This Week in Food: Raw Wine Fair, Baita at Eataly, Shochu Tasting

Raw Wine Fair
(99 Scott Avenue, Brooklyn)
Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m

Taste a selection of organic and biodynamic wines from over 100 national and international producers at this fair dedicated to educating guests on natural wines. Special guests who are scheduled to participate in panel discussions include staff members from Wildair and the Four Horsemen. Food will be available for purchase from eateries like Roberta’s. Tickets are $50 in advance. Reserve yours here.

Baita Winter Pop-Up
Eataly (200 Fifth Avenue)
Monday through Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and 12 p.m. Saturdays

Eataly’s rooftop pop-up Baita is now open and filled to the brim with alpine fare and winter cocktails. In addition to warm raclette, this year’s menu includes a polenta bar and the chance to dine on roasted calf leg inside of a log cabin.

Land of Fish and Rice
Recipe Discussion
MOFAD Lab (62 Bayard Street)
Monday, 6:00 p.m. to  9:00 p.m.

Explore China’s Jiangnan region with host Fuchsia Dunlop, who will share recipes from her cookbook Land of Fish and Rice: Culinary Recipes from the Heart of China. A reception and book signing will take place immediately following the discussion. Tickets ($32) includes entrance to MOFAD’s exhibit, Chow: Making the Chinese American Restaurant. Reserve yours here.

Distilled, Not Brewed: Discovering Shochu
Japan Society (333 East 47 Street)
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

Sample 22 varieties of shochu distilled from ingredients like barley, sweet potatoes, rice, and brown sugar. A Japanese spirits expert will be on hand to discuss the drink, including its use in religious ceremonies. The talk will also feature a short musical performance. Reserve your ticket ($39) here.

Masaharu Morimoto: Mastering the Art of Japanese Home Cooking
92 Street Y (1395 Lexington Avenue)
Thursday, 8 p.m.

Masaharu Morimoto and Kate Krader will discuss the best way to make traditional Japanese dishes at home, with the chef sharing recipes from his latest cookbook. Afterward the event, guests can stick around to get a signed copy of Chef Morimoto’s book. Tickets are $32 for general admission. 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: Mad. Sq. Eats, Taste Talks, Pig Island

Taste Talks Brooklyn
Friday through Sunday
Multiple locations

The fourth annual Taste Talks conference returns this weekend with an all-star line up of chefs participating in panel discussions and unique dinners. Events include Sean Brock and Danny Bowien’s Low Country boil on Friday at Esh and a Sunday afternoon barbecue featuring Emily and Hometown BBQ in East River State Park. Tickets start at $49. Reserve yours here.

Mad. Sq. Eats
Worth Square at Madison Square Park
Saturday through October 7th, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Mad. Sq. Eats makes its return with familiar bites from Ice & Vice and Roberta’s. New spots this year include gyro makers Amali Mou and Beijing-inspired street crepe slingers Mr. Bing.

Pig Island
Erie Basin Park (1 Beard Street, Brooklyn)
Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Over twenty chefs from restaurants — including Fletchers Brooklyn Barbecue and Cookshop — will serve a variety of nose-to-tail-inspired dishes with craft beer, cider, and mezcal at this outdoor tasting. Tickets are $85 and include all food and drink. Reserve your spot here.

2nd Annual Freak Week Launch Party

Coney Island Brewery (1904 Surf Ave, Brooklyn)
Sunday, 12 p.m to 10 p.m

Coney Island Brewery’s Freak Week — which gives folks the chance to sample the brewery’s limited-release beers — is kicking things off with an all-day Sunday bash. Guests can enjoy the likes of kettle corn cream ale, blood red berliner weisse, and a pumpkin spice-flavored brew.


This Week in Food: ‘Super Upsetting’ Cocktail Party, Taste of Bushwick, Big Apple Zinfandel

A ‘Super Upsetting’ Cocktail Party (Featuring Sandwiches)
Weather Up Tribeca (159 Duane Street)
Tuesday, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Celebrate the release of Tyler Kord’s A Super Upsetting Cookbook About Sandwiches with cocktails and sandwiches from an all-star lineup of chefs. The No. 7 Sub chef will highlight tasty fare from Jonathan Wu of Fung Tu and Justin Bazdarich of Speedy Romeo. Tickets are $25 and include cocktails, food, and a copy of the book. Reserve yours here.

