What’s Happening This Week: Cooking With Italian Grandmas; Eating Sushi With a Concierge


Our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city.

SLOW U: Cooking with Nonna, Cenone di Natale ($45)
Astor Center
November 30

Who cooks better than Italian Grandmas? Not too many people, according to Rossella Rago, host of the online cooking show, Cooking With Nonna. Join Rago, accompanied by Nonna Romana Sciddurlo and Nonna Anna Buonsante, both natives of Puglia, as they take you through a traditional “Cenone di Natale,” the five-course Pugliese Christmas Eve menu.
Each course will be paired with a wine from Long Island’s Borghese Vineyard & Winery.

How to Eat Sushi
Jewel Bako
November 30

Think you’re a big man for saturating your soy sauce with wasabi? Wrong. Still believe tuna belly is the best piece of fish on the menu? Think again. As America’s only Sushi Concierge, Trevor Corson can set you straight. His weekly classes on sushi etiquette, history, and mastery will ensure that you don’t embarrass yourself at your next omakase. Plus, you’ll discover that eating sushi doesn’t have to mean devouring endangered species. Kampai to that.

Mangia Hoboken! Food & Culture Tour ($40)
Leaves from Hoboken PATH station, corner of River Street and Hudson Place
December 5

Hey! When is the last time you got sorry ass down to Jersey? Next Saturday is the next Mangia Hoboken!, a tour of the city’s best food purveyors. Participants will be treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the city’s historic Italian heritage. Highlights include Carlo’s City Hall Bake Shop, home of TLC’s hit series Cake Boss, and Frank Sinatra’s childhood home. Bada-bing.