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Randi Roberts is a food blogger, living just outside of New York City. She has BA in Art History from Brown University and a Master’s in Art Business from Sotheby’s in London and a consuming interest in aesthetics, in art, fashion, or food.

She has lived and studied in Cannes, London and Bologna (not coincidentally, a food capital of Italy). Her experiences both here and abroad have helped to cultivate her sense of adventure and an open-minded approach to life. Those experiences have deepened her understanding of aesthetics and visual presentation. Such appreciation is reflected in her food photography as well as her writing, be it be fiction or nonfiction.

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Recap: Taste of Tribeca Kick-Off Cocktail Party At Macao In New York City

Taste of Tribeca Kick Off

(Photo Credit: Randi Roberts)

Taste of Tribeca held its Kick- Off Cocktail Party, Wednesday night at Macao Trading Company in Manhattan. The evening featured exotic appetizers provided by the venue as well as striking cocktails created by the “wine geek,” Steve Olson. This was just the beginning of giving back to the community, as proceeds from the tickets to this and the Taste of Tribeca food festival later this month, go to arts and enrichment programs at the local schools P.S. 150 and P.S. 234.


Taste of Tribeca Kick Off

Naomi Daniels and Roya Bahari (Photo Credit: Randi Roberts)

Tasty hors d’oeuvres were passed through the large crowd, made up of foodies, parents and Tribeca neighbors there to support the cause. The bar at Macao rang with stories about the schools and participating restaurants. The scene was alive with anticipation for the upcoming event, school spirit and community bonding. It felt as if everyone knew one another, like it was Tribeca’s own house party.

Named after the Portuguese colony in China, Macao Trading Company is a trendy downtown eatery. Its cuisine is a blend of Chinese and Portuguese influences. The restaurant is also participating in Taste of Tribeca, so Wednesday night’s hors d’oeuvres were something of a preview, from the creamy mushroom and truffle croquettes to the spicy chicken dumplings. Cocktails created by Mr. Olson had names inspired by the occasion, the Tribeca Southside or the 234 Cobbler. Each was vibrant, invoking summer with fresh berries and the zing of citrus. All the offerings were hints of the delicious foods and creativity to come with Taste of Tribeca.


Taste of Tribeca Kick Off

Manon Zinzell, Jimmy Carbone and Tanya Burton (Photo Credit: Randi Roberts)


Taste of Tribeca, the annual outdoor culinary festival, will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2013, on Duane Street in Manhattan. It features many acclaimed downtown restaurants such as Landmarc, Blaue Gans, Marc Forgione, the Harrison and the Odeon. The mouth-watering event brings together stars of the food and wine industry for a good cause.



Taste of Tribeca Kick Off

(Photo Credit: Randi Roberts)

Jimmy Carbone, a member of the board of volunteers, noted that Taste of Tribeca was initially just a small school fundraiser started by parents who were restaurateurs in the district and is now celebrating its nineteenth year. But he says, the neighborhood changed after 9/11 and more people wanted to support the area so the event grew, and now includes more than 70 restaurants. Mr. Carbone works with many other parents and volunteers like the event’s co- chair Naomi Daniels and head of volunteers, Roya Bahari, to keep the annual Taste of Tribeca thriving.



Taste of Tribeca Kick Off

(Photo Credit: Randi Roberts)

WHEN:  Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 11:30 – 3:00 pm

WHERE: Duane Street (between Greenwich and Hudson Street)

Taste of Tribeca

TICKETS:  General Taste Ticket – May 18th ($45/advanced purchase; $50/day of event), provides six tastes from any of the participating restaurants.  Premium Ticket Market Table Seat – May 18th ($175 per person), includes personal food runners, reserved seating, designer t-shirts and a gift bag from the Taste of Tribeca sponsors.  Taste Table Reserve – May 18($950 for table of six), featuring the above premium ticket amenities.

Please click here to purchase tickets.



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