Posts Tagged ‘Willy Shine’

A FESTIVUS FOR THE REST OF US

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

NYC Wine & Food Festival to Descend Upon the Big Apple
By Kristen Oliveri

The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival (www.nycwineandfoodfestival.com), now in its fifth year, kicks off October 11th and might quite possibly be one of the most enticing large scale food-filled events the city that never sleeps has to offer its residents and guests alike.

Running for four informative, delicious and fun packed days this massive food event is lasting presented by the South Beach Wine & Food festival founder, Lee Brian Schrager.

Culinary insiders will enjoy the festival’s 5th anniversary program that features trade-only seminars and the city’s beloved sugar shock indulgence, SWEET – a party hosted by Godiva Chocolatier and Sandra Lee, Friday, October 12 at 82 Mercer in Soho (www.82Mercer.com).

Special events will be ongoing throughout the weekend; most notably one presented by Bank of America, on the Thursday, October 11, On the Chopping Block: A Roast of Anthony Bourdain, hosted by Mario Batali. While guests may be drawn to the sheer opportunity to watch Bourdain get his time to shine in the hot seat, they will also be rewarded with dishes from renowned chef, Michael White.

One of the festival’s more popular events, the Blue Moon Burger Bash hosted by Pat LaFrieda Meats and Rachael Ray, has a new home this year at Manhattan’s Basketball City (Pier 36) on Friday, October 12. Additional celebrity chefs making the rounds at events include Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, Paula Deen, Guy Fieri, Alton Brown, and Anne Burrell, among others.

While the event is great for consumers and food lovers alike, it’s a not-to-be-missed event for professionals and insiders. It showcases renowned chefs, winemakers, spirit makers and culinary talent, with an exclusive set of events to be held at the International Culinary Center in Soho, featuring master cooking classes, a celebrity chef dinner and tasting/cocktail events.

Hospitality industry PR powerhouse Bullfrog & Baum introduces an industry-only series called Trade Talks. Seats are available (through tradetalks@bullfrogandbaum.com) for those industry folks who want to hear what some colleagues/mentors, and professional crushes like Pat LaFrieda, David Rockwell,

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TURNING COCKTAILS INTO TREES

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Cocktail Competition Gives Back To The Planet


This just in from Aisha Sharpe, who, along with partner Willy Shine, runs cocktail consultancy Contemporary Cocktails www.contemporarycocktailsinc.com …Sharpe announces,“Willy and I have set up a company supporting charities for the global good called Cocktail for a Cause.

Their initial effort to replenish the planet that is mined for the products poured at the bar is tied into the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. But Sharpe and Shine know that while it’s noble to try and fix the world a drink at a time they can’t do it alone and so they’ve partnered with like-minded spirit producers Carter and Courtney Reum of VeeV www.veevlife.com. Sharpe explains, “For the month of April we have teamed up with VeeV to help them reach their goal of planting 10,000 trees in India.”

According to Shine, the association with VeeV and Contemporary Cocktails has a long and deep history and the two companies are eager to enlist the help of anyone and everyone who fancies themselves a mixologist and sees themselves steward of the earth. Getting involved is easy, just create a cocktail using VeeV and fresh, seasonal ingredients and submit it on the Contemporary Cocktails Facebook page www.facebook.com/#!/contemporarycocktails?ref=ts. VeeV has agreed to plant five trees for every cocktail recipe submitted.

Cocktails will be judged by fellow Facebook users, and on May 3rd the top three winners will be decided. Each of these winners is gifted with a free trip to Tales of the Cocktail (hotel and airfare).

To plant some trees, and submit your VeeV cocktails, visit the Contemporary Cocktails Facebook Page.

COCKTAILS FOR A COUNTRY

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Spirited sipping leads to $5,800 raised at the Hearts & Cocktails for Haiti Benefit

By Francine Cohen

Photo courtesy of Lush Life Productions

Who said people drink just for pleasure? Sometimes they drink to help those in pain. At least that’s what was going on at Bar Celona in Brooklyn on Sunday, January 31st when hundreds of spirits industry professionals and cocktail enthusiasts gathered to raise a glass and some much needed funds for Haiti.

Haitian American Ray Raymond of Leblon Cachaça and Dave Catania of Chairman’s Reserve organized this important evening and welcomed their industry friends and cocktail lovers to join them for cocktails created especially for the evening by some of New York’s best mixologists.

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