NYC Food Events For the Weekend (And Beyond)


A dish of branzino, which you can get at Oceana's Celebrity Tour fundraiser. [Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Celebrity Chef Tour
Thursday, April 8, 7:00 pm
The Celebrity Chef Tour features chef Ben Pollinger at Oceana as he invites Boston chef Michael Schlow (Via Matta) to create a six-course dinner focusing on seafood. The two of them will make dishes like whole-roasted branzino with morels and stinging nettles. In between courses, they will describe the preparation techniques. Proceeds benefit the James Beard Foundation. $175. Oceana, McGraw-Hill Building, 1221 Sixth Avenue at 49th Street; 212-759-5941; event website.

Dishing Up Vermont
Thursday, April 8, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm
Author Tracey Medeiros (Dishing Up Vermont) brings a taste of Vermont right here to the city. Each participant will get you a signed copy of the book, a glass of wine, a taste of one of her recipes, and a chance to speak with Tracey in-person. $25. Murray's Cheese Shop, 254 Bleecker Street (between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue); 212-243-5001; event website.

Taste of Jazz
Friday, April 9, 6:30 pm-9:00 pm
For Jazz Appreciation Month, top chefs make food inspired by the great American cities known for their jazz traditions. Missy Robbins (A Voce) will represent Chicago, Masa Takayama (Masa) will represent Los Angeles, Marc Murphy (Landmarc) will represent New Orleans, and more. Accompanying the food will be music led by saxophonist Walter Blanding of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. $85.Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle at Broadway, second floor; event website.

Cask Festival
Friday, April 9, starts at 3:00pm and goes through the weekend
Visit Park Slope for the second annual Cask Ale Festival. Fifteen rare brews will be on tap, and the beer is pay as you go. The Gate, Fifth Avenue at 3rd Street; event website.

Hot Bread Kitchen Cook-Off
Sunday, April 11, 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
This cook-off benefits Hot Bread Kitchen, a nonprofit bakery committed to supporting immigrant women and preserving baking traditions. All of the 15 competing cooks must use Hot Bread flatbread, tortillas, or granola in their dishes. $20. Jimmy's No. 43, 43 East 7th Street (between Second and Third Avenues); 212-982-3006; event website.

After-Dinner Wines
Wednesday, April 14, 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Have you ever wondered what to order after dinner if you don't feel like a coffee or pie? Then join food historian and cookbook author Francine Segan as she leads an introduction to after-dinner wines. Participants will taste a variety including Sauternes, Muscat, sherry, and port. You'll learn the perfect desserts to pair with each, plus interesting wine tidbits. A part of the 92 Y's Food and Wine Month. $50. 92nd Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue at 91st Street; 212-415-5500; event website.

Historic Hotel Bars and Restaurants Tour
Thursday, April 15, 2:00pm-4:00pm
This if your chance to re-live New York's bars and restaurants of the past, in an event that takes you through a tour of New York's historic hotel bars and restaurants. You will walk through Midtown, experiencing Peacock Alley at the Waldorf-Astoria, The Oak Bar at the Plaza Hotel, the King Cole Bar at the St. Regis and more. Kara Newman, food writer and author, will lead this trip back in time. $25. Meeting place is The Plaza Hotel (Fifth Avenue at Central Park South) in the lobby next to the Champagne Bar; 212-415-5500; event website.

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