James Beard Sunday Supper, 2016 Coffee and Tea Festival, Brisket King

By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
March 4, 2016 6:48 pm Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm

March 7–20: Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 

This year is the 10th anniversary of Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, when diners can enjoy three-course meals at discounted prices, at more than 200 restaurants. The eateries range from New American to Mediterranean, with over 70 that have been Zagat-rated. Many are also close to Metro-North train stations, making for an easy weekend getaway. $20.95 for lunch, $29.95 for dinner.

Monday, March 7–Sunday, March 20
Participating restaurants

Nicky's meatballs. (Courtesy of Polpette)
Nicky’s meatballs. (Courtesy of Polpette)

March 9: National Meatball Day at ‘Nicky Meatballs’ Restaurants

The Upper West Side restauranteur Nick ‘Nicky Meatballs’ Mormando is celebrating National Meatball Day (March 9) with special deals at his restaurants, Polpette and Bello Giardino. All dishes featuring Mormando’s award-winning meatballs will be half price. Wines will also be offered at half price.  

Wednesday, March 9
483 Amsterdam Ave.
Bello Giardino

71 W. 71st St.

March 10: New Zealand Wine Fair 2016

Wine lovers will get to sample wines from over 30 different producers in New Zealand. Savory bites will be provided by Bodega Negra, Kingsley, Tom Cat Bakery, and other local restaurants, with dishes like Pork Belly Tacos with Salsa Verde Cruda and Poached Farm Egg with Parmesan Consommé, Spring Onions, Mustard, and Black Pepper.

The tasting event is hosted by James Beard Foundation Greens.


Thursday, March 10 
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Metropolitan Pavilion
123 West 18th St.

March 12: FarePlate: Celebration of Irish Food and Drink

At this tasting event celebrating the food and drink of the Emerald Isle, attendees will get to sample dishes and beverages made with Irish products, such as Coole Swan Irish Cream Liqueur, Teeling Whiskey, Ballymaloe Relish, OhArtagáin Handcrafted (artisanal soda bread), and Kerrygold (butter and cheese). Food writer Imen McDonnell will also talk about her new cookbook of Irish recipes, “The Farmette Cookbook.” $40 to $90 per person.

Saturday, March 12
4 p.m.–8 p.m.
Refinery Rooftop
63 W. 38th St.

March 12: Explorers Club Annual Dinner

The Explorers Club is made up of experts who explore land, sea, air, and space for scientific research. Join the adventurers for their annual dinner, featuring invasive sea creatures and sustainable insect hors d’oeuvres. $295 to $2,500 per person.

Saturday, March 12
Waldorf Astoria Ballroom
301 Park Ave.

March 13: Just Food Conference 2016

The annual Just Food Conference on food policy and agriculture is back. Just Food is a nonprofit that seeks to increase access to healthy, locally grown food in underserved neighborhoods. This year, it has gathered over 800 community organizers, advocates, and farmers together to host workshops and discuss local and national food policy issues. The keynote speakers are six farmers from the Rise & Root cooperative farm in Orange County, New York.

Sunday, March 13
9 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Teachers College at Columbia University
525 W. 120th St.

Chefs Markus Glocker, Daniel Boulud, Gabriel Kreuther, and Jacques Chibois. (Konrad Brattke)
Chefs Markus Glocker, Daniel Boulud, Gabriel Kreuther, and Jacques Chibois. (Konrad Brattke)

March 13: Daniel Boulud’s Benefit Supper for Citymeals on Wheels

Chef Daniel Boulud is hosting Sunday supper at his Michelin-starred restaurant, Daniel, to benefit Citymeals On Wheels. The nonprofit’s mission is to provide meals to homebound elderly throughout New York City. This year, the theme is Black Tie and Blue Jeans, so attendees are encouraged to wear the quirky combination. 

Dinner will be paired with wines selected by Raj Vaidya, head sommelier at Daniel, and Daniel Johnnes, wine director for Dinex Group, Boulud’s restaurant group. $1,500 per person ($3,000 for VIP tickets).

Sunday, March 13
5:30 p.m. for cocktail reception, 6:30 p.m. for dinner
60 E. 65th St.
For tickets, email events@citymeals.org

(Daniel Krieger)
(Daniel Krieger)

March 16: Brisket King 2016

Local meat-loving chefs will go head to head in this annual festival to determine who makes the best brisket. Over 20 chefs, restaurants, and butchers will participate this year, including Jake Dickson of Dickson’s Farmstand Meats, Hill Country Barbecue, Marlow and Daughters, The Cannibal, and Robert Austin Cho of Kimchi Smoke.  

