Keep Food Legal Happy Hour and Soda Salon at NYC's Northern Spy 4-6pm Tuesday July 24th

Keep Food Legal is thrilled to invite our New York City members and supporters to a very special happy hour and soda salon next week at Northern Spy, a highly praised restaurant located at 511 E. 12th St. in New York City's East Village. The happy hour and soda salon will take place from 4-6 PM on Tuesday, July 24.

The soda-themed event will follow on the heels of Keep Food Legal executive director Baylen Linnekin delivering remarks in opposition to New York City's proposed soda ban at a public hearing held inside the New York City health department headquarters. (Keep Food Legal will also be submitting written comments, something you may do by clicking here.)

Northern Spy, which typically doesn't serve soda, will be featuring large pitchers of artisanal soda for this happy hour and soda salon.

In addition to extra-large artisanal sodas (Mayor Bloomberg notwithstanding), Northern Spy bar staff will be serving up happy hour specials, including $2 off all beers, wines, and cocktail glasses, and $5 off wine bottles. Light snacks will be provided, additional (yummy) food will be available for purchase.

We'll be signing up new Keep Food Legal members during the happy hour and salon (you can pay by check or credit card or join in advance at our website). At 6 p.m. we'll randomly select one Keep Food Legal member (among those New Yorkers present who are already Keep Food Legal members and those who join at the happy hour and salon on Tuesday evening) to receive a $50 gift certificate to Northern Spy!

"This event isn't about promoting soda," says Keep Food Legal executive director Baylen Linnekin, who wrote about the ban in a recent Reason column. "I could count on one hand the number of sodas I have consumed over the past year. For me and Keep Food Legal, this event is about promoting--and protecting--food freedom of choice."

"Northern Spy is proud to host the Keep Food Legal Happy Hour because we believe in a robust and open debate on food policy and access issues," says co-owner Christophe Hille. "We think that any time one group in a position of power dictates limits on what another group may consume, it's worth at least being skeptical. Beyond that, we love people who love food, which is fair description of Keep Food Legal."

  • WHAT: Keep Food Legal Happy Hour and Soda Salon (featuring happy hour specials, artisanal soda, light snacks)
  • WHEN: Tuesday, July 24, from 4-6 PM
  • WHERE: Northern Spy (bar area), 511 E. 12th St. (East Village)

Opposed to the ban? Agnostic? Come on out and mingle and chat over great food and drink in one of New York City's most respected restaurants. Northern Spy, an acclaimed three-year-old restaurant that's helped New Yorkers learn to love kale and was hailed recently by Obama Foodorama for having the best brunch in New York City, has built its menu "around seasonality and quality, whenever possible using locally grown, raised, caught, and crafted products, procured from people who do those things with care."

We'll be standing and milling about the bar area at Northern Spy from 4-6 p.m. We're grateful to Northern Spy for hosting what promises to be a fun and enlightening event, and we look forward to seeing you there!

For press inquiries, to RSVP for the happy hour at Northern Spy (appreciated but not required), or to suggest a Keep Food Legal happy hour or other event in your city, contact us here!