Oktoberfest, Restaurant History & Whiskey: What to Do in Brooklyn This Week

Some of Sarah Owens’s work. Courtesy Sarah Owens.

Brooklyn Reserve: Oktoberfest, September 29
It’s almost October. Welcome in autumn with a Brooklyn-style Oktoberfest, brought to you by the events team behind the Bell House and Union Hall venues. The outdoor festival will feature live music from the award-winning Hungry March brass band, famous for their yearly performances at the Coney Island Mermaid and Greenwich Village Halloween parades. There will of course be German beers, plus döner kebab from Kotti Berliner, lawn games, a raffle, and more. The event returns October 26th.
Industry City. Free General Admission—All Ages (RSVP Requested). $30 VIP. More info: www.eventbrite.com

DinnerLab: Delmonico’s – Restaurant History Remixed, September 24
This week, the Museum of Food and Drink’s DinnerLab series takes guests through the fascinating history of Delmonico’s—the oldest restaurant in the country and a New York institution. Opened in 1837, Delmonico’s is credited with inventing iconic dishes like Eggs Benedict and Baked Alaska, along with many of the conventions of fine dining as we know it. Join Max Tucci, grandson of one of the restaurant’s early owners, for classic cocktails and a viewing of photographs and menus from Delmonico’s archives. The restaurant’s current executive chef and MOFAD’s executive  chef will prepare modern reinterpretations of Delmonico’s historic dishes.
Museum of Food and Drink. Tickets $125. More info: www.mofad.org

Whiskey Stories: Flavors of Asia, September 27
As whiskey-lovers know, every dram comes with its own story . Whiskey specialist and comic storyteller Rachna Hukmani takes guests through the stories behind four premium whiskey flights from India, Taiwan, Japan, and China, paired with foods from those countries. This intriguing evening of whiskey tasting and storytelling comes recommended by the Michelin guide, so it’s not one to miss.
Whiskey Stories, 161 Stockholm St. Tickets $69. More info: www.eventbrite.com

Last Taste of Summer: A Celebration of Community through Food, Art & Music! September 26
The late summer heat has New Yorkers dreaming of cooler temperatures, but we’ll soon be missing the warm evenings. Savor the last days of rooftop party season at BAM with a night of delicious food, drinks, live music, and dancing. 50 percent of the evening’s proceeds will go to the Sylvia Center, a non-profit organization supporting nutrition education and youth development in high-need, high-potential communities.
Brooklyn Academy of Music. Tickets $60 – 70. More info: www.eventbrite.com

An Heirloom Dinner with Sarah Owens, September 26
Horticulturalist, cook, and sourdough baker Sarah Owens will be serving a four-course dinner of recipes from her new book Heirloom: Time Honored Techniques, Nourishing Traditions, and Modern Recipes. Start the evening off with a cocktail of Balkan-style fruit brandy and kvass, (a lacto-fermented drink made from rye bread), followed by naturally-leavened breads and heirloom vegetable dips, a modern take on Waldorf salad made with barberries and jujubes, oxtail borsht, and  shaker lemon and sage pie to finish. Signed copies of Owens’ book will be available for purchase.
Archestratus Books. Tickets $70. More info: www.eventbrite.com