September is a glorious month in New York City. Make the most of it with these five events, our best food events in NYC this week..
New York City Honey Week, multiple locations, Monday through September 14
Enjoy honey without having to fight off the bears and the bees at this seven day celebration, and taste everything from honey-based cocktails to a honey dinner in The Cleveland’s backyard. Check out talks about urban beekeeping and tours of local apiaries. Find the full line-up of events as well as tickets on the NYC Honey Week website.
Mid-Autumn Festival with Weird Chinese Food, China Blue, 135 Watts Street, Monday, 7 p.m.
At this festival, China Blue will prepare a few obscure Chinese dishes just for the sake of a good time and because some friends wanted a party. Beer, wine, and mooncakes are also included in the cost of admission; you’ll need a ticket to attend.
Tomato Fest 2014, Alobar, 46-42 Vernon Boulevard, Queens, Thursday, 5 p.m.
In celebration of the harvest season, Alobar will offer a special five-course tomato tasting menu from chef Greg Profeta on Thursday. The festivities include a live jazz performance, and a portion of ticket sales will also go towards the efforts of No Kid Hungry, a charitable organization designed to address child hunger issues. Tickets are $48.
Brooklyn Oyster Riot at New York Oyster Week, Palm House at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, Thursday through September 28
On Thursday, New York Oyster Week begins an 18 day celebration that includes shucking showmanship, a chance to meet growers, and plenty of slurping back shellfish. Select events, such as the Brooklyn Oyster Riot on Thursday, include access to an open bar; others pair the mollusks to spirits — like the September 25 oyster and sake pairing menu. A full line-up of events as well as option to purchase tickets can be found on the event’s website.
All the News That’s Fit to Eat: Where Food and Media Intersect, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, Thursday, 7 p.m.
If you’re still sitting on that great food blog idea and need a boost, consider heading to the Upper East Side for an evening of advice. Listen to an expert panel — which features people like Kerry Diamond, author and owner of Nightingale 9 — talk through making the transition into food media from various careers. Tickets start at $29 and can be purchased through the venue’s website.