This Week in Food: Lao New Year, Hamburger Talk, and Chicken Biscuit Battle


Lao New Year
Khe-Yo (157 Duane Street)
Monday through Saturday

Celebrate Lao New Year with a special tasting menu ($68 per person) featuring dishes like poached black bass, and pork belly with quail eggs. Each table will also receive a selection of vegetables, sauces, and spices to accompany each featured dish. Chef Soulayphet Schwader’s mother will give a traditional blessing prior to each meal at each table, and guests will receive a special bracelet to cleanse the spirit for the year ahead.

“Street Food in New York City Past and Present”
The New School — Starr Foundation Hall University Center (63 Fifth Avenue)
Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

Explore the history of street food in New York City during this panel discussion — with Anneke Geyzen, Dave Cook, and Fabio Parasecoli — which examines the development of public policy and the social impact of street fare. Tickets ($40 for general admission) include snacks. Reserve yours here.

The Great American Burger Book Reception
PowerHouse Books (37 Main Street, Brooklyn)
Tuesday, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Hamburger expert George Motz will host a launch party featuring plenty of patties, to celebrate the release of The Great American Burger Book. His book spotlights regional hamburger styles and cooking tips — from Southwestern tortilla burgers to Hawaii’s loco moco–style burgers. A reception featuring a burger-slinging food truck will follow Motz’s discussion and book signing. Guests should reserve a spot by email.

Battle of the Chicken Biscuits
Root & Bone (200 East 3rd Street)
Friday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth are breaking out their best recipes and inviting a few out-of-town friends for a chicken biscuit battle. The lineup includes chefs from North Carolina favorites the Asbury and Heritage Food and Drink. Chicken biscuits will be $5 each and drinks will be available for purchase.

Malbec World Day
The Gallery at Dream Downtown (355 West 16th Street)
Friday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Try over 150 different Malbec wines from 25 Argentinian wineries at this walk-around tasting. For four hours, guests can sip on unlimited pours and feast on bites like empanadas and steak sandwiches with chimichurri. Tickets are $55. Reserve them here.