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Taste Talks Brooklyn, Take 3

by Darrel Alejandro

Over 5,000 people showed up to the Third Annual Taste Talks in Brooklyn this past weekend. The event, co-presented by Squarespace, was a total hit featuring dozens of chef presenting new platters and points of view on various panels and in various cooking demos.

The festival included food, drink, music, the latter of which was curated by the one and only musician and culinary tastemaker Questlove. Questlove brought the beats with a live DJ set to kick-off the festival’s first major event, Sweet Thinking: A Dessert Party, which he co-hosted alongside celebrity chef Dominque Ansel on the McCarren Hotel & Pool rooftop.

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Quite a bit of speculation-fog continues to loom over the future of the music industry and its hierarchy. Arguments can be made that, soon, brands will work directly with artists – omitting record labels and changing the definition of A&R completely. There was no better place to sift insight than at Social Media Weeks’ panel discussion thrown by SoundCtrl and No Longer Empty (the non-profit that fills vacant NYC store fronts with amazing art and exhibits) titled “What Is Your $ocial Currency?” – the only event of the week focused on music AND new media. Held at the old Tower Records space on 4th and Broadway, DJ Zeke spun a crowning mix of old school and modern hip hop as former Columbia Records exec and Co-Founder of BeEverywhere.tv James Andrews moderated panelists QuestLove of The Roots, Pepsi’s Senior Marketing Manager Andrew Katz, and Marisa Bangash of Uncensored Interview.

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