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  • 10th Annual Taste of the Upper West Side

    Features Over 85 Restaurants and Star-Studded Celebrity Talent

     

    Two Nights of Celebrations: Friday, May 19th and Saturday, May 20th

    Friday, May 19th – Summer in the City: Surf & Turf hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli and Adam Richman with a signing by The New York Times’ Frank Bruni for his new book, “A Meatloaf in Every Oven: Two Chatty Cooks, One Iconic Dish and Dozens of Recipes - from Mom's to Mario Batali's” and a book signing from Alex Guarnaschelli for her book “Old-School Comfort Food”

    Saturday,May 20th Best of the West hosted by Jesse Palmer and featuring honorees April Bloomfield

    and Ken Friedman with a book signing from April Bloomfield

     

    NEWYORK(2017) – The 2017 Taste of the Upper West Side will once again bring one of the city’s most exciting culinary celebrations to the UWS this May. Local restaurants, both classic and brand new, will delight guests with signature dishes, and renowned chefs will mingle throughout the tent during this much anticipated two-night tasting event. At the helm of Taste of the Upper West Side is the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District (“BID”), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit which created the event and donates all net proceeds to the local community for neighborhood improvement and beautification. In nine years, Taste of the Upper West Side has raised more than $500,000 for organizations improving the UWS.

     

    “A decade later, Taste of the Upper West Side continues to be dynamic and fresh, with new restaurants showcasing their finest fare, alongside long-time favorites,” says Barbara Adler, Executive Director of the BID. “It is a truly fun and delicious fundraiser that has brought many benefits to this community, including Columbus Avenue’s beloved sustainable streetscape, operational funds for Wellness in the Schools annually, donations to Citymeals-on-Wheels, 19 solar-operated trash baskets for Theodore Roosevelt Park, and other significant contributions.”

     

    Friday, May 19th at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM Summer in the City: Surf & Turf

    GrandTent,O’SheaComplexSchoolyard, Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th Streets

     

    Alex Guarnaschelli, chef/owner of Butter, judge on Food Network’s Chopped & author of “Old-School Comfort Food” and television’s intrepid food and travel explorer Adam Richman are thrilled to co-host the city’s most rocking, star-studded summer event. Alex is excited to sign copies of her cookbook, “Old-School Comfort Food.” Alex and Adam will be joined this year by special guest Frank Bruni, revered New York Times Op-Ed writer and its former restaurant critic, who will also sign copies of his tome to comfort food classics, “A Meatloaf in Every

     

    Oven: Two Chatty Cooks, One Iconic Dish and Dozens of Recipes - from Mom's to Mario Batali's.” Summer in the City: Surf & Turf, is the first night of a grand food festival and fundraiser, serving up a super-cool evening of innovative twists on seasonal favorites. Among the nearly 40 participating restaurants are neighborhood newcomers Maison Pickle (of Jacob’s Pickles fame), The Fat Monk, Kirsh Bakery and Sugar Factory American Brasserie, a top 10 Instagram go-to and opening spring 2017 on the UWS! Other scrumptious destinations joining the party will be Levain Bakery, Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer, Momofuku Milk Bar, Shake Shack, Playa Betty’s, The Meatball Shop, Han Dynasty and many more favorites! Step into summer with  gusto  with  great  eats, unlimited wines, signature cocktails and sensational sounds by DJ El Media. Don’t wait too long! The first 200 ticket purchasers will receive a copy of Alex Guarnaschelli’s “Old-School Comfort Food” or Frank Bruni’s “A Meatloaf in Every Oven: Two Chatty Cooks, One Iconic Dish and Dozens of Recipes - from Mom's to Mario Batali's.” Cost: $105 per person or 2 for $185

     

     

    Participating restaurants include:

    5 Napkin Burger AG Kitchen

    Artie's Delicatessen Bettola

    Birdbath Bakery

    Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer Bodega 88

    Bodrum Turkish Mediterranean Restaurant

    Buceo95

    Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola Elizabeth's Neighborhood Table The Fat Monk

    Fishtag

    Gabriela's Restaurant & Tequila Bar


     

    Gastronomie 491 Good Enough To Eat

    Greenmarket/  GROWNYC Han Dynasty

    Insomnia Cookies Isabella's

    Kirsh Bakery and Kitchen Jacob's Pickles

    Lala Sahab Levain Bakery Maison Pickle Milk Bar Osteria Cotta Ousia Pappardella Playa Betty's


