#SCBDExclusive NYC Craft Beer Festival- Spring Seasonals

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The beer events just keep on coming and if you enjoyed the Big Brew Beer Festival you’ll love this! The NYC Craft Beer Festival Spring Seasonals Edition will be making its way to NYC on March 30th at Lexington Avenue Armory (68 Lexington Avenue between 25th and 26th streets). The festival has two sessions to choose from:

SESSION 1: General Admission 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

 VIP & Connoisseur 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM

SESSION 2: General Admission 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM /

VIP & Connoisseur 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

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How it works: Everyone will be given a tasting glass and have the opportunity to try unlimited 2 oz tastings of approximately 150 craft beers from all over the country.  Food will be available for purchase for all attendees and there will be a selection of retail vendors on-site.  VIP and Connoisseur will have the first hour to themselves to sample these great brews and Connoisseurs will have a private lounge with rare selections and passed hors d’oeuvres throughout the session.  They will also be offering expert seminars for all attendees (first-come first-serve) that highlight key aspects of the craft beer industry including pairings, business, and more!

Check out some pictures from last year’s fest:

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General Admission Tickets purchased in advanced start at $55. To purchase tickets, click here, they will be selling out quickly!

Cheers!

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The 3rd Annual Tasting Brooklyn

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Last year, I had the pleasure of attending a great foodie event, Tasting Brooklyn. This year, the 3rd Annual Tasting Brooklyn will take place on April 16th from 6:30-9pm at The Green Building. Tickets just went on sale February 19th, so if you want to partake in this delicious and filling event, purchase yours quickly – it has sold out in advance both previous years, and it is worth it!

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Picture courtesy of Donny Tsang from Tasting Brooklyn 2011

What can you expect at Tasting Brooklyn? Food, food, and more food! Brooklyn’s best restaurants will feature tasty dishes for guests to try, including hot spots like Allswell, Dassara, Fort Reno, The Saint Austere, and many more. Need something to wash it all down with? No problem! Drinks will be provided by brands like Brooklyn Gin, Sixpoint Beer, Cacao Prieto, Clover Club and more.

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Picture courtesy of Donny Tsang from Tasting Brooklyn 2011

Tickets can be purchased here for $50 ($75 for VIP; includes exclusive preview from 5:30-6:30pm and gift bag of locally made Brooklyn treats). Proceeds from the event will benefit the Brooklyn Recovery Fund, which supports local nonprofit organizations working with communities and individuals affected by Hurricane Sandy.

#DealAlert: 50% Exclusive Events by IAdventure.com for #SCBD Readers

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A few weeks ago I had the honor of attending the Chili Cook-Off held by Iadventure.com— it was a great time and I got to try some awesome chili. If you love Iadventure.com and the foodie events they have, I have good news…

SCBD is teaming up with Iadventure.com and offering an exclusive 50% off discount code to the following foodie events:

It’s easy just the click the link to the event (above) and when you purchase your tickets, put in the code  SCBD50 (all caps & ends with a zero) and you get half off your tickets!

Cheers to fun foodie adventures! 😀

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Wings, Beer & Bourbon- #SCBD Take on #NYCWingfest

When I heard about Wingfest in New York City, the little kid in me lit up. If you’ve read my past posts you know I love wings, not just any wings but good wings. I knew this was one event I had to attend and so did many other 20-30 year olds, who filled Center 548 up to capacity at Wingfest Series #NYCWingfest which was sponsored by Streaker Sports. I went to the 2nd session which was from 4-7 PM (each was $55), with my roommate Leah, who came with me to Bergenfest. It was definitely a fun time and it felt like we were back in university again. I mean, what else would you expect when you have 3 hours to try over 8 wing vendors and it includes free beer & bourbon to wash them down with?

The beer lines were just as crazy as the wing lines.
Photo courtesy of Wingfest Series

Some of the vendors bringing their best wings to the table included:

  • Dukes NYC
  • Hill Country
  • Mason Jar
  • Tribeca Tap House
  • BBQues Smoke Shack
  • Wildwood BBQ
  • Rathbones
  • East End Bar & Grill & more
  • To wash it down we had a choice of Pacifico or Budweiser beer or Wild Turkey bourbon which was my personal favorite!

They might not have taken first place but I loved Neely’s Smoked Wings!

They definitely had more than those eight. My two favorites which weren’t mentioned above were Blue Haven & Neely’s BBQ Parlor. They both had wings with unique flavor and weren’t too spicy or sweet. Neely’s were smoked, how cool is that?  Blue Haven really won me over with their sauce! Unfortunately neither of my two favorites won, but they will always be winners in my eyes. The winner of NYC Wingfest 2012 went to BBQues Smoke Shack. Congrats on the win!!! Guess we’ll have to see who takes the win at NYC Wingfest 2013!

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All in all it was great time and plan on attending next year! I have more great recipes, interviews, reviews, & round ups on the way!

Have a great weekend everyone & happy eating!!! 😀

The Best of Bergen Made An Appearance at #Bergenfest 2012!

