Friday, May 28, 2010

The Gourmet Latino Festival-REVISED Seminar info!

Gourmet Latino Festival Announces Educational Seminar Series

That Unites Latin Gastronomy, Drinks and Culture

June 5-6, 2010

12 Sessions Feature Leading Chefs, Cocktail Luminaries and Sommeliers

NEW YORK, May 25, 2010—Gourmet Latino Festival, the ground-breaking socially conscious celebration of Latin culinary traditions and culture, today announced its educational seminar series that will feature food, cocktail and wine luminaries discussing and sampling authentic Latin dishes and drinks, as well as their interaction and cultural significance. The 12 seminars, which will include in-depth demonstrations, as well as food and drink tastings, will take place at the Astor Center in New York City on June 5-6, 2010. Ticket prices begin at $35 per seminar and are available for purchase at

The festival and its seminars benefit GrowNYC’s (formerly the Council of the Environment of New York City) “New Farmers Development Project” that helps immigrant farmers in New York’s Hudson Valley and Catskill Regions, New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania.

“I’m very proud of the level of the chefs, cocktail experts and sommeliers who are participating in our seminar program,” said Steve Olson, aka wine geek and beverage ambassador of the festival. “Moreover, it’s quite unique that the beverage and culinary sides will be presented simultaneously, as an organic whole, in all of our seminars. In the Latin world, the two always go hand-in-hand and we are thrilled to honor this tradition and provide this complete experience to New Yorkers and visiting out-of-towners.”


Saturday, June 5, 12 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Culinary Traditions & The Power of Women

With Chef Zarela Martínez, GrowNYC’s Latin Farmers and Hot Bread Kitchen Women

Chef Zarela Martínez (Zarela) has invited GrowNYC’s Latin farmers and one of Hot Bread Kitchen’s tortilla chefs to cook with her and prepare a delicious green mole accompanied by corn tortillas, handmade from fresh nixtamal. She will also discuss her life story as a female Mexican chef and HBK’s empowerment initiatives.

Saturday, June 5, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Pairing Perfection: Chile’s Top Wine Regions Paired with Classic Chilean Dishes

With Chef Jacques Gautier, Fred Dexheimer and Jorge Perez

Master Sommelier Fred Dexheimer and wine importer Jorge Perez will explore superior Chilean producers from regions that include San Antonio/Leyda, Alto Maipo, Apalta and Colchagua, paired with classic Chilean dishes from Chef Jacques Gautier (Palo Santo), like an authentic guiso de cordero (lamb stew).

Saturday, June 5, 2:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Celebrating Rum: The New World’s Spirit & Its Cuisine

With Food Author/Chef Daisy Martinez and St. John Frizell

Writer/restaurateur St. John Frizell (Fort Defiance) will team up with food author/Food Network chef Daisy Martinez for a rum-fueled cruise of the Latin Caribbean and delve into this 500-year-old spirit in all of its styles, from light rums that power the Daiquiri and Mojito to well-aged sipping rums. Guest mixologists will prepare classic and contemporary rum drinks for all.

Saturday, June 5, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Agave & Maize: The Crown Jewels of Mexico’s Spirits and Cuisines

With Chef Sue Torres and Steve Olson

Chef Sue Torres (Sueños Restaurant) will be joined by spirits expert Steve Olson (aka wine geek and beverage ambassador of the festival) to discuss the corn-based dishes that have sustained Mexicans since pre-Hispanic times when the process of nixtamalization was developed and their natural interplay with agave-based elixirs such as Tequila and Mezcal, which have their own ancient origins and distinct terroirs.

Saturday June 5, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Coco: An Exploration of the Coconut in All of Its Creative Forms
With Chef Máximo Tejada, Denisse Oller and Amaury Robayo

Chef Máximo Tejada (Rayuela and Macondo), food author Denisse Oller and Master Mixologist Amaury Robayo (Rayuela) explore the various gastronomic and drinks uses of this historic fruit, taking attendees on a journey that surveys the flavors of the tropics to those of Spanish descent. Chef Máximo’s Estilo Libre Latino dishes include paella roja (beet coconut rice with seafood), ceviche de caracol con navajas (sliced conch and razor clam ceviche) and surena coquera (a seafood coconut soup).

SUNDAY, JUNE 6, 2010

Sunday, June 6, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Start Your Sunday Morning with Coffee and Cacao

With Chef Maricel Presilla

Chef Maricel Presilla (Cucharamama and Zafra), who is not only a top chef, but also a chocolate (cacao) historian, will present a delightful morning lecture filled with history and cacao from Ecuador and beyond, paired with coffees provided by Cafe Juan Valdez.

