This Week’s Five Best Food Events – 12/29/2014


It’s the week between Christmas and New Year’s, which means productivity is on vacation. Treat yourself to these five food events as a great way to say goodbye to 2014 or to ring in 2015.

Food Trend Dinner at Nossa Mesa Supper Club, Louro, 142 West 10th Street, Monday, 7 p.m.

For the final episode of 2014’s Nossa Mesa Supper Club, chef David Santos is crafting a menu honoring this year’s food trends. The seven-course tasting menu pays homage to Thai food, Sichuan fare, tacos, and über-trendy vegetables like celery and arugula. Tickets are $55 and can be secured by contacting the restaurant.

Toddler Tuesdays, Lefrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park, 171 East Drive, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.

If your little one needs to skate off some steam after seeing what Santa brought, take advantage of this park’s early morning sessions. For $15, one child ages 2 to 5 and one adult receive a one-hour tutorial on how to fall with dignity, with snacks and juice included. There’s also a snack bar, which opens at 11 a.m. for those in need of hot chocolate, grilled cheese, or Sigmund’s Pretzels. Tickets purchased in advance can be redeemed on any Tuesday.

One Year Anniversary, All’Onda, 22 East 13th Street, Wednesday

In addition to New Year’s Eve, All’Onda is celebrating its one-year anniversary by offering 50 percent off all sparkling wines. Chef Chris Jaeckle is also offering a few holiday specials, such as a crudo platter, in addition to his à la carte menu featuring a variety of pastas and a short rib for two. The restaurant will celebrate its birthday with a cake at midnight. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant directly.

Coney Island Polar Dip After Party, Peggy O’Neill’s, Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, Thursday, 1 p.m.

Share a beer with strangers after jumping into frigid waters. For a suggested donation of $20, New Yorkers can prove their insanity by participating in the Coney Island Polar Bear Club’s annual New Year’s Day plunge and receive a free pint glass for their troubles. Afterwards, polar bears are invited to this nearby bar to fill up that pint glass while talking about just how refreshing the Atlantic Ocean is this time of year. The bar is also offering a $50 plunge special starting at 11:30 a.m., which includes a continental breakfast, lunch, select drinks, and a swim care package. Registration can be completed on the day of the event or in advance.

Stay Warm Winter Supper, Miette Culinary Studio, 109 MacDougal Street, Suite 2, Friday, 6:30 p.m.

Start the new year off by learning how to perfect winter staples like butternut squash and green apple soup, roasted pork tenderloin with celery root purée, and julienne vegetables. This class will also show you how to make a raspberry soufflé — something to keep in mind for Valentine’s Day, perhaps. Reservations are $95 and can be secured through the studio’s website.