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•Woodford Reserve is paying homage to Diane Crump, the first woman to ride in the Kentucky Derby, with its 2020 $1,000 Mint Julep. Created every year as a fundraiser for racing-related nonprofits, the elaborate gold- and silver-plated cups this year honor the 50th anniversary of Crump’s groundbreaking race at the 1970 Derby, where the jockey, then 21, rode the chestnut colt Fathom to a 15th-place finish. And while in years past those who purchased the $1,000 Mint Julep would have to collect it in person on race day, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Woodford Reserve is shipping the 2020 cups directly to their recipients. Whisky Advocate has the full story. •Napa Valley-based Crimson Wine Group has extended its partnership with RNDC-Young’s. The new agreement makes RNDC-Young’s the exclusive distributor of Crimson’s portfolio in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, and Oregon, in addition to the nine states that predate this development. Effective September 1, RNDC will distribute Crimson’s portfolio in 15 states nationwide. Crimson’s brands include Pine Ridge Vineyards, Archery Summit, Double Canyon, and Seghesio Family Vineyards. •Château d’Esclans has partnered with celebrity caterer Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs Caterers, supplying the wine for white glove, at-home wine tasting dinners. The dinner package includes a four course, four hour dinner with wait staff for up to 10 guests and nine bottles of various Château d’Esclans wines including Whispering Angel and Rock Angel. The menu features a grilled peach arugula salad, asparagus risotto and sea bass, along with appetizers and dessert. Pricing for 10 guests starts at $3,200. •Fetzer Vineyards’ Bonterra brand has debuted a new advertising campaign, “Tastes Like Saving the Planet.” The new...

The Hamptons Parties + Events for Season 2020

The Hamptons has entered Phase III of reopening and that means summertime activities are back and it’s game on!! PLEASE wear masks for indoor dining + shopping though so we can keep moving forward! We’ve been counting our lucky stars that OUR beaches opened and remain open…and we’ve been doing outdoor bbqs first with family and then a sprinkling of friends too. Heck, we can even have micro weddings now! We’re blaming this all on Leap Year which seemed to ring in the new age of whatever we call this…so just wear your mask with your own style + play it cool + we’ll just make this a happening summer : ) Let’s be real…May didn’t really count much for parties…OR the past 3 months for that matter! So we’re picking up where summer was SUPPOSED to start…Memorial Day Weekend 2020!! Intead of the usual SUMMERTIME opener, this season has really been more of “a collective” celebration with a new kind of six degrees of separation measured in feet(?) or maybe “hollering” distance? Honey, CAN YOU HEAR ME NOWWWW? or that familiar demand of a child’s impatient voice seemingly ruling the roost on more than one occasion? ; ) Soooo, yup that would put us all in the same boat but thankfully we do see A LOT of warmth with smiles galore amidst the heartache of those who have suffered the most because of this pandemic. Some of us have actually had more time to be with our loved ones while others couldn’t but the sunshine always comes out after it rains so we’re thinking positively about our new kind of summer...

9 Creative Catering Ideas for Virtual Events and Small Gatherings

Enjoy event-worthy meals at home with these offerings from caterers in North America. From at-home pop-up experiences to backyard BBQ boxes, catering companies are getting creative when it comes to serving clients and customers. Here are some clever culinary ideas and meal delivery packages for graduations, virtual galas, corporate meetings, and more. Wolfgang Puck Catering’s ‘Just the Appetizers’   Photo: Sebastian Garcia eaturing Wolfgang Puck’s signature appetizers, this package includes a spicy tuna taco kit; smoked salmon lollipops with dill crème fraiche and caviar; a mini burger kit; margherita flatbread; an Asian salad kit; and mini white chocolate cherry cookies, brownie bites, and mini berry hand pies. It’s available for parties of four to 24 for $35 per person (plus a $10 fee for delivery), and is only available in the Los Angeles market. Wolfgang Puck Catering’s ‘Best of Awards Season’   Photo: Sebastian Garcia You don’t need to don a gown to indulge in some of Wolfgang’s most popular award season dishes, including his legendary chicken pot pie (pictured); cavatappi truffle mac ’n cheese; miso-glazed salmon with carrot ginger puree; and stone fruit and burrata salad, plus roasted nuts and jalapeño popcorn to share, as well as his signature bon-bons. Cocktails, wine, and beverages and extra dishes can be added on for an additional charge. The package is available for parties of four to 24 people for $45 per person (plus a $10 fee for delivery), and is only available in the Los Angeles market. 12th Street Catering’s Celebration Boxes   Photo: Courtesy of 12th Street Catering Philadelphia-based 12th Street Catering is now offering Celebration Boxes, individually packaged boxes featuring different...