Sunday, June 6, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Exploring Peru’s Gastronomy and Its Pisco Trail

With Chef Julian Medina and Dale DeGroff

Chef Julian Medina (Toloache and Yerba Buena) and Master Mixologist Dale DeGroff (King of Cocktails) will join forces to focus on Peru’s world renowned, fresh ingredient-driven cuisine that has grafted Spanish, African, Chinese and Japanese influences atop its native Indian roots and will celebrate Peru’s national spirit, Pisco, and its legendary cocktails, such as the Pisco Sour.

Sunday, June 6, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Levantamuertos Food & Cocktails

With Chef Aarón Sánchez and Steve Olson

Chef Aarón Sánchez (Food Network star and culinary ambassador of the festival) and spirits expert Steve Olson (aka wine geek and beverage ambassador of the festival) will showcase levantamuertos (“awaken the dead”) foods and drinks at a brunch seminar that pairs regional Mexican dishes with traditional morning cocktails.

Sunday, June 6, 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. The Empanadas and Wines of Latin America, from Baja to Patagonia
With Chef Natalia Machado and Sommelier Ivan Ruiz

Chef Natalia Machado (Industria Argentina and Azul Bistro), accompanied by Sommelier Ivan Ruiz (a noted Latin wine authority), will explore the history, traditions and regional flavors of empanadas, as well as regional expressions of key grape varietals across Latin America in wines provided by Bodega Trapiche.

Sunday, June 6, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Mezcal Trail: Travel Through the Seven Regions of Mezcal With Chef Roberto Santibañez and The Liquid Chef Junior Merino

Chef Roberto Santibañez (Executive Chef and Owner of Fonda Restaurant and former culinary director of Rosa Mexicano), together with Master Mixologist Junior Merino, will delve into the regional cuisines, legends, culture and rich history surrounding one of Mexico’s most ancient spirits, Mezcal, and will pour samples of many not yet available in the U.S.

Sunday, June 6, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Art of Authentic Cooking & Cocktail Pairing

With “Iron Chef” Jose Garces, Andy Seymour, Julie Reiner, Jim Meehan and Joaquin Simo

Chef Jose Garces (Amada, Distrito and Chifa), the newly-minted Food Network “Iron Chef,” will prepare the dishes of his childhood sojourn in Ecuador, including masitas fritas (crispy fried pork), las cosas finas (chilled hominy salad) and ceviche de conchas (clam ceviche). These dishes will be matched with Latin-inspired cocktails that incorporate both Latin and non-Latin spirits created by Andy Seymour (aka wine geek and BAR), Julie Reiner (Clover Club), Jim Meehan (PDT) and Joaquin Simo (Death & Co.) to show how spirits can bring out the rich, bold flavors of Latin food.

Sunday, June 6, 3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Feel the Spirit of Brazil and Crank Up the Heath with Brazilian Food & Cocktails!

With Author/Chef Leticia Moreinos Schwartz, Olie Berlic, Vicente Bastos Ribeiro and Steve Luttmann

Author/Chef Leticia Moreinos Schwartz (“The Brazilian Kitchen”), together with Cachaça experts Olie Berlic (Beleza Pura), Vicente Bastos Ribeiro (Fazenda Soledad and Nega Fulo) and Steve Luttmann (Leblon), will discuss and sample Brazil’s multifaceted cuisine—boasting Portuguese, African and native Indian influences— and explore why it pairs so well with Cachaça, the country’s unique national spirit distilled from fresh sugar cane juice, which powers exuberant cocktails like the Caipirinha. The drinks will be paired with classic petiscos (bar food) featured in Chef Leticia’s cookbook, “The Brazilian Kitchen.”


In addition to the educational seminars, the festival will also host two special wine dinners:

Tuesday, June 8, 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at Industria Argentina (Two Seatings)

Special Wine Dinner Event: “La Cordillera de Los Andes from North to South”

With Chef Natalia Machado

Chef Natalia Machado (Industria Argentina and Azul Bistro) kicks off the festival’s “Authentic Dining Week” with a dinner that matches the diversity of Argentina’s regional dishes with wines from Bodega Trapiche in Mendoza. Dishes will showcase pre-Columbian ingredients like potatoes and quinoa, Patagonic lamb and Spanish/Italian influences from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires.

Thursday, June 10, 7:30 p.m. at Palo Santo Restaurant

Special Wine Dinner Event: Exploring Latin American Wine

With Chef Jacques Gautier and Wine Expert Jayne Rockmill

Chef Jacques Gautier (Palo Santo) will host a six-course seasonal menu with a focus on local Greenmarket ingredients paired with an eclectic selection of Latin American wines. The wines, selected by wine expert Jayne Rockmill, include varietals such as Tannat, Torrontes, Bonarda, Merselan and Petit Verdot. They hail from obvious “big player” wine producing countries such as Argentina and Chile, along with lesser-known players such as Uruguay, Brazil and Mexico.

