Pharrell Williams Announces His 3-Day Music Festival This Spring in Virginia Beach and the Lineup is Crazy!

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.

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!

Tickets go on sale March 8, 2019 at 12PM EST. General Admission 3-day Passes are $150, while VIP passes are priced at $450. To purchase tickets visit the festival website!

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Save the Date: Seattle Museum Month February 2019

During the month of February 2019, downtown Seattle hotel 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!

Photo Courtesy of Visit Seattle

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

  1. Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
  2. Bellevue Arts Museum 
  3. Center for Wooden Boats
  4. Chihuly Garden and Glass 
  5. Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center
  6. Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum  
  7. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum 
  8. Frye Art Museum
  9. Henry Art Gallery
  10. Job Carr Cabin Museum
  11. Kids Discovery Museum 
  12. Kitsap History Museum
  13. Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
  14. LeMay – America’s Car Museum 
  15. Living Computers: Museum + Labs 
  16. Museum of Glass 
  17. Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) 
  18. Museum of Pop Culture 
  19. Nordic Museum 
  20. Northwest African American Museum 
  21. Northwest Railway Museum
  22. Olympic Sculpture Park
  23. Pacific Bonsai Museum
  24. Pacific Science Center 
  25. Puget Sound Navy Museum
  26. Seattle Aquarium 
  27. Seattle Art Museum 
  28. Seattle Children’s Museum 
  29. Seattle Pinball Museum 
  30. Shoreline Historical Museum
  31. Suquamish Tribal Museum 
  32. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center
  33. The Museum of Flight 
  34. The Valentinetti Puppet Museum
  35. US Naval Undersea Museum
  36. USS Turner Joy Museum Ship 
  37. UW Botanic Gardens Arboretum
  38. W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory
  39. Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience 
  40. Woodland Park Zoo

For more information visit www.seattlemuseummonth.com

First Annual Four Seasons Maui Wine & Food Classic March 1-3, 2019

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.

Event Schedule:
(Details are subject to change.)

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.

Macy’s Culinary Council, Chef Marcus Samuelsson Stops In Atlanta 

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.

 

RSVP in advance to receive a $10 Macy’s gift card at event check-in: https://marcussamuelssonlenox.eventbrite.com #macysculture

Get To Know High Museum of Art Highball Competitor, Hannah Leonard {Grain Spirits + Food}

Photo provided by Hannah Leonard
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.

Sazerac

Describe your job in one cocktail.

Whiskey Neat

Popcorn or potato chips?

Popcorn

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

Ginger Ale

Bartender or mixologist?

Craft Bartender 

Cocktail that represents Atl

Suppressor

Worse cocktail served to you.

Jack and Ginger

Mimosas or Bloody Mary

Mimosas

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.


What:  Highball

Where:  Margaretta Taylor Lobby, High Museum of Art

1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

When : February 18, 2017, 7:30pm-11:00pm

Tickets: www.high.org

“AN AFFAIR OF THE ART” AUCTION AND COCKTAIL PARTY BENEFITTING JERUSALEM HOUSE AND ARTSNOW  JANUARY 21, 2017

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. 

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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. 

A Night of Moroccan Inspired Cuisine + An Interview with Chef Leslie Gordon

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….

Ginger Kiss

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!

Chef Leslie Gordon ~ Penelahpes Culinary Services

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.