Showing posts with label #pricelessNY. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #pricelessNY. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

{#TastyTuesday} @MasterCard Cooking Demo with @Chef_Aaron Sanchez at @NYBG #pricelessNY #FridaNYBG #Foodie

Pro shot courtesy of @PhocialMedia (twitter) or online at

Remember last week when I shared a sneak peek from the New York Botanical Garden Media Preview Day of their latest Frida Kahlo Exhibition? If you missed that post, click HERE. What you probably didn't know is that I actually spent most of that weekend there as well, first the for kick off of 'Frida Al Fresco' Evenings where you can stroll the grounds and enjoy the exhibit after hours, and my apologies for covering the weekend out of order, but I was there again on Sunday for a MasterCard Priceless Experience, a cooking demonstration and meet and greet with Chef Aaron Sanchez!

Since this is #TastyTuesday on the interwebs I couldn't help sharing about my MasterCard Priceless Experience today.

Before you say, but Butterfly 'I am not a Blogger', MasterCard Priceless Cities is NOT just for Media, Bloggers or Digital Influencers, it is for anyone and everyone who is a Mastercard holder (which I actually am, in case anyone was asking!), the Priceless Cities experiences offer a behind-the-scenes, front of the line, private experience with tickets to the most coveted events, offered exclusively to MasterCard cardholders. These experiences are definitely located in New York City where I am based, but are also available in many other major markets, you can use the locator here to see if there are experiences in a City near you.

It's no surprise to regular readers that I am a mega foodie, and I was definitely going to jump at the chance to meet Chef Aaron! He is the chef/partner of Paloma in Stamford, CT and the restaurant Johnny Sanchez in New Orleans (another one of my fave cities!), he is also the co-star of Food Network's Chopped and the host of Cooking Channel's Taco Trip and the travel-food series MOTOCHEFS.

I got there early and caught the setup process:

Mastercard Priceless NY Cooking Demo with Chef Aaron Sanchez at New York Botanical Garden
OK so maybe I wanted to scope out a plan to the best seat, but it's only because I want to get you guys the best recap coverage of course!

Mastercard Priceless NY Cooking Demo with Chef Aaron Sanchez at New York Botanical Garden

Chef Aaron's recipe called for Jicama, don't you just love action shots?

No Chef Aaron is not hiding from the camera, it was hot outside! The cooking demo was followed by a Meet and Greet with the Chef!

One of the super cute swag stations, I spot the Chef to the right!
Above: The MasterCard team was actually interviewing Chef Aaron when I nabbed this shot.

Above: While we were waiting for our Meet & Greet there of course were some eats!

Pro shot courtesy of @PhocialMedia (twitter) or online at
Above: There I am in the center getting my VIP pass signed! (Trying not to nerd out!)

Above: Thankfully a very sweet PR rep also took a shot with my camera (I knew there would be pro shots but I wanted to make sure I got an extra shot just in case!) I had to hold up my signed pass!

Above: With great food and great music, I just had to nab a shot of Chef Aaron and the event's guitarist!


This is just a part of the amazing experiences I had during the opening weekend of 'Frida Al Fresco' at New York Botanical Garden, and stay tuned this week, as all this fun coverage is leading up to something special for YOU (and that special DAD in your life!)

This was actually my very first MasterCard Priceless NY experience, and it definitely won't be my last, they provided a great experience at such a wonderful venue, and if this is a taste of what their VIP experiences are like I definitely look forward to the next one!

Chef Aaron Sanchez has a new cookbook out called "Simple Food, Big Flavor - Unforgettable Mexican-Inspired Recipes from My Kitchen to Yours' (by Chef Aaron with JJ Goode) so be sure to pick it up! If you press on the image of the cookbook below it will take you straight to Amazon so you can order it online. You're Welcome!

What is your favorite Mexican Recipe? Have you already experienced a MasterCard Priceless Cities Experience, if so which one?

˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙

FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post, no monetary compensation has been received, and all opinions are 100% my own!  I attended the Chef Aaron Sanchez MasterCard Priceless Experience as Digital Press. There is an affiliate link in this post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure.