This Week Out: FearlessMixtape, NYCPinterest And More This

By Nichelle Stephens

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Twas a busy week out. Monday, I spoke on a panel about Pinterest and food organized by the NYC Pinterest Meetup.

Tuesday, I went to the AfroPunk debate watching party at the Brooklyn Terrace. W. Kamau Bell of Totally Biased was there, I caught a bit of myself in the video.

Wednesday, I stopped by the Edible Escape event where I got to sample so wines from Portugal, the North Fork of Long Island. I also ate sliders, fritters, and pig cheeks.

Saturday, I participated in Adrian Franks and Kamau Ware’s art project, Fearless Mixtape. Friends came out to be photographed and will be in a digital book. The photo above comes from the studio.

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Wine and Chocolate Cruise With Scharffen Berger And Food Emporium

By Nichelle Stephens

#laterflickr I'm On A Boat

I have never been on a sailboat until last Saturday and it was wonderful. Scharffen Berger and Food Emporium invited a few bloggers and media for a sunset sail around the Hudson River. We boarded a schooner from the North cove Marina near World Financial. You can reserve a seat via Manhattan By Sail.

Milk chocolate w/only 29% sugar
Milk chocolate with only 29% sugar.

Lady Liberty!

The Statue of Liberty
Crudite on Sailboat #latergram

Statue of Liberty

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Why Bocuse D’Or?! Just Because

By Nichelle Stephens

Bocuse d'Or USA 2012

Yesterday, I left New York City,  if only for a day.  I have friends who recently left for faraway places like Hawaii and France, but I went all the WAY up the Hudson to Hyde Park.  Hyde Park is home to the Culinary Institute of America and this past weekend it hosted the Bocuse D’ Or. The Bocuse D’Or USA is a food competition, but nothing like the Bacon Takedown or the Casserole Crazy cookoff.  It is where the top American chefs cook and compete in front a live audience. The winner of the Bocuse d’Or goes on to compete next year in Lyon, France with chefs from all over the world.

Let me set the scene.  I walk into the recreation center with five fellow food bloggers and we are led upstairs to the VIP section where there are delicious croissants from Bridor, coffee from Nespresso and a crepe station manned by CIA student volunteers. BTW, today is Croissant Day! Below us, the bleachers were filled with a boisterous audience as if they were attending a March Madness basketball game.  There were four kitchen stations where the chef were cooking. The music blaring was the best European club music. The event was MC’ed by a very energetic Angela May who kept the crowd cheering for the more than five hours of the competition.  It was amazing to see the work of professional chefs cooking with precision and moving in their tiny kitchens with speed and grace.  I learned something new. I had heard of sous chefs but yesterday I learned what a commis is.  It is a junior chef. The commis who worked the chefs were very skillful and not considered junior by most people other than chefs.

Bocuse d'Or USA 2012

The winner was  Richard Rosendale who is the executive chef of The Greenbrier, which is a luxury resort in West Virginia.  His competitors were Jeffrey Lizotte, Danny Cerqueda and William Bradley.

Bocuse d'Or USA 2012 Beef

In the VIP section, we ate well all day including this beef tenderloin that was sou vide with spices including cinnamon and star anise. It was like a mole sauce but it also had Asian flavor. It melted in your mouth!

Thanks to KitchenAid for inviting me to Bocuse d’Or and to Jackie Gordon for facilitating our group of food bloggers. It was fun!

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IACP Kick-Off

By Nichelle Stephens

Driscolls Berries on Dress Form

Last night, there was a preview party to for the IACP conference which will be in New York this March 29-April 2nd.  This year’s theme is the Fashion Of Food. It was great to see fellow food bloggers as well as cookbook authors as food makers. Sponsors include Driscolls, Bulldog Gin, Brooklyn Brewery, Jarlsberg Cheese, Jimmy’s No. 43, Voss Water.

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TECHmunch NYC 2011

By Nichelle Stephens

TECHmunch NYC

Last Saturday was the second annual TECHmunch NYC. It was so amazing with the space, the food sponsors and the panels and presentations. Everyone who attended left with the full belly and full of ideas of how to make their blog bigger and better. Thanks to Babette of Bakespace.

Here are some of the blog posts recapping the event:

Danielle Gould from Food And Tech Connect,  Jackie Gordon of The Diva That Ate New York, Shoshi of Modern Courtesan, Constance Koral of  Two Grape Nuts,  Chelsea Grant of  The Food Buff,  Tricia Okin of PapercutNY and Chobani.

 

Thanks to all the sponsors at TECHmunch NYC 2011.

