This Thursday, the Ultimate Belgian Tasting event takes place, courtesy of Ale Street News and the Belgian Consulate at Heartland Brewery at the Empire State Building. Your $98 gets you Belgian nibbles and an incredible lineup of all the good stuff from Orval to Urthel.
A box of luscious champagne mangos (15-18 in a box, depending on size) can be yours for $15 or so if you head into Chinatown. Otherwise you're likely to pay about $3 a pop.
A lifetime ago, or really just February, 1999, we wrote about 'ino, Jason Denton's first restaurant—a place full of pleasures far beyond its mini-me dimensions. Since then, Jason and his brother, Joe, have added Lupa, Otto, and 'inoteca to their lineup. On Thursday (or thereabouts), they open far north, verging on nosebleed elevation, with Bar Milano, 323 3rd [24th] 212.683.3035.
James Beard NY Nominees
Joe Bastianich/Mario Batali
Dan Barber (Blue Hill)
Gramercy Tavern (Owner: Danny Meyer)
Jean Georges (Chef/Owner: Jean-Georges Vongerichten)
Best New Restaurant
Anthos (Chef/Owner: Michael Psilakis, Owner: Donatella Arpaia)
Rising Star Chef of the Year
Gavin Kaysen (Café Boulud) [Pictured]
Outstanding Pastry Chef
Gina DePalma (Babbo)
Pichet Ong (P*ONG)
Best Chef: NYC
Michael Anthony (Gramercy Tavern)
Terrance Brennan (Picholine)
David Chang (Momofuku Ssäm Bar)
Wylie Dufresne (WD-50)
Gabriel Kreuther (The Modern)
This Friday and Saturday, parents, students, educators, advocates, and pols are welcome at the "Schools, Food and Community" conference presented by The Baum Forum and Teachers Colleague Columbia University. The series of workshops, speakers, and roundtables will focus on combating childhood obesity. It's $115 for the full conference, though you can buy tickets for individual events. Details are here.
Coffee, corn, and asparagus are all featured players in the Food for Thought Film Fest, with screenings on April 12th and 19th.
On Sunday, April 13th, 1-5pm, Mark Bello gives a Hands-On Pizza Workshop at the Astor Center. Tickets are $175.
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