Vendy Awards, Taste Talks Brooklyn 2015, and Pig Island 2015

By Daksha Devnani, Epoch Times
September 3, 2015 5:00 pm Last Updated: September 8, 2015 7:30 am

Coming Up

(Courtesy of Lauren J. Kaplan)
(Courtesy of Lauren J. Kaplan)

Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen Pop-Up at Root and Bone

Craving some Southern fare? chef Carla Hall will join forces with chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth for a Top Chef reunion at Root & Bone. Guests will get a sneak peak of the menu from her soon-to-be-opening restaurant, Chef Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen, with four courses including Southern cornbread, biscuits, and fried chicken two ways—Root & Bone’s sweet-tea brined chicken and Carla Hall’s Nashville “Hot” bird.

Wednesday, Sept. 9
6 p.m.–10 p.m.

Root & Bone
200 E. Third St.
Tickets: $60
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Alfredo 100 Ups the Ante With Italian Jazz Brunch and Power Lunch

Italian flavors meet American brunch favorites at Alfredo 100. The recently debuted brunch offers cocktails like the Maria la sanguinaria, a traditional bloody mary served with a savory pancetta straw, or fresh squeezed juices inspired by Italian screen sirens, like the Sofia Loren, a combination of cantaloupe, pineapple, and ginger. Dishes include Frittata Caprese, Poached Eggs Alfredo, and ricotta and lemon Waffles all’Italiana.

Saturdays and Sundays
11.30 a.m.–4 p.m.

7 E. 54 St.
Alfredo100.com

Last year's A Taste of the Village event. (Courtesy of Village Alliance)
Past Taste of Village event. (Courtesy of Village Alliance)

A Taste of the Village in Washington Square Park

Thirty local food and wine purveyors will take over Washington Square Park, offering guests unlimited food and wine tastings. The event in its 13th year, and hosted by the Village Alliance and the Washington Square Park Conservancy, will feature live jazz performances.

Thursday, Sept. 10
6 p.m.–8 p.m.

Washington Square Park
Fifth Avenue & Waverly Place
Tickets: $60
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See Into The Foodie Future at Taste Talks Brooklyn

Get a glimpse of what’s coming up in the food and drink industry at Taste Talks Brooklyn 2015. This national series of festivals celebrates the next big trends in food, with tastings, dinners, and parties. Guests can attend a dessert party featuring Dominique Ansel’s extraordinary desserts, with wine pairings and an original DJ set by Questlove. The weekend will kick off with a chicken and waffles brunch, panel discussions with chefs, and live demonstrations. The All-Star BBQ sampling feast will bring world-renowned chefs at 12+ grilling stations to create their signature dishes.

Friday–Sunday, Sept. 11–Sept. 13
6 p.m.–10 p.m.

Festival HQ: Colossal Media
85 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn
Tickets: Conference Pass: $100; Food Enthusiastic Pass: $145; Kitchen Sink Pass: $450
Taste-Talks.com

(Courtesy of Pig Island)
(Courtesy of Pig Island)

Eat Local at Pig Island 2015

The sixth annual Pig Island returns to Brooklyn for an all day food fest, with 20+ chefs serving up specialty dishes made from locally sourced pork from Flying Pigs Farms. Chefs include chef Lance Knowling from Blujeen, chef Tyson Ho from Arrogant Swine, and more. With a mission to support NY State farmers by purchasing heritage hogs, the proceeds from the event will go directly to local farmers and their communities. Tickets also include unlimited drinks of NY State beer, wine, cider, and whiskey.

Saturday, Sept. 12
11.30 a.m.– 4 p.m.

Erie Basin Park
1 Beard Street, Brooklyn
Tickets: $85

EventBrite.com

Street Vendor Snowday, one of the finalists of Vendy's awards. (Courtesy of Vendy's awards)
Street vendor Snowday, one of the finalists of the Vendy Awards. (Courtesy of Vendy Awards)

The ‘Oscars of Street Food’ Return

New York’s Vendy Awards is an intense cook-off for the city’s finest street food vendors. The five finalists for this year’s best vendor are Snowday, Guandong Cheong Fun, Souvlaki Lady, Hard Times Sundaes, and Biryani House. This year the Vendys feature a new category—Special Drinks—to honor the city’s liquid treat purveyors, with finalists including Tea+Milk, Renegade Lemonade, and more. Singaporean street food expert KF Seetoh and instagrammer FoodbabyNy will be judging the event. Tickets include food from 25+vendors, and drinks from Brooklyn Brewery beers, Santa Cristina wine, and more.

Saturday, Sept. 12
12.30 p.m.–5 p.m.

Governors Island
Tickets: $100
VendyAwards.StreetVendor.org

On the Horizon

Tastings for a Cause at A Second Helping of Life

Now in its 12th year, A Second Helping of Life will feature tastings by some of the city’s top women chefs, including April Bloomfield, to raise funds to help thousands of women affected by breast and ovarian cancers. The event will be hosted by Pat Battle, co-anchor of NBC “Weekend Today in New York,” honoring Marcia Godosky from the board of directors of SHARE; Aye Moe Thu Ma, director of breast surgery at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital; and Karen Orczyk, managing director at Interest Rate sales.

Monday, Sept. 21
7 p.m.–9.30 p.m.

Chelsea Piers, Pier Sixty
Tickets: $325–$750
ShareBenefit.org

Chef Jowett Yu Takes Over Chefs Club

Renowned chef Jowett Yu from Black Sheep restaurants and Ho Lee Fook in Hong Kong will bring a modern approach to his national cuisine at Chefs Club. Some of the highlights from the menu include Drunken Clams in Beer; Prawn Toast x Okonomiyaki, with Kewpie mayonnaise, Bull-dog sauce, shaved cabbage, aonori; and Breakfast 2.0, with Horlicks ice cream, cornflake Honey Joy, and cocoa coffee crumbs. Chefs Club by Food & Wine is a new restaurant in Aspen, Colorado, and Manhattan, with a mission to showcase extraordinary signature dishes from some of the most talented chefs in the world.

Monday–Wednesday
Sept.14–Sept.16

Chefs Club by Food & Wine
275 Mulberry St.
Reservations are limited and available by phone only at 212.941.1100
ChefsClub.com