About Gourmet Latino Festival

The Gourmet Latino Festival is the first world-class, socially conscious celebration of Latin culture and culinary traditions. The eco-friendly, multi-day celebration will feature renowned chefs, mixologists and tastemasters to showcase Latin America’s profound cultural richness and diversity. The festival is committed to improving the lives of farmers by bringing the highest quality products from socially responsible companies and by partnering with organizations like Greenmarket, a program of GrowNYC (formerly the Council on the Environment of NYC), the Rainforest Alliance and the Fair Trade Federation. The annual Gourmet Latino Festival will debut in New York City, June 4-12, 2010. Other cities envisioned for future Gourmet Latino festivals include Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and Austin, Texas. For more information and ticket purchases, please visit

The Gourmet Latino Festival-REVISED Info!

Gourmet Latino Festival, the First-Ever Socially Conscious

Celebration of Latin Gastronomy and Culture,

To Debut in New York City, June 4-12, 2010

Chefs, Mixologists and Tastemasters Come Together to Share the

Diverse Foods, Wines, Spirits and Cocktails of Latin America

NEW YORK, March 29, 2010—Gourmet Latino Festival, the ground-breaking socially conscious celebration of Latin culture and culinary traditions, will premiere in New York City on June 4-12, 2010, its organizers announced today. The multi-day festival is expected to attract 1,500 food, wine and cocktail enthusiasts from the general public, as well as industry and trade members. It will be held at the Astor Center in Manhattan’s fashionable NoHo area. The festival will also include a week-long restaurant promotion that will attract an additional 5,000 diners.

The festival will feature over 30 food and beverage industry personalities including chefs, mixologists, wine experts and authors to showcase the regional cuisines, wines, spirits, beers, cocktails, gourmet coffees and cultural traditions of countries such as Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico and Uruguay, among others. Tickets will be available for purchase on April 1, 2010 at

“The richness and diversity of Latin culture can best be experienced through its gastronomy. Latin chefs and mixologists have revolutionized the way we eat, drink and think about food and beverages,” said Karen Uribe, co-founder, Gourmet Latino. “We felt it was time to celebrate this remarkable achievement by showcasing the best talent that the Latin world has to offer, as well as its incredible flavors, exotic ingredients and premium delicacies in the ultimate eco-friendly immersive experience. We will spotlight the highest quality products from socially responsible companies because we care about consumers, the lives of our farmers and communities, our culture and traditions. We also want to honor the many bicentennial celebrations taking place across Latin America beginning this year.”

The festival is committed to improving the lives of Latino farmers in the U.S. and Latin America. It has partnered with Greenmarket, a program of GrowNYC (formerly the Council on the Environment of NYC), the Rainforest Alliance and the Fair Trade Federation to raise awareness of sustainable living and fair trade practices, as well as the importance of local farmers. In addition, a portion of ticket sales will be donated to GrowNYC’s “New Farmer Development Project,” which helps immigrants with agricultural experience become successful farmers in the region.

The festival will also set the bar in its marketing efforts and its production to minimize waste. For example, street teams will distribute exotic fruits in place of flyers and handouts to minimize paper usage and will leverage social media tools like Facebook and Twitter.

Chef Aarón Sánchez and Steve Olson, aka wine geek, are the festival’s culinary and wine & spirits experts. Chef Aarón is an inspirational force in Latin cuisine in the U.S., embodying the charisma, the presence and talent of a great Latin chef. He has helped put Mexican cuisine in the pantheon of great cuisines. Steve is an acclaimed beverage expert who is passionate about Latin America’s Tequilas, Mezcales, Piscos and wines. Together they are helping to orchestrate the food and beverage aspects of the festival.

Highlights include day and evening grand tasting events such as “A Day in Latin America,” where attendees will be invited to explore the culture and delicious foods of a typical town in Latin America, as well as “Live the Spirit of Carnival,” where attendees will be able to partake in diverse, authentic dishes, music and a “fiesta” atmosphere that captures the experience of Carnival in numerous Latin countries. Each event will have dishes prepared by six chefs and cocktails by different mixologists.

In addition, the festival will include the “Gourmet Latino’s Authentic Dining Week” from June 8-12, which will have participating restaurants in New York City and New Jersey offer special Latin-inspired dinner menus that are expected to attract 5,000 diners; and other special events, including an Opening Cocktail Party, hands-on seminars and special dinners.

