So I got some exciting news today…I was named Chef of the Week @ Erecipe! Starting my Monday off right, thank you Raquel! It’s an honor.
Now on to the events. If you can squeeze some time in – seriously I cannot believe how busy this time of the year is. I’ve got to be honest, I’m going a little insane. I can’t wait until Christmas for a little time off! Anywho…let’s see what’s in store for the Foodies here in NYC!
Dec 12 – Urban Girl Squad Holiday Party @ Armani Ristorante , 717 5th Ave (@ 56th St) from 7-9pm. Join Urban Girl Squad for a delish Italian dinner tonight at Armani—yup, that Armani! Get fab food where you get your fashion at Urban Girl Squad’s Holiday Party at Armani’s very own restaurant, right upstairs from the swank Fifth Avenue store. Sip on a complimentary cocktail (like the signature Armani Martini with peach puree—yum!) and nosh on yummy complimentary hors d’oeuvres as you mix and mingle with Urban Girl Squad members. You’ll also get the chance to win a dinner for two at Armani in the raffle! Tickets are only $25, so snag one here for this fabulous female soiree!
Dec 13 – Extra Virginity: Olive Oil Uncovered @ Eataly, La Scuola di Eataly, 200 5th Ave (bt. 23rd & 24th St) at 6:30pm. Sure, olive oil’s a staple in most kitchens, but do you know the real deal about EVOO? Join olive oil expert Tom Mueller and Eataly’s Chief Olive Oil Specialist Nick Coleman as they introduce the dazzling world of fine olive oil at their class, Extra Virginity: Olive Oil Uncovered! The knowledgeable duo will go through the production process from tree to table, discuss harvest techniques and storage methods and give an insider’s look into Italy’s age-old olive oil culture. You’ll taste four different olive oils, paired with delish dishes like pesce crudo, vegetable bruschetta, pappa al pomodoro and an olive oil gelato. Grab a $60 ticket here. Mangia!
Bottle Poppin’: New Years Sausage & Holiday Treats at 61 Local, 61 Bergen St. (@ Smith St) from 7-9pm. Have a poppin’ Tuesday at 61 Local’s Bottle Poppin’: New Year’s Sausage and Holiday Treats! The public house is gearing up for 2012 by hosting a class dedicated to sausage dishes commonly eaten to ring in the New Year. Brooklyn Cured’s Scott Bridi will be your sausage guide as the kitchen serves Italian New Year’s Sausage with lentils, andouille with hoppin’ john and more! You’ll get hands-on practice in sausage making and get to try the links of your labor. The sausage tasting will be paired with craft beers from local producers like Sixpoint Craft Ales, Red Hook Winery and Kombucha Brooklyn. A $45 ticket gets you both bites and brews, so grab one here now!
A Brooklyn Christmas Spectacular at The Bell House, 149 7th St. (bt. 2nd & 3rd Ave) at 8pm. The Bell House is getting a dose of the jolly with the Brooklyn Christmas Spectacular! Get in the holiday spirit in with a sing-along and variety show, featuring music, skits, readings, merriment and good ol’ holiday cheer. Tunes will be provided by Zach Williams & the Bellow, Briam Elmquist, and Tricia Ivy, while storytellers like Caleb Clardy, Kristen Ball, Harlan Alford and more will be reading a tale or two. There’ll also be a holiday dessert bake off, so bring your best baked goodies to share with your buds (categories include best traditional dessert, most original, best in show, and more)! All this festive fun is only $8 at the door, so get your butt to the Bell House for this merry holiday party!
Dec 14 – $10 Tasting @ Idle Hands, 25 Ave B (bt. 2nd & 3rd St) from 7-10pm. Happy Humpday! Cheers the half-point of the work-week with some pints at a Belgian-style “Sweet & Sour” $10 Dollar Tasting at Idle Hands tonight! The bar will be pouring a selection of delicious beers and bourbon from featured brands, focusing tonight on Belgian brews from Ommegang and Liefmans. For $10, you’ll get 2 full draft beers, a 3-beer tasting flight, 1-2 tastes of bourbon or whiskey and an order of tater tots with special sauce from That Burger Tent! Tots, beer and bourbon for only 10 bucks!? Your hands won’t be idle for a minute!
Holiday Beer Tasting & Reading with Schmaltz Brewing Co. at Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway (bt. E. 12th & 13th St) from 7-8pm. Beer up in a bookstore at Schmaltz Brewing Co.’s Holiday Beer Tasting & Reading with at the Strand! Join Jeremy Cowan, proprietor of Schmaltz Brewing (and author of Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah) for a night of beers and books in the Rare Book Room. Kick back with a He’Brew as Cowan reads selections from his book, which details all the blood, sweat, tears and circus sideshow freaks that helped make Schmaltz the international success it is today. To join the fun, buy a copy of Cowan’s book or a $10 Strand Gift Card for a pass that admits two. Reading is way more fun with alcohol, so head to the Strand for this fun boozy book event!
Dec 15 – Brooklyn Night Bazaar at Kent Ave Warehouse, 149 Kent Ave. (bt. N 5th & N 6th St) from 5pm-1am. Eat, drink and be merry at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar tonight! Running from December 15th through the 17th, the three-day extravaganza features music, food, art, drinks and magic from indie vendors. Grab a special red sangria or mulled wine from Brooklyn Winery, some yummy snacks and browse the awesome booths, or get your dance on at a live DJ set by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem. Snag a ticket here for this fun holiday fest!
