This Week’s Five Best Food and Drink Events – 1/26/2015

As everyone hunkers down for the blizzard rapidly approaching New York City, we’re plotting our next meal. Here are five events worth braving the snow to attend.

Republic Day, Savoury, 489 Columbus Avenue, Monday, 5 p.m.

Start the week off by celebrating India’s Independence Day at Savoury, which is offering a special $50 three-course prix fixe dinner focusing on Anglo-Indian-inspired dishes. Starters include mulligatawny soup, aloo papri chaat, and onion fritters; there are six entrees to choose from, including chicken tikka masala and mutton curry. The dinner includes a complimentary glass of beer or wine as well as naan and traditional side dishes.

In the Kitchen at Grace’s Marketplace: Winter’s Bounty, Grace’s Marketplace, 1299 Second Avenue, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

This longtime Upper East Side Market, which recently moved in to a new space, is kicking off its new culinary classes by focusing on food that warms our body and soul. With a focus on traditional and modern Italian recipes, classes include a chef-guided tour of the market to talk ingredients, a front-row seat to a cooking demo led by chef Joe Trama, and a freshly prepared meal. Reservations are $55.

Romance and Revenge: Aphrodisiacs and Female Poisoners, Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn, Wednesday, 8 p.m.

Not all food and drinks are created with the same intent. For this month’s installment of “Masters of Social Gastronomy,” Sarah Loman and Jonathan Soma take on the history of aphrodisiacs in food culture, exploring why chocolate and tiger privates can help set the mood better than a Barry White song. If this Valentine’s Day brings nothing but misery about the life you could have had with Mr. Not Really Right, on the other hand, take solace in the duo’s discussion of Victorian-age poison. The event is free to attend.

Chef Wylie Dufresne at the National Arts Club, National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, Thursday, 8 p.m.

What’s Wylie been up to besides running Alder? Find out as the chef-scientist dives into molecular gastronomy, the state of modern American cuisine, and what he wants to tackle next. Although the event is free to attend, guests must RSVP in advance by contacting

Whiskey Writer Lew Bryson at Kings County Distillery, Kings County Distillery, 63 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, Friday, 6 p.m.

Instead of heading to happy hour to drink the same old cheap shot special, consider educating your palate by meeting up with whiskey writer Lew Bryson. The man has traveled the world in search of great whiskey, and he will talk about his experiences as well as answer any questions guests have. The free event includes a tasting led by Bryson as well as a book signing.


This Week’s Five Best Food Events – 11/3/2014

Tuesday is Election Day, so be sure to cast your ballot. Then spend the rest of the week hitting these five food events.

My Portugal: Recipes and Stories, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, Monday, 7 p.m.

Aldea’s George Mendes will be onstage talking about his love affair with Portuguese cuisine and the release of his new cookbook, My Portugal. The award-winning chef will be joined Top Chef Masters judge Francis Lam. Mendes will sign copies of his new book following the event. Reserve your $24 ticket through the 92nd Street Y’s website.

Grace’s Marketplace Grand Opening Celebration, Grace’s Marketplace, 1299 Second Avenue, Tuesday, noon

Grab a complimentary reusable shopping bag and snack on free samples at the brand-new Grace’s Marketplace. Attendees will have the chance to enter a raffle to win a gift basket from the marketplace, and can enjoy drinks from neighboring Whiskey & Wine Off 69. The new location includes an espresso bar, a trattoria with an open kitchen, and counter seating, in addition to its wide variety of specialty foods.

Secrets from Prune with Gabrielle Hamilton (with Eddie Huang), 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Celebrating her cookbook debut, Prune head honcho Gabrielle Hamilton will lead a discussion on how to ace some of the restaurant’s best dishes. Hamilton will discuss several of her recipes — there are nearly 250 in the book. Eddie Huang will also make an appearance. Tickets are $55 and include a signed copy of Hamilton’s book.

Urban Fishing, The Grey Lady, 77 Delancey Street, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

A panel of speakers — including an urban planner, an assistant professor at NYU, and the president of the NY Harbor Foundation — will address the current issues facing New York’s fishing industry. A few topics the group will touch upon include promoting sustainable fishing in New York and what steps are being taken to create sustainable waterfronts in the wake of disasters like Hurricane Sandy. Tickets are $5.

Pat LaFrieda Book Signing, Eataly, 200 Fifth Avenue, Thursday, 4 p.m.

Chat up Pat LaFrieda at the butcher counter this week. New York’s cleverest cleaver handler will be signing copies of his book Meat: Everything You Need to Know. The event is free to attend and will run until 7 p.m.; books are available for purchase at Eataly.


Free Gluten-Free Pudding On The Upper East Side

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We love posting about free deals around the city. Most recently was one for free iced booze, today we have for you free tasting of hand-crafted, gluten-free pudding courtesy of New York Natural Pudding Co.

The tasting will be on Friday, August 3 from 1 pm to 3 pm in Grace’s Marketplace on the Upper East Side. Some of the avaliable flavors: sea salt, Tahitian vanilla bean, french toast, cocoa java, and salty caramel.

The pudding start-up launched in stores this month.