Gourmet Latino’s co-founders are Karen Uribe, who has extensive experience in marketing and strategic planning, including a stint with Conill, the Hispanic arm of Saatchi & Saatchi; Mariana Suarez and Claudia Castro, who, as partners in Citrico Inc., have produced large events and festivals like the Encuentro de Músicos Colombianos, a live music festival in New York City that brought together 20 bands and more than 80 artists on stage, as well as other international projects.

About Gourmet Latino Festival

The Gourmet Latino Festival is the first world-class, socially conscious celebration of Latin culture and culinary traditions. The eco-friendly, multi-day celebration will feature renowned chefs, mixologists and tastemasters to showcase Latin America’s profound cultural richness and diversity. The festival is committed to improving the lives of farmers by bringing the highest quality products from socially responsible companies and by partnering with organizations like Greenmarket, a program of GrowNYC (formerly the Council on the Environment of NYC), the Rainforest Alliance and the Fair Trade Federation. The annual Gourmet Latino Festival will debut in New York City, June 4-12, 2010. Other cities envisioned for future Gourmet Latino festivals include Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and Austin, Texas. For more information and ticket purchases, please visit

Friday, May 14, 2010

MCC's Tastemaker's Punch Event!

NYC blogger The Dizzy Fizz ignites the Punch Revolution with David Wondrich as part of the Manhattan Cocktail Classic

Tastemaker's Punch
7 – 11 p.m. Monday, May 17, 2010
RamScale Gallery Penthouse, 463 West St. New York, NY 10014

The Dizzy Fizz Tastemaker's Punch, a celebration of the creativity and artistry of New York City cocktailians, will be a stylish soiree featuring an array of delicious punches. Sponsors include: Bols Genever, Plymouth Gin, Pierre Ferrand Cognac, Leblon Cachaca, Catdaddy Moonshine, Mathilde Fruit Liqueurs, A. B. Smeby Bittering Co., Tuthilltown Spirits, Sailor Jerry Rum, Milagro Tequila, Laird’s Applejack, and Vita Coco Coconut Water.

This fun event is taking place at RamScale, a West Village gallery overlooking the Hudson River, and exhibiting artists will include saloon artist Jill DeGroff, graffiti artist/designer Claw Money, cocktailian/painter Charles Hardwick, cocktailian/painter Nicole Desmond, cocktailian/photographer Elba Giron, and many more. Cocktail historian and Esquire columnist David Wondrich will be on hand as the official toastmaster, and spring-inspired punches will be created by talented NYC mixologists. A silent auction will also benefit the Museum of the American Cocktail.

For 25% off ticket price, use code "THRILLIST" at

About The Dizzy Fizz:
The Dizzy Fizz, founded by nightlife journalist Selena Ricks, is an NYC cocktail culture blog covering everything from bar news to bartenders to drinking trends. Started on World Cocktail Day, May 13, 2009, The Dizzy Fizz has been featured in, Gawker, Eater, Newsweek, and Time Out New York. For more information, visit

Friday, May 7, 2010

The Manhattan Cocktail Classic has more events!

The Manhattan Cocktail Classic

May 14-18th 2010

USBG & DonQ Rum MixItUp Mixology Challenge

Monday, May 17, 2010

8:00 pm – 1:00 am

Albert Trummer’s Theater Bar

114 Franklin St. (and West Broadway)

One competitor from each USBG chapter city is headed to NY for the Semi-Finals! The top 5 winners chosen next week at the MCC will go to Puerto Rico in June for the Ultimate MixItUp Challenge where they will compete internationally as the US team!

Here are the competitors headed to NY…

Bill Norris, Austin

Dub Davis, Dallas

Charles Joly, Chicago

Noah Heaney, Denver

Kristina Howald, So CA

John Lermayer, Miami

Mathias Simmonis, Milwaukee

Rhiannon Enlil, NOLA

Brian Matthys, NY

Tony Devencenzi, No CA

Nate Selsor, St Louis

Kyle Reutner, Hawaii

Darren West, Las Vegas

Matthew Doerr, Phoenix

Andreas Kaluli, Philidelphia

Please see the attached invite for more details.

You must RSVP to

Campari’s 150th Anniversary Celebration

Sunday May 16th

7:00 – 10pm


335 Bowery

Campari is Celebrating 150 years and would like for you to join them. Proceeds from this event will be donated to the USBG.

You must purchase your tickets at

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Manhattan Cocktail Classic 2010!

