Barbecue ribs with a smoky rauchbier. A melon salad with a dark doppelbock. The folks behind Get Real Presents specialize in pairings like these, sharing the joys of craft beer and delicious, locally-sourced foods. In this spirit, its team of foodies and beer aficionados hosts festivals featuring more than 80 brews, as well as restaurant events that pair craft beer with regional foods. As unique as it sounds, they admit this isn't exactly a new idea—they take a page from other countries, such as Belgium, who actually anchor much of their cuisine around the effervescent beverage. Following this "cuisine a la biere" model, they aim to highlight all of the great things a freshly crafted brew can do to enhance an evening out on the town, such as highlighting the flavors of a complementary dish, spicing up a local chef's stew, or softening your dad to the idea of paying off all of your student loans.
A celebration of contemporary art, Select Fair inspires wonder and imagination during stops in Miami Beach and New York City. The Fair's visit to the Big Apple??scheduled to coincide with Frieze Fair??spreads before eyes a visual buffet of 44 booths exclusive to contemporary galleries and print publishers. In order to create a platform for new ideas, participating artists must also dedicate part of their booths to new media, conceptual, or progressive works. The whole scene unfolds on two levels of the historic Altman Building, a Chelsea landmark whose flexible open-floor plan can host everything from expansive art shows to indoor snowball fights.
Undead Music Festival celebrates the eternal pioneers of New York's instrumental and jazz scene with four nights of artist-oriented concerts and events. The jubilee of jams kicks off with Wednesday night's marathon of concerts at Le Poisson Rouge. Audience members migrate as freely as birds with jetpacks between the three neighboring venues. Playing Le Poisson Rouge that night are Elysian Fields, where Jennifer Charles's sultry vocals breeze over dark instrumentals, and Ben Perowsky's Moodswing Orchestra with TK Wonder, whose vocals infuse the bare, layered trip-hop with a subdued intensity. Sullivan Hall features Stabbing Eastward, with Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio notoriety, and the Chicago Underground Duo grace Kenny's Castaways with a mature sound, rooted in jazz fusion.
iAdventure sends urbanites on a variety of excursions in and around the Big Apple, inspiring them to branch out and try new experiences in the do, see, eat, and drink categories. The organizers draw from a variety of interests and a large pool of connections, allowing them to orchestrate outings ranging from walking tours of millionaires' homes to mixology boot camps. Many of iAdventure's events focus on helping out charitable causes or celebrating lesser-known holidays, such as Bastille Day.
At Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE's events, culinary experts share some of their favorite things to eat and sip. Many of NYCWFF's hosts are acclaimed chefs with beloved television shows: attendees may rub elbows with the likes of Rebel Eats' Justin Warner and Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods . At the festival's Groupon-exclusive events, they can also broaden their palates through a range of experiences, including tastings, cocktail parties, and gourmet food fights between celebrity chefs. It's for a good cause, too: 100% of the NYCWFF's net proceeds go directly to Share Our Strength?s No Kid Hungry? campaign and Food Bank For New York City.
The guides at Great Food Tours have teeth so sweet it's amazing they don't dissolve in coffee. Maybe that's why they display such an affinity for dessert-themed city tours. The dark-chocolate underbellies of New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., New Orleans, London, and Paris expose themselves in cocoa-themed tours across the globe. A few of these renowned culinary cities also offer ambulatory tastings of a different sort. Visitors in New York can go on a voyage into Italian food, and a food tour of London dispels undeserved stereotypes with a lineup of English cheeses, hearty pub fare, and a classic platter of fish and chips. Through Great Food Tours, taste buds get in on the vacation spirit, and maybe get upgraded to taste best friends.