I’m sure plenty of you have Holiday Parties to attend but maybe one of these events will spark your interest. Today is my aunt Tommi’s bday, Happy Birthday Tommi! And my younger brother is turning 24 on Thursday! He’s getting so old, which in turn means I’m getting old (ah! scary). So lots of celebrating to do. None the less there are plenty of events to attend in between to get your foodie on.
Dec 5 – International Street Food Series: Mexico at The Astor Center, 399 Lafayette St. (@ E 4th St) from 6-9:30pm. In the mood for Mexican tonight? Well forget about that taco stand, and head to the Astor Center instead for their International Street Food Series: Mexico culinary class! With Chef Michael Krondl as your guide, you’ll cook up a sensational cena inspired by the South of the border in no time! Learn how to whip up Yucatecan tamales stuffed with pork, gorditas poblanos with tomatillo guacamole, taquitos filled with shrimp and roasted chiles and more! Round out your delish dinner with wine pairings, each picked by a resident wine expert to perfectly complement the fab Mexican fare. Pick up a $129 ticket here. ¡Salud!
The Happy Table of Eugene Walker @ Ellabess, 153 Elizabeth St. (@ Kenmare St) at 7:30pm. Foodies and lit-nerds alike will delight in this dinner slash discussion at Ellabess, featuring The Happy Table of Eugene Walter! The NoLita spot welcomes editor Don Goodman and food writer Thomas Head as they walk you through the culinary legacy of Eugene Walter. Tonight’s menu will reflect Walter’s recipes in both cuisine and cocktails. Sip on Southern-inspired spirits like a “Ginger Cup” or “After Morning Punch” while you down a mouth-watering meal of fried oysters, whisky-marinated lamb chops with bacon and braised greens, and a brûléed grapefruit pudding cake with peanut brittle ice cream to finish. An $85 ticket gets you the delicious dinner, drinks and a copy of Walter’s charming cookbook!
Repeal Day Party @ Bar Se7en 5ive, 75 Wall St (@ Pearl St) from 8pm-12am. Today marks the 78th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, so what better way to celebrate than by drinking up a storm at Bar Se7en 5ive’s Repeal Day Party?! Gear up in flapper garb and head to the Wall Street watering hole where they’ll be serving up complimentary Plymouth Gin punch and half-price Beefeater cocktails from 8pm-midnight. A live band will be bringing jazzy riffs and blaring horns for your dancing pleasure, so bust out your best Charleston! Forget 1999—party like it’s 1933 with plenty of drinks and dancing at the Repeal Day Party tonight!
Dec 6 – “Brooklyn Brewery: The Director’s Cut” at the Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Ave. (b/w Bedford & Berry St) at 7:30pm. Film meets…fermentation? Yup, the awesome pairing of brews and movies are coming to Nitehawk Cinema with “Brooklyn Brewery: The Director’s Cut!” “Brewmaster” Garrett Oliver, acclaimed chef Saul Bolton, and film editor John Woods will present a never-before-seen compendium of their favorite beers matched to both great food and brilliant film clips. Enjoy a five-course pairing of brews and bites, featuring delicious duos like Brooklyn Weisse with tuna tartar topped with citrus and cilantro, Brooklyn BLAST! with braised beef short ribs, and a Brooklyn Black Chocolate South with marscapone cheese cake. Snatch up a $90 advanced ticket here. Beer, food, movies—you simply can’t get any better!
Dec 7 – Bitchy Bingo @ Lips, 227 E. 56th St. (b/w 2nd & 3rd Ave) at 7pm. Bingo’s about to get a little bitchy when you head to drag den Lips for their Wednesday night staple Bitchy Bingo! Lips offers an evening of dinner and drag, with a live show that will knock your socks off and flip your wig, then sassy hosts Yvonne Lamé and Ginger Snap bring on the bitchy bingo action. The game’s free with a $15 food minimum, and the grand prize is a whopping $500, so head to Bitchy Bingo to win big tonight!
Four-Course Tasting @ Sorella, 95 Allen Street (b/w Broome & Delancey St). Celebrating the launch of the publication of Notes from a Kitchen: A Journey Inside Culinary Obsession, a provocative new book featuring renowned chefs like Sean Brock, George Mendes, Johnny Iuzzini, Michael, Laiskonis, Emma Hearst, Zakary Pelaccio, and more; Chef and Owner Emma Hearst will host an extraordinary dinner at Sorella. Ticket’s are just $65/person with the option for wine pairing. Books, which gives unprecedented access into the minds of these amazing chefs, will be available for purchase and will be signed by the chef/author. To make a reservation call Sorella at 212.274.9595 or visit their website. Get ready for a succulent journey through Northern Italy!
A Very Vinyl Christmas Holiday Bonanza at the Double Windsor, 210 Prospect Park W (@ 16th St) from 8pm-1am. Vinylphiles, break out those retro records because it’s time for Monday Night Vinyl Club’s A Very Vinyl Christmas Holiday Bonanza! Grab some of your fave 45’s and head to Double Windsor to kick off the holiday season with great beers, free cookies and a night of holiday records spinning into the wee hours. Bring a record and get the chance to spin it yourself, with five song sets per person! So snag one of the bar’s Christmas-themed concoctions (ex: a De Ranke Pere Noel is “Belgian Pale Ale + turtle dove juice”—ha!), a sweet treat, and get ready to man the turntables tonight at A Very Vinyl Christmas!