Also thanks to Brian Quinn for bartending and to all the volunteers for helping out during to make it a success. See you next year!

 

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Edible Institute at the New School

By Nichelle Stephens

Yesterday, I attended Edible Manhattan’s Edible Institute at the New School. It was a very informative afternoon of panel discussions about food and drink here in New York City. This week is Eat Drink Local Week and this event was a part of the celebration.

Did you know that there’s a Food Studies Program at the New School? The program is a part of the Continuing Education college. BTW, there is a class on how to write a food business plan at the New School on October 23rd. The class is $170.

Here are some of the choice quotes by panelists:

“Make cooking into a more of a social activity” -Cathy Erway
“Know your food in a intimate way.”-Cathy Erway

“Brooklyn Kitchen is a kind of a clubhouse for the DIY food movement”-Tom Mylan

“To me it is taste.” -Ariane Daguin explaining the rise of the Brooklyn DIY food movement.

“When you’re frustrated, you make the political personal.”-Tom Mylan

“Food is a medium for creativity.”-Cathy Erway

“I don’t sell anything cheap. I sell things that are reasonable.”-Lou DiPalo

“There is most delicious per square inch in New York than ever before”.-Ed Levine

“We are more obsessed with food than before” Robert Siestama

“Artisan does not always mean that it is delicious”-Ed Levine

“Being in wine business means being in a distribution business.-Trent Preszler

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Trip to the ATL and the BHAM

By Nichelle Stephens

Mom and Dad at Birthday Luncheon

Last weekend, I flew down to Atlanta to celebrate both my mom’s birthday and my sister’s birthday. We went to Birmingham on Saturday and had a big family fish fry. Fried tilapia, catfish, shrimp, hush puppies, french fries, baked beans, cole slaw and homemade lemonade. Yum!  I forgot to take any pictures because I was too busy eating and talking to my cousins.  Next day, we had a luncheon for my mom and uncle who are twins to celebrate their 60th birthday. Above is a picture of my parents. It was a great weekend.

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Brooklyn Farmacy: Great For (Soda) Jerks

By Nichelle Stephens

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Saturday was a very hot day, so it was good time to venture over to Carroll Gardens to Brooklyn Farmacy, a new soda fountain that makes egg creams, milkshakes, ice cream sodas and more. I ordered a Black and White Soda and it was delicious. Brooklyn Farmacy also sells local food like Early Bird Granola. If my waistline could afford it, I would go there everyday.

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The Beauty of Lobster and Mussels

By Nichelle Stephens

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Yesterday, I attended Cooks for The Cure event at the Roger Smith Hotel. Sponsored by KitchenAid, it was a great way to end the weekend with leisurely lobster and mussel eating. Thanks to Jessica Randazza for organizing!

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Hot Events Upcoming

By Nichelle Stephens

It’s hot. I’m melting. Eating ice cream helps. I will be attending these events below.

July 13: Blogging While Brown Meetup I am organizing this event, and it will be at Houndstooth Pub in Midtown.

July 31: The Great Hot Dog Cookoff

August 4: Media Bistro Career Circus

August 6-7: BlogHer

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French Toast, Unfancy And Fancy Food and Video

By Nichelle Stephens

strawberry french toast with a wee bit of bacon marmalade

I love french toast, waffles and pancakes, but I also crave a salty side like bacon or ham to compliment the sweet. Instead of frying up some bacon, I dabbed a little bacon marmalade on my french toast and it was delicious! Problem solved.

BTW, I will be attending UnFancy Food on Sunday at the Bell House and Fancy Food Show on Monday at Javits. Monday, I will also be hosting “Video Builds The Cooking Star” at Shooting Kitchen. This event is a video clinic for anyone-not just food bloggers- who always wanted to have a professional video of them doing a cooking demo. The event is sponsored by the Sears Chef Challenge.

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Eating My Way Though The Memorial Day Weekend

By Nichelle Stephens

Memorial Day Weekend Food

Spent Memorial Day weekend mostly in Northern Virginia with an afternoon in our nation’s capital. My boyfriend’s mom and aunt went on a shopping spree at a farmer’s market in Occoquan, Virginia. Swiss chard, green beans, strawberries, carrots, radishes, lettuce and potatoes was just some of the stuff they got.  They also bought blackberry pie and lemon cheese pie from Mom’s Apple Pie. Both pies were delicious.

Sunday, we went to the Woodrow Wilson House which is the only presidential museum in DC. The house is pretty big and filled with historical artifacts. Then we had pizza at Pizzeria Paradiso. Monday, I ate breakfast at Vienna Inn which is famous for its chili dogs. I didn’t have chili dogs because it was 9:30AM.

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