C-CAP Benefit Gala, Carla Hall Hosts Dinner, Village Voice Choice Eats

By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
February 18, 2016 11:44 am Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm

Brunch Menu at the Measure Lounge in Langham Place

Measure Lounge, the bar inside the Midtown luxury hotel Langham Place, has launched a brunch menu. Dishes include Croque Madame with egg, pancetta, and Landaff cheddar on brioche; Baked Egg with sun-dried tomato, asparagus, and scallions; and Cinnamon Brioche French Toast with strawberry mascarpone.

For drinks, there are cocktails like the Cold Brew Negroni and Langham Rosé Sangria, as well as mimosas made to order with different fruits.

Saturdays & Sundays
11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Measure Lounge
400 Fifth Ave.

C-CAP President Susan Robbins, Daniel Boulud, and C-CAP Founder and Chairman Emeritus Richard Grausman. (Courtesy of C-CAP)
C-CAP President Susan Robbins, Daniel Boulud, and C-CAP Founder and Chairman Emeritus Richard Grausman. (Courtesy of C-CAP)

C-CAP Benefit Gala Honoring Chef Daniel Humm

The annual gala to benefit C-CAP (Careers through Culinary Arts Program), an organization that helps underserved youth develop culinary careers, is a grand affair. This year, the organization is honoring chef and co-owner of Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad, Daniel Humm. Forty-three top chefs from around the city will gather to cook for the evening, including Daniel Boulud, Rich Torrisi, Jonathan Waxman, Maria Loi, Fredrik Berselius, Dan Barber, Michael White, and Marcus Samuelsson. C-CAP high school students will be assisting the chefs. $550–$1,000 per person.

Wednesday, March 9
6:30 p.m.–9 p.m. (5:45 p.m. for VIP entry)
Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers
23rd Street & Hudson River

Chef Carla Hall. (Courtesy of Carla Hall)
Chef Carla Hall. (Courtesy of Carla Hall)

Benefit Tasting for Food and Finance High School

Chef Carla Hall is hosting the “Small Plates, Big Hearts” tasting to benefit the Food and Finance High School, the only public school focused on culinary arts in the city. Thirty top chefs are preparing dishes for the event, including Marc Murphy (Landmarc), Andrew Carmellini (NoHo Hospitality Group), Amanda Cohen (Dirt Candy), Esther Choi (Mokbar), and Miguel Trinidad (Jeepney). $250–$500 per person.

Monday, March 7
7 p.m.–9:30 p.m. (6 p.m. for VIP entry)
635 W. 42nd St. 

Chef Alain Ducasse (left) with chef Dominique Lory. (Pierre Monetta)
Chef Alain Ducasse (left) with chef Dominique Lory. (Pierre Monetta)

Alain Ducasse and Dominique Lory At Chefs Club

Renowned chef Alain Ducasse and his protege, Dominique Lory (who is the chef de cuisine at Ducasse’s Le Louis XV restaurant in Monaco) will be visiting the Chefs Club by Food and Wine. For two evenings, the two chefs will serve French Riviera cuisine, with dishes like Carabineros prawns; Chickpea and Crushed Purslane; and Wild Striped Bass with Fennel and Aromatic Citrus. $195 per person, an additional $150 for wine pairings.

Tuesday, Feb. 23 and Wednesday, Feb. 24
Chefs Club by Food and Wine
275 Mulberry St.

Celebrating the End of Elan

Chef David Waltuck’s new American restaurant élan, in Gramercy Park, is closing at the end of February. To say goodbye to diners, chef Waltuck is offering a special prix fixe menu through the end of the month. The 3-course menu will change daily according to the ingredients available in the market, and comes with a complimentary sparkling wine. $40 per person.

Through Monday, Feb. 29
43 E. 20th St.

Faro's Brooklyn Beer Cake. (Courtesy of Faro)
Faro’s Brooklyn Beer Cake. (Courtesy of Faro)


This seasonal American restaurant in Bushwick, Brooklyn, has a new dessert on its menu. The Brooklyn Beer Cake is made with Brooklyn Brewery Insulated Dark Lager and paired with oat ice cream, honeycomb, and streusel. 

436 Jefferson St., Brooklyn

Timna's Pistachio Creme Brûlée. (Amir Nathan)
Timna’s Pistachio Creme Brûlée. (Amir Nathan)


Modern Israeli restaurant Timna has new winter desserts on the menu. The Dolce and Kubaneh features a mini kubaneh bread filled with vanilla cream, white chocolate, and cardamom, topped with honey-sage ice cream and tonka bean foam. The Pistachio Creme Brûlée is topped with churros, clouds of cinnamon cotton candy, and medjool dates.

The restaurant also recently launched Aperitif Hour. Every Tuesday through Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., a drink and food pairing will only cost $12.

109 St. Marks Place

Beer Float from Syndicated. (Michael Tulipan)
Beer Float from Syndicated. (Michael Tulipan)


Syndicated, the restaurant and movie theater combined in one, is now serving special movie-themed food and drink pairings during happy hour, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. They include the Titanic (popcorn-fried oysters served with Rockaway Pale Ale); the Mary Poppins (house-cured fried corned beef scrumpets with Kelso Brown Ale); and the King and the Rye (peanut butter-banana sandwich with a shot of rye whiskey). 

