This Weekend's Five Best Food Events

Pick up a copy of Dominique Ansel's secret recipes as an early holiday gift...or keep them to yourself.
Pick up a copy of Dominique Ansel's secret recipes as an early holiday gift...or keep them to yourself.

Need a calm before the storm that is Thanksgiving Day travel plans? Here are five events that'll put your mind and body in a delicious place.

Meet NY's Legendary Cronut™ creator, Dominique Ansel, Williams-Sonoma, 10 Columbus Circle, Saturday, 12 p.m.

Instead of braving the line at his bakery, sign up to meet Dominique Ansel without having to wait in the cold. Though Cronuts won't be served, guests can meet the prolific pastry chef and walk away with a signed copy of his latest cookbook, Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes. Attendees will learn more about Ansel's background in classic French technique as well as discuss some of the chef's most treasured recipes; you'll need to reserve ahead of time.

Ninth Annual Thanksgiving Workshop, Bottlerocket Wines, 5 West 19th Street, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Selecting the right wine for your Thanksgiving meal -- or drunk uncle -- can be a challenge. This class is designed to help you choose the perfect red or white to accompany your turkey and its trimmings, with guests being able to taste holiday dishes paired with 12 wines and spirits. Tickets are $20.

Amphorae-Aged Wine, Anfora, 34 Eighth Avenue, Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

Want to drink like a gladiator? Consider visiting Anfora this week, where owner and wine enthusiast Joe Campanale will lead guests through a private tasting tour on amphorae-aged wines, which are aged in clay vessels as opposed to barrels. Sip samples while Campanale discusses ancient wine-making techniques. Tickets are $55.

Out to See, South Street Seaport, 19 Fulton Street, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.

This two-day festival celebrates the vibrancy of the seaport with art, music, and plenty of food. After taking a 3-D self-portrait, festivalgoers can enjoy artisan chocolate from Lululosophy or look into designer cakes from Cake Heights. Participating restaurants include Nelson Blue and Fresh Salt.

Brooklyn Chili Takedown, The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn, Sunday, 2 p.m.

If you've missed out on other opportunities to stuff your face with chili, consider this weekend's chance to battle the arctic blast with hot sauce. Guests will have the chance to sample varieties of chili from all across Brooklyn, and Caleb's Kola cocktails will be available to put out mouth fires. Interested chefs can email chilitakedown@gmail.com for more information on how to participate in this year's event; tickets are $20.




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