The James Beard Foundation to Host Taste NYC at Market 57 on February 27th

 

 

 

Pier 57 (3.29) 22 © Theo & Lotte, Courtesy of Jamestown LP

The James Beard Foundation® announces Taste America will return to New York City with an exciting walk-around tasting on February 27 at Pier 57’s Market 57 food hall. Presented by Capital One, the national Taste America culinary series celebrates the local independent restaurants at the heart of our communities, bringing together chefs and food lovers for unique culinary experiences in 20 cities across the United States. Through a “TasteTwenty” cohort of chef teams—the series also spotlights culinary talent who are uniquely leading the industry forward.

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NYC Top Chefs Gather for the Anne Saxelby Legacy Fund Annual Benefit at Chelsea Market

 

 

 

The life and impact of the renowned artisanal cheesemaker and pioneering advocate of the American farmstead movement, Anne Saxelby, will be celebrated at the second annual benefit for the Anne Saxelby Legacy Fund (ASLF) on Wednesday, September 13, from 6 – 10 pm. Expanding upon the successful inaugural benefit in 2022, Chelsea Market will be transformed into a gastronomic showcase to raise money to support the ASLF, which matches individuals with family or community-run farms with fully paid apprenticeships – including salary, travel, room, board and all other expenses paid – so that they may learn sustainable practices and contribute to the continuity of local, organic farming.

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Lee Lee’s Baked Goods in Harlem Celebrates National Rugelach Day ~ April 29th

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy Lee Lee’s Pastry Shop

This year, National Rugelach Day will be celebrated on Monday, April 29th. We will be celebrating with The King of Rugelach, Alvin Lee Smalls ~ also known and loved as Mr. Lee, owner of Lee Lee’s Baked Goods in Harlem.

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Queens Centers for Progress Presents the 27th Annual ‘Evening of Fine Food’ on February 28th

 

 

 

For one night only  – Tuesday, February 28 – hundreds of people will come together for the hottest event during the coldest time of the year – the Queens Centers for Progress’ 27th annual “Evening of Fine Food” at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens.

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NYC Parks Cuts the Ribbon on a New Cafe’ at McCarren Park, Brooklyn

 

 

 

New Cafe’ at McCarren Park. Image credit: NYC Parks/Daniel Avila

NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue today joined the operators of the new McCarren ParkHouse, Aaron Broudo and Belvy Klein, and community members to cut the ribbon on the new café at McCarren Park in Brooklyn.

“We are thrilled to herald the start of the summer season, while continuing New York City’s ongoing recovery, by welcoming the opening of a brand new café at McCarren Park,” said Commissioner Donoghue. “New Yorkers can now enjoy a delightful outdoor dining experience in North Brooklyn’s largest public park. I am also pleased that this historic building has been completely restored with new sustainable elements and, in addition to the café, will serve as a new hub for NYC Parks’ North Brooklyn Maintenance & Operations and Parks Enforcement Patrol staff.”

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The King of Rugelach, Alvin Lee Smalls, Turns 80 on April 29th ~ National Rugelach Day!

 

 

 

Image courtesy Lee Lee’s Pastry Shop

We call him Mr. Lee, but his name is Alvin Lee Smalls, and he is a true Harlem institution, known for decades as The King of Rugelach. This April 29th, National Rugelach Day, Mr. Lee turns 80 years young!

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It’s an Art Gallery ~ No No, It’s a Restaurant ~ Just Behind the Basquiat Portrait #1 ~ Shhhh….it’s a secret

 

 

 

Frevo (smoked butter). Image © Mark Grgurich

It’s actually both. While surfing quickly through Twitter, we came to a halt at an image of a woman opening a door inside an art gallery on 8th Street in Greenwich Village – the door being a large photograph of Basquiat! Huh….

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Queens Centers for Progress Presents an ‘Evening of Fine Food’ on March 15th

 

 

 

Queens Centers for Progress Presents the 26th Annual “Evening of Fine Food” In-Person at Terrace on the Park on March 15, 2022. The event – which is both in-person and virtual (for anyone wishing to enjoy the event’s interactive features from the comfort of their home) will raise funds to support the longtime organization’s programs and services, assisting more than 1,200 individuals with developmental disabilities to lead more independent lives.

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‘African/American: Making the Nation’s Table’ to Open at The Africa Center in Harlem

 

 

 

The Africa Center and Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) will kick-off Black History Month  with the opening of African/American: Making the Nation’s Table. This exhibition will highlight the many ways African culture has influenced African American Cuisine, and how those traditions have blended to create the foundation for American food.

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The Ginjan Cafe’ in the Historic Harlem Corn Exchange Building

 

 

Lunch at Ginjan Cafe’ in the historic Harlem Corn Exchange Building, East Harlem

In 2019, Mohammed and Ibrahima Diallo ~ also known as the Ginjan Brothers opened the popular Ginjan Cafe’ in the historic Corn Exchange Building in East Harlem. Opening early every day, they were the place to go for your morning coffee/cappuccino, pastries and Crepes. You may also know them from their popular cold-pressed West African juices (that, by the way, can now be found in all 145 Whole Food Stores in the North East).

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Moe-the Butcher ~ Owner of Albanese Meats & Poultry in Nolita ~ Passes Away

 

 

 

Albanese Meats and Poultry Shop, 238 Elizabeth Street, NYC

Moe the Butcher, the much-loved owner of Albanese Meats and Poultry passed away today, April 8, 2020, just shy of his 96th birthday. Moe Albanese has been running the shop since he took it over in 1954 from his Mother, who ran the shop that she and her husband, Moe’s Father, opened in 1923.

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Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery Turns 110 on March 29, 2020 ~ Mazel Tov!

 

 

 

Yonah Schimmel ~ original since 1910

How many NYC businesses do you know that have survived 110 years? On March 29, 2020, Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery will celebrate their founding from a pushcart on Coney Island in 1890 to their current location on East Houston Street. In honor of this very special occasion, they will be selling Knishes for $1.10 to the first 110 sold that day.

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Ezra Wube: Project Junction, a New Exhibition at The Africa Center

 

 

 

Ezra Wube: Project Junction at The Africa Center. Image courtesy The Africa Center

The new exhibition at The Africa Center, Ezra Wube: Project Junction, couldn’t have been timed better ~ running during NYC Restaurant Week. This commissioned mixed media installation explores food “as a collective identity in its ever evolving state,” with the exhibition including a visit to some local, well-known African restaurants.

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