12/30/13 8:39am
Pies and Thighs photo by Flickr user Kathy YL Chan

Yes please! Pies and Thighs photo by Flickr user Kathy YL Chan. (Click to see more from this photographer.)

One night I found myself at a fancy pants soiree on the Upper East Side (Park Avenue, even) where there were candles everywhere, waiters in tails and FRIED CHICKEN. No one, no one says “no, thank you” to fried chicken, and it made for one of the most memorable parties I ever attended. Hosting your own affair doesn’t have to be all makeup running down your face in the kitchen and no fun. For a splurgy night like New Year’s Eve, try catering (so grown up!), and keep it affordable by bringing in a few great dishes and making the rest, or letting friends pitch in alongside you in the kitchen. Here are four not-astronomical ways to get the party started:
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12/20/12 1:00pm
Not just a biscuit, but a driver of our economic engine. Photo by Sarah Gainer

Not just a biscuit, but a driver of our economic engine. Photo by Sarah Gainer

Those lengua tacos that you and your foodie friends found out about from the people who know those things is just the tip of iceberg in Brooklyn. A new report from the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce shows that the borough’s “Food Chain”—the sum total of all of our groceries, restaurants, cafes and food manufacturers—makes up for a whopping 12.5% of BK’s private jobs. That means that one in eight of the businesses in the borough is dedicated to bringing you gustatory bliss by way of bone marrow, vegan comfort food and Counter Culture coffee, along with every other conceivable ethnic and regional specialty and cuisine. (more…)