humanrightswatch:

The Beauty Curse by Eric Pape

A serious, full-length graphic novel about a world where jealousy knows no limits, and where being a pretty girl can mean risking your life.

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Here’s a first: a “kick ass comic book” about a young woman “who went through hell, and somehow came out the other side.” Eric Pape will document, through drawings, the story of a Cambodian who was the victim of a vicious attack; he’s hoping to raise $32,000 for this effort. It’s a remarkable project because it will take a compelling human rights story and extricate from the shackles of a standard “report” or a “news piece.”  

We approve of this effort to “humanize” human rights and will call this Kickstarter a GOOD DEAL. 

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City Grit Is on Tumblr, Y'all. 4

DEAREST BAD DEALERS! This is a public service announcement to remind you that Sarah Simmons’ CITY GRIT, a permanent NYC pop-up that hosts a rotating series of visiting chefs, is on Tumblr. 

City Grit, which reported about $30,000 in losses from Superstorm Sandy, famously hosted a $300 per person “Do It Your Part” dinner series in December with Bon Appetit to aid in the relief effort. 

Of course, other City Grit events are less expensive; tickets to next weekend’s meals with Peter Dale (The Nation, F&W Best New Chef) are $75 apiece. For updates on upcoming dinners and to purchase tickets, you can follow the good people of City Grit right here. And please do let us at The Price Hike & The Bad Deal know about your City Grit experiences, we’d love to hear. 

citygritnyc:

pricehike:

We at The Price Hike (all one of us) aren’t eating in Manhattan tonight, but if we were, we’d be eating at Marco Canora and Paul Grieco’s Hearth, which happens to be serving this fine Feast of Seven Fishes menu for $88. That’s just $10 pricier than the regular $78 tasting. Not too shabby, eh? 
A receptionist tells us the East Village restaurant is booked up, but of course a full a la carte menu (and this Seven Fishes menu) is served for walk-ins at the bar and chef’s counter (best seat in the house). Is this a BUY HOLD OR SELL? That’s your call, people of earth, but based on the recent three star review of Hearth by Bloomberg’s Ryan Sutton (that’s me), we’ll tentatively call this one a #BUY. Merry Christmas!

pricehike:

We at The Price Hike (all one of us) aren’t eating in Manhattan tonight, but if we were, we’d be eating at Marco Canora and Paul Grieco’s Hearth, which happens to be serving this fine Feast of Seven Fishes menu for $88. That’s just $10 pricier than the regular $78 tasting. Not too shabby, eh? 

A receptionist tells us the East Village restaurant is booked up, but of course a full a la carte menu (and this Seven Fishes menu) is served for walk-ins at the bar and chef’s counter (best seat in the house). Is this a BUY HOLD OR SELL? That’s your call, people of earth, but based on the recent three star review of Hearth by Bloomberg’s Ryan Sutton (that’s me), we’ll tentatively call this one a #BUY. Merry Christmas!

This Jersey City restaurant raised over $18,000 in Kickstarter funds then lost up to $20,000 in Sandy-inflicted damage4

That’s the bad news. The good news is that Thirty Acres is packed. And it’s no further from Manhattan than Brooklyn. Really, you’ve spent more time commuting to Roberta’s. As such, I award 2.5 stars to Thirty Acres in my Bloomberg News review today. Husband and wife owners Kevin and Alex Pemoulie say they hope to make some of the losses back through insurance. Here’s what Alex & Kevin tell me:

  • "We lost probably $15k to $20k in product that we had to throw away and lost income. We are incredibly lucky that we didn’t lose anything else, that our building only had minimal damage, and that it looks like insurance will cover a portion of our waste and lost income. We haven’t received any money from insurance yet, but are hopeful that we will get at least a portion reimbursed.”

Oh, did I forget to mention that these guys rock? How remiss on my part. So:

These guys ROCK. 

Seven-course wine-paired tasting menus are totally the BEST form of charity, right?

pricehike:

Below is the menu for the “Governor at Eleven Madison Park” pop-up dinner. The minimum donation is $250 per person, and in return you don’t just get a seven-course wine-paired tasting menu, you also get to help out Governor, a restaurant devastated by Sandy’s floodwaters; all proceeds will go towards the rebuilding of that well-regarded DUMBO eatery. 

