Pharrell Williams is kicking off spring in the most awesome way possible with the launch of his 3-day festival, named Something in the Water. The festivities will take place Friday, April 26th thru Sunday, April 28th, 2019, in his hometown of Virginia Beach.
"I made a promise to God that if I was able to see the world, I would bring the best of what I saw back to Virginia Beach." —@pharrell
The lineup is pretty incredible with performances from Missy Elliott, Migos, Janelle Monet, SZA, Pusha T, Jhene Aiko, Jaden Smith, Maggie Rogers, Rosalía, Travis Scott, Dave Matthews Band, Dram, and so many more!
During the month of February 2019, downtownSeattlehotel guests receive 50 percent off admission prices to participating museums and cultural institutions during the fifth annual Seattle Museum Month.It’s the perfect time to explore one or two of Seattle’s 40 museums!
These discounts are only valid for guests staying at one of the participating hotels, up to four people, during hotel stay dates. Visitors must present an official Seattle Museum Month guest pass at participating museums to redeem the discounts.
Participating Seattle Museums
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
Bellevue Arts Museum
Center for Wooden Boats
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center
Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum
Fort Nisqually Living History Museum
Frye Art Museum
Henry Art Gallery
Job Carr Cabin Museum
Kids Discovery Museum
Kitsap History Museum
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
LeMay – America’s Car Museum
Living Computers: Museum + Labs
Museum of Glass
Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)
Museum of Pop Culture
Northwest African American Museum
Northwest Railway Museum
Olympic Sculpture Park
Pacific Bonsai Museum
Pacific Science Center
Puget Sound Navy Museum
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle Children’s Museum
Seattle Pinball Museum
Shoreline Historical Museum
Suquamish Tribal Museum
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center
The Museum of Flight
The Valentinetti Puppet Museum
US Naval Undersea Museum
USS Turner Joy Museum Ship
UW Botanic Gardens Arboretum
W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
On March 1-3, 2019, head to Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea to attend the 1st Annual Four Seasons Maui Wine & Food Classic. This 3-day festival features world-class vintners, master sommeliers, and top chefs in Wailea. The event is curated in partnership with Christian Navarro of Wally’s Wines.
Masterclasses Friday, March 1, 6 p.m.-7 p.m.
Wine tastings feature lively discussion moderated by sommeliers, rare vintages, and sunset views. Guests choose from one of the following:
-Brunello Di Montalcino Legend Biondi Santi
-Napa Valley Superstars featuring The Mascot, Realm, Dana Estates, Sinegal Estate, and Opus One
-Louis Roederer Champagne & Roederer Estate: Francevs. California
-A Discovery of Pinot Noir featuring Williams Selyem, Kistler, Peter Michael, Joseph Drouhin, and Maison Louis Jadot
-Louis XIII Cognac
Elite Wine Dinners Friday, March 1, 7 p.m.
Intimate under-the-stars dinners feature one of the top wineries in the world and a visiting celebrity chef. Following dinner, guests will enjoy access to an exclusive After Party at the resort’s famed Serenity Pool featuring spectacular desserts by Four Seasons Maui Executive Pastry Chef Bruce Trouyet and Casa Dragones after-dinner cocktails crafted by the Resort’s Master Mixologist, Ben Yabrow. Guests choose from one of the following:
-Colgin Dinner featuring Chef Jennifer Carroll, hosted by Colgin owners Ann Colgin and Joe Wender
-Harlan Estate Dinner featuring Chef Jason Fox, hosted by Harlan Estate director Don Weaver
-Pio Cesare Dinner featuring Chef Jason McLeod, hosted by Pio Cesare seventh-generation winemaker Pio Boffa
-Marciano Estate Dinner featuring Chef Ryan Kluver, hosted by Marciano Estate owner Maurice Marcianoand winemaker Morgan Maureze
-Chateau Cos d’Estournel Dinner featuring Chef Peleg Miron, hosted by Chateau Cos d’Estournel brand director Etienne Nantes
Glassology Saturday, March 2, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.
Resort Manager Martin Dell conducts a Riedel-certified glass tasting experience, leading guests through a hands-on experience where they discover how glass shape, density and size effects taste.
200 Anniversary Celebration with Champagne Billecart-Salmon Saturday, March 2, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
Guests will enjoy eight cuvees, including rare vintages, at family-owned champagne house Billecart-Salmon’s 200anniversary set in the Resort’s palatial Presidential Maile Suite.