Syndicated is also serving new desserts: Apple Bread Pudding with bourbon maple glaze and candied pecans; Chocolate Budino with butterscotch, peanut butter crumble, and caramel popcorn; and a Beer Float with Keegan Mother’s Milk Stout, chocolate ice cream, caramel sauce, and whipped cream. 

40 Bogart St., Brooklyn

Piora's Malted Peanut Bonbon. (Courtesy of Piora)
Piora’s Malted Peanut Bonbon. (Courtesy of Piora)


The Michelin-starred restaurant’s pastry chef Ryan Butler has created two new winter desserts: the Meyer Lemon Tart with yuzu, kishu mandarin, and condensed milk; and the Malted Peanut Bonbon with pretzels, chocolate, and toffee.

Piora is also launching the Lucky 7 Happy Hour every day from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., with seven cocktails priced at $7, glasses of red and white wine for $7, and draft beers for $6. Every day at 6 p.m., all bar guests will receive a complimentary bar snack. Patrons can also play a card draw: those who draw a number seven card win a free cocktail.

430 Hudson St.

Breakfast for Dinner in the Meatpacking District

Restaurants in the Meatpacking District will compete to make the most loved breakfast dish. For one evening, chefs will serve their top breakfast dishes, along with breakfast cocktails and beers, in a bid to win the People’s Choice Award decided by the public, while an expert panel referees and weighs in. Participating restaurants include Untitled, Spice Market, Serafina, Fig and Olive, Colicchio and Sons, Toro, and Doughnuttery. $55 to $75 per person.

Monday, Feb. 29
6:30 p.m.–9 p.m.
451-459 W. 14th St.

Attendees at the FoodBytes! conference in San Francisco. (FoodBytes!)
Attendees at the FoodBytes! conference in San Francisco. (FoodBytes!)

FoodBytes! Brooklyn

FoodBytes! Brooklyn is a conference series on food, innovation, and technology. The event is meant to connect businesses in the food and agribusiness sector with potential investors. This is the first FoodBytes! conference on the East Coast. Attendees will also get to vote on the People’s Choice Award for best startup company. Runners-up include Back to the Roots, Patrick’s Fine Sodas, and Tiny Farms. 

Thursday, March 3
1 p.m.–8 p.m.
The Hall at MP
470 Driggs Ave., Brooklyn

Village Voice Choice Eats

The Village Voice’s annual food extravaganza is back for its ninth year. A diverse range of cuisines will be represented by 50-plus restaurants serving up delicious eats, including Awadh, Fonda, The Handpulled Noodle, Kuma Inn, Luke’s Lobster, The Meatball Shop, Queens Comfort, Streets BK, and Veselka. Beverage pairings will be complimentary. $70 to $99 per person. 

Friday, March 11
6 p.m.–8 p.m.
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W. 18th St.

Beer and Cheese at Murray’s Cheese

Specialty shop Murray’s Cheese is hosting a beer and cheese tasting event, featuring Trappist ales brewed at monasteries. Cheeses will range from oozy to creamy. $85 per person. 

Wednesday, Feb. 24
6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.
Murray’s Cheese Shop
254 Bleecker St.
eventbrite.com (search “All About Those Monks”)

Oysters from Crave Fishbar. (Courtesy of Crave Fishbar)
Oysters from Crave Fishbar. (Courtesy of Crave Fishbar)

Billion Oyster Project Tasting and Talk

Enjoy an intimate tasting and discussion about oyster farming. Freshly shucked oysters selected and prepared by Crave Fishbar’s executive chef Todd Mitgang will be served, along with beverage pairings. Pete Malinowski of the Billion Oyster Project, which seeks to restore live oysters to the New York Harbor, and Steve Malinowski, founder of the Fishers Island Oyster Farm, will lead a discussion about oyster farming and why eating farmed shellfish is good for the marine environment. $30 per person. 

Sunday, Feb. 21
5 p.m.–6 p.m.
Crave Fishbar Upper West Side
28 Amsterdam Ave.

Stinky Cheese Festival 

The French restaurant group Tour de France is hosting its 10th annual Stinky Cheese Festival, when its restaurants will serve multicourse menus dedicated to cheese. At Marseille, there’s Veal Tongue with Alsatian Munster cheese, Pont-l’Evêque foam, and double-roasted crabapples. At Nice Matin, diners can enjoy Beer Braised Pork and Cato Corner Hooligan cheese, followed by a Blue Cheese Mille Feuille for dessert. And Pigalle will serve Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Taleggio Cheese Fondue and Reblochon Bread Pudding topped with honey ice cream for dessert.

Monday, Feb. 22–Sunday, Feb. 28
Tour de France group restaurants

Del Frisco’s Grille Polar Bear Dinner

Are you willing to dine in the cold for a good cause? Del Frisco’s is hosting a dinner outside on its patio to benefit The Salvation Army. The longer guests stay, the more money the restaurant will donate. The $75 prix-fixe menu includes warming cocktails and dishes like Cheesesteak Eggrolls, Meatloaf, and Warm Chocolate Cake.

Thursday, Feb. 25
7 p.m.
Del Frisco’s Grille
50 Rockefeller Plaza
For reservations, call 212-767-0371