Friday, June 4th and Saturday, June 5th The Omnivore Festival is a weekend-long celebration of contemporary French cooking. In each case, chefs will join forces in the kitchen, such as Aldea's chef George Mendes welcoming Nuno Mendes of the London restaurant Viajante. Other restaurants participating include Roberta's and Corton. Prices vary by restaurant, Aldea's dinner is $135 per person (includes Portuguese wine pairings). Aldea; 31 West 17th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues); 212-675-7223; event website.
Crab Dinner at Ardesia
Sunday, June 6th, 5:00pm-11:00pm Ardesia's monthly Sunday dinner feast continues, this time featuring crabs. First course will be crab cake with two dipping sauces; peanut butter coconut and cilantro lime, and the second course will be crispy Thai-style soft shell crab with a green papaya and mango salad. $35 (and an additional $18 for wine pairings). Ardesia, 510 West 52nd Street (at 10th Avenue); 212-247-9191; event website.
WineChap's Big Bubbly Breakfast
Sunday, June 6th, 11:00am This virtual event allows participants to learn about wine online. The roundtable tasting will include many of New York's top sommeliers including Christina Turley (Momofuku restaurants), Joe Campanale (dell'anima and L'Artusi), Amanda Reade Sturgeon (Dovetail), Kristie Petrullo (Craft), Francesco Grosso (Marea), Greg Majors (Cru); and Michael Madrigale (Bar Boulud). To join the tasting virtually, consumers are invited to view a live stream of the roundtable at www.winechap.com/blog. There will be a live chat room on the blog for questions. Each sommelier is asked to bring a bottle of bubbly to the table and WineChap's U.S. editor Talia Baiocchi will be pouring selections of her own. event website.
Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Festival
Sunday, June 6th, 12:00pm-4:00pm This annual block party celebrates the Chinese and Jewish cultures in the Lower East Side. There will be entertainment like music and dancing, and plenty of food, like samples of kosher egg rolls and egg creams, and a challah-making demo ($4). Free. Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street (between Canal and Division Streets); 212-219-0302; event website.
Monday, June 7, 6:00pm-9:00pm At the South Street Seaport, you can get paella from ten local restaurants (including Solera and La Bottega), and unlimited wine from El Coto de Rioja. $35, two for $60. Water Taxi Beach South Street Seaport, north side of Pier 17, Fulton Street at South Street; 212-230-0911; event website.
World Cup of Cheese
Tuesday, June 8, 6:30pm-8:30pm In preparation for the World Cup, experts from Murray's Cheese will compare the cheeses of France and Italy in this tasting event. There will be three categories: goat, cow and sheep. Sample each cheese with a wine pairing; then decide which side is the winner. City Winery, 155 Varick Street (at Vandam Street); 212-608-0555; event website.
Grilling Secrets of a Steakhouse Butcher
Tuesday, June 8, 12:00pm-2:30pm This cooking class and luncheon allows participants to master the summer grill with techniques and tips at kosher steakhouse Le Marais. Chef/Owner Jose Meirelles, Executive Chef Mark Hennessy, and Butcher Dominique Courbe will guide the class as guests learn to prep, perfectly season, grill, and serve the meat, as well as several side dishes. Classic, simple summer desserts will be served, along with wine concluding the class. $125 per person. Le Marais, 150 W. 46th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues); 212-869-0900; event website.
4th Annual New York Brewfest
Saturday, June 19th, 3:30pm-8:00pm It's a little down the road, but tickets are selling fast for the fourth annual New York Brewfest, presented by Heartland Brewery; more than one hundred craft breweries will be in attendance. Snap up your tix soon! Governors Island; event website.
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