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Citymeals on Wheels, Cheftopia 2015 : Chef Alfred Portale; Chef Alice Waters; Chef Jimmy Schmidt; Event Honoree Chef Jonathan Waxman; Chef Stephan Pyles; Iron Chef Marc Forgione; Citymeals Co-Founder & Board Chair Gael Greene; Event Honoree Chef Larry Forgione; Citymeals Board Member and Grand Host of the event Nick Valenti, CEO of Patina Restaurant Group  (Eric Vitale Photography - Media Release photos)

Citymeals on Wheels, Cheftopia 2015:
Chef Alfred Portale; Chef Alice Waters; Chef Jimmy Schmidt; Event Honoree Chef Jonathan Waxman; Chef Stephan Pyles; Iron Chef Marc Forgione; Citymeals Co-Founder & Board Chair Gael Greene; Event Honoree Chef Larry Forgione; Citymeals Board Member and Grand Host of the event Nick Valenti, CEO of Patina Restaurant Group
(Eric Vitale Photography – Media Release photos)

Nearly fifty legendary chefs gathered on Monday, June 8, 2015 for a remarkable milestone –

Cheftopia: The 30th Annual Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals-on-Wheels

For this landmark anniversary, Citymeals honored the event’s founding chefs Larry Forgione and Jonathan Waxman who, 30 years ago, conceptualized the inaugural Chefs’ Tribute event as a birthday celebration for chef and Citymeals Co-Founder James Beard. Tonight, chefs celebrated the past while looking to the future as they created dishes inspired by tomorrow’s food trends at tasting stations throughout the Rockefeller Center Plaza. The highly anticipated event raised more than $880,000 to support the preparation and delivery of nutritious meals, hand-delivered to homebound elderly New Yorkers.

Rockefeller Center was transformed into a culinary paradise by renowned architect and Citymeals Board Member David Rockwell. More than 1,200 business leaders, gourmet enthusiasts, food industry trendsetters, socialites, young professionals, chefs and restaurateurs were in attendance for live music, dancing and spectacular cuisine.

Nick Valenti, CEO of Patina Restaurant Group, was the evening’s Grand Host. The event was chaired by Ninah & Michael Lynne; Laura & John Pomerantz; Randi & Dennis Riese; and Lizzie & Jonathan Tisch. With the help of beverage chair Audrey Saunders (Owner, The Pegu Club) and wine chair Daniel Johnnes (Wine Director, The Dinex Group), the event also featured signature cocktails from top spirit sponsors and stellar wines from notable wineries.

Beth Shapiro, Executive Director of Citymeals-on-Wheels, explained, “When this event was conceived by Chefs Forgione and Waxman, I’m not sure anyone thought we would be standing here three decades later – having raised more than $19,480,000. This annual event is a tribute to James Beard as well as the lifeline he and Co-Founder & Board Chair Gael Greene created for hundreds of thousands of homebound elderly throughout the city. But it’s also a testament to the culinary community and the chefs who have committed themselves to Citymeals over the years. Thank you to all of the chefs here tonight and all those who have cooked at this event in the past and made our most vulnerable neighbors a priority. Tonight, we celebrate you.”

Special guests in attendance included Greene; Alice Waters; Drew Nieporent; Aliyyah Baylor; Aaron & Stephanie Goldman; Alison Lohrfink Zimmel; Roxann & Roger Taylor; Randy & Jay Fishman; Sara Gore; John Harper; Sandy & Cori Goldfarb; and Marcia & Myron Stein.


39th Annual Virginia Wine Festival


SEPTEMBER 12 & 13, 2015
Great Meadow Foundation, 5089 Old Tavern Road, The Plains, VA

The Virginia Wine Festival offers a unique array of both free and ticketed tasting and learning opportunities.

vawineVisit the free Seminar Tent to broaden your knowledge and understanding of wine and wine culture, or make a grand day of it with a ticket to the gourmet Wine and Food Pairing Tent. Shorten your wait and enhance your experience with a ticket into the You Be the Judge Tasting Tent. Descriptions and purchase links on the ticketing page.

