Laura Maniec

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    October 3, 2014

    This Weekend's Five Best Food Events

    If you're a go-getter, you might want to spend this weekend securing a witty and/or scandalous Halloween costume. For the rest of us, let's not even think about the holiday and instead attend one of these five events.

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    August 27, 2014

    Corkbuzz Expands to Chelsea Market

    Chelsea Market continues to evolve into a one-stop shop for artisanal food and drink with its expanded list of night time venues that fit neatly into the market's concept. The most recent addition delivers a much needed wine bar to the area courtesy of master sommelier Laura Maniec. Hitting home wit ... More >>

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    January 16, 2014

    Where to Learn to Wine Like a Pro

    Have you ever looked at a sommelier and thought "I could do that job!"? Then you are in the right city. New York has an array of educational options in the field of wine, from broad overviews -- how a grape is turned into alcohol, why the flavor suggests blueberry (hint: no blueberries were involved ... More >>

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    December 31, 2013

    Why 2014 Will Be Your Best Wine Year Yet

    With the close of the calendar comes contemplation: what have I learned from the wine world in 2013 and what do I expect (or hope) to see in 2014? A few observations: the rise of a new breed of "somm", the demise of the wine score, the discovery of a Jedi Wine Master, and the impending Best Wine Yea ... More >>

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    July 24, 2013

    Rouge Tomate's Pascaline Lepeltier: "The More I Learned About Hospitality ... The More I Realized That What I Really Loved Was Wine"

    Some of the best sommeliers in NYC are female, and these ladies not only know their wine, they effusively share their knowledge with customers and friends without any of the pretension often (rightly or wrongly) associated with that, ahem, other species of somm. I caught up with six of these women t ... More >>

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    March 14, 2013

    What Do Chefs Eat at Work? From Pig-Head Pozole to Cheese Steaks, Notes on Restaurant Staff Meals

    This week's review is of Cocina Economica Mexico on the Upper West Side, where Pedro Hernandez Perez was put in charge of a Mexican kitchen after winning over David Bank and the Land Thai team with the family meals he prepared, inspired by his hometown of Puebla. To celebrate good family meals (the ... More >>

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    May 10, 2012

    Happy Hour at Corkbuzz Wine Studio

    For the wine aficionados out there looking for a classy night out, Corkbuzz Wine Studio is holding a blind tasting happy hour. From 5-6pm on Mondays and Fridays, guests can hone their deductive tasting skills and learn how to tell the difference between grapes with a blind flight of three wines fo ... More >>

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    April 4, 2012
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    January 23, 2012

    It's All About Girl Power in NYC's Wine and Spirits World

    The wine and spirits world isn't an old boys' club anymore. As the New York Daily News reports, more and more women are getting behind the bar, creating beverage programs for some of New York's top bars and restaurants.

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Corkbuzz Wine Studio's Bone Marrow: For the Animal in You

    Lauren ShockeyBone thugs n harmony, on a plate​Laura Maniec, the world's youngest female Master Sommelier, has created a hub for oenophiles in Greenwich Village with her new Corkbuzz Wine Studio (13 East 13th Street, 646-873-6071). You can drop by to take a recreational class, learn more about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Anne-Sophie Pic Wins Best Female Chef, but What Does this Mean for Other Women?

    Pic-ValenceAnne-Sopie Pic is Winning!​The S. Pellegrino yearly ranking of the world's best restaurants is always cause for celebration, but this year marks a new turn in the rankings. That's because they've announced a new category of awards: the World's Best Female Chef. France's Anne-Sophi ... More >>

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    January 8, 2010

    Behind the Bar: Master Sommelier Roger Dagorn on Wine, Steak & Why Fruit Can Be Tricky

    The FeedGetting a glass of Meursault from the Master.​ When Chanterelle closed, the city lost not only a great restaurant, but also a wonderful wine list. Luckily, many of those bottles -- as well as the person who selected them -- can be found at Porter House, where Master Sommelier Roger Dag ... More >>