Yup, we’re calling this one a GOOD DEAL. And those who wish to donate directly to Governor can do so through Go Fund Me; so far the Brooklyn restaurant has raised over $36,000 toward a $150,000 goal (still a ways off). 

dineoutnyc:

Next Tuesday, Will Guidara and Daniel Humm will donate their private dining room and various kitchen resources to the Brad McDonald and his team at Governor for a one-night-only pop-up. 50 seats only. Details:

GOVERNOR AT ELEVEN MADISON PARK 11/20/12
DOORS 7 PM, DINNER 7:30

Open Bar
Passed Snacks
7-Course Dinner with Wine Pairings

$250 PER PERSON MINIMUM DONATION
All proceeds go to the rebuilding of Governor

To book, please call 212-889-0905

Here’s the menu:
Snacks
+Poached Oyster Toast, Lobster Emulsion
+Nasturtium, Buttermilk, Trout Roe
+Prawn Crackers, Sea Urchin

Dinner
1 - Caviar, Brown Butter Ice Cream, Sunchoke
2 - Beef Tartar, Pickled Garlic Crisps, Chilies
3 - Celery Root, Clothbound Cheddar, Preserved Egg Yolk
4 - Striped Bass, Kale, Fish Sauce, Cilantro
5 - Oxtail, Salsify, Oyster Sauce
6 - Pumpkin Seed Ice Cream, Mulled Wine, Oat Crumble
7 - Bittersweet Ganache, Maple, Buckwheat Ice Crea

Here’s Why Northern Spy Gave Out Free Food After Superstorm Sandy

Northern Spy Food Company is a small East Village restaurant that temporarily shuttered in the wake of superstorm Sandy, a meteorological event that took out power to much of Manhattan below 40th street.

It’s hard to run a restaurant with no electricity.

But the day after the storm struck, something highly unusual and extraordinarily generous  happened. Chef Christophe Hille took his perishables and cooked them for the neighborhood. For free. It’s a pretty cool move considering that Hille could just have easily charged for these dishes and no one (including myself) would have thought less of him for it. 

Restaurants, like any business, need to turn a profit, which means they aren’t inclined to give away their expensively honed goods and services without asking for payment in return — especially before what could be an extended closure. So I shot off a few emails to Chef Hille inquiring about the event, and about how his business is faring since the restaurant’s reopening. 

What follows are highlights from our email conversations: 

Tell me about your free food night last Tuesday. This was to presumably cook off your perishables? We started the free food buffet (I’ve elsewhere called it the “sidewalk smorgasbord”) at around 1pm on Tuesday after a few of us arriving at the restaurant around 10am to assess damage and refrigeration status. It was very clear to me that morning that power would be off for a while and that with the walk-in already approaching 50F, we didn’t stand a chance of holding product until the end of the week, nevermind longer. I decided that I would rather give the food away fast (another 24 hours and we would’ve had half as much to cook) and at least have fun with it rather than see all this awesome stuff end up in the trash.

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Momofuku's Booker & Dax Hosting $325 Benefit Lunch for Governor4

WE’LL CALL THIS MOMOFUKU-GOVERNOR LUNCH A GOOD DEAL. Those who want to contribute directly to Governor can do so via GoFundMe. The Dumbo-based restaurant has raised $32,450, which is still a long ways away from their goal of $150,000. We continue to wish the Governor people luck with the rebuild and we look forward to dining there soon! 

momofuku:


when: nov 17, 2012 noon - nov 17, 2012 3:00 pm

where: booker and dax, 207 second avenue, new york, ny

$325 (all inclusive)
6 courses + beverage pairing
30 seats only
all proceeds will go towards governor rebuild

our friends at governor in dumbo were hit hard at the hands of hurricane sandy. the restaurant incurred catastrophic damage with a four foot surge of flood waters destroying everything from the flooring to equipment to the food and beverage inventory. this has rendered the restaurant inoperable for the foreseeable future. on november 17, momofuku chefs will join forces with the governor team to help raise funds and the spirits of the 30+ employees affected by this disaster.  proceeds from the six-course lunch with beverage pairings will go to governor to help them rebuild.

