Saveur Holiday Social

SAVEUR is hosting their Holiday Social on Saturday, December 13th at the Astor Center in NYC, where the food-obsessed can come shop, taste, and learn. Guests can reserve a seat in the Learn classroom of their choosing, a selection of intimate workshops taught by NYC’s top culinary talent.  Classes include: Scotch Cocktails with Dev Johnson from Employees Only, Craft Cocktails by Chris Wertz and Peter Fornatale, Authors of Brooklyn Spirits, His-and-Hers Wine Tasting from The NoMad and The Breslin, Fancy Desserts with Del Posto’s Brooks Headley, Portuguese Cuisine with Aldea’s George MendesHanukkah Brunch with Black Seed Bagel’s Eli Sussman, and many more.  Tickets for our Learn sessions are limited!
SAVEUR has also handpicked artisanal goods and hard-to-find foodie gifts for shoppers to sample, peruse, and purchase, all in one spot. Attendees are also invited to indulge in bottomless tastings of SAVEUR Test Kitchen approved festive recipes, custom cocktails, wines and beers.
A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to SAVEUR’s charity partner, Citymeals-on-Wheels.
Some of the seminars include:


Watch Dev Johnson from Employees Only in action for this hands-on mixology experience and discover the versatility of Highland Park Single Malt. Learn the trick to making the perfect smoky scotch cocktail, just in time for holiday entertaining.Host: Dev Johnson, Principal Bartender, Employees Only


Husband-and-wife sommelier duo Thomas Pastuszak and Jessica Brown will guide you through a “His” and “Hers” wine tasting, from affordable sparkling wine to extremely versatile reds, to serve at your next holiday meal. Hosts: Jessica Brown, Wine Director, The John Dory and The Breslin; Thomas Pastuszak, Wine Director, The NoMad


Join Will Noland of Sidecar Brooklyn for a lesson in how to make vibrant seasonal cocktails with progressive DIY mixology tricks. Chris Wertz and Peter Fornatale, authors of Brooklyn Spirits, will lend their expertise for this hands-on demonstration of shaking and stirring.Hosts: Will Noland, Sidecar Brooklyn; Chris Wertz and Peter Fornatale, Authors of Brooklyn Spirits: Craft Distilling and Cocktails from the World’s Hippest Borough

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Eventing: Saveur Best Food Blog Awards 2014

The Saveur Best Foof Blog Awards happened last month and here’s my very-late (too late??), super short post with less-than-stellar photogr— WAIT! Come back, please! I have booze!! BUT it’s only because way-more talented folks have already covered it (here, here, here, and here to name a few) in greater detail with prettier faces and fancier writing but here goes:

I won 2014’s Saveur Food Blog Awards: Editor’s choice for Best Cocktail Blog! [slow clap?] I got to meet Prairie Rose of Bit By A Fox, who won People’s Choice in the same boozy category. She was lovely and I miss her already.


The “bromance” was strong at the BFBA’s in Vegas with not just one handsome gent but 2: Phil & Josh (sorry Dip & Tommy, I only go for dudes with blogs or Tumblrs that feature kittens, regardless of how cool you were). But all the wonderful ladies made me feel like one of the girls in no time ;]

Chocolate. So. Much. Chocolate. If you know me, you’d hate me but more importantly, you would also know that chocolate is my thing. I don’t know how to make it or quite frankly where it comes from (fairies? chocolate fairies?) but I died and went to chocolate heaven at the Bellagio. I’d show a photo of it but I shoved it in the face part of my head faster than they expected. Which then brings me to the food.


I ate everything they put in front of me. Sometimes even off of other people’s plates (too slow, bro). I feel bad for anyone reading this that didn’t get sample that dim sum. sigh. As a cocktail blogger, I was most excited when there was booze around and Highland Park made sure we didn’t feel out of place with their tasty Scotch, which was in no short supply. See how happy everyone looks with a delicious drink in their hands?!?


Then there’s the talent. These guys make you want to raise your blog-game QUICK. I’m fortunate for having spent what little, yet precious time I could with them & share a laugh (or a drink or other random delicious treats) with them and look forward to reading along in their blogs, books and unavoidable drunken Facebook posts.




I wish I could have got to meet them all but even beautiful social butterflies like myself have a limit!


Here I am with my BFBA 2014 award, which I will request I be buried with one day (hopefully they’ll throw in some Bellagio chocolate too).

A big THANK YOU to all the fabulous people of Saveur for allowing me to join in on the fun and for executing such a memorable event.