Best Weekend Food Events: LIC Flea & Food, Winemaker Night, and Chocolate Fest

Union Square Greenmarket Tour with Peter Hoffman
Union Square (East 17th Street & Union Square West)
Saturday, 10 a.m to 11 a.m.

Tour the Union Square Greenmarket with chef Peter Hoffman and learn all about the community of farmers and producers who have kept the market running since 1976. The behind-the-scenes access allows guests to meet select members of the Greenmarket community and discover the ways farmers and chefs work together to create restaurant menus. The tour is free to attend. Register here.

Sushi Making
The Peck Slip School (1 Peck Slip)
Saturday, 11 a.m.

The Coalition for Healthy School Food is hosting an afternoon of sushi making for families. Focusing on Japanese-inspired recipes, parents and children will follow an instructor and learn to prepare select recipes, with each child creating their own sushi roll. Tickets are $25 for children (adults get in free). Reserve them here.

Opening Weekend
Long Island City Flea & Food (5-25 46th Avenue, Queens)
Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Take a trip to the Queens waterfront for a sample of the neighborhood’s top eateries. Bites include barbecue from Butcher Bar and Korean-style wings from KSFC. A full lineup of the opening weekend vendors is on the LIC Flea & Food website.

Winemaker Night with Xurxo Alba of Bodegas Albamar
Fung Tu (22 Orchard Street)
Sunday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Winemaker Xurxo Alba, of Spain’s Rías Baixas, will lead guests through a tasting of his Galicia winery’s signature mineral wines. The bottle selection includes Albamar Albariño and single-parcel Finca O Pereiro. Dishes from chefs Jonathan Wu and John Wells, including specials like a taro tortilla española and wok-fired squid with morcilla, will be available à la carte. Guests must make a reservation in advance by contacting Fung Tu.

Chocolate Fest
92nd Street Y (1395 Lexington Avenue)
Sunday, 7:30 p.m.

Join culinary historian and chocolate expert Alexandra Leaf for a sweet tasting of locally and nationally made chocolate. The selection features Red Hook’s Raaka Chocolate and Nolita’s Stick with Me, along with chocolate and cheese pairings from Lucy’s Whey. Wine samples and and scoops from an old-fashioned ice cream cart will also be available. Journalist Simran Sethi — author of Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love — will also lead a brief discussion on changes in America’s food system. Tickets are $35.


Best Weekend Food Events: Cafe Bustelo Pop-Up, Hello Kitty in Times Square, and a Queens Beer Run

Café Bustelo Pop-Up, 168 Bowery, Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Grab a free cup of Café Bustelo espresso before taking in live performances, scheduled throughout the weekend. The temporary coffee shop is also offering cups of decaf and regular brews as well as complimentary Wi-Fi and charging stations for guests on the go.

West Village Eats, Grove Street between Hudson and Bedford streets, Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Twenty West Village restaurants are offering a selection of their signature dishes for hungry adults in search of a fun streetside festival, while kids can enjoy cookie decorating, an edible garden, and face painting. Proceeds from the event will help provide funding for students at a local West Village elementary school. Tickets also grant guests access to the West Village Eats Cocktail Trail, which offers drink specials at bars including Daddy-O. Reserve your tickets, which start at $38, right here.

Freaktoberfest, Coney Island Brewery, 1904 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, Saturday, 4 to 9 p.m.

Need a cheap drink after spending all that money on a killer Pizza Rat costume? Kicking off a week of freaking fun activities, Coney Island Brewery will be pouring seasonal brews like its honey stout, with guests who arrive in costume receiving half off their first beer.

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck Pop-Up, Times Square, 1560 Broadway, Sunday and Monday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Cat ladies unite! The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is appearing in New York and bringing plenty of cat face cookies for its first time on the East Coast. Located next to the Sanrio Times Square pop-up shop, the four-wheeling feline-friendly kitchen is also offering macarons, mini cakes, and gifts for purchase.

Ale I See Run, Rockaway Brewing Company, 46-01 5th Street, Queens, Sunday, 12:15 p.m.

Go on the ultimate beer run in Long Island City, with stops at four breweries, P.S.1, and Silvercup Studios. This four-mile, travel-at-your-leisure jaunt includes brews at Big Alice Brewing, LIC Beer Project, and Transmitter Brewing before landing at the finish line at Rockaway Brewing. Tickets ($50) include beer samples from participating breweries, a Rockaway pint, and a T-shirt, with food available for purchase; reserve your spot here.


