Super Bowl XLVII Party at Ginny's

On February 3rd, the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers are kicking off just in time for dinner, at 6:30pm. The only questions bigger than "Which Bay are you backing?" is "Where are we watching it?" or "What are we cooking?" We’ve got sibling coaches manning opposing, bay city teams from two coasts, neither of which has ever lost a Super Bowl game. Original Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis plays his final game, the 49ers are the designated home team, and it’s going down in Louisiana.

So, in case all the planning and game stats are becoming a little overwhelming, here is a breakdown of the important stuff, lest we mix up which Harbaugh is which or confuse our Chincoteague Oysters with the Humboldt Bays.

Baltimore Ravens Coach: John Harbaugh Colors: White Jerseys Player To Watch: Ray Lewis (No. 52)                                               City Food: Lake Trout                                                                         Game Day Recipe: Firecracker Crab Cakes                     

SF 49ers Coach: Jim Harbaugh Colors: Red Jerseys                                                                                         Player To Watch: Vernon Davis (No. 85)                                            City Food: San Francisco Burrito Game Day Recipe: Sourdough Bread Salad

Best of all is the great game unifier: New Orleans! No need to pick sides here. Whether it's Beignets, Po-Boys or chicory spiked Coffee, NOLA is a major culinary capital with a seemingly endless list of traditional dishes.

And then there are, of course, the football-food classics.

Don't miss the game day celebration at Ginny's Supper Club, February 3rd, starting at 5:00pm!

Ginny's and Juice: New Fall Cocktails

The leaves are changing, and so is the cocktail menu at Ginny's Supper Club. Fresh for Fall, we've got a whole new roster of autumnal thirst quenchers, including the ginger, earthy "Burgundy Leaf" (garnished with a cinnamon stick), and the "Langston Muse"—a version of a martini infused with lemon and honey.

We've also added two new punches to our repertoire. The "Mena Mena Punch" combines limoncello, moscato, and Sicilian liquer for a warm, comforting beverage experience. For a citrus-filled burst of flavor, our "Nevada Punch" includes grapefruit, lime, and lemon (as well as a good helping of rum) to harken back to the Las Vegas of lore. Also on the citrus side of drinks is "The Big Payback", which packs a wallop of orange in every sip. The Big Payback is based on a couple of sweet aperitifs, gin, and many different orange components for a whole new dimension of that flavorful fruit.

For those lovers of classic cocktails, we're pleased to introduced the "Talented Tenth"—a sophisticated beverage made with two kinds of scotch and two kinds of flower-based liquids. Its blending of hearty scotch and a fragrant bouquet makes this drink suitable to a gentleman-about-town or his gentlewoman. Finally, and perhaps the most seasonally appropriate of our cocktail freshman class is "The 42". It's made with bourbon, Grand Marinier, and vermouth—and topped with a flamed orange peel for kicks.

We invite you to come on in to Ginny's and pick your favorite cocktail for Fall.

Camera: Jeannette Park Editor: Joel Kahn Music: C-Doc

Renowned Harlem Week Begins This Weekend

This coming Saturday, July 28th kicks off a month-long celebration of all things Harlem. Since 1974, millions have flocked to 125th street and beyond to commemorate the past, present and future of the historical Harlem neighborhood we call home. What started as "Harlem Day," turned into Harlem Week and eventually Harlem Month. Now in its 38th year, people of all ages are invited to take part in over 100 different events over the span of four weeks. Whether arts & crafts are your thing or free concerts, food, jazz festivals and even gospel choirs, Harlem Week has it all and we couldn't be more excited to participate.

For starters, Ginny's is pleased to announce we'll be featuring the legendary Bobbi Humphrey to perform on August 11th. Humphrey is a local Harlem native who is famous for her smash hit, "Harlem River Drive." To spice things up even more, the Rooster will be featuring a special cocktail honoring the historical and celebratory week.

While the list of things to do during Harlem Week is continually growing, we wanted to share with you a few of our "can't miss," absolute favorite Harlem Week events.

