This Week in Food: $2.29 Menu, Beard on Books, and Defining Nordic Cuisine

2016 Leap Year Menu, Delicatessen, 54 Prince Street, Monday

Chef Michael Ferraro is offering a special leap year throwback menu where all dishes will be priced at $2.29. Bites include lobster sliders on house-made pretzel buns, mac ‘n’cheese skillet, and mini-cheeseburger spring rolls. The bar will also offer beer specials and Bloody Mary shots with candied bacon.

The Ultimate Leap Year Birthday Party, SideBAR, 120 East 15 Street, Monday

SideBar is hosting a children’s-themed adult birthday party, which includes face painting, balloon animals, and free drinks from 7 p.m. until midnight for anyone who can show they were born on February 29. The bar will also offer a $5 shot special from opening to close.

Chef’s Table Dinner Series, Bagatelle, 1 Little West 12th Street, Monday through Friday

For one table each weekday night, Bagatelle chef Sébastien Chamaret will offer a $68 tasting menu focused on traditional French dishes. Pan-seared frog legs, snails, and wild boar shanks are a few of the options guests can enjoy, with wine pairings available for an additional $60. Guests can secure a reservation by contacting the restaurant.

Beard on Books, the James Beard House, 167 West 12th Street, Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Pack a brown-bag lunch and listen in as a panel of speakers shares tales from James Beard’s Classic All-American Eats: Recipes and Stories From Our Best-Loved Local Restaurants. Recipes from across the country, like Italian specialties from Totonno’s and Cincinnati-style chili are included in the book. Guests will also be able to enjoy snacks from Sarabeth’s and other treats during the reading. Make a reservation by calling the James Beard House.

Defining Nordic Cuisine: Yesterday and Today, NYU Food Studies, 411 Lafayette Street (Fifth Floor), Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

Learn about salting, pickling, and smoking as author and Gastronomica editor Darra Goldstein shares Scandinavian tales from her latest book, Fire and Ice: Classic Nordic Cooking. Goldstein will discuss the history and traditions of Scandinavia as well as why modern chefs are increasingly using these age-old practices. Tickets are $40 for general admission; reserve them here.


This Week’s Five Best Food Events – 2/9/2015

Mother nature has been a beast these last few days — time to throw on another layer and head out to eat and drink. Consider one of these five events.

Cutting Edge Food Trends, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, Monday, 7 p.m.

Is matcha the next big thing? When will bugs join bread as a must-have when visiting the grocery store? Andrew Zimmern brings his culinary expertise to the Upper East Side for a discussion on food trends. The traveling gourmand will also be joined by Food & Wine editor in chief Dana Cowin as well as food historian Francine Segan. Reservations are $30; secure them through the Y’s website.

Beer, Pickles & Cheese, Jacob’s Pickles, 509 Amsterdam Avenue, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

Spread the love pre–Valentine’s Day with a fundraiser organized by the West Side Campaign Against Hunger. Guests can snack on pickles, cheeses, and a variety of beers from Long Island’s Barrier Brewery during the tasting. Tickets start at $50; secure yours through the event website.

Beard on Books, James Beard House, 167 West 12th Street, Wednesday, 12 p.m.

Food academic Dr. Libby O’Connell explores how dietary cravings have been shaped by cash, technology, and social innovations during this informal gathering. The discussion includes trivia, recipes, and complimentary snacks and beverages. A suggested donation of $20 is encouraged.

A Chocolate Love Affair, The Access Theater: The Gallery, 380 Broadway, Thursday and Friday, 8 p.m.

Who needs an intermission when a chocolate tasting is part of the show? This interactive performance led by chocolatier and artistic director Megan Sipe allows guests to move around the theater and become part of the show. Most importantly, it explores the impact of chocolate on the five senses. Chocolate will be served by dancers at moments throughout the night. Tickets start at $30.

Tiki Night, Spirited, 638 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, Friday, 7 p.m.

