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This Week in Food: Prohibition Repeal Day, Restaurants That Changed America, Raaka Party

Prohibition Repeal Day
Analogue (19 West 8th Street)
Monday, 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Toast the historic repeal of Prohibition with a menu of classic cocktails like Bee’s Knees, Sidecars, and Sazeracs. In addition to live jazz performances, a full food and drink menu will be available.

Paul Freedman, Ten Restaurants That Changed America
The New York Society Library (53 East 79th Street)
Wednesday, 6:30 PM

Join Author Paul Freedman as he discusses his book Ten Restaurants That Changed America, which includes New York favorites like Delmonico’s and Sylvia’s. Admission starts at $10 and advanced registration is required.

Food and the Chinese-American Journey: A Conversation with Anne Mendelson and Kian Lam Kho
Museum Of Chinese In America (215 Centre Street)
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m
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Author Anne Mendelson and food writer Kiam Lam Kho will lead a conversation on the origins and development of American-based Chinese food. Tickets ($40 for general admission) include admission to the museum’s current exhibition and a reception which will feature dishes from Kho’s book, including red cooked pork in steamed buns.

How NYC’s Public Markets Drive Bakeries Forward
Essex Street Market (120 Essex Street)
Thursday, 6:30 p.m to 8 p.m.

Learn the real stories behind New York’s beloved bakeries at this free talk and tasting that champions bread. Get an in depth look at food production and distribution, with a focus on the role public markets play in NYC’s food system. Guest speakers include Gene Davidovich from Davidovich Bakery and a special guest from Eataly.

Holiday Chocolate Gift-Making Party
Raaka (64 Seabring Street, Brooklyn)
Friday, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Enjoy kid friendly and “adult” hot chocolates courtesy of a Raaka Chocolate and Van Brunt Stillhouse before creating chocolate gifts for your friends and family. Guests will be able to pour, design, and wrap individual chocolate bars, bark, and other holiday-themed sweets.

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Best Jukebox

Full disclosure: Analogue does not actually have a jukebox. It has something significantly more awesome, in the form of a vintage Thorens turntable running through a Citation solid-state tube amp, which, in turn, drives a pair of bomb-ass speakers (Bozak Symphonies, if you’re keeping score). It also has an owner: former investment banker Jared Gordon, whose private vinyl collection is more than 5,000 titles strong. And here’s the best part: He will happily play just about anything in his stash. Gordon is a jazz and blues head — his collection contains some obscure recordings that will make your head spin — but he has plenty of other gems, too (on a recent trip, we spotted some choice Bowie and vintage East Coast hip-hop titles). And he’s game to play it all. The year-old Analogue also happens to have an impressive drink menu. Gordon likes to think of his joint as an “unpretentious craft cocktail establishment that happens to play good music.” And he’s not far off: It’s not a jazz club, but it probably plays more jazz than any bar you’ll visit this year; it boasts a number of expertly made cocktails, but they’re not made by a twisty-mustached hipster who uses beakers and Bunsen burners. It’s a jukebox kind of bar. It just doesn’t have a jukebox.

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This Weekend’s Five Best Food Events – 8/15/2014

Whether you plan on stompin’ your feet to some bluegrass jams or gently tapping your toes to a trumpet, this weekend offers a couple of opportunities to get out on the dance floor (while you eat and drink, of course). If that kind of activity isn’t your thing, well, perhaps you’d like to sample a little Danish food or drink some craft beer.

Craft Canned Festival, Low Tide Bar, 97-01 Shorefront Parkway, Queens, Saturday, 2 p.m.

Canned beer isn’t just for college kids anymore, and craft breweries are increasingly turning to aluminum for packaging fine tasting cold brew. At this beach festival, attendees will have the chance to sample 20 different kinds of canned craft beer, with plenty of grub available nearby. Guests will also receive a complimentary Low Tide Bar koozie to keep that beer cool as part of the $25 beer tasting package.

East Ville Hoedown: Bacon, BBQ, Beer & Bacon Cocktails Tasting Festival, Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street, Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

Tres Carnes pitmaster Michael Rodriguez is bringing the brisket to this southern shindig, which offers guests the chance to sample moonshine, bourbon, and plenty of bacon. There will also be plenty of beers from ‘Merica, and a bluegrass band will provide entertainment. Tickets are $50 and are inclusive of all food and drink.

Eat Smart in Denmark Book Debut, The Copenhagen, 13 Laight Street, Sunday, 5 p.m.

Co-authors Carol and Katrina Schroeder are celebrating the launch of their new travel guide Eat Smart in Denmark by hosting a book party complete with Danish specialties such as smørrebrød and Danish licorice. Carlsberg beer will also be available as well as a selection of popular Danish liquors at a cash bar, and all guests will receive a copy of the guide. Tickets are $25.

Cookin’ with Max and Friends, The Cleveland, 25 Cleveland Place, Sunday 6 p.m.

This restaurant is offering a series of guest chef dinners every Sunday, and this week, the backyard garden of this Nolita restaurant is bringing a bit of Brooklyn to Manhattan with The Meat Hook’s Brent Young. For $25, guests receive a plate with one entree and two side dishes along with the choice of beer or wine (vegetarian options are always available, too). Additional chefs scheduled to make an appearance before summer ends include Nick Subic of King Noodle and Mile End’s Eli Sussman. You’ll need a reservation to attend.

Kind of Blue’s 55th Anniversary, Analogue, 19 West 8th Street, Sunday, 7 p.m.

There’s no easier way to start a Sunday morning with a little Lionel Richie, but there’s no better way to prep yourself for Monday morning with four hours of jazz and some Miles Davis. In celebration of Davis’ influential jazz album Kind of Blue, guests are invited to this Greenwich Village cocktail den for an evening of complimentary jazz. Drinks and bar bites are available for purchase, though those who RSVP with the bar will also receive a complimentary cocktail tasting.