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Riverpark Farm Wins Livable City Award; Take a Jackson Heights Food Tour

Bowery: Gemma at the Bowery Hotel is upping the happy hour ante by introducing a special, complimentary aperitivo menu every day from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Diners can enjoy Italian-style snacks like speck-wrapped asparagus or spicy marinated baby octopus accompanied with specialty cocktails. [Grub Street]
Carroll Gardens: Buttermilk Channel is hosting a special winemaker's dinner on Wednesday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m. with Matt Licklider of LIOCO. For $100 per person (inclusive of tax and gratuity), guests can enjoy a five-course dinner featuring Hudson Valley duck to complement the California wine selection. Call 718-852-8490 to book seats. [Grub Street]

Chelsea: An MAS Livable City award was given to Riverpark Farm, the collaboration between Riverpark Restaurant and Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. The partnership turned a vacant lot into an urban farm that now supplies fresh produce to the adjacent Riverpark Restaurant. Congrats! [Official site]
Jackson Heights: On Saturday, October 15, join food blogger Jeff Orlick for a midnight culinary tour of Queens street food. You'll be in good hands with Orlick because, as he puts it, "It's become apparent that somehow I'm the foremost expert on the food here — how this happened I don't know!" Go on vayable.com to sign up for one of his tours, during which he promises not to feed you the "bullshit tourist stuff." [Grub Street]
Midtown: Join authors Kit Feldman and Sabina Pierce on Tuesday, October 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. as they launch their new book, The Culinary Canine, which showcases pet-friendly recipes from top chefs around the country. The event will be held at the Muse Hotel; you can mingle and sample bites from chefs featured in the book ... all with your dog! This canine-friendly party will also have representatives from the Humane Society, which will be bringing pooches in need of adoption. [Grub Street]
Soho: Alamos wines and Protect Our Winters invite you to stop by the Soho Patagonia store at 101 Wooster Street on Wednesday, October 12 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. for a free evening of wine, Argentinean cuisine, and a screening of Teton Gravity Research's film, Further. Following the screening, guests will be treated to a Q&A with the star of the film, professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones. Alamos, a leading Argentinean wine purveyor in the U.S., has partnered with Protect Our Winters to help fight climate change, the effects of which can be seen in the Andes mountains, where shorter winters threaten their high-altitude vineyards. RSVP here. [Grub Street]
West Village: This Sunday, October 9, L'Artusi will be celebrating its one-year brunch anniversary by offering bottomless Texas Mimosas for the price of one drink ($12). [Grub Street]

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