July 28 (Thursday)
A Talk on Food Markets and Immigrant Identity in NYC
Thursday July 28, 6:30 p.m. How does food define life in New York? This talk looks at how food markets and immigrants have helped shape the culture of food in the city. How do immigrants bring their food cultures from them with them to the city? How does that change the culinary culture within the city? Find out at this unique event hosted by The Museum of the City of New York. Reservations required. 1220 Fifth Ave.; event website.
July 29 (Friday)
Counter Culture Coffee Tour of the Strada Electric Paddle
Friday July 29, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Espresso enthusiasts, come experience the impressive Strada Electric Paddle, a pressure-profiling espresso machine! A one-hour tour of the machine will be followed by two hours of guided "play time" with the paddle! 37 W. 26th St.; event website.
July 30 (Saturday)
Farmers' Market Tour and Cooking Class at The Brooklyn Kitchen
Saturday July 30, 9:30 a.m. Head over to the McCarren Park Greenmarket with your guide Michelle N. Warner. Pick up some seasonal produce and local meats, cheeses, wine and more. Then head back to the Brooklyn Kitchen to cook up the fresh produce you've bought! It's the ultimate in-season cooking class! $85. Meets at McCarren Park Greenmarket; event website.
July 31 (Sunday)
Mad About Mexican Cooking Class at The Institute for Culinary Education
Sunday July 31, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. Mad about Mexican food? If the answer is yes, check out this class. You'll prepare classic Mexican dishes like chicken mole and carnitas, and wash it all down with some Mexican beer or a spicy pineapple margarita! $115. The Institute for Culinary Education, 50 West 23rd St.; event website.
A Lobster Primer at The Astor Center
Monday August 1, 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Lobsterheads, this Astor Center class that will have you cooking lobster like a pro! Starting with live lobster, you'll learn how to make lobster rolls, lobster bisque, an impressive lobster poached in white wine and pear nectar and more! At the end of the class, sit down to enjoy your lobster creations, all paired with wine. $127.50. The Astor Center, 399 Lafayette St.; event website.
Sausage Making Class at The Meat Hook
Monday August 1, 6:30 p.m. Make, taste and learn about sausage at The Meat Hook with sausage expert (great title, right?) Ben Turley! This class covers all you need to know about making and tasting sausage, and you'll go home with a few links to enjoy later! $65. The Meat Hook, Brooklyn; event website.
Clambake and Kelso Beer at The Vanderbilt
Tuesday August 2, 7:30 p.m. A four-beer, four-course clambake in Brooklyn sounds pretty nice this time of year. The sit-down dinner at The Vanderbilt in Brooklyn includes local beers from Kelso and tasty dishes like St. Louis BBQ Pork Steak and tomato and watermelon salad. 570 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn; event website.
El Bulli: Cooking in Progress Screening
Wednesday July 27, 1:00, 3:15, 5:30, 7:50, 10:00 p.m. Come view the El Bulli: Cooking in Progress film (here's our sneak peek review). The documentary goes inside the restaurant for a look at the fascinating food and people behind this world-famous mecca for culinary enthusiasts. Film Forum, 209 West Houston St.; event website.
Farm to Table Dinner
Thursday, August 4, 6:00 p.m. Want to support the Sylvia Center, a non-profit cooking school for New York City children? Join Katchkie Farm (from upstate New York) for a dinner made from the farm's 60-acre organic farm. The dinner will also feature local cheeses, wine, fish, meat and more. Co-hosted by City Winery. $75. Hudson Square Courtyard, Spring St.; Tickets available through City Winery.