Dec 8 – Pisco Portón End of Year Tasting at Panca, 92 7th Ave. S. (b/w Grove & Barrow St) from 6-9pm. What could possibly be better than cocktails after a long day at the office? Free cocktails! Panca’s celebrating the year’s end with the last Pisco tasting of 2011 tonight! Enjoy complimentary cocktails created with yummy Pisco Portón from 6-9 pm. Cheers an early start to a great weekend at Panca’s Pisco Portón Tasting tonight!
Delicious Dishes from Great New York Restaurants at The JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave. (b/w 76th & 77th St) from 7-9:30pm. Thinking about eating out tonight? Why drop bank at a pricey restaurant when you can make the same great dishes in your own kitchen?! At this cool culinary class, Chef Irene Yager of the JCC in Manhattan will demystify signature dishes from some of the city’s best restaurants. You’ll mime and mimic the city’s most talented chefs as you make mouthwatering dishes like the tomato tatin from La Goulue, Telepan’s savory veggie bread soup, Nobu’s famous black cod with miso, Craft’s zesty beet salad, and more! Snatch up a ticket here—you’ll be cooking like a top chef in no time!
Book S’arty @ Fatty ‘Cue Williamsburg, 91 South 6th Street (b/w Bedford & Berry) form 7-10pm. What’s a S’arty you might ask? Well friends it’s a Book Signing Party that you will not want to miss out on. Celebrating the publication of Notes from a Kitchen: A Journey Inside Culinary Obsession, Chef Zakary Pelaccio will be signing books and serving up light bites, wine, beer, and specialty cocktails, and let’s not forget a whole pig! Yes, this is an event you won’t want to miss. The books, which gives unprecedented access into the minds of these amazing chefs, will be available for purchase and will be signed by the chef/author. Tickets are just $65/person which can be purchased on their website or by calling 718.599.3090. But don’t count those sheep just yet! The Fatty Crew will keep the party going after 10pm with $5 Recession Specials and $5 specialty cocktails!
Dec 9 – Holiday Mix & Mingle at the Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center, 540 President St, Ste. 2E (b/w 3rd & 4th Ave) from 7-10pm. Thinking about throwing a festive fiesta this holiday season? The Ger-Nis Center is here to help with their Holiday Mix & Mingle hands-on cooking class. Chef Tessa Liebman will help you whip up tasty nibbles that will have guests begging for the recipe, including quick canapés like crostini with blue cheese and pear as well as classy chips and dips like artichoke pesto with parmesan tortilla chips. It’s obviously not a party without cocktails, so you’ll also learn how to shake up seasonal spirits like spiced apple cider and ginger-infused mulled wine. Grab a ticket here to eat, drink and be merry at Holiday Mix & Mingle!
Dec 10 – SantaCon 2011 (be there or be square!!), at Various Locations to be announced the night prior, from 10am-11:30pm. Get ready for drunken elves taking over the streets—it’s SantaCon time! The non-denominational (and non-sensical!) annual convention is free and open to anyone willing to dress up as jolly ol’ St. Nick, red-nosed reindeers, slutty elves or really any other Christmas character. There are multiple starting points throughout the city, so check here on December 9th to find out the locations. Meet up with your fellow festive frolickers, then—what else?—hit the bars! Follow throngs of thirsty Santas as they flood bars all around the city. But this isn’t merely a bar crawl—expect unconventional gifts like Twister games, mobile stripper poles, naughty carols, holiday cheer, mayhem and more!
Five Course Beer & Whiskey Pairing Dinner at Manchester Pub, 920 2nd Ave (b/w 48th & 49th St) from 6-8pm. Manchester Pub has a lot to celebrate! Not only are they celebrating their three-year anniversary but their Beer Pairing Dinner series is also turning one year old! Toast the special occasion with some craft brews and spirits at the Five Course Beer & Whiskey Pairing Dinner. Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. will be on hand to provide the beers, while Hudson Whiskey takes care of the more spirited side of the bar. Chef Matthew Garelick will pair the potables with a festive five-course dinner featuring duck prosciutto, seared diver scallops, slow-roasted sirloin and more! Snag a spot at this delish $60 pairing dinner here!
Dec 11 – BUST Magazine Craftacular & Food Fair Holiday 2011 at 82Mercer, 82 Mercer St. (b/w Broome & Spring St) at 11am. Break out your shopping list and head to Bust Magazine’s 7th annual Craftacular & Food Fair holiday extravaganza today! Over 200 eclectic vendors will be on site selling handmade jewelry, specialty foods, cards, handbags, posters, toys, and clothing, perfect presents to put under the tree or stuff in a stocking. Nosh on tasty treats as you peruse cute handmade crafts, dance to the live DJ, participate in fun live demos and get a jam-packed goodie bag to bring home. Admission’s only $3, so what are you waiting for?! Get your shop on at BUST Magazine’s Craftacular!
Blind Tasting: Rare Grape Varietals at New York Vintners, 21 Warren St. (b/w Church St. & Broadway) at 7pm.