Manhattan Cocktail Classic Set to Shake Up

Gotham May 14-18, 2010

Wildly Popular Festival that Previewed in October Makes a Full-On Return This May:

Twice as Long, Triple the Content and Infinitely More Fun

NEW YORK, May 6, 2010—The Manhattan Cocktail Classic, New York City’s first-ever multi-day celebration of all things cocktail-related, Libation Diaries announces the details of its much anticipated inaugural festival, which will take place in New York City on May 14-18, 2010.

In addition to being twice as long as the Fall Preview and offering three times as many seminars by cocktail luminaries, the May festival will offer “crowd-sourced” off-site events that will unleash the infinite creativity of the cocktail community and sponsoring organizations. Tickets are on sale at All seminar sessions and off-site events will be priced at $50 per ticket; tickets to the Gala will be $100.

“The dramatic success of the Fall Preview proved that New Yorkers have an unquenchable thirst for cocktail knowledge…and for cocktails,” said Lesley Townsend, Founder and Director, Manhattan Cocktail Classic. “Our May festival is the Big Kahuna. It’s bigger and brassier. It’s cleverer and quirkier. It will feature not only the world’s top-flight mixologists and spirits gurus, but a lot of spectacular up-and-coming talent as well. And the Gala? Oh, the Gala is just going to be insane…”

Educational Seminars at Astor

On-site seminars at Astor Center will continue to form the intellectual backbone of the Manhattan Cocktail Classic. More than two-dozen seminars have been scheduled, including: “Cocktails for the Home Cocktail Party” with Sasha Petraske, “When It’s Cocktail Time in Cuba” with Phil Greene and Charlotte Voisey, “Drink Punch and Be Merry” with David Wondrich, “Bar Myth Busters” with Don Lee and Alex Day, “The Agave Session: The Magical Elixirs of Mexico” with Steve Olson and “Glasses & Tools: How Do You Choose the Right Glass for a Drink” with Dale DeGroff.

The Official Bar

As in the Fall Preview, the Official Bar at Astor Center will be the place to kick back and relax with a good cocktail (and perhaps a glass of water) in between all the other seminars and events. Guests will have the opportunity to sample cutting-edge concoctions from some of the world’s greatest bartenders, rub shoulders with all the phenomenal presenters and panelists contributing to this year’s festival, and catch up with friends and colleagues over some tasty libations.

Stories From Behind the Bar

Numerous watering holes of renown will participate in Stories from Behind the Bar, uncloaking the mystery behind their elusive owners and nocturnal bartenders (with fabulous drinks thrown in, of course). Confirmed establishments include PDT, Death & Co, Mayahuel, Clover Club, Flatiron Lounge, Pegu Club, Employees Only, Macao Trading Company, Louis 649, Raines Law Room, Brandy Library, Apothéke, Double Crown/Madam Geneva, Little Branch and Dutch Kills.

Off-Site Events

In a stroke of sheer genius (or perhaps total madness), the Manhattan Cocktail Classic is exploring the “Google approach to festival planning” – effectively allowing anyone or any company to conceive of and produce their own off-site event. This crowd-sourcing approach taps into the creativity of dozens of savvy marketing teams and forward-thinking entrepreneurs, thus expanding the horizons of the festival far beyond any singular creative vision. Of course, the Manhattan Cocktail Classic will still retain quality control by virtue of choosing what does and does not become part of the festival – but the possibilities are truly endless: cocktail-fueled sunset harbor cruises, cocktail pairing dinners at some of New York’s finest restaurants, exclusive tastings of exceptionally rare and hard-to-find spirits, ice-carving workshops, and more.

Friday Night Gala

One of the most memorable aspects of the Fall Preview was the Gala, a cocktail party for 1,000 thirsty cocktailians, held at the landmark New York Public Library. Kicking off the festival this year, the Gala will triple in size, taking over the entire library, with a cocktail party that will defy expectation, convention, and just about everything else. Tuxes and top hats will be de rigueur (along with feather boas, tap shoes, and 1800’s clown costumes). Anyone with a heart condition will be required to sign a waiver prior to entering the building. “If Terry Gilliam threw a cocktail party at the New York Public Library, I think it would look something like this,” said Townsend. “Minus the British accents,” she added.

About the Manhattan Cocktail Classic

The Manhattan Cocktail Classic is New York City’s first ever multi-day festival celebrating the history, contemporary culture, and artful craft of the cocktail. Part festival, part fête, part conference, part cocktail party, the Manhattan Cocktail Classic brings together the unparalleled talents and opportunities of the bars, bartenders, and restaurants of our great city for five days of activities, both educational and celebratory in nature, championing the common ideals of authenticity, equality, sustainability, service, and pleasure. (There will be some drinking involved, too.) For additional information, kindly visit