As a child in the Bronx, Jon Gray used to entertain himself by reading “The Joy of Cooking.” On nights when his family ventured out to a restaurant, he took charge. “They crowned me the restaurant king in my family when I was 5 or 6 years old,” he recalled. “I’d order for the table.” Now 29, Mr. Gray has played the restaurant king on pilgrimages to France, Spain and Denmark. He is a leader of a group of globe-hopping food lovers and chefs calling themselves Ghetto Gastro. Along with his fellow members, like the chefs Lester Walker and Pierre Serrao, Mr. Gray wants to see the day when the Bronx is recognized for the talent of its homegrown chefs. “I feel like success for me would be establishing the Bronx as a culinary destination,” he said during a recent stroll through the neighborhood. Another of his founding Ghetto Gastro comrades, the Bronx-born Malcolm Livingston II, is the pastry chef at Noma, the trailblazing restaurant in Copenhagen. “That alone shows the potential … [Read more...] about Food Lovers Aim to Give the Bronx Its Due
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If you can get past the name, a graduate-school groaner that I am supposed to underline, but won’t, there is nothing pretentious about Untitled. Untitled is on the ground floor of the Whitney Museum of American Art. The Whitney is the second major art museum in the city to choose Danny Meyer to run a big, semiformal restaurant — the Museum of Modern Art is the other — and yet Mr. Meyer is resolutely uninterested in arty food. When Eleven Madison Park began its swerve toward the conceptual, he sold it. The remaining holdings in his Union Square Hospitality Group are polite restaurants where polite people are in very little danger of being challenged or provoked. Although Mr. Meyer has worked to make his name synonymous with hospitality, what his restaurants sell above all is reassurance. Imagine his relief that the Whitney decided against installing Charles Ray’s sculpture of a naked Huck Finn , bending over next to an 8-foot full-frontal Jim, on the plaza in front of … [Read more...] about Untitled at the Whitney in the Meatpacking District
When presidential granddaughter Naomi King Biden and Peter George Heerman Neal get married on the South Lawn of the White House on Saturday, they will join a short list of couples, including presidential children, nieces and friends, and one president (Grover Cleveland), whose wedding days were celebrated in a residence that is a cultural icon. "It's the most famous house in the country," says Carl Sferrazza Anthony, author and presidential family historian. "Look at the proportions of those rooms and the high ceilings, whether you choose to get married in the Blue, Green or Red rooms. Or if you marry out on the lawn, it's those columns and the magnificent view of the nation's capital." Lynda Robb, daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson, says there was no question of where she would marry Marine Capt. Chuck Robb on Dec. 9, 1967: the White House, of course. "It's where I was living. It's a beautiful setting. It was an easy decision," she says. The White House hosts hundreds of … [Read more...] about The history of White House weddings, the ultimate public-private event
Click here to read the full article. In front of a sold-out crowd at the historic Hollywood Legion Theater Thursday night, the Hollywood Professional Association recognized outstanding work in the areas of color grading, editing, sound and visual effects. Feature films taking home HPA trophies include “ The Batman ” for color grading (pictured above), “Tick, Tick… Boom!” for editing, “ Dune ” for sound and “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” for visual effects. Other honorees in various categories: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” for color grading, “Summer of Soul,” “Succession” and “Severance” for editing, and “Encanto” for sound. More from Variety Timothée Chalamet Raves About Florence Pugh and Zendaya in 'Dune: Part 2': They're 'Seriously Incredible' Oscars Predictions: Best Makeup and Hairstyling - The Penguin and the 'Unseen Arkham Prisoner' Puts 'The Batman' In the Awards Conversation Timothée Chalamet: 'I Was Blindsided' by Massive 'Dune' … [Read more...] about ‘The Batman,’ ‘Dune’ and ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Among Top Winners at HPA Awards
I WAS EATING French fries at the Odeon when I noticed that a server had begun to repeatedly check in. “Oh,” I realized, “she needs the table back.” It was 6:22 p.m. The restaurant was full. Once, 11:40 p.m. had been “a little too early for Odeon,” according to “ Bright Lights, Big City ,” Jay McInerney’s 1984 chronicle of druggy downtown Manhattan, which featured the spot’s red neon marquee on its original paperback cover. “We sometimes didn’t get busy until, like, 8:30,” says Roya Shanks , the restaurant’s longtime maitre d’. But lately, she reports, there are “waves of people making 5 o’clock reservations” — unheard of just a few years ago. Farther uptown, at Danny Meyer’s Ci Siamo and Gramercy Tavern, “People sit down at 6:30, and our restaurant is full,” says Megan Sullivan, the director of operations for Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group. “Eight o’clock is what was hot for New Yorkers,” adds Roni Mazumdar, a co-owner of Dhamaka , a difficult-to-reserve Indian … [Read more...] about For New Yorkers, 6 p.m. Is the New 8 p.m.
0 Community Corner Saturday will be a day full of music, food, and fun at the 19th Annual Celebrate Mansfield Festival. Chris Dehnel , Patch Staff Posted Reply MANSFIELD, CT — The Mansfield Downtown Partnership is inviting area residents and visitors to gather in Downtown Storrs on Saturday for a day full of music, food, and fun at its 19th Annual Celebrate Mansfield Festival. The Festival is scheduled for 2 to 8 p.m. on and around Betsy Paterson Square. The event is free. Here is a guide to the festivities: The E. O. Smith Drumline will kick off the festivities at 2 pm. on Betsy Paterson Square. The group will will be followed by the E. O. Smith Chamber Singers to help mark the opening of the event. Mansfield businesses and community organizations and UConn departments, programs, and student groups will offer a variety of hands-on fun for all ages at more than 60 activity booths, which will be open from 2 to … [Read more...] about Celebrate Mansfield 2022: The Guide