If you checked out my fall event round up, you know that Bergenfest  held by Bergen Health & Life was last week and it was an event not to be missed! It took place last Thursday, September 27th at the Sheraton Mahwah Hotel from 5-9 PM. I went along with three of my main girls– Lauren, Leah & Nicole.  Lauren is a foodie & a photographer, she took just about all the pictures I will be featuring in this post unless I mention otherwise, Nicole also has a food/nightlife blog– Rockland 411 and Leah, who is one my roommates and is an adventurous eater, she also hails from Canada originally! Bergenfest was a great night, so let me tell you why!

The ladies & I taking a picture by the Step & Repeat!
Photo Credit: Lauren Kelly

“This event is an amazing chance to experience the best of Bergen County—and to have a great time and find treasure too,” says Andy Shane, publisher of Bergen Health & Life.

Bergenfest was an event not to miss, the people of Bergen county were dressed in their very best and prepared to meet some of the counties best vendors. Tables of vendors filled the lobby showcasing their resources to residents from hair salons to dentists you could find it at the festival.

The moment you stepped into the main room, the smell of food filled the air. I know my senses were taunted by the smell and astonished by the variety of food vendors that were present. They were all fully prepared for the huge crowd that awaited. I knew some of the vendors and have written about two: Mr Cupcakes & Blue Moon Mexican Cafe. I also came across a few vendors I’d love to visit in the near future like MK Valencia, Broadway Joe’s Bagels, and the renown Biggie’s Clam Bar.

At the MK Valencia table, getting ready to dig in!

The girls & I in the photo booth NYC photo had provided. Hair & makeup by the Moxie Salon in Ridgedale, NJ!

The night would not have been complete without a performance from Bergen’s own Janice Robinson who performed her hit, “Dreamer” which engaged the whole crowd. There was also a fashion show that followed soon after. Of course the night ended with the celebrity sighting of RHONJ own, Jacqueline Laurita. See more pictures below:

It was definitely a night to remember and I can’t wait to check out the restaurants that were present at the event! Looks like I’ll have more local deals to cover! If you live in Bergen county it’s an event you won’t want to miss! I know the ladies & I had a great night! 😀

Be back with more event coverage from this past weekend before you know it!!! 😀

Help the Fight Against Hunger this November at #NYTaste!

First of all, happy October– this year is surely flying by & to many people the fall means — pumpkin picking, apple cider, hayrides, & pumpkin spice coffee. In the food world, fall would not be complete without food events. From mid-September until early November you can find about 3 every weekend. One of the largest events in the New York City is next weekend is NYCWFF (aka New York City Food & Wine Festival)

One of the last food events of the season that I forgot to mention in my previous fall event round up is NY TasteNew York magazine’s 14th annual culinary event. It’s an event not to be missed & I’m pretty stoked about it!

 New York Taste, will be held on Monday, November 5, 2012 at The Waterfront in New York City. The signature event will be hosted by New York culinary editor Gillian Duffy, and will feature restaurateurs and mixologists from New York City’s most celebrated restaurants. A portion of the proceeds from the evening is donated to City Harvest to help fight hunger. Tickets are on sale at nymag.com/taste, and regular updates will be posted to Twitter with the hashtag #NYTaste.

The tasting event will host some world renowned talents, including Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster Harlem (Modern American), Abram Bissell of NoMad (Mediterranean), Laurie Jon Moran of Le Bernardin (French), Masaharu Morimoto of Morimoto (Japanese), Dan Barber of Blue Hill (Modern American), and many more. The culinary masters will gather in a new historical setting—built in 1891 as the Terminal Stores building, the Waterfront was the most ambitious riverfront structure of its time, and 121 years later will set the stage for an evening of cocktails and great cuisine. This year’s event will also feature increased mixology offerings, with the main bar curated by media partner Liquor.com.

 The event hosts over 1,000 guests, with general admission tickets costing $175. VIP tickets can be purchased for $250, and include admission to a special preview hour, access to the VIP lounge, and a VIP gift bag filled with a variety of products, including culinary tools. VIP tickets are limited and sold on a first-come first-serve basis.

Also at the event, guests can preview In Season, a beautifully illustrated and user-friendly cookbook of over 150 recipes provided by the country’s finest chefs and restaurants. The recipes were compiled by New York magazine’s food editors, Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld, and were inspired by fresh farmers’ market ingredients. In Season will officially be released on November 8th, 2012. 
Guests will taste dishes from thirty-one of  New York’s elite restaurants:
  • A Voce
  • Aldea
  • Benoit
  • Bistro La Promenade
  • BLT Fish
  • Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns
  • Bobo
  • Booker and Dax at Momofuku Ssam
  • Brushstroke
  • Clover Club
  • Corton
  • Crave Fishbar
  • Ed’s Chowder House
  • FP Patisserie
  • Hill Country
  • La Silhouette
  • Le Bernardin
  • Le Cirque
  • Lincoln
  • Morimoto
  • NoMad Restaurant
  • Osteria Morini
  • Porter House New York
  • Recette
  • Red Rooster Harlem
  • Rouge Tomate
  • SHO Shaun Hergatt
  • Telepan
  • Tertulia
  • William Greenberg Desserts
  • Wong

 I don’t know about you but an event that helps fight hunger, tasting of over 30 restaurants, and has an exclusive cookbook sounds like an event that I do not want to miss! Don’t forget to purchase your tickets, here.

Stay tuned for more news, fun fall posts & my event coverage from Bergenfest and  Wingfest this past weekend!

Until then, happy eating & drinking– cheers to a great October!