Can you believe it’s December already? Soon enough it will be the New Year! I’m sure everyone is super busy but there is soooo much going on in the city for the foodies (and drinkers) of the area. I hope you can make it out to some of these events!
Dec 4 – Moleskine Passions: Tasting Stories at the Astor Center, 399 Lafayette St (@ E 4th St) from 4:30-6:30pm. Calling all wine lovers! Come explore your passion with a evening of scents, tastes, and self-expression as you listen and chime in with stories about your wine tastng adventures. Wine and spirit events curator and Food Republic contributor, Brian Quinn, will guide you through a wine tasting exploration to help you understand your palate and what’s in your tasteful glass of vin. To join in the experience, grab your $45 tickets online and take your seat in this storytelling fun.
Mozzarella Making at Murray’s Cheese, 254 Bleecker Street (bt. 6th & 7th Ave) from 6:30-8:30pm. Mild and milky, smooth and silky: any way you stretch it, we love fresh mozzarella! And in this hands-on crash course we’ll teach you how to make it at home. First we’ll set you straight on coagulation as we tell you how milk turns from fluid to firm curds. Then we’ll all roll up our sleeves to turn curds into the beautiful balls that we know as fresh mozzarella. Taste several samples of fresh pasta filata (pulled curd) style cheeses (think Mozzarella, Bufala, Burrata, oh my!), enjoy a glass of wine, and bring home your own mozzarella masterpiece.
Dec 5 – Flight Night at Sycamore, 1118 Cortelyou Rd (@ Stratford Rd) from 3-10pm. Take a trip to the West Coast with San Diego’s Green Flash Brewing Company. The Green Flash has tons of beers on tap for the night, including West Coast IPA, Cedar Plank Ale, Grand Cru and Green Bullet. They’re most well known for their citrusy and bitter American IPAs. Cheers to that, we’ll have another!
Aw, Shucks: A Hands-On Oyster Primer at the Astor Center, 399 Lafayette St. (@ E. 4th Ave) from 6:30-8:30pm. If you don’t know anything about oysters other than that you love eating them, try your hand at this awesome oyster primer event. Learn all about the different flavors and textures that come with different species of oysters. There will be tastings and a few wine pairings for your enjoyability. Plus, discover why these little guys have awesome health benefits! Delish.
Cocktail Party to Benefit Hurricane Sandy Victims at Sanctuary Hotel, 132 W 47th St (bt. 6th & 7th Ave) from 7-9pm. Nothing goes better together than cocktails and a good cause. We’re headed to this Hurricane Sandy fundraiser for a night of discounted drinks, complimentary Pyrat Rum cocktails and an excuse to hang at the Sanctuary Hotel. Get out and support your neighbors at this classy event and don’t forget to bring used clothing and new underwear–all will be donated to Hurricane Sandy victims.
Dec 6 – Caskers Craft Spirits Celebration at 40 Broad Street from 7-9:30pm. Craft distilleries from across the country gather to offer pours of their small-batch products. The distilleries will also be creating signature cocktails, and Steve Schneider of Employees Only will be giving cocktail demonstrations. $50, take 20% off with code “SERIOUS20”.
Exclusive Late Night Take Over Dinner at Mission Chinese Food, 154 Orchard Street (bt. Rivington & Stanton St) from 10pm-12am. Mission Chinese is hosting a special fundraiser dinner to benefit Apex Youth, an education non-profit for immigrant youth. All proceeds go to children in areas hard hit by Sandy. $95.
Dec 7 – Meet the Winemaker: Rizzi at the Astor Center, 399 Lafayette St (@ E 4th St) from 6:30-8:30pm. Taste the evolution of brilliantly made and eminently age-worthy wines with Enrico Dellapiana, winemaker for Rizzi Estate. He’ll welcome you with a glass of his Méthode Champenoise bubbly, regale you with the joys and challenges of creating the Pajore and Boito wines, and send you off into the night after a glass of very rare late-harvest still Moscato. It’s definitely a lesson in vin you don;t want to miss. Cost of the tasty class is $49. Grab your tickets online here.
