We know how hard it must be to face a Monday after vacation. That’s why we’re distracting you with a selection of what the city’s cooking up for your return.
Fifth Annual Latke Festival, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, Monday, 6:30 p.m.
With a line up-of latkes from competitors like Veselka , Mile End, and Toloache’s yucca latke with salmon pastrami and mojo de ago salsa, picking a winner in this showdown might be the hardest thing you’ll do all week. Tickets start at $55 and can be purchased through the event’s ticketing website.
The Art of Dining: The Table at Downton Abbey, 92 Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, Tuesday, 7 p.m.
If you need to work on your dining etiquette, food historian Francine Segan’s class will have your chin up and elbows off the table in no time. This class will cover the dishes and lifestyle surrounding the time period of the popular BBC series Downton Abbey, complete with tastings, trivia, and take-home recipes. Tickets are $45 and can be secured through the venue’s website.
Journey to the Center of The Knish, Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Author Laura Silver, whose memoir Knish: In Search of The Jewish Soul Food is scheduled to be released in May, leads a discussion on the popular Eastern European dumpling and its origins. Silver will also discuss her trip to Poland, where she led a knish baking demonstration and judged the town’s annual knish-off, as well as the state of the knish in modern day cuisine. The event is complimentary, though early arrival is recommended to secure a seat.
Taste 4 The Philippines, Green Building, 452 Union Street, Brooklyn, Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Chef Dale Talde is helping to spearhead typhoon relief via a collaborative effort between his restaurants and spots like Kuma Inn, and Pok Pok NY. Taste the spicy food and pair it to a selection of spirits, wine, and beer. Tickets are $125 and include access to all food and beverages; all proceeds from the event will go to support relief efforts.