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Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Weekly Roundup: Chef Rafele Cooking Class Now Public, Murray's Cheese Ice Cream and Sushi Rules To Follow

  • Cooking Class:  Now available for sale to the Public is our Rafele Cooking Class at Ristorante Rafele.  This three hour long class includes a four course dinner, each student participates in creating several dishes with Rafele, wine parings and non-alcoholic beverages for $150/person.  Classes are held select Tuesdays at 3pm which are listed on our web site with a maximum size of 12 students.  Plan a Cooking Class and one of our Food Tours next time you are in town!

  • The 10 Best Pastrami Dishes in NYC That Aren't Sandwiches: The pastrami sandwich? A local luminary and national treasure. But the deli darling that launched a thousand fake orgasms has also found itself the star of numerous dishes that straight up balk at the Earl of Sandwich's beloved invention. Here are our 10 favorites, which may just be the best thing to happen to pastrami since sliced rye bread.
  • Carnegie Deli Owners Are Fighting To the Death, in Court: All of the lawsuits at the Carnegie Deli are coming to a head as owners Marian and Sandy Levine duke out their divorce in court, and one judge is fed up with it.
  • 'Friends' Central Perk pop-up coffee shop hits Manhattan: Television Group, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, and Eight O’Clock Coffee are partnering to re-create the Central Perk coffeehouse at a pop-up location in downtown Manhattan this September, and there are plenty of reasons to check it out besides the free coffee.

  • Meat Market; Pat LaFrieda Reflects on Four Generations of Butchery: Pat the third is a fourth generation butcher; his great-grandfather, Anthony, came to the States in 1906. He'd begun to learn the meat business in his native Naples, and here, he had the opportunity to step out on his own in 1922. All five of his sons -- including Pat Sr. -- worked for the company, and in the '50s, they started selling to restaurants during a labor strike. 
  • All The Cakes You Can Make With Just A Box Of Cake Mix And A Bottle Of Soda: It would appear that no cake recipe is as easy to follow as the one printed on the back of a cake mix box.  But there is something easier, dear cake-lovers. Swap all but the cake mix for a bottle of soda.
  • Philippine de Rothschild, Wine Nobility, Dies at 80: Philippine de Rothschild, a scion of the vaunted winemaking family who helped modernize and expand a renowned wine-producing enterprise that sells 22 million bottles annually, died on Saturday in Paris. She was 80.


  • Nolita landlord cashes in on rising rents: A humble single-story garage on Elizabeth Street in the heart of increasingly trendy Nolita stands on the verge of a major makeover. The owner of 242 Elizabeth St., which in recent years has been the site of a series of retail pop-up shops, is spending $5.9 million to build a seven-story property, starting with street-level retail and ending with a pricey penthouse.

  • Watch a Tokyo Chef Explain the Rules of Eating Sushi:  If Anthony Bourdain's 2012 graphic novel taught us anything, it's that diners at high-end sushi counters enter into an unspoken kind of contract the moment they pull up a stool: The chef agrees to prepare an exquisite meal of carefully selected, delicately handled rice and fish, and the customer agrees to not be a total moron.

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