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Thumbnail image for LuckRice_NightMarket_Patterson143.jpgThe first half of May is packed with some terrific food events. From an Asian Street Food Festival to the annual James Beard Awards, this coming month is shaping up to be a busy one for chefs and foodies alike. We’ve got the details on a few happenings that we’re most excited about. See you there…

Southeast Asia is at the top of my to-do travel list, but in the meantime, I’m excited for the Luckyrice Night Market. As part of a weeklong festival of Asian inspired events, by night Dumbo turns into a street food mecca. You’ll find ethnic foods from Korea and the Phillipines alongside hip, new fusion eats like kimchi-topped hot dogs. During the festival, there will also be a cocktail party at the Bowery Hotel and an omakase dinner with Chef Masaharu Morimoto.

New Amsterdam Market
One of our favorite markets in the city, the New Amsterdam Market officially starts up again June 5th, but they’ll be offering up a teaser with Floralia, a special one-market this Sunday, May 1st.  Over fifty vendors will set up shop around a springtime maypole — a perfect kick-off party for what is sure to be another great season at the market, located just under the Brooklyn Bridge (in a little nook right off South Street Seaport).  Every Sunday, there will be  a rotating roster of artisanal vendors, everything from Ricks Picks to Liddabit Sweets, Orwasher’s Bread, Mother-in-Law’s Kimchi and plenty of cheese purveyors. Come hungry. Even Porchetta makes an appearance as do People’s Pops and Luke’s Lobster so you can eat while you shop.

James Beard Awards
It may not be broadcast live on television, the James Beard awards are most definitely the Oscar’s of food. On May 9th, the food world will converge on Lincoln Center, where the awards will be presented and the celebration will begin. Tickets are somewhat pricey ($400-$1500), but worth it if you want to rub shoulders with chefs like Stephanie Izard, whose restaurant The Girl & The Goat is nominated for the Best New Restaurant award.

What Happens When “The Women Take Over Every Monday”
A pop-up within a pop-up, Monday nights at What Happens When are dedicated a rotating roster of female chefs and sommeliers. Previous chef pairings have included an all-star mashup of Amanda Freitag with Nancy Olson (Gramercy Tavern) and wines curated by Laura Maniec (Niko). On Monday, May 2nd there will be yet another great crew taking over the kitchen, including Missy Robbins and Erin Burns from A Voce paired with The Modern’ssommelier Belinda Chang. Let’s hear it for the girls.

Toast to the Children
It always feels good to help out children and this might be the best way to do it.  We’re looking forward to stuffing ourselves silly for a good cause at Toast to the Children.  Chef Tom Collichio partners up with Bellevue Hospital for this upscale soiree at the chef’s newest restaurant, Riverpark. Join honoree Gail Simmons in sampling the spread, which will include dishes from Lincoln, Barbuto, and Perilla.

RG Writer: Lauren Bloomberg

Photo Credit: Richard Patterson

One Comment

  1. We went through the New Amsterdam Market on Sunday without really meaning to, and it was great! We tried lots of things of course, and bought some amazing cheddar and some cashews… it’s all gone!

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