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Weekend Whets 8/23

Lobster Bake Party, Sundays, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Hotel Chantelle, 92 Ludlow Street, Lower East Side:  A weekly event through the summer. $29.92 per person for 1 whole Maine lobster, steamed little neck clams, baked red russet potatoes and corn on cob.

Blues BBQ, Saturday, August 24, 2013, 2 p.m., Hudson River Park:  Blues musicians along with Brother Jimmy’s and Dinosaur BBQ.

La Toscana nel Mondo Brinda Per Arcobalena D’Estate, Saturday, August 24, 2013, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Per Lei, Upper East Side, Manhattan:  Celebrate Tuscany’s art, music, theatre, food, history, nature, and tourism. Tuscan wines will be offered at the cash bar with complimentary appetizers, along with live performances.  For those who have an interest in  Tuscany to meet one another and join the Tuscan Association of New York. Please call for more information.  RSVP by August 21st. Space is limited.  tuscanassociationnewyork@gmail.com

Bluestockings Food Justice Reading Group, Sunday, August 25, 2013, 5 p.m., Bluestockings, Lower East Side:  Group that explores the role of food on the environment, labor and health.  This month’s reading is Hungry for Change by AH Akhram Lodhi and Revolution at the Table by Harvey Levenstein

A Night in the Mediterranean, Monday, August 26, 2013, 5:30 p.m. or 8:30p.m., Murray’s Cheese, Bleecker Street, West Village:  A celebration of feta with other Greek courses, including feta ice cream!  Tickets $60.

SOMM VIP Screening, Monday, August 26, 2013, 7:30 p.m., The Rooftop at The NoMad Hotel, Flatiron, Manhattan:  Reception featuring Vallin Wines along with Fried Chicken, Popcorn and Canapés from the NoMad and movie screening.  Tickets $65.

Bedford + Bowery Bazaar, Hester Street Fair, Saturday, August 31, 2013, noon to 10 p.m., Hester and Essex Streets, Lower East Side, Manhattan:  North Brooklyn vendors showcased at Hester Street Fair.

Ultimate BBQ Bash Southampton Summer 2013, Saturday, August, 31, 2013, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Southampton Historical Museum, Southampton, NY:  Say goodbye to summer with a bbq, desserts, wine tasting and complimentary beer.  Live music and a DJ will entertain.  Tickets $60-$110.

Vendy Awards, Saturday, September 7, 2013:  Visit site to see list of nominees and how to buy tickets.

LongHouse Food Revival, Saturday, September 7, 2013, and Sunday, September 8, 2013, LongHouse Barn, 83 Steward Road, Berne, New York:  Thought leaders in food gather to discuss how food stories are told.

Taste Talks, Saturday, September 14, 2013 and Sunday, September 15, 2013, Brooklyn:  A two-day event with discussions and workshops on food, featuring Mario Batali, Wylie Dufresne, Dan Barber, Alessandro Porcelli, April Bloomfield and more.  Talks include those on food porn, food photography, Brooklyn food, gluten and more.

Taste of the West Village 2013, Saturday, September 21, 2013, noon to 4 p.m., The Yard at P.S.41, Greenwich Avenue and Charles Street, West Village:  Sample cuisine from West Village restaurants.  Tickets $40.

11th Annual Taste of the Village, Thursday, September 26, 2013, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Washington Square Park, Village:  Over 30 local food and wine vendors and jazz.  Tickets $50.

Smoke @ ICC, Saturday, September 28, 2013, 4:15 p.m. to 8 p.m., Pier 57 at 15th Street, Manhattan:  Teams from around the country compete to smoke the best brisket in 4 categories.  Public tasting, beer garden and live music.  Tickets $65.

The 10th Annual NYC Dumpling Festival Eating Contest, Saturday, September 28, 2013, noon to 5 p.m., Sara D. Roosevelt Park on East Houston Street between Chrystie and Forsyth Streets, Manhattan:  All proceeds benefit the Food Bank For New York City in this dumpling eating contest with men’s and women’s divisions.

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.

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Weekend Whets 6/21

Japanese Gourmet Fair, through Sunday, June 23, 2013, Mitsuwa, Edgewater, New Jersey:  A Japanese food fair at the popular Japanese grocer featuring ramen, bento and more.

Union Square Wine’s Summer Tapas Party, Saturday, June 22, 2013, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Union Square Wines, Union Square: Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Galicia, Montsant, Jumilla and aged cheese, cured meats, and prepared dishes.  Free.

