Runny tofu. Limp lettuce. Bland steamed vegetables. That's how a lot of people view vegan food, and The Seed: A Vegan Experience's founder Harvey Fung was no exception. But that opinion changed in 2011. That's when the avid muay thai practitioner and owner of 82Mercer saw the documentary Forks Over Knives, which set him on his path to veganism and led him to discover that vegan cuisine can be hearty, satisfying, and, most importantly for a foodie like him, decadent and delicious. In fact, it's not unusual for him to have a slice or two of moist chocolate layer cake that leaves him "sated and happy" and able to walk past traditional patisseries without licking the window.
After realizing that his discovery couldn't be kept to himself, Fung decided to share his love of vegan fare with The Seed: A Vegan Experience, an endeavor to reach out to vegans, omnivores who really like tempeh, and vegetable skeptics all at once with inspiring talks, cooking lessons, and samples from NYC restaurants and earth-friendly vendors. The proceeds from the event will benefit two nonprofit organizations: The New York Coalition for Healthy School Fund, an organization that works to improve the health of New York's students statewide, and Mercy for Animals, a national organization dedicated to preventing animal cruelty.
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.
For 35 years, artists, gallery owners, and publishers have travelled from all over the world to showcase their talent and favorite work in Artexpo's large exhibition space during an event lauded by the L.A. Times, Fine Art magazine, Wall Street Journal, and NBC. A diverse palette of renowned artists and their masterpieces have shown at Artexpo, including Robert Rauschenberg, Keith Haring, and Andy Warhol, whose work was overshadowed by the much-anticipated appearance of his beloved soup can. Today, Artexpo New York serves as an innovative marketplace where artists can garner attention and generate buzz.
In the 2001 movie Osmosis Jones, Bill Murray's character dreams of attending the National Buffalo Wing Festival. Although that made for an amusing plot point, there was a problem: at the time, no such festival existed. When Buffalo native Drew Cerza heard about this oversight, he realized that it was a wrong that needed righting. He threw his inaugural festival that same year, and the rest is meaty, sauce-slathered history. Now, every Labor Day weekend, wing fans flock to Buffalo, and they usually bring their appetites to chow through one million-plus wings over the duration of the festival.
At each festival, restaurant representatives travel to Coca-Cola Field to share their tastiest, hottest sauces with festivalgoers. A select group of buffalo wing purists participate in the festival's traditional and creative sauce competitions, whipping up sauces onstage before serving their concoctions to a panel of local celebrity judges. The sauce-off is one of the festival's many contests, which also include wing eating competitions and bobbing for wings in a pool of blue cheese.
Aside from the many wing-based events, the festival features entertainment ranging from live music to live quiz shows. In 2006, the festival even hosted a wedding, fulfilling every father's fantasy of grabbing a snack as he accompanies his daughter down the aisle.
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.
The ninth annual Syracuse International Film Festival lights a fire under the socially aware with a four-day series of movie screenings that focus on the overarching themes of peace and social justice. The festival’s lineup of films from around the globe tackles hot-button subjects including South African apartheid (One Day After Peace) and GLBT rights (Unfit: Ward vs. Ward), acknowledging societal issues and telling the stories of those working toward reconciliation. The Syracuse International Film Festival also honors slain Syracuse University film student Bassel Shahade, who lost his life in June while documenting injustices in his native Syria.
In addition to spotlighting thought-provoking films, the cinematic extravaganza welcomes renowned performers to its screenings, such as two-time Golden Globe winner Karen Black. The prolific actress, known for starring in such films as Easy Rider and Five Easy Pieces, will join the festival’s opening program via Skype to answer questions about her career and whether she thinks squirrels are brown or gray. On Saturday, October 13, actor Ron Perlman, star of The City of Lost Children and TV’s Sons of Anarchy, also Skypes with fans before a screening of the blockbuster hit Hellboy. Other scheduled events include a pianist performance, a film maker's party, and a showing of Toy Story for cinema's young and young-hearted fans.