Life’s a Picnic, NY Whiskey Cruise, and Burger Supremacy

By Daksha Devnani, Epoch Times
August 20, 2015 7:16 pm Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm
(Courtesy of Robert Nguyen)
(Courtesy of Robert Nguyen)

Life’s a Picnic at Grand Central

Enjoy a weeklong celebration of summer with a picnic at Grand Central. The second annual Life’s a Picnic at Grand Central will see Vanderbilt Hall reimagined as a free indoor picnic space. There will be free Wi-Fi, live entertainment, and plenty of food to purchase from Grand Central retailers (or bring your own). Watch live cooking demonstrations, like mozzarella-making with Dan Belmont of Murray’s Cheese, burgers with Chef Cenobio Canalizo of Michael Jordan’s The Steak House N.Y.C., sushi rolling with Chef Hiro Isikawa of Shiro of Japan, and more. Performances include Peety the Clown’s Yo-Yos & Stuff Show by Big Apple Circus, Receta Secreta, dance music trio, presented by Music Under New York, and more!

Aug. 24–Aug. 28
Monday–Thursday, 7 a.m.–7 p.m.
Friday, 7 a.m.–2 p.m.
Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central.

NY Whiskey Cruise

Attention whiskey lovers: the Whiskey Guild will bring together some of the best minds from the industry to help you sample and celebrate the world’s finest spirits, all while taking in views of the city aboard a cruise ship. Your ticket will give you access to a world-famous Glencairn tasting glass, gourmet buffet dinner, and dessert.

Thursday, Aug. 27, 7 p.m.– 9.30 p.m.
11th Avenue & West 21st Street.
Tickets: $135.


The Burger Supremacy

Witness a fierce battle of vegetarian burgers as they duke it out for the Burger Supremacy at the new V Spot in the East Village. The competition will include 12 plant–based burgers in styles of both gourmet and everyday. Guests will be given the opportunity to try all of them and vote for their favorite contestant. The winning burger will be sold for a week at V Spot. Some of the chef competitors include Brooklyn Fork & Spoon, Marty’s Vegan Fast Food, The Organic Grill, Jersey City Veggie Burgers, and V Spot.

Monday, Aug. 31, 6 p.m.–9 p.m.
V Spot, 12 Saint Marks Place, East Village.
Tickets: $20.

Apotheke Academy: Market Fresh Mixology

Cocktail enthusiasts, join the Apotheke academy’s mixologists to learn how to create delicious market–fresh cocktails from unique ingredients ranging from heirloom tomatoes to lemongrass to aprium and gooseberries. All herbs and botanicals will be rummaged from the farmer’s market and Apotheke’s Rooftop Herb Garden. Upon the completion of the class, each guest can purchase the full service mixology kit to recreate cocktails at home.

Saturday, Aug. 22, 2 p.m.–4 p.m.
9 Doyers St.
Tickets: $125.

Dinners in the Dark at CAMAJE

Are you ready to be adventurous with your dining experience? Then join CAMJAE for Dinner in the Dark, where diners will enjoy a multicourse meal while blindfolded. Menus are secret until the end of the meal, so guests will have fun guessing the food on their plates and wine in their glasses.

Saturday, Aug. 22, 8 p.m.
CAMAJE, 85 MacDougal St.
Tickets: $85.