Those who nabbed tickets to the sold out Masters at the Table event hosted by non other than Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianich at Del Posto, may need to pinch themselves because tonight is the night it’s all happening. This evening at Del Posto the two superstar chef personalities will go head-to-head as they prepare a dueling menu of their favorite Italian dishes. The 10-course dinner will most likely go down in history as one of the most epic meals of any of the 200+ guests’ lives.
Wednesday is May Day which means that spring finally feels like it’s really here. Ok, maybe it doesn’t actually feel like it’s here since the temperature still seems to disagree, but at least we know that it really can’t be far along now. With May comes its perfect weather for BBQ’ing burgers and dogs and so it only seems appropriate that Wednesday is also the first day of NYC Burger Week. Starting May 1st and continuing through May 7th there will be a slew of burger-centric events happening throughout the city. On Thursday Hardings NYC will host a Burger and Bourbon Dinner while Boozy Burbs hosts an Off-Menu Burger and Putts Beer Dinner the same night. On Friday Get Real Presents will host a Beer, Bowling and Burgers Festival at Bowlmor Lanes. If you really want to be in the know about all the best burgerlicious events happening be sure to follow our favorite burger blog, Burger Conquest.
If you are so over the American classic burger, than perhaps you’d be more interested in something a bit more international. This Saturday the traveling NYC Ethiopian pop-up restaurant Bunna Cafe is hosting their biggest event ever in a secret location in Williamsburg. The evening will celebrate Fasika, the Ethiopian Easter, when traditionally Ethiopians rejoice as they end a seven-week fasting period with a huge feast and party. After dinner guests will take part in a traditional coffee ceremony and have the opportunity to watch a live performance staring Tadele Daba, a world famous dancer and choreographer, as well as a former judge of Ethiopian Idol. VIP tickets can be found here.
The Food Book Fair kicks off this Thursday night and will continue through the weekend hosting a number of events that include cooking demonstrations, panel discussions, and tasting events. The fair will take place at three different locations: the Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn Winery, and The Brooklyn Kitchen. Participants include Bon Appetit’s Editor-in-Chief Adam Rapoport, The New York Times’ Oliver Strand, Smitten Kitchen’s Deb Perelman, Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster Garrett Oliver, and Chef Elizabeth Falkner. Full schedule and ticketing information can be found here.
If you are missing tonight’s dinner at Del Posto and are kicking yourself since you would LOVE to have a unique experience at one of your favorite Italian restaurants, then be sure to grab a spot at this Saturday’s The Art of Sauce Making class with Del Posto’s Chef de Cuisine Matt Abdoo. The course will blow your mind as you learn all the ins and outs of making the most delicious Italian sauces from scratch by a highly esteemed Italian chef. After the course, everyone is invited for a sit-down family-style Italian lunch with Del Posto’s selected wine pairings. This will absolutely be unlike any other cooking class you’ve ever attended. Find tickets here.
And then it’s Sunday. But this week, Sunday should not be treated like a typical low-key, get-ready-for-the-week Sunday. Why? Because it’s Cinco de Mayo! And you need a margarita! If you are looking to celebrate the holiday in full festive form then we encourage you to do so at Fatta Cuckoo. The Lower East Side restaurant will continue its Sunday Supper: Friends of Fatta guest chef series by welcoming Chef William Huffman who is a master of cuisine hailing from the south of the boarder. Dinner includes margarita and mezcal pairings and will feature six courses of Mexican favorites. Learn more and purchase tickets here.