     

    PROHIBITION

    Sarabeth's

    Serafina Upper West Shake Shack

    Sugar Factory American Brasserie

    The Meatball Shop Tiny Treats Cafe Virgil's Real BBQ

    Zucker's Bagels and Smoked Fish

    West Side Campaign Against Hunger

     

     

    Saturday, May 20th at 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM

    Best of the West VIPReceptionPresented by 21 West End

    GrandTent,O’SheaComplexSchoolyard, Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th Streets

     

    An exceptional prelude to an incredible evening, Best of the West VIP Reception Presented by 21 West End is a delicious opportunity to meet-and-greet celebrity chefs and restaurateurs for an entire hour prior to general admission. The evening will be hosted by Jesse Palmer, Renown Analyst and Host of DISNEY's ESPN and ABC Networks featured on College Football and Good Morning America. Starting with a Champagne toast in a private lounge open throughout Saturday’s event, VIP ticket holders will be treated to chef-worthy gift bags and invited to a book signing by one of the evening’s honorees, Chef April Bloomfield, recipient of two Michelin Stars – one of only 10 women recipients to receive even one – and a James Beard Award-winner for Best Chef. The author of “A Girl and Her Pig” and “A Girl and her Greens” opened her first Upper West Side restaurant, White Gold Butchers, in October 2016 with long-time partner and winner of the James Beard Award for Best Restaurateur in the United States in 2016, Ken Friedman. An Extra Plus: the first 100 VIP Ticket purchasers will receive a complimentary, signed copy of April Bloomfield’s new book (one per order, only).

    Cost: $225 per person

     

    Saturday,May 20th at 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

    Best of the West Presented by Park West Village

    GrandTent,O’SheaComplexSchoolyard, Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th Streets

     

    Celebrating a decade of divine dining, Best of the West Presented by Park West Village reaches to the stars as the haute highlight of a weekend homage to the Upper West Side’s most illustrious chefs and restaurants and hosted by Jesse Palmer, Renown Analyst and Host of DISNEY's ESPN and ABC Networks featured on College Football and Good Morning America. It’s an extraordinary night of epicurean excellence against an urbane backdrop of high spirits and sophisticated sounds from a live DJ. The evening’s hosts will be joined by honorees April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman, along with such other award-winning chefs as Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Daniel Boulud and

    John Fraser. Among the 40 bastions of fine cuisine participating in these 10th  Anniversary festivities are Jean-

    Georges, Boulud Sud, Dovetail, Rosa Mexicano, The Leopard at des Artistes, and Jacques Torres Chocolate. For culinary connoisseurs, it is the ultimate dream-come-true event under a grand tent with cuisine, fine wines and spirits, and so much more!

    Cost: $135 per person or 2 for $250

     

     

    Participating restaurants include:

    AG Kitchen Alice's Tea Cup Awadh

    Bar Boulud Bareburger Boulud Sud Burke & Wills BUSTAN NYC

    Cafe Luxembourg Cafe Tallulah

    Calle Ocho Restaurant Candle Cafe West Carmine's

    Cesca Enoteca & Trattoria


     

    Crave Fishbar Dovetail

    Gabriel's Bar & Restaurant HENRY's

    Jacques Torres Chocolate Jean-Georges

    Kefi

    Lincoln Center Kitchen Lincoln Square Steak Magnolia Bakery

    Mille-feuille Bakery Cafe Nice Matin

    Orwashers Bakery RedFarm


     

    Rosa Mexicano Salumeria Rosi Shake Shack Storico

    Tavern On The Green The Loeb Boathouse TESSA

    THE LEOPARD at des Artistes The Mermaid Inn

    The Milling Room The Ribbon

    The Smith Treathouse NY White Gold Butchers

     

     

    Aboutthe Columbus Avenue BID: The Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, representing merchants and property owners along Columbus Avenue from West 67th Street to West 82nd Street. Formed in 1999 in a landmark district, its membership includes a diverse range of retailers, restaurateurs and commercial and mixed-use property owners, comprising all of the commercial establishments. In addition, the Columbus Avenue BID’s district includes the American Museum of Natural History, Theodore Roosevelt Park, The New-York Historical Society and the Rose Center for Earth and Space.