Visit a Sustainable Seafood Pop Up, Read up on The NoMad, and Taste Obscure Liqueurs This Week

FEED Supper, Minton’s, 206 West 118 Street, Monday, 7:30 p.m.

Join the fight against worldwide hunger this week. Chef JJ Johnson has created a one-night only, four-course menu showcasing dishes like pan roasted scallops and roasted goat. Tickets are $75 and can be secured here.

Eating More Seafood: Sustainable Seafood with Chef Andrew Gruel of Slapfish, Loosie Rouge, 91 South 6th Street, Brooklyn, Tuesday, 6 to 10:30 p.m.

Chef Andrew Gruel of L.A.’s Slapfish is bringing sustainable seafood to Brooklyn for an evening of education through consumption. The five course prix fixe menu plans to showcase dishes including local Montauk tuna, Cape Cod littleneck clams, and a Maine sourced lobster burger. Additional sea creatures scheduled to appear on plates include a tilefish filled taco and longfin squid. Drinks are available but are not included. Guests can reserve their $70 seating of choice here.

The NoMad Cookbook Panel Discussion, 92 Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

If you’re craving chicken pot pie or tasty cocktails, the team behind The Nomad will share a selection of recipes from their new cookbook this Wednesday. Chef Daniel Humm, bar director Leo Robitschek, and managing partner Will Guidara will all be available to sign copies of the book following the discussion. Tickets start at $32 and can be secured here.

NYC AgTech Week Locavore Taco Dinner, The Farm on Kent, 320 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

Learn about the city’s emerging urban farm scene during this five day affair, which is highlighted by a farm fresh dinner featuring aquaponic smoked tilapia tacos and kale. Additional week long activities include demonstrations, lectures, and tours designed for those with an interest in farming initiatives. A full schedule of activities as well as tickets to all scheduled events are available here.

Armagnac, Cognac, Calvados and Eau de Vie, Eau My!, SquareWine & Spirits, 24-20 Jackson Avenue, Queens, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

All brandies are not created equal — nor do they need to be consumed after dinner as some might think. Join sommelier Maegan Kovatch for a discussion on rare brandies; guests will taste French spirits like armagnac and eau de vie, both straight and in cocktail form. Score a $25 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.



This Week’s Five Best Food Events – 9/8/2014

September is a glorious month in New York City. Make the most of it with these five events, our best food events in NYC this week..

New York City Honey Week, multiple locations, Monday through September 14

Enjoy honey without having to fight off the bears and the bees at this seven day celebration, and taste everything from honey-based cocktails to a honey dinner in The Cleveland’s backyard. Check out talks about urban beekeeping and tours of local apiaries. Find the full line-up of events as well as tickets on the NYC Honey Week website.

Mid-Autumn Festival with Weird Chinese Food, China Blue, 135 Watts Street, Monday, 7 p.m.

At this festival, China Blue will prepare a few obscure Chinese dishes just for the sake of a good time and because some friends wanted a party. Beer, wine, and mooncakes are also included in the cost of admission; you’ll need a ticket to attend.

Tomato Fest 2014, Alobar, 46-42 Vernon Boulevard, Queens, Thursday, 5 p.m.

In celebration of the harvest season, Alobar will offer a special five-course tomato tasting menu from chef Greg Profeta on Thursday. The festivities include a live jazz performance, and a portion of ticket sales will also go towards the efforts of No Kid Hungry, a charitable organization designed to address child hunger issues. Tickets are $48.

Brooklyn Oyster Riot at New York Oyster Week, Palm House at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, Thursday through September 28

On Thursday, New York Oyster Week begins an 18 day celebration that includes shucking showmanship, a chance to meet growers, and plenty of slurping back shellfish. Select events, such as the Brooklyn Oyster Riot on Thursday, include access to an open bar; others pair the mollusks to spirits — like the September 25 oyster and sake pairing menu. A full line-up of events as well as option to purchase tickets can be found on the event’s website.

All the News That’s Fit to Eat: Where Food and Media Intersect, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, Thursday, 7 p.m.

