New York Chili Fiends Gather this Weekend to Chow Down (and Get Heartburn)


Chili-fans should make their way over to Hill Country’s 2nd Annual Amateur Chili Cook-Off this Saturday, February 25th, from 1 to 3 pm. An admission fee of $10 will buy entrance to the event located in the downstairs Boot Bar, a spate of chili tastings, more Lone Star snacks than a Longhorns tailgate, and the right to vote for the coveted People’s Choice Award. Proceeds from the event will go to City Harvest.

Seven amateur teams—comprised of kids, adults, and even the esteemed firefighters from midtown’s Ladder Company 2—will present their best chili to a panel of judges including Artesia Wine Bar’s Mandy Oser, Eater’s Nick Solares, and Kurt Decker, known in some circles as the head camera man for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and known in other circles as a true chili fanatic. Hill Country’s own Pit Master Ash Fulk will emcee the festivities and help crown the winner of the Best Original Homestyle Chili.

Chili devotees may want to leave room for Hill Country’s limited-edition, regionally-inspired chilis on offer only during their week-long “Chilifest,” which wraps up this weekend. EAK’s Bowl of Red is a bean-less, meaty stew made with sausages (from Texas hill country stalwart Kreuz Market, no less) and native Texas chilis; the Chili Trail Chicken Chili is a white chili made with beans and pit-smoked chicken. For those who can’t decide, their Chili Duo & Beer Flight option nabs you samples of both along with some Shiner Bock to wash it all down.

Hill Country Barbecue Market

30 West 26th Street

(212) 255-4544



This Week in Food: Shake Shack Run, A Square Meal, and Beer Trolley 3.0

Becoming a Food Entrepreneur
Brooklyn FoodWorks (630 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn)
Tuesday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Terry Frishman of culinary consultancy firm Culinest is leading a class on ways to help create your own food start up. The class will cover everything from legal requirements to production and sales. Reservations are $40; secure a spot here.

Run and Drink
Shake Shack (1 Old Fulton Street, Brooklyn)
Tuesday, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Shake Shack’s DUMBO location is offering free community runs on the second Tuesday of every month, with runners of all ages invited to grab a free drink at that Shake Shack location afterwards.

A Square Meal in 1930’s America
NYU Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health (411 Lafayette St., 5th Fl.)
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Examine the cuisine of the Great Depression and sample recipes from the era at this talk and tasting from the Culinary Historians of New York. Reservations are $40 for general admission; rsvp here.

The Food Funny
QED (27-16 23rd Avenue, Queens)
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

Comedy and cooking mix at this live show which features select chefs performing stand up comedy while comedians try their hands at making a few dishes. Tickets are $7 and can be reserved here.

Beer Trolley 3.0
Gun Hill Tavern (780 E 133rd Street, Bronx)
Thursday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Beer industry veterans Chris Cuzme and Kelly Taylor are touring four Bronx based breweries in a trolley and inviting guests to hop aboard. The tour includes drinks on the trolley, a bottle share, and two half pours of beer or a pint at each brewery; food is available for cash purchase at select stops.  Tickets are $40 and include drinks; rsvp here.


Best Weekend Food Events: Ugly Sweater Contest, New Brunch, Smoked Fish and Beer Pairing

Free Beer and Ugly Sweater Contest
Bierhaus (712 Third Avenue)
Friday, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Bierhaus NYC is hosting an ugly sweater party with prizes and free beer available to those brave enough to rebel against fashion.

Japanese Brunch
Bessou (5 Bleecker Street)
Saturday and Sunday

Bessou recently unveiled a brunch menu featuring Japanese dishes like congee with fried prawns, green egg and chaashuu sandwiches, and dandan udon noodles.

Spiked Mug Fest and Holiday Bazaar
The Factory (30-30 47th Avenue, Queens)
Sunday, 11:30 am to 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy unlimited drinks while you browse for last-minute gifts at this walk-around tasting. The event also includes a selection of bites. Reserve a ticket ($39 for general admission) here.

ACME Smoked Fish and Beer Pairing
Greenpoint Beer and Ale (7 North 15th Street)
Sunday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Acme Smoked Fish and Greenpoint Beer and Ale are teaming up for a smoked fish and beer tasting. Feast on four different types of smoked fish, each paired with one of the brewery’s beers. Tickets are $30. Reserve yours here.


Best Weekend Food Events: NYC Wine and Food, Applefest, Queens Beer

NYC Wine and Food Festival
Multiple locations
Friday through Sunday

The annual New York City Wine and Food Festival, featuring Food Network favorites like Guy Fieri, returns this weekend. Some of the featured events under $100 include Koreatown Eats with Deuki Hong and tortilla making with Sue Torres.