Celebrate Dad With These 7 Unique Father’s Day Activities You Can Do at Home

Breakfast in bed is great, but why not get creative and try a new activity that’ll make this Father’s Day one to remember. Graduations, birthdays, and holiday celebrations look a little different this year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. OK, a lot different. Virtual events have filled the gaps, of course, but it can be hard to muster joy when you’re forced to celebrate at home. Still, the dear old Dad in your life deserves to be celebrated on Father’s Day, which means you might want to try to up the ante this year. Sure, breakfast in bed is great, but why not get creative and try a new activity that’ll make it a day to remember? To celebrate this season, here are seven inventive ways to fete Pop on Father’s Day. 1. HAVE AN INFLATABLE POOL PARTY     Try this idea for dads who are missing out on a trip to the beach or a day at the community pool. Kick back and stay cool with a large, inflatable pool ($45, Target), some music blasting from the house, and a cooler of cold drinks. “Some pools are even small enough to fit on a balcony or the patio,” says Drew Henry of Design Dudes. 2. BRING THE BACKYARD BARBECUE TO YOU              Photo by Derviss Design   Burgers and brats on the grill are the classic go-to meal for Father’s Day, but you can take it to the next level by ordering an expertly cooked meal to go—and supporting a local restaurant. Do some research to see which local barbecue restaurants are open for pickup or delivery. Some restaurants...

What To Get For Father’s Day In 2020

You’ve put your old man through a lot during your time on this planet. And the poor old guy has always been there for you, no matter how big of an asshat you were. Don’t you think that he deserves a reward? With Father’s Day coming up let’s skip the sad tie this year, OK? Instead, let’s get something that your dad will actually love and—who knows?—actually get some use out of. Read on for our suggestions.   The Long Drink Traditional Long Drink is a citrus soda with a premium liquor kick, an incredibly crisp and refreshing taste. Alc. By Vol. 5.5%. The roots of ‘long drink’ go back to the 1952 Summer Games in Helsinki. The small and poor country was still recovering from World War II. Still, the Finns wanted to give tourists an unforgettable experience. However, the officials had a concern: how will we serve drinks quickly enough to all the visitors!? As a solution, they came up with a revolutionary idea of a new liquor drink, and so the first ‘long drinks’ were born. Finally, this legend has been brought to America by the next generation of Finns who want the world to experience the refreshing and unique Finnish Long Drink. The Long Drink is currently available in Connecticut, Georgia, Nevada, New York and New Jersey, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Pennsylvania with ambitious growth plans in the near future.   NiceStuff Clothing When you want to wear a t-shirt but the occasion requires a tailored button down, the shirt to own is our short sleeve stretch shirt for all-day performance. Tailored using soft, yet structured...

How To Host a Socially Distant Barbecue in Your Own Backyard

We’re all itching to get outside and be social this summer, but it has to be done the smart way. Here’s how to entertain safely this season. While the novel coronavirus may have people canceling big graduation bashes, birthday parties, or other large get-togethers this season, as many states start to reopen and allow small gatherings of up to 10 people, homeowners are more than ready to break out the grill and have a little fun. While meeting with anyone outside your home’s inhabitants could raise your exposure levels to COVID-19, meeting outdoors has lower risks than convening inside, due to increased air circulation. “As long as you’ve been quarantined and are meeting with others who’ve followed similar practices, it makes the situation low-risk for transmission of the virus,” says Andrew Janowski, M.D., an instructor in pediatric infectious diseases at Washington University School of Medicine. Furthermore, there are many things you can do during your gathering to keep it as safe as possible. So if you’re determined to do some true face time with your friends or family, here’s how to host a socially distant backyard barbecue or gathering that can help keep everyone as safe as possible this summer. Spread wide—even outside   Photo by Innovative Construction Inc.   Don’t sit on top of one another—instead, double up on furniture, with a picnic table and a folding table so each family has its own personal space. “Talking induces significant production of saliva droplets from the mouth, but being outdoors helps reduce the chances that the virus could spread more so than in a confined space,” says Janowski. “Arrange seating that forces...

Weathering the Storm (Part 1)

How seasoned caterers are facing the COVID-19 crisis   Chef Dewey LoSasso of Bill Hansen Catering was interviewed by a Miami television program about the Cinco de Mayo-themed “Celebration in a Box.” By Sara Perez Webber 2020 wasn’t supposed to be this way. The COVID-19 crisis and the resulting devastation in the industry have waylaid all the plans catering companies may have had for the year. Yet even while they’ve had to make tough, emotional decisions, caterers are responding to the times with characteristic grit and optimism. Catering Magazine interviewed the following longtime caterers in late April. They shared how their businesses are coping with the crisis, their advice to others in the industry, and how they’re planning for the new normal. Bill Hansen Catering & Event Production Coconut Grove, Fla. • billhansencatering.com At Bill Hansen Catering & Event Production, CEO Bill Hansen has overseen a variety of initiatives to keep staffers working and position the company for the eventual reopening of the economy. The company began Family Meal Delivery in mid-March, offering three-course meals, custom-crafted by Corporate Chef Dewey LoSasso. Response to its Passover Seder Meal Delivery was so strong that the company was expecting as many as 300 orders for its Mother’s Day Delivery Package, featuring a family-style menu and such options as a floral bouquet and crafted cookie box. Celebration in a Box also launched recently, with the first version a Cinco de Mayo delivery package featuring all the fixings for tacos and margaritas. The interruption in business has also provided an opportunity to focus on long-term projects. The Bill Hansen sales team is taking a sales training program, Cardone...