A “Very Special” Holiday Wine Tasting at Brooklyn Brainery, 515 Court St. (@ W. 9th St) from 6:30-8pm. Forget old winter standbys like mulled wines and spiked ciders—class up your holidays with a “Very Special” Holiday Wine Tasting tonight at Brooklyn Brainery! Kat Kelly will guide you through a festive tasting, offering great options for gifting or serving at your own holiday soiree! Taste a variety of vino, like winter whites, warming reds, comforting ports and, of course, some good ol’ bubbly. Snag a $40 ticket here and cheers the season at Brooklyn Brainery tonight!
Dec 16 – Bring Your Own Bottle Night at Corkbuzz, 13 E 13th St (bt. 5th Ave. & University Pl) from 7-9pm. Happy Friday! Cheers the start of the weekend with your favorite wine at Bring Your Own Bottle Night at Corkbuzz! The Union Sq. spot is inviting guests to bring and share their own fave bottle of wine at this monthly cocktail party. Mix and mingle with fellow vinophiles as you nosh on passed hors d’oeuvres and sample a wide variety of vinos, including some selected from Corkbuzz’s own cellar! Buy a $40 ticket here and prepare for talk of austerity!
Winter Solstice Feast 2011 at Brooklyn Fire Proof, 119 Ingraham St. (@ Porter Ave) from 7pm-12am. Sure, the winter solstice brings shorter days, but that just means more time for *night*life! Head to Winter Solstice Feast 2011 for eats from a slew of local restaurants, like Roberta’s, Wyckoff Starr, Northeast Kingdom and more. Sip local brews from Sixpoint Craft Ales while you groove to the tunes of Rev. Billy & the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir, Handstand Andy and the Handsome Man Band. The foodie fest is also a fundraiser, with a silent auction to benefit the Bushwick Farmers’ Market. The event’s free (but a $20 donation is encouraged), so come celebrate the solstice at the Winter Solstice Feast tonight!
Dec 17 – A Vintage Tea & Swing Dancing Party at M Line, 2nd Ave. Subway Station (Uptown Track) from 12-4pm. Get a blast to the past with a back-to-back celebration of NYC’s old-timey train lines at A Vintage Tea & Swing Dancing Party! Dapper dandies and debutantes can gather on the uptown track of the M Line at the 2nd Avenue subway station for an afternoon of free retro fun. At 12:30pm, subway cars will turn into a swinging soiree, with live jazz music and swing dancing. After all those Texas Tommies and Throwouts, you’ve probably worked up an appetite, so stick around for some tea and cookies at the Vintage Tea Party at 2pm. Get train schedules and more info here, and have a swingin’ Saturday!
Battle of the Belgians at Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 E 7th St (bt. 2nd & 3rd Ave) from 1-5pm. It’s a battle of the brews between Belgium and our own US of A tonight at Battle of the Belgians at Jimmy’s No. 43! Running from December 16th through the 18th, the highpoint of the weekend-long battle is today’s ticketed face-off, pitting 30 Belgian beers against 12 American beers on tap.There will be plenty of tasty bites to go along with the brews, like Tchoup Shop’s mini pretzel-roll sausage sandwiches, Jimmy’s No. 43 biscuits with gravy, and even beer and pretzel cupcakes! Grab a $60 ticket here and come rep the US today at Battle of the Belgians!
Gin & Gingerbread: A Gowanus Holiday Bash! at Littlefield, 622 Degraw St. (@ 3rd Ave) starting at 8pm. Gingerbread just got way more awesome. The tasty treat from your childhood is being paired up with the tasty treat of your adulthood at tonight’s Gin & Gingerbread: A Gowanus Holiday Bash at Littlefield. Grab a gin and ginger punch courtesy of Brooklyn Gin and gear up to help build (and maybe destroy…) a giant Gowanus gingerbread house! The night also features fun festivities like stand-up by Kurt Braunohler, Brooke Van Poppelen and Nick Turner, a live set by DJ Treetop, and music by Kent Odessa. All this festive fun is only $5 plus a can of food (or six for you lazy folks), so scramble over to Littlefield for this festive fete.
Dec 18 – What the Dickens? 2nd Annual A Christmas Carol Marathon at Housing Works Bookstore Café, 126 Crosby St (bt. Spring & E. Houston St) at 1pm. Housing Works knows: Christmas just isn’t Christmas without A Christmas Carol! That’s why they’ve devoted a day-long reading to Dickens’s holiday classic! Ira Glass, Lev Grossman, Julie Klam and dozens of other writers and performers are coming together to tell the time-honored tale of Scrooge & company. Grab a seasonal snack and curl up with some hot cocoa, or simply listen while you shop (books make a great stocking stuffer!). There’s no way you’ll be saying “bah, humbug!” at this lovely lit event!
Local x Local @ Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave (bt. N 11th & N 12th St) at 6pm. Go locavore at Local x Local at Brooklyn Bowl! Hosted by Brooklyn Brewery, the free fest is celebrating the best in local music, food, beer, art and media. Along with live performances by local bands—including headliner Delicate Steve—LXL will feature goodies from local businesses and artists for you to enjoy! The event’s free, but RSVP is required, so score a spot here!