Fast Food With Andrew F. Smith
Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) Lab (62 Bayard Street; Brooklyn)
Tuesday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Explore the ins and outs of America’s obsession with the fast-food industry thanks to author and New School professor Andrew F. Smith. Prior to the discussion, guests can sample healthy versions of classic fast-food treats. Tickets ($40 for general admission) also include entry to MOFAD’s current exhibit. Reserve yours here.

Taste of Bushwick

Boar’s Head Distribution Plant (24 Rock Street; Brooklyn )
Tuesday, 6:30 pm to 9 p.m.

The third annual Taste of Bushwick will take place rain or shine and includes the largest lineup of restaurants the festival has ever had. Restaurants and food businesses at the event — forty total — include Montana’s Trail House and Faro, among others. An after-party will be held at Syndicated, with plenty of drink specials. General admission tickets are $50.

Taller Copenhagen Dinner

The Pines (284 Third Avenue; Brooklyn)
Wednesday, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Chef Karlos Ponte — of the Copenhagen-based restaurant Taller — brings his take on Venezuelan cuisine to Brooklyn for one night only. Dishes include caviar-topped corn crackers, black lentil noodles with chili and egg, and for dessert, cookie-dough-and-pineapple sorbet. An $85 ticket includes all nine courses; however, drinks are not included.

Big Apple Zinfandel Experience

Union Square Ballroom (27 Union Square West)
Thursday, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cool off with a glass of wine (or several) at this walk-around tasting, which will spotlight more than 70 different California Zinfandels. Between glasses, you can nibble on curated cheese boards from Saxelby Cheesemongers. Tickets start at $85.


Best Weekend Food Events: Oiji’s Honey Butter Chips, Big Apple Barbecue, La Nuit en Rosé

25-Cent Nuggets
The Nugget Spot (230 East 14th Street)
Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.

What’s better than cheap, delicious finger food on a summer Friday? This afternoon, the Nugget Spot will offer 25-cent nuggets until close. All seven different styles of chicken nuggets on the menu will be available — including Southern Belle, Cap’n Crunk, Cheese n’ Chong, Sriracha Nugs, Tso Tswag, Buffalo, and Skinny Nuggs.

Free Falafel Bar
Nanoosh (111 University Place, and other locations)
Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

All five Manhattan locations of Nanoosh are celebrating International Falafel Day with a free falafel tasting bar. Guests can choose from a selection of toppings like hummus, tahini, and habañero sauce to kick things up a notch.

Big Apple Barbecue
Madison Square Park (Fifth Avenue at 23rd Street)
Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The country’s top pit masters will meet up in Madison Square Park this weekend for the annual Big Apple Barbecue party. This year’s lineup includes a new entrant (Dallas’s Hutchins BBQ) along with returning favorites like Sam Jones of North Carolina’s Skylight Inn and Billy Durney of Red Hook’s Hometown Bar-B-Que. VIP ticket packages start at $275 and allow guests to skip the line at all barbecue stands. Get your tickets here.

Honey Butter Chip Pop-Up
Oiji (119 First Avenue)
Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Craving some sweetness on the go? Oiji is offering honey butter chips with ice cream from their take-out window. Get this sweet, salty, crunchy treat for just $10.

La Nuit en Rosé
Hornblower Infinity Cruise Ship (Pier 40 at 343 West Street)
Saturday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Sample over 150 different rosés from France, Italy, and California at this walk-around tasting. The event includes a brief cruise along the Hudson River, as well as food and entertainment. Reserve a ticket, starting at $95, here.


Best Weekend Food Events: Crawfish, Wine, and Guac Burger Dumplings

by CHLOE and Mimi Cheng’s Guac Burger Dumpling, Mimi Cheng’s, 179 2nd Avenue, Friday through March 31

Veggie burger joint by CHLOE has teamed up with Mimi Cheng’s for one month of guac burger dumplings. Throughout the month of March only, guests can enjoy by Chloe’s burger in dumpling form, which features black beans, quinoa, sweet potato, and corn salsa stuffed inside. The dumpling is topped off with guacamole and tortilla chips, alongside some beet ketchup dipping sauce.

Wylie Dufresne and Sam Mason Dinner Menu Debuts, Soho Tiffin Junction, 42 East 8th Street, Friday, 6 p.m.

Chefs Wylie Dufresne and Sam Mason lent their talents to create Soho Tiffin Junction’s new dinner menu, which debuts this Friday and will be available all year long. Dufresne advised on the menu and collaborated with the restaurant to create dishes like masala meatballs and fried chicken tenders marinated in curry. For dessert, Sam Mason of OddFellows Ice Cream Co. created a soft-serve version of the traditional kulfi (saffron, cardamon, caramelized milk) with toppings including chocolate sauce and rose syrup. The menu will be available every day of the week, from 6 p.m. until closing.

