What's Happening This Week: Kosher Grilling; Albariño & Cheese
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Grilling Secrets of a Steakhouse Butcher Le Marais Tuesday, June 8, 12-2:30 p.m. Learn how to grill kosher with chef-owner Jose Meirelles, executive chef Mark Hennessy, and butcher Dominique Courbe. They'll offer up a primer on the various cuts, from prime rib to hanger, each of which is handled differently over an open flame. The class ($125, including wine) will be held in the restaurant's new second-floor private dining room and kitchen, as part of a new educational series at the restaurant.
Albariño & Cheese Pairing Class Artisanal Cheese Center Thursday, June 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Join certified Spanish wine educator Chandni Patel for an evening of Iberian vino. From Extremadura to Asturias and the Mesetas of Castilla La Mancha to the mountains of central Portugal, the Iberian Peninsula is a wine and cheese pairer's (wet?) dream. For $75, let Patel enlighten you on the diverse styles of the crisp, often bracingly acidic Albariño grape and its inherent food friendliness. (Spoiler: It pairs with more than just Manchego.)
Big Apple BBQ Block Party Madison Square Park June 12-13 For the eighth year in a row, the country's top pitmasters -- including Michael Rodriguez of the Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood, Texas, Skip Steele of Pappy's Smokehouse in St. Louis, and New York's own John Stage of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que -- will take to the park to cook up their famous grub for some 100,000 barbecue buffs at the bargain price of just $8 per plate. Musical guests the Derailers and Nick Curran & the Lowlifes will provide the soundtrack.
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