Dîner en Blanc, Taste Talks Brooklyn, Vendy Awards Feast

By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
September 4, 2016 1:41 am Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm

Upcoming food and drink events in New York City:


Sake and Wagyu Tasting at Japan Society

As part of a series introducing Japanese culture, the Japan Society will present a program on the culturally rich Gifu prefecture in central Japan. Featuring about 30 different sakes produced in Gifu, a tasting reception will pair the rice wine with wagyu Hida beef, also from the region. A talk about Gifu will be followed by a traditional kabuki performance. $19 per person.

Thursday, Sept. 8
6:30 p.m.–9 p.m.
Japan Society
333 E. 47th St. (between First & Second avenues)

Taste Talks Brooklyn

The three-day symposium and food festival is back with a focus on Southern cuisine. It starts with chef Sean Brock and the team at Mission Chinese Food preparing a low country boil, featuring Southern and Chinese Sichuan flavors, served family style. The following day offers a series of panels, discussions, cooking demos, and tastings, with highlights including chef Enrique Olvera of Cosme giving a talk about chilies and mole; chef Joseph “JJ” Johnson of The Cecil and Suvir Saran of Tapestry leading a discussion on translating the heritage of traditional cuisines; José Ramírez-Ruiz of Semilla giving a veggie cooking demonstration; and in the evening, chefs David Santos (Louro), Matt Jennings (Townsman), and Lisa Giffen (Sauvage) preparing a Southern-inspired oyster and bubbly dinner. On the final day, an all-star barbecue will be prepared by top chefs like Jean-Paul Bourgeois (Blue Smoke), Sohui Kim (Insa), Matthew Hyland (Emily & Emmy Squared), Phillip Gilmour (Momo Sushi Shack), and more. $49 to $495 per person.

Friday, Sept. 9–Sunday, Sept. 11
Participating locations
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Hong Kong Street Cart's bubble teas. (Erin Kestenbaum)
Hong Kong Street Cart’s bubble teas. (Erin Kestenbaum)

Mad. Sq. Eats 

The 2016 Mad. Sq. Eats fall market will return to Worth Square outside of Madison Square Park. This season, favorite vendors like Melt Bakery (ice cream sandwiches), Roberta’s (pizza), and The Cannibal (meat-heavy dishes) are back, while Amali Mou (Greek cuisine) and Mr. Bing (Chinese-style pancakes) are setting up shop for the first time, joining the more than 20 vendors open daily.

Saturday, Sept. 10–Friday, Oct. 7
11 a.m.–9 p.m.
Worth Square
Fifth Avenue (between 25th & 26th Streets)

Pig Island

More than 20 New York chefs are cooking up their specialty pork dishes, with meat sourced from local farms. Featured chefs and restaurants will include Roxanne Spruance (Kingsley), Michael Jenkins (Butter), Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue, The Piggery, Hudson & Charles, and Ends Meat. Craft beer, cider, New York wine, whiskey, and mezcal will be served. $85 per person. 

Saturday, Sept. 10
11:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Erie Basin Park
1 Beard St., Brooklyn

Dîner en Blanc 

The all-white dinner party held in 70 cities worldwide is back in New York. Guests bring their own picnic fare (or order a curated dinner by chef Todd English) as well as bring their own tables, chairs, tableware, and table decor. The grand event is expected to draw about 5,000 New Yorkers. 

Thursday, Sept. 15
Undisclosed location 

2016 Vendy Awards

The Vendys recognize the best of the city’s street food, as voted by food experts and the public. Serving their signature dishes at the event will be award finalists like Harlem Seafood Soul, Puran Dhaka (Bengali cuisine), Sisig City (Filipino cuisine), Raindrop Cake (see-through “water” cakes), and Delmy’s Obleas (caramel-filled South American wafers). This year, a new vegan category includes contenders such as Bamboo Bites (Southeast Asian), Jerk Shack (Caribbean), and Yeah Dawg (American comfort food). $100 to $145 per person.

