What’s Happening This Week: Orange Wines, Apple Pie Contest, Lopate and Locavores, and How To Open A Restaurant


If you’re not into the whole Halloween thing, we understand. After all, most people can hardly stand dressing up for work. But if you’re still looking for something to do while your friends are out playing pretend, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a look at several candy- and costume-free events happening this week.

Orange Wines with Joe Campanale, Anfora, 34 Eighth Avenue, Tuesday, 6 p.m.

Joe Campanale leads drinkers through a tasting of six orange wines, unusual varietals often forsaken for red, white, and pink. Cheese pairings are included in the $45 ticket price. Pull up a chair, and get ready for the best class you never got to take in high school by securing your ticket.

Apple Pie Contest, Pie Corps, 77 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

For $5, voters will get to sample sweet and savory apple pies to determine who had the most creative baked good of the night. Beer is also included in the cost of a ticket, so reserve your spot to crown a people’s champ–or even submit a pie yourself.

Lopate and Locavores: Getting Kids Past Fast Food, The Greene Space, 44 Charlton Street, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Chef Bill Telepan and James Beard winner Leonard Lopate will tackle child nutrition and getting kids into the kitchen at this seminar, which also features a tasting of local food and beer. Tickets are $20; secure your chance to learn more about how to get the kids to ditch their fast food habits by visiting The Green Space’s Web site.

How To Open A Restaurant, The Yard, 33 Nassau Avenue, Brooklyn, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Led by operations consultant Holly Howard–who’s the former VP of operations and finance of Egg–this weekly class covers the basics of what it takes to finance, manage, and market a restaurant to maximize profitability. Classes are broken into multiple sessions, and this week’s focuses on business planning and finance. Special guests also make appearances; this week, look for wisdom from Erica Dorn of Accion USA, which assists in providing small business loans to potential candidates. Next week’s lineup includes Carolyn Bane of Pies N’ Thighs. Sessions are $70; check out the website for tickets and a full list of classes.