This New York Restaurant created a 100 Proof Super Bowl Pizza

For the 51st Super Bowl, Vero Cafe in Manhattan created the world’s only 100 Proof Pizza. The pizza was made using 100 proof Georgi Blue Vodka (Blue is the official color of the New England Patriots.)

For those Atlanta Falcons fans, Vero Cafe also baked pizzas with Georgi Peach Vodka (Georgia is the Peach State.)

“People are looking to drink and eat during the Super Bowl, so why not combine the two,” said restaurant owner and pizza pie mastermind Sammy Musovic. “It’s a beautiful marriage.”

Unfortunately (or fortunately), these alcohol-infuzed pizzas were only available on Super Bowl Sunday… at least for now.

The Museum of Ice Cream opens in New York City as popup experience

I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM, WE ALL SCREAM FOR….“A lick-able, likeable, shareable ice cream-centric experience.” The Museum of Ice Cream opens in NYC as a popup experience.

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Says Refinery 29: “Inside the museum’s walls, you can roamaround a chocolate room, play on a see-saw designed like an ice cream scooper, and become part of a human ice-cream sundae. You’ll also get an ice cream tasting from a “food futurist.” So, basically, it’s Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. ”

Per Gothamist: “it appears to be basically a frozen dessert fanatic’s fantasy, complete with edible balloons, an immersive chocolate room, a “collaborative” massive ice cream sundae, and a swimmable rainbow sprinkle pool. And it might just be the closest you ever come to realizing that childhood dream of visiting Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.”

OPEN FROM JULY 29TH TO AUGUST 31ST ONLY

Museum of Ice Cream will pop up in the heart of the Meatpacking District at 100 Gansevoort Street with a lick-able, likeable, shareable ice cream-centric experience throughout August. Museum of Ice Cream will live just a few scoops from the Whitney Art Museum and the Gansevoort Street entrance to the High Line, welcoming guests six days a week to enjoy a sweet escape from the summer heat. The Museum of Ice Cream is curated by a collective of ice cream obsessed designers, artists, and friends.

Museum of Ice Cream interactive highlights include a swimmable rainbow ‘sprinkle’ pool, edible balloons, an immersive chocolate room and a collaborative massive ice cream sundae. Guests will swing on an ice cream sandwich made for two, seesaw on an ice cream scooper and find their match/favorite flavor on a custom app in Tinder Land. Visitors will indulge in an exclusive, one-of-a-kind ice cream tasting created by food futurist and overall rad scientist Dr. Irwin Adam, founder of Future Food Studio. Visual designs from renowned NYC artists will serve as the cherry on top of this modern, whimsical urban ice cream playground.

Scoop of the Week, presented by Museum of Ice Cream, features ice cream creations by some of the city’s most beloved arbiters of cool treats, including Black Tap, OddFellows Ice Cream Co., and more. All visitors –singles, couples, families, friends – will swoon on some frozen goodness courtesy of Museum of Ice Cream’s dreamy Scoop of the Week lineup (tastings included in the price of admission).
Free Opening: July 29th, 11am to 3pm; First Come First Serve – Reservation doesn’t guarantee admission. Arrive Early!

http://www.museumoficecream.com/

Three Tiny Restaurants for Large Flavor in the Big Apple

New York is a big city. A very, very big city. But that doesn’t mean you have to go to a very large place to get great flavors and a fantastic dining experience.

Tiny restaurants in New York City are ideal for intimate meals and low-key conversations over drinks. Says one lover of the spaces, “These are the pint-sized culinary heroes that keep the New York dining scene feeling fresh, creative and delightfully unpredictable.”

Here are three examples of what you can find when you look for them:

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Dining at dinnertable feels as intimate and comfortable as sharing a meal at your best friend’s home. With an open kitchen as tiny as a postage stamp (and lacking gas!), husband-and-wife chef duo Scott Tacinelli and Angie Rito manage to produce some of the most impressive, buzzy and adventurous food in the city. The speakeasy-style restaurant is nestled behind East Village hotspot The Garret East and serves just 19 people at a time. The menu is sophisticated yet unpretentious, allowing diners to savor funky Italian dishes that pair optimally with the venue’s spot-on drink menu filled with updated classic cocktails and exceptional Italian wines (heavy on natural and biodynamic options) from small producers.