Saturday, Sept. 17
12:30 p.m.–5 p.m.
Governors Island


This festival on Hoboken’s waterfront not only showcases oysters from Long Island and the Pacific Coast, but also features a lineup of popular musicians, including Icona Pop, Plain White T’s, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and Wyclef Jean. A full bar and craft beers will be available to attendees. $53.75 to $100 per person. 

Saturday, Sept. 17
Noon–10 p.m.
Pier A
100 Sinatra Drive
Hoboken, N.J.

Chef Massimo Bottura (L) at Osteria Francescana. (Courtesy of Identita Golose)
Chef Massimo Bottura (L) at Osteria Francescana. (Courtesy of Identita Golose)

Identita New York at Eataly

The international chefs forum Identita Golose will bring top Italian chefs to host master classes at La Scuola Grande, Eataly’s cooking school. Chefs Franco Pepe, Lidia Bastianich, Massimo Bottura, and Matthew Kenney will be among the instructors. The event culminates in a multicourse, dine-around dinner that will move from restaurant to restaurant within Eataly showcasing dishes from six top chefs. $125 per master class, $190 for dine-around dinner.

Tuesday, Oct. 4–Thursday, Oct. 6
200 Fifth Ave. (between West 23rd & West 24th streets)

Meen Polichattu, cod roasted in banana leaves and served with green masala. (Courtesy of Kokum)
Meen Polichattu, cod roasted in banana leaves and served with green masala. (Courtesy of Kokum)

Southern Indian Menu at Kokum

Chef Hemant Mathur is serving a new menu of unique dishes from four regions of southern India: Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, and Andhra. Some of the offerings include Chicken Kothumalli, with coconut and fresh coriander; Meen Polichattu, cod roasted in banana leaves and served with green masala; and Kori Gassi, a spicy coconut chicken curry. For lunch, Kokum has launched a new selection of thali platters, with a choice of curry served with rice, lentils, side dishes, and dessert.

106 Lexington Ave. (between East 27th & East 28th streets)

Five and Dime Happy Hour at Bubby’s

Bubby’s is launching a new weekday happy hour menu featuring food and drinks priced at $5.10—an homage to the five and dime stores of yore. Some new items on the menu are Jerk Chicken; the Five and Ten Burger with Velveeta cheese, housemade sauce, and pickles; and the Spiritual Punch, with spirits, lemon, spice, and sparkling wine. 

4 p.m.–7 p.m.
120 Hudson St. (at North Moore Street)
73 Gansevoort St. (at Washington Street)

Flinders Lane's kangaroo dish. (Courtesy of Flinders Lane)
Flinders Lane’s kangaroo dish. (Courtesy of Flinders Lane)

Kangaroo Loin at Flinders Lane

Australian restaurant Flinders Lane’s kangaroo loin has returned to the dinner menu after a brief hiatus this year. Chef Chris Rendell serves it with beets, chickpea falafel, lemon myrtle yogurt, pickled red onion, and a parsley salad. $32.

Flinders Lane
162 Avenue A (between East 10th & East 11th streets)

Summer Roll. (Courtesy of David Burke Fabrick)
Summer Roll. (Courtesy of David Burke Fabrick)

Late Summer Menu at David Burke Fabrick 

Enjoy the fresh produce of late summer at David Burke Fabrick. Executive chef Michael Franey’s creations include the Chilled Cherry Gazpacho with Bing cherries, lobster, salsa verde, and Spanish olive oil; the Union Square Greenmarket Salad with grilled corn, asparagus, cherry tomato, cucumber, arugula, radicchio, frisee, and dill vinaigrette; and the Summer Roll with crab, sorrel, watercress, popcorn shoots, mango, carrot, and cayenne vinaigrette.

David Burke Fabrick at the Archer Hotel
47 W. 38th St. (between Fifth & Sixth avenues)