7th Annual Taste of the Seaport Festival
Front Street between Fulton Street and Peck Slip
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Seaport District’s top restaurants are coming together to celebrate fall. Over 40 restaurants and bars will be part of the festivities, with family activities and live entertainment scheduled, too. Advanced tickets start at $35 which includes five food samples at any food stall. Reserve your ticket here.

Pier A Harbor House (22 Battery Place)
Saturday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Apples from across New York’s Hudson Valley will appear in the form of ciders, cocktails, pies, and more at this festival on the waterfront, which is free to attend. Guests can purchase six different varieties of apple’s at a pop up farmer’s market or take in live entertainment and family friendly activities. All food and drink items will be available for purchase.

Queens Beer Festival
LIC Flea and Food (5-25 46th Avenue, Queens)
Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The first annual Queens Beer Festival kicks off this weekend. Get unlimited tastings from breweries like Big Alice Brewing and LIC Beer Project along with additional breweries from Brooklyn and Long Island scheduled to participate too. General admission is $39. Reserve your ticket here.

Innovation vs Tradition: The Roles and Goals of Young Latin Chefs

Wildair (142 Orchard Street)
Sunday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Colombian-born chef Giuseppe Lacorazza is hosting a conversation on Latin cuisine. Lacorazza will be joined by Fabian von Hauske, Felipe Donnelly of Colonia Verde, and Daniela Soto of Cosme, with the discussion focusing around the balance of innovation and tradition in cooking. Tickets are $10. Score one here.


Best Weekend Food Events: Chile Pepper Festival, Beer Circus, Pig & Goat Roast

Chile Pepper Festival
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens (990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn)
Saturday, 10 a.m.

Sample chile peppers and sauces from around the world and pick up unique spices at this festival celebrating all things hot and spicy. Tickets are $20 for general admission. Get yours here.

Lagunitas Beer Circus
MCU Park (1904 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn)
Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Show up in costume at this circus-themed party featuring Lagunitas alongside local craft beers. Sip on brews while watching burlesque performances, aerialists, carnival rides, and sideshow acts. Get access to two stages of circus entertainment, one pint, and souvenirs with a $40 ticket. Score yours here. (Note: Must be 21 or older; no children or pets.)

Field: Seeds and Grains for the Future

Greenbelt Native Plant Center/Mid Atlantic Regional Seed Bank (700 Rockland Avenue, Staten Island)
October 1, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Go behind the scenes with forager and James Beard-nominated author Tama Matsuoka Wong at the Greenbelt Native Plant Center. Discover tips for recognizing edible plants in the wild and how to use whole seeds and grains at home. Feast on lunch by Agern’s chef de cuisine, Joe Yardley, and get some samples of flour milled from local grains. “Early risers” can also join in on a walking tour at 11 a.m. with the Natural Areas Conservancy’s senior ecologist. Reserve your ticket ($135) here.

Pig & Goat Roast
Sycamore Flower Shop & Bar (1118 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn)
Saturday, 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. seatings

Insa Korean BBQ and Fleishers Craft Butchery are teaming up for an all-day pig and goat roast. For $30, you can feast on a plate of both roasted meats, side dishes, and a pint of beer. You’ll also get to try your hand with some raffle tickets; prizes including butchery classes, karaoke at Insa, and other culinary gifts. Get your ticket here.

Final Oktoberfest Celebration
Watermark Bar on Pier 15 (78 South Street)
Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Celebrate the final weekend of Okotberfest and fill up on beer, brats, and pretzels. The party includes two-hour unlimited beer tastings with food from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Guests are advised to register (for free) in advance here. Food and beverage tickets can be purchased at ticket stations during the event with prices ranging from $8 to $16.


Brews Galore at Brooklyn Pour 2016

The Village Voice brought more than 65 breweries from around the country to Greenpoint over the weekend for the sixth annual Brooklyn Pour. This celebration of all things hoppy, malty, and sudsy showcased over 125 different beers, ciders, hard seltzers, and spirits. Here’s a peek at some of the brews from this weekend’s beer extravaganza. 

Photos by Sasha Gitin for the Village Voice


Best Weekend Food Events: Brooklyn Pour, Great Big Bacon Picnic, Oysterfest

Kiwiana’s Five-Year Anniversary
Kiwiana (847 Union Street, Brooklyn)
Friday, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

For its fifth anniversay, Kiwiana is hosting an open bar. For $45, guests will get to try New Zealand wines, signature cocktails, a raw bar, and other bites during a bluegrass performance by Sara Bouchard and the Salt Parade. This year’s birthday theme is historical figures, so guests are encouraged to dress in costume as historical figures from any era. Reserve your ticket here.

