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Future Chefs Event in Long Island City; Jitney Lunchbox From David Burke

Gramercy Riverpark will extend their weekend brunch to Monday for Memorial Day, served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. [Grub Street]
Long Island City: El Ay Si supports the students with a Future Chefs Kickoff Event on June 14 at 6:30 p.m. where the winners of El Ay Si's Future Chef Competition from the Food and Finance High School will showcase their new menu items for the restaurant, the proceeds of which will go toward a scholarship fund for the kids. [Grub Street]
Midtown: Starting May 25, Andaz Fifth Avenue will offer hotel guests picnic baskets from their restaurant the shop. The three basket options range from a $60 sandwich basket to a $2000 "lavish" basket with cheese, bread, and apparently very expensive wines. [Grub Street]
David Burke at Bloomingdale's is packing a special Jitney lunchbox for those heading to the Hamptons for Memorial Day. The $12 "Burke in the Box," includes half a sandwich, a brownie, bag of chips, and a water bottle. [Grub Street]
The Oscar Mayer Weinermobile is giving out free hot dogs at 45th and Broadway. [Midtown Lunch] The John Dory Oyster Bar debuted a new $25 lobster roll for their lunch menu this summer. [Grub Street]
Murray Hill: El Parador Café reinstated their tasting hour special with $5 beers, sangria, and house margaritas as well as half-price appetizers at the bar Monday to Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. [Grub Street]
Soho: Vai Spuntino Bar will begin serving brunch/lunch on May 31 with a menu of twelve rotating small plates, including a truffle mushroom pizzetta and hamachi/tuna duo with ginger, available every day from noon to 4 p.m. There will also be a prix fixe option of any three plates for $19. [Grub Street]
Supper club Worth Kitchen will host a five-course, wine-paired Peruvian dinner on June 2 from 8 to 11 p.m., with dishes like lime-cured fish with South American chile and cilantro. The location is only disclosed upon $90 ticket purchase. [Grub Street]
David Burke Kitchen will premiere a new frozen cocktail menu this weekend with $16 coolers such as the watermelon-yuzu margarita, Creamsicle, and rocky road made with housemade vanilla vodka and Bailey's. [Grub Street]
Union Square: For their second annual Healthy & Organic Mexican Festival, Rosa Mexicano Union Square will host $30 healthy and organic cooking demonstrations on June 11 at 10 a.m. [Grub Street]
West Village: The former location of Yatagan Kebab House at 104 Macdougal Street welcomes (self-proclaimed) "Manhattan's Cleanest Restaurant," Turkish Delight, serving similar fare to its predecessor, but presumably cleaner. [Fork in the Road/VV]
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