Oceanfront Gala Saturday, March 2, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Twenty-seven world-renowned wine producers, Casa Dragones luxury artisanal tequila, and innovative fresh local cuisine from Executive Chef Craig Dryhurst and all celebrity guest chefs will delight guests at the grand tasting event set on the Resort’s stunning Ocean Front Lawn. Guests will mix and mingle with visiting vintners and master sommeliers, as well as the Resort’s robust staff of over 20 sommeliers.
Brunch & Bubbles Sunday, March 3, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
The weekend concludes with a lavish brunch featuring the best Champagne houses in the world and Italy’s top Prosecco producer, Bisol. Champagne producers include Dom Perignon, Krug, Moet & Chandon, Ruinart, Veuve Cliquot, Taittinger, and Billecart-Salmon.
The Resort invites guest to experience the entire schedule with tickets for two to all events and four nights in luxury room accommodations by reserving the Wine & Food Classic package. A la carte tickets are available through the Concierge. Guests must be age 21 years or older to attend all events. For reservations, tickets, or inquiries, call (808) 874-8000 or visit www.fourseasons.com/mauiclassic.
ATLANTA-This Friday, join Macy’s Culinary Council Chef Marcus Samuelsson for a special cooking demo in celebration of his new cookbook, The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem.
Learn from the master chef as he shares stories and secrets on how to prepare some of his favorite award-winning dishes, with plenty of scrumptious samples. Plus, enjoy performances by Harlem-based band The Rakiem Walker Project and NYC-based dance group W.A.F.F.L.E.!
With any purchase of $35 or more in the Home Department that day, receive a special gift and a copy of The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem, which Chef Samuelsson will sign directly after the event.
Last night I sat down with Hannah Leonard at a place that’s she is very familiar with, the bar at Grain Spirits + Food. In this Midtown Atlanta establishment, she has served as bartender for the last 6 months. Her skillful expertise earned this Atlanta native an invitation to compete in the High Museum of Art’s first mixology event, Highball. With 11 years in the service industry and 4 years of bartending under her belt, she is coming to the competition with much craftmenship and passion. I think the other contestants need to watch out! During my visit I also asked a few rapid fire questions to get to know Hannah. Read her answers below, then come see her in action at Highball on February 18th.
Rapid Fire Q & A
What time did you get up this morning?
8:10, and then 8:45
What did you have for dinner last night
A sandwich, I think.
1st alcohol that touched your lips.
A Costa Rican Beer
A cocktail you make for someone you want to impress.
Describe your job in one cocktail.
Popcorn or potato chips?
What’s your mixologist superpower?
Helping guest feel comfortable in their environment.
Cocktail request that makes you roll your eyes. I try not too. No judgements from me when it comes to what guest want to order.
Ginger ale or ginger beer
Bartender or mixologist?
Cocktail that represents Atl
Worse cocktail served to you.
Jack and Ginger
Mimosas or Bloody Mary
Cocktail snob or nah?
When creating, yes. Ordering, no.
Favorite menu item at Grain
The Dirty Chick or Black Lyte
Best midnight snack.
Whatever’s in the fridge that I don’t have to prepare. Also any soup ever.
Advice for aspiring female bartenders.
Find someone in the industry who is willing to invest in you. Do your homework. Know every answer before it’s asked.
Where: Margaretta Taylor Lobby, High Museum of Art
Celebrate creativity and two great causes at “An Affair of the Art,” an art auction and cocktail party to benefit Jerusalem House and ArtsNow on Saturday, January 21 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC). This unique event brings together two non-profits to help raise programmatic funds and awareness for both. Guests will have the chance to bid on works created by local artists and faculty and students from schools and colleges. There will also be on one-of-a-kind works of art created by Jerusalem House’s adult and child residents, under the direction of ArtsNow consultants, available for purchase. The evening’s emcee will be Kaedy Kiley, radio host on 97.1 The River, and revelers can enjoy tastings from local restaurants and caterers, an open bar featuring signature cocktails by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and works of art created in front of your eyes by Kent Knowles and Patrick Hanson.
Jerusalem House is Atlanta’s oldest and largest provider of permanent supportive housing for homeless and low-income men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS. They operate five housing programs including The Program for Adults, The Family Program, Scattered Site I, Scattered Site II and New Horizons. Soon they will provide over 80 percent of the permanent supportive housing designated for this underserved population in greater Atlanta. For more information about Jerusalem House, please visit www.jerusalemhouse.org or contact Liz Lapidus Public Relations.
