Holiday Spirits Bazaar, Chefs for Impact, and Thanksgiving Specials

By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
November 12, 2015 1:13 pm Last Updated: November 13, 2015 5:53 pm

Earl Grey Tea Party at Raaka

Artisanal chocolate makers Raaka Chocolate have collaborated with Brooklyn bakery One Girl Cookies to create Earl Grey-flavored goodies. Join them for a tea party to sample Vanilla Pound Cake with Earl Grey Chocolate, Earl Grey Chocolate Bars, and Earl Grey pound cakes and truffles. Tea and other libations will be provided.

Sunday, Nov. 15
12 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
Raaka Chocolate Factory
64 Seabring St., Brooklyn, N.Y.
Tickets: $15

Thanksgiving Workshop at ICE

If the idea of cooking a Thanksgiving dinner gives you a panic attack, then consider taking a Thanksgiving workshop at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE). Chef Loren Banco will teach you how to cook a traditional Thanksgiving dinner from scratch, including dishes like Roast Turkey with Bread Stuffing, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Candied Yams, and Pumpkin Bread Pudding.

Sunday, Nov. 15
6 p.m.–10:30 p.m.
Institute of Culinary Education
Brookfield Place
225 Liberty St., New York, N.Y.
Tuition: $115

The rotunda at the American Museum of Natural History. (Courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History)
The rotunda at the American Museum of Natural History. (Courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History)

A Natural History of Wine

If you’re a wine lover with a penchant for history, this is the event for you. American Museum of Natural History curator emeritus Ian Tattersall and curator Rob DeSalle will give a talk on the evolution of wine in human history, drawing from their respective fields of paleoanthropology and molecular biology. Attendees will get to sip on wine as the experts lecture and purchase signed copies of their book, “A Natural History of Wine.”

Tuesday, Nov. 17
6:30 p.m.
American Museum of Natural History
Kaufmann Theater
Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, N.Y.
Tickets: $25; $20 for museum members; $18.50 for students and seniors

Wine and Gourmet Chocolate Pairing

Stefani Jackenthal, wine journalist and author of the travel guide “Wanderlust Wining!” will teach a session at 92Y on how to pair fine wine with gourmet chocolate. In addition to answering all questions related to pairing, she will also instruct on how to properly taste wine and chocolate on their own. Both delectables will be provided at the event.

Wednesday, Nov. 18
7 p.m.
1395 Lexington Ave., New York, N.Y.
Tickets: $45

Egg Ravioli by chef David Burke. (Courtesy of ESquared Hospitality)
Egg Ravioli by chef David Burke. (Courtesy of ESquared Hospitality)

Chef David Burke Pop-Up at Casa Nonna

Restaurateur and celebrity chef David Burke will be guest chef at the Midtown Italian restaurant Casa Nonna on Wednesday, Nov. 18, serving up a dinner featuring black and white truffles in each course. For hors d’oeuvres, there’s white pizza with black truffle and a Crab and Zucchini Fritter with a truffle aioli. The five-course meal includes dishes like Yellowtail Crudo with a black truffle vinaigrette and shaved black truffles, veal cheek and tenderloin with white truffle risotto and shaved white truffles, and Butterscotch Panna Cotta with black truffle cocoa jelly and white truffle meringue. Each course is also paired with a cocktail or wine.

Wednesday, Nov. 18
6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Casa Nonna
310 W. 38th St., New York, N.Y.
$145 per person
Call 212-736-3000 for reservations

Dishes served at last year's Chefs for Impact dinner. (Kristyn Ulanday)
Dishes served at last year’s Chefs for Impact dinner. (Kristyn Ulanday)

Chefs for Impact

Six chefs will come together for a charity dinner that will benefit Impact Network, a nonprofit that brings technology education to rural Africa. Participating chefs include Eric McCarthy of upscale Indian restaurant Tulsi; Eric Simeon, executive chef at the Executive Dining Room at Citigroup; and Rhonda Crosson, who will be head baker for the Danish bakery Meyer’s Bageri when it opens in New York City next year.

Thursday, Nov. 19
6 p.m.
Angel Orensanz Foundation
172 Norfolk St., New York, N.Y.
Tickets: $225

Holiday Spirits Bazaar

Get a boozy start to the holidays at the Sixth Annual Holiday Spirits Bazaar, where New York City bartenders will compete in a Punch-Off to make the best cocktails and punches, while attendees sample their creations. To keep you satiated, there will be artisanal breads from Scratchbread, gourmet cheeses from Stinky Bklyn, and oysters from Eddie Oysters. This year’s bazaar is hosted by event planner and cocktail writer The Dizzy Fizz. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Children’s Aid Society.