Airline ticket to Hawaii too expensive? For $20, guests receive a tiki cocktail and pupu platter, and can purchase additional tiki cocktails for $10. Cocktail aficionados can also chat up the authors of Brooklyn Spirits: Craft Cocktails and Stories From the World’s Hippest Borough. You’ll need to make a reservation.


This Week’s Five Best Food Events – 12/22/2014

Looking for a few ideas to pump up your holiday staycation? Here are five ways to escape without a flight.

Ugly Sweater Pop-Up/Toy Drive, Sweetwater Social,, 643 Broadway, Monday, 5 p.m.

Give and receive at this ugly-sweater party: Guests who bring a newly wrapped toy receive their first drink of the evening on the house. To mark the occasion, Tim Cooper and Justin Noel are mixing up a selection of special Christmas punches, and all drinks will be available for $5 from open to close.

Greenhouse Gallery: James Collier,James Beard House, 167 West 12th Street, Tuesday, 10 a.m.

If you’ve managed to schedule a personal day before Christmas Eve and are a sucker for food history, consider stopping by the James Beard House. The gallery is hosting photographer James Collier’s collection of local, seasonal produce captured in natural light. Collier’s exhibit is the result of a decade spent exploring food culture around Fresno, California, and aims to encourage others to try new foods and celebrate the local community. While the exhibition is complimentary, reservations are required and can be made by contacting the James Beard House.

Rugelach Making Workshop, Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, Wednesday, 11 a.m.

Want to pick up a new skill before the year ends? This one-hour demonstration teaches students how to make a traditional rugelach, including proper dough preparation and fabulous fillings. The event also includes a synagogue tour and will discuss the importance of the rugelach in Jewish culture. You can also take this class on December 30. Tickets are $15.

The Maccabeats Annual Hanukkah Show, B.B. Kings Blues Club & Grill, 237 West 42nd Street, Thursday, 6 p.m.

Celebrate Hanukkah with Yeshiva University’s a cappella group the Maccabeats, who will perform a selection of favorite songs. The restaurant’s full dinner menu of American classics like steak, salads, and burgers will be available to enjoy throughout the show. Reservations begin at $35, and there is a $10 per person minimum for food and beverage.

New Brewery Opening, Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass Street, Brooklyn, Friday, 4 p.m.

Looking for a wicked winter ale? Recently opened Threes Brewing in Gowanus has 20 original creations on tap for you to sample. The 8,000-square-foot event space will also house a location of Ninth Street Espresso for early risers. The brewery specializes in strongly flavored brews like saisons and is led by former Greenport Harbor brewmaster Greg Doroski. The brewery offers food from a rotating cast of pop-ups; right now, look for pies from Roberta’s.


This Weekend’s Four Best Food Events in NYC – 4/18/2014

Escape the holiday festivities and see what the city has to offer this weekend. Here are the four best food events for happening over the next three days.

Chef Plates: The Philadelphia Collection, James Beard House, 167 West 12th Street, Friday through April 30, by appointment

Open to the public, this collection located in the venue’s Greenhouse Gallery showcases oil paintings by artist Mike Geno that capture actual dishes from a selection of Philadelphia chefs. The paintings are designed to invoke the appeal of food through texture, color, and form, while providing a lasting image of a chef’s work. Appointments are required in advance and can be made by contacting the James Beard House at 212-627-2308.

The Debaucherous Disco Diner Dinner Party, Alex Mitow’s All American Diner Pop Up, 399 Grand Street, Friday, 7 p.m.

Chefs from Los Perros Locos are cooking up disco fries and “pink castle” sliders to accompany an evening of 70’s style entertainment courtesy of a line-up headlined by DJ Andrew/Andrew. Look, too, for complimentary white sangria until it runs out and a cash bar. Tickets are $30 and can be picked up in advance.

Homebrewers Brunch, Taproom No. 307, 307 Third Avenue, Saturday, 11 a.m.