ArtsNow is a nationally recognized provider of professional learning and resources for educators to bring the arts and creativity into daily classroom instruction. ArtsNow is dedicated to transforming education through arts integration and innovative practices by providing professional development and teacher resources. They promote positive outcomes for all students through compelling content delivery, increased engagement and retention of knowledge across the curriculum. Through authentic arts integration, students excel academically, socially and artistically, preparing them for the 21st century workplace. For more information about ArtsNow, please visit http://artsnowlearning.org/
Pre-sale tickets begin at $30 for General Admission and $75 for VIP per person. The VIP experience includes first access to bidding, a preview party and a gift of a limited production. To view the online art catalog, purchase tickets or for more information, please visit www.anaffairoftheart.org. ADAC is located at 349 Peachtree Hills Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30305.
Last night, I was invited for an evening of amazing Moroccan inspired cuisine. Penelahpes Culinary Services held their Non-Holiday Dinner Party in the Historic West End. Established in 2004 by Chef Leslie Gordon, Penelahpes Culinary Services have been serving up “healthy gourmet” meals to some Atlanta’s most influential residents.
Chef Gordon did not hold back in bringing her skillful hand to the table. I really loved the beautiful decorations that complemented the theme of the private event. Some of which was made by Chef Gordon! Everything came together beautifully.
Let the Penelahpes Culinary Services experience begin….
As guest arrived, they were warmly greeted with a Ginger Kiss. You can find the recipe here! It’s a great cocktail to impress your guest with.
Samosa served with Tomato Jam
These samosas were delicious! They were filled with perfectly seasoned potatoes inside. But what brought these delightful bites to another level was the tomato jam. So good!! Everyone wanted a jar to take home with them.
Thai Wheat Clams
Seriously tasty! That’s how I would describe the clams. The broth was made with one of my favorite local beers, Thai Wheat by Second Self Brewing Company. With the beer being brewed with ginger and lemongrass, and Chef Gordon adding her special Moroccan spice mix, the clams were given a very exotic flavor.
Wilted Spinach Salad with Ginger Dressing
Some love was definitely put in this salad! I saw a few guests asking for seconds.
Spicy Gyro Spiced Roasted Vegetables (Indian eggplant, portabello mushrooms, mixed peppers, red onions, bok choy, and love.)
I love roasted vegetables. The spices added to this melody of vegetables was superb. So on point!
Coconut Curry Chicken
So first of all, the chicken was so moist and tender. Like it literally fell off the bones! The coconut and curry along with some intense spice made for a unique piece of chicken. Very tasty!
Lemongrass and Cilantro Salmond
Jasmine Rice with Golden Raisins and Cardamon
Another delicious plate of awesomeness! Let’s start with the Jasmine Rice. It was complemented by Cardamon and golden raisins. I could have just eaten that by itself. I loved how the golden raisins gave you a burst of sweetness ever so often. So good! The Salmond was very flavorful. The freshness of the lemongrass and cilantro really came through.
Death by Chocolate Chai Cake w/ Blueberry Lemon Ginger Sauce
Amazing!!! Super moist. Extreme rich flavors. Spicy. The blueberries were rolled in Cardamon Sugar!! Yes, please! I enjoyed every bite!! I still can’t believe it was vegan!
This was truly an amazing culinary experience. Every guest left with a full belly and a souvenir to remember the amazing night. A spoon necklace!! How cute is that! Some guests even got in photo booth with the chef!
I got a chance to interview Chef Gordon. Get to know her below!
Who or what influenced you to become a chef?
I cooked my whole life. My mom always encouraged me to cook. Her support was waking up after two weeks of finals in New Orleans to get a grocery list for a holiday dinner. When I entered culinary school my dad took care of my son. I also got knocked up and needed a trade that I would enjoy. Lol!
How would describe your culinary focus?
My culinary focus is healthy gourmet. When I cook, I just want peoples’ taste buds to explode and their bodies to wake up and feel good!
If you could cook a meal for the first family what would it be?
Um..what I cooked the other night. lol! I would cook some collard green grits and fried fish. Yum! I want some now with a nice green salad and some spicy pickles for the collards!
Name a chef you are most the inspired by and why?
Chef Deborah Berry and Chef Calavino Donati are two chefs who taught me to be creative, innovative, and don’t sweat the small stuff by being flexible and believe in your flavors. Chef Scotley taught me about techniques and he is truly a hands on chef as well. All these Chefs believe in me.
What is your life’s motto?
Life’s motto? Shit…believe in my truths and love myself and don’t let nobody tell you shit!
What’s your favorite Atlanta restaurant?
I can’t say for real. I volunteer at many events and have had food from all over Atlanta. And I love it all! Plus I cook at home a lot.
Favorite childhood dish and who made it?
My mom would make chuck roast and the leftovers would be served on a slice of white bread with mash potatoes and meat and gravy. Man that was it!!!!! It was love on a plate!!
For more information about Penelahpes Culinary Services, visit www.penelahpes.com.