Local Events for the Foodie in You: Week of August 22nd

The summer is winding down, and NYC knows it. That’s why there are TONS of events for this week, trying to squeeze everything in before the cool air blows in. Here’s your local foodie events this week…

Aug 22Dinner of Decadence at Tenpenny, 16 E. 46th St. (Madison & 5th Ave) starting at 6pm. Why not dine in decadence? Chef Chris Cipollone has created a delectable five course dinner, accompanied by beverage pairings from managing partner Jeffrey Tascarella. Go out in style instead of heading to your neighborhood dive bar this Monday night. Call 212.490.8300 to make a reservation for $125.

Free Live Jazz & Chocolate Martini Shot at the AYZA Wine & Chocolate Bar, 11 W. 31st St. (Broadway & 5th Ave) starting at 6:30pm. There’s no better way to start your work week than with a free live jazz performance (featuring aRAUz, o, la, la!)…and a free chocolate martini shot to go with it! Make a reservation here.

Aug 23Back to School Happy Hour Fundraiser at Copia, 307 E. 53rd st. (1st & 2nd Ave) from 6-9pm. Education is important and so is drinking, so combine the two in one great event. Raise money for schools that were damaged by this summer’s Joplin, Missouri tornado with great drink specials, DJs, a Yankees ticket raffle and tons of awesome auction items. Donate here to attend.

Tasting Brooklyn Dining Club at Fornino Park Slope, 256 5th Ave. (Carroll St. & Garfield Pl), starting at 7pm. Get a taste of Italiano moderno with some of the folks that invented the genre at tonight’s five course feast, featuring classic Italian dishes with a twist. Chat with Fornino’s owner, taste the chef’s masterpieces and enjoy pours from the sommelier (and a five course wine pairing, if you please). Learn about the making of their blueberry limoncello from their mixologist as you sip this creation and snack on hors d’oeuvres, then take a seat for the grand meal. Tickets include a $10 Fairway coupon and are available here for $55 ($75 with wine pairings).

The Feast: LES Cirque at the Penthouse at Hotel on Rivington, 107 Rivington St. (Essex & Ludlow St) at 8:30pm. Try out this spectacular pop-up restaurant experience with food from Le Cirque’s Chef Craig Hopson and drinks from Grey Goose master mixologist Nick Mautone. This event will offer a casual downtown interpretation of one of NYC’s most famous restos. The theme ingredient of the night will be lobster, so leave your shellfish allergy at home and prepare for a steamy feast. Book your reservation here.

Brunch at Night at Stand Up NY, 236 W. 78th St. (Broadway & Amsterdam Ave) starting at 10pm. Brunch at Night will turn your Tuesdays upside down with unlimited brunch cocktails (Bloody Marys and mimosas) and a rip-roaring comedy show. Forget hump day and pretend it’s the weekend—the fun you’ll have is worth regretting your decision when actual morning rolls around. Entry is $10.

Aug 24Double A Cocktails at Bar Se7en 5ive at Andaz Hotel, 75 Wall St. (@ Pearl St) from 5pm-12am. If you’ve always wanted to join a secret society (but the whole hooded cloaks and chanting in the dark thing turned you off) then head over to Bar Se7en 5ive at the Andaz Hotel on Wall St. to join the ranks of New Yorkers “in the know.” After the closing bell rings, utter the password (Double A) to your server to receive the AA+ treatment and every third cocktail free. That’s right, every 3rd drink is on the house! So forget the skulls and cross bones—opt for Double A treatment instead.

Food and Wine of Portugal at the Astor Center, The Kitchen , 399 Lafayette St. (@ E. 4th St) from 6-9:30pm. Eating a fancy meal is great, but impressing your snobby co-worker with fancy fare at your next dinner party is even better. Learn to prepare the fresh and flavorful dishes of Portugal with this food and wine pairing from Michael Krondl at the Astor Center. Master Portugal’s arroz de frango com amendos (a saffron-infused dish that includes roasted peppers, chorizo and almonds) as well as several other dishes (like a dense, orange-scented flan)! End your meal by tasting a flight Portuguese wine with Astor center wine experts. Just remember to relax—this is a night of exquisite food, wine and cooking—snobby co-workers notwithstanding. Purchase your $128 ticket here.

Italian Market Cooking at Camaje, 85 MacDougal St. (Houston & Bleecker St) starting at 6:30pm. You don’t have to be a cast member from the Jersey Shore to know how to whip up an authentic Italian meal! This hands-on class will teach you to use seasonal ingredients and local foods to cook a delicious Italian meal. The recipes will be largely vegetable based, but specifics are saved for just before the class (to assure you’re working with the freshest of the fresh). Purchase tickets here for $95.

