This Week in Food: Candy-Making, Inspiring Foodies, Square Pizza Crawl

‘Wabi and Now’: Shiho Sakamoto’s Wagashi Workshop and Tasting
Kosaka (220 West 13th Street)
Monday, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Learn how to make wagashi, a Japanese sweet, with candy-maker Shiho Sakamoto. Guests will learn how to use fruit and mochi to create the unique treat. A traditional green-tea tasting is also included in the $45 ticket. Reserve yours here.

Square Pizza Crawl
Herald Square (Broadway at 34th Street)
Wednesday, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Share your love of pizza on this food crawl, which spotlights square-shaped slices this month. Each guest will get one slice per location before running along to the next pizza parlor and chowing down on another. The locations for this Manhattan-based crawl will be revealed the day of the event. Score your $25 ticket here.

Dining Out, Eating In, Living Well
92 Street Y, (1395 Lexington Avenue)
Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Grab a chair and listen to New York Times writer Florence Fabricant and author Sara Moulton share tips on the city’s top restaurants and bars. They’ll also talk about how you can turn dishes made in your home kitchen into restaurant-caliber delights. Tickets are $32. Reserve yours here.

Jazz Night
Home Sweet Harlem (1528 Amsterdam Avenue)
Thursday, 6 p.m.

Looking for some uptown funk? Fuku Tainaka and the Chris Johansen Trio will perform an evening of jazz at Home Sweet Harlem. The restaurant will offer a special food and drink menu throughout the evening, featuring specialty cocktails like mimosas and Bellinis in addition to beer and wine.

Josephina Taco Pop-Up
The Pines (284 Third Avenue, Brooklyn)
Thursday through Sunday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends

The backyard of the Pines has been transformed into a seasonal pop-up called Josephina. Feast on tacos made with wood fire–grilled masa tortillas, and check out other local goods during Josephina’s weekend markets. The pop-up will also feature a series of guest-chef meals and other food-focused events.


This Week’s Five Best Food Events – 2/9/2015

Mother nature has been a beast these last few days — time to throw on another layer and head out to eat and drink. Consider one of these five events.

Cutting Edge Food Trends, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, Monday, 7 p.m.

Is matcha the next big thing? When will bugs join bread as a must-have when visiting the grocery store? Andrew Zimmern brings his culinary expertise to the Upper East Side for a discussion on food trends. The traveling gourmand will also be joined by Food & Wine editor in chief Dana Cowin as well as food historian Francine Segan. Reservations are $30; secure them through the Y’s website.

Beer, Pickles & Cheese, Jacob’s Pickles, 509 Amsterdam Avenue, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

Spread the love pre–Valentine’s Day with a fundraiser organized by the West Side Campaign Against Hunger. Guests can snack on pickles, cheeses, and a variety of beers from Long Island’s Barrier Brewery during the tasting. Tickets start at $50; secure yours through the event website.

Beard on Books, James Beard House, 167 West 12th Street, Wednesday, 12 p.m.

Food academic Dr. Libby O’Connell explores how dietary cravings have been shaped by cash, technology, and social innovations during this informal gathering. The discussion includes trivia, recipes, and complimentary snacks and beverages. A suggested donation of $20 is encouraged.

A Chocolate Love Affair, The Access Theater: The Gallery, 380 Broadway, Thursday and Friday, 8 p.m.

Who needs an intermission when a chocolate tasting is part of the show? This interactive performance led by chocolatier and artistic director Megan Sipe allows guests to move around the theater and become part of the show. Most importantly, it explores the impact of chocolate on the five senses. Chocolate will be served by dancers at moments throughout the night. Tickets start at $30.

Tiki Night, Spirited, 638 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, Friday, 7 p.m.

Airline ticket to Hawaii too expensive? For $20, guests receive a tiki cocktail and pupu platter, and can purchase additional tiki cocktails for $10. Cocktail aficionados can also chat up the authors of Brooklyn Spirits: Craft Cocktails and Stories From the World’s Hippest Borough. You’ll need to make a reservation.


This Week’s Five Best Food Events – 11/3/2014

Tuesday is Election Day, so be sure to cast your ballot. Then spend the rest of the week hitting these five food events.

My Portugal: Recipes and Stories, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, Monday, 7 p.m.

Aldea’s George Mendes will be onstage talking about his love affair with Portuguese cuisine and the release of his new cookbook, My Portugal. The award-winning chef will be joined Top Chef Masters judge Francis Lam. Mendes will sign copies of his new book following the event. Reserve your $24 ticket through the 92nd Street Y’s website.

Grace’s Marketplace Grand Opening Celebration, Grace’s Marketplace, 1299 Second Avenue, Tuesday, noon

Grab a complimentary reusable shopping bag and snack on free samples at the brand-new Grace’s Marketplace. Attendees will have the chance to enter a raffle to win a gift basket from the marketplace, and can enjoy drinks from neighboring Whiskey & Wine Off 69. The new location includes an espresso bar, a trattoria with an open kitchen, and counter seating, in addition to its wide variety of specialty foods.

Secrets from Prune with Gabrielle Hamilton (with Eddie Huang), 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Celebrating her cookbook debut, Prune head honcho Gabrielle Hamilton will lead a discussion on how to ace some of the restaurant’s best dishes. Hamilton will discuss several of her recipes — there are nearly 250 in the book. Eddie Huang will also make an appearance. Tickets are $55 and include a signed copy of Hamilton’s book.

Urban Fishing, The Grey Lady, 77 Delancey Street, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

A panel of speakers — including an urban planner, an assistant professor at NYU, and the president of the NY Harbor Foundation — will address the current issues facing New York’s fishing industry. A few topics the group will touch upon include promoting sustainable fishing in New York and what steps are being taken to create sustainable waterfronts in the wake of disasters like Hurricane Sandy. Tickets are $5.

Pat LaFrieda Book Signing, Eataly, 200 Fifth Avenue, Thursday, 4 p.m.

Chat up Pat LaFrieda at the butcher counter this week. New York’s cleverest cleaver handler will be signing copies of his book Meat: Everything You Need to Know. The event is free to attend and will run until 7 p.m.; books are available for purchase at Eataly.