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2015 Summer Benefit Wine & Craft Beer Tasting

The Pavilion at Sunken Meadow

pphpheader pphpPlanned Parenthood Hudson Peconic’s annual Summer Benefit featuring a Wine and Craft Beer Tasting will honor Mark and Rita Sakitt. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a selection of curated wines and local craft beers, a service auction and silent auction while overlooking the beautiful Long Island Sound.

Date: Sunday, July 26, 2015
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park
Kings Park, NY 11754

If you’d like to attend this event, you can purchase tickets online.

Dinner Lab at the Smithsonian


Pop-up private dinners are among the hottest trends on the culinary scene. Adventurous foodies gather in all kinds of spaces to experience meals prepared by talented chefs on the rise in the food world. Part of the fun is that often diners don’t know where the meals take place until a day before they unfold their napkins. The evenings are convivial, casual, full of surprises, and definitely memorable.

Dinner-Lab-at-the-Smithsonian-1Dinner Lab has brought its take on the pop-up meal to Washington, generating lots of buzz—and plenty of hungry followers—along the way. Locations such as a hall on the grounds of a monastery in Brookland and H Street’s Atlas Performing Arts Center have been transformed into the settings for one-of-a-kind dinner parties where chefs are the stars and inventive meals unfold at simply set communal tables. Now there’s a tasty new ingredient in the mix: a Smithsonian location and theme.

Become one of the 100 guests at a Dinner Lab evening at the Smithsonian and you’ll receive a menu reflecting the dinner’s culinary theme and information about your chef two weeks prior to the date. (Food restrictions can be accommodated.) The day before the event, the location is announced. Meeting the chef, who talks about the menu, and a Smithsonian specialist, who offers insights on the location, adds to the experience.

For this evening at the Smithsonian, you can be sure that the “secret” setting will be beautiful and intriguing—and a place where you’d definitely not expect to be dining. But you can expect to strike up some great conversations with fellow diners at this informal and friendly evening that spotlights some seriously amazing food.

Price includes a cocktail, three-course dinner, and wine; each event limited to 100 guests; no tickets sold at the door.


Harvest East End Wine & Food

Celebrate the bounty of Long Island Wine Country

Saturday, August 22

  • Showcasing the wines of more than 40 East End winemakers, the dishes of 30+ top regional chefs and the foodcraft of local purveyors.
  • This event benefits local regional charities
  • Saturday, August 22 at McCall Vineyard and Ranch in Cutchogue, NY
  • VIP Admission from 6:30 – 10 p.m. grants early admittance, exclusive access to winemakers and chefs, premier parking, a VIP – only gift bag, and access to the VIP lounge area, where there is exclusive seating as well as older vintages being poured. General Admission starts at 7:30 p.m!

Taste of Two Forks

Paradise for Foodies – Sayre Park in Bridgehampton

July 18, 2015

  • Presented by Farrell Building and Hosted by Food Network Stars Katie Lee and Jeff Mauro
  • A not-to-be missed event for those who enjoy Glorious Food, Good Vibrations & Luscious Libations.
  • Taste the very best from Top Chefs, Great Winemakers and over 40 of the finest restaurants from the North and South Forks.
  • VIP Admission from 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. grants early admittance, exclusive access to the chefs, premier parking, a VIP – only gift bag, and access to the VIP lounge area, where there is exclusive seating as well as other treats! General Admission starts at 7:30 p.m. and offers access to great food and wine.
  • This event sells out so purchase your tickets today.

Harlem EatUp!

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Download the Cookbook

Harlem EatUp! At Home

Bringing New York’s tastiest neighborhood to your kitchen!

All-star chefs including Marcus Samuelsson, Jonathan Waxman, Ken Oringer and more, share celebrated recipes from Harlem and beyond. From Ginny’s Supper Club’s famed Mac & Greens to uptown staple Dinosaur Bar-B-Que’s Texas Beef Brisket, download the Harlem EatUp! At Home cookbook, complete with classic and unexpected Bordeaux wine pairings.

Bon appétit!

