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You're invited! Book signing + cocktails & hors d'oeuvres

Save the date, because on Wednesday, January 19th, you're invited to a free book signing!  And, if you're one of the first 75 guests to arrive, you'll receive a complimentary signed copy of Giuliano Bugialli’s (an award-winning Italian food author and teacher) “Foods of Naples and Campania.”


Where: Azure, 333 E. 91st Street, NYC 10128 (this is a super luxe condo, not a restaurant)

When: Wednesday, January 19th

Time: 5:30 - 7pm

*See official invite, below:


Read it & eat,

The Lunch Belle


Wednesday, 12/8: complimentary tea + champagne + massages at Molton Brown

*Friendly reminder*

Does it even get any better than this?  Mmm, I don't think so.  

Enjoy, dear readers!


$15 buys you $1000-worth of delicious coupons & good karma

Dear readers,

For those of you that aren't familiar with the "day to day" and/or "behind the scenes" of managing a food blog/website, here are a couple of tidbits that you may not be aware of:

  • On a daily basis, I am contacted by several public relations firms who "pitch" a product in the hopes that I will write about/review it.
  • On some occasions, a company will contact me directly instead of going through a public relations firm.
  • Of the pitches that I receive - whether via public relations firm or directly from the business - I would estimate that I end up working with only about 1/4.  While it's flattering to receive pitches, I have to strongly believe in the product and/or trust that the information would be useful to my audience.  Like Donald Trump has famously coined, "It's not personal, it's business."

The bottom line is this: don't be fooled by The Lunch Belle's cutesy logo and feminine facade because, when push comes to shove, this Southern belle would gladly trade in her ball gown for boxing gloves.  I have your best interests at heart and would never post/pitch a product that I didn't whole-heartedly believe in.  Perhaps I should change my name to The Lunch Martyr?


While we're on the topic of products/services that I love, I recently received an email from a local entrepreneur that caught my eye.  Rachel and two of her friends joined forces to create Neighborhood Eats, a localized coupon book filled with $1000-worth of discounts at various Murray Hill / Kips Bay watering holes, wine bars, cafes, and restaurants. 

Aside from receiving a tangible coupon book that I can keep in my purse at all times - instead of auto-generated emails offering one or two specials per day from some of those other restaurant discount websites - the part of Lauren's email that really tugged at my heart strings was the fact that Neighborhood Eats was conceived upon one premise: to raise money and social awareness for their favorite charity, City Critters.  This organization is an all-volunteer animal charity in Murray Hill that works without a physical shelter, yet places hundreds of sick and abandoned cats and dogs in to loving homes.  "We wanted to help, but weren't sure how," Rachel said.  "As the recession hit, we started noticing our friends going out (to eat/drink) less and less to save money while, at the same time, local restaurants and bars were slowly starting to close their doors.  That’s when we came up with an idea that combined our love of food, bargains and kitties...and Neighborhood Eats was born!"  How much do you love that? 

**As a special promotion for you, my dear readers, Neighborhood Eats has offered you a 62% discount on their 2010 edition of their Murray Hill / Kips Bay coupon book, filled with $1000-worth of discounts at various watering holes, wine bars, cafes, and restaurants!  Just enter the following code at checkout: lunchbellevip

Oh, and you're welcome in advance.  ;)

On behalf of Neighborhood Eats and your Lunch Belle,

Read it & eat!


Special reader discount: Holton Farms' CSA program comes to NYC

To my loyal NYC-based Belle's Angels:

  • Are you interested in buying farm-fresh groceries from a CSA (conventional community supported agriculture)?

The Lunch Belle has partnered with Vermont's own Holton Farms, an eighth-generation farm that uses sustainable methods to produce a diverse selection of agricultural products (think: fruits & veggies, dairy and eggs, organic meats, breads & baked goods, local artisanal foods).  The cool philosophy behind this particular CSA program is the fact that the end-user has the freedom to order only the products they want/when they want, through the Holton Farms website.  Additionally, a portion of each purchase aids in subsidizing prices of Holton Farms' ultra-fresh, healthy food to under served neighborhoods in NYC.  With memberships beginning at only $250, you can't afford to miss this delicious and philanthropic opportunity!

Holton Farms' "CSA Select" program begins today, May 17th, and runs through November 21, 2010.  If you choose to proceed with purchasing a membership, make sure to use the following code for a 5% discount upon checkout: HFLBELLE.