Fall Preview: Benefits, Parties, Events

Ciao my loves! Time for some parties and events and benefits. UPSIDE: fun events to drag your friends to. UPSIDE: i get to buy new dresses. UPSIDE: fun! DOWNSIDE: this means summer’s over right?

The circuit:

Evnt: The James Beard Foundation Greens (the younger members of the foundation) get together to celebrate the launch of Edible Manhattan (note: The Edible publications are my absolute favorite. Lurve!).
Dtls: Tuesday, September 9th at 6:30pm at Back Forty. $55 for members, $65 for guests.
My take: Well worth it. Edible Communities publishes 39 magazines nationally that cater to local stories in the food community, it’s about time that Edible Manhattan comes around. Plus you get to dine on dishes such as Fried Pork bits with Roof Top Honey Glaze, Long Island Oysters, Roasted Leg of Lamb and Doughnuts with Late Season Strawberries with wine parings. All local of course.
Evnt: A Taste of the Village, a walk around tasting benefit for Washington Square Park.
Dtls: Wednesday, September 10th from 6pm to 8pm @ Washington Square Park. $40.
My take: For $40 you get tastings from restaurants such as Elettaria, Otto and Blue Hill with wine and beer to match. A bargain. Clearly.
Evnt: Jeff McInnis from The Ritz-Carlton South Beach hosts a Mediterranean dinner at The James Beard House.
Dtls: Saturday, September 13th at 7:30pm at The James Beard Foundation (167 West 12th street). $125 for memebers, $165 for non-members.
My take: I’ve had Jeff’s food several times and can attest it’s absolutely delicious, refreshing and always takes my mind to the islands in the Mediterranean. If you can’t go down to Miami to taste his fare, go to this JB dinner. I’ll be there, fo sho.
Evnt: SHARE hosts A Second Helping of Life, a tasting with top female chefs benefiting SHARE, a cancer support group for women.
Dtls: Monday, September 15 at Pier 60 @ Chelsea Piers. V.I.P. Reception 6-7 pm and General Admission Tasting from 7-9:30 PM. Tickets: $300.00 for the tasting; $500.00 for tasting and VIP reception
Highlights: Celebrated female chefs Anito Lo of Annisa, Rebecca Charles of Pearl Oyster Bar, Alex Gurnaschelli of Butter, Gabby Hamilton of Prune, Sue Torres of Suenos plus many more of NYC’s better gender chef’s will team with “sous chefs” such as Gael Greene (food critic and writer), Ruth Reichl (EIC of Gourmet Magazine) and Bethenny Frankel (of Real Housewives of NYC fame, love that show) for this walk around tasting benefit. Cocktails will come courtesy of Julie Reiner of Clover Club & Flatiron Lounge.
My take: Although the price is a bit steep, it’s for a wonderful charity that supports women and the concept of this female chef driven menu is smart and worth the cheapest ticket price of $300.
Evnt: NYC food and wine festival, benefiting food relief programs Food Bank for New York City and Share Our Strength. The program runs four days and includes discussions, demonstrations, tasting and mini events from your favorite chef sell-outs.
Dtls: Thursday, October 9th to Sunday, October 12th in the Frat-packing District. Prices range from $30 for the Times Talks discussions (with various chefs) to $750 for private evening functions.
“highlights”: Chelsea Market after dark hosted by Bobby Flay. Kidz Kitchen hosted by Alton Brown (or Rachel Ray) and Times Talks with Gordon Ramsay. Oh and don’t forget the lovingly sponsor titled “Grand Tasting presented by Shoprite” (thought the list of chefs and exhibitors is mildly impressive). Plus, for low retail price of $750 you can attend J’ador Adour – A private evening at Adour with Alain Ducasse. Save your money and go buy Louboutin’s instead.
The one reason to go: Ferran Adria (of el Bulli) & Anthony Bourdain are discussing why el Bulli has been names the best restaurant in the world: “A Revolution in Food”. Too bad I am going to be in East Hampton that weekend or else I’d be rushing the stage mob-style.
My take: Meh. With celebutard-chefs Rachel Ray, Bobby Flay and Paula Dean hosting events I simply cannot and will not take this seriously. Waste. Of. Time.


Evnt: The 6th Annual Gourmet institute. A weekend long event produced by Gourmet, as in the magazine, with seminars, discussions and nighttime dinners and cocktails.
Dtls: Friday, October 17th to Sunday, October 19th at The Millennium Hotel and the Conde Naste building
Highlights: Chefs Scott Conant, Daniel Boulud, Marcus Samuelsson, Nancy Silverton, Dan Barber, David Chang, Masaharu Morimoto, Grant Achatz, Cesare Casella, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Johnny Iuzzini are presenting at this well known and respected event. Tickets include dinner at Fiammi, Picholine or Union Square Cafe on Saturday night.
The one reason to go: I can’t choose just one but if I had a gun to my head it would probably be to see Scott Conant’s Italian Cooking workshop. I’m obs with Scarpetta these days so it’s appropriate. Oh wait also to see my two mayjah chef crushes Anthony Bourdain & Eric Ripert discuss No Reservations: In Front of and Behind the Camera.
My take: At $1,395 a ticket, it’s way too pricey to be worth it but the seminars and workshops are legitimately thuper.

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2 thoughts on “Fall Preview: Benefits, Parties, Events”

  1. Dude, I’d totally shell out the dough to have a shot at AB…. I need a shrink b/c I have scarily been dreaming of he and I making many babies while living Bedoiun-style in Egypt. Like, repeatedly!!!

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