lunch features dishes from brad mcdonald (governor), sean gray (momofuku ko) +matt rudofker (momofuku ssäm bar) with a beverage pairing by beth lieberman(momofuku ko) and a featured cocktail from tristan willey (booker and dax). 

for more information and tickets, visit momofukugovernorbenefit.eventbrite.com

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Here’s a $45 Superstorm Sandy Benefit With Lots of Smoked Salmon, Trout Roe & Alcohol

It’s a GOOD DEAL from the GOOD PEOPLE at Russ & Daughters. 

russanddaughters:

Dear Friends of Russ & Daughters,

We are very thankful for the outpouring of concern and support we received from all over the country this past week. We are grateful to report that Russ & Daughters made it through Hurricane Sandy with no damage. Thanks to a combination of luck, advance planning, the efforts of our incredible team, and a miraculously secured generator, we were able to re-open two days before power was returned to Lower Manhattan. We were humbled and blessed to be there for our neighborhood in need.

While things are back to normal at Russ & Daughters, our thoughts go out to all of the communities for whom the devastation has not ended. With this in mind, this Thursday, November 8th, we are teaming up with our friends at Astor Center to co-host a wonderful fundraising event for Hurricane Sandy Relief. We hope to see you there.

Please join us for a casual-but-elegant, self-paced tasting of Russ & Daughters appetizing served with Astor’s classic wines and spirit pairings. With 100% of our ticket sales going to the American Red Cross and to local relief efforts, our goal is to raise $10,000 for Hurricane Sandy relief, one bite of blini and sip of bubbles at a time. Your ticket purchase includes automatic entry into a raffle for items including: an appetizing class for two behind the counter at Russ & Daughters, a private tasting of Astor’s favorite grower-winemaker Champagnes, and more.

The Menu:
Buckwheat Blini, Smoked Trout Mousse, French Trout Roe
Billecart Champagne

Hand Sliced Gaspe Nova Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, Corn Rye
Compass Box Scotch Whisky

Smoked Salmon Tartare, Crème Fraiche, Endive
St. Germain Cocktail

Thursday, November 8
At Astor Center (399 Lafayette Street, at East 4th Street New York, NY 10003)

Tickets are $45, and that entire amount will be donated to the Red Cross and to local relief efforts. Tickets can be purchased online: http://www.astorcenternyc.com/class-sandy-support-an-american-red-cross-fundraiser.ac

The #dineoutNYC People Are on Tumblr!

The Good People from #dineoutNYC have a Tumblr! Their job is to help promote, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, “a speedy recovery for the restaurant industry by encouraging people to dine out in New York City.” Sounds good, non? Follow their Tumblr for more info about charity events, relief efforts, ways to donate and places to eat out.

Below is a list of daily news items that the #dineoutNYC folks LOVE:

dineoutnyc:

1. Immaculate Infatuation’s #EatDowntown campaign. IA’s Andrew Steinhaul writes, “We’re running an instagram challenge with the hashtag #EatDowntown, urging people to get out and support all these restaurants who got blacked out and flooded. In conjunction with the contest, we’re doing a #EatDowntown meetup on Thursday at Prima at 8pm. Made a reservation for 10, first 8 people with good #EatDowntown Insta pics get seats with Immaculate. I have a feeling it’s going to turn into a full restaurant takeover though.”

2. LiftsAll.org. We’ve all been scratching our heads over the last week, trying to figure out how to responsibly and effectively channel funds directly to the restaurants that need it most. Along comes LiftsAll.org (as in, “A rising tide lifts all boats.” - JFK), which aims to pair restaurants in need with sponsors. Funds go directly from sponsor to ailing restaurant. Genius.

Aldea Hosting $300 Superstorm Sandy Benefit Dinner With George Mendes, Marco Canora, Seamus Mullen, Andrew Carmellini4

The meal takes place on Wednesday and 75% of the revenue will go to hurricane assistance, a receptionist at Aldea confirms. That’s a GOOD DEAL. 

Chef Mendes tells me the meal will be five courses with wine pairings. Those who wish to buy tickets can do so by emailing nycfoodflood@gmail.com or by calling Aldea at 212-675-7223. As of right now, there are still a few tickets available for parties for two or four, we’re told.