Flavors: Friday, August 23rd
The New York Aquarium means a lot to us — not only have we been members for years, but it was also the place Matt and I got married in 2006. It’s been nearly a year since Superstorm Sandy, and still the aquarium is a mess. About 2/3 of the exhibits remain shuttered or have been destroyed, and the lower level of the Sea Cliffs is still flooded. Even partially opened, revenues are down since there’s almost nothing left to see — no tour groups, class trips, or day camp visits. We visited a few weeks ago and were completely devastated to see a place we love so much in such disarray.
Naturally, we jumped at the chance to help them. And though we do lots of cool events, this one might be one of the most memorable ones.
On Thursday, September 12th, we’ll be participating in Sip for the Sea — a big ol’ fancy food tasting event with bites and drinks and jazz and blah blah blah. You probably know the drill by now since we do a few dozen of these every year, and you’re always getting asked to shell out a few hundred bucks to go to a food tasting event. This one is worth it, and here’s why:
1. It’s for the aquarium! Walruses! Penguins! Come ON! I bet you look at cute animals on the internet all the time!
2. The tickets are expensive at $200, but $125 of each is tax deductible. And since all the food is being donated, you can sleep knowing most of the money is going to otters and seals and other things that are so cute you can’t help but squee-ing.
3. The food at this one is going to be killer: Del Posto, Union Square Hospitality (Danny Meyer’s group), Beauty & Essex, Almond, etc etc etc. How fancy will you feel in a cocktail dress, listening to the sounds of some early 20th century jazz, noshing on that food? Perhaps the only thing that would be better….
4. ……………would be drinking wine and eating fancy food while listening to early 20th century jazz in a pretty outfit in the Central Park Zoo!
You can act like the fanciest lady (or lad) that has ever lived while supporting a great cause AND looking at a freaking polar bear. Tell me you know another person who can say they’ve done that.
Learn more about Sip for the Sea, and buy your tickets, HERE. And when you’re done with that, go out and buy yourself a cupcake or brownie or something, because, hey, it’s Friday!
Ebinger: Chocolate cake, chocolate custard buttercream, chocolate fudge, cake crumbs
Peach Cobbler: Peach cake, vanilla buttercream, peach compote, brown sugar streusel
German Chocolate: Chocolate cake, salted caramel buttercream, roasted coconut
Root Beer Float: Root beer cake, root beer custard, vanilla buttercream, maraschino cherries