This Week’s Five Best Food Events – 9/22/2014


Summer is officially done. Here are a few food events to help welcome fall to town.

America’s First Foodie, James Beard House, 167 West 12th Street, Monday through October 31

In this month’s Greenhouse Gallery exhibit, the life of James Beard is explored in detail through a series of intimate portraits and other culinary paraphernalia. The artifacts are a precursor to the film documentary America’s First Foodie.

Game Night, Finback Brewery, 78-01 77th Avenue, Queens, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

If Cards Against Humanity has lost its luster, consider a night of Settlers of Catan over a few pints. The brewery offers a lineup of intriguing ales like the “Plumb and Proper” and a double session brew made with Szechuan peppercorns. Those interested in playing can register a team in advance; the event is free.

Walk & Talk: Eating From the Ground Up with Marcel Van Ooyen and Melina Shannon-DiPietro, The High Line, Washington Street, Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Stretch those legs on a walking tour and learn there’s a lot more to the High Line than just a pretty view. Marcel Van Ooyen, the NYC executive director of Grow, and Melina Shannon-DiPietro, director of High Line food and revenue, will discuss how the city is fed, where food comes from, and how public policy can affect meals at our table. The tour is complimentary, but guests are required to RSVP.

Mile High: Destination London, Lower East Side secret location, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Bringing British style and elegance to New York, this pop-up offers guests the chance to experience a first-class meal without having to leave the ground. The feast is modeled after the good old days of air travel, and includes dishes like smoked duck, sea trout, and braised pork cheeks. The $120 ticket includes Champagne and entertainment, too.

Fifth Annual Pumpkin Picking Party, Idle Hands Bar, 25 Avenue B, Friday

‘Tis the season to sip your pumpkin spice latte in the morning, and then crack open a pumpkin beer on a crisp fall night. Idle Hands is getting in the fall spirit this week, when it’ll pour 16 pumpkin beers on tap. (If you’re not into pumpkin beer, by the way, the bar will keep plenty of other craft brews flowing, too.) Pick up a 10-beer passport for $49; you can redeem your pours through October 25.