Rosé Wine Festival, Bitten Food Conference, Super Bowl Fun

By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
January 28, 2016 7:03 pm Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm
Lechon roasted pork at Jimmy's No. 43. (Courtesy of Jimmy's No. 43)
Lechon roasted pork at Jimmy’s No. 43. (Courtesy of Jimmy’s No. 43)

Specialty Cocktails and Roasted Pig Feast at Jimmy’s No. 43

East Village bar Jimmy’s No. 43 is finishing off a weeklong celebration of local New York spirits with a panel discussion of the new book, “Forager’s Cocktails: Botanical Mixology with Fresh, Natural Ingredients.” There will be samples of brandy, whiskey, mescal, and more. The following day, the bar will be serving bloody marys with “lechon,” Filipino-style whole roasted pig, with rice and greens on the side.

Saturday, Jan. 30 & Sunday, Jan. 31
Saturday: 1 p.m.–4 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m.–10 p.m.
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. Seventh St.

Kids in the Kitchen With Dominique Ansel

At the recently opened Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD), children aged 7 and older can learn how to make chocolate sauce with pastry chef Dominique Ansel. He will also demonstrate how to make unique confections and each child will create his or her own custom-flavored concoction to take home. $15 per child (adult companions get in for free).

Sunday, Jan. 31
11 a.m.
62 Bayard St.

The Art of ‘Bien Cuit’ Bread

Zachary Golper, chef–owner of the celebrated Brooklyn bakery, Bien Cuit, will discuss his baking secrets with food writer Peter Kaminsky. He’ll talk about the artisanal food scene and what it’s like running his bakery. $25 per person.

Tuesday, Feb. 2
7 p.m.
1395 Lexington Ave.

Local oysters. (Crystal Cun)
Local oysters. (Crystal Cun)

Sparkling Wines and Oysters

Enjoy sparkling wines made in New York, alongside locally harvested oysters. Staff from Brooklyn Oenology and Sparkling Pointe and W&T Seafood will discuss how the wines are made and the oysters farmed. $40 per person.

Thursday, Feb. 4
7 p.m.
Brooklyn Oenology Winery Tasting Room
209 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn

Rosés for tasting at La Nuit en Rosé. (Courtesy of La Nuit en Rosé)
Rosés for tasting at La Nuit en Rosé. (Courtesy of La Nuit en Rosé)

La Nuit en Rosé Winter Edition

Rosés are not just for the summer. The organizers behind La Nuit en Rosé are holding a garden party with unlimited tastings of more than 50 different rosé wines. Food from restaurants like BLT Prime, Don Antonio Pizza, Toloache, and Butter and Scotch will be served. $85 to $165 per person.

Feb. 5 & 6
Location to be disclosed

At the Table With Leonardo da Vinci

The Renaissance Man might have been a foodie and wine lover. Attilio Scienza, co-owner of the Guado al Melo winery in Tuscany, will talk about his research on a vineyard that belonged to da Vinci, as well as the new book, “Leonardo Was Not A Vegetarian,” which  explores da Vinci’s passion for food. The resident chef of La Scuola cooking school will prepare two dishes inspired by da Vinci. $65 per person.

Monday, Feb. 8
6 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Scuola Grande at Eataly
200 Fifth Ave.

A wine tasting seminar at the French Institute. (Sasha Arutyunova)
A wine tasting seminar at the French Institute. (Sasha Arutyunova)

The Art of Champagne

Learn the nuanced tastes of Champagne at the French Institute. Experts from wine retailer Millesima will introduce their favorite bottles and teach you how to pick the perfect bubbly for different occasions. The Champagne will be paired with canelés from Canelé by Celine. This is the first of a four-part seminar series on French wines. $115 per person.

Monday, Feb. 8 
Le Skyroom at French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)
22 E. 60th St.

The vineyard at Rooftop Reds. (Courtesy of Rooftop Reds)
The vineyard at Rooftop Reds. (Courtesy of Rooftop Reds)

Ice Wine Festival at Brooklyn Navy Yard

The first commercial rooftop vineyard in New York City, Rooftop Reds, is hosting the Ice Wine Festival, featuring wines from top producers in New York state. Located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the vineyard boasts incredible skyline views, and will also display an ice sculpture garden. Other local spirits will be served, such as hot toddies and mulled wine. Food pairings will also be provided. $50 per person ($80 for VIP tickets).

Friday, Feb. 5 & Saturday, Feb. 6
Brooklyn Navy Yard
63 Flushing Ave., Brooklyn

Drinks to be served at the Brooklyn Cocktail event. (Courtesy of Brooklyn Historical Society)
Drinks to be served at the Brooklyn Cocktail event. (Courtesy of Brooklyn Historical Society)

Brooklyn Cocktail: A History

Brooklyn has become a hub for distilleries, and some of the best mixologists in town also hail from the borough. The Brooklyn Historical Society explores the history of drink making in Kings County, with a panel of mixologists, historic gastronomist Sarah Lohman, and drinks writer David Wondrich. $12 per person.

Thursday, Feb. 11
7 p.m.
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn

Bitten: A Food Conversation

This daylong conference features a roster of guests making breakthroughs in the food world. They will discuss food trends, technological innovations, and tackling food waste, among other topics.

Speakers include Adam Eskin, founder and CEO of farm-to-table chain, Dig Inn; co-founder of Copenhagen’s Noma restaurant, Claus Meyer; executive vice president of the James Beard Foundation, Mitchell Davis; and Niki Russ Federman, owner of the iconic smoked fish shop Russ and Daughters. $300 (includes breakfast and lunch).

