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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Pete's Dish - April 30

What's going on in and about town!

Bidwell restaurant opened early this year in Washington, DC's Union Market, five years after its sister restaurant, Bell Book & Candle (BB&C), opened the first aeroponic rooftop tower garden system by Future Growing in Manhattan (picture shown above). Bidwell’s urban 'roof to table' rooftop garden features a full state-of-the-art rooftop greenhouse with more than 70 of the aeroponic towers and an energy efficient ventilation system. Take a bite out of that! Bidwell is located at Union Market, 1309 Fifth Street, NE, Washington, DC, 202-547-0172,; Bell Book & Candle is located at 141 W 10th St, New York, NY, 212-414-2355,

Need a food travel companion? Check out the iPhone App, I Know The Chef, which just expanded its service from New York to cover Miami and Chicago as well. Launched by New York native Joshua Stern, I Know The Chef offers hard-to-get reservations at restaurants, as well as on-the-house perks, preferred seating, etc. in these three fabulous cities. Free and available at

LUCKYRICE recently announced their fifth annual LUCKYRICE New York Feast presented by Bombay Sapphire East Gin taking place on Friday, May 2. Included in the festivities will be street food from Night Market, Asian fine dining concepts from Grand Feast and cocktails from Cocktail Feast, all pulled together into a one-night blast at the Mandarin Oriental New York. The itinerant LUCKYRICE affair will also pop-up in Los Angeles (August), San Francisco (September), Las Vegas (October) and Miami (November) coordinated with Asian celebrations such as Thai Songkran (New Year) and A Mid-Autumn Lantern Cocktail Feast. “Our wish is to bring Asian culture to life through the lens of food and drink, and celebrating key dates in the Asian calendar allows us to do just that,” said LUCKYRICE founder Danielle Chang. Go to for more information and tickets.


The Hudson Bond in Manhattan is muy caliente with their Cinco de Mayo specials this year. Raise a cervesa with Tacos in 2's including marinated flank steak, buffalo chicken, beer battered grouper and Cajun grilled snapper. Order any of these with all the traditional accompaniments—you know, avocado, tomatoes, onions (and even a little of the unexpected, such as pineapple salsa!) and get a complimentary, fruity margarita on the rocks. Otherwise, if you wish to drink only, margaritas and curious concoctions called Mayan Mules are four bucks all night. The Hudson Bond is located at 215 W 40th St,  

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