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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.

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Dine Mile High Pop-Up Channels Air Travel’s Glory Days

These days, airlines are notorious for failing to please even the most passive palate, but a quartet of Brits is channeling air travel’s glory days for a pop-up, making sky food glamorous for a short while. Dine Mile High (secret location; no phone) is a theatrical dining experience that’s landed east of Little Italy for an extended Manhattan layover, bringing with it sass and smoked duck breast, and a team that ensures that no glass of Champagne goes unfilled for long.

At check-in, guests are greeted by a friendly stewardess — this is supposed to be the 1950s after all — and receive a passport and boarding pass before heading into the departure lounge. Diners receive a stamp for every drink they purchase — and two glasses of Champagne are included in the ticket cost — and are encouraged to mingle with the flight crew pre-boarding. The charismatic cast includes a booze loving captain, a Parisian flight attendant with a hatred for British food, and a mustachioed “trolley wally” by the name of Richard “Dick” Fabulous. He’s in charge of the beverage cart.

Diners are promptly transported through the gateway to the dining room of an English gentleman’s club filled with a grandfather clock, bookshelf, and candle light. At the table, a picture of Winston Churchill awaits diners, as does a prix fixe menu designed by Oliver Templeton — formerly of London’s Moro. Dishes include confit sea trout and braised pork cheeks and lentils, though there are also vegetarian options available. Before dining, guests are treated to a safety demonstration that acts more as a guideline for the Macarena than an emergency landing. Throughout the meal, you’ll be able to answer travel trivia for prizes, and the crew performs several skits throughout the evening. Dinner runs through October 4; reservations are $120.

Here’s a first look:

God save Churchill a seat at the table
God save Churchill a seat at the table
Champagne anyone?
Champagne anyone?
Mingling with the captain and crew pre-flight is encouraged
Mingling with the captain and crew pre-flight is encouraged
Pay attention when the captain is speaking.
Pay attention when the captain is speaking.
Servers and guests are encouraged to dress appropriately for the occasion
Servers and guests are encouraged to dress appropriately for the occasion

 

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These Are the Four Best Food Events in NYC This Week – 5/19/2014

You’ve got a three-day weekend in the cross hairs, so suck it up and get through the next five days. Here are the very best food events in town this week.

Jam on Toast: A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of Great Lakes, Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, Monday through May 31

This original play by Kate Benson uses the backdrop of Thanksgiving Dinner as a setting for an in-depth look at the family dynamic as told through the eyes of sportscasters. The role of food plays heavily into many scenes, even if there’s no cooking happening on stage. Pick up a hot dog from Los Perros Locos, which occasionally stops by the theater’s lounge pre- and post-show. Tickets are $20.

Jungian Wine Tasting Fundraiser, C.G. Jung Foundation, 28 East 39th Street, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Fans of Portuguese wines and the human psyche are invited to support the C.G. Jung Foundation with an evening of tastings and wine discussion. Guests will receive a history lesson regarding the varietals of Portuguese grapes on offer while also getting a chance to network with other Jungians. Reservations are $100.

Masters of Social Gastronomy Presents: Food of the High Seas, Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn, 8 p.m.

This month’s culinary seminar covers the sailing food of the past along with a look into the drinking habits of 17th century pirates that’ll cover rum, gin and tonic, and IPAs. Sip said drinks from the bar while you learn. The event is complimentary to attend, and guests are advised to arrive at 7:30 p.m. when doors open.

I.M. Pastry Studio’s Kickstarter Party, Brooklyn Terrace, 216 Duffield Street, Brooklyn, Thursday, 6 p.m.

Pastry designer Tiffany Washington and dessert stylist Jo-Laine Duke-Collins are gearing up to open I.M. Pastry Studio in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, and, in a final push for funding, they’ve turned to Kickstarter for a little help. In celebration, they’ll throw a complimentary party this Thursday, where people can learn more about funding food-focused Kickstarter campaigns, hear about the duo’s custom cake design business, and eat free cupcakes. Make your reservations through the event’s website.