Samples from their current menu include:

MONTAUK PEARL OYSTER, vermouth mignonette
MARINATED OLIVES, pimenton & celery
GARLIC PRETZEL, house made cheese
SICILIAN RED SHRIMP, fresh tomato, buttermilk
SMOKED SHORTRIB TARTARE, horseradish, marble rye
CHRYSANTHEMUM SALAD, garlic, parmesan, sesame
ARTICHOKE FALAFEL, spiced yogurt, tahina
BAKED MUSSELS, pepperoni rice
THE DUMPLINGS, potato, pecorino, poppyseed
BODEGA CLAM PASTA, handmade orecchiette, beer, mexican hot sauc
BLACK SEA BASS, tomatillo puttanesca
THE SIXTH GUY’S BURGER, capocollo, stracchino, deli peppers
LASAGNA BOLO FOR TWO


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The Eddy

Nestled between sleepy storefronts on quaint East 6th Street, The Eddy features an 11-seat bar area and 32-seat dining room. Owner and executive chef Brendan McHale rotates his a la carte and five-course tasting menus almost daily, updating classic American dishes with unpredictable preparations and exclusively seasonal, local ingredients. McHale’s menu is perfectly complemented by co-owner and wine director Jason Soloway’s sophisticated wine list and the balanced, seasonal cocktails of head bartender Luis Hernandez.

Samples from their A La Carte dinner menu (they also have a Tasting Menu) include:

Raw Summer Vegetables, Smoked Goat Cheese Puree
Chicken Liver Pate, Rhubarb Confit
Pickled Mussels, Herbs, Toasted Miche
Crispy Smoked Pig Trotter, Ricotta, Plum, Anise Hyssop
Fluke, Jugo Verde, Pickled Chili, Pumpernickel
Peach, Watercress Puree, Kunik, Sunflower Frico
Big Eye Tuna, Tempura Pole Bean, Bonito Aioli, Thai Basil
Cod, Fried Polenta, Morels, Peas, Tarragon
Grass Fed Strip Steak, Potato, Arugula Pesto, Charred Alliums
Roasted Duck, Heirloom Beans, Charred Lemon, Nettles
Asparagus, Lovage Butter, Walnut
Charred Carrots, Bonito, Tzatziki
Bing Cherry Ice Cream, Americano Soda, Chocolate Cookie
Buttermilk Semifreddo, Olive Oil Cake, Strawberry, Chamomile, Basil
Cardamom Panna Cotta, Rhubarb Ice, Mint, Sea Salt


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Wallflower

Inspired by French-country cuisine, Wallflower in the West Village truly proves the old adage, ‘‘good things come in small packages’. With just 30 seats, the low-key boîte is known for a truly superlative cocktail list (crafted by Xavier Herit, a veteran of Daniel and the Experimental Cocktail Club) as well as adventurous seasonal tasting and a la carte menus. Executive chef Derrick Paez (another Daniel alum) modernizes French classics on his dinner and brunch menus – showstoppers include Caramelized Bread Pudding, Shrimp & Grits and Jerk Spiced Quail.


Big places to eat? Forgetabout it! Three small spaces for big flavor in the Big Apple.

alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet announce Jean-Michel Basquiat capsule collection for CFDA

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alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet is proud to announce that the late Neo-expressionist artist and frequent Andy Warhol collaborator Jean-Michel Basquiat has been selected, through the Basquiat Estate, as the partner for the second capsule collection that will help support the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s efforts to promote young talent. The collection, shown as part of the alice + olivia Resort 2017 season, will land in stores and online in November 2016.

Jean-Michel Basquiat earned his recognition in the art world before the age of 27, even gaining the title of youngest artist to be given a solo show at the widely respected KestnerGesellschaft gallery in Germany. His personal achievements and participation in an American art movement that ushered in a wave of young new artists make Basquiat the perfect next partner for the promotion of young artists within the fashion industry.

 

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As part of the partnership with the CFDA, alice + olivia works with a new artist each year to create a capsule collection that will be available for purchase at all alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet stores, aliceandolivia.com, and other retail partners with 50% of the proceeds from select items donated to the CFDA.

Stacey Bendet, CEO and Creative Director of alice + olivia, says, “Jean-Michel Basquiat is one of my favorite artists. This partnership is exciting for me as it is very reflective of my brand and our continued collaboration with artists. It is also wonderful to be able to raise funds for the CFDA and support their ongoing initiatives within our industry that develop new talent.”

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The new collection includes a variety of unique apparel pieces, accessories and gifts that feature iconic elements of Basquiat’s art, such as the golden crown and colorful, street-art inspired design, mixed with alice + olivia’s whimsical and feminine touch. “Beat Bop” 1983, “Replicas” 1983, “Ascent” 1983, “In Italian” 1983, “Panel of Experts” 1982 and “Notary” 1983 are some of the artist’s famed works that Bendet cites as inspiration for the capsule collection. Elements of these iconic works can be seen throughout the collection of apparel, accessories, and gifts. Bendet delivers a modern interpretation of Basquiat’s iconic artworks with the incorporation of beadwork and embroidery details which add a dimensional element to the iconic Basquiat works as they come to life in the form of dresses, tops, skirts, jackets, handbags, shoes, eyewear and more.

