food 12.15.09

Holiday Foods
Plus: Every Person in New York

The Christmas dessert Bûche de Noël – Genoese sponge cake and buttercream made to look like a Yule log – can be special ordered from the great Almondine or Financier.

Had a really good year? (Someone has to have.) Then truffle up at Le Bernardin's 9-course Holiday Truffle Tasting Menu served in their Salon, December 24, 25, 26 and January 1, 2, 7:30-8:30pm reservations only. $220 per person.

Well, a little work is involved here but you can jump start a holiday tamale tradition by scoring from one of these vendors (catch as catch can), or from Zaragoza Tamales, 215 Ave. A [13th/14th] 212.780.9204, or DIY.

Panettone holds no great thrill for us, unless we're talking Marchesi Panettone from Milan, available from Italian food importer Gustiamo. Worth $70? In a word, yes.

Traditional Christmas pudding from Myers of Keswick, plus mince pies, Cumberland sausage, and Christmas crackers.

Channel your inner Victorian and serve goose for the holidays. As with anything meat or fowl, in Florence (Meat Market) we trust. They're at 5 Jones [Bleecker/W. 4th] 212.242.6531. Call to special order, ask for Maria.

From the excellent local and organic purveyor Provisions, the Brooklyn in the House gift basket. Send some chocolate, granola, pickles and the like from the city's most artisanal borough. $70.

Epicurious readers overwhelmingly preferred classic latkes to any new-fangled variations in a recent poll. Find the classic recipe here.

Beer definitely counts as a food in our world, and Avec Les Bons Voeux, the seasonal brew from Brasserie Dupont, is a holiday food we look forward to every year. It's in their saison (farmhouse ale) style, spiced up a bit, and has a higher alcohol content.

See a gated community of gingerbread houses by local bakeries at Le Parker Meridien in their 56th Street atrium.

You can also take a gingerbread house decorating workshop for adults on Saturday, December 19th and Sunday the 20th, 12-3pm, at Tribeca's Bubble Lounge. It's $150 for one person, $200 for a couple and includes Champagne, hors d'oeuvres, and live music. Why so expensive? It's a fundraiser for the Church Street School, the only not-for-profit community music and art school in Lower Manhattan. Register.

Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for Every Person in New York on Tuesdays in MUG and daily at Jason's site.

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