Instead of mimosas, dip into unlimited mead and homebrews at this all-you-can-drink brunch. For $25, guests can sample a variety of offerings from more than 15 brewers as well as any entree on the brunch or regular menu. You’re encouraged to bring your own homebrews for sharing, and the concoction with the most votes at the end of the afternoon will win its maker brunch on the house.

Trophy Cupcakes Book Signing and Decorating Class, Williams-Sonoma, 10 Columbus Circle, Saturday, 1 p.m.

If Easter Sunday involves making cupcakes, it might be wise to pick up a few tips from Trophy Cupcakes founder Jennifer Shea. The baker and author will sign copies of her book Trophy Cupcakes and Parties! and lead a decorating demonstration. The event is free to attend, and copies of the book are available at the store for purchase.

Need something to do for Easter? Check out our round-up of a dozen ways to celebrate in the city.


What’s Happening This Week: L’Ecole Beer Dinner, The Farm on Adderley, Tenement Talk, Journey to Egypt

With temperatures dropping fast, you may not have the time, the patience, or the proper outerwear to go searching for an activity. Don’t be left out in the cold: We’ve scoured the city to bring you this week’s most unique culinary events.

Beer and Choucroute Dinner, L’Ecole, 462 Broadway, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

The International Culinary Center invites you to join its students and instructors for a beer pairing dinner featuring a variety of smoked meats. The five-course meal will include creations like garlic sausage and smoked pork shoulder and a chocolate pretzel tart for dessert. Beers like Chimay Red and Lagunitas IPA will be paired with each course. Tickets are $75 per person (tax and tip not included); reservations can be made by contacting the school directly at 646-254-7559.

Spirits Dinner, The Farm on Adderley, 1108 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

You’ve likely heard about the Finger Lakes region’s reputation for great Riesling, but there are tasty spirits coming out of the area, too. This week, Finger Lakes Distilling’s Brian McKenzie pairs his craft whiskey, gin, vodka, and more with a five-course dinner prepared by the Farm on Adderley team. Tickets are $80 per person (tax and tip not included), and reservations can be made by emailing

A Headstone, a Cookbook, and a Nosh, Tenement Museum, 108 Orchard Street, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

Mixing history with headstones has never been tastier. New York Times journalist Sam Roberts joins author Jane Ziegelman and the Tenement Museum’s Annie Pollard to discuss Hinde Amchanitski, the author of America’s first Yiddish cookbook. The panel will cover what the book reveals about life and culinary tastes of Jewish immigrants at the time of publication. The event is free to attend and includes samples of recipes from Hinde’s book, such as cranberry strudel.

Journey to Egypt: Discovering Identity Through FoodJames Beard House, 167 West 12th Street, Friday, 6 p.m.

Join Mira Zaki, an Egyptian American and New York City based photographer, for the opening reception party of her photo exhibit at the James Beard House’s Greenhouse Gallery. Her work showcases identity through Egyptian culinary traditions; enjoy food and drink made from Zaki’s own recipes while you check out her work, on display until December 31st. The event is free; those interested in attending the reception should RSVP with Mira directly at


Seven Spots to Eat a Feast of the Seven Fishes

Christmas is a-coming, and while the kiddies might be all excited about Santa Claus’s visit, the more food-focused will be looking forward to the Feast of the Seven Fishes, one of the most gluttonous culinary traditions of the season. Having originated in Southern Italy, the feast, also known as la vigilia (the vigil), features a bountiful spread of seven different fish dishes. But there’s no need to pack your bags for Naples just yet. Many New York City restaurants will be offering a seafood spread this holiday season. Here are seven picks for your Feast of the Seven Fishes. Or one ginormous 49-course extravaganza.

