This Week’s Five Best Food Events – 12/15/2014


No matter your feelings on festiveness this season, you have plenty of reason to feast. Here are five food events you should consider this week.

Sixth Annual Latke Festival, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, Monday, 7:30 p.m.

Chefs from Joseph Leonard, Egg, Tres Carnes, and Baz Bagel are cooking up their own recipes for latkes at this annual event, where guests and judges will crown champions for the best version. Look for traditional renditions and odd combinations like, 16-Hour Texas smoked brisket and ancho chile-tamarind date molé. Judges include former NBA commissioner David Stern along with NYC Wine and Food Fest founder Lee Schrager. Tickets start at $60 and include all you can eat latkes.

The New Persian Kitchen Hannukah, Porsena, 21 East 7th Street, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

If you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate the season, consider Persian Hannukah with chefs Sara Jenkins and Louisa Shafia. The special menu includes fresh pressed olive oil from Jenkins’ family farm in Tuscany, Azerbaijani lamb meatball soup, and a choice of lamb or chicken stew for the main course. Tickets are $55, and beverages will be available for purchase. Seatings start at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Brooks Headley and Gabrielle Hamilton in Conversation, Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Want to wow the family with a dish from Prune’s Gabrielle Hamilton or Del Posto’s Brooks Headley? Both chefs will be in attendance to talk about their recent cookbooks, Prune and Fancy Desserts. Seating is limited and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.

Christmas Light Show at Rolf’s, Rolf’s, 281 Third Avenue, Thursday

If you haven’t been to Rolf’s for the annual Christmas display, put it on your bucket list, and go soon, because the lines are only going to get longer. The East Village German restaurant is a favorite for holiday cheer — and schnapps. Since tables are only available for customers who plan on dining, you should secure a reservation and knock back some knockwurst to ensure your holiday spirit stays in check.

New Year’s Food Traditions, Bowery Culinary Center at Whole Foods, 95 East Houston Street, Friday, 6 p.m.

Persian New Year’s soup, hoppin’ John, and Japanese mochi with adzuki bean paste are traditional meals enjoyed on New Years Day around the globe, and all will be covered during this class. Instructor Wai Chu will discuss the history of each course while sharing the recipe. Class reservations are $45.