Thursday, Nov. 19
7 p.m.–10 p.m.
Bowery Hotel
335 Bowery, New York, N.Y.
Tickets: $65

Attendees at last year's New York City Autumn Wine Festival. (Tim Balsamo)
Attendees at last year’s New York City Autumn Wine Festival. (Tim Balsamo)

New York City Autumn Wine Festival

New York City Wine Events has put together a festival where people can taste international vintages and an assortment of New York State wines, all in one place. More than 175 wines from countries around the world will be available, including France, Italy, South Africa, New Zealand, Japan, and Germany. Local wineries include Brotherhood Winery, Standing Stone Vineyards, and Lakeland Winery.

Hors d’oeuvres will be provided, along with live jazz music by trumpeter Aaron K. Hamilton.

Saturday, Nov. 21
Afternoon session: 3 p.m.–6 p.m.
Evening session: 8 p.m.–11 p.m.
Broad Street Ballroom
41 Broad St., New York, N.Y.
Tickets: $99

Mediterranean Branzino and Dorade Festival

Entreprise Greece, which promotes business and investment in the country, is organizing a two-week-long festival to highlight two farmed fish species that enjoy great popularity in the Mediterranean: the “branzino” (Mediterranean sea bass) and “dorade” (as known as silver snapper).

At a private media dinner held in Williamsburg on Thursday, Oct. 29, chef Michael Psilakis of MP Taverna served a seven-course meal featuring both fish, cooked using different techniques: poached, pickled, grilled, fried, battered, braised, and served raw. Both fish proved versatile; whether served lightly poached in a dill-speckled consommé, or fried in batter and paired with rich sheep milk ricotta and sweet tomatoes, they were light and clean tasting.

Aside from MP Taverna, several restaurants across the city will also feature the branzino or the dorade on their menus, including Mayfield, serving branzino crudo and salt-baked dorade; Bara, offering dorade with curried cauliflower and labneh; and LoLo’s Seafood Shack, which is serving wok-seared branzino with red pepper “escabeche” and a crispy dorade with coconut curry orzo. Other restaurants include Kefi, Fishtag, and Kellari Taverna.

Through Sunday, Nov. 22
Various locations

Del Posto in Chelsea, Manhattan. (Courtesy of Del Posto)
Del Posto in Chelsea, Manhattan. (Courtesy of Del Posto)

Del Posto’s La Festa del Tartufo

Chef Mark Lardner pays homage to white truffles in the last event in a series this year celebrating Del Posto’s 10th anniversary. The Festa del Tartufo will feature the treasured white truffles from the Piedmont area of Italy. Every course, from Soft-Poached Egg With Chicories to White Lasagne, will be finished with shavings of white truffles.

Wines, curated by wine director Michael Greeson, will include a new release from Angelo Gaja (Gaja Rossj-Bass 2014), as well as a 2007 Barolo from Bartolo Mascarello and a 1964 vintage by Giuseppe Mascarello.

“Truffle availability was very scarce at the beginning of the season due to inclement weather and lack of rainfall in northern and central Italy,” said Matt Abdoo, chef de cuisine. “But there’s been a significant turnaround over the last week, increasing the quality of the product and lowering its market rate. We’re taking full advantage.”

Thursday, Nov. 20
7 p.m.
Del Posto
85 10th Ave., New York, N.Y.
$995 per person

Executive Chef Jonathan Wu prepares scallops wontons at the Fung Tu kitchen, in February, 2015. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Executive Chef Jonathan Wu prepares scallops wontons at the Fung Tu kitchen, in February, 2015. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Fung Tu’s Second Anniversary Tasting Menu

Fung Tu, the Lower East Side restaurant serving up updated Chinese-American fare, is celebrating its second anniversary with a special menu of new dishes and old favorites. Executive chef Jonathan Wu will present a tasting menu of five courses, an amuse bouche, and dessert, including: Foie Gras Mousse on You Tiao Bread and Bitter Melon, Scallop Wontons with Truffle Dashi and Shaved Perigord Truffles, and Moon Cake with Chestnuts, Lemon and Luxardo Cherries.

Tuesday, Nov. 17 to Saturday, Nov. 21
Fung Tu
22 Orchard St., New York, N.Y.
$95 per person, additional $45 for wine pairings


Thanksgiving Specials


Nerai's roast turkey with turkey stuffing moussaka. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Nerai’s roast turkey with turkey stuffing moussaka. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)


Upscale Greek restaurant Nerai is offering a multicourse Greek-influenced Thanksgiving menu, including small plates like grilled octopus and spinach pies to enjoy before an entree choice of roast turkey served with turkey stuffing moussaka, mushroom risotto with kefalograviera cheese, king salmon, grilled whole sea bass, or lamb chops. Alongside pumpkin pie with candied pecans, there will be Greek desserts like Kataifi Ekmek, a type of bread pudding with honey and pistachios.

