This Week’s Five Best Food Events – 9/2/2014

Recovering from a long weekend away can be tough. Here are five events to help ease you into fall.

VeggiePalooza, Brooklyn Navy Yard, 63 Flushing Avenue — Building 3, Brooklyn, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

Celebrate harvest with fresh veggies and sourdough courtesy of Scratchbread at this rooftop dinner and drinks celebration. Brooklyn restaurants including Northeast Kingdom will contribute select menu items like carrot cake. Tickets are $85 and include beer and wine.

$10 Tasting — Shiner Beers, Idle Hands Bar, 25 Avenue B, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Now that fantasy football drafts are over, get ready for kickoff with a $10 deal on beer and whiskey. Representatives from Texas’s Shiner Brewery will be attendance to discuss three of their favorite products, and shots of whiskey will also be available for really friendly and well-behaved customers. Guests can also enjoy the start of the NFL season with the Packers-Seahawks game on Thursday; Houston Texans fans will find a home here all season.

Williams-Sonoma All-Clad TK Launch Event, Williams-Sonoma, 10 Columbus Circle, Thursday, 6 p.m.

Join Per Se chef Eli Kaimeh and Bouchon pastry chef Alessandra Altieri as they showcase Williams-Sonoma’s new cookware line featuring Thomas Keller recipes. The complimentary event will also feature a raffle to win an entire cookware set for free, and attendees who make a purchase will receive a free copy of Chef Keller’s Ad Hoc at Home cookbook.

From BBQ to Braai — South African BBQ Comes To America, Studio 450, 450 West 31st Street, Thursday, 7 p.m.

This traveling series stars South African chef Hugo Uys, who explores his home country’s barbecue traditions and Braai cuisine. Guests can expect a variety of seafood and meats grilled over a charcoal fire, as well as a variety of South African wines. Tickets are $35.

Drunkle Vanya, The Gin Mill, 442 Amsterdam Avenue, Thursday, 8 p.m.

What happens when you pair Cards Against Humanity with vodka? You can find out this Thursday, at this adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya.” You’ll play games and drink, plus partake in the practical jokes that are part of this live production. The show runs through September, and tickets are $15.


Trio of Sliders at Kaia Wine Bar Includes Elk

Kaia’s sliders represent contasting forms of flesh.

The Upper East Side’s year-old Kaia Wine Bar specializes in the vittles and fermented grape products of South Africa, and there’s some pretty damn interesting stuff on both sides of the ledger.

On a first visit, Fork in the Road checked out some of the African nation’s most famous snacks. Included were three sliders that, left to right, were made with chicken, ostrich, and elk. The most exciting, hands down, was the last — chunkily ground, dark and richly flavored, and topped with mint puree and Peppadew, a sweet pickled pepper.

Next in our affections was the one made with ostrich, which came anointed with apricot compote — normally that might not be our cup of tea, but in this case the flavor match was perfect. The chicken was a little dull by comparison. All sliders came smeared with a homemade flavored aioli.

We’d want a trio of these at least once a week, except for the high price: $6, $7, and $7, respectively.

Kaia Wine Bar
1614 Third Avenue

Another great snack is the dried beef jerky called biltong, served with nuts.