The Great Big Bacon Picnic
The Old Pfizer Factory (630 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn)
Saturday from 12 p.m to 8 p.m and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Pig out at this all-you-can-eat tasting with more than 50 chefs showing off their unique takes on bacon dishes. Choose from three sessions — which include top-shelf spirits and craft beers — throughout the weekend. Tickets start at $79. Score yours here.

Pier A Harbor House (22 Battery Place)
Saturday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Get your seafood fix at this party on the pier featuring Bluepoint oysters, lobster rolls, and swordfish tacos. The event will also feature representatives from the Harbor School educating guests about the Billion Oyster Project. The event is free to attend; food and drinks are available for purchase.

Brooklyn Pour
Brooklyn Expo Center (72 Noble Street, Brooklyn)
Saturday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Village Voice’s annual Brooklyn Pour will gather over 125 unique micro-brews, ciders, mead, and specialty liquors under one roof. There will also be plenty of food and games at Brooklyn Expo Center, too. Tickets start at $55 for general admission. VIP ticket holders will get complimentary oysters, canapes, and more. Reserve your ticket here. A very limited number of General Admission tickets will be available at the door for $65.

Umi <3 Eli’s Fall Home Cooking Taste-Off
The Vinegar Factory (431 East 91st Street, Second Floor)
Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Umi — a network of home cooks that creates signature meals for the public — is launching in Manhattan with a tasting at Eli Zabar’s Vinegary Factory. The event will feature a cash bar and cake decorating. Register in advance for the free event here.


Get a Sneak Preview of This Year’s Brooklyn Pour Menu

We’re less than 48 hours away from the largest one-day beer tasting festival in New York City: Brooklyn Pour.

Bring your friends and save with our limited Brooklyn Pour “Brooklyn Buds” 4-pack ticket deal. You’ll get four General Admission tickets for $170 ($50 off)…and the makings of an epic fall Saturday filled with booze, food, games, and more.

Rolling in with a smaller crew? We still have a handful of discounted general admission tickets for $10 off if you use the code VV10 at the checkout.

Want the VIP experience? You’re in luck. This year, we have an exclusive lounge stocked to the brim with complimentary oyster pairing samples, cheese tastings, canapes, and — of course — VIP gift bags filled with plenty of goodies. Plus, you’ll be able to get into the venue a full hour early at 2 p.m., so you can get a head start.

This year is one of our biggest yet, with more than 65 breweries from our backyard (and far beyond) toting over 125 different beers for you to savor. Get ready to raise your complimentary souvenir tasting glass to the prospect of finding a new favorite brew…or several.

In anticipation of this weekend’s festivities, we have a special sneak peek at some of this year’s brewery menus:

Brooklyn Brewery
Defender IPA and Tripel Burner

Brooklyn Brew Shop 
Berliner Weisse and Mosaic Single Hop IPA

Coney Island Brewing Company 
Mermaid Pilsner and Freaktoberfest

Sixpoint Brewery 
Tesla and Sweet Action 

Smuttynose Brewing Company 
Pumpkin Ale and Vunderbar Pilsner

Check out the full list of local and national breweries participating in Brooklyn Pour this year.

Not a beer fan? Don’t worry, there’s also plenty of hard seltzer, cider, and spirits (Jameson, anyone?) to make up for it:

Austin Eastciders
Original Dry Cider, Texas Honey Cider, Hopped Cider, and Pineapple Cider

West Indies Lime, Valencia Orange, Indian River Grapefruit, and Cape Cod Cranberry 

Root Sellers Inc. 
Row Hard Root Beer, Pedal Hard Ginger Beer, and Himmel & Erde Carrot Apple Ale

If you get hungry, there’s plenty of Astor Room fare to feast on in between sips: fresh oysters and clams on the half shell, candied bacon with cajun spice, tacos (al pastor and chicken), and vegetarian bean burgers.

Brooklyn Pour
Saturday, September 24, 2016
3—6 p.m.
Brooklyn Expo Center
$55—$85 / 21+
For more information, visit the Brooklyn Pour website.


Check Out All of This Year’s Brooklyn Pour Breweries — and Get $10 Off Your Tickets

We’re less than two weeks away from this year’s Brooklyn Pour. Join us on September 24 at Brooklyn Expo Center for New York City’s largest one day beer festival! We’ll have over 65 local and national breweries lined up for you to sample throughout the afternoon. Better yet, those breweries will be toting more than 125 different beers along — that’s more than we’ve ever had at Brooklyn Pour.

