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  • ISPA SET TO LAUNCH NEW POST COVID-19 SPA RESOURCES



    LEXINGTON, KY. (April 16, 2020) – The International SPA Association (ISPA) is working collectively with
    numerous global spa members to lead the development of resources designed to help spas reopen safely
    and responsibly following the coronavirus crisis.


    As spas around the world have closed in response to the pandemic, ISPA has been in frequent, close
    communication with leaders from across the industry, gathering their insights and creating resources to
    help guide those in the industry through this challenging period. Now, as spas turn their attention toward
    reopening their doors, it’s critical to equip them with the tools essential to completing that process
    successfully.

    The resources ISPA is developing include recommended operating procedures for reopening a spa,
    updated sanitation and hygiene standards for the spa industry, checklists for reopening preparedness and
    employee education, templates for guest communications and downloadable sanitation standards
    materials for display in the spa. Each of these assets is being developed in collaboration with a diverse
    group of experienced professionals from every corner of the spa industry. ISPA believes this approach will
    best serve the industry as a whole by ensuring that the needs of every type of spa are given full
    consideration.

    “The spa industry is once again showing its commitment to a stronger future through this cooperative
    effort,” said ISPA President Lynne McNees. “ISPA looks forward to putting these tools into the hands of
    those who can use them to safely, confidently welcome guests back into their spas when the time comes.
    We know that guests’ peace of mind will be critical to the reopening process, so a big part of this effort is
    strengthening the already rigorous sanitation standards practiced within the industry, offering guidance
    on communicating those standards to guests and protecting spa employees.”
    ISPA Chairman Garrett Mersberger echoed those sentiments and praised the volunteers working together
    for the good of the spa industry. “We need to relay to our guests that spas are safe, clean spaces and that
    they’ve always been safe. Every member needs us now, but we have to be data-driven, we have to be
    patient and we have to support each other.”

    ISPA expects to make the first of these resources available later this month. In addition to these resources,
    ISPA will be releasing the findings of a new consumer study conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers that
    highlights key insights from both the spa-goer and non-spa-goer audiences in late April.

    About the International SPA Association: ISPA, with its headquarters in Lexington, KY and managed by Associations International, is recognized worldwide as the leading professional organization and voice of the spa industry. Founded in 1991, ISPA advances the spa industry by providing invaluable educational and networking opportunities, promoting the value of the spa experience and speaking as the authoritative voice to foster professionalism and growth. More details on ISPA are available on

    experienceispa.com. ISPA’s COVID-19 resources can be found here https://experienceispa.com/resources/covid-19. To view a message from the ISPA Chairman click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hD7e9p6K6c .




     

     

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  • Who's Next 1.23 | New Year, New Label Collab w/ ASYLU

     NEW YORK, JANUARY 22,  2018 - HOT 97’s Who’s Next is back for its latest installment launching on Tuesday January 23rd, 2018 at the legendary New York live music venue, SOB’s. The event will be hosted by celebrity radio personality Shani Kulture. This month, Asylum Records’ Yung Gleesh, Peso Da Mafia, Dice Soho and Shoneyin will take the stage. Doors open at 8pm ET and the showcase promptly launches at 9pm ET.

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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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