Altamar Brands, LLC announced today its partnership with Tequila Ocho, the first ultra premium single estate tequila to be introduced into the United States Market in vintages. Ocho is the third luxury spirit to join Altamar Brands’ exclusive portfolio, and they will act is its sole

importer for the United States with responsibility to build its marketing and sales platform. Ocho is the product of collaboration between third generation Tequilero Felipe Camarena and Thomas Estes, Ambassador of Tequila to Europe. What differentiates Ocho from other tequilas and makes it unique in its category is its rarity. Because of the time it takes an agave to mature, each estate’s fields cannot be replenished for almost ten years after each harvest, thus, making each vintage of Ocho an extremely limited and collectable tequila.

Ocho’s agaves will be sourced from “single estates” meaning a single piece of land with its own microclimate. Access to multiple estates, at highly varying altitudes will allow Ocho to showcase different nose and flavour characteristics through each vintage.

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Translating the Soul of Southern Italy

Restaurateur Chris Cannon and acclaimed Chef-Partner Michael White are thrilled to introduce Convivio, a restaurant that exudes the soul and spirit of Southern Italy. Inspired by warm memories of Italian kitchens and the country’s unforgettable flavors—tomatoes, pancetta, sea urchin, and pesto—White crafts a menu that travels through the country’s Southern towns and creatively interprets revered recipes. Located in Manhattan’s charming Tudor City neighborhood, in the space of their former award-winning L’Impero, Convivio offers guests an irresistible opportunity to dine leisurely, sensuously and with gusto.

Cannon and White are unique figures in the hospitality industry—while affiliated with some of the most legendary restaurants in New York, they still exude the enthusiasm of hosts entertaining their most beloved friends. Cannon, creator of the James Beard award-winning L’Impero and three-star Alto, melds his love for creating enchanting, personal dining experiences with White’s culinary brilliance in Convivio.

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costa rica’s TABacóN GRAND SPA thermal RESORT

costa rica’s TABacóN GRAND SPA thermal RESORT TO OFFER



In staging its first yoga retreat, Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort turned to acclaimed spiritual yoga instructor, MeShall of Mystical Sojourn Retreats, who balances a career as an Environmental Specialist with teaching yoga and wellness consulting for the Ritz-Carlton, to launch her signature Mystical Sojourn Retreats at Tabacón’s magical, mineral-rich thermal springs setting. Scheduled October 19 – 23, 2008, the Mystical Sojourn Yoga Retreat pairs Tabacón’s rainforest setting at the base of the Arenal Volcano with a spirituality-based wellness program. Highlights of the five-day program include:

Temazcal rituals with Tonatiuh, the Grand Spa’s Shaman (Tabacón’s trio of traditional Mexican sweat lodges are the only ones in the world embedded in the empowering energy of an active volcano)
Guided meditation and meditative walks with MeShall and exploration of the volcanic springs Immersive instruction in Angel Yoga and The Five Tibetan Rites including yoga and meditation.Therapeutic outdoor and introspective indoor activities All meals, accommodations, special farewell dinner, unlimited use of the hot springs

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Food & Wine Trails is known for their wine-focused cruises, and in 2009 they are offering more departures than ever, many including free airfare. This brings the total cost of a European wine-trip to as low as $350 per day per person far less than a comparable land-based wine tour.

A Food & Wine Trails wine-cruise not only includes the normal trappings of a deluxe cruise – such as gourmet meals, accommodations, nightly entertainment and prepaid gratuities, but also includes private wine seminars, tastings and a wine-makers dinner, all hosted by nationally recognized wine personalities. In addition, at many of the ships ports-of-call, optional wine tours and lunches at top wine estates are offered.

“Given skyrocketing airline costs, and the devaluation of the dollar to the Euro, a wine-cruise by far offers the wine-lover the best value for their money,” states Larry Martin, President of Food & Wine Trails. “A wine-cruise will also appeal to both the hard-core wine-lover and to their spouse, as each can choose how much time to devote to wine and how much time for relaxing around the pool, sightseeing and shopping.”

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Patina Restaurant Group’s Nationwide Peach and Plum Festival


Patina Restaurant Group’s Nationwide Peach and Plum Festival Announced

Patina Restaurant Group announced that they will host its first national Peach and Plum Festival this year from August 4th through September 14th, the height of the season for the ripe fruit. Special menus featuring a range of peach and plum varieties will be available in both sweet and savory forms, as well as in beverages. A longtime favorite of chefs and gourmets, these fruits, tree-ripened and fresh, are an idyllic complement to any dish on a hot summer’s day.

