This Week’s Five Best Food Events – 12/1/2014


Holiday party and ugly sweater season is upon us. But if you’re tired of watching co-workers act like a fool, here are five events that should prove equally entertaining,

Chinese Take Out Cooking Lesson, The Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost Street, Monday, 6:30 p.m.

Avoid going into take-out food debt by learning how to make your own cashew chicken, BBQ spare ribs, and scallion pancakes at this hands on class. Students will also learn best stir-fry practices and what products to look out for when stocking up on ingredients for homemade Chinese cuisine. Tickets are $75 and include beer; reserve through the Brooklyn Kitchen website.

Cocktail Legends Crash The Daily, The Daily, 210 Elizabeth Street, Tuesday, 8 p.m.

Need a reason to brave the freezing city streets this week? The Daily’s Eben Freeman is inviting his cocktail loving friends and guests out to celebrate the old fashioned. Cocktail historian David Wondrich and noted spirit mixers Julie Reiner and Sasha Petraske will be in attendance, and a line-up of bartenders will create their own favorite old fashioned recipes. Each bartender will have to make their drink in the time it takes to play their favorite rock anthem, which means guests are encouraged to cheer on or playfully heckle each contestant while rocking out to monster ballads. Tickets are $80; secure them by emailing

Fung Tu One Year Anniversary Party, Fung Tu, 22 Orchard Street, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

First birthdays are always memorable — especially in the restaurant world — which is why Chef Jonathan Wu is thanking customers with food and drink specials all night long. Guests can sip on $3 Tiger beers and $5 wines by the glass while snacking on starters and family style main courses. Wu’s menu for the evening includes spicy mustard chicken wings, brisket and rhubarb fried rice, and whole steamed fish. Dinners are $35 and include access to all passed appetizers and main courses.

The Baking Bible, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, Thursday, noon

Author Rose Levy Berenbaum will discuss recipes from her latest collection of tart tales geared towards the home baker, and the James Beard award winner will sign copies following her discussion. The book includes recipes from around the global baking world and covers breads, pastries, and pies. Tickets are $24 and can be secured through the 92nd Street Y’s website.

Coquito Making Class, La Casa Azul Bookstore, 143 East 103rd Street, Friday, 6:30 p.m.

If you plan on serving egg nog this holiday season, consider a class focused on a slightly spiced up version called the coquito. The drink uses rum, egg yolk, coconut milk, sweet condensed milk, and spices, and students will have a chance to make and sample three different variations during class. Empanadas will also be served, and students will get the chance to vote on their favorite coquito at the end of class. Secure your spot for $30.