Wine Riot, 69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Avenue, Friday through Sunday, 7 p.m.

Sip on 250 wines from across the globe, poured by experts, at this interactive tasting experience. There will be plenty of booths for guests to stop by to get an unpretentious, wine-filled cram session and learn about these worldly vinos. Check out other activities throughout the armory, including a DJ and a photo booth. Finally, don’t forget to download an app that reveals where to buy the wines you’ve sampled at the riot. Tickets are $65.

Kids Food Festival, Celsius Restaurant at Bryant Park, 41 West 40th Street, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Crawfish season is here!
Crawfish season is here!

Join The Meatball Shop’s Daniel Holzman, and Seamus Mullen of Tertulia, as they demonstrate fun family recipes geared to get kids cooking in the kitchen. Additional family-focused activities include a balanced plate scavenger hunt, goody bag prizes, and a special appearance by Snoopy. Guests with kids who want to participate in hands-on cooking demos can get $25 tickets here.

Weekend Crawfish Boils, Double Wide Bar & Southern Kitchen, 505 E. 12th Street, Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.

Fresh Louisiana crawfish season is in full force at Double Wide, where chefs prepare a traditional homemade crawfish boil each week. For $30, guests get a bucket filled with three pounds of crawfish, sausage, corn, and potatoes. The bar is also offering $5 Abita beers and rum cocktails. Can’t make it this weekend? Don’t worry, Double Wide will host these every weekend until the end of summer.


Study Says Women Drink More Than Men in Marriage

“Honey get me a beer.”

According to a recent study by the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, marriage means more drinking for women and less for men.

Married women actually drink more than previously married women, but married men drink less than previously married men.

Drinking levels are related to stress. ABC News reports that for men, having a wife might serve as a stress-relieving substitute for that extra beer or scotch.

“Married males may experience their wives as sources of tension reduction. There are studies that suggest that married males are happier than their unmarried counterparts.”

The researchers also suggested long-term married women might have some additional stressors and are just overall more stressed than men.

Husbands, perhaps a back massage for your lady is in order?


The Wren’s The Tempest

The drink: The Tempest

The bar: The Wren

The price: $12

The ingredients: Gosling’s rum, fresh ginger, cranberries, Barritt’s Bermuda Stone ginger beer

The buzz: We’ve been seeing ginger everywhere on the spring cocktail menus of bars throughout the city. The Wren uses the ingredient to great effect: Dark, rich Gosling’s rum is shaken with the spicy root and sour fresh cranberries for a spirited take on a Dark and Stormy, sometimes called Bermuda’s national drink. The whole thing is topped with a generous splash of Barritt’s mellow ginger beer, rounding out the drink’s Bermuda theme and creating spume at the top of the glass reminiscent of the sea.


Expensive Wine and Whiskey Rocks Are in; Happy Hours at Baja Fresh and Qdoba?

People in the U.S. are buying expensive domestic wine again, according to a recent report by the research group Symphony IRI (via The Orange County Register). Sales of bottles priced at $20 or more grew by 24 percent in the first three months of 2012. The top sellers: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir.

Expensive wine not doing it for you? Try Van Gogh Vodka’s new PB&J vodka, which, according to the company, has a predominately peanut nose and tastes strongly of raspberry on the tongue.

The New York Times explores the resilient popularity of whiskey rocks, a product scorned by bartenders that mixologist Dale DeGroff has called “idiotic.”

Slate offers a handy guide to boozing in fast-food restaurants. Who knew that there are happy hours at Baja Fresh and Qdoba?


King’s Ramos Gin Fizz

The drink: Ramos Gin Fizz

The bar: King (5 King Street, 212-255-0700)

The price: $11

The ingredients: Beefeater London gin, lemon juice, lime juice, egg white, heavy cream, soda, orange blossom water, simple syrup

The buzz: King’s Ramos gin fizz is made using a reverse technique: Instead of topping the drink with soda to create the signature fizz, the bartender starts with the soda in a tall glass, and slowly pours the rest of the ingredients, shaken for 30 seconds with ice, over it. The mixture rises and foams in the glass until it reaches the top with a firm, frothy head — to great dramatic effect. The result: the lightest, driest gin fizz around that’s not very sweet or overwhelmingly blasted with citrus. Flavorwise, it’s a demure version of the classic New Orleans libation. But the lively textures of the original — creaminess, effervescence — are still delightfully present.