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San Gennaro Festival 2016

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New Yorkers are a resilient bunch with much pride in their city.  The bombing in Chelsea on September 17 would not deter them from carrying on.  The bombing occurred only two days into the ten-day San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy, but it didn’t keep the crowds from coming.  That’s good because it’s an important year for the festival–its 90th anniversary.

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September 19 is the feast day of San Gennaro and that is the day organizers celebrated with a mass and procession from the doors of the Most Precious Blood Church on Baxter Street around Canal Street and up through Mulberry Street.

Most Precious Blood Church

Most Precious Blood Church

This year’s grand marshal was Joe Causi.  A Bronx Tale‘s Chazz Palminteri also made an appearance at the festival.  (Tony Danza was the grand marshal of the parade last year, but this year,  I had my second run-in with the actor.  I was shopping in Alleva Dairy, the country’s oldest Italian cheese store, when a man said, “Excuse me, ma’am,” and brushed past me.  It was Tony.  Years ago, I ran into him on Bleecker Street and I asked for a photo to which he rudely said no.)

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Before Mass, I pinned a dollar on the statue of San Gennaro and got a pamphlet about him as well as a pin and prayer card.  Inside the church, there is a large presepio (Nativity scene) from Naples on display.

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Street vendors sell everything from American food to fair festival food like roasted corn,

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to pizza and cannoli

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to Italian tchotchkes

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to traditional Italian foods like these Italian cookies, taralli, mostaccioli and biscotti.

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I ate at Sal’s Pizza on Broome near Mulberry for pizza, sausage and broccoli rape.  At Sal’s, you get a side order of pasta with your entree, the traditional way.

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For dessert, some cassata and coffee at Caffe Palermo.

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Weekend Whets 11/15

Culinary for Children: Holiday Cookies, Saturday, November 16, 2013, 2 p.m., Westchester Italian Cultural Center, Tuckahoe, New York:  Make  struffoli, pizzelle and holiday biscotti.  $30-$50.

Artful Dining:  Brunch with Marcus Samuelsson, Sunday, November 17, 2013, Noon, in the home of Lori Zabar and Mark Mariscal (Upper West Side):  Chef Marcus Samuelsson discusses his memoir, Yes, Chef with co-author Veronica Chambers.  This is part of Symphony Space’s Artful Dining series.  $250.

Eater Eve 2013, Sunday, November 17, 2013, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Angel Orensanz Foundation for Contemporary Art, Lower East Side:  Pre-Eater awards event with Southern food.

Food Workshop:  Harvesting Our Diversity, Sunday, November 17, 2013, 1:00 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, Queens:  Explore the similarities among traditional foods from the Americas, Europe and Asia, such as empanadas, beef patties, dumplings, sauerkraut, kim chi and pickles.  Tickets $10.

4th Annual Mac-Off, Sunday, November 17, 2013, 5 p.m., Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street Brooklyn:  Macaroni and cheese competition of New York chefs.  $20.

Snow Crab Festival, Sunday, November 17, 2013, 12 pm to close, Crab Spot Restaurant, Brooklyn:  All-you-can-eat crab legs, corn and beer.  With live music.  Tickets $70.

2013 Seamless Craved Awards Tasting Party, Thursday, November 21, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 873 Broadway between 18th and 19th Streets, Studio 301, Manhattan:  Food tastings from NYC favorite restaurants and 100% proceeds go to Food Bank For New York City.  Tickets $25.

An Evening with Alice Waters, Thursday, November 21, 2013, 5:15 p.m. to 9 p.m., PS107, Brooklyn:  Q&A with Alice Waters and autographing session.

Cooking and Modern Art with Mary Ann Caws, Thursday, November 21, 2013, 7:30 p.m., The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan:  Discussion on how famous artists ate and depicted food.  $25-$40.

Festa di Tartufi, Friday, November 22, 2013, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Del Posto, Manhattan:  A celebration of Piemontese white truffles, Barbaresco and Barolo.  Mario Batali and Antonio Galloni host a five-course meal by Executive Chef Mark Ladner.  Tickets are $1,000.

Candies Through the 19th Century, Sunday, November 24, 1 p.m., Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden, Yorkville, Manhattan:  Susan Benjamin, president of Cool Confectionaries talks about the history of candy in the U.S.  $20.

Sausage Fest, Sunday, November 24, 2013, 2 p.m., The Bell House, Brooklyn:  Chefs compete using sausage as the main ingredient.  $20.

December

5th Annual Latke Festival Great Performances, Monday, December 2, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, Manhattan:  Area restaurants create their versions of latkes and famous foodie judges choose the winners.  Ticket prices vary.

Fundraiser for Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan Relief, Saturday, December 7, 2013, 8 p.m., Toshi’s Penthouse, Flatiron:  Live music and auction.  All proceeds go to victims.

The Third Annual Slow Food Show, Sunday, December 8, 2013, 1 p.m., Astor Center Screening Room, East Village:  Showcasing food entrepreneurs who produce locally.  Tickets $15.

