New York Chili Fest, Slow Wine World Tour, NYC Beer Week

By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
January 21, 2016 3:46 pm Last Updated: January 21, 2016 3:46 pm
Raoul's burger. (Courtesy of Raoul's)
Raoul’s burger. (Courtesy of Raoul’s)

Brunch at Raoul’s

SoHo French bistro Raoul’s is serving brunch for the first time in its 40-year history. On weekends, Raoul’s will now serve dishes like the Souffle Apple Pancake, with crème Chantilly and salted caramel; Raoul’s omelette, with smoked salmon, salmon roe, and crème fraiche; and the celebrated Raoul’s burger, with St. Andre cheese and pomme frites on the side.

Saturdays & Sundays
11 a.m.2:30 p.m.
Raoul’s
180 Prince St.
raouls.com

Jacques Torres' New York Line gift set. (Courtesy of Jacques Torres Chocolate)
Jacques Torres’ New York Line gift set. (Courtesy of Jacques Torres Chocolate)

Jacques Torres Chocolate New York Collection

Chocolatier Jacques Torres has launched a collection of chocolatey sweets dedicated to New York City. Chocolate-covered pomegranates, dried blueberries, candied ginger, caramelized peanuts, and candied orange peels will be sold in tin boxes decorated with New York icons: the yellow cab, Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, the subway, and the Big Apple. The price is $12$14 for each box, $55 for the full line.

Available at all locations and online
mrchocolate.com

Flavored sake shots at KOA. (Courtesy of KOA)
Flavored sake shots at KOA. (Courtesy of KOA)

KOA Sake Shots

Japanese-Chinese restaurant KOA is now serving hot and cold sake shots for $4 at its bar. Gekkeikan-brand sake will be served, including the Black and Gold, with hints of honeydew, papaya, anise, and roasted nuts, and the Horin, mild with notes of overripe cantaloupe, honeydew, and honeysuckle.

KOA
12 W. 21st St.
koanyc.com

Hakkasan Chinese New Year Menu

The Cantonese fine-dining restaurant is serving a special prix fixe menu for Chinese New Year. The dinner starts with Double-Boiled Fresh Ginseng and Chicken Soup and appetizers like the Steamed Dim Sum Platter. Main entrees include Pipa Duck, Wok-Fry Lobster in Spicy Truffle Sauce, and Roasted Chilean Seabass with Chinese Honey. To celebrate the Year of the Monkey, a special cocktail called the 9 Hou (Chinese for monkey; the monkey is the ninth animal in the zodiac) will be served, with El Dorado rum, sherry, banana liqueur, and guava. The price is $138.88 per person (parties of two or more only).

Friday, Jan. 22 to Monday, Feb. 22
Hakkasan
311 W. 43rd St.
hakkasan.com

Burns Supper at Incognito Bistro

Celebrate Scotland’s most famed poet, Robert Burns, at this Italian restaurant with a Scottish flair (the owners are Scottish-born Italians). A multi-course dinner will be served, with haggis, Ayrshire pork, Scotch whiskey, and cranachan on the menu. The price is $65 per person.

Monday, Jan. 25
Incognito Bistro
30 W. 18th St. (between Fifth & Sixth avenues)
incognitobistro.com

The Red Room inside the Bouley restaurant. (Courtesy of Bouley)
The Red Room inside the Bouley restaurant. (Courtesy of Bouley)

Winemaker Cathy Corison With David Bouley

Celebrated Napa Valley winemaker Cathy Corison will collaborate with chef David Bouley for a special dinner featuring her vintage wines. The two will host a reception before the multi-course dinner. Pairings include the 2001 Corison Napa Valley cabernet, 2006 Corison Napa Valley cabernet, and the 1998 Corison Kronos Vineyard cabernet. The price $395 per person.

Wednesday, Jan. 27
6:30 p.m.
Bouley
163 Duane St.
davidbouley.com

New York Chili Fest

Top restaurants around the city will compete for the title of Chili Champ in the annual Chili Fest in Chelsea Market. This year’s participants include Untitled, Talde, Mokbar, La Palapa, Bark Hot Dogs, and Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer. Attendees will get to sample the chili creations while sipping on beer, hard cider, and cocktails. Proceeds go to Wellness in the Schools, an organization that promotes healthy eating in public schools.The price is $50$70 per person.

Sunday, Jan. 31
7 p.m.9 p.m.
Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Ave.
nychilifest2016.com

From last year's Slow Wine Tour. (Courtesy of Slow Wine World Tour)
From last year’s Slow Wine Tour. (Courtesy of Slow Wine World Tour)

Slow Wine World Tour in New York City

The sustainable food organization Slow Food International has published its annual wine guide, the “Slow Wine” guide. To celebrate its launch, the group is touring different countries with wine tastings, featuring small-scale Italian winemakers who use traditional techniques. At the event, you’ll get to meet the wine producers, sample Italian food, and enjoy live music. The price is $75 per person.

Wednesday, Feb. 3
7 p.m.10 p.m.
Highline Ballroom
431 W. 16th St.
eventbrite.com

Pouring wine at the last Winter Wine Festival. (Courtesy of New York Wine Events)
Pouring wine at the last Winter Wine Festival. (Courtesy of New York Wine Events)

NYC Winter Wine Festival

International wines from France, Italy, Spain, South Africa, California, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Argentina, Portugal, and Austria will be available at the NYC Winter Wine Festival, which also features light hors d’oeuvres and live jazz. VIP ticket holders will get exclusive access to 12 high-end vintage wines and specialty bites, like Filet Mignon with Yukon Gold Potato and Bernaise Sauce, and Miniature Maine Lobster and Shrimp Rolls on Brioche. The price is $67 to $199 per person.

Saturday, Feb. 6
Session times: 3 p.m.6 p.m.; 8 p.m.11 p.m.
PlayStation Theater in Times Square
1515 Broadway (at West 44th Street)
newyorkwineevents.com/events/nyc-winter-wine-festival

NYC Beer Week

NYC Beer Week is back, with a lineup of events at different bars and venues across the boroughs celebrating local New York breweries. Events include a fried chicken and donuts brunch at The Redhead in East Village, beer sampling with radio station WQXR featuring music by New York composers, and Cask Fest featuring over 150 cask beers from around the state, to be paired with food from top local restaurants.

Friday, Feb. 19 to Sunday, Feb. 28
Venues around the city
newyorkcitybrewersguild.com/beer-week/2016-beer-week