The Foodieodicals pop-up from last year’s Food Book Fair. Photo: Liz Clayman
The world is awash in recipes and restaurant reviews, celebrity chefs and cooking smackdowns, but for substantial discussions about food culture, The Food Book Fair fills a serious niche in the food world. From April 25-27, the fair returns to The Wythe Hotel with creative panels and parties like the Food Book Slam, where our favorite butcher Tom Mylan, author of The Meat Hook Meat Book, and Tanoreen’s Rawia Bishara, author of Olives, Lemon and Za’atar, will read their books alongside other food stars and “battle” each other for the prize of best book at the fair. Pete Meehan of Lucky Peach will moderate a panel with staff from Bon Appetit and Phaidon to discus whether cookbooks are turning into coffee-table art, and Midwestern chefs and authors, including Emily Elsen of Four & Twenty Blackbirds, will talk about food from the Heartland. When planning out the panels you want to attend, make sure to build in time to browse the country’s best “Foodieodicals” on Saturday. There are lots more special events like these, including Brew Pub, where you can sample the hopped-up work of 20 NYC home brewers handpicked by artist Eric Steen. We have a pair of tickets for the second Brew Pub session from 6-9pm to give away. Just email us to enter–we’ll contact a random winner on Monday.
If you’ve ever been out to dinner with a teacher, particularly a New York City public school teacher, then you know that their hours in the classroom are storytelling gold, from unruly students to irascible administrators. The long-form fans at Narratively produce a variety of stories around a theme each week, and for their upcoming Teachers and Students series they’re hosting a storytelling event starring eight tellers of tales from both sides of the chalkboard. The event is free, at the Made in NY, IFP Media Center in DUMBO, from 5-6:30pm; register to let them know you’re coming, polished apple in hand.
Our pal Tom Shillue has been showing up on The Tonight Show on a semi-regular basis as part of Jimmy Fallon’s barbershop quartet, and some of his buddies from the show are starting to be regulars on Funny Story at Brooklyn Brewery. Take Dion Flynn for example–he’s their go-to Barack Obama, and a regular player in the show’s skits. He’ll be telling a story, along with Ronica Reddick and James Beweley on Thursday, April 24, and you’ll get to hear all about Tom’s recent tour with Jim Gaffigan, and his adventures in Iceland.
With a name like Tipsy, it’s obvious this new wine shop in Clinton Hill doesn’t take itself too seriously. Co-owners Amanda Neville and Alan Greene make shopping for wine accessible and fun, hosting free weekly events such as the Tuesday Tasting, Happy Hour Friday, and Saturday Sipper. You can’t spell Tipsy without “tips,” and Tipsy has plenty of those, with wines organized by varietals, pairing suggestions, and a mobile-friendly site that makes choosing wine and spirits a snap. This Saturday, April 19, Tipsy will be making a killer punch based on Kraken Black Spiced Caribbean Rum for their Saturday Sipper. Yarrr!
Recognize the wallpaper? Linda Simpson (pictured) and Murray Hill host Drag Bingo at Royal Palms on Wednesday. Photo by Cat Feral.
If shooting shuffleboard at the Royal Palms has given you a taste for geriatric gaming, be sure to expand your repertoire by swinging through on Wednesday to check out weekly bingo night. Don’t worry, this isn’t your typical stuffy church basement affair—it’s hosted by Linda Simpson and Murray Hill, celebrity drag personalities who have earned some serious bingo-emceeing chops over the years at venues all over the city. Last week, participants competed for prizes like a velvet painting, a crazy light-up laser gun, and a cold hard cash jackpot. Tiebreakers were decided through dance-offs and best underwear contests up on the big stage, which were as entertaining to watch as you would think it would be. There is no cover and bingo cards are $2 a pop, so if you throw in a beer or two and a cheap dinner from whatever food truck in in the bay (this week it’s tacos from Country Boys), you’ve got yourself a fun and budget-friendly weeknight out. Just make sure you don’t space out or you might miss your winning number!