Cooking Class: Dolci delle Feste, Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Westchester Italian Cultural Center, Tuckahoe, New York:  Members and their guests can learn how to make holiday desserts.

Craft Beer Christmas, December 25, 2013, 1 p.m., Jimmy’s No. 43, East Village:  Christmas dinner with beer.  Tickets $25.

January

6th Annual Cassoulet Cook-Off, January 12, 2014, 1 p.m., Jimmy’s No. 43, East Village:  Professional and amateur chefs compete to create cassoulets.  Tickets $30.

Weekend Whets 10/4

American Cheese Month, October:  Celebrate cheese month with a passport to get discounts at cheese shops.

Spain’s Tapas Trail, October 1-8, 2013:  Participating restaurants create a unique tapa and drink pairing for $10.

Plate by Plate: Project by Project NY’s Annual Tasting Benefit , Friday, October 4, 2013, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., 82 Mercer, Soho:  Charity event showcasing New York’s premier restaurants. Tickets $150.

North:  Nordic Food Festival, October 2 through 7, 2013, various locations, NYC:  Celebrate Nordic cuisine with lunches/dinners by Scandinavian chefs and cooking classes with Scandinavian chefs.

3rd Annual EscapeMaker’s Local Food & Travel Expo in Brooklyn, Saturday, October 5, 2013, noon to 5 p.m., Borough Hall, Brooklyn:  Exhibitors who are within a 50-mile radius of Brooklyn will be exhibiting.  Tastings and a special Made in Brooklyn market.

Chile Pepper Festival, Saturday, October 5, 2013, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn:  Celebrate chile peppers with live music, 40 food artisans, chocolate and gardens.

Czech Street Festival, Saturday, October 5, 2013, Noon to 5 p.m., East 73rd Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue, and Staropramen Party,  5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, Manhattan:  Celebrate Czech Independence with Czech food and music.

Eats for India, Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., New York:  25-course cocktail party of Indian canapés to support clean water for India. Tickets $75.

K-Town Festival and Parade, Saturday, October 5, 2013, 10 a.m to 5 p.m., 32nd Street between Broadway and 5th Avenue (Parade  is on Sixth Avenue between 38th Street and 27th Street from noon to 2 p.m.), Manhattan:  Celebrate Korean culture with a parade and festival with Korean food and music.

Tastes Meatpacking District, Saturday, October 5, 2013, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Gansevoort Plaza, Meatpacking District, Manhattan:  Outdoor food tastings to benefit Lab School.  Tickets $35-$45.

4th Annual Sugar Sweet Festival, Sunday, October 6, 2013, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., The City Reliquary, Brooklyn:  Celebrates New York’s bakeries and bakers with a bake sale and baking competitions.

Slow U – Sustainable Seafood (Sashimi and More), Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 6:30 p.m., International Culinary Center (formerly known as the French Culinary Institute), 462 Broadway, Manhattan:  Enjoy sushi as you learn about sustainable local fisheries and the family fishermen.

Slice Out Hunger, Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 6 p.m., St Anthony’s Church – 154 Sullivan St (at Houston), Soho:  Sponsors match every dollar spent for Food Bank For New York City.  Tickets are $1 each.  Pizzerias include Lombardi’s, Rubirosa, John’s, Grimaldi’s, Joe’s, DiFara, Arturo’s and more.

Southern Italy and Genoa in the Early History of Pasta: Debunking the Myth of Arab Influence, Thursday, October 10, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Park Avenue United Methodist Church, 106 East 86th Street (between Park and Lexington), Upper East Side, Manhattan:  Dr. Anthony Buccini will argue that the origins of pasta making are from foodways in Southern Italy, not the Arab world. $25-$40.

Explore Brooklyn:  Italian Restaurant Week, October 10-17, 2013, Brooklyn:  Celebrate Italian American Heritage Month with discounts and deals at participating Brooklyn Italian restaurants.

NYC’s First-ever African Restaurant Week, October 13-20, 2013, NYC:  Celebrate African food with three-course prix fixes at NYC African restaurants.

Lopate and Locavores: Tips From Your Waiter, Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 7 p.m., The Greene Space, 44 Charlton Street, Tribeca, Manhattan:  Leonard Lopate leads a panel of service professionals from New York City restaurants to discuss dining etiquette, dinner date mistakes, tipping, how to get a great table without a reservation and how to get treated like a regular.  Tickets $20.

Soup Festival, October 19, 2013, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Smith Street, Brooklyn:  Judges pick the best soup from area restaurants.  Marilyn Gelber, president of The Brooklyn Foundation, and  Molly Simms, Senior Editor of Bust Magazine are the judges.  Money raised from the event benefits the Culinary Arts Program in the local public School For International Studies.

606 R&D Backyard Pig Party, Monday, October 21, 2013, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., 606 R&D, 606 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn:  Live bluegrass music, Peak organic beer, mulled cider and your fill of pork and fixin’s!

