The Joy Of Sake
Thursday, September 24, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Get a chance to taste some of the best sake in the world at The Joy of Sake. As the largest sake-tasting outside Japan, the event features over 270 premium sakes submitted as entries to the U.S. National Sake Appraisal, a prestigious sake competition. Don't worry: if you need something to absorb all that sake, fifteen of New York's finest Japanese and pan-Asian restaurants will provide appetizers. $80/person. Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street; event website
14th Annual “Harvest in the Square”
Thursday, September 24, 7:30 PM Is your love of food putting a mysterious hole in your wallet? Just head over to Union Square for the 14th Annual "Harvest In The Square," where you can taste the best of New York restaurants all on the same bill. This year more than 50 eateries (the largest lineup in the event’s history) will offer tastings, including L.A. Burdick Chocolate, Tarallucci e Vino, Vintage Irving, Blue Smoke, Blue Water Grill, Hill Country, Angelo & Maxie's Steakhouse, 'wichcraft, and Wildwood BBQ. Proceeds from the event benefit the Union Square Partnership's neighborhood programs, including the beautification of Union Square Park. Open to the public. $115 for general admission. Union Square West Plaza; event website
The McNally Jackson Forum Series
Thursday, September 24, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Join other Julia Child fans at The McNally Jackson Forum, whose monthly series presents "The Legacy of Julia Child," hosted and moderated by Cheryl Pearl Suche. The forum will focus on the ever-lasting influence of the late Julia Child and her first cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Food writer Amanda Hesser, Julia’s editor Judith Jones, and Julie Powell, author of Julie and Julia, the inspiration for the film, will all appear. Free admission. 52 Prince Street; event website
Le Fooding D'Amour New York
Friday and Saturday, September 25 and 26 Le Fooding began in Paris in 2000 with a simple mission—to host great up-and-coming chefs in trendy locations for various charities and organizations. For the first time, Le Fooding is traveling to New York City to feature 12 chefs, two butchers, one ice-cream maker, three mixologists, a select vintner, many cheeses, Champagne, two DJs, 15 graphic designers, and a mystery guest. Proceeds will benefit Action Against Hunger. Tickets are currently sold out, but there will be limited tickets available at the door. $30 to $60/person. PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City; event website
The Fifth Annual Vendy Awards
Saturday, September 26, 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The Vendys are the Academy Awards of street vendor food, and this year will be even better than the last. Although there may not be Versace and Brangelina, there will be the best street food in New York City. The best sidewalk chefs will gather and participate in an intense cook-off for the Vendy Award trophy and the title of Vendy Award winner. The Vendys are also a fundraiser for the Street Vendor Project, a membership-based non-profit organization that stands up for vendors' rights. $80 to $1000/ticket. Queens Museum of Art, Queens; event website
Events further down the line, after the jump.
The First Brooklyn Meatup
Wednesday, September 30, 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. In a city as lonely as New York, it is easy to find yourself curling up with a good book and glass of wine on more than one weekend night. Well, the singles of Park Slope, Brooklyn have had enough! They are single and ready to mingle—or "meatup." Erica Reitman of Brooklyn-based blog Fucked in Park Slope has teamed up with other Brooklyn blogs, Brooklyn Based and Brokelyn, to throw Brooklyn's first official Meatup- (meatmarket + meet up = meatup). Don't be nervous—there will be plenty of adult beverages to loosen you up. Jello shots and $3.00 Busch beers will be flowing and there will also be contests and giveaways to pad any potential awkard silences. $10/person. The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn
Fairway Firefighters Food Face-Off (Grilling Challenge)
Wednesday, September 30, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Fairway Firefighters of Red Hook will loosen their firefighting garb, strap on their aprons, and get cookin' for a grilling face off that is bound to get really, really hot. The firefighters will cook their best ribs, burgers and a dish using a secret ingredient that will be unveiled at the contest (just like Iron Chef.) A panel of judges including Ray Venezia, Fairway’s Master Butcher, and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz will crown one of the firefighters king or queen of the grill. Fairway Market, 480-500 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn
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