Tickets include all you can eat and drink (craft beer, wine, and spirits). $90 per person.

Wednesday, March 16
6 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Sanders Studio
525 Waverly Ave., Brooklyn

Last year's Coffee and Tea Festival. (Joshua Kraemer)
Last year’s Coffee and Tea Festival. (Joshua Kraemer)

March 19 and 20: 11th Annual Coffee and Tea Festival 

Over 60 exhibitors from around the world will present their unique and award-winning coffees and teas at the Coffee and Tea Festival. The two-day festival also includes seminars on all things concerning brewing coffee and tea, and the Latte Art Throwdown. Sweet and savory bites are available to pair with the beverages. $10 to $35 per person.

Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday, March 20, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Brooklyn EXPO Center
72 Noble St., Brooklyn

March 20: Sunday Supper at Chelsea Market

For the annual Friends of James Beard benefit dinner, chefs behind some of the city’s most popular eateries will come together to cook a family-style feast. Participating chefs include Eijiro Kaga of Morimoto, Amy Scherber of Amy’s Bread, Jessi Singh of Babu Ji, Eli Kulp of High Street on Hudson, Sarabeth Levine of Sarabeth’s, and Ryan Bartlow of Quality Eats. Proceeds go to the James Beard Foundation and the Jamestown Charitable Foundation. $240 per person.

Sunday, March 20
5 p.m.
75 Ninth Ave.

Mother of Pearl's Green Mango Poke. (Courtesy of Mother of Pearl)
Mother of Pearl’s Green Mango Poke. (Courtesy of Mother of Pearl)

Mother of Pearl Goes Vegan

This East Village tiki bar and restaurant is now serving an all-vegan menu. Owner Ravi DeRossi is a lifelong animal lover and plans to eventually convert some of his restaurants to vegan venues. At Mother of Pearl, executive chef Daphne Cheng is serving Polynesian-inspired dishes like Green Mango Poke with tomato, jicama, crispy rice, and macadamia; Rum Fried Rice with dragon fruit, orange edamame, and pineapple rum; and Lychee Potstickers with black vinegar sauce and Thai basil. 

Mother of Pearl
95 Avenue A

Costata’s Delivery-Only Kitchen

Chef Michael White’s Italian steakhouse Costata closed in December, but has been revived as a delivery-only kitchen. Through the Caviar app, hungry New Yorkers can order Costata’s popular dishes like the Garganelli with pasta quills, cream, radicchio, truffle butter, and prosciutto; and the Costata for two—a dry-aged, 40-ounce tomahawk rib-eye served with bordelaise, horseradish sauce, and truffle butter.


The Geera Pork Hash from Pearl's. (Courtesy of Pearl's)
The Geera Pork Hash from Pearl’s. (Courtesy of Pearl’s)

Pearl’s Brunch Menu

Pearl’s, the Caribbean restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is now serving brunch. In keeping with the cuisine, the menu features seafood and tropical fruits, with options like Eggs Benedict on butter bread with crab cake, sea urchin hollandaise, and Caribbean hash; French Toast with caramelized bananas, guava, and mango maple syrup; and Jerk Shrimp Frittata. 

178 N. Eighth St., Brooklyn

(Courtesy of Sweet Chick)
(Courtesy of Sweet Chick)

Nashville Hot Chicken at Sweet Chick

Southern comfort food restaurant Sweet Chick is now serving a new Nashville specialty—spicy fried chicken. The hot chicken, served with milk jam waffles, is available for lunch and dinner.

178 Ludlow St.
164 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn

Il Tonic di Primavera with gin, tonic, and hibiscus simple syrup. (Courtesy of L'Amico)
Il Tonic di Primavera with gin, tonic, and hibiscus simple syrup. (Courtesy of L’Amico)

The Craftsman Series at L’Amico 

L’Amico, the Italian restaurant by chef Laurent Tourondel, is hosting a biweekly series of tasting events with the people behind artisanal food and drink. Tourondel will serve savory bites to pair with different craft beverages. Founder of Black Hog Brewing Co. Tom Sobocinski and Mystic Cheese Co.’s Jason Sobocinski will be featured on Monday, March 14. $15 per person.

Mondays, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.
Hidden Bar at L’Amico (enter the restaurant to access)
849 Avenue of the Americas