Does “Eat Spain Up,” the name of NYC’s upcoming Spanish food and culture festival, sound like a challenge to anyone else? If it is, I’m down — definitely down. And consuming ungodly amounts of Spanish cuisine surely requires a certain level of highly specialized skill, right? So get ready, Eat Spain Up, get ready, because, thanks to years of experience with gluttony, I plan to dominate in the Spanish wine-drinking department. To triumph at the olive oil tasting. To be the mightiest of all (of all!) in the (over) consumption of ham and cheese. Oh, and I guess I could stop by one of the cooking classes, check out one of the screenings or roundtables with world-renowned Iberian chefs, and maybe try to stop being so competitive about the whole thing. Who’s with me?! October 24 – 28 in NYC.
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Lately people have been telling us we need to check out Montclair. As a born and bread Long Islander it’s a bit like joining the darkside. The Galactic Empire did have speeder bikes and those cool voice manipulator. Montclair Bread Company might be the sith that sways us over. Dropping the Star Wars references, Montclair Bread Company has a head baker from Amy’s bread who also spent time at the helm of Bread Alone. All that means they know what they are talking about. So, when sourdough lessons popped up on the calendar we thought you might want to know about it. Join them for an exploration of sourdough. You’ll learn how to create your own starter and how to keep it alive. They will then explain the different types of sourdoughs before sending you home to “feed” it for a week. A week later the session concludes with the baking of your new sourdough baby. If that’s not enough, they also love donuts, so snacks will be easy to obtain. Multiple days and time in Montclair, New Jersey.
We’re more likely talking ’67 Camaro than ’47 Cheval Blanc but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to sip on some great vino. FIAF Wine Tasting’s The Vintage Effect Class gives you that opportunity with one of this years more interesting sessions. Learn enough to navigate that monster list at Del Posto BUT be careful it doesn’t break your ApplePay next time you catch yourself with a full cart on Wine Library.com. Monday, March 14 @ 7pm in NYC.
Kids + Liquid Nitrogen = FUN. Sounds dangerous, we realize but in the capable and creative hands of innovating chef, Wylie Dufresne, the math proves true. Chef Dufresne will lead kids in a hands-on, interactive afternoon that’s bound to oooh and ahhh your kids. The magic will also distract them long enough for you to grab one of those famous Williamsburg coffees and actually enjoy sipping on it uninterrupted. With an official name of Cool Cooking with Wylie Dufresne: The Magic of Liquid Nitrogen, I think this equation is obvious. no brainer = brain knower. Saturday, April 2 at 11am at the Museum of Food + Drink Lab.
If there’s a week this year to get your whiskey tasting on it would be this week. Wine By The Case is hosting a myriad of tastes composed of the best of American Whiskey, Bourbons & Scotches in their Whiskey Week. Lagavulin, Highland Park, Cody Road, Boondocks++ This event is FREE all they ask is that you purchase a commemorative glass. And why would you not want a commemorative glass? Wednesday, March 16 at 6:00 PM – Tuesday, March 22 at 10:00 PM @ Wine By The Case in Brooklyn.