This Weekend’s Five Best Food Events – 9/12/2014

With a slight chill in the air, fall is fast approaching. So break out a scarf and check out a few of this weekend’s best food events.

New York Oyster Week, multiple locations, Friday through September 28

City streets are about to be filled with shellfish. Oyster farmers, foragers, and shucking champions will all be on hand to speak with guests about their lives and what to look for when taking advantage of $1 oyster happy hours. Events scheduled throughout the festival include a regatta bash and a party on the waterfront at Grand Banks in Tribeca; check out the full line-up and tickets on the festival’s website.

Taste Talks, multiple locations, Friday through Sunday

Interested in learning if your online review really matters? Or hearing about London chef Lee Tiernan’s fondness for deviled kidneys? Spend a day in Williamsburg at locations like the Wythe Hotel as these matters and more are discussed, and consider checking out the All Star BBQ featuring Danny Bowien and Eli Sussman on Sunday afternoon. See the schedule and buy your tickets on the Taste Talks website.

Barbounia Cooks Jersualem Festival, Barbounia, 250 Park Avenue South, Friday Through September 20, 5 p.m.

For a taste of the old country, guests are invited to step into this Mediterranean restaurant’s newly transformed dining room, which will be modeled after the famed Shuk marketplace of Jerusalem. The kitchen will offer a variety of special dishes — available a la carte as well as part of a $59 prix fixe — including a mixed grill and a homemade Jerusalem-style bagel. Check it out during dinner service until September 20; contact the restaurant directly to secure a table.

NORTH Nordic Food Festival, multiple locations, Friday through September 19

This weeklong festival has several opportunities to learn Nordic cooking, as well as a few deals. Norse coffeeshop BUDIN will offer its $10 Lakkris Latte for $5 through duration of the festival, and several chefs will hold cooking demonstrations throughout the weekend. Local chefs and food personalities participating include Oceana’s Ben Pollinger and head brewmaster Garret Oliver from Brooklyn Brewery. A full schedule and tickets can be found on the festival’s website.

End of Summer Lobster Bake, Kings County Saloon, 1 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn, Sunday, 4 p.m.

Summer technically lasts until September 21, so you might consider attending one last lobster bake in Bushwick. For $30, you’ll get a full lobster with corn on the cob, sides, and dessert. For $50, you can add unlimited booze to the deal: endless drafts, domestic bottles, and well drinks. Purchase tickets in advance, and BYO Nantucket red pants.


This Week’s Five Best Food Events – 7/28/2014

Looking to challenge yourself? Check out food trivia, a class on pupusa-making, or a film about what makes specialty coffee so special — other than your barista. Here are five events on our radar this week.

Foods from the Red Hook Ballfields, Bowery Culinary Center — Whole Foods, 95 East Houston Street, Tuesday, 6 p.m.

Traveling to the Red Hook ballfields for Central American grub isn’t always easy (though it’s worth the trek if you can do it), so consider learning how to make a few staples of the event yourself. In addition to a crash course in pupusa-making, students will create huaraches, ceviche, and mango flower on a stick. Tickets are $50.

Beer Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Put together by Jimmy Carbone of Jimmy’s No. 43, this festival encourages drinking out in the open in a theater. Local breweries like 508 Gastrobrewery and Rockaway Brewing will provide refreshments while guests watch films about the craft beer movement. Tickets are $15.

Pat Kiernan’s Trivia Food Fight, The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn Tuesday, 7 p.m.

If you’ve got food on the brain, challenge yourself to a game of trivia hosted by NY1’s Pat Kiernan. Attendees will have the chance to go one on one with Pat to answer pop culture food questions; prizes include tastings and food outings, while snacks and beverages will be provided throughout the evening. Tickets are $26.

A Film About Coffee, Williamsburg Cinemas, 217 Grand Street, Brooklyn, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

People who are jubilant over java will want to check out a screening of this film focusing on specialty coffee, which is also offering a few cups of Joe for attendees in lieu of popcorn. The movie traces coffee from its origins at farms in Rwanda and Honduras all the way to hipster coffee shops in major metropolitan cities. Stick around for a Q and A with the director. Tickets are $15.

The Jolly Monk Grand Opening Party, The Jolly Monk, 901 Ninth Avenue, Friday, 6 p.m.

Get a jump on planning your next weekend and pencil this Belgian beer party into your calendar. The Jolly Monk will celebrate its grand opening with free samples, drink discounts, and complimentary appetizers. The kitchen will also be open for full service, offering specialties like mussels, frites, and waffles.


The Four Best Food Events in NYC This Weekend

Need a reprieve from April showers? Check out one of our four favorite events this weekend.

Mystery Basket Class, The Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost Street, Brooklyn, Saturday, 2 p.m.

This unique cooking class comes packed with friendly competition dramatic enough for a primetime TV show. Students who sign up for the $75 class will receive a basket of ingredients, and they’ll have one hour to create a shareable dish on which they’ll be judged. High marks will be bestowed for creativity and problem-solving, and beers await all the hardworking chefs upon completion. Additional information and tickets can be found through The Brooklyn Kitchen’s website.

