Let Us Eat Local, Alba White Truffle Festival, Eureka x Kava

October 9, 2016 2:59 pm Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm

OddFellows Passport Program 

(Courtesy of OddFellows)
(Courtesy of OddFellows)

Both OddFellows Ice Cream Co. locations are featuring unique flavors through a new passport program. Each month, ice cream lovers can fill their OddFellows passport with stamps from a different continent to win prizes.

The tour begins this month with a collaboration with Babu Ji that features an “oddpocket” sandwich made with Saffron and Cardamon Kulfi ice cream, Punjabi biscuit, rose jam, and pistachios in a toasted brioche bun. In addition, chef Sam Mason has created complementary treats from across Asia, with flavors such as Vietnamese coffee cake, duck sausage, jackfruit sorbet, and salted coconut sticky rice; and toppings like puffed wild rice, fortune cookie crunch, rice pearls, nori caramel, and ginger caramel. Specialty items include sake ice pops, Vietnamese coffee milkshakes, ice cream floats with Indian sodas including Thums Up Cola or Limca, and more.

Prizes range from a free scoop and an OddFellows t-shirt (for 2 stamps from each continent) to an all-you-can-eat, BYOB ice cream party at OddFellows for 25 friends (for 8 stamps from each continent). Those who earn 60 stamps between October and February can earn a t-shirt, a $50 gift card, an all-you-can-eat party, and entry into a lottery for a free lifetime supply of OddFellows ice cream.

Through February 2017
OddFellows Ice Cream Co.
75 E. Fourth St. (between Bowery & Second Avenue), East Village
175 Kent Ave. (between North Third & North Fourth streets), Williamsburg, Brooklyn 

Food Film Festival

The 10th annual Food Film Festival will screen independent food films, accompanied by dishes featured in the films. Opening night will showcase the best food films from the past decade, with bites from Dirt Candy, The Brooklyn Star, Max & Mina’s Ice Cream, and Finissimo Mandorlato from Italy. The festival benefits the Billion Oyster Project and other nonprofits. $75 to $125 per event.

Thursday, Oct. 20–Saturday, Oct. 23
AMC Empire 25
234 W. 42nd St. (between Seventh & Eighth avenues), Midtown

Canal Street Market

Canal Street Market, a 12,000-square-foot multivendor space, is opening its retail side on Nov. 3 with over 27 artists and brands. Shortly after, a curated food hall is set to open with vendors like Davey’s Ice Cream; Boba Guys, a milk tea bar; Joy Luck Dim Sum; Yori Nori, a Korean concept from the owners of Korilla and Mokbar; and Dessert Lab, which invites New York City-based chefs to host new dessert concepts.

265 Canal St. (between Lafayette Street & Broadway)

Let Us Eat Local

(Dave Katz)
(Dave Katz)

The tasting benefit Let Us Eat Local will bring together more than 40 chefs and leaders of the farm-to-table movement, in support of Just Food. The nonprofit organization runs over 200 projects, such as community-supported agriculture groups, farmers markets, and farm-to-food pantry initiatives in New York City, and also works to empower community leaders to change the food system. Participants include Blue Hill, Gramercy Tavern, Nourish Kitchen + Table, Riverpark, and Rouge Tomate Chelsea, among others. $225 per person. 

Tuesday, Nov. 1
7:30 p.m.–10 p.m.
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W. 18th St. (between Sixth & Seventh avenues)


To find and taste a variety of whiskeys all in one room—from single malt and blended scotch to bourbon and rye—head over to the 19th annual WhiskyFest. More than 350 whiskeys will be represented, with staff from the distilleries on hand to answer questions. $275 per person

Tuesday, Nov. 1
6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
New York Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway (between 45th & 46th streets)

Benefit for Change for Kids 

(Courtesy of Change for Kids)
(Courtesy of Change for Kids)

The fourth annual Super Chefs event benefits Change for Kids, a nonprofit organization that helps low-income elementary school children in New York City. Participating chefs featuring their dishes include Missy Robbins (Lilia), Hillary Sterling (Vic’s), Shane McBride (Balthazar), Jehangir Mehta (Graffiti), Aliyyah Baylor (Make My Cake), and more. Chef Marc Murphy (Landmarc, Ditch Plains) will craft a dish for VIP guests. $275 for general admission.