Davidoff of Geneva Opens New Store

Davidoff Winston Churchill Event New York, CEO Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard and Randolph Churchill, Photo credit: Sandra Hamburg (PRNewsFoto/Davidoff Cigars)

Davidoff Winston Churchill Event New York, CEO Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard and Randolph Churchill, Photo credit: Sandra Hamburg (PRNewsFoto/Davidoff Cigars)

Oettinger Davidoff Group, the Switzerland-based premium tobacco company, has opened their newly relocated Davidoff flagship store at 515 Madison Avenue at the corner of 53rd Street, one block south of their previous location. The beautifully appointed shop features a 300 square foot smoking lounge, walk-in humidor stocked with the most sought after cigars in the industry, including the complete range of Davidoff cigars, and a full selection of smokers accessories.

Davidoff of Geneva Opens new Madison Avenue Flagship Store.  (PRNewsFoto/Oettinger Davidoff Group)

Davidoff of Geneva Opens new Madison Avenue Flagship Store. (PRNewsFoto/Oettinger Davidoff Group)

“The Davidoff Flagship Stores are at the core of the Davidoff Brand discovery with meticulous focus on a first rate customer and retail experience,” says Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard, new President and CEO of the Oettinger Davidoff Group. “Quality discerning cigar smokers can enjoy the smokers lounge, which is an integral part of the new Madison Avenue store. As the new CEO, I am proud to preside over the opening of our new Flagship store in New York City 100 years after Davidoff opened the first store in Geneva. It is only fitting we inaugurate a new Flagship location in Manhattan, the most important Premium Cigar market in the world and a top priority for Davidoff’s future focus on the US market.” The store also plays host to the only S.T. Dupont Shop-in-Shop in the United States.

According to President of Davidoff Distribution Group, Dr. Peter Baenninger, “New York refines traditions and defines trends for the entire USA. That’s why the prime location of the new flagship store on Madison Avenue is of immense importance for the Oettinger Davidoff Group’s North American business.”

General Manager for Davidoff’s New York City operations, Luis M. Torres adds, “This new store represents the clear commitment of the Oettinger Davidoff Group to our U.S. operations. We have maintained a Davidoff Flagship on Madison Avenue since 1987, and we will continue to do so for years to come.”

On September 8, 2011, select guests and members of the press joined in a grand celebration at the new Davidoff Madison Flagship location. Those sharing in this special evening sampled exquisite wines and a handmade cigar produced in very limited quantities as a tribute to the new location.

This opening also helps commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Davidoff “retail experience”, with the first shop having opened in Geneva, Switzerland in 1911. Oettinger Davidoff Group purchased its second New York City store at The Shops at Columbus Circle in the Time Warner Center as well as De La Concha on Avenue of the Americas in 2006. Today, over 60 Davidoff Flagship Stores around the globe offer fine cigars and a unique shopping experience to their valuable customers.

Taste of Home

Thursday, June 4 2015

VIP Hour: 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Event: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Honorary Chair Ruth Reichl and Housing Works invite you to join hosts Alex Guarnaschelli, Sam Sifton and Brooks Headley for Housing Works’s popular chefs’ tasting and culinary-themed benefit.

Ruth Reichl, Alex Guarnaschelli, Sam Sifton and Brooks Headley

Featuring food from:

Jody Williams, Buvette, Via Carota
Carlo Mirarchi, Blanca, Roberta’s
Caroline Fidanza, Saltie
Francis Derby, The Cannibal, Resto
Joe Tarasco, Marta

and cocktails curated by:

Dan Sabo, Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
With spirits from Grand Marnier and Aviation American Gin
Wine by Broadbent Selections
Beer by Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.

Proceeds benefit Housing Works’ fight to end AIDS and homelessness.

Sponsored by:

Davis & Gilbert LLP

Dog House’s Tail Waggin’ Good Wines for a Tail Waggin’ Good Cause

White Rocket Wine Company is re-launching its Dog House line of California super-premium wines with a friendly new label and dogged support for Guide Dogs for the Blind, a charitable organization that provides free guide dogs and training to the blind and visually impaired. Since pledging support for Guide Dogs for the Blind in 2005, Dog House has donated a total of over $214,000 to directly fund their efforts.

