Taste Talks comes to Williamsburg in September

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For the second year, Northside Media Group’s Taste Talks brings together some of the top foodies for three days of learning, sharing and eating. The three-day food festival is hosted by Mario Batali right here in Williamsburg and curated by James Beard Award-winning chef Danny Bowien, of Mission Chinese and Mission Cantina.

I’m already having mouthwatering daydreams about the upcoming events, including “Mother of Pearl,” an Island Creek Oysters and Champagne pairing cocktail hour and sit-down dinner at Villain, and “Taste Talks All-Star BBQ,” a day of showing down on star chefs’ signature dishes at East River State Park.

The festival brings the top minds in the culinary world to talk about the future of taste. Founders see Brooklyn as the ultimate testing ground for restaurants, partly due to the range in real estate prices.

“A restaurant starts with its monthly rent, and in so many ways, that defines the things that a restaurant can and cannot do. Williamsburg is so evocative of this, as the rents have gone from cheap to very high,” said Daniel Stedman, founder of Northside Media Group.

According to Stedman, “This isn’t just a collection of great chefs – these are people in the culinary world and beyond who speak to and define the future of taste.”

Some of the confirmed chefs and influencers include:
Christina Tosi
Peter Meehan
Sam Sifton
Adam Rapoport
Sara Moulton
Alex Guarnaschelli
Justin Warner
Dale Talde
Andy Ricker
Brooks Headley
Amanda Hesser
Elettra Wiedemann
Lee Tiernan

When asked about potential food trends for 2014- Stedman’s hoping things stay local.

“I had an amazing conversation with Danny Bowien, where we were talking about what ‘local’ means, and he mentioned the amazing kimche and soy sauce that were all homemade from his mother-in-law’s farm in Korea. For thousands of years, ‘local’ would have meant fresh from your backyard. Everything was ‘local.’ So now, I’m hoping that there’s more of a trend where local means homegrown, like growing tomatoes and herbs at home with an AeroGarden or a home growing kit,” said Stedman.

For more information on Taste Talks, visit their website here.

Weekend Movie Screenings: 7/25-7/27

mad-max-vault-dwellerPut on your fedoras, grab your gimp suits, and fire up that DeLorean to 88 to prepare for this weekend’s midnight movies. You can head over to Nitehawk Cinema, grab a drink, and choose between Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior and Dead Man.  Or don’t choose, they’re both playing on Friday and Saturday. 1995’s Dead Man starring Johnny Depp is technically a Western, but saying that it’s a Jim Jarmusch film is a much more helpful descriptor. The film is great and a nice reminder of what Johnny Depp was pre-Pirates, but as it’s playing as part of Nitehawk’s Summer of Surrealism series, be aware that you’re in for restless sleep and probably some weird dreams after. Or you can head over to Road Warrior, part of their July Brunch & Midnite: Burn N’ Rubber series, to see the greatest car movie ever made on the big screen. Plus, you can witness Lord Humungus’s fabulous fashion sense as it was meant to be seen.

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Starbucks is trying to open a beer selling second Williamsburg location

Picture via Julia Reinstein for Grubstreet

Picture via Julia Reinstein for Grubstreet

Did you think Starbucks was going to end their entrance into Williamsburg with one little store on Union Ave? No chance. The chain is planning on opening a new location (with a liquor license) right next to the current Dunkin Donuts on Bedford according to DNAinfo:

Coffee House Holdings, Inc., doing business as Starbucks, is asking Community Board 1′s approval for a beer and wine liquor license for 154 N. Seventh St., according to Community Board 1′s agenda for an August public meeting.

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- @joshmorrissey

Video: Teenage Fanclub played River Rocks last night

RiverRocksIn what was probably the only justifiable reason to be hanging out in midtown west this summer, Teenage Fanclub hit Pier 84 last for the latest installment of River Rocks‘ free summer show bonanza. The indie icons churned out a 72-minute mega-set to a crowd that clocked in just shy of Dinosaur Jr.’s at 4Knots appearance in terms of sheer size and I-can’t-fuckin-see-i-tude, deploying all the favorites with a little help from their friends in Honeyblood and Saint Rich. Check out the video and setlist below, and then get ready for Temples, who headline River Rocks’ next rager on August 7th.

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Shake Shack coming to Williamsburg?

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We have not been able to officially confirm this, but a tip came in this morning and we’re keeping our fingers crossed:

Just talked to the construction workers outside N4th & Berry (next to Viva Toro) and the head construction guy said that Shake Shack signed a commercial lease for the space!!

We’ll keep you posted when we hear more.

Joanna Gruesome share “Jerome (Liar),” playing NYC next month

joanna gruesome 12inNoisy pop punks Joanna Gruesome are following up their awesome debut LP, last year’s Weird Sisterwith a gold split 12″ on their own label Reeks of Effort with Trust Fund (it will be released in the US on HHBTM). Each band are contributing 3 tracks, and you can listen to Joanna Gruesome‘s first below. It’s just what you’ve come to expect from the band: brief yet exhausting twee goodness.

You can pre-order the record here (no link for US yet); it’s out September 22nd.

The Welsh band are on tour starting this weekend, and it hits NYC twice. First, an incredible bill at Shea Stadium August 26th, where they play with indie darlings Perfect Pussy, plus alt-punks Potty Mouth and Love of Everything. Tix for that are on sale now, and I’m sure they won’t be for long.

That Friday the 29th, they hit the South Street Seaport with Big Ups for what is sure to be an awesome end of summer (never end, summer) concert. Even better, that one’s FREE. 

Iceage premier new song, announce Bowery Ballroom show

iceage_sep2013_byLawrencePrice15 months ago, on the heels of Iceage’s sophomore effort, You’re Nothing, and awaiting the emergence of related projects like Lower and Vår, you probably heard me barside at some venue in some stupid t-shirt spouting the opinion that Copenhagen was home to the best punk scene on the planet. Since then, however, critical and consumer attentions have strayed, said scene has evolved, and now, looking back on a year dominated by black metal bands and shoegaze start-ups, it all seems like a distant and, given those band’s sonic proclivities, ice-encased memory.

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Menu: The Gorbals is open in Williamsburg

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Reservations are now available, which seems dumb, since this joint is on top of an effin Urban Outfitters. From Eater:

The New York outpost of Ilan Hall’s LA restaurant The Gorbals opens for dinner tonight in Williamsburg’s new Urban Outfitters “concept store” Space Ninety 8. The menu features several dishes cooked over the restaurant’s large wood-fire grill, including lamb ribs, porgy with bonito butter, and bone marrow with hen of the woods mushrooms and creamed walnuts. Other items include banh mi poutine, whole roasted pig head, and the well-known cheeky bacon-wrapped matzo balls. The promised large-format schnitzel “with the hoof still on” turns out to be a “chicken schnitzel with talon.”

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