Thursday, Nov. 3,
7:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. 
The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers
Pier 61, Chelsea Piers
21st Street & West Side Highway 

Alba White Truffle Festival

(Courtesy of Urbani)
(Courtesy of Urbani)

Prunotto Wines, a Piedmont-based winery with 26 generations of winemaking experience, and Urbani Truffles, the world’s leading purveyor of truffles, will present the first New York City Alba White Truffle festival. Celebrating a similar festival held in the Piedmont region of Italy every fall, the weeklong event will showcase Prunotto wines paired with Urbani truffle-based dishes at a variety of restaurants, including Ai Fiori, Don Antonio, Giovanni Rana, and Risotteria Melotti. 

Saturday, Nov. 5–Saturday, Nov. 12
At participating restaurants

Burger Special at Schnippers

Brie Happy TriBeCa burger. (Asia Coladner)
Brie Happy TriBeCa burger. (Asia Coladner)

With the opening of its fifth restaurant in Tribeca, Schnippers is offering the Brie Happy TriBeCa burger, exclusive to the new location. It’s made with Creekstone Farms beef, melted brie cheese, flame-grilled plum tomatoes, red onion, and herb mayo ($8.50). 

120 Church St. (between Park Place & Murray Street)

Changing of the Chefs

Ladybird. (Courtesy of Ladybird)
Ladybird. (Courtesy of Ladybird)

To add more excitement and inspiration for Ravi DeRossi’s team and guests, the restaurateur of Mother of Pearl, Bergen Hill, and Death & Company is shaking things up by rotating chefs between his restaurants.

In the first rotation, Tony Mongeluzzi and Steve Pereyda, currently at Bergen Hill, are launching a new menu at Avant Garden. Jamell Williams will take over at Ladybird.

In addition, Josh Moore will launch a new menu at Mother of Pearl, including a new veggie burger that includes toasted bulgur wheat, jasmine rice, tomatillos, toasted pumpkin seeds, ground chickpeas, and Korean chili paste, topped with charred pineapple and pickled jalapeños, and served with a guajillo-lime mayo ($15).

Avant Garden
130 E. Seventh St. (at Avenue A)

127 MacDougal St. (between West Third & West Fourth streets)

Mother of Pearl
95 Ave. A (at Sixth Street)

Eureka at Kava

Kava x Eureka BLT Sandwich. (Chloe Horseman)
Kava x Eureka BLT Sandwich. (Chloe Horseman)

Seventeen-year-old chef Flynn McGarry has taken residence in the West Village through December and for the first time will be serving his food in a casual, accessible setting. His daytime menu at the Kava Cafe includes pastries, salads, toasts, and sandwiches.

And on Oct. 18, McGarry will launch Eureka at Kava, a chef’s counter where he will host a 16-course tasting menu for dinner. $160 per person, with two seatings. 

Through December
Kava Cafe
803 Washington St. (between Horatio & Gansevoort streets)

Healthy Cooking Classes

(Courtesy of the Institute of Culinary Education)
(Courtesy of the Institute of Culinary Education)

The Institute of Culinary Education is offering health-themed cooking classes this fall and winter, including “All-Natural Diabetes Cooking,” “Turmeric: The Golden Seasoning,” “Probiotics and Prebiotics,” and “Cooking for Fitness,” as well as many classes on vegan cooking (“Vegan Thanksgiving,” “Healthy Vegan Desserts,” among others). Prices vary.

Institute of Culinary Education 
225 Liberty St., Third Floor (at West Street)