This Week’s Five Best Food and Drink Events in NYC – 5/11/2015


Summery weather makes us want to get out of the house. You too? Here are five ways to relax with food and drink this week.

The Wide World of Vegetables and Fruits, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, Monday, 8 p.m.

Chef Hugh Acheson is taking the trip up from Athens, Georgia, to talk vegetables at this intimate gathering hosted by Kat Kinsman. Guests will learn the intricacies of cooking with greens and how to make the most of trips to the farmers’ market. Tickets are $30.

Beer Pairing Dinner, Rockaway Brewing Company, 46-01 5th Street, Queens, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Want to try a beer pairing dinner where no one table is the same? This moving feast — hosted by The Complete Beer Course author Joshua M. Bernstein — takes guests on a tour of Rockaway Brewing Company’s entire brewery, serving each dish in a different location. Dishes include beer-can chicken sandwiches, beer-infused mac ‘n’ cheese, and a special chocolate dessert. Brewers will be on hand to answer questions during the tour; tickets are $55.

Breathing New Life Into Ashkenazi Cuisine, Workmen’s Circle, 247 West 37th Street, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Snack on pastrami, kugel, and pickles while Jeffrey Yoskowitz and Liz Alpern of Gefilteria share stories of Jewish culture though food. Guests can register for the free event in advance.

Harlem EatUp, multiple locations, Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m.

A celebration of the Harlem food scene and spirit, this four-day festival includes walk-around tastings in Morningside Park, dinners, and food talks starting at $35. Participating neighborhood restaurants include Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and the newly opened Streetbird Rotisserie. Talks cover topics such as how to open a restaurant as well as a day in the life of a chef. Check out the full lineup of events along with ticket packages.

St. George Ukrainian Festival, Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 East 7th Street, Friday through Sunday

Snack on pierogies, kielbasas, and other traditional Eastern European offerings at the annual St. George Orthodox Church Ukrainian Festival. This year, Jimmy’s No. 43 is the official clubhouse of the festival for those looking to cool down with a beer, while Veselka is one of several neighborhood restaurants donating authentic eats. Activities include traditional Ukrainian dancers, singers, and artisans, and a portion of proceeds will go to help the East Village gas explosion recovery efforts.