Taste of the Upper West Side Bubbles and Sparkles Both Nights

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Culinary-based benefit showcases Italian sparkling wines from exclusive wine partner Taub Family Companies

Taste of the Upper West Side 2018

Taste of the Upper West Side 2018

Sparkling wines symbolize celebration and this wonderful event celebrates the incredible Upper West Side. Wines also add to the enjoyment of food and with over 80 participating restaurants serving extraordinary fare, there will be plenty of opportunities for tasting, toasting, and sipping.

Taste of the Upper West Side (“TasteUWS”), the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District’s (BID) annual fundraiser, now in its 12th year, is introducing “Bubbly Friday” and “Sparkling Saturday” as a celebration of effervescent summer-friendly wines. Curated by the prestigious Taub Family Companies, the sparkling selections will include wines from three Italian producers: Bottega Spa, a third-generation family company producing premium-quality sparking in the Veneto region; Lunetta, a northern Italian winery celebrating all of life’s little moments with its signature bright aromas and vibrant taste; Valdo, an outstanding, family-owned producer with nearly a century of winemaking history in the heart of Prosecco DOCG.

“Sparkling wines symbolize celebration and this wonderful event celebrates the incredible Upper West Side,” says Barbara Adler, Executive Director of the Columbus Avenue BID. “Wines also add to the enjoyment of food and with over 80 participating restaurants serving extraordinary fare, there will be plenty of opportunities for tasting, toasting, and sipping.”

In addition to sparkling wines, exuberant oenophiles will be able to continue toasting with more than 21 additional red, white and rosé wines from Taub Family Companies’ global portfolio, including such labels as Cavit Wines from Trentino, Château Greysac from Bordeaux, Vanderpump Rosé from Provence, Remy Pannier from the Loire Valley, Au Contraire from California’s Sonoma Coast, Rocca Delle Macie from Tuscany, Recanati from Israel, Angry Bunch from California, Stella & Mosca from Sardinia, Fontanafredda from Piedmont, McGuigan Winess from Australia, Yealands Family Wines from New Zealand, and more.

In addition to the wine selections provided by Taub Family Companies, spirit and beer lovers will enjoy two nights of signature cocktails created by mixologists from nine restaurants and bars based on the Upper West Side and Harlem, as well as refreshing brews such as Asahi, Corona Premier, Corona Refresca, Heineken, Strongbow, and Tiger. Liquor sponsors of Taste UWS, including Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Rums of Puerto Rico and White Claw Hard Seltzer, will be serving their own cocktail creations, as well.

This year, the Columbus Avenue BID, a 501c3, is honoring another non-profit organization rooted in the community, West Side Campaign Against Hunger (WSCAH). The acclaimed food pantry, which has been based on the Upper West Side for more than 40 years, is recognized for its “supermarket-style” model, providing fresh vegetables, fruits and proteins to the community, free of charge. Beyond its sustenance-with-dignity credo, WSCAH offers many complimentary social services, along with culinary training and nutritional guidance. At TasteUWS, WSCAH will serve tastings prepared by students of its “Culinary Pathways” program, as it has for several years.

More information about Taste of the Upper West Side and ticket purchases are available at http://www.tasteuws.com. Schedules, programs and participating restaurants over both nights, follow:

Summer in the City:

  • Friday, May 17, 7 pm to 10 pm
  • Grand Tent, O’Shea Complex Schoolyard, Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th Streets
  • Cost: $115 per person

Summer in the City kicks off two-nights of festivities with the highly-anticipated debuts of several restaurants and bars, as well as the return of longtime local favorites. Among the restaurants making their TasteUWS debuts will be Fish on the Fly, Friedmans Restaurant, Melba’s Restaurant, Big Gay Ice Cream, Miznon, Mokum, Mojo Desserts, Solomon & Kuff, and Tacombi Upper West Side. They will be joining such crowd-pleasing favorites as 5 Napkin Burger, Bodrum, Gabriela’s Restaurant & Tequila Bar, Playa Betty’s, Sarabeth’s Kitchen, Shake Shack, Olma Restaurant & Bar, Jing Fong, Pappardella, and Swagat, among others. Several of the neighborhood’s most popular bars and lounges will be introducing signature TasteUWS cocktails as well, including Da Capo, Jake’s Dilemma, and Prohibition. As always, there will be the ultimate confectioners’ corner, along with unlimited wine, spirits and music centered around innovative seasonal fare. Music will be provided throughout the night by DJ Svetlana Voice, who promises to be a riveting new attraction.

Best of the West VIP Reception Presented by 21 West End:

  • Saturday, May 18, 6:30 pm. to 10 pm.
  • Grand Tent, O’Shea Complex Schoolyard, Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th Streets
  • Cost: $235 (Limited availability)

An exclusive, hour-long preview of the event, the Best of the West VIP Reception Presented by 21 West End provides an opportunity for participating guests to mingle one-on-one with celebrity chefs and restaurateurs. With limited attendance, a special seating area, early entree to the evening’s food, spirit, wine, and beer presentations, and direct access to the chefs before the main event, the Best of the West VIP Reception Presented by 21 West End is a memorable experience in a relaxed setting for an entire hour prior to general admission.

Best of the West Presented by Park West Village Apartments:

  • Saturday, May 18, 2018 from 7:30 pm to 10 pm
  • Grand Tent, O’Shea Complex Schoolyard, Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th Streets
  • Cost: $145 per person

Back by demand, this year’s Best of the West Presented by Park West Village Apartments will again have a dedicated mixology section with one-of-a-kind craft cocktails. Among those participating will be 67 Orange Street, Da Capo, Manhattan Cricket Club, Maison Pickle, Nobody Told Me Cocktail Club, Tiki Chick and distinguished spirit sponsors, including Tito’s Vodka. Elevated cuisine is the Saturday night focus with Elea, Lincoln Center Kitchen, Nice Matin, RedFarm, Cesca, Crave Fishbar, The Leopard at des Artistes, The Loeb Central Park Boathouse, The Milling Room, Shake Shack, The Ribbon, The Smith, Tessa Restaurant, Burke & Wills, Calle Ocho, Salumeria Rosi, Carmine’s, Storico, Tavern on the Green, The Mermaid Inn, and Awadh. They will be joined by TasteUWS newcomers 8th Hill Inspired Mediterranean Restaurant, Boulevard Seafood Company, The Flying Fisherman, Lido, Leyla and Oxbow Tavern. The sweet side of the evening will be bolstered by such favorites as Magnolia Bakery, Insomnia Cookies, Mille-feuille Bakery Café and Orwashers Bakery, along with other bold name confectioners. In addition, the super sounds of Project Orange Music will be making their debut this year as well, setting the stage and ambiance for the Upper West Side’s most anticipated event of the year.

Partners for 2019 Taste of the Upper West Side include:

21 West End/101 West End Avenue, Park West Village Apartments, Manhattan Beer (Asahi, Corona Premier, Corona Refresca, Heineken, Strongbow, and Tiger), Taub Family Companies, Argo Real Estate, Silverstein Properties, Brusco Group, Beacon Paint, West Side Spirit, West Side Rag, Con Edison, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Rums of Puerto Rico, White Claw Hard Seltzer, Alan Garten & Friends, New York Post, Flowers on the Park, Dahlia Upper West Side, and Yelp.

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