And, for you, our loyal Voice readers, a treat: $10 off general admission. For a limited time only, you’ll be able to enter the code VV10 on our website at the checkout for a deal on your general admission ticket.

Without further ado, here’s the full lineup of breweries you’ll be able to visit at Brooklyn Pour:

  • Abita Brewing Company
  • Allagash Brewing Company
  • Asahi Beer
  • Austin Eastciders
  • AVAL Cidre Artisanal
  • Black Hog Brewing Co.
  • Blue Point Brewing Company
  • BraufactuM
  • Brooklyn Brew Shop
  • Brooklyn Brewery
  • Brouwerij Martens
  • Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
  • Charles Wells
  • Coney Island Brewing Company
  • Crabbie’s Ginger Beer
  • Defiant Brewing Company
  • Delirium Tremens
  • Dogfish Head Brewery
  • Downeast Cider House
  • Empire Brewing Company
  • Estrella Galicia
  • Flagship Brewing Company
  • Flying Belgian Brewery
  • Flying Dog Brewery
  • Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.
  • Guinness
  • Harlem Blue Beer
  • KelSo Beer
  • Kings County Brewers Collective
  • Kronenbourg Brewery
  • Lagunitas Brewing Company
  • Lion Beer
  • Long Trail Brewery
  • Lost Nation Brewing
  • Maeloc Dry Cider
  • McKenzie’s Hard Cider
  • Narragansett Brewing Company
  • North Coast Brewing Co.
  • Original Sin Cidery
  • Oskar Blues Brewery
  • Other Half Brewing
  • Otter Creek Brewery
  • Paulaner Brauhaus
  • Radeberger Gruppe
  • Redstone Meadery
  • Rockaway Brewing Company
  • Root Sellers Brewing Inc.
  • Saranac Brewing Company
  • Schlafly Beer
  • Shiner Brewery
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
  • Singha Beer
  • Sixpoint Brewery
  • Smuttynose Brewing Company
  • Southern Tier Brewing Company
  • Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
  • SpikedSeltzer
  • St. Feuillien
  • SweetWater Brewing Company
  • Third Rail Beer
  • Tsingtao
  • Two Roads Brewing Company
  • Victory Brewing Company
  • Weyerbacher Brewing
  • Yonkers Brewing Co.

Brooklyn Pour
Saturday, September 24, 2016
3—6 p.m.
Brooklyn Expo Center
$55—$85 / 21+
For more information, visit the Brooklyn Pour website.


This Week in Food: Soft Serve Takeover, Culinary History, Taste of Gifu

Chef Paul Liebrandt’s Soft Serve Takeover at Morgenstern’s
Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream (2 Rivington Street)
Through October 2

Throughout September, Morgenstern’s is offering a special soft-serve ice cream menu featuring four unique flavors made with the help of chef Paul Liebrandt. Sate your sweet tooth with flavors like Yin Yang (white corn and black coconut ash), Cuba Liebrandt (rum and coke with lime zest), PLLV (salted caramel and tahini with gilded sesame seeds), and Tour Pine’our (sunchoke and strawberry hibiscus with toasted hazelnuts). Each flavor will be available for one week; visit Morgenstern’s site for more information about when each flavor will be served.

@BrunchBoys Waffle Sundae
Coolmess (137 E 62nd Street)
Wednesday through September 30

Instagram’s @BrunchBoys have collaborated with Coolmess for a special brunch-themed sundae. The $12 treat features a Belgian waffle with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, Cap’n Crunch cereal, and chocolate covered espresso beans. The sundae will be available on the ice cream parlor’s menu throughout the fall.

A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression

Lower East Side Tenement Museum (108 Orchard Street)
Wednesday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Join the author of 97 Orchard Jane Ziegelman along with her husband, culinary historian Andrew Coe, as they talk about the impact of the Great Depression and how it shaped America’s dining culture. Take your tastebuds on a trip back in time with dishes that were popular during the era — like lima bean loaf. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Modern Times Brewery Happy Hour 
As Is (734 10th Avenue at 50th)
Thursday, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

San Diego brewery Modern Times is bringing ten of its craft beer to the Big Apple for a special happy hour where brews will range from $7 — $8. Brewmasters will be on hand to chat more about their brewing process, too.

Talk and Tasting: Gifu, the Heartland of Japan
Japan Society (333 East 47th Street)
Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

Learn about the cuisine and culture of Japan’s heartland, Gifu, and enjoy a tasting reception after the panel presentation. Popular dishes from the region include wagyu Hida beef and a selection of premium sakes.  The event will also feature a special performance of jikabuki, a regional form of kabuki, by the Tono Kabuki Nakatsugawa Preservation Society. Tickets are $19 for general admission. Reserve yours here.