Friday, Feb. 12
Museum of Jewish Heritage
36 Battery Place

The tap room at KelSo Beer. (Courtesy of KelSo Beer)
The tap room at KelSo Beer. (Courtesy of KelSo Beer)

KelSo Taproom Mystery Bottle Share

For beer lovers, KelSo brewery hosts a fun game every Thursday. The brewers open up mystery bottles (beers with their labels removed) and let people guess the style: porter, stout, Scottish strong ale, and many more. If you guess correctly, you’ll get a discount. Home brewers are also welcome to bring their creations to get constructive advice from the professionals. Free, but must RSVP.

5 p.m.–7 p.m.
KelSo Taproom
529 Waverly Ave., Brooklyn 

The interior of The Eddy. (Courtesy of The Eddy)
The interior of The Eddy. (Courtesy of The Eddy)

The Eddy Chef Pop-Up

Chef Brendan McHale of the East Village restaurant The Eddy is hosting a pop-up event with Joint Venture, the chef pop-up project that organizes events in restaurants around the city. The special multi-course tasting menu will feature winter produce from the Hudson Valley, including grilled oysters, smoked fish, pastrami beef tongue, and more. $75 per person.

Monday, Feb. 1
The Eddy
342 E. Sixth St.

Super Bowl Festivities

The bar room at The Gander. (Bill Milne)
The bar room at The Gander. (Bill Milne)

The Gander

Enjoy great food and drink while you watch the big game on Sunday, Feb. 7. At chef Jesse Schenker’s The Gander, game day staples like wings, sliders, ribs, and beer will be served for an all-you-can-eat-and-drink price of $65 per person.

Sunday, Feb. 7
4 p.m.
The Gander
15 W. 18th St.

The Meatball Shop's Bucket O'Balls takeout special. (Courtesy of The Meatball Shop)
The Meatball Shop’s Bucket O’Balls takeout special. (Courtesy of The Meatball Shop)

The Meatball Shop

The big game will be screened at the Chelsea and Williamsburg locations, which will also serve  special Pizza Balls that day. If you prefer watching the game at home, the Meatball Shop has a takeout special: 25 meatballs and a sauce of your choice for $50.

Sunday, Feb. 7
The Meatball Shop Chelsea
200 Ninth Ave.
The Meatball Shop Williamsburg
170 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn

American Cut Wings with lobster sauce. (Courtesy of American Cut)
American Cut Wings with lobster sauce. (Courtesy of American Cut)

American Cut

Chef Marc Forgione’s steakhouse is hosting a “tailgate party,” with specials like NYC Pastrami Spice Subs; American Cut Wings with chili lobster sauce; Tater Tots; and Sunchoked Spinach with fontina and smoked salt. The open bar will serve specialty cocktails and pastry chef Tara Glick will prepare desserts. $150 per person.

Sunday, Feb. 7
American Cut
363 Greenwich St.

Black Tap Craft Burgers and Beer

Watch the game while munching on Black Tap’s beloved burgers, along with its menu of fries, onion rings, and wings. Black Tap will also create a special Super Bowl-themed milkshake.

Sunday, Feb. 7
Black Tap at Meatpacking District
248 W. 14th St.

The Cannibal's hot dogs. (Courtesy of The Cannibal)
The Cannibal’s hot dogs. (Courtesy of The Cannibal)

The Cannibal Beer and Butcher

This meat-centric restaurant will serve a special Super Bowl menu with offerings like Pig’s Head Nachos, Hot Wings, and Baby Back Ribs. In-house beer and whiskey will also be served.

Sunday, Feb. 7
The Cannibal
113 E. 29th St.

The interior of Crave Fishbar. (Ashley Sears)
The interior of Crave Fishbar. (Ashley Sears)

Crave Fishbar  

Crave Fishbar is renting out space for private Super Bowl viewing parties. At the Midtown East location, a party of 40 or more people can reserve the room and get a buffet of sliders (made with meat from purveyor Pat La Frieda), nachos supremo, oyster po’boy sliders, homemade cavatelli, carnitas tacos, and crispy Thai wings. A four-hour open bar is included. $100 per person (40 people minimum).

At the Upper West Side location, you can rent out the entire restaurant for a minimum party of 60. $100 per person.

Crave Fishbar Upper Midtown East
945 Second Ave.
Crave Fishbar Upper West Side
428 Amsterdam Ave.


This German pub is kicking off the party with beer pong, games, and keg specials. For food, order the party platter, which includes a footlong sub, chicken wings, German meatballs, mini-sliders, chili-stuffed peppers, spicy nachos, and potato skins. Of course, there will be beer, cocktails, and shots served at the bar.

Sunday, Feb. 7
4 p.m.
265 Bowery


Chef Dale Talde is making his Asian-inspired snacks, like Kung Pao Wings, Pretzel Dumplings, and Longaniza Bread Buns, available for take out.

Order by Thursday, Feb. 4
369 Seventh Ave., Brooklyn

Pig and Khao wings. (Courtesy of Pig and Khao)
Pig and Khao wings. (Courtesy of Pig and Khao)

Pig and Khao

Chef Leah Cohen is serving Southeast Asian twists on game day food, with banh mi burgers, Asian slaw, and fried chicken with southern curry or adobo sauce.

Order by Friday, Feb. 5
Pig and Khao
68 Clinton St.