Aug 25- Teacher Appreciation at Southern Hospitality, 1460 Second Ave, from 3-7pm. Southern Hospitality Presents Teacher Appreciation ABC Happy Hour. Now and every Thursday from 3pm-7pm. Enjoy specially priced, $5 Appletinis $3 Beers $5 Cosmopolitans and $5 Appetizers. Best Teacher Appreciation Happy Hour in NYC!

Aug 26Dim Sum and Then Sum at Red Egg, 202 Centre St, starting at 9pm. Red Egg Restaurant, the renowned Cantonese Restaurant, is beginning a new Friday Night series lounge party event titled “Dim Sum and Then Some.” These chic nightlife events will feature bottle service, specialty cocktails and a late night dim sum menu favored by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Brooke Shields. Ladies may enjoy complimentary Dim Sum during the evening. Hosted by J. Norris & Hospitality Capital Advisors, the nights will be accompanied by live music provided by DJ Cruz.

Aug 27The Amazing Pizza Race at Galway Hooker, 7 E. 36th St. (5th & Madison Ave) from 12:30-4:30pm. Calling all pizza lovers—we’ve got word on a feeding frenzy that you’ll want to take part in! In Amazing Race style, you and your team will follow clues to various pizza places around NYC and hope that you’re the fastest and smartest. Tickets are available here for $50—they include samples at each pizzeria and a one-year membership to the neighborhood eats dining program.

Cool Cravings at the Open House Gallery, 201 Mulberry St. (Spring and Kenmare St) from 2-8pm. Models, yogi’s and health nut rejoice Clean Plate and Open House Gallery have complied NYC tastiest frozen natural desserts for your chomping pleasure. This dessert tasting is highlighting things healthy and delicious with an emphasis on raw, organic, vegan and gluten free ingredients. Not hungry? You can still feast your eyes on chocolate portraits of Charlie Chaplin and Marilyn Monroe while sipping on some complimentary Vita Coco. There are even rumor of a cupcake competition. So indulge you sweet-tooth but skip the guilt, admission is $25—and part of the proceeds will be donated to Wellness in Schools, a program that teaches healthy eating to NYC public schools. Say yes to healthy desserts and community service by purchasing a ticket here.

Booze and Rock Out! at Union Pool, 848 Union Ave (@ Meeker Ave) in Brooklyn, from 4-8:30pm. If you are into beer, bands, and tacos then you are in for a delightful trifecta. Enjoy the Union Pool’s Summer Thunder series, this week with The Blues Control rocking out at this venue’s outdoor space. Free concerts in the summer? Gotta love ‘em.

Supper Under the Stars at the Southampton Historical Museum, 17 Meeting House Lane (@ High Point Circle) from 7:30-10:30pm. Make sure you to get your cardio in before joining the fest at Shecky’s Southampton Supper Under the Stars. Featuring delicious dishes (lime-smoked corn on the cob and roasted jalapeno cornbread anyone?) and complimentary cocktails, wine and biergarten this event is sure to tickle even the most sophisticated palate ($115). No way to Southampton? No worries, just hop on the Shecky’s luxury liner for round trip transport plus dinner and drinks ($155). Or go all out with V.I.P access including dinner, V.I.P seating and an exclusive cocktail and hors d’oeuvres hour. So come dine under the starts with the stars—Kelly Bensimon from Real Housewives of NYC will host and Top Chef contestants Nikki Cascone, Manuel Trevino and Angelo Sosa will be your chefs.

Aug 28 - Bottomless Brunch at the Guilty Goose, 131 W. 23rd St. (6th & 7th Ave) from 11am-3pm. Don’t be a guilty goose about getting tipsy at brunch! For $20, you can choose from bottomless mimosas, Bloody Gladys, or a draft beer and pair it with one of Executive Chef Christopher Parks’ creative brunch entrees (think DLT – duck, lettuce, tomato, or cucumber melon salad). What better way is there to start your Sunday?

Bottomless Brunch at Casimir, 103-105 Ave. B (6th & 7th St) from 11am-4pm. We all know that brunch is the new breakfast, so resign to waking late and heading over to Casimir for their bottomless Mimosa and Bloody Mary Brunch. For $19.95, this boozy brunch keeps the drinks pouring and the tummies full with a delicious French brunch entree. Satisfy your sweet-tooth with Brioche French Toast or take your hat off to the savory Croque Monsieur or Madame. Regretting last night’s drunken street-meat? Lighten up with a granola parfait, salade dubarry or spinach & chickpea omelet. You can even sober up (though we don’t know why you’d want to) with Casimir’s $9.95 option that includes tea or coffee. Looks like breakfast just got booted as the most important meal of the day—say yes to boozy brunch!

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