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.
New York Taste (11/1): Fall is certainly a busy season for Grub Street. Fresh off of the heels of their international street food festival, the restaurant-focused publication is throwing another glorious, gastronomic bash. Presented by Citi, New York Taste provides all-you-can-eat-and-drink access to over 40 of the city’s most celebrated establishments; from Le Coucou, Paowalla and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, to Bar Goto, Sauvage, and The Great Northern Food Hall.
Autism Speaks Celebrity Chefs Gala (11/7): Taking place at Cipriani Wall Street, this star-studded event is one of NYC’s premier fundraising galas, to raise funds and awareness for the autism community. It kicks off with a cocktail reception featuring specialty drinks and passed hors d’oeuvres, then concludes with a four-course meal prepared tableside, by a roster of over 100 top-tier chefs from around the country; think Daniel Eddy from Rebelle, Gavin Kaysen from Spoon & Stable, and Tony Mantuano from Spiaggia.
Savor the Bronx (11/7-18): Take the opportunity to get acquainted with the food offerings in the oft-forgotten borough, during its own iteration of Restaurant Week. A wide swath of local bars and eateries will offer a range of wallet-friendly promotions; stop into Archie’s Tap & Table on City Island for a $35 dinner, have a classic Italian meal at Arthur Avenue’s Gerbasi Ristorante (and receive 10% off your check), or drink reduced-price pints at the highly respected Bronx Brewery.
The Change Food Fest (11/12-13): Over the course of two days, this highly informative festival will explore and celebrate change happening in the food system, featuring talks from speakers such as Jason Green — founder of Edenworks, a Brooklyn-based indoor farming company — as well as a Beecher’s Handmade Cheese and Brooklyn Brewery Tasting, and a Harlem Grown Garden Tour; with lunch at a local restaurant that sources produce from the network of urban farms, school gardens and greenhouses.
Whiskey Feast (11/19): RG’s own Editorial Director, Sarah Zorn, will serve as judge for this whiskey face-off at the Brooklyn Expo Center, which will allow attendees to indulge in unlimited tastes of 40+ whiskies and cocktails (from industry leaders like Van Brunt Stillhouse, Templeton Rye, The Moonlight Mile and The Shanty), plus 20+ fall-inspired dishes, from vendors such as Delaney BBQ, Sweet Chili and Beehive Oven Biscuit Café.
Eat Your Science (11/22): Join the Food Network’s inimitable Alton Brown for the NYC stop on his “Eat Your Science” tour; a wild mix of comedy, music, multi-media presentations and of course, all manner of edible experiments; aided by “culinary assistants” selected at random from the audience!