This Week in Food: Soft Serve Takeover, Culinary History, Taste of Gifu


Chef Paul Liebrandt’s Soft Serve Takeover at Morgenstern’s
Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream (2 Rivington Street)
Through October 2

Throughout September, Morgenstern’s is offering a special soft-serve ice cream menu featuring four unique flavors made with the help of chef Paul Liebrandt. Sate your sweet tooth with flavors like Yin Yang (white corn and black coconut ash), Cuba Liebrandt (rum and coke with lime zest), PLLV (salted caramel and tahini with gilded sesame seeds), and Tour Pine’our (sunchoke and strawberry hibiscus with toasted hazelnuts). Each flavor will be available for one week; visit Morgenstern’s site for more information about when each flavor will be served.

@BrunchBoys Waffle Sundae
Coolmess (137 E 62nd Street)
Wednesday through September 30

Instagram’s @BrunchBoys have collaborated with Coolmess for a special brunch-themed sundae. The $12 treat features a Belgian waffle with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, Cap’n Crunch cereal, and chocolate covered espresso beans. The sundae will be available on the ice cream parlor’s menu throughout the fall.

A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression

Lower East Side Tenement Museum (108 Orchard Street)
Wednesday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Join the author of 97 Orchard Jane Ziegelman along with her husband, culinary historian Andrew Coe, as they talk about the impact of the Great Depression and how it shaped America’s dining culture. Take your tastebuds on a trip back in time with dishes that were popular during the era — like lima bean loaf. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Modern Times Brewery Happy Hour 
As Is (734 10th Avenue at 50th)
Thursday, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

San Diego brewery Modern Times is bringing ten of its craft beer to the Big Apple for a special happy hour where brews will range from $7 — $8. Brewmasters will be on hand to chat more about their brewing process, too.

Talk and Tasting: Gifu, the Heartland of Japan
Japan Society (333 East 47th Street)
Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

Learn about the cuisine and culture of Japan’s heartland, Gifu, and enjoy a tasting reception after the panel presentation. Popular dishes from the region include wagyu Hida beef and a selection of premium sakes.  The event will also feature a special performance of jikabuki, a regional form of kabuki, by the Tono Kabuki Nakatsugawa Preservation Society. Tickets are $19 for general admission. Reserve yours here.