Friday, July 27th- What better way to kick off Harlem Week with a dance party in the courtyard, cocktails and a guided tour of one of the many galleries featured in Harlem's Studio Museum right on 125th street. For $20 ($15 for studio museum members), you're invited to a night of complete Harlem celebration, with the opportunity to connect with artists, vendors, art curators and more. The event is held from 7-10 p.m. and tickets can be purchased by RSVPing to UptownFridays@studiomuseum.org

Sunday, July 29th : Aptly titled, "A Great Day in Harlem," the day-long event is covering all ends of the spectrum to kick off Harlem Week in the best way possible. With outdoor picnics, a fashion show, arts & crafts, food vendors s and all sorts of concerts (Gospel, Dance, Latin, Blues & Jazz), the second official day of Harlem Week is an absolute can't miss. Taking place at the U.S. Grant National Memorial Park right off of 122nd & Riverside Drive, all of the events are free and open to the public.

Wednesdays August 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th - "Long Live The Music" sure is right! For these five nights, don't miss your chance to see Amateur Night honored at the historic Apollo Theater. To celebrate Harlem Week, the cast of New Harlem Art Theatre's "Sweet Charity" will perform alongside a fabulous host, WHCR-FM's very own William Torres. Tickets range from $19 to $29 dollars and are available in person through the Apollo or online at ticketmaster.

Saturday, August 4th-  We can't think of any better way to celebrate summer in Harlem through the power of music and dance. Starting at 12 until 7 p.m., the Dance Theatre of Harlem is hosting a street festival on W. 152nd from Amsterdam to St. Nicholas Avenue. Admission is free for all ages and the day is a can't miss, seeing as the dance company will be celebrating healthy eating lifestyles by featuring local food and retail vendors from all over Harlem. Additionally, family health screenings will be available to all people during the festival hours.

For more information about Harlem Week and its events, please click here.

Arturo O'Farrill's Cuban Takeover at Ginny's

Arturo O'Farrill and his Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra takes over Ginny's on Tuesday, June 19th, and Food Republic writer (and Cubaphile) Judy Cantor-Navas took some time to meet the man whose talent stretches far beyond music. The son of legendary composer and bandleader Chico O'Farrill, Arturo grew up dining with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie and Jon Hendricks in his home. Before heading up to Ginny's to hear him premiere his newest suite, The Offense of the Drum, read what this Grammy award-winning musician has to say about making a mess in the kitchen. Click here to read the story on Food Republic.

Ne-Yo Hosts Motown Monday at Ginny's on June 11th

He’s helped Rihanna, Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson and Justin Bieber with their chart-topping hits, which means everything that this singer, songwriter, producer and actor touches turns to gold. He’s had five top ten songs on the Billboard Hot 100 and two number-one albums on the Billboard 200. As if that wasn’t enough to keep him busy, he was recently named senior vice president of A&R for Motown Records at the same time he joined the legendary label. But before Compound Entertainment and Motown Recording Artist Ne-Yo continues his takeover of the music world, he’s taking over the mic at Ginny’s on June 11th for a very special Motown Monday Ginny’s Supper Club is a place to celebrate music masters like Ne-Yo, Roberta Flack and Jimmy Scott, as well as a venue to showcase the artists who have the potential to become legends in their own right. With his second album, “Because of You” going platinum, it’s a safe bet that Ne-Yo has the eyes and ears for new talent at Motown. Lucky for you, you don’t have to wait to hear these future chart-toppers on the radio—on June 11th Ne-Yo will introduce Elijah Kelley, a talented performer who starred with Ne-Yo in the George Lucas hit film Red Tails and performed the title track. Name still sound familiar? Kelley also co-starred and sang in the film adaptation of Hairspray alongside John Travolta, Zac Efron and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Doors to Ginny’s Supper Club open at 7pm with DJ Mos at the turntables, giving you plenty of time to drink a Diablo, Harlem Mule or Smokey Apple cocktail (or all three!) and nibble on Artichoke Croquettes and Mushroom Dumplings and share the Lamb Shank or Brandt Ribeye. Kevin Ross (already a Ginny’s favorite) will open the show singing Motown classics and original songs followed by Ne-Yo’s introduction of Elijah Kelley. And to get you excited and in the mood, click here to listen to Ne-Yo’s latest single “Lazy Love” from his upcoming album, R.E.D., which hits stores September 18th.

Motown Monday with special guest, Ne-Yo June 11th, 2012 Doors open at 7pm Tickets: $20 for reserved seats by calling Ginny’s at 212.421.3821 and mentioning                    Ne-Yo Motown Monday or by purchasing online                    $10 for standing room only, available for purchase at the door