Damian Aquiles’ Bar Trays Made From Salvaged Items

10 unique objects created by the Cuban artist for the Facundo Rum Collection

Not only his first show in NYC since 2004, Cuban artist Damian Aquiles‘ current exhibition “Alquimista” is also an exclusive collaboration with the Facundo Rum Collection. Teaming up with the luxury rum brand (from the Bacardi family’s private reserves), Aquiles has created 10 one-of-a-kind bar trays—each one a work of art on its own, yet also a fully functional object. Made from salvaged Cuban-sourced paint …

Buffalo’s Lakeward Spirits Craft Distillery

Repurposing the 115-year-old Barrel Factory for a spirituous operation

Buffalo continues to reclaim the grandeur of its past in ways both accessible and exciting—a benefit to its residents and an invitation to those drawn to the western New York city and its surrounding region. No example carries quite as many moving parts as The Barrel Factory, a 115-year-old factory of brick and wood in the historic Old First Ward neighborhood. Much can be said …

Best of CH 2017: Cocktails

Mixed drinks that truly tingled the tastebuds this year

Like every other art, cocktail-making continues to move forward with incredible creativity. We sometimes tend to dismiss mixed drinks—or food and drink in general—as nothing more than temporary stimulation and indulgent libation. But really, the way ingredients come together, and balance or chaos is triggered, demonstrates more than attention to detail. It’s about pairing. Bartenders activate the senses. With drinks, they initiate conversation. It’s only …