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