     

    For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit  (http://www.tasteuws.com )

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  • Anisette Restaurant Review by Alice Chin

    Dinner at Anisette started with one of their specials that night: Heirloom Tomato Salad with Ricotta Cheese and Parsley. The salad was one of my favorite parts of the meal. The tomatoes were farm fresh and had a great flavor that went well with the ricotta and parsley sauce.  We received an order of the Goat Cheese Tart and Tuna Tartare from the kitchen. I enjoyed the Tuna Tartare, which was very light, and delicately seasoned. The flavor of goat cheese is usually too strong for me, so I only tried a little bit of the tart, which had a rich and flaky crust.  Anisette also brought out a gnocchi dish which was beautifully plated with pretty white and pink radish. I wasn't a big fan of the herbs used to flavor the gnocchi and sauce, which tasted like dill and lavender. Someone who enjoys those flavors, may enjoy it more. I also ordered the Trout with Quinoa and vegetables.  The trout was cooked perfectly and was lightly flavored, which brought out the simple taste of the fish.  Lastly I had the shrimp risotto, the shrimp was delicious but the risotto tasted slightly under cooked and starchy.  I haven't had much risotto before so I'm not sure if that was how it's supposed to taste.  Anyhow, it was a pleasant meal and would recommend the restaurant to friends.

     
    heirloom tomato salad
     

     Tuna Tartare 

     
    Trout with quinoa and vegetables 

     Anisette is located at 226 3RD AVENUE, AT 19TH STREET
     http://www.anisettenyc.com

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  • Josie Maran Presented by FGI "Beauty on Beauty"

    Josie Maran Presented by FGI "Beauty on Beauty"

    Fashion Group International  had a special evening for its members with Josie Maran at Space 530 in NYC on September 28th.  Josie Maran is a former supermodel and the founder of Josie Maran Cosmetics, a luxury beauty brand made with Argan Oil.  Their company motto is 'Luxury with a Conscience'. 

     After seeing a Maybelline commercial with Christy Turlington when she was a child, Josie Maran prayed daily to become a Maybelline model.  She started modeling at the young age of 12 and her prayer became reality when she got a 10 year contract to be a Maybelline model at age 21.  Josie started Josie Maran Cosmetics in 2007, with 100% fair trade Argan oil as the signature ingredient.  Josie Maran products have gained a lot of fans and Josie was recently awarded the Eco-Award  from the United Nations and Fashion for Development Group.   Josie Maran Cosmetics is changing the world by making healthy beauty products that are eco-friendly.

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  • Kyndall - "Still Down" Streaming Now!

    Yesterday, 19-year-old Houston native – Kyndall – released her 6-track debut EP Still Down via Atlantic Records. The EP is streaming in its entirety via Kyndall’s soundcloud now: https://soundcloud.com/officialkyndall/sets/still-down-ep.

    On her debut EP, Kyndall’s called upon the talents of Boi 1da (Drake, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar), Chef Tone (Trey Songz, R. Kelly, Jamie Foxx), Maejor Ali (Justin Bieber, Drake, Kelly Rowland) & DJ Dahi (Drake, Lily Allen, Big Sean) to hole up in Houston and Atlanta to work on new material, giving birth to Still Down. It’s a heap of gritty, bass heavy R&B that she tackles with stunning lilt and passionate lyrics detailing her first love.
    To celebrate the release of her EP, Kyndall also dropped the official music video for “Playing Games.” Check it out below:
     
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    STILL DOWN TRACKLISTING
    1. Call Away - Produced by DJ Dahi
    2. All Mine – Produced by Boi 1da
    3. Playing Games – Produced by Flip & Jameel
    4. Still Down – Produced by Maejor Ali
    5. Close To me – Produced by DJ Dahi
    6. Bullet – Produced by Adonis
     
    YouTube
    Official Kyndall
    Instagram
    @officialkyndall
    Twitter
    @officialkyndall
    Soundcloud
    Official Kyndall
     
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  • Michael Rooney, the choreographer on the Muppets by Aleksi


    Exclusive Interview with Michael Rooney- Disney Muppets by Aleksi of Style Music TV

    Questions

    How did you get hooked up with Disney and the Muppets?  
    The director James Bobin was pretty familiar with my work and he liked my choreography in the movie “500 Days of Summers”. And he called me into his office and we had an interview and hit it off and I was hired in the next couple of days.  But it was James Bobin that pretty much brought me in.

