Weekend Whets 5/31

New Taste of the Upper West Side, Wednesday, May 29, 2013 through Saturday, June 1, 2013, Columbus Avenue between West 76th and West 77th Streets, Upper West Side:  Annual festival celebrating restaurants and chefs of the Upper West Side.  Ticket sales fund the Streetscape project.

Great New York Restaurants’ Signature Dishes, Friday, May 31, 2013, 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Institute of Culinary Education, Manhattan:  Taught by Chef Loren Banco with dishes from Balthazar, Babbo, Craft, Le Bernardin and Gotham Bar and Grill.

Supper Downstairs at Downton Abbey, Friday, May 31, 2013, 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Institute of Culinary Education, Manhattan:  Get a taste of what the staff of the Grantham family would eat.  Dishes include steak and kidney pie, bangers and mash, fish and chips, bubble and squeak, Welsh rarebit, kedgeree, mushy peas, treacle tarts and Eton mess.

Philippine Independence Day Celebration, Sunday, June 2, 2013, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Madison Avenue from 24th to 26th Streets, Manhattan:  In conjunction with a parade and cultural festival, there is a street fair with food–Filipino barbeque, the halo-halo, ukoy, fish balls, pancit (noodles) and more.

Dining with Michelangelo:  Food in the Italian Renaissance, Monday, June 3, 2013, 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Institute of Culinary Education, Manhattan:  The first printed cookbook was published in fifteenth-century Italy, and you will be cooking recipes from it.  $115.

Taste of Times Square, Monday, June 3, 2013, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., 46th Street between Broadway and 9th Avenue including historic Restaurant Row, Manhattan:  An outdoor food and music fest where Times Square restaurants serve tastings.  Tickets $1 each.  Most tastings $1-$6.  Restaurants include Toloache, Barbetta, Firebird, Junior’s, John’s Pizzeria and Shake Shack.

The Desserts of Gramercy Tavern, Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Institute of Culinary Education, Manhattan:  Gramercy Tavern pastry chef Nancy Olson  teaches this class on the famed restaurant’s desserts. $40.

A Secret History of Coffee, Coca, and Cola, Thursday, June 6, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue at 40th Street, Manhattan:  A discussion by author Richard Cortes.

Adventures in the Global Kitchen:  Exotic Flavors in Fine Dining, Thursday, June 6, 2013, 6:30 p.m., American Museum of Natural History, Linder Theater (Enter at 77th Street):  Chef Daniel Humm and General Manager Will Guidara of Eleven Madison Park discuss how they’ve melded Jewish, Italian, Irish, and other foods of New York City’s immigrants into contemporary fine-dining cuisine.  Tickets $30.

Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival, Sunday, June 9, 2013, noon to 4 p.m., Museum at Eldridge Street, Lower East Side:  A block party celebrating Chinese and Jewish cultures with food, games, music, art and more.  Free.

A Moveable Feast, Tuesday, June 12, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 101 West 15th Street, Manhattan: Apartment hop in the Stonehenge building trying gourmet bites at this James Beard Greens (foodies under 40) event.  Tickets $95 non-members.

Born with a Junk Food Deficiency, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue at 40th Street, Manhattan:  Writer Martha Rosenberg discusses what goes on behind the scenes at large food companies.

The Food Truck Handbook, Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue at 40th Street, Manhattan: Food truck owner David Weber discusses New York’s food trucks.

On the Chocolate Trail, Monday, July 15, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue at 40th Street, Manhattan:  Author Deborah R. Prinz discusses the history of the chocolate trade.

One response to “Weekend Whets 5/31

  1. americancooking22

    I’ll have to bookmark this for my next NYC trip! Well, maybe I need to fly in for the “On the Chocolate Trail” because its not often I find events that combine my two favorite things. Great blog!

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