Thursday, Nov. 26, 2 p.m.–8 p.m.
55 E. 54th St., New York, N.Y.
$75 per person, $30 for children under 12

Del Frisco Grille's Sweet Potato Casserole. (Courtesy of Del Frisco Grille)
Del Frisco Grille’s Sweet Potato Casserole. (Courtesy of Del Frisco Grille)

Del Frisco’s

American restaurant Del Frisco’s will be open on Thanksgiving to serve a classic holiday dinner. Both the Grille and Double Eagle Steak House locations will serve autumnal dishes like Butternut Squash Bisque, Slow-Roasted Turkey, Sweet Potato Casserole, and Pecan Pie.

Thursday, Nov. 26
Noon–9 p.m.
Del Frisco’s Grille Rock Center
50 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, N.Y.
$70 per person

12 p.m.–9 p.m.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York, N.Y.
$95 per person

Black Tree Bk

If you’re hoping to gather for a Thanksgiving meal with friends before or after the big day, new American restaurant Black Tree Bk is serving a large-format dinner from Nov. 20 to Dec. 1, featuring locally raised turkey or goose alongside other traditional holiday dishes like Housemade Stuffing, Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts, and Pumpkin Pie. On the actual holiday, the Thanksgiving dishes will be served buffet style.

Friday, Nov. 20–Tuesday, Dec. 1
Black Tree Bk
261 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y.
$61 turkey dinner, $67 goose dinner for group of 8–12; $30 Thanksgiving Day buffet

Sautéed Autumn Flounder from Market Table. (Andrea Kang)
Sautéed Autumn Flounder from Market Table. (Andrea Kang)

Market Table

Market Table in the West Village promises a Thanksgiving menu that will please traditionalists and nontraditionalists alike. For the classic dishes, there’s Pumpkin Soup with cranberry relish, Turkey with cornbread dressing, Confit Leg, and giblet gravy, Brussels Sprouts with apples and squash, and Grammy’s Apple Cake with sour cream ice cream.

On the new-school side, there’s Maine Lobster Risotto, Sautéed Autumn Flounder with gingered butternut purée, Braised American Lamb Neck with eggplant, and Flourless Chocolate Cake with Turkish coffee gelato.

Thursday, Nov. 26
Market Table
54 Carmine St., New York, N.Y.
$90 for adults, $25 for children

Grandma Daisy's Buttermilk Angel Biscuits from Root & Bone. (Courtesy of Root & Bone)
Grandma Daisy’s Buttermilk Angel Biscuits from Root & Bone. (Courtesy of Root & Bone)

Root & Bone

American Southern restaurant Root & Bone promises a hearty Thanksgiving menu, with Crispy Fried Turkey Breast, Gooey Corn Spoon Bread with aged cheddar, Grandma Daisy’s Buttermilk Angel Biscuits, Apple Pie with rosemary crumble, and more.

If you’d prefer to eat all this in the comfort of your own home, the restaurant is offering the menu to-go, with more dishes available a la carte. Orders must be placed by Sunday, Nov. 22.

Thursday, Nov. 26
Root & Bone
200 E. Third St., New York, N.Y.

Thanksgiving spread with Whole Pit-Smoked Turkey from Hill Country Barbecue Market. (Courtesy of Hill Country Barbecue Market)
Thanksgiving spread with Whole Pit-Smoked Turkey from Hill Country Barbecue Market. (Courtesy of Hill Country Barbecue Market)

Hill Country Barbecue Market

The barbecue masters at Hill Country are offering both dine-in and takeout Thanksgiving meals. The takeout feast, available to order by Nov. 20, will include Whole Pit-Smoked Turkey, Texas Toast Stuffing, Skillet Cornbread, Green Bean Casserole, and Caramel Apple Streusel. The dine-in prix fixe menu will include Pit-Smoked Turkey with Pan Gravy, Sweet Potato Bourbon Mash, Beef Brisket, and signature pies for dessert.

Thursday, Nov. 26
11:30 a.m.–7 p.m.
Hill Country Barbecue Market
345 Adams St., Brooklyn, N.Y.
30 W. 26th St., New York, N.Y.
$210 for take-out, serving 5-8; $300 for take-out, serving 9-12
$45 for adults dine-in; $25 for children