This Saturday, March 16: Join Untapped Cities and No Longer Empty for an evening of food and entertainment celebrating the closing of “How Much Do I Owe You?”, a site-specific art installation housed in the abandoned Bank of Manhattan in Long Island City. No Longer Empty is a non-profit arts organization that sponsors public art exhibits in empty storefronts in New York City. The No Longer Empty Dinner is a chance for Untapped Readers to experience curated local cuisine and meaningful art in an extraordinary setting. Seating is limited to 30, and the dinner is almost sold out. Tickets available here.
The evening will kick off with cocktails in the Clock Tower, followed by a tour of the “How Much Do I Owe You?” exhibition. Next, guests will enjoy a five-course seated dinner by Chef Will Griffin. The night will conclude with a special performance by Korean artist Hayoon-Jay Lee.
The No Longer Empty Dinner is organized in collaboration by No Longer Empty, Untapped Cities and Local Roots NYC.
The dinner menu is inspired by the era of big banks and robber barons, whose personal chefs and those in their favored restaurants were often imported from Europe. This Saturday’s dinner will include:
- Oysters, horseradish, red wine vinegar
- Steak tartare, trout roe, radishes, toast
- Broccoli soup, cloth-bound cheddar
- Orecchiete, cuttlefish ink, egg, scallions
- Goat’s milk yogurt panna cotta, Meyer lemon
The No Longer Empty Dinner will take place on Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. The event is located in the Clock Tower at 29-27 41st Avenue, in Queens, NY. Tickets cost $125 and can be purchased here.
Saturday, April 27th: Join Untapped Cities and Ralph Erenzo, the owner and founder of Tuthilltown Spirits, for an exclusive tour of his distillery and a tasting of his award-winning spirits. Tuthilltown Spirits, located in the Hudson Valley, is the first whiskey distillery in New York since Prohibition. Erenzo’s unique spirits are handmade in small batches, beginning at the distillery as raw grain and fruit. They are made without any added flavor or color, and are not chilled or carbon filtered. Tuthilltown also supports local and sustainable agriculture; all of their fruit and grain comes from orchards and farms within 10 miles of the distillery.
The Untapped VIP tour includes transportation to and from Manhattan to the distillery in the Hudson Valley, a guided tour by Ralph and a tasting of Tuthilltown Spirits. Lunch can be purchased at The Grist Mill restaurant on the distillery property.
Read more about Tuthilltown Spirits and Ralph Erenzo’s inspiring story. See more from Untapped Cities Events.
It’s often been said that Highclere Castle, the house in which the smash hit show Downton Abbey is filmed, is as central of a character in Downton Abbey as any of the people. As season three comes to a close, what’s also become clear is that the food is equally as important, and even highlights the upstairs/downstairs dialectic on the show. In this season alone, key culinary moments include Ethel’s recently successful salmon mousse to make up for her burnt kidney souffle incident, the separation of the hollandaise sauce which highlighted the rivalry between Daisy and Ivy, and the arrival of the electric toaster which revealed the different world view of Mrs. Hughes and Butler Carson. Then there was the failed dinner, turned picnic inside Downton when the oven breaks. And even the spoon quiz with new footman Alfred. Back in the day they used at least 6 spoons: tea spoon, egg spoon, melon spoon, grapefruit spoon, jam spoon and boullion spoon. (more…)
“I see John Liu!” announced a kindergarten aged boy to his mother as the Chinese-American New York City Comptroller, and Flushing native, walked by with a small entourage carrying signs of his smiling face. “Happy New Year!” shouted out Mr. Liu as he waved to the crowd. “Happy New Year!” they all shouted back. He was quickly drowned out by the low collective drumming of the local chapter of the Self Help Innovative Senior Center who were on his heels. There was no time for dawdling. This was the Lunar New Year parade in Flushing’s Chinatown. And everyone wanted a piece of the moon pie. (more…)
A small group gathered inside David Zwirner Gallery in Chelsea on Saturday afternoon. Butter and Egg Road, a new traveling dining club, had organized a taste of Chelsea “on canvas and on plate”. Outside, the snow was piled up from Nemo, which prevented many people from coming, but inside the gallery it was warm, and Ivy Ackerman, Butter and Egg Road founder, and Julia Blanter, communications director, greeted us with brownies. We were joined by Mollie White, gallery manager for David Zwirner’s new location on 20th Street, which opens on Thursday.
Paintings by Belgian artist Luc Tuymans at David Zwirner Gallery
Mollie told us the story of David Zwirner Gallery, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. The little gallery that Zwirner started in Soho in 1993 has become one of the New York art scene’s major players, right up there with Gagosian. In October 2012, Zwirner opened a gallery in London and this Thursday he’ll open the new 20th street branch, which will become the first commercial art gallery to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. The opening party is bound to be a fabulous event, as the new location opens with an exhibition of works by Dan Flavin and Donald Judd.
For me, the ‘regular’ New Year has always been supremely disappointing. Due in part to globally inflated expectation, the night has never lived up to the description my co-workers provide in the annual ‘New Year’s Eve in East Williamsburg!’ email chain. If you’re new to the city, this means you’ll probably end up in some ‘charming’ warehouse off the Graham Avenue stop with 60 people you’ll never see again.
You’ll begin to take stock of the evening at 11pm, 30 minutes after half your friends go down (hard) for the count. Following a midnight ‘champagne toast’ that was supposed to be included in the $150 ticket fee, you’ll wander home, shocked that you fell for it. And then you’ll do it all again next year.
Chinese New Year, however, is different. Strip away the expensive parties and sharp wardrobes, add a few dozen homemade Chinese lion costumes and 400 million confetti launchers, and you’ll be getting close. Though I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy several Chinese New Year celebrations in New York City, I knew I had to go all out this year. And we’re just getting started.
Little Chinese Lions Celebrate The New Year