    How was working on the Muppet Set?
    I was so excited because again this was going to be human dancers, also working with the Muppets and the puppeteers.  I was very excited. I had a couple of weeks of prep that they gave me at Universal Studios and I had to work out the logistics of making the Muppets hands move in time with the dancers. Keeping in mind that most of the movements of the Muppets had to be from their waist and up and lots or arms and dealing with their limitations.  So that was challenging and fun. I think the best thing about working with the Muppets was making them come alive.  Just not making them dance but come alive with their facial expressions and making them feel like one of the living human bunch. So it was fun!  

    What was the difference between working with human dancers and and puppets dancers? What were the challenging and exciting parts?
    To expand on my last question and to answer your next question- if you visualize your hand, like a sock puppet, like your fingers tapping, hitting your thumb back and forth- that is what most of the puppeteers do- they have their hand inside the puppet- so I had to at some point, go ahead and choreograph my fingers and my thumbs, clacking together and going left and right and around especially for the chicken number that we did, for the clucking number.  So that was the first time I did “Hand Choreography” like that.  It was a bunch of “Hand Choreography”.

    Where do you get your creative inspiration?
    Well, what I do is listen to the piece of music over and over again, as long as I can, and I try to think in big, broad strokes. So, as oppose to doing syncopated small movements, which I think confuses the viewer-I work in really broad, broad strokes. I try to stay more on the solid counts and the less syncopated counts and that seemed to help with the puppeteers as well.  

    --Industry Questions--:

    Advise for aspiring dancers- that are just starting in their careers?
    Don’t ever be disappointed by the word “No”- because no just means not at this time or maybe it wasn’t your turn to get the job.  Take nothing personally.  Don’t ever, ever let “No” discourage you. Always, always have tenacity, move forward and see where your luck and chances lie. But never be disappointed by the word “No”.



    MICHAEL ROONEY (Choreographer) is one of the most innovative choreographers of our time.  Always on the cutting edge, Rooney takes each project and twirls it into the best of the best. Rooney approaches each job like a tailor, designing the choreography to suit the project. He is a contemporary visionary with the creative genius to transcend time, moving from one era to another with ease and perfection, giving each project award-winning style. Rooney is currently working on ABC Family’s upcoming movie “Elixir” (working title).

    Lauded by critics and viewers alike, Rooney's work with directors has been turning heads and moving feet over the past decade. He is the only choreographer in history to have won five MTV Awards for Best Choreography. Rooney has assembled some of the most original staging and conceptualization for the entertainment industry and its major celebrities. Rooney’s “come to life” dance sequence in the smash hit film “500 Days of Summer” kept the film fresh and alive; his hard work behind the scenes with the animators of “Shrek 4” helped bring the film to greater heights.

    Rooney continues to be successful because he has the artistic ability to see the script and design the choreography bringing the story alive, as seen in his most memorable videos for "Fatboy Slim" (starring Christopher Walken), Gnarls Barkley’s “Run” (for which he won his 5th MTV Award for Best Choreography) and Kylie Minogue's sexy and controversial piece "Can’t Get You Out of My Head",

    Rooney worked with Spike Jonze on numerous MTV award-winning music videos that have been seen by millions of viewers. Rooney/Jonze have also worked together for the funny dance sequence in the feature film “Jackass 2.” Rooney and Jonze first teamed up for the now infamous Bjork video “It's Oh So Quiet.”

    In addition to his film and video work, Rooney has acquired a long list of commercial credits, including his work with Queen Latifah and Taylor Swift for CoverGirl, Target commercials featuring John Legend and a huge campaign for Nike featuring Charles Barkley. Other commercial work includes GE, Ford, Old Navy and McDonalds.
     
    The son of Mickey Rooney, Rooney inherited his father's genius for musical comedy.
     
    ABOUT THE MOVIE
    On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world's biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary (Jason Segel) and Gary’s girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets' former stomping grounds. To stage a telethon and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate. With signature celebrity cameos, Disney’s “The Muppets” hits the big screen Nov. 23, 2011.




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