Starbucks Launches New Drink

d1w7SX2t-4912-3654As Autumn begins, and as Winter approaches, seasonal flavored lattes are back on the menus at Starbucks. Starbucks, today, introduced their first new autumn espresso beverage in four years- Toasted Graham Latte. The new beverage can be found in all United States and Canada locations.

R&D manager Yoke Wong, creator of the new drink, remarks that her inspiration was from an unusual place. “I thought about the back-to-school season and looked at the latest food and beverage trends, What i found to be quite popular in the U.S. is the taste of cereal milk, the delicious leftovers in your breakfast bow;” With this trend, Wong soaked graham crackers in milk to replicate the taste of cereal and learn about the milk’s texture. She also took inspiration from Fior di Latte, a flavor that many Italian gelato shops offer. “It’s like a smooth vanilla crème and is very popular.”

The Toasted Graham Latte, TGL, is an espresso beverage with steamed milk, flavors of graham and sweet cream and finished with sprinkling of cinnamon graham crumbles. This fall-inspired drink will be available through the end of October or until supplies last.

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8 Food Festivals and Events this Fall

534656441_640This Autumn there is a variety of excellent food themed festivals and events to look forward to. Some have already been established and some are new- New York Magazine’s own annual tasting extravaganza, Puerto Rico Meets New York City.

Puerto Rico Meets New York City is a brand new culinary event that is similar to Baja Meets NYC. This new culinary event pairs chefs from New York like Eric Ripert and Camille Becerra with compatriots in Puerto Rico for a series of collaborative five and six course tasting menus. The most anticipated section of this event is the Lechon Asado Block Party in Roberta’s backyard. Prices for this event range from $75 to $200 and is on September 20th to October 4th.

NORTH Nordic Food Festival is a celebration of food from the Nordic regions. There is a children’s baking class and Denmark day with Noma co-founder Claus Meyer, a pop-up dinner with the Michelin-starred Stockholm Volt, a conversation about what’s next for New Nordic cuisines, and a closing dinner featuring Acme’s Mads Reflund, Luksus’s Daniel Burns, and Fredrik Berselius. This event will be from September 23rd to September 28th. The Denmark, Iceland, Finland and #TrySwedish days are free while other events cost between $45 and $179.

New York Taste Presented by Citi is New York Magazine’s annual eating and drinking gala. Star-studded chefs and bartenders including Upland’s Justin Smillie, Julie Reiner, L’Amico’s Laurent Tourondel will be present. Tickets cost $100 for general admission and $195 for VIP. Tickets give unlimited access to food and drinks. The event will be on November 10.

New York City Food & Wine Festival is on October 15th to October 18th. This event will be lined with food personalities, and events range from Tiki Cocktails 101 to hot-dog competitions and the annual Burger Bash. Many celebrities and famous chefs, bartenders and foodies will be attending.

CHEERS NY is a festival that gathers New York State’s top “boozy” beverage producers and food-makers. Located in Brooklyn Eats Marketplace, tickets are $50 and there is a separate food-oriented BK Eats event for $10.

This  year will be the ninth year in a row that NYC Food Film Festival will be returning. This event is focused around pairing food-focused films with appropriately themed dinners. Twenty-three films covering a variety of subjects will be shown at this year’s event. Ticket prices are $23 to $129, or $449 for VIP. NYC Food Film Festival also benefits nonprofits like Billion Oyster Project and the Good Food Project.

Slice Out Hunger will be returning again on October 7th. Last year the nonprofit organization raised $30,000 in 3 hours. This year, Scott Wiener and 50 of the city’s top pizzerias will collaborate together for this charity event. Slices of pizza will be sold for $1 and admission into the event is free. All of the proceeds will be donated to the Food Bank of New York.

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