If you’re still sitting on that great food blog idea and need a boost, consider heading to the Upper East Side for an evening of advice. Listen to an expert panel — which features people like Kerry Diamond, author and owner of Nightingale 9 — talk through making the transition into food media from various careers. Tickets start at $29 and can be purchased through the venue’s website.

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Here Are This Weekend’s Five Best Food Events in NYC – 6/18/2014

Juicy burgers. Ice cream. A taste of the Caribbean. They’re all on the docket of this weekend’s top food events.

National Ice Cream Day, Il Laboratorio Del Gelato, 188 Ludlow Street, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.

As if you need an excuse in the dead of summer, this Sunday marks ice cream’s official appreciation day. To celebrate, this Lower East Side gelateria is offering a special buy one get one free promotion for a new flavor: Ruffino Prosecco sorbetto with clementine. You can also get the flavor in a 20-ounce pint; the offer is available throughout the weekend.

Paul’s Da Burger 25th Anniversary, Paul’s Da Burger Joint, 131 Second Avenue, Saturday, noon

Beloved East Village burger counter Paul’s is celebrating a quarter century of business by offering up free samples and throwback pricing from 1989. Live music will serenade the crowd of meatheads from 1 to 3 p.m., while new menu items will also make their debut for customers to enjoy.

Taste the World: Botanical Brew Fest, Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Queens, Saturday, noon

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first World’s Fair in Queens and the origins of the boro’s botanical gardens, guests are invited to enjoy a sampling of craft beer and food from around the globe. Participating breweries include England’s Sam Smith and Germany’s Lammsbräu, and over 50 purveyors are expected to break open kegs at the event. Participate in home brew demonstrations and tours of the garden; make sure you reserve a ticket.

Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, Roy Wilkins Park, Baisley Boulevard and 177th Street, Queens, Sunday, 11:30 a.m.

The city’s largest Caribbean food festival returns with activities like a jerk-cook off between professional and amateur chefs. The festivities include musical performances by reggae stars like Maxi Priest and kid-friendly activities, plus plenty of food beyond the spicy jerk chicken. Tickets are $30.

Butcher Paper Dinner: Summer Eats with Momo Sushi Shack, Brooklyn Grange, 37-18 Northern Boulevard, Queens, Sunday, 5 p.m.

This rooftop sunset dinner showcases Asian bites by Momo Sushi Shack, including wasabi shrimp, pork belly skewers, and octopus tacos, with yuzu curd for dessert. Beer by Queens Brewery and Boundary Breaks wine are also part of the $80 ticket package.


Inside the Crumbling Graffiti Mecca 5 Pointz

Nicole Gagne doesn’t remember the fall itself, or any of the month that followed. She spent almost all of it in a hospital bed, pumped full of a painkiller that had the happy side effect of causing temporary amnesia.

So she doesn’t remember the concrete staircase dissolving under the weight of her step. She doesn’t remember dropping three and a half floors, or landing on her side, wedged between two piles of wooden pallets. And she doesn’t remember being buried under the spall and rebar that fell more slowly than she did.

Gagne had complained to the building’s super about the pallets the day before. That she remembers. They had been sitting in that corner of the otherwise bare cement courtyard for weeks, maybe even months. Too long, in any case. The super asked the pallets’ owners, proprietors of a T-shirt manufacturing business on the first floor, to remove them an hour before Gagne fell. They didn’t, and it is probably the only reason she is still alive.

She doesn’t remember the fire department arriving on the scene, or the firefighters setting up airbags to lift the rubble off of her one piece at a time. She doesn’t remember clawing at the breathing tube that was inserted into her throat, pulling it out and damaging her vocal cords.

Debra Hampton does remember. All of it. Hampton, Gagne’s friend, rented a space across the hall from her inside Crane Street Studios, the artists’ workplaces that used to occupy five floors of the drafty, dilapidated former Neptune Water Meter factory complex that most people know as 5 Pointz: Long Island City’s world-famous graffiti temple.

Read the full story in this week’s Village Voice: “Inside 5 Pointz.”


This Weekend’s Six Best Food and Drink Events – 6/6/2014

Sticking around town for a few days? We’ve got just the thing to make your summer staycation the best choice you’ve made all week. Here are the six best food and drink events in NYC this weekend.

National Donut Day, Madison Square Park, Fifth Avenue at 23rd Street, Friday, 10 a.m.