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Steven Kolb, President and CEO of the CFDA, says, “We could not be more appreciative of Stacey Bendet and her work to help us in our cause to advance up-and-coming fashion talent. Thanks to this initiative, the support we will be receiving from alice + olivia is of great value to our organization.”

For the first CFDA capsule collection, debuted in April 2015, Bendet partnered with celebrated artist Domingo Zapata, a Spanish-American who has studios in New York, Miami, and Hollywood. Zapata’s pieces created for the partnership included a hand-painted ball gown, hand-painted full-length skirt, and custom two-piece skirt with a matching leather bustier featuring piping in a print painted by Zapata, all of which were auctioned off by Paddle8 with 100% of proceeds benefiting the CFDA.

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ABOUT

ALICE + OLIVIA BY STACEY BENDET
Launched in 2002, alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet is a brand that allows customers to express their personal style. With collections that juxtapose the whimsical and flirty with the sexy and sophisticated, a+o epitomizes the personality and sensibility of its founder, Stacey Bendet. The brand was born from Stacey’s quest to create the perfect pair of pants, and has since grown into a full lifestyle collection including ready-to- wear, gowns, shoes, accessories and handbags. Pulling inspiration from the world around her, Stacey incorporates bold colors, unique prints, and eclectic details to create vibrant and dynamic pieces. The brand is a Hollywood favorite with celebrity fans including Beyoncé, Gwyneth Paltrow, Katy Perry, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Obama and Taylor Swift. alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet is available at aliceandolivia.com, over 30 free-standing boutiques located in major cities around the world including, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Dubai, Singapore, as well as over 800 of the finest department and specialty stores worldwide.

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Jean-Michel Basquiat was born on December 22, 1960 in Brooklyn, New York. His father, Gerard Basquiat was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and his mother, Matilde was born in Brooklyn of Puerto Rican parents. Early on, Basquiat displayed a proficiency in art, which was encouraged by his mother.

In 1978 Basquiat left home for good and quit school just one year before graduating form high school. He lived with friends and began selling hand painted postcards and T-shirts. In June of 1980, Basquiat’s art was publicly exhibited for the first time in a show sponsored by Colab (Collaborative Projects Incorporated) along with the work of Jenny Holzer, Lee Quinones, Kenny Scharf, Kiki Smith, Robin Winters, John Ahearn, Jane Dickson, Mike Glier, Mimi Gross, and David Hammons. Basquiat continued to exhibit his work around New York City and in Europe, participating in shows along with the likes of Keith Haring, Barbara Kruger.

In December of 1981, poet and artist Rene Ricard published the first major article on Basquiat entitled “The Radiant Child” in Artforum. In 1982, Basquiat was featured in the group show “Transavanguardia: Italia/America” along with Neo-Expressionists Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, Enzu Cucchi, David Deutsch, David Salle, and Julian Schnabel (who will go on to direct the biographical film Basquiat in 1996). In 1983 Basquiat had one-artist exhibitions at the galleries of Annina Nosei and Larry Gagosian and was also included in the “1983 Biennial Exhibition” at the Whitney Museum of American Art. It was also in 1983 that Basquiat was befriended by Andy Warhol, a relationship that sparked discussion concerning white patronization of black art, a conflict that remains, to this day, at the center of most discussions of Basquiat’s life and work. Basquiat and Warhol collaborated on a number of paintings, none of which are critically acclaimed. Their relationship continued, despite this, until Warhol’s death in 1987.

On February 10, 1985, Basquiat appeared on the cover of The New York Times Magazine, posing for the Cathleen McGuigan article “New Art, New Money: The Marketing of an American Artist.” In March, Basquiat had his second one-artist show at the Mary Boone Gallery. In the exhibition catalogue, Robert Farris Thompson spoke of Basquiat’s work in terms of an Afro-Atlantic tradition, a context in which this art had never been discussed.

In 1986, Basquiat travelled to Africa for the first time and his work was shown in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. In November, a large exhibition of more than sixty paintings and drawings opened at the Kestner- Gesellschaft in Hannover; at twenty-five Basquiat was the youngest artist ever given an exhibition there. In 1988, Basquiat had shows in both Paris and New York; some critics, an encouraging development, praised the New York show.

Primary source for biography: Sirmans, M. Franklin. “Chronology.” Jean-Michel Basquiat. Ed. Richard Marshall. New York: Whitney/Abrams, 1992. 233-250.

THE CFDA
The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc, (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association founded in 1962 that leads industry-wide initiatives and whose membership consists of more than 500 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers. The mission of the Council of Fashion Designers of America is to strengthen the impact of American fashion In the global economy.

Discovering The New York Craft Spirits Boom with Heather Dolland

Heather Dolland has been very busy lately, especially in her new book uncovering the trends and stories behind the emerging New York cocktail and spirits scene.