“Ripe peaches and plums are incredibly juicy, and such a simple pleasure to eat,” said Patina Chef & Founder Joachim Splichal. “This festival is a celebration of these versatile, flavorful stone fruits – something we are holding in our restaurants on both coasts this summer.”

“From Sugar Crisp, O’Henry and Crimson Queen variety peaches to Emerald Beauty and Angeleno plums, we source our favorites from local farms and greenmarkets,” said Corporate Chef Franck Deletrain. “We make them into cocktails, tarts, gazpacho, sorbets, chutney, salads, compotes, glazes for the grill – the possibilities are endless, and always a pleasant surprise.”

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gourmet foods-to-go cater

from our kitchen to yours
GLEN COVE 516.676.8500 /· GRAMERCY PARK 212.991.0078


who thought entertaining
could be so easy and affordable?

After a decade of catering the most high-profile events in Manhattan, Long Island, and the Hamptons, Elegant Affairs, the full service catering and event planning firm with a clientele including Donald, Ivana, and Ivanka Trump, Andy Roddick, Russell Simmons, Billy Joel and Hillary Clinton, offers Gourmet-To-Go. Their same tasty treats are now available for pick-up or drop off through this new division, making entertaining easy and offering beautifully prepared, heat-n-serve foods to suit any budget and taste.

For holiday dinners, intimate gatherings, casual pool parties and even office lunches, Elegant Affairs’ Gourmet-To-Go has a team of award winning chefs to make you look like a star and to help you enjoy the party you are planning. Now that summer is here, it’s too hot to stay in the kitchen, so invite some friends over, turn up the AC and order up some Colossal Shrimp Cocktail; Ancho Chili Cheddar and Salsa Tortas served with guacamole and crispy tortilla chips; and Mini-Grilled Cheese with wild mushrooms, Asiago cheese and sliced gherkin. For an elegant summer dinner, there’s Amaganset Lobster Rolls, Veal Saltimbocca topped with fresh spinach, prosciutto and Fontina in a sage white wine sauce, and fresh Blueberry Crisp. cater-veg

Whatever the occasion, Gourmet-to-Go is the ultimate service for elegant entertaining with ease!


Elegant Affairs, the premiere catering and event design firm, has been on the culinary cutting-edge, creating fabulous fare with exquisite flair for parties big and small. They now offer their tasty treats for pick-up or dropoff through a new division called Gourmet Foods–To–Go. This service makes entertaining easy offering beautifully prepared, heat-n-serve foods to suit any budget and taste. anytime, any place.

For Holiday dinners, intimate gatherings, casual pool parties, even office lunches that have suffered from deli sandwiches for just too long. Elegant Affairs’ Gourmet Foods-To-Go has a team of award winning chefs to make you look like a star and help you enjoy the party you are planning. Tasteful and tasty.cater-salad

From one-of-a-kind entrees like Parmesan Crusted Chicken With Red
Pepper Compote to Grilled Pacific Island Marinated Skirt Steak to Amaganset Lobster Rolls, you will wow your guests and impress even the most sophisticated palates.

And for simpler gatherings, they also offer great sandwiches such as Peppercorn Crusted Roast Beef Sandwiches and salads including Baby Arugula Salad with prosciutto, red grapes, Manchego and truffle vinaigrette. cater-roll

And don’t forget dessert! Try creamy fudge brownies, or bourbon
bread pudding with crème Anglaise or just a great selection of fruits and berries. Whatever your taste, Elegant Affairs’ Gourmet Foods-To-Go has a menu that is ready to go from their kitchen to yours. Call them at 516.676.8500 or 212.991.0078, so that they can help you create a perfect gathering for you and your guests.


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20 Free Performances in East River Park – Dance, Theater & Concerts

20 Free Performances in East River Park – Dance, Theater & Concerts

Kick-Off July 16 at 7:00 P.M.

City Parks Foundation is pleased to announce a diverse line up of free concerts, dance and theater performances in East River Park this July & August. For the first time ever, CityParks Concerts presented by Verizon, CityParks Dance and CityParks Theater presented by Time Warner will be offered in East River Park with 20 free performances scheduled over 26 days — July 16 through August 10.