The James Beard House is offering a Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner tomorrow evening at 7 by chef Mike Stollenwerk of Fish restaurant in Philadelphia. The wine-paired dinner ain’t cheap at $170 per person ($130 for James Beard Foundation members), but anyone who’s been to a dinner at the Beard House knows that the booze flows. And flows. And flows. The meal will begin with a cocktail hour featuring an assortment of canapés, including cured tuna with anchovy vinaigrette, baked clams, octopus arancini, and salt cod with potato butter. But then the real eating begins. The multi-course feast will offer eel escabèche with blood oranges and picholine olives; Carolina shrimp with butterscotch beans, cardoons, and cabbage mostarda; crab sausage and peppers with cavatelli; fried smelts with semolina, kale, and smoked eggplant puree; salt-roasted swordfish with porcini mushrooms and roasted cipollini gremolata; and dessert offers a limoncello baba with fennel, pistachio, and black olives.

Can’t shell out that much dough? For a reasonable $45 per person, East Village newcomer Zi’Pep will be hosting a festive meal on Christmas Eve, featuring crostini with buffalo mozzarella, white anchovy, and oregano; baccala salad with Yukon potatoes; grilled sardines with pine nuts and fennel pollen; sweet-and-sour eel; sautéed New Zealand clams with pepperoncini, white wine, and basil; lobster ravioli with mascarpone; and branzino with olive-oil crushed potatoes and Sicilian capers.

Also exclusively on Christmas Eve, Hearth will be dishing up a special menu. Up Marco Canora’s sleeve: clams oreganata and baccala crostini (because, as he writes on the menu, salt cod is the one dish that must be a part of the Feast of the Seven Fishes). White anchovies with arugula and grilled calamari salad with smoked chick peas and black olives come next. The third course is shrimp and mussel cacciucco (a Tuscan stew) and fried flounder with lemon and parsley, and the evening ends with dark chocolate budino and biscotti. Dinner is $65 per person.

Patsy’s will be celebrating the Feast of the Seven Fishes from December 16 through 24. Its menu, which will cost $59.95 per person, will include a choice of calamari or baccala salad; a half-order of linguine with seafood sauce; and a choice of shrimp scampi, stuffed calamari, shrimp fra diavolo, or tilapia Livornese — we’re not really counting seven different types of fish on that menu, but perhaps the seafood sauce features a bunch of various crustaceans for a total of seven. Dessert will be homemade strufoli (honey balls) or biscotti.

Flatiron restaurant SD26 will be offering a $90, five-course menu during all of Christmas week (December 19-25) in addition to its regular menu. The festivities begin with baccala with potato rosti, followed by tagliolini with Sicilian red shrimp bisque and oven-dried tomatoes. A selection of grilled scampi, octopus, swordfish, branzino, seppia, and calamari with punaterelle salad serves as the entrée. Follow that up with perbellini pannetone and finally petits fours and coffee.

Want to celebrate for longer than one week? Located in the Maritime Hotel, La Bottega will be offering its selection of plates throughout December, available as a whole feast or as à la carte menu items. For the $75 set dinner, you get crab-filled pasta served in tarragon shellfish broth; salad of marinated shrimp, calamari, baby octopus, and conch; baked top neck clams; linguine with lobster, roasted tomato, and chilies; mixed seafood stew; seared sea scallops with Brussels sprouts, crispy pancetta, and watercress; pannetone with coffee gelato; and cannoli, because one dessert is never enough.

And finally, Lupa will celebrate la vigilia from noon until 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve in addition to offering a limited selection of dishes off its regular menu. Although slightly pricier than some options, this Greenwich Village osteria dishes up some seriously good food, and their $85 menu ($130 with wine pairing) goes all out. You’ll begin with a red snapper crudo with Meyer lemon and Aleppo pepper, followed by fried, baccala-stuffed peppers and charred mackerel with roasted onions and grapefruit agrodolce. After that, carboload with risotto with clams and mussels, followed by cavatelli with crab, seppia, and sea urchin. Olive-oil-braised halibut comes next, followed by eel in zimino with fried chickpeas. And you’ll end the evening with chocolate and apricot biscotti bread pudding. And, perhaps, as is likely the case with all of these dinners, five pounds heavier than when you arrived.