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There is no doubt that New York City is changing. Some things are certainly for the better. With open minds the region is always known for taking the latest in everything from food, tech and healthy living and running with it.

The celebrated Ron Silver, chef and owner of Bubby’s restaurants, yesterday announced the launch of his newest business venture that fits the changing face of the city – Azuca cannabis edibles.

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Over an exclusive soiree where guests enjoyed the world-famous brunch selections of Silver Dollar Pancakes and Avocado Toast, the line was officially launched. There is a lot to offer with Azuca and the benefits are truly limitless.

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The fast-acting cannabis edibles and ingredients are made from chef-quality, all-natural ingredients. The product suite—which leverages first-of-its-kind, patent-pending technology—will fill the cannabis industry’s demand for a trustworthy product.

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“Azuca is an idea that stems from both my career as a chef and entrepreneur, as well as my recognition of the cannabis industry’s critical need for trustworthy edibles, both for medical and adult use purposes,” stated the chef. “Our products taste great, and are safer and more predictable.”

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Azuca launches with a variety of cannabis-infused sweeteners and syrups, which can be added to food and beverages as the building blocks of a sophisticated culinary cannabis experience.

Over coffee and refreshing lemonade guests sampled the product line includes a wide range of syrup flavors, such as almond, ginger, pomegranate, grapefruit and vanilla. Azuca products enable consumers to create their own flavor combinations.  Azuca sweeteners are available in varieties such as demerara cane sugar, maple sugar, coconut sugar, stevia, date sugar and agave.

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Cannabidiol (CBD) Azuca products can be purchased in New York at Bubby’s restaurants inside lemonades, coffees or teas starting today. In legal marijuana markets, Azuca will be launching THC-based products sold through licensed dispensaries, beginning in Massachusetts this summer.

ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for Times Square Chronicles and is a frequent guest at film, fashion and art events throughout New York City and Los Angeles due to her stature as The Sensible Socialite.Passionate about people ElizaBeth spent many years working as a travel reporter and television producer after graduating with high honors from University of Southern California. The work has afforded her the opportunity to explore Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It has greatly influenced the way in which ElizaBeth sees a story and has created a heightened awareness for the way people around the world live today.

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Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo, George Pettignano Bring Patsy’s Italian Restaurant To Life

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Patsy’s Italian Restaurant has been known for years as the restaurant made famous by Frank Sinatra, and his family still enjoys dining here whenever they are in town. George Clooney’s aunt, cabaret singer and actress Rosemary Clooney, was once quoted, “Patsy’s is still the best Italian restaurant in town. I make a pasta pilgrimage there every time I return.”

Other long-time high profile patrons who consider Patsy’s Italian Restaurant their Manhattan dining room include, Tony Bennett, Michael Bublé, George Clooney, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, Tony Danza, Jennifer Lopez, Liza Minnelli, Al Pacino, Rihanna, Martha Stewart, Ben Stiller, Oprah Winfrey, and many others.

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We all had the pleasure to join Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo for a very special Private Lunch on March 18th hosted City Guide and Eli Marcus.

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Chef Sal shared some of his riveting stories about celebrities, sports stars and others famous guests. Ha also told us a few one-of-a-kind frank Sinatra stories about Frank’s exclusive table near we were seated.

Popular entertainer George Pettignano, a cousin of Bobby Rydell, sang classic tunes from the 40’s to 70’s ranging from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, The Beatles, Elvis & more!  George, as a former Hollywood stunt man, shared some of his classic stories

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Everyone enjoyed a great meal and then danced the afternoon away!

Eli Marcus, Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo, Errol Rappaport

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Colin O’Leary Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo,Rena Sylvester, Eli Marcus

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Join The Art of Cooking Benefit

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On Thursday, April 27th, Executive Chef Bryce Shuman of the Michelin-recognized Sweetbriarformerly of Eleven Madison Park, and The Sylvia Center, an organization founded in 2007 to address diet-related diseases in under-resourced communities across the five boroughs, will be hosting a 15th anniversary celebration fundraising event at their Art of Cooking Benefit.

Throughout the evening, The Sylvia Center will celebrate its founding supporter, Great Performances Hospitality Group and honor Wendy Dessy of Proskauer. The inaugural Miriam and Carl Stern Community Partnership Award will be granted to Jeannette Bocanegra of Justice for Families, a partner organization in the Bronx. The event will also feature students from three of The Sylvia Center’s Teen Culinary Apprenticeship programs in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens, who will create their own dish that will be featured during the event’s cocktail hour.

The Art of Cooking Benefit will take place at Hudson Mercantile (500 W 36th St.) with cocktails being served from 6 pm – 7 pm and a sit-down dinner by Chef Bryce Shuman and programming will be from 7 pm – 8:30 pm.

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All You Can Eat Free Lobster At Red Lobster’s Endless Lobster Event In Times Square

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Red Lobster is offering select customers an all-you-can-eat lobster  at its flagship New York City location on Tuesday, March 28.

The first ever “Endless Lobster” event will treat 150 customers to as many 1¼-pound lobsters as they can handle, as well as broccoli and one side of choice.

Red Lobster will open reservations a week in advance at 10 a.m. EST on March 21.

The event will be staggered into three windows: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., with each window seating 50 guests.

Though the lobster will be free, diners will still are responsible for drinks, additional sides and of course a generous tip. By signing up for the event, guests will also “grant Red Lobster the right and license to use their names, images, and/or statements for advertising and publicity purposes,” according to fine print of the event.

Guests must eat their lobster in house and no leftovers or doggie bags.

If you get a reservation you will be given a table for two. Reservations will be non-transferrable, and diners will be required to bring their Eventbrite confirmation email to get access. Click here to get a table on March 21st.

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