There 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!
Hill Country’s Fam Jam Fair (Nov. 1st): This Saturday afternoon fair will take place at Hill Country‘s downtown Brooklyn location, and will feature family friendly music from The Three Gentlemen, games, cupcake decorating, bead making, balloon animals, face painting and more. As for food, Shake Shake will serve up custard on the Plaza, to complement Hill Country’s Fam Jam Kids’ Special; 1/8-pound of brisket, Longhorn Cheddar Mac & Cheese, and a Chocolate Chunk Cookie for only $8.50. And perhaps best of all, happy hour drink specials will be available all day long for parents!
“One Year of Kingside” Tasting Menu (Nov. 3rd-9th): To celebrate the one year anniversary of his newest restaurant, Kingside, Marc Murphy has planned a special $90, 6-course tasting menu at its Chef Counter, offered from November 3rd through the 9th. The celebratory meal begins with a gin-based “Rosemary’s Baby” cocktail, followed by Bay Scallop Crudo with Winter Squash, a Soft Boiled Egg with Caviar and Creme Fraiche, Pan Roasted Turbot with Leeks and Porcini, Wagyu Short Rib with Celery Root, Bone Marrow and Kale Pesto and a classic Ile Flottante, served with Creme Anglaise & Salted Caramel.
New York Taste 2014 (Nov. 10th): New York Magazine’s grand tasting event, New York Taste, is back for it’s 16th year, featuring innovative dishes and delicious cocktails from more than 40 of the city’s most celebrated restaurants and bars. For $108, you’ll enjoy bites and tipples from true New York luminaries, such as Betony’s Bryce Shuman, Clover Club’s Julie Reiner, The Elm’s Paul Liebrandt, Piora’s Chris Cipollone, Recette’s Jesse Schenker, RedFarm’s Joe Ng, Tessa’s Cedric Tovar, and many, many more!
Brooklyn Brewery Dinner with Jasper Hill (Nov. 13th): Brooklyn Brewery’s Dinner Parties are collaborative series dedicated to spotlighting local producers and rare beer pairings, regularly held at Humboldt & Jackson. This month, they’ll celebrate terroir and all things dairy with Jasper Hill; a working dairy farm with an on-site creamery in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, as well as with Monger Liaison Molly Browne; a Certified Cheese Professional and former competitor in the Cheesemonger Invitational. Brooklyn Brewery’s own chef, Andrew Gerson will add his talents to the $85 tasting menu, each course celebrating the scrumptious versatility of cheese.
Autumn Wine Festival (Nov. 22nd): Taste over 200+ fine wines from all around the globe at this exciting event at the Broad Street Ballroom, expertly curated by Vintry Fine Wines. For $99, general admission ticket holders will enjoy an array of light bites, such as cheese and crackers and artisan food samples, while for $219, VIP’s will gain exclusive access to the tasting lounge, featuring high-end wine samples and fancy passed hors d’oeuvres, including Caviar, Foie Gras, Mini Lobster Rolls and Filet Mignon.
wd-50 Ticketed Dinners (Nov. 19th-29th): To commemorate the final days of service (say it ain’t so!), chef Wylie Dufresne will create two weeks of special, ticketed dinners at wd~50 before closing its doors on November 30th. Tickets will be released on October 30th at 11am for dinners that include…
wd~50: Then and Now (November 19-23th, 26th, 28th): For $225 per diner, an 11-course menu will take diners on a journey of wd~50’s history through the past 11 years.
Turkey Day (November 27th): The most popular staff meal in wd~50 history is now open to the public for the first time, and the $85 feast will include a traditional three-course dinner with all the fixings, plus a leftover turkey sandwich to take home.
Last Call (November 29th): This final feast curated by chef Dufresne himself ($225 per person) will be comprised of his favorite dishes from over the years.