This Week in Food: Cocoa in the City, Pittsburgh Pop-Up Dinner, and Latke Festival



7th Annual Latke Festival, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, Monday, 6 to 9:30 p.m.

Kick off Hanukkah celebrations by chowing down on all-you-can-eat latkes. Chefs from around the city will offer variations on the traditional Jewish holiday staple, with anything but typical creations such as Japanese sweet potato and crispy chestnut. This year’s lineup includes entrants from Veselka, Jacob’s Pickles, and over fifteen other participants. In addition to a people’s choice award, guest judges include Esh’s Ilan Hall. Ticket packages start at $65 and include unlimited latkes; reserve them here.

Brothers Poiarkoff Pop-Up Dinner, Willow, 506 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, Monday, 7:30 p.m.

Kicking off a new event series on Monday nights, Willow’s executive chef John Poiarkoff and his brother Mike Poiarkoff, executive chef of Vinegar Hill House, are bringing a taste of their native Pittsburgh to the table. The menu includes riffs on Steel City favorites such as Eat’n Park and Primanti Brothers, with dishes like kielbasa, sweet potato pierogi, and caramel apple ice cream. The prix-fixe menu, which includes service, is $65. An optional beverage pairing is available for $35 to $45 depending on your selection. Guests can score a reservation by contacting

Sancho’s Backdoor Tex-Mex Pop-Up by Roberta’s, Threes Brewery, 333 Douglass Street, Brooklyn, Monday through December 13

Beginning today, Roberta’s is bringing its Sancho’s Backdoor Tex-Mex pop-up to Threes Brewery. The menu offers nachos, queso, chiles rellenos, enchiladas, and tacos to enjoy with one of the brewery’s many offerings.

Field Guide to Bitters and Amari with Mark Bitterman, Church of the Heavenly Rest – Darlington Hall, 2 East 90th Street, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

If your cocktail skills are limited to pouring booze in a punch bowl and swirling, consider attending a class with culinary wiz Mark Bitterman. The author and cocktail aficionado is offering a hands-on class on how to make your own bitters, with a focus on classic cocktails like the sazerac and old-fashioned. Bitterman will also be signing copies of his latest work, Bitterman’s Field Guide to Bitters & Amari, which will be available for purchase. Tickets start at $35; reserve here.

Cocoa in the City: NYC Chocolate Makers, Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, Thursday, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Hot cocoa might be all around us this time of year, but do you really know the history of winter’s most popular drink? Focusing on the production process, a panel of bean-to-bar producers and fine chocolatiers will offer behind-the-scenes info on popular chocolate candies and truffles, with tastings including. Tickets are $12 for general admission and can be reserved here.