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Redeye Menus #ShashiSherry

On Wednesday, July 27th Redeye Menus celebrates one year of fabulousness - #ShashiSherry a special collaboration with Indique Restaurant.  In January, I attended one of their events for my birthday held at the Source with Chef Scott Drewno at the helm.  It was an experience like no other.  This team of awesome and powerful ladies curates an amazing experience from start to finish with no detail forgotten.  The cocktails are part of the journey along with one of the main stars - the Sherry.

Chantal, Carlie, and Holly continue to amaze and inspire me and other diners with each one of their community collaborative dinners.  It's a pleasure to see them join forces in this project as well as shine in their other ventures.

If you haven't attended, don't sleep on this latest foodie adventure.  If you have gone, why not return as each dinner provides new flavors and experiences.

Tickets are selling fast!  Get your ticket here.

Cochon 555's Heritage BBQ

As you may know, Cochon 555 is a food adventure where anyone with a pork lust can get their fill while supporting a great cause and promoting ethical farming.  Cochon 555 launched Heritage BBQ to continue in this trend as well as promoting various BBQ flavors and encouraging guests/consumers to be involved in farm to table efforts.

I attended Cochon 555 Heritage BBQ with great friends like Cecile who writes at the Worldly bite and wrote up an amazing review here and Aparna who writes for The Hungry Travelist.  My mom flew up from South Florida to join me again. If you may remember, she came up before for Cochon 555 and the chef's dinner at Blue Jacket (both were SPECTACULAR).  However, my poor mom had a migraine and I invited a friend to replace her.

Upon arrival, we immediately ran to find the welcome ribs among other goodies.  It really is a magical journey involving all the pork and bourbon one can consume. I stopped by Lukas Smith's stand to try his two cocktails on draft both with tequila.  One of my favorite things at the event was the Cochon 555 perfect manhattan.  

Competing chefs included Nicholas Stefanelli of Masseria, Will Morris of Vermillion, Sam Molavi of Compass Rose and RJ Cooper of Rouge24, and Jose Adorno of Graffiato.  With all the deliciousness, the judges had a tough call with who would be crowned King of Porc.  In the end, the crown went to Jose Adorno!

There were chefs who came to share their love of piggy and support this great event.  Non-competing chefs included Erik Bruner-Yang of Maketto, Scott Drewno of The Source by Wolfgang Puck, Zack Mills of Wit & Wisdom Tavern, Kyle Bailey of Birch & Bailey, Louis Goral of Rural Society, Craig Hartman of The Barbeque Exchange,  Jeremy Waybright of Boss Shepherd’s, Danny Lee of Mandu and Haider Karoum of Estadio/Proof/DoiMoi.

This is an event that I will definitely continue to support as it promotes local farming and supporting chefs, farmers, and more.  I can't wait to see how Cochon 555 and it's events evolve in the future.

Diner en Blanc

I attended my second Diner en Blanc this year where I rocked a white jumpsuit  from Rent the Runway again.  You have probably seen numerous articles from other bloggers or writers on the price, their recap and more.  But you haven't read about my great time.

Every year I forget about transportation to the event.  Every year I get angry and hot and wonder why I am doing this to myself.  Usually upon arrival there is still some stress over setting up the table and getting organized along with picking up my wine.  Once everything is set up is when I really get to take in what I am seeing.

The Diner en Blanc crowd is incredibly diverse and fun.  Everyone is welcoming, sharing food and dancing together.  I always make new friends every year and re-meet people I have met in previous years. 

After enjoying our dinner of cheese, meat, olives and salad, my date and I drank and danced the night away.  

I always question whether to go and who I will take.  Yet somehow I end up finding a fabulous friend to join me and I have a great time.  Chances are likely I'll end up dancing the night away again next year.  Maybe next year I can take my mom as she has always wanted to go.

Secret Monkey Social Club

Last month I attended the first Secret Monkey Social Club.  Founded by Lukas B. Smith (currently of Dram & Grain and Jack Rose Dining Saloon, formerly beverage director of Daikaya) and Shayna Blass (actress, singer and dancer, appearing in the upcoming Passion Play at Forum Theater) it combines the best of both worlds - amazing booze and music.

I wasn't sure what to expect the first time around.  I was joined by one of my partners in crime.  It was beginning to snow heavily and OPM had promised to shut down the next day.  It was a lively crew that joined in merriment that night.  Music and drinks flowed together as one.  I sampled each punch that exposed new flavors.

Shayna jumped into the set and killed.  As the night came to a close, we all finished our delicious punches and prepared to enter the frozen tundra once more.

Next Secret Monkey Social Club is Monday, March 23rd.  Navid "Navi" Azeez will provide an opening performance with Shayna performing again.  It will be a great time with Lukas manning the punch bowls with Dan Searing.  Check out February's punch menu below.