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Edible Events NYC: May 2017

tmg-article_default_mobileThere are all manner of fun, food events taking place in New York on a daily basis — from lavish, charity-driven galas to crowded, walk-around tastings and an endless array of pop-ups.  But unless you have the time and money to party seven days a week, you’ll have to be somewhat discerning about what goes onto your calendar.  So here are just a few worthy food celebrations we recommend getting tickets (or making reservations) for now.

Taste of the Lower East Side (5/3): Remember when the LES was home to a handful of Jewish delis and a proliferation of dive bars?  As the neighborhood’s very own tasting gala duly demonstrates, that’s definitely no longer the case.  Contemporary tenants, like Bar Goto, Freeman’s, Fung Tu, Pig & Khao, The Stanton Social, Kingsley, Maharlika and more are all dishing out bites on behalf of Grand St. Settlement, which has served the community for over 100 years.

MG_0646-AW-911x530Food Book Fair (5/11-14): Taking place at the Ace Hotel this year, the four-day literary lineup includes an evening of food on film (i.e., shorts focusing on cultural diasporas, paired with a feast from Cambodian pop-up, Kreung), as well as a Media Bootcamp Edition, featuring facetime with agents, editors, and other tastemaking gatekeepers, and a “Tartine All Day” breakfast celebrating their recent cookbook, co-cheffed by owner, Liz Prueitt, and April Bloomfield.

The 3rd Annual Harlem EatUp (5/15-21): Celebrating Harlem’s exciting culinary renaissance, an impressive roster of happenings includes The Marketplace (featuring al fresco, pay-as-you-go eats from area restaurants), the EatUp Mainstage (hosting demos and performances from participants like Marcus Samuelsson and Donatella Arpaia), an Ultimate Grand Tasting, and collaborative dinners; think Dominique Crenn and Angela Dimayuga, joining forces at Ginny’s Supper Club.

SONY DSCVillage Voice Choice Eats (5/19): Always a reliable way to vet new restaurants (and visit a few others from your longstanding hit list), Choice Eats is back at the Metropolitan Pavilion, along with over 50 Village Voice-reviewed eateries, such as Samesa, Sunday in Brooklyn, Untamed Sandwiches, Raclette NYC, Lolo’s Seafood Shack and Yemen Café.

NYC Vegetarian Food Festival (5/20-21): Why should meat-eaters have all the fun?  Now in its 7th year, this cutting edge showcase of vegetarian innovation features speakers like Robyn Moore (who’s spearheading a vegan parenting panel), and cooking demos from chefs like Adam Sobel (owner of the Cinnamon Snail), as well as vegetarian speed dating, a screening of “Home on the Range,” and a kid’s area with farm animal photo booths and cruelty-free soap making classes.

original_NYC_Summer_Restaurant_Week_2014-Where_to_Go-RiverparkAll-Star Tasting at Riverpark (5/31): What do you get when you combine an all-star athlete guest list, a VIP chef (Jesse Schenker oversees the food lineup this year), an expansive auction and a glorious location (Tom Colicchio’s water-adjacent Riverpark)? This fabulous annual event, benefiting the Partnership for a Drug-Free America.

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