Le Dîner en Blanc
A secret dinner location, with 5,000 diners, all dressed in white—Le Dîner en Blanc is poised to return to New York City on July 28.
Fifty-five cities around the world are participating in this part spontaneous picnic, and part pop-up, which was launched in France 25 years ago.
Despite diners having to lug their own tables, white tablecloths, and white chairs, wait lists have swelled in excess of 30,000 in large cities.
Diners have the option of bringing their own dinners—in a picnic basket with fine stemware and dinnerware, mind you—or reserving a catered picnic basket, curated by Todd English. The secret location is announced at the last minute.
Last year’s location was Battery Park City.
For more information, see NewYork.DinerenBlanc.Info
Jamaican Jerk Festival New York
Reggae, Soca, and spicy delicacies await at New York City’s biggest Caribbean food festival. At the Jerk Cook-Off Pavilion, watch competing chefs win cash, bragging rights, and the champion chef title. Celebrities like Miss Universe Jamaica, Kaci Fennell, will create dishes in the Celebrity Quick Fire Challenge.
Sunday, July 19, starts at noon. Roy Wilkins Park, Queens.Tickets $40 at the gate, $30 for advance tickets.
NYC Restaurant Week
Celebrate fine dining at affordable prices with NYC’s restaurant week. Participating restaurants will offer three-course prix-fixe menus, with a minimum of three choices of appetizers, entrees and a dessert.
July 20–Aug. 14. Lunch $25, Dinner $38.
The Jersey City Project: EATS
Enjoy the warm days of summer with some cool drinks, and delicious eats at Project: Eats, an outdoor street festival in Jersey City. Project: Eats, features more than 30 rotating vendors each day and provides an opportunity to buy goods from local makers like, Pick a BonBon, WORD Books, Another Man’s Treasure, and more.
Saturday and Sunday, July 18–19. 11 a.m.– 7 p.m. 280 Grove St., City Hall Plaza, Downtown Jersey City.
Buy One, Get One Free at Amorino on National Ice Cream Day
Gelato lovers, celebrate National Ice Cream Day with Amorino’s special gelato happy hour. Buy one and get one free. Share your pictures on any social media platform with the hashtag #TasteAmorino. The flavor of the season, by the way, is lime-basil.
Sunday, July 19, 5 p.m.–7 p.m. Amorino, 162 Eighth Ave. (at 18th Street) or 60 University Place (at 10th Street).
Make your own chocolate truffles at Raaka’s factory. Guests will be taken on a tour of the factory and learn all about the chocolate manufacturing process, from the theobroma cacao tree onward. You can decorate and package 16 truffles to take home. Co-hosted with Voilà Chocolat.
Thursday, July 23, 7 p.m. 64 Seabring St., Red Hook, Brooklyn. Tickets $75.