Fairway Upper West Side. Photo: Courtesy of Fairway.
If you’re shopping at Fairway Saturday, you can get free samples and watch some demos by the supermarket’s chefs and other food experts. No, there’s no demo of how to avoid mixing it up with the market’s famously aggressive shoppers.
The program takes place from 11am to 3 pm at the Upper West Side store (2127 Broadway at 74th Street).
Coffee pots. Photo by by Lotzman Katzman via flickr.
Coffee drinker or tea lover? Whatever your preference, the NY Coffee and Tea Festival may make you forget (at least for an hour or two) the awful winter we’re having.
Here are the details:
NYC’s COFFEE AND TEA FESTIVAL
What: The northeast Ultimate Barista Challenge® competition and a VIP tea tasting with two guest Hong Kong tea masters. Other offerings:
coffee cupping & tasting,
afternoon tea etiquette,
making tea cocktails,
incorporating coffee into your favorite recipes.
Exhibitors include: Melitta, Tavalon Tea, Harney & Sons Fine Teas, Jalima Coffee, Fang Gourmet Tea, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, TeaClassics, Aroma Espresso Bar, Hancha Tea, Coffee Lab Roasters, Montauk Beverage Works, Runa, Joe’s Coffee House, QTrade Teas, Entenmann’s Coffee, World Green Tea Association, and the Tea Association of the U.S.A.
Where: The Festival will be held at 7 W, 7 West 34th Street. The event is open to the public and the trade. www.CoffeeAndTeaFestival.com.
When: February 19-20, 2011
Tickets can be purchased in advance at: www.CoffeeAndTeaFestival.com. The event is sponsored in part by www.CoffeeAndTeaNewsletter.com. Prices range from $20-$40.
In the Fall, food events abound in New York. It’s a great time to do some sampling and watch chefs at work.
Worried about consuming all those calories? Take a long walk in Riverside Park or bike down the Greenway. The following weekend food event roundup is Part 1 of a three part series. Coming up: a look ahead to October and November food happenings.
Oct. 2-17. Switch from burgers to wursts at the Shacktoberfest. The German sausages and such include currywursts, polish sausages, braised red cabbage and a concrete that mimics German chocolate cake. If you crave something stronger, there’s Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale and Bluepoint Oktoberfest. At the Upper West Side Shack, on the corner of Columbus Avenue and 79th Street, and at the Madison Square Park Shack location. 11 AM to 11 PM, 7 days a week. www.shakeshacknyc.com. (Via Serious Eats)
October 3-4. This event is sold out, but it’s worth noting for next year. New York Magazine and the French Culinary Institute are putting on the second annual New York Culinary Experience. For the all-inclusive price of $1,395, there are master classes and cooking demos with more than 30 chefs, including Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Jacques Torres, Jacques Pépin, and Iron Chef Morimoto. http://nymag.com/nyce/ (Via Grub Street)
Oct 3. If you’re a lover of bivalves, then head for the Grand Central Oyster Frenzy at the Grand Central Oyster Bar . Oysters start at $2 apiece, and beer at $5.75. A special “Frenzy Menu” is priced à la carte. Top Chef alum Fabio Trabocchi will do a demo. Noon to 6 p.m. www.oysterbarny.com/ (Via Grub Street)
Oct. 3. Chile Pepper Fiesta The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is holding a Chile Pepper Fiesta where Corwin Kave of Fatty Crab and other chefs will demonstrate how to use chile peppers. Sample goodies and listen to music. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children under 1. http://www.bbg.org/vis2/2009/chilepepperfiesta/.
October 3. NYC coffee roaster, Dallis Coffee, and NYC coffee consultant, TampTamp Inc., will host a special Slow U seminar on coffee. Learn from these NYC coffee experts, Anne Nylander, of TampTamp, and Teresa von Fuchs, of Dallis, how coffee is grown, sourced, and processed while delving into the social, political, and economic complexities of the global coffee trade. Samples offered. Think Coffee, 248 Mercer St, (btwn. 3rd and 4th Sts.), Manhattan. 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. Tickets: Slow Food Members – $20 / Non-members – $25 Tickets Available ONLY on-line at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/82412
Neighborhood stalwart Edgar’s Cafe has opened a second location between 91st and 92nd streets on Amsterdam Ave.
The original locale on W. 84th Street was named after writer Edgar Allen Poe, who once resided at that address. The new Edgar’s has none of the funky atmosphere of the original; it looks like any other NY sandwich-coffee shop. But the new Edgar’s, like the original, boasts an impressive line-up of coffee drinks. And, there are more than two dozen salads to choose from, including a Mediterranean Bean Salad and a Beef Carpaccio Salad. In a nod to the immediate neighborhood’s large population of observant Jews, items, like Apple Brown Betty, are labeled “kosher.”
Last Friday, I was lugging my computer down 44th Street just east of Grand Central on my way to catch the Hampton Jitney. I felt an urge for caffeine that could not be denied. You know the feeling. If you’re not inhaling coffee immediately–as in the next three minutes–you’re going to have yourself a good cry.
What’s your favorite coffee spot in NY?
Then I spotted Machiatto Espresso Bar, a coffee place that also serves up pastries and sandwiches. I’ve walked by it before, mostly on my way to catch the Jitney, which makes a stop at the corner of 44th and Third. But the scrum of coffee-craving suits crowding the place always kept me walking on by.
Last Friday morning around 9:30, I stopped in. Miraculously, Machiatto was relatively empty, so I ambled inside and ordered an iced coffee ($2.00/small, $2.75/medium, $3.75/large). Naturally, I needed something sweet to go along with my caffeine fix. So I had the pixieish barista snag a chocolate and hazelnut Danish for me ($2.75).
One bite and I was totally entranced by this buttery, flaky confection. Notably, it delivered an intense chocolate hit without being cloyingly sweet. “They’re homemade,” chirped the barista when I inquired after the provenance of these goodies that, truth be told, are more puff pastry than classic Danish.
Go for the coffee at Machiatto. It’s really good. Then throw calorie caution to the wind and throw yourself an impromptu party with their pastries. I haven’t tasted the other items on the menu–which include a yummy looking chocolate cigar–but I bet they’re mouthwatering as well. There are also sandwiches, including a tuna, turkey and egg salad, all priced between $7.50 and $8.95.
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