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Choice Eats New York Tasting Event 2016
Friday, March 11, 2016
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W 18th Street
New York, NY 10011


THE VILLAGE VOICE ANNOUNCES
FINAL LINEUP OF PARTICIPANTS FOR THE NINTH ANNUAL
"CHOICE EATS" PRESENTED BY STELLA ARTOIS

**65 RESTAURANTS CONFIRMED**

**OFFICAL MAP AVAILABLE HERE**

VIP & EARLY ENTRY TICKETS SOLD OUT
LIMITED GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS AVAILABLE


New York, NY — March 2, 2016 — The Village Voice announces its final lineup of participants for the ninth annual Choice Eats Presented by Stella Artois, taking place on Friday, March 11th! The 15 new restaurants announced today include: Belle Reve, Butter Lane, Cabalito Pupuseria, Dough, ESH, The Gander, Grandaisy Bakery, Javelina Tex-Mex, Littleneck, Nha Minh, Pearl and Ash, Rosemary's, Sheep Station, Sugar Couture, and Untamed Sandwiches.

These restaurants will join the previously announced 50 participants: Ample Hills Creamery, Awadh, Bara, The Black Ant, Black Tree, BOOMWICH, Breads Bakery, Broken Spoke Rotisserie, Brooklyn Bread Lab, Calle Dao, Doughnut Plant, Egg, El Quinto Pino, Emmy Squared, Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue, Flinders Lane, Fonda, Genuine Superette, Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co., The Handpulled Noodle, ilili Restaurant, Irvington Bar + Restaurant, Kailash Parbat, Kuma Inn, Le Fond, Loi Estiatorio, Luke's Lobster, Luzzo's La Pizza Napoletana, Mable’s Smokehouse, Maima's Liberian Bistro, The Meatball Shop, Mexico Lindo, No. 7 Veggie, Obica Mozzarella Bar, Ofrenda Cocina Mexicana, Osteria Cotta, Quality Eats, Queens Comfort, Raclette, Schaller Stube, Sigmund's Pretzels, Socarrat Paella Bar, Spicy Bampa, StreetsBK, Sweet Generation, Swine, Thai Rock, Veselka Restaurant, Victory Garden, Xe May Sandwich Shop and more to be announced.

The event will feature an array of 50+ handpicked restaurants from all five New York City boroughs, and will take place from 6:00PM – 10:00PM at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

This year's Choice Eats will feature three tiers of ticket options — General Admission tickets ($70), Early Entry tickets ($85 — SOLD OUT!) and VIP tickets ($99 — SOLD OUT!). All guests will sample the best dishes from restaurants reviewed and heralded in the Voice along with complimentary craft beer pairings, wine and liquor beverages, while enjoying music all night from DJ Delphine Blue of Little Water Radio. The Early Entry ticket will allow guests to get a half hour head start on tasting and sipping. The VIP ticket will allow guests admission to the full event one hour early, with access to a private VIP Lounge that will feature a private bar, restrooms, snacks, and an exclusive VIP gift bag per person. For more details on this year's three ticket options, visit: www.villagevoice.com/ChoiceEats.

Resident food critics have scoured New York's culinary landscape and combined their tastiest picks from their several years of unearthing the five boroughs’ best-kept secrets. Choice Eats attracts a very diverse group of New Yorkers who come to feast on cuisines from over 35 nations, including Vietnamese, Italian, Uzbekistani, Brazilian, Cambodian, Russian, Tunisian, Greek and Cajun/Creole among many others. Choice Eats stands out as a food event that highlights the hidden gems of New York City's diverse culinary landscape.

2016 marks the Voice's 8th year working with the non-profit organization Slow Food NYC as the charitable partner of Choice Eats, whom a portion of proceeds will be shared with.

Stella Artois is the presenting sponsor of Choice Eats. Additional sponsors include: Aruba Tourism Authority, Tequila Herradura, Union Beer Distributors, Whole Foods Market, IFC Film’s City of Gold, Asahi Beer, Califia Farms, Jarritos, Tsingtao, Wines of Germany, Nissan, Brockman’s Gin, Verizon Fios, Vita Coco, Four Roses Bourbon, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, John Macy Cheese Sticks, Frames NYC, Western Spirits, Blue Point Brewing Company, Crabbie's Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer, Downeast Cider House, Fentimans, Flying Dog Brewery, Kronenbourg Brewery, Oskar Blues Brewery, Porterhouse Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Sixpoint Brewery, Smuttynose Brewing Company, Southern Tier Brewing Company, Polar Beverages and Green Mountain Energy.

Special sponsorship activations include a Stella Artois 360 degree bar, Tequila Herradurra bar with a Souvenir Photo Booth, Tasting Scorecards presented by Asahi, Exit Gift Bags provided by the documentary City of Gold & much more. Plus, enter to win a trip to Aruba presented by the Aruba Tourism Authority, who will be handing out tasting trays.

Whole Foods Market is sweetly bringing global prosperity to Choice Eats with Madecasse Chocolate that is empowering the economy of Madagascar while providing microcredit loans through contributions to the Whole Planet Foundation. Whole Foods Market will be providing the event's official Tasting Glasses.


EVENT DETAILS:
The Village Voice's 9th Annual Choice Eats Tasting Event
DATE: Friday, March 11th 2016
VENUE: Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W. 18th St, Manhattan, NY
TICKETS: On sale: http://bit.ly/ChoiceEats16Tix
General Admission Ticket — $70 | Early Entry Preview Ticket (SOLD OUT) — $85 | VIP Ticket (SOLD OUT) — $99
TIME: VIP Hour: 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Early Entry Preview: 6:30PM – 7:00PM
General Admission: 7:00PM – 10:00PM

For the latest on "Choice Eats" please have a taste here:
www.villagevoice.com/choiceeats
www.facebook.com/voicechoiceeats
www.twitter.com/ChoiceEats


About Village Voice Events:

The Village Voice has independently produced and created such celebrated events as Choice Eats, The Obie Awards, 4Knots Music Festival, Choice Streets, Holiday Spirits, Brooklyn Pour, as well as the most anticipated issues and guides of the year including the annual Pazz and Jop music poll, Best of NYC, and its Spring, Summer, and Fall Preview guides. The Voice is New York's most influential must-read alternative newspaper in print and online. For more information on the Voice or its events, please visit us online at www.villagevoice.com.

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We are now accepting Press Applications for Choice Eats 2016. If interested, please fill out this form and you will receive a response closer to the event: http://bit.ly/ChoiceEats16PRESS.

PRESS CONTACT:

Dayna Ghiraldi | Big Picture Media
40 W. 29th Street, Suite 401, New York, NY 10001
Dayna@bigpicturemediaonline.com | 212.675.3103
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Shoshie Aborn | Big Picture Media
40 W. 29th Street, Suite 401, New York, NY 10001
Shoshie@bigpicturemediaonline.com | 212.675.3103
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Past Press Releases

2/17/16 - Choice Eats Announces Third Round of Participants
2/02/16 - Village Voice Announces Second Round of Participants For The 9th Annual Choice Eats
1/13/16 - Village Voice Announces 9th Annual Choice Eats