What’s Happening This Week: Good Beer & Chocolate Camp


As many of you know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city.

Summer Blow-out BBQ
Hope Lounge
July 29, 7-11 p.m.

Join Sam Mason of Tailor for a Summer Blow-out BBQ this Wednesday at Hope Lounge. There’ll be $5 plates of meaty mains, veggie sides, and a complimentary beer with each plate purchase. Music by the Harlem Shakes will turn this BBQ into an outdoor dance party. Come early — food, as you know, has a tendency to run out.

Good Beer
July 29, 4-8 p.m.
Mayor Bloomberg declared July the month of Good Beer, so if you haven’t yet celebrated the city’s suds, here’s your chance: Good Beer at BAMCafe this Wednesday will feature a selection of good — ok, great — beer and food pairings, including grub from Gramercy Tavern, Co., Porchetta, and Sullivan Street Bakery, and beer by Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint Craft Ales, and Sly Fox.

Chocolate Camp
Brasserie 1605
August 1, 3-4 p.m.

If bug bites and poison ivy aren’t your kids’ style, you might want to send them to a different kind of summer camp. Brasserie 1605 in the Crowne Plaza at Times Square is hosting Chocolate Camp August 1, a confectionery making class for kids aged 10-16. Your little ones will learn the art of truffle making, how to chocolate dip strawberries, and what makes a good brittle, fudge, and caramel. Call to reserve.

Tomato Festival
Various locations
August 1

The city has been going heirloom crazy these past few tomato seasons. Celebrate these lush, juicy fruits at Patina Restaurant Group’s first national Tomato Festival starting August 1 and lasting until the tomatoes run out. East Coast events will include special menus at Brasserie 8 1/2 and The Sea Grill featuring, of course, all sorts of tomato dishes sourced from local farms.