#SCBDEvent Alert: W!se Presents Chef’s Night

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 I’m excited to announce that I will be attending w!se Chef’s Night that will be taking place at the Prince George Ballroom (15 E. 27th Street, Manhattan) 6:30-9:30 pm. The event is to raise awareness for, and contributions to, w!se, an NYC-based educational 501(c)(3) organization, which helps more than 55,000 students understand how to manage their personal finances.

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While at the event, guests will have the opportunity to chat, chew, and mingle among an impressive array of tastings prepared by local chefs. There’s also a Silent Auction, where top bidders can win a meal or special package to favorites like City Winery, Frankies Spuntino, or Gotham Magazine. All event proceeds will be used to fund the w!se financial education and financial literacy programs for students in grades 8 – 12.

Interested in attending? You can purchase your tickets, here.

See you there! 😀

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#SCBDExclusive: Say #cheers to #May with Sipping Rum Friday’s

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If you know me, you know I love good rum to sip on or enjoy in a cocktail. If you’re the same way, I have good news. Santa Teresa (mentioned in my February Foodie Favorites), Venezuela’s oldest rum producer with a family heritage dating two centuries, announces that its flagship rum, Santa Teresa “1796,” is the focus of a FREE weekly tasting series at Union Square Wines & Spirits.  Located at 140 Fourth Ave. at 13 St., the tastings will be held on four Friday evenings: May 10, May 17, May 24 and May 31, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  At “Sipping Rum Fridays,” attendees can sip Santa Teresa “1796” neat, on the rocks or in classic cocktails.

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“We are delighted to partner with Union Square Wines & Spirits to introduce their discerning customers to the velvety charms of Santa Teresa ‘1796,’ our flagship rum, through this tasting series,” said Daniela Curiel, Brand Manager, Santa Teresa Rum.  “As an aged rum, it’s perfect for sipping or even pairing with foods like chocolate.  It takes classic cocktails, from daiquiris to nightcaps, to a whole new level.  It’s also an ideal gift, with Mother’s Day and Father’s Day coming up.”

Check out the line-up below and pick a Friday to come out, relax, and sip some rum at Union Square Wines & Spirits:

May 10: Happy Mother’s Day!

  • This tasting pairs mom’s favorite gift, chocolate, with Santa Teresa “1796” Rum.  This match made in heaven will be led by Santa Teresa Off-Premise Brand Ambassador Isabella Izquierdo.
May 17: Save the Daiquiri!
  • So you think you know daiquiris?  Experience a whole new libation when Santa Teresa “1796” is used as the base spirit.  Carla Verenzuela, Santa Teresa On-Premise Brand Ambassador and Bartender, will lead this spirited tasting that rethinks a favorite summer tipple.
May 24: Dare to Sip a Nightcap!
  • What’s the most civilized way to gently conclude an evening?  By sipping a nightcap, of course!  This tasting by Santa Teresa Brand Ambassador Daniela Curiel will offer Santa Teresa “1796” neat, on the rocks and in nightcap-style cocktails.
May 31: Happy Father’s Day!
  • Does dad really want (or need) another tie, polo shirt or extra golf balls for Father’s Day?  Show him that you really care by presenting him with a Santa Teresa “1796” gift set that will set him aglow.  Santa Teresa Brand Ambassador Daniela Curiel will pour Santa Teresa “1796” neat and on the rocks.

Cheers!

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#SCBDEvent Recap: Review with the crew at Johnny Utah’s, NYC

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About two weeks ago I had the pleasure of having the “Review with the crew” event which included seeing the Bar-Top Bandit’s at Johnny Utah’s in NYC. Our beer writer, Stephanie, her boyfriend Eric, and one of our new team member’s Alexandra joined me. Johnny Utah’s is a fun, country-themed restaurant & bar in the heart of Rockefeller Center.

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We got in just in time before the Bandits started performing and decided to order some of their $5 margaritas, beer, nachos, and wings. We enjoyed all our appetizers– the nachos were the perfect side for all of us. We decided to try the BBQ wings and they were cooked to perfection and had just enough kick. After downing a margarita or two, I had the craving for Mac ‘N’ Cheese and it was probably some of the best Mac ‘N’ Cheese that I’ve had because it was so cheesy and not too heavy on breading. It was also the perfect amount.

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It was the perfect night out, filled with food, fun, and entertainment. I also got to interview, Theresa Fowler, ‘The Boss Bandit’ and got the dish on their performances at Johnny Utah’s every Wednesday and more!

