  Three action-packed days of professional programming include a robust line-up of lectures, panels, tastings, hands-on workshops, networking opportunities, and more.  Trending topics for 2013 include: the Rise of ‘New Vermouth’; Multi-Talented Sherry; Real Applications for Modern Technique; Mezcal, Art and Tradition; The Importance of Traceability in Spirits; Merchandizing for Success; and many more.  Industry professionals are invited to apply, here.
About the Manhattan Cocktail Classic
Part festival, part fête, part conference, part cocktail party — the Manhattan Cocktail Classic is an annual celebration of the myriad points of intersection between cocktails and culture. With nearly 100 events spread across five days and three boroughs, the Classic offers a vast array of unique experiences to enthusiasts and professionals alike, expanding the very definition of what constitutes a “cocktail event.” The fourth annual Classic will take place on May 17 – 21, 2013. Cocktail fans should mark their calendars.
Tickets will go on sale today at noon so make sure you get them before they sell out. For additional information, please visit the site, here.  Follow the Classic on Twitter at @cocktailclassic or “like” the Classic on Facebook.
Cheers!
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Celebrate St. Patty’s Day with these Sweets & Specials

Crystal Tavern at Crystal Springs Resort (One Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg NJ) will serve a special St. Patrick’s dinner on March 17th from 5-9pm.

The menu, offered as a 3-course prix fixe($38 or $52 with beer pairings) or a la carte, includes sheep’s milk ricotta and nettle gnudi dumplings with crispy pork rinds to start, followed but a choice of three entrees, from the traditional Corned Beef with Irish Soda Bread and accompaniments to Black Sausage & Mash to Irish Lamb Stew cooked with Crystal Springs’ own lamb that’s raised for them at their Rifle Ranch in Colorado. A Mint Brownie Baked Alaska rounds out the menu and each dish will be paired with beer, either Irish or East Coast American craft beer, including the dessert (served with Mothers Milk Stout from NY). Call 973-827-5996 Ext. 3 for reservations.

Interested in taking a class? Check out these awesome St. Patty’s Day classes provided by Coursehorse:

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Last, celebrate with some of these sweets that’ll knock you off your feet:

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  In honor of St Patrick’s Day, Georgetown Cupcake is offering a vanilla and a chocolate St. Patrick’s Day Cupcake.  Both are only available by pre-order, but will be available in the shop for pickup on St. Patrick’s Day weekend.  These cupcakes are vanilla or chocolate cupcakes topped with a light green buttercream frosting and a fondant shamrock.  We also have an Irish Crème cupcake available all month (by both pre-order and in store pick up).  The Irish Crème is a chocolate cupcake topped with a non-alcoholic irish-crème-infused vanilla frosting and a fondant shamrock.

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Sweet Revenge, in the West Village will be offering a special Black & Tan cupcake for St. Patty’s Day! Can’t go wrong with a Guiness draft or Chocovine to go with a cupcake!

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

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#SCBDExclusive: Potbelly to Open in Paramus this Tuesday!

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If you’ve been an avid SCBD reader from the beginning you know one of my favorite places to grab lunch while I interned at The Rachael Ray Show was Potbelly Sandwich Shop. It was an easy walk from the former studio in Midtown East, affordable, and delicious and I’m not normally a big sandwich person. Check out my original post featuring Potbelly, here.

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I loved eating Potbelly so much that I wanted them to open up in New Jersey. Now over a year later, they are opening their second New Jersey location (the first is in Jersey City) at Bergen Town Center in Paramus, NJ. The Potbelly official grand opening is this Tuesday, February 19th at 11am.

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In honor of the opening they are having an Oven Warming Party (which I found out via Twitter) tomorrow from 11am-1:30pm. The first 260 people to sign up (admits you and one guest) can enjoy a Potbelly Originals sandwich, a bag of chips, and a fountain drink, all for a $5 cash donation per person that will be going to Family to Family to raise funds for their projects.  Be sure to RSVP, here, tonight! I’m planning on attending, so maybe I’ll see you there?!

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The Menu
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If you can’t make it out tomorrow, make sure you stop by for their official grand opening Tuesday or anytime the rest of the week.  I highly recommend the Roast Beef sandwich which is my personal favorite, I’ve even ordered it “Bigs” (30% more meat) because it’s that delicious!

Here’s to a successful grand opening and giving Potbelly a warm welcome to Bergen County!

Happy Eating! 😀

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