This Week in Food: Celebrity Bartending, St. Hubert’s Feast, and a Holiday Spirits Cruise

Celebrity Bartending Fundraising Event for Stockings with Care, Hudson Station Bar & Grill, 440 9th Avenue, Monday, 7 p.m.

Grab a drink (and tip somebody you’ve seen on television) at the Stockings with Care fundraiser. All proceeds go toward providing holiday gifts for families in need. Celebrities scheduled to make an appearance include chef Rocco DiSpirito, Drew Lachey, and cast members from Law & Order: SVU, Brooklyn Nine Nine, and Inside Amy Schumer. Tickets start at $30 in advance and can be purchased on the Stockings with Care website.

Gingerbread Lane, New York Hall of Science, 47- 01 111th Street, Queens, Monday through January 9

Stroll through gingerbread streetscapes and watch out for frosting on your sleeves at this annual display of edible artistry courtesy of chef Jon Lovitch. This year’s version covers 500 square feet and has more than 1,050 houses and structures such as a double-decker carousel and the S.C. Kringle & Co. department store. New this year is a Pumpkin Spice Latte Coffee Shoppe and a 10-square-foot candy factory. Select gingerbread workshops are planned throughout the holidays, but admission to the village is free with a museum ticket, which start at $12 for children, reserved here.

St. Hubert’s Feast, Le Philosophe, 55 Bond Street, Monday through Saturday

In honor of St. Hubert, the patron saint of hunters, Le Philosphe is offering five days of wild game specials such as pheasant, venison, and hare. The chef is also preparing a traditional Lievre a la Royale which features foie gras and black truffle-stuffed hare served with chestnut mousse. Dishes range from a $16 foraged salad with duck egg to an $89 venison for two and are served a la carte throughout the five day feast.

Village Voice’s Third Annual Holiday Spirits Cruise, Pier 40 at West Houston Street (Hornblower Infinity Cruise Ship), Thursday, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Hop aboard a cruise filled with spirits, wines, and a buffet diner hosted by the Village Voice. Over 25 spirit brands will be aboard to share good times, with wine from Brooklyn Winery among the local offerings. Guests will cruise around Manhattan and the New York harbor before returning to Pier 40 to finish off the evening. The ship is scheduled to depart for the evening voyage at 7:30 p.m., and all guests must be on board at this time. Tickets start at $55; reserve here.

World of Cheddar with Mimi Sheraton, Murray’s Cheese Shop, 254 Bleecker Street, Thursday, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

If you need another reason to eat cheese, Mimi Sheraton, author of 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die, will be on hand to talk about some of her favorite bucket list foods involving cheddar. All attendees will receive an autographed copy of the book from Sheraton herself in addition to assorted cheese samples; reserve your $60 ticket here.


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

Holiday markets are everywhere, but if you can only take so much yuletide cheer — or strangers awkwardly bumping into you — there are other ways to spend your free time. Here are five events that offer something for everyone this weekend.

Gingerbread Lane, New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Queens, Saturday through January 11, 10 a.m.

Need a bribe to get the kids out to a museum? How about visiting the world’s largest gingerbread village? Chef Jon Lovitch’s edible architecture is created over the course of an entire year and made from only ingredients you can eat. Access to Gingerbread Lane is free with a museum ticket. Special events include a gingerbread house-building workshop on December 27 and a giveaway on January 11. Tickets — $11 for adults — can be purchased upon arrival at the museum.

South Bronx Farmer & Holiday Market, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, Saturday, 11 a.m.

Still searching for a cute stocking stuffer? Local farmers and artisans will offer a selection of goods for the food-obsessed, like chutneys, herbal teas, and salsas. The market will also offer additional food and drink options for those in need of a quick shopping break bite, along with produce, should you be hosting a holiday dinner party.

Gingerbread Ship Workshop, BLDG 92 at Brooklyn Navy Yard, 63 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Build your very own ship out of gingerbread. Christopher Sanchez of The Lambs Club will bring his baking expertise to the Navy Yard in a class designed for children and adults young at heart. Attendees will decorate a gingerbread model of the Yard-built USS Levant; the day’s events also including an interactive exhibit tour. Tickets are $8 for children and free for accompanying adults.

Handmade Soba Workshop, Resobox, 41-26 27th Street, Queens, Sunday, 10 a.m.

Learn about the health benefits associated with buckwheat noodles and cure a winter cold at the same time. Instructor Asako Nonaka will teach students about the history of the ingredient and guide students through making soba from scratch. Students will get a chance to make and taste their own soba, and Nonaka will also provide her own homemade buckwheat flower snacks for students to enjoy. Reservations are $40.

Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co. Brewery Tour, Dirck the Norseman, 7 North 15th Street, Brooklyn, Sunday, 1 p.m.

Brooklyn’s brewing revolution continues with the opening of the Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co. The new brewery on the border of Williamsburg and Greenpoint is now offering guided tours, which discuss in depth the suds-making process and explain the varieties of beer available. Guests also receive four .2 liter glasses of beer to enjoy during the tour, and are invited to grab food and larger portions at Dirck the Norseman afterwards. Tickets are $15.