The only time you’ll hear us talking about our beach bods this summer is if we’re comparing our legs to hot dogs. So you’ll most likely find us at one of these retro spirit tastings, artisanal dinner parties, and all-you-can-eat (literal) pig-outs. And remember, we can hold you a seat at the table or tell you the highly coveted password for a speakeasy experience like you’ve never had before (keep reading!).
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Banned Countries Dinner Series: Sudan Edition, July 19
Roads & Kingdoms, the award-winning site dedicated to journalism about food and politics from around the globe, will host the third meal in its Banned Country Dinner Series, for which British-Sudanese chef Omer Eltigani will prepare dishes from his forthcoming book, The Sudanese Kitchen. Proceeds will benefit the American Refugee Committee. Roads & Kingdoms has incredible fans, so the company should be as great as the cuisine. Franklin Guesthouse, 214 Franklin Street, Greenpoint; 6:30 p.m.; $125
The Wellness Project Dinner, July 25
Bread is my best friend, but I can go without it for a night. Phoebe Lapine, a gluten-free food blogger I’ve been following on social media for a few years, is hosting a four-course, plant-based dinner at the Natural Gourmet Institute to celebrate the release of her debut memoir, The Wellness Project. Expect clean but delicious plates like grilled romaine hearts and lemon-turmeric–braised summer vegetables straight from the farmers’ market. Natural Gourmet Institute, 48 West 21st Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues), Flatiron; 6:30–9:30 p.m.; $65
Green Fairy Absinthe Tasting, August 3
Enter Gatsby’s charmed world for at least one evening in the East Village. This monthly tasting series has free-flowing absinthe and encourages “unmentionables or intimate attire”; sounds like my kind of bawdy night. The Red Room at KGB, 85 East 4th Street (between Bowery and Second Avenue), 3rd floor, East Village; 9:30 p.m.
“Ready or Not!” With Nom Nom Paleo + Hu Kitchen, August 16
I’m always looking for new cookbooks to fill my apartment shelves, especially ones that will get me back on track on the days I’m not eating the world for work. James Beard–nominated writer Michelle Tam does just that every day with her Nom Nom Paleo app and meal plan—and now her latest cookbook, Ready or Not!. The Paleo masters over at Hu Kitchen will be whipping up a multicourse dinner to celebrate her book release. Hu Kitchen, 1536 Third Avenue (between East 86th and 87th Streets), Upper East Side; 6:30–8:30 p.m.; $60
Hawaii Cuisine: Beyond Pineapples With Chef Sheldon Simeon, August 17
Poke is all the rage in NYC lately, but did you know about its Hawaiian roots? The brainiacs over at the Museum of Food and Drink, along with Top Chef contestant Sheldon Simeon, walk through the Aloha State’s eclectic food history. A Hawaiian-inspired tasting and beer from Brooklyn Brewery follow the discussion. Museum of Food and Drink, 62 Bayard Street, Williamsburg; 6:30–8 p.m.; $25
Runner & Stone’s Meet Your Makers Dinner, August 17
I talk about Runner & Stone’s lovingly baked loaves much more than I’d like to admit. So I’ll be attending its dinner series, where the makers of some of the area’s most beloved purveyors of fine food and booze—previous producers include Long Island’s Bedell Cellars and Brooklyn’s own Red Hook Winery—will be in attendance. This night’s meal incorporates produce from upstate New York’s Dirty Boots Farm, along with Strong Rope Brewery’s beer, produced a few blocks away in Gowanus. Runner and Stone, 285 Third Avenue, Gowanus; $100
Drinkeasy, August 25
A speakeasy on the roof doesn’t logistically make sense when you first hear it—isn’t the whole point that it be hidden away from the public eye? But when the team behind one of my favorite cocktail bars on the Lower East Side is playing bartender after hours at Eataly’s Sabbia, you don’t question the whereabouts. At least they man the door like Gandalf; you shall not pass if you don’t know the password for the night…but we know it. Sabbia at Eataly, 200 Fifth Avenue (at West 23rd Street), Flatiron; 11:55 p.m.
Sunday Asados, August 27
There’s one Sunday event worth coming back to the city early for: The summer Sunday Asados at Colonia Verde. The Latin American restaurant in Fort Greene hosts guest chefs every month, who take over the outdoor grills to create their own special menus for a laid-back evening in the leafy courtyard. This one is hosted by Marie Elena from the food-travel site New Worlder and features a chef from a popular Mexico City restaurant and flowing mezcal cocktails. The crowd is always cool and cute, too, which never hurts. Colonia Verde, 219 Dekalb Avenue, Fort Greene
Pig Island, September 9
Aside from being home to a ravenous pack of boys in Lord of the Flies, Pig Island is also one of the meatiest events in NYC of the entire year. More than 25 chefs will be on hand to create hog-wild dishes from locally raised pigs; previous eats have included glazed pork cold ramen, pig head tacos, pig ear lettuce wraps, and whole hog larb (a Laotian meat salad). Craft beer and cider from New York State will be included, but I’ll probably be living under the whiskey tent, guarding my plate full of pig. Erie Basin Park, Red Hook; 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m.; tickets start at $20