WHO: Opening Night of Free Summer Concerts, Dance & Theater in East River Park
Featuring “Transports Exceptionnels,” “Dans le Jardin,” and “Contigo

WHAT: 20 Free Performances in East River Park – CityParks Concerts presented by Verizon, CityParks Dance and CityParks Theater presented by Time Warner – July 16 through August 10

WHEN: Opening Night: July 16 at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: East River Park, Manhattan
At the Grand Street Playground inside the park
Best accessed via Delancey St. walking bridge over FDR Drive
Turn south once inside the park, walking approx. 2 blocks from Delancey

Opening night offers three acclaimed performances held consecutively in three different natural settings of the park,

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Steak Frites

Steak Frites



PREVIEW DATE: March 2008

LOCATION: 225 Varick Street
(Corner of Clarkson Street)
New York, NY 10014

TELEPHONE: 212-463-7101
FAX: 212-463-9211

WEBSITE: www.steakfritesnyc.com


CUISINE: Parisian Style Contemporary Steak House/Bistro

DÉCOR & SPACE: Warm Euro-Classic Bistro with authentic French photographs.

Steak Frites accommodates 135 + seating with a private dinning/wine room seating 14 guests. Outside Café seating for 52 people.

SPECIALTIES: “Entrecote de Paris” Steak Frites – Dry-Age Certified Angus Rib Eye with golden house-cut fries.

Moules Frites – Various preparations of freshly harvested Nova Scotia mussels served with pommes frites.

FEATURED BEVERAGES: Cocktails: Handcrafted, classic cocktails.

Wine: Vast assortment of French, California and other global varietals.

Beer: Wide selection of artisanal European brews.

DISTINCTIVE FEATURES: “Bohemian Music Sessions” late evening with a full late night menu served until 1:00 AM.

On & off premise catering is available for private parties.

Large outdoor café with full service dining.

Comfortable, private wine-room accommodating up to 14 guests.

HOURS OF OPERATION: Brunch – Saturday & Sunday – 11:00 am to 4:30 pm
Lunch – Monday thru Friday – 11:30 am to 4:30 pm
Dinner – Monday thru Thursday – 4:30 pm to close
Friday thru Sunday – 4:30 pm to close




Review By Nancy Walman

Steak Frites, once a Union Square staple, has moved to a new location in the historic West Village. Steak Frites is neighborhood friendly, with a warm atmosphere and a modern bistro environment. The stellar wine, extensive Belgium beer, and cocktail lists compliment the restaurant’s signature dishes Steak Frites “Entrecote de Paris” and Moules Frites.

Special features at this downtown bistro include a chef’s table, a large outdoor seating area, floor to ceiling windows, yellow walls (one hung with a bul’s head, another of the Frech Metro) and columns and a huge circular bar. There are live “Bohemian music sessions” showcasing some of the city’s most famous subway performers and Saturday morning cooking lessons and on & off premise.

The service by an energetic, young waitstaff is helpful and as much as we adored the original Steak Frites, the new location manages to do its own thing, without merely trying to recreate. A case in point is food. While many of the signature dishes still appear, there are inventive specials like a pork chop, stuffed with sherry and almonds and garnished with grapes.

We went for the more traditional dishes and were delighted with sparkling Blue Point Oysters with cfreative sauces (one like a spice up granita); Steak Tartar, a terrific Frisee, Lardon and Roquefort salad. The Moules Frites are sauced four ways. We loved the garlicky Provençal version. The stand out Entrecote De Paris was a huge Rib-Eye, cooked to a turn and a Rack of Lamb Special with Mashed Potatoes, Ratatouille and Manchego Cheese was perfect. The Frites were crispy little wonders and especially wonderful doused with truffle oil and fresh herbs. The fried onion ring deserve an award. The wine list is a bargain and beautifully chosen, starting at $23 with lots of selections below $35 (check out the extraordinary Vina Rufina Reserva, Cigales, 2000). And beer lovers will be in heaven with a world class selection at their fingertips. We kept desserts simple Fresh fruit was delightfully refreshing and a cheese cake (more like a mousse) was luscious.


The Succulent Mussels (Above)

Whether it is an intimate gathering or a large celebration, Steak Frites continues to offer one of the best dining experiences in the City, and rates “A Major” on The Walman Report.

Steak Frites
225 Varick St.
New York, NY 10014
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