What better way to ring in spring than with a clam boil Monday night at 606 R&D? Photo:606 R&D
Ok, last weekend proved that we are almost, almost out of the vortex, and it’s time to shift focus to nice, outdoor things, like picnics, bbqs, pig roasts and seafood boils. To get your first taste of that last one this season, buy your ticket now for the annual backyard clam boil at 606 R&D taking place on Monday night. The menu is an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of spring and summer faves: clams, shrimp, sausages, mac & cheese, coleslaw, green salad, watermelon, brownies, and donuts. Your $40 ticket price includes a beer or sangria and live bluegrass music to really help you welcome the warm weather in style.
The Roof at Whole Foods is kicking off a monthly beer dinner series this Thursday night with a six-course collaboration with Queens-based Singlecut Beersmiths Photo: Stephanie Long
Did you know that the Roof at Whole Foods hosts events like a weekly Wednesday trivia night? Me neither, which is why I was delighted to discover that starting this Thursday, the health food mega-facility will be serving monthly beer dinners in partnership with selected breweries. This month, Queens-based Singlecut Beersmiths is up, and they will be pairing a variety of their brews with a six-course, seasonally appropriate menu. For $50 a person, you can dig into dishes like spring onion and pretzel crostini with Hawthorne Valley cheddar, pine roasted lamb with barley salad, and chocolate milk stout pot de crème, all served with a carefully chosen, complementary beers. To even further sweeten the deal, Whole Foods will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Prospect Park Alliance, a cause we can all get behind. Space is limited so you’ll need to reserve a spot by emailing Stephanie.Long@wholefoods.com.
Grab your peeps for an Easter egg hunt that ends at Diamond Bar. Photo: Washington Post Peeps Contest
You know what they say about not putting all your eggs in one basket? Well they don’t say that on Easter, when you’ll be running around Greenpoint with a basket trying to find as many eggs as possible and putting them into that one basket. At the end of the day you’ll run all of those eggs over to The Diamond and if you have more eggs than anyone else, you’ll get a $50 bar tab. If you have the second most eggs you’ll have a $25 tab, and if you come in last place you’re a rotten egg. Register online (RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org) or at The Diamond for your first clue and on Sunday April 20th (for you sinners who don’t know when Easter is) you’ll be running around town from St. Vitus to McGolrick Park, hunting eggs like Elmer Fudd hunts wabbits.
A taste of last year’s Cambalache in London. Photo courtesy Wines of Argentina.
This week, spend a night or two in Argentina. You don’t even need a plane ticket, because Wines of Argentina is bringing its Cambalache! celebration to the Brooklyn Night Bazaar. At the World Malbec Day festival this Wednesday and Thursday, you can hang out with gauchos, eat endless empanadas, dance the Neuvo Tango, see graffiti artists deface some walls, and learn the dubious art of pairing wine and music–so long as you can tear yourself away from the 120 Argentinian wines to sample. The $80 ticket includes all food and drink and automatically enters you to win a trip for two to Buenos Aires, so think of this as a contest where everyone wins.
Talk about a Record Store Day party–Dust & Grooves is teaming up with I Love Vinyl, Dub-Stuy Records and the Tower of Sound, Turntable Lab, and Classic Album Sundays for a reception and book launch party forDust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting, this Saturday at powerHouse Arena. The 416-page coffee-table book features interviews with 160 of the world’s wildest record collectors alongside photos of their record rooms. The launch party begins at 4pm with a Classic Album Sunday listening session, followed by a book signing with author Eilon Paz. DJs who are featured in the book will be spinning all vinyl on a top-notch sound system, as you browse an exhibit of 40 select photos from the book and enter a raffle where you can win limited edition vinyl sets, limited edition autographed books, vinyl bags and more. Oh wait, did you think that was it? Hold your imaginary horses, Dewars will be providing free drinks, this is a free event, and there’ll be an after party at one of the neighboring bars (TBD).