All You Can Eat Oysters, Brooklyn Crab, 24 Reed Street, Brooklyn, Saturday, 4 p.m.

For $75, enjoy three hours of unlimited oysters and craft beer at this Red Hook waterside retreat. Shuck as much as you can and then check out the backyard full of games like cornhole, shuffleboard, and mini golf. Reserve your tickets for food and drink.

A Persian Feast, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.

Combine art history and eating via this tour, which explores the role of gastronomy in Middle Eastern culture and culminates with a feast inside a professional kitchen. Tour leader Maite Gomez-Rejon, an art teacher and former private chef, will cover the museum’s exhibit and then lead a cooking demonstration for guests. Tickets are $150 and are inclusive of museum admission, transportation, and dinner.

Foraging Tour, Prospect Park – Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, Sunday, 12:30 p.m.

Foraging isn’t just for chefs looking to open Nordic restaurants. Author Leda Meredith will lead urban explorers on a tour through Brooklyn’s largest park, discussing the varieties of wild edible and medicinal plants that you might come across. The tour will cover how to locate, harvest, and prepare these free ingredients for your next dining experience. Tickets are $20.


What’s Happening This Weekend – 2/7/2014

The work week’s almost over, so start thinking about where to enjoy the next 48 hours of freedom. Here are a few events that you should take into consideration.

First Fridays: Lunar New Years Celebration, Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, Friday, 6:30 p.m.

The lunar new year parties continue throughout the city, as the Asia Society Museum is hosting a party showcasing culture and cosmos. Free tours of the museum’s Tales of Wonder exhibit will take place at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., with special cocktails like lychee-tinis on hand for the occasion. A selection of small Asian bites will be available for purchase; a DJ will set the mood for the evening.

Cooking from the Masters, The Brooklyn Kitchen, Gotham West Market, 600 Eleventh Avenue, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.

Open to all levels of chefs, this course will cover global cuisine from one of Fork writer Eve Turow’s favorite reads: Jerusalem, A Cookbook. Instructor Kate Duff will cover the proper use of ingredients like rose water, harissa, and sumac before sitting down to a full dinner. The menu includes potato latkes, spicy carrot salad, and cardamon rice pudding among other dishes, with wine included. Tickets are $85 and can be reserved through the Brooklyn Kitchen’s website.

Everett Scotch Tasting: The Art of Scotch, Everett Pop Up Fashion Gallery
189 Orchard Street, Saturday, 6 p.m.

Peruse an art gallery while sipping fine scotch. For $45, guests will enjoy four tastings from four unique regions of Scotland while learning about the distilling process. Food is included in the cost of a ticket, which can be purchased through the event’s website. Sounds like an ideal date night to us — or even an early Valentine’s Day gift.

The Brooklyn Meatball Takedown, The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn, Sunday, 2 p.m.

If you’re still claiming your grandma has the best recipe for meatballs, now’s your chance to back it up. Brooklyn chefs are encouraged to come out and show their borough whether or not they deserve best ball bragging rights for 2014. For $15, attendees can sample varieties like chicken, veal, and lamb among others with a variety of sauces for each. Register by emailing, or reserve your chance to crown Brooklyn’s best ball.



What’s Happening This Week: Galette des Rois, The King’s Birthday Dinner, Wine: A Tasting Course, and Taste of Haiti

With winter storm Hercules in the history books, bundling up and braving the cold seems a bit more manageable — at least until tomorrow, when temperatures drop again. Don’t go stir crazy; head out to one of these tasty events.

Galette des Rois, French Institute Alliance Francaise, 22 East 60th Street, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

‘Tis the season for galette de rois (king cake), and at this post-New Year’s party, you’ll sample one baked by executive chef Eric Bedoucha alongside glasses of champagne. Per tradition, whoever finds the plastic baby inside their slice will be crowned king or queen (historically, the winner is also charged with bringing the cake next year).

The King’s Birthday Dinner, Louro, 142 West 10th Street, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

To celebrate what would have been Elvis’s 79th birthday, Davis Santos is breaking out the banana pudding, bacon, and peanut butter for a five-course feast at least one king would approve of. The $55 dinner also features sauerbraten, potato cheese soup, and cornbread, so fans of eclectic dining with no taste bud limitations are in for a treat. Reservations can be be made by contacting the restaurant directly or emailing

Wine: A Tasting Course Book Launch & Wine Tasting, Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit, 5 West 19th Street, Thursday, 7 p.m.

To celebrate the release of author Marnie Old’s new book, complimentary wine tastings will be poured at this Flatiron shop. Old, who is also a sommelier, will lead the tasting and offer a few useful tips to help attendees improve their wine picking abilities. Copies of her book will also be on hand for purchase, and those interested can head directly to the wine shop without making a reservation.

Taste of Haiti, TriniSoul Cooking, 1325 Fifth Avenue, Friday, 6 p.m.

If the winter chill is making you wish you were on an island other than Manhattan, a cooking class covering the food of Haiti should warm you up in no time. A few of the dishes covered include fried seasoned pork, black rice, and punch soup. Class registration is $110 per person and can be made through the cooking school’s website.