James Beard Food Conference, Monday and Tuesday, October 21 & 22, 2013, Convene Conference Center, Manhattan:  Explores The Paradox of Appetite: Hungering for Change.  Tickets $500.

Book Release Party for Mast Brothers: A Family Cookbook, Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 6 p.m., Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn:  Mast Brothers share stories and recipes for American classic recipes.  With admission, you’ll receive a signed copy of the book, a complimentary beverage and hors d’oeuvres.  Tickets $50.

Iron Chef Cooking Competition with GE Monogram, Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Manhattan:  You and a team compete creating dishes with a secret ingredient.  $45.

Culinary Luminaries: Edna Lewis, Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 6 p.m., Wollman Hall (B500), Eugene Lang College, 65 West 11th Street, Manhattan:  Event discussing the life and work of Edna Lewis.

Food Film Fest, October 23-27, 2013, New York:  Watch the films and eat the food too!  Ticket prices vary.

Brooklyn Crab’s 1st Annual Oyster Fest, Saturday, October 26, 2013, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Brooklyn Crab, 24 Reed Street, Brooklyn:  Unlimited tastings of regional craft beer with oysters.  Tickets $45.

Choctoberfest NYC, Saturday, October 26, 2013, Jimmy’s No. 43, New York:  Celebrate Fair Trade Month with a competition among homemade beer, cider, wine, mead, soda, kombucha, water kefir, milk kefir and other fermented foods that feature chocolate.

Get My Goat, October 27, 2013, 5:30 p.m., The Farm on Adderley,  1108 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn:  The Farm on Adderley and Slow Food NYC feature a dinner menu with goat including roasted goat, goat cheese and goat’s milk. $30.

November

Cooking Lesson! How to Create a Week’s Worth of Healthy Dinners in a Snap, Wednesday, November 6 and Thursday, November 7, 2013, 7 p.m. to  9 p.m., Freshmade NYC, Manhattan:  Chef prepares four recipes for tasting and gives you recipes to take home. $40.
New York Taste, Monday, November 11, 2o13, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Waterfront, 269 11th Avenue, Manhattan:  New York magazine’s food festival with tastings by New York’s finest chefs.  Tickets $100-$195.

Festa di Tartufi, Friday, November 22, 2013, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Del Posto, Manhattan:  A celebration of Piemontese white truffles, Barbaresco and Barolo.  Mario Batali and Antonio Galloni host a five-course meal by by Executive Chef Mark Ladner.  Tickets are $1,000.

Weekend Whets 7/26

Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival, Thursday, July 25, 2013 through Sunday, July 28, 2013, Atlantic City:  Food and wine event featuring Robert Irvine, Rocco Dispirito and The Neelys.  Tickets $40-$150 depending on event.

Ben & Jerry’s City Churned NYC Flavor, Friday, July 26, 2013, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Pier 57, Hudson River Park, 11th Avenue between 14th and 16th Streets, Manhattan:  Reveal and tastings of the flavor NYC created.

St. Ann’s Italian Festival, Friday, July 26, 2013 through Sunday, July 28, 2013, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., 7th and Jefferson Streets at St. Ann’s Square, Hoboken, NJ:  Try the St. Ann’s Famous Zeppole and other Italian foods along with live music, rides, games and raffles.

Hudson County Restaurant Week, July 29, 2013 through August 9, 2013, participating restaurants in Hudson County, NJ:  Celebrate Hudson County restaurants with discounted prix fixe menus.

Food Truck Mash-Up, Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Overpeck Park, Ridgefield Park, NJ:  Taste the offerings of specialty food trucks along with live music, yoga and a drum circle.

Weekend Whets

Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival, Thursday, October 11, 2012 to Sunday, October 14, 2012, Manhattan: The fifth annual benefit sponsored by FOOD & WINE with celebrity chefs and food personalities like Rachael Ray, Paula Deen, Bobby Flay, Mario Batali, Jacques Torres, Rocco DiSpirito, Eric Ripert, Stanely Tucci, Nathan Myhrvold, Anita Lo, Paul Liebrandt, Mark Isreal and many more participating in seminars, dinners, tastings and more.

Heirloom Garlic-Tasting Festival, Sunday, October 14, 2012, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson Street, Hoboken, NJ:  A free tasting of garlic from the Garden State.

 

Weekend Whets

International Food Truck and Beer Festival, Sunday, August 12, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. at South Street Seaport.  Tickets are $40 (which includes six food vouchers), but you can get a discount ticket for $17 through Time Out New York.  Food trucks like Schnitzel & Things, Kimchi Taco and Mexico Blvd will be there.

Taste of Times Square 2012

Tonight is Taste of Times Square.  From 5-9 pm, 46th street between Broadway and 9th Avenue will host an outdoor food and music fest celebrating the area.  Participating restaurants include Barbetta, John’s Pizzeria, Junior’s Restaurant, Le Rivage, Toloache, Firebird Russian Restaurant, Joe Allen Restaurant, Becco and more.  Tickets are $1 each, and most dishes cost between $2-$6.  For more info, click here.