Bacon Bash II, Sunday, June 23, 2013, noon to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Bowlmor Lanes Times Square, Manhattan:  Tastings of bacon-inspired food and beer.  Tickets $35-$45.

Southern Cuisine Dinner, Sunday, June 23, 2013, 7:30 p.m., La Casita de Porres, Brooklyn:  Dinner of pickled pigs’ feet and okra, buttermilk biscuits, fish dipped in cornmeal, Broadbent Kentucky country ham, poundcake with strawberries and whipped cream and she-crab soup.  $70.

Sunday Brunch, Sunday, June 23, 2013, Noon, Chopsticks or a Fork, Bushwick, Brooklyn: Join other foodies for brunch.  $52.

MDA’s 20th Annual A Taste of Down Under, Monday, June 24, 2013, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tribeca Rooftop, 2 Desbrosses Street, Manhattan: Food tastings by NYC chefs and wine and beer from Australia to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Farmhouse Fest, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Alewife, Long Island City, Queens:  Farmhouse style beers, wines and food like cheeses, breads, meats & gourmet pickles.  Tickets $65.

Spina’s “Rosato Amato” Dinner Party, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., 175 Avenue B, East Village:  Five-course dinner with pairings of rose wines from upstate New York to Greece.  $65.

Brooklyn Eats, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Brooklyn:  Brooklyn’s first food trade show.

Pass the Paella, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn:  All-you-can-eat paella for $40.

Vosges Haut Chocolate Tasting, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, New York: Waitlist $25.

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.

Weekend Whets 6/14

Newark Small Business Week 2013, June 14-21, 2013, Newark, New Jersey:  Support local restaurants and other businesses in Newark with discounts.

Chocolate Bar Brownie Eating Contest, Saturday, June 15, 2013, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Manasquan, New Jersey:  Presented by SquanStrong during their Tailgate on the Square event benefits efforts to rebuild the shore.

Danielle Gould, Monday, June 17, 2013, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., NYU Chemistry Department, room 1003, 31 Washington Place between Washington Square Park and Greene Street, Village:  Founder of Food+Tech Connect discusses technology in the food industry as part of NYU’s Experimental Cuisine Collective.

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.

National Dine Out Day, Wednesday, June 19, 2013:  Eat at participating restaurants and a portion goes to Hurricane Sandy New Jersey relief.

Union Square Wine’s Summer Tapas Party, Saturday, June 22, 2013, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Union Square Wines, Union Square:  Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Galicia, Montsant, Jumilla and aged cheese, cured meats, and prepared dishes.  Free.

Southern Cuisine Dinner, Sunday, June 23, 2013, 7:30 p.m., La Casita de Porres, Brooklyn:  Dinner of pickled pigs’ feet and okra, buttermilk biscuits, fish dipped in cornmeal, Broadbent Kentucky country ham, poundcake with strawberries and whipped cream and she-crab soup.  $70.

Sunday Brunch, Sunday, June 23, 2013, Noon, Chopsticks or a Fork, Bushwick, Brooklyn:  Join other foodies for brunch.  $52.

MDA’s 20th Annual A Taste of Down Under, Monday, June 24, 2013, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tribeca Rooftop, 2 Desbrosses Street, Manhattan:  Food tastings by NYC chefs and wine and beer from Australia to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Farmhouse Fest, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Alewife, Long Island City, Queens:  Farmhouse style beers, wines and food like cheeses, breads, meats & gourmet pickles.  Tickets $65.

Spina’s “Rosato Amato” Dinner Party, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., 175 Avenue B, East Village:  Five-course dinner with pairings of rose wines from upstate New York to Greece.  $65.

Vosges Haut Chocolate Tasting, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, New York:  Waitlist $25.

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.

Weekend Whets 4/5

Community Cookbook Extravaganza, Saturday, April 6, 2013, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn:  Bring a recipe or food story to include in the community cookbook.

Smorgasburg, Saturdays starting April 6, 2013, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at East River State Park—Kent Ave. and N. 7 St.—on the Williamsburg waterfront; and Sundays on the DUMBO waterfront at the historic Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn:  Event with local food vendors.

Cheese and Wine Pairing Class, Sunday, April 7, 2013, 6 p.m., Cheese and Wine Hoboken, Hoboken, NJ:  Class on how to pair wine and cheese.  $60.