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SCBD: When did the Bandits start?
TF: I created the Bar-Top Bandits in September, 2010 with childhood friend Everett Brothers. It started as a fundraiser for an amazing soldier, SPC Brendan Marrocco, who lost his arms & legs in Iraq. The event was such a success, it led to us helping out other local charities and organizations, which resulted in us expanding our show to what it is now!
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SCBD: Where do you perform?
TF: We have been touring the Northeast, rocking bar-tops from Times Square to the Meatpacking District in NYC, to Hampton Beach, NH & Asbury Park, NJ!
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SCBD: What should we look forward to at Johnny Utah’s?
TF: Killer Female Vocalists and Dancers from the Broadway stage to the iTunes charts performing in NYC’s Hottest Country Western Bar!
SCBD: What’s your favorite dish at Johnny Utah’s?
TF: Bandit favorites are “The Buffalo Bill,” “The Calamity Jane” Cubano, the Nachos, the Southern Hushpuppies and the Hot Utah Wings.
SCBD: The best cocktail?
TF: We’re whiskey girls at heart, but we hear Johnny Utah’s bartenders make a mean Blue Long Island! They’ve got the best staff around, and we have a blast with them at every show!
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SCBD:  What makes the Bandits different than any performers?
TF: The Bar-Top Bandits are a unique nightlife event with some of the most talented female performing artists in New York City. We are a boot-stomping, hair-flipping, bottle-tossing, girl-powered show with the hottest and most unique approach to nightlife entertainment. Not only do our Bandits have powerhouse vocalists and insanely choreographed routines, but they specialize in mixology and hospitality. Pushing liquor and beer sales throughout the show results in nightly revenue boosts for venues who book the Bandits!
Don’t have plans for tomorrow night? Make sure you go to Johnny Utah’s and see them perform. Also, don’t forget to ‘like’ the Bandit’s on Facebook, here.
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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: Spring Trends Luncheon with DailyFashionista.com CEO, Dana Prigge’

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I never thought I’d say this but I’m really getting into fashion lately! This past Saturday, Dana Prigge’, Editor in Chief of Dailyfashionista.com and popular
columnist at Joonbug shared her must-have Spring pieces at Neiman
Marcus in Garden State Plaza and I had the honor of attending.

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Some of the trends that Dana highlighted were: Florals, Arm
Candy, Flirty Footwear, Colorful Clutches, Retro-sunglasses and
Bowties.

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.I learned that pastels are a huge trend for this spring, which is something I am already on top of! Also, high top sneakers are making a come back. Some of my
favorite looks were the DVF wrap-dress, McQueen mirror sunglasses, Rachel Zoe lucite
jewelry, Pop of orange Zanotti cut-out heels, Lavendar Rebecca Minkoff
cross body bag with grommet details, Balenciaga purple purse,Alice and Olivia moto jacket, Ash wedge sneaker, and the AG distressed denim jeans. I definitely plan on purchasing wedges similar to the Ash wedges Dana showed us.

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After eating our delicious salads provided by Neiman Marcus, the luncheon ended with a delicious dessert, banana pudding & cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery. We also received a beautiful Neiman Marcus bag filled with perfumes and chocolate by Bellina Chocolate for the event.

If you haven’t heard of Dana, here’s a bit of information about her:

Dana Prigge’, Editor in Chief of Dailyfashionista.com  comes from a family of journalist. Dana is emerging as a resource for various respected media entities and has been quoted in The New York Post, many popular online fashion & media sites, along with being featured as the Style Editor of Swimspot.com, popular Lifestyle Columnist at JoonbugNY and can be found interviewing celebs on the red carpet.She attends some of the most exciting NYC events, sits at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week, interviews celebrities & socialites, reports on the hottest trends and attends exclusive charity functions. Ever the enthusiast, Dana created Dailyfashionista.com as a positive web site that celebrates the inherent beauty that is within all of us. Looked to for her daily dose of fashion inspiration, Dana provides inner power and confidence to people everywhere.

Look out for more of my favorite fashion and beauty products!

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#SCBDFavorite: One Pot Dinners Cooking Class at Sur La Table, Hell’s Kitchen

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For my birthday this year I got a gift certificate to take a cooking class at Sur La Table in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC. I looked at the schedule and the One Pot Dinners presented by Food & Wine Magazine sounded like an awesome class plus it came with a one year subscription to Food & Wine magazine.

The class started at 11:00 am in the studio kitchen in the store. We were greeted by our instructor Giselle and her assistants, who grabbed us a cup of coffee. Giselle told us a bit about herself and how she went to culinary school and how when she’s not teaching she is a pastry chef at Momofoku Milk Bar. After she explained how the class worked and gave us a packet with the recipes we’d be making in class.

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My favorite recipe we made.

We started the class making an easy Mexican Chicken Pozole Verde. Giselle would show us how to do each step and assist us along with the help of her assistants. It was a great class and each team worked together really well. After the Pozole, we made my personal favorite– Beef & Vegetable Potpie with Cheddar Biscuits, followed by Rice Pilaf with Chorizo, Olives & Fennel, and last, Smoky Paella with Shrimp & Squid.

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We took a little break while some of the entrees cooked and had a tour of the store with our instructor Giselle. She told us what she recommended we purchase and what was used during class. We could also buy what we wanted then, but most of us waited until class ended. After our little tour, we came back to class and finished preparing then eating all the dishes. As I mentioned, my favorite was Beef & Vegetable Potpie with Cheddar Biscuits, it was delicious and perfect for a meal. It’s definitely a dish I’d love to conquer myself one night!

If you ever decide to take a class at Sur La Table, a huge plus is that all students receive a 10% off coupon that is good for a week. Since I still had money on my gift card, it definitely gave me an upper hand. I decided to purchase my very own food processor and scraper to add to my kitchen collection.

I’d highly recommend a cooking class at Sur La Table to any beginner in the kitchen, they really help you out and all the dishes are pretty easy. They have many cooking studio locations throughout New York and New Jersey and  have a huge roster of classes, you can see, here. They also aren’t costly and range between $55-99 which is not bad for a professional cooking class.

Plan on taking a class at Sur La Table?

Let me know what you thoughts here or tweet me @smchickbigdeals!

Happy Cooking! 😀

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