This Week’s Five Best Food and Drink Events in NYC – 3/2/2015


New month, same weather. So if your plans to join that outdoor kickball league have been put on hold, here are five ways to fill your time with some good food and drink.

The Traveling Chef: Seeking Inspiration and Innovation From Home and Abroad, NYIT Auditorium, 1871 Broadway, Monday, 6:30 p.m.

Plan on taking a food tour this year? Sit in on a panel featuring chefs Wylie Dufresne, Ivan Orkin, and Richard Kuo as they share tales of global and domestic cuisine adventures. The trio will also address the evolution of cuisine and where their inspirations may take them next. Tickets start at $30.

An evening with Jeremy Oertel and Natasha David, Mulberry Project, 149 Mulberry Street, Tuesday, 6 p.m.

As part of a new guest bartender series, Jeremy Oertel of Donna and Natasha David of Nitecap will sling classic cocktails at Mulberry Project alongside the bar’s beverage director, Aaron Polsky. Additional bartenders will be appearing throughout the month. A $20 ticket includes two cocktails from the daily menu, with plenty of additional drinks — as well as food — available for purchase. There’s also a $55 reservation, which includes three appetizers along with two drinks; both reservations can be secured on the event website.

Monumental Muscadet — Dinner With Winemaker Fred Niger, Fort Defiance, 365 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Winemaker Fred Niger is bringing his renowned arsenal of Muscadet — plus a few other varietals, like Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon — to Red Hook this week as part of a five-course dinner hosted by chef Matthew Fleming. Niger’s Muscadet wines — much like those of his mentor Guy Bossard — are made from vines a half-century old and are certified organic and biodynamic. Fleming’s menu includes Long Island duck, oysters, and seared scallops; reservations start at $90.

A Taste of the Old World: Jewish Food and Memory, Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

Join food writers, purveyors, and restaurant owners as they come together to discuss Jewish cuisine and its ability to transcend generations. The list of participants includes New York Times reporter Julia Moskin and Mile End’sNoah Bernamoff. A full lineup of panelists and tickets can be viewed on the museum’s website.

First Fridays, Tenement Museum, 108 Orchard Street, Friday, 6:30 p.m.

This month’s installment of the Tenement Museum’s First Fridays has guests playing the role of old-school housing investigators. Discover the mysteries inside 97 Orchard Street and find out whether the building is up to code — or if its landlord needs to receive the hammer of justice. Afterwards, enjoy a drink and bites. Tickets are $40 and can be reserved through the museum’s website.