It’s nearly time to party! With only a few days left to go until the Jubilee weekend, communities worldwide are preparing to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, either by attending an official Jubilee event or hosting their own street party! The Diamond Jubilee is a celebration of 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. An interesting fact: on February 6, 1952 Princess Elizabeth acceded to the throne and it took over a year to arrange the coronation, which was held on June 2, 1953 at Westminster Abbey.
The Queen is the second longest serving monarch in the United Kingdom: only Queen Victoria has ruled longer with a reign of 63 years. For more interesting facts about Queen Elizabeth II, CMB highly recommends the official Queen’s Diamond Jubilee website and acknowledges it as the source for several of the images that we have used in this post.
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Chelsea Market Baskets owner, David Porat, has a regular monthly column in the WestView News, a paper that serves as “the voice of the West Village.” After travelling abroad for last month’s article, he’s back in New York! He revisits an earlier series about the bargain to be had at restaurants offering a prix fixe lunch menu, and the joy of a meal eaten at leisure in the middle of the day rather than mindless bites hurriedly consumed at a desk.
Gotham Bar and Grill has been around since the last century or 1984, to be exact, yet it remains a highly rated, modern and elegant place to eat. Jeanne & Gaston is a new restaurant but with a traditional menu that is pleasantly old-fashioned French, a charming outside garden and unique in the city. Both restaurants have a prix fixe lunch that makes them especially worth celebrating this summer. [click to continue…]
Next Monday, May 28, is Memorial Day and the official kickoff to summer. Whether you’re celebrating with a barbeque or summer cocktails, CMB has all the ingredients for you to make hosting look easy! All season long we’ll be sharing great ideas and products meant for summertime and we would love for you to share your thoughts about summer food and entertaining items you can’t live without.
No one knows better how to handle the heat and humidity of summer like natives from the coast of South Carolina and Georgia: the Lowcountry. According to John Martin Taylor, author of Hoppin’ John’s Lowcountry Cooking, the Lowcountry encompasses the southern coast from Pawley’s Island to the Savannah River. The most famous communities and most popular travel destinations on this stretch of waterfront are Hilton Head Island and Beaufort, and some guides include Charleston in the Lowcountry region.
The food from the Lowcountry reflects the saltwater marshes and rich aquatic life that keeps local kitchens stocked. Seafood, rice, grits and fresh produce are integral parts of true Lowcountry dishes. CMB has helped bring these coastal flavors to New York City this summer with a great line of products from Lowcountry Produce. We are proud and thrilled to be carrying this small vendor’s product at CMB because they support local farmers and are committed to traditional southern food production.
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Chelsea Market Baskets is a proud partner in tonight’s A Taste of HOPE, a benefit tasting for the The HOPE Program, celebrating nearly 30 years of getting men and women back to work.
Our partnership includes having a tasting station at the event, and we are sharing our pressed cheese sandwiches with this culinary crowd of tastemakers! In honor of the special evening, CMB created a unique HOPE sandwich made with Barber’s Cheesemakers’ 1833 Farmhouse Cheddar and Kitchen Garden’s Old Spot Real Ale Chutney.
The very traditional British flavor of this pressed cheese showcases the imports that CMB is known for and celebrates the smaller, artisanal producers that we enjoy supporting.
A quick aside about Barber’s 1833 Cheddar: this cheese has a legacy as the longest operating cheddar producer in the world. As the name suggests, the Barber family (for six generations!) has been pasturing cows and making cheese since 1833 at Maryland Farm in Ditcheat, Somerset (just outside the village of Cheddar, England). [click to continue…]
Chelsea Market Baskets owner, David Porat, has a regular monthly column in the WestView News, a paper that serves as “the voice of the West Village.” Usually written about restaurants in the West Village, but this month, documents travel in Hong Kong and China for two of the largest gift and basket trade shows in the world, where dining out was a little different, but, as always, very entertaining and very tasty.
Sitting here, in a modern hotel on the other side of the world, twelve hours time difference, day is night and night day – yet the world is growing smaller and maybe better? I have just finished six days in Hong Kong and Guangzhou; I have been here many times before and dinners are some of the more exciting things that I do while I am here. The business of developing products and reviewing with vendors is also fun and challenging, with a bit of never knowing what you will find and how things will end up, but that is for another story and time. The food finds are immediate and most exciting in the present. Having friends who do similar things, both for business and pleasure, I relied on my London friend Paul to advise me on where to go now in Hong Kong. Last night and the night before, I ate on the island side at two maybe more current places.
The first night we explored a residential area not far from Central that is now being developed with trendy food and has been written about; it is called Tai Hang. It is not unlike a part of the Village with a multitude of ethnicities represented in the establishments. It was filled with younger people; in fact I took a friend who lives in Hong Kong there and he was surprised at how all these new places sprung up. There was a good bit of French, including a restaurant with a great selection of cheeses on display, many that you could not easily find in New York. We choose a restaurant called Daruma Ramen House, a new place that takes ramen noodles to an art. The restaurant is very small and inexpensive, about $10 or 77 HK$ for a very satisfying bowl of a rich and spicy broth that includes pork, noodles, fish row, a semi hardboiled egg, and nori seaweed. The service is curt, the style is modern and this could be New York or Hong Kong. What I am reminded of here is how Ramen is happening in New York with some of the disciples of David Chang at Momofuko basically doing the same thing in New York.
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