Baking During Quarantine? 11 Things Your Kitchen Needs

  Does it seem like every post in your feed showcases a crusty sourdough boule? Or a focaccia garden? (See photo below, and you’ll get the idea.) With so many Americans quarantining at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, it seems like everyone’s baking up a storm. Reducing the number of trips to the grocery store is one good reason to stock up on baking supplies. But there’s another that’s more psychological in nature: Baking can be a balm for the soul. “Especially now, there’s something very satisfying about creating your own dough and using your hands to make bread and baked goods that you can feed to others,” says Andrea Correale of the catering company Elegant Affairs. Want to get on the baking train? Equip your kitchen with the right gear so your baking is easier and more fun, whether you’re making fancy French baguettes or a simple batch of muffins. 1. Standing mixer     Any baker worth her salt will invest in a standing mixer, lest she break her arm trying to mix \ dough to the right consistency. And if yours is a gorgeous robin’s-egg blue like this one, you’ll brainstorm a dozen other cooking projects just so you can use it every day. This 10-speed appliance has optional add-on pieces for rolling out pasta and shredding cheese, plus it comes in candy apple red and silver ($349, Amazon). 2. Bread knife   Sure, you can use any ol’ knife to cut bread, but a serrated one is made for the job and can swiftly slice through a dense outer crust. The German Wustof brand is high-quality, which means this...

Fare You Would Only Usually Get Served at a Black-Tie Event: 9 New York Caterers Currently Offering At-Home Meals

  In times of uncertainty, we look to our communities more than ever for ideas, insight, and guidance. At PartySlate, we will continue to share inspiring events and beautiful ideas throughout this difficult time, all the while looking forward to rejoining our friends and family to celebrate our life’s milestones — and yours. Eating delicious cuisine just got a whole lot easier. While parties and milestone events remain postponed, 7 of New York City’s top caterers are offering their exclusive catering menus for pickup or delivery. At Wafels & Dinges, the team tells us how they are adapting to the ‘new normal’ by offering normally-catered meals to families. Shaivi, Director of Sukhadia Caterers, goes on to say, “The recent situation has pushed us to come up with creative ideas. We are doing all of this by staying safe, keeping our staff safe, and exercising as much caution as possible.” Meanwhile, President Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs also discovered new ways to assist the community with a Stay-At-Home Market offering the finest quality groceries. Some catering companies are even finding ways to bring their meals to those one front lines. Kayla Castellano, Senior Events Sales Manager of CxRA, tells us how their chefs are busy preparing meals for city healthcare workers. As one nurse says, “I am obsessed with everything you’ve given us . . . Food is so important and I am SO grateful for all of the vegetables and nutrition you are giving us, especially at a time when we’re all trying to stay healthy.” So whether you put on a cocktail dress for a virtual Zoom dinner party with friends — or don a...

Long Island butchers, fish markets and more pivot to delivery

Man cannot live on takeout alone and, at some point, even the most stove-averse Long Islanders are going to have to start cooking. The good news is that some big-time restaurant suppliers, in an effort to shore up their flagging business, are now delivering to regular folks. Many local food purveyors are ramping up or initiating takeout services so you don’t have to go to the market, and some enterprising restaurants and caterers are even getting into the grocery game. In general, these companies offer quicker and more dependable delivery than regular supermarkets whose stock must be ordered through Instacart. But they are all overburdened in this new age of takeout so be prepared to be patient. GENERAL GROCERIES Baldor Specialty Foods: You’ve been eating Baldor provisions for decades without knowing it: it is one of the Northeast’s largest wholesale importers and distributors of fresh produce and specialty foods, a staple supplier of fine restaurants and markets. Now Baldor is making its vast inventory of specialty food available directly to consumers. All the staples are here, as well as foie gras, fiddlehead ferns and beef cheeks and pretty much anything you have ever eaten. Free delivery to all of Long Island with a $250 minimum. More info: baldorfood.com The Chef’s Warehouse: One of the tristate region’s leading food service suppliers is now offering you 10-packs of frozen Neapolitan pizzas, 1-pound cans of jumbo lump crab meat, 5-liter tubs of gelato plus meats, produce, dairy and grocery items. Delivery takes up to four business days; trucks come to Long Island on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; free delivery for orders over...



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