A Taste of Fifth Avenue, Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Grand Prospect Hall, Brooklyn:  Food tasting of Fifth Avenue’s best restaurants.  Music, dancing and complimentary wine and beer.  Tickets are $45 and $25 of that goes to a local charity of your choice.

Peruvian Sushi Night, Saturday, April 13, 2013, 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., Somethin’ Jazz Club, 212 East 52nd Street, Manhattan:  Gabriel Alegria and the Afro Peruvian Sextet playing.  Peruvian sushi must be ordered in advance.

Eat Like a Chef!  Danny Meyer and Michael Romano with Adam Gopnik, Monday, April 15, 2013, 8:15 p.m., 92nd St Y, Manhattan:  Restaurateur and chef discuss culinary secrets to making staff meals at Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern and more.  Tickets are $29.

Tasting Brooklyn, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Green Building, Brooklyn:  Event that celebrates the borough with tastings from area vendors and restaurants like Robicelli’s.  VIP tickets, $75; general admission, $50.

2nd Annual Taiwanese Night Market, Friday, April 19, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., The Villian, Brooklyn:  A night market of Asian and Taiwanese food vendors.  Tickets $40.

NYC Hot Sauce Expo, Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, 2013, 10 a.m., Food Karma Projects Presents Events on Kent, 110 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn:  Live music, fire breathers, spicy food vendors, awards show, eating challenges and contests, adult beverages and the best hot sauce companies from North America.

Earth Day Dinner at Del Posto, Monday, April 22, 2013, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Del Posto, 85 10th Avenue, Manhattan:  A five-course vegetarian dinner in honor of Mother Earth with Annie Novak, Urban Garden Goddess, and Amy Thompson of Lucy’s Whey.

Baking for Spring!  Make Homemade Pies & Delicious Cocktails, Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., GE Monogram Design Center, 150 East 58th Street, Manhattan:  Hands-on pie making event making mini blueberry, raspberry and blackberry pies to take home. $40.

The Joy of Cheese and Gastronomie 491 Present The Gastronomie 9, Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 7 p.m., Gastronomie 491, 491 Columbus Avenue (between 83rd and 84th), Upper West Side, Manhattan:  A discussion and tasting of nine cheeses.

LuckyRice New York, Monday, April 29, 2013 through Sunday, May 5, 2013, Manhattan:  A celebration of Asian cuisine.  Each night showcases a different type of Asian food.  Opening night is a dumpling party.

Third Coast ShortDocs Challenge in partnership with the James Beard Foundation, deadline April 30, 2013:  Create a story inspired by the idea of “appetite” that’s two to three minutes in length, presented in three “courses” and includes one of the five tastes in the title: bitter, salty, sour, sweet or umami.

Holiday Party Wine Tip

You know those household hints you see in women’s magazines?  You ever wonder if they work?  Well, I’m going to share one that I used and it actually works.  If you plan to serve wine at your holiday party, you’ll want to know this tip.  If you or a guest spills red wine on the carpet, immediately pour salt on top of the stain.  I’m talking get out the Morton salt package and pour the whole thing on it.  Depending on the size of the stain, if it’s large enough, you will probably need to use the whole carton of salt.  So you may want to keep it out where guests will be in case of an emergency wine stain.

Union Square Wines & Spirits

Union Square Wines & Spirits recently hosted a wine tasting of NYU alums.  There were some trays of Murray’s cheese (standard at a NYC party) and Italian meats, pates and other finger foods.  The event was for the NYU Women’s Initiative and the wines of the evening were all produced by female-owned wineries.  We were given some info on the wines and the women who make them.  Then the sampling began, from white to red:  Lini 910 NV Labrusca Lambrusco Bianco (Emilia-Romagna, Italy); Shinn Estate Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay (North Fork of Long Island); Heidi Schroeck 2009 Ried Vogelsang (Burgenland, Austria); DeMorgenzon 2011 Garden Vineyards Rose (Stellenbosch, South Africa); Foradori 2009 Teroldego Vignetti delle Dolomiti (Trentino, Italy); Herdade do Esporao 2010 Quatro Castas (Alentejano, Portugal); and Dominio de Atauta 2009 Parada de Atauta (Ribera del Duero, Spain).

My favorite of the evening was the Austrian wine.  It had a crisp, clean taste that appealed to me.  I enjoyed learning about wineries run by women.  This was a perfectly planned event for a women’s group.

In addition to hosting private events, Union Square Wines & Spirits also hosts its own tastings.  Some upcoming ones include vodka, gin and a tapas party.