Dec 8 – Cheers to Charity! at Taproom 307, 307 3rd Ave (@ 23rd St) from 11am-8pm. Expect the best of the best as you gulp down beers all while giving to a good cause. By purchasing your ticket to this beer-fest event, not only to you ahve access to over 60 Draft Beers, four specialty cask ales, several beers from local homebrewers and extra special bottles, but proceeds go toward charity. Two session are offered, one in the afternoon from 11 a.m-3 p.m and the other in the evening from 4-8p.m. For more ticket information and prices, visit their website and reserve your spot to drink for a good cause.
Gingerbread House Workshop at Camaje, 85 MacDougal Street (bt. Bleecker & W Houston) from 10am -1pm. If your gingerbread house-making skills aren’t quite up to snuff, bone up on how to make the best from a professional pastry chef. This class is for young and old alike. We’ll provide the house and all the fun decorations you’ll need to create a winter wonderland fit for a prince or princess. One house per person. Hot chocolate included. $75 for one session; sign up here.
Classic Cocktails: Tequila at The Sycamore in Brooklyn, 1118 Cortelyou Road (bt. Westminster & Stratford Rd) from 5-8pm. The Sycamore will teach you how to do those margaritas and other tequila-based classics right, and you’ll also learn how to make them your own. Then drink down those cocktails, of course. 1118 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn, NY. $30 for one session; sign up here.
Warming Winter Curries at Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center, 540 President St, Suite 2E (bt. 3rd & 4th Ave) from 4-7pm. Learn to cook and create Indian style curries that are perfectly warming for winter. In this $65 course, you will have the opportunity to strenghten or learn skills to will learn to heat up your cooking by using spices, toasting and grinding them to perfection. The course introduces you to red and green curries, exotic Arabic style curries, curries with coconut and curries so hot your tongue will burn up. You’re sure to leave the days of calling for Indian take out in the dust while you hit the ground running toward a pantry full of spices and herbs to curry up your life.
Not So Silent Night : A Holiday Benefit for Hurricane Sandy at Lair, 201 Lafayette St (bt. Broome & Kenmare St) at 8pm.
“Twas the 8th of December, and the holidays grow near
A reason to celebrate, laugh and to cheer!
So many affected by that horrific storm Sandy,
Donate we will, to make lives much more dandy
Please join in at Lair, 8pm- don’t be late!
Cocktail attire will make the best date
Drinks will be guzzled and the dancing will begin
Hors d’oeuvres will be passed – it’s a simple win-win!”
In other words, come out and purchase a $60 ticket to help donate to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. Your ticket purchase inculdes a two and a half hour open bar, a variety of hors d’oeuvres and live DJ music all night long.
Dec 9 – Harvest Dinner: Spain at Corkbuzz, 13 E 13th St (bt. 5th Ave & University Pl) from 6-8pm. If you’re craving Spanish cuisine lately, make sure you sign up for this Harvest Dinner full of delicious dishes and wines. The table as six spots open for diners eager to sample the traditional food of Spain, family-style. Master Sommelier Laura Maniec will pick out four wines for the dinner, so the drinks will be just as good as the food. Be prepared to fill your belly and quench your thirst at this unique Sunday dinner.
Matzah Mania 2012 at Taous Restobar-Lounge, 1814 Coney Island Ave (bt. Ave N & Ave O) from 9pm-4am. It’s the biggest hanukkah party in town! Time to celebrate the holiday with live comedy acts and entertainments. Live DJ music (including, of course, top 40-dance-house-israeli hits), dancers, drummers, a fire and laser show, free sufganiyot and much more are offered all night long at this Isreali party. Don’t miss the celebration, get your $25 tickets now online or $35 at the door.