Food for Thought 2019, October 23
Spend an evening in Prospect Park’s beautiful Picnic House, surrounded by autumn foliage while you savor food and drinks from some of Brooklyn’s finest restaurants and bars. The Park Slope Civic Council hosts its 8th annual Food for Thought Tasting Gala, with proceeds going to scholarships for graduating John Jay High School seniors demonstrating exceptional community service. Tastes, drinks, and cocktails will be available from Negril BK, Rose Water, Benchmark Restaurant, The Commissioner, Scottadito Osteria Toscana, and many more.
The Picnic House, Prospect Park. Tickets $75–$150. More info: eventbrite.com
A Proper Supper + Essex Farm: Fall Harvest, October 24
This pop-up dinner comes straight from the farm. Mark and Kristin Kimball, farmers and authors of The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love, will provide food harvested on their farm in New York State’s Champlain Valley, a fully organic and ecological farm that’s at the forefront of the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) movement. With their farm and their food, Mark and Kristin seek to reconnect people with the land that nourishes us. All the food will be from Essex Farm, with the Cocktail Architect and Barrow’s Intense Ginger providing craft cocktails.
Barrow’s Intense Tasting Room. Tickets $125. More info: eventbrite.com
The Toast of Brooklyn Food and Wine Festival, October 26
The annual Toast of Brooklyn Festival has migrated from its original home in Bed Stuy to bring hundreds of wine and food tastings to Brooklyn’s Navy Yard. Get a first look at a wide range of new food and drink brands from around the world and enjoy live music all day and into the night. Food options will include the Curry Que, Embers Caribbean Fusion Cuisine, and Johnny Baldwin Cheesecakes, while drinks will be on hand from Hendrick’s Gin, Bumbu Craft Rum, Pindal Organic Wines, and many more. A silent auction will be held to benefit hurricane relief efforts in the Bahamas.
Brooklyn Navy Yard. Tickets $50–$75. More info: eventbrite.com
Food Education as Social Change, October 24
Chef, cooking instructor, and food stylist Kausar Ahmed will speak about her new cookbook The Karachi Kitchen and her work with Kitchen Craft, an organization she founded to provide free cooking and nutrition classes to women and youth in Karachi’s high-risk communities. Ahmed will speak about food as a tool of communication and a way to educate, empower, and help combat violence. She’ll be joined by Kerry Brodie of Emma’s Torch, Lisa Gross of League of Kitchens, and chef Geoffrey Tulloch from NYC’s Culinary Arts High School. A reception will follow with foods from The Karachi Kitchen.
The Museum of Food and Drink. Tickets $20. More info: mofad.org
Plant-Based Cooking Made Easy, October 24
Learn how to create hearty, savory, and plant-based dishes from the chefs behind Yondu, an umami-rich, vegan sauce that adds an extra depth of flavor to veggies. They’ll demonstrate three simple, seasonal recipes, which you’ll then recreate yourself. Enjoy the fruits of your labor afterwards as a family-style dinner, paired with local wines.
Yondu Culinary Studio. Tickets $40. More info: eventbrite.com