Great Beer Expo, Swiss Pork Fest, and Brooklyn Botanical Garden Japanese Dinner

By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
January 7, 2016 7:13 pm Last Updated: January 7, 2016 7:13 pm

Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken Sandwich of the Month

Fried chicken eatery Blue Ribbon is starting 2016 with a special, more health-conscious sandwich, The Resolution, with grilled chicken, shredded kale, pickled cucumbers, green bell peppers, avocado, and house vinaigrette. Each month, Blue Ribbon will add a special sandwich of the month to its menu. $8.50 for one. 

Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken
28 E. First St.

Maple Delivers To Midtown

Maple, the food delivery app that boasts chef David Chang as its culinary chief officer, is now expanding to deliver in midtown, from 42nd Street to 14th Street, between Eighth Avenue and Park Avenue. The company’s kitchen is run by executive chef Soa Davies, previously of Le Bernardin. Maple offers three dishes during both lunch and dinner service, with a menu that changes daily. The company now also sells a housemade green juice and desserts by pastry chef Christina Tosi (of Momofuku Milk Bar).

delivery available now 

KOA's Soy Milk Dan Dan Ramen. (Courtesy of KOA)
KOA’s Soy Milk Dan Dan Ramen. (Courtesy of KOA)

KOA Ramen Tasting Menu

Chinese-Japanese fusion restaurant KOA is offering a new tasting menu to let diners sample multiple bowls of their most popular ramen. Choose among three ($24), four ($30), or five ($35) two-ounce noodle servings of Soy Milk Dan Dan Ramen with ground beef and iceberg lettuce in soy milk broth; Black Sesame Ramen with spicy ground beef, Chinese radish pickles, black sesame paste, and dry shrimp in broth; Classic Chashu Ramen with sliced pork belly, scallions, and soy-pickled bamboo shoots in soy sauce broth; Spicy Dan Dan Ramen with ground beef in soy sauce broth; and Ginger Ramen with crab-and-pork meatballs and scallions in ginger broth.

12 W. 21st St.

Japanese Winter Feast at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden

A multicourse dinner by Chef Yuhi Fujinaga (from The Sea Grill at Rockefeller Center) will be served in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden’s Japanese garden. During cocktail hour, enjoy hors d’oeuvres like Boneless Chicken Wing Yakitori with spicy garlic soy sauce and Monkfish Terrine with tosazu gelée. Three courses, themed The Land and The Sea, Snowy Marriage, and Savory Winter, will include Wagyu Steak with maitake mushrooms, shishito pepper, wasabi, and smoked soy; and Mirugai Clams, Amaebi Sweet Shrimp, Uni, Nantucket Bay Scallops, Peekytoe Crabs with seasonal vegetables, tosazu gelée, and trout roe dressing. $150 per person.

Thursday, Jan. 21
6 p.m.
Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium
Brooklyn Botanical Garden
990 Washington Ave., Brooklyn

Cover of Adam Ford's book,
Cover of Adam Ford’s book, “Vermouth: The Revival of the Spirit That Created America’s Cocktail Culture.” (Courtesy of Culinary Historians of New York)

Vermouth: The Spirit That Started It All

Join book author and producer of Atsby Vermouth, Adam Ford, for a discussion on the history of vermouth and cocktail culture in New York City. Ford recently published a book on vermouth production in America, “Vermouth: The Revival of the Spirit That Created America’s Cocktail Culture.” Snacks and cocktails will be served. $40.

Thursday, Jan. 21
6:30 p.m.
Park Avenue Methodist Church
106 E. 86th St.

Sausages served at the Metzgete dinner. (Courtesy of Trestle on Tenth)
Sausages served at the Metzgete dinner. (Courtesy of Trestle on Tenth)

Metzgete at Trestle on Tenth

Swiss restaurant Trestle on Tenth is serving its annual traditional pork dinner, “Metzgete,” which translates as butcher’s affair. The nose-to-tail feast includes Pork Belly, Pork Terrine, Housemade Bratwurst, Liver Sausage, Head Cheese, and Charcuterie, served alongside housemade sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, mustard, and applesauce. You can pair the meal with Chasselas, a Swiss white wine, or artisanal Swiss beer.

Thursday, Jan. 14–Saturday, Jan. 23
Trestle on Tenth
242 10th Ave.

History of the Jewish Deli With Ted Merwin

Ted Merwin, religion professor and author of “Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli,” will be at the 92Y to chart the rise and fall of the Jewish deli in New York City, from its beginnings on the Lower East Side, to contemporary Jewish-Americans who are reinventing the tradition. Pastrami, corned beef, and other goods from the 2nd Avenue Deli will be served. $25 per person.

Thursday, Jan. 21
1395 Lexington Ave.

The Duck Confit Hash. (Courtesy of élan)
The Duck Confit Hash. (Courtesy of élan)

Elan Brunch Salon

New American restaurant élan is hosting renowned pianist Craig Rutenberg for a music-filled brunch. Rutenberg will be performing music from early 20th century American composer Virgil Thomson, as diners enjoy a two-course brunch. Dishes include Fluffy Pancakes with crème fraîche and spiced bourbon maple syrup, Smoked Salmon Croque Monsieur, and Duck Confit Hash with sunny side-up egg and duck fat béarnaise. Unlimited cocktails are included, for $38 per person. Reserve by calling (646) 682-7105.

Sunday, Jan. 17
11:30 a.m.
43 E. 20th St.

Attendees at the previous Brew for Autism event. (Courtesy of Brew For Autism)
Attendees at the previous Brew for Autism event. (Courtesy of Brew For Autism)

Brew for Autism

Enjoy good food and beer to support Autism Speaks, an organization that conducts research on autism spectrum disorders. Attendees will get to sample craft beers, as well as beers, ciders, and meads from local home brewers. There will also be a raffle drawing for prizes. $55 per person.

Saturday, Jan. 30
1 p.m.–5 p.m.
Snug Harbor
Great Hall
1000 Richmond Terrace

Hoboken Mutz Fest

The best mozzarella makers in Hoboken, New Jersey, will face off in the annual Mutz Fest. Contenders include M&P Biancamano, Vito’s Italian Deli, and Losurdo Bros Deli, which will vie for the titles of People’s Choice, Critics’ Choice, and Kid’s Choice for Best Mutz.

Sunday, Jan. 31
2 p.m.–6 p.m.
Hoboken Elks Club
1005 Washington St., Hoboken, N.J.

Great Beer Expo

More than 80 breweries from around the world will convene at the Great Beer Expo right across the river in Secaucus, New Jersey. Attendees will get to sample from any exhibiting brewery, with food available for purchase throughout the day. There will also be beer seminars for attendees to learn more about brewing. $45 per person.

Saturday, Feb. 6
Session 1: 12:30 p.m.–4 p.m.
Session 2: 5:30 p.m.–9 p.m.
Meadowlands Exposition Center
355 Plaza Drive, Secaucus, N.J.