“Our pet cause at Dog House is raising money for Guide Dogs for the Blind, whose programs greatly enhance the mobility and quality of life of the blind and visually impaired,” says Ryan Kukol, Associate Brand Manager. “Because Guide Dogs for the Blind receives no government funding, it depends entirely upon private donations. Through sales of Dog House wines, we directly aid this worthy group’s efforts to improve the lives of thousands of people afflicted by blindness.”

Bred from pedigreed vineyards in California’s acclaimed North Coast and Central Coast wine-growing regions, Dog House Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel are crafted with a combination of traditional artisan winemaking techniques and state-of-the-art technology. Softly textured and easy-drinking, they’re delicious on their own and wonderful companions to food. Since 2005, Dog House wines have won over 65 medals for quality – certainly a record to woof about.

With its new, playful label illustration of a dog with a dog shock collar sitting outside a doghouse, and a suggested retail price of $9.99, Dog House rests squarely within the Adventure Brand category, which continues to wag the tail of the premium wine market, soaring from 661,000 cases and $68 million in sales in 2002 to nearly 6.8 million cases and $568 million in 2007. Delivering higher profit margins than traditional premium table wines, adventure brands like Dog House appeal especially to Millennial Generation consumers, who are lapping up whimsically themed brands that reflect and reinforce their values.

“The quality and affordability of our wines, coupled with our support of Guide Dogs for the Blind, gives Millennial consumers three doggone good reasons to make Dog House their pet brand,” says Mark Feinberg, Vice President of Marketing for miami murals.

White Rocket is supporting the new-package launch of Dog House with any array of point-of-sale materials, including a display rack, case card, bottle neckers and shelf talkers for stores, and waitstaff education and feature cards, logoed corkscrews and 3-liter Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon bottles for restaurants. The new Dog House package begins shipping in June, 2008.

Wine & Cheese Train Party Will Keep The Gravy Train Going

Wine & Cheese Train 

Saturday, July 19 6:00p to 8:00pm


at Colorado Railroad Museum, Golden, CO



Price: .00 In Advance, .00 At The Door, .00 Without Wine

Age Suitability: 21 and up

Join us for a private evening experience. Enjoy the gentle rock of the rails while you ride behind the historic #346 locomotive in a classic passenger car while you sample a variety of wines, cheese and hors d'oeuvres.
Live jazz is the background music as you stroll the grounds featuring our vintage locomotives, passenger cars and cabooses. Plus the Denver Garden Railway and Denver HO Club will be operating, but on a smaller scale.
And make your bid as the silent auction accentuates the night

All proceeds from this delightful evening go to the continued restoration of the engine #20.

Kutztown Festival Celebrates Pennsylvania Dutch Culture and Art

The week-long event is also where the whole family can learn about and enjoy Pennsylvania Dutch folk life.

“The Kutztown Festival is the perfect place to experience the culture, artistry and cuisine of the Pennsylvania Dutch,” said Mickey Rowley, deputy secretary of tourism in the Department of Community and Economic Development. “While being immersed in the Pennsylvania Dutch heritage, visitors can choose a quilt from the largest selection available in the nation.

“And, with the festival just a day's drive for more than half of the U.S. population, this is a must-do for people looking for an affordable and unique getaway.”

The Kutztown Festival is and less than three hours from New York City and Washington, D.C.

Pennsylvania Dutch dialect and folklore will fill the Kutztown fairgrounds as blacksmithing, weaving, woodcarving and metalworking are demonstrated daily by more than 200 unique artisans.

Other highlights of the festival include:
— George Washington, portrayed by Carl Closs, and Benjamin Franklin,
portrayed by Dean Bennett, will entertain audiences as they reminisce
about the nation's history at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 28.
— Wine enthusiast can enjoy a sampling at the Pinnacle Ridge Winery
booth. Each year, a special festival commemorative wine is offered; a
number of other varieties available for tasting. Pinnacle Ridge
received multiple awards at the 2008 Pennsylvania Farm Show and
secured a silver and bronze medal at the 2007 Los Angeles
International Wine & Spirits Competition.
— Each day, craftsmen will demonstrate the timber-framing building
process and show how to raise a small frame. Timber-framing is a
historic building method that uses local timber to construct the
durable buildings commonly found on Pennsylvania German homesteads.