Category Archives: Festivals & Events

Diner en Blanc NY 2012 “Magical night”

diner en blanc NYC 2012 balloon

Dear Food Diary:
It’s been a year since I’ve been on the priority wait list for Diner en Blanc, so you could imagine my excitement when I finally got the confirmation. Last year, their first event in NYC got a bit messy due to system errors that allowed everyone to sign up, thankfully this time around things were a lot smoother.

Creator Francois Pasquier started this “white” picnic with a handful of friends in Paris (white was easier to spot in the crowd). Now, 24 years later, Diner en Blanc has spread to 22 cities across 5 continents. Totally viral, part flash mob and part fancy dinner party/picnic. The location is kept secret until the last minute.

Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival 2012 Recap

Atlantic City Food & Wine 2012
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Dear Food Diary:

Last weekend I was invited by Caesar Entertaintment to attend their annual Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival. Unlike last year, I didn’t have any “work“. The 2 days included eating, drinking, tweeting and some fun playing slots.

I couldn’t make it Friday night to hang out with  my foodie hero Andrew Zimmern, but finally meeting the man who taught me more than just to “boil water” aka hottie Tyler Florence was pretty sweet.

[RECIPE] LAURENT GRAS “My Provence” Digital Cookbook Launch

laurent gras - my provence ebook launch at French Consulate

Dear Food Diary:
Last week I was invited to a delightful press lunch at the French Consulate for the launch of Alta Editions’ Interactive Digital Cookbook Series. The first edition of this subscription based series features renowned chef Laurent Gras: My Provence ($9.99).

I’ve included the recipes of our wonderful 3 course lunch, a little taste of what the e-book offers…

Calling all piggy-vores. PIG ISLAND 2012 Early Bird Tix on sale now

Dear Food Diary:
Piggy-vores can rejoice as the ultimate feast – PIG ISLAND 2012 is landing on Governors Island Sept 1st, 2012Early bird tickets are on sale now for $55 (saving you $30)!!!

If you’re not sure what to expect, check out photos from last year…

Scharffen Berger Chocolate and Wine Pairing while sailing on the Hudson

scharffern berger and manhattan by sail sunset

Dear Food Diary:
A couple weeks ago Scharffen Berger invited us to a wine & chocolate tasting cruise along the Hudson River.  The Statue of liberty and a glorious sunset in the background, wine and chocolate at hand, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend an early Saturday evening. You can replicate this experience yourself with Manhattan by Sail . They offers these 2 hour trips daily, plus you can bring your own wine, chocolate and cheese!

This is a great idea if you want to impress that special someone…