What’s Happening This Week: A Latin Food Fest; a Sandwich Seminar


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

Rayuela’s Third Anniversary
Throughout June

Even though this Lower East Side restaurant is the one celebrating a birthday, you get the gift. Throughout the month of June, enjoy a $53 five-course chef’s tasting menu (that’s just over $10 per course) to commemorate three years of “Estilo Libre Latino” cuisine, as chef Máximo Tejada likes to call it, which means the menu features native ingredients from all over Latin America, Mexico, and Spain. Wine pairings are an additional $28.

Gourmet Latino Festival
June 4-12
Various locations

Sample Latin food and drinks from some 30 of the top Latino chefs in the city and beyond. Stars of the kitchen, like Aaron Sanchez of Food Network fame, his über-famous mom, Zarela Martinez, and newly minted Iron Chef Jose Garces, will be joined by those from behind the bar, like Junior Merino and Dale DeGroff, for this week of demonstration classes, workshops, and tastings. The event also includes an “Authentic Dining Week,” June 8-12, with 16 restaurants in New York and New Jersey participating.

SLOW U: Sandwiched in New York
Astor Center
June 2, 6:30 p.m.

Think the sandwich craze may be peaking? Think again. Join healthy food writer Sara Reistad-Long and ethnic food writer Jean Tang for this seminar on the art of the sandwich. They’ll cover it all: tips on reinventing your sandwich, how to maintain a home arsenal of unique sandwich condiments, pairing the perfect beverages with your sandwiches, and even the surprising health benefits of sandwiches. Proceeds from the class will benefit Slow Food NYC.

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