If there’s a piece of Homer Simpson in you, head to Madison Square Park to celebrate National Donut Day with free coffee and donuts from Entenmann’s. The baker will reveal its new red velvet donut flavor at the event, and you can take selfies with a seven-foot-tall rendering of the sweet.

Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, Madison Square Park, Fifth Avenue at 23rd Street, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.

Pitmasters from around the country descend on Madison Square Park this weekend to provide pulled pork and brisket to the masses. The line-up includes Daniel Delaney of Briskettown and famed barbecue maestro Ed Mitchell; live bands and cooking demonstrations are also part of the two day affair. Anyone can queue up to purchase barbecue, but you might spring for a VIP ticket package, which will help you avoid the line.

Shaken or Stirred Summer Mixology Classes, The Royalton Hotel, 44 West 44th Street, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

These classes, which also take place on June 14 and June 21, will cover the basics of cocktailing for beginners and provide tricks of the trade to seasoned party hosts. You’ll be able to taste your handiwork and get immediate feedback on how your cocktail career is shaping up. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased through the hotel’s website.

(RED) Dish Competition, Smorgasburg, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Sunday, 1 p.m.

Smorgasburg is going (RED) all weekend in support of AIDS research, and 30 vendors will prepare a special dish from which proceeds will benefit the cause. On Sunday, those dishes will go head to head in friendly competition judged by Mario Batali and Dominique Ansel. The cook-off starts at 1 p.m.

Butcher Paper Dinner: Pies ‘N Thighs presents COLD FRIED CHICKEN!, Brooklyn Grange, 38-19 Northern Boulevard, Queens, Sunday, 3 p.m.

The ladies from Pies ‘N Thighs will be preparing some cold fried chicken for this rooftop farm dinner, while Queens Brewery will be taking care of drinks. The $80 meal includes southern sides like biscuits, cornbread, and a seasonal salad, with a fruit pie for dessert. A DJ will be on hand to spin tunes, and guests are invited to tour the farm pre-meal.

Dinner with Ruth Riechl, Contrada, 84 East 4th Street, Sunday, 5 p.m.

Have dinner and receive a copy of Ruth Reichl’s new book Delicious!, her first fictional piece, which weaves a story of a food writer with life experiences similar to…Ruth Reichl. The dinner, which is $55 per person, will allow guests the chance to interact with Ruth while they dine on chef Jason Audette’s fluke crudo and sweet corn agnolotti dal plin. The dessert for the evening is inspired by the only recipe in Reichl’s book, a spice cake. Dinner is payable at the end of the event, but reservations should be secured in advance.



The southeast Asian nation of Myanmar (also called Burma) has become more open to the West in recent years, following political and economic reforms, but its cuisine remains elusive in New York. The sixth annual Burmese Food Fair fills the void, serving a range of traditional appetizers, entrées, and desserts in Long Island City. Proceeds from the event benefit the Moegyo Humanitarian Foundation, which aids orphans and disadvantaged children in Myanmar’s most impoverished regions. So what is Burmese food? Visitors will encounter flavors reminiscent of Chinese, Indian, and southeast Asian cooking. This year’s menu incorporates ingredients as diverse as preserved tea leaves, tapioca, crispy pork belly, and shaved ice. Purchase tickets at the door for $1 a dish, which will allow you to sample items like Burmese summer rolls, noodles with spicy pepper fish, and rose-flavored milkshakes.

Sun., June 8, noon, 2014



Topologie, the opening salvo in DANSE, an 18-day, multi-venue celebration of “French-American performance and ideas,” is both free and peripatetic. Les gens d’Uterpan, Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet, provoke “the conditions for a new reflection on the different methods of representation, production and interpretation of dance,” not to mention the relation of performers to spectators. Five local dancers follow five distinct itineraries through the streets of Long Island City, analyzing the identity, characteristics, and construction of their individual territories, accompanied by a sound score played over streaming radio and at the Chocolate Factory, where you can pick up a map of the itineraries they’re charting. On closing day from 5 to 6, discuss the whole project with Vigier, Apertet, sound designer Nicolas Martz, and the CF’s Sheila Lewandowski at Brooklyn’s Invisible Dog Art Center.

Thu., May 1, 10 a.m., 2014