A pop-up with free food and beer? Sure, why not?
Cooking Channel is hosting its Summer Eats Pop-Up at Williamsburg’s Smorgasburg today between 1 and 5pm, giving away buffalo wings, quesadillas, pulled pork sandwiches and beer from Brooklyn Brewery. The pop-up will then hit the road stopping at five cities across to country to celebrate the channel’s second birthday.
Chelsea will play host to a unique pop-up food market called Superdupermarket from July 13 to 15. Organized by Paper Magazine editor Kim Hastreiter who is giving every vendor free space under the condition they must “sell something amazing,” the incredible line-up includes local restaurants Red Rooster, The Spotted Pig and Fat Radish, alongside San Francisco’s Tartine Bakery, Boulette’s Larder, Miette Candy and many more. Superdupermarket, 410 West 16th St, July 13-15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Eleven Madison Park’s forager Kyle Fiasconaro is starting a series of pop-up dinners on Long Island called Lost and Found with other local chefs, offering a four-course farm-to-table dinner for $45. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for the next dinner.
At the historic Howard Theatre in Washington D.C. guests have always expected to be wowed by impressive musical talents. But now there is even more to get excited about than seeing music legends like B.B. King and Chaka Khan: the food.
The newly renovated theater is introducing the talents of acclaimed chef, Marcus Samuelsson, to its line-up. Samuelsson, of Harlem’s Red Rooster, has put together quite the culinary playlist for the theater’s attendees. Some highlights of his dinner menu include Southern favorites like his fried chicken with buttermilk mashed potatoes and collard greens, crab cakes, and shrimp with grits.
In addition to offering a noteworthy dinner menu, every weekend the theater hosts a popular Gospel Brunch with the world-famous Harlem Gospel Choir, where guests indulge in an all-you-can-eat soul food buffet by Samuelsson. Now that’s something to get you up on your feet and clap your hands for.
Fusion is not a dirty word. Not according to Nils Noren.
On Tuesday Noren will present a menu at Red Rooster‘s new downstairs space paying homage to Harlem’s supper clubs of yore – with a Japanese twist – for a unique fundraiser for The Gohan Society. The idea: pair a six-course American menu with exquisite artisanal sake from the northern Japanese prefecture of Akita.
Noren studied vintage menus and the history of Harlem for the inspiration behind each dish. He discovered that supper clubs of the 1920′s served chicken and waffles – no surprise there – but with a side of fried rice. And an appetizer of French soup. Eclectic yes, but that’s Harlem for you.
So the Red Rooster team collaborated on a menu that unites all these influences: fried chicken broth with a toast of collard greens, congee with crab, ginger and house-made oyster sauce, topped with quail egg to break into the soupy rice porridge. Next, ‘rig and cheese’ – a play on mac and cheese: rigatoni stuffed with shrimp, cheese sauce and fried parsley, and octopus with pork belly and a shake of rooster hot sauce.
There’ll be a chicken and waffle dish that is still “a work in progress – a delicious challenge,” laughs Noren. And a chocolate cake crowned by red velvet ice-cream: deep, dark and luscious.
But how do you pair sake, usually associated with the elegance and refinement of Japanese cuisine, with these Southern comfort dishes-with-a-twist?
Noren isn’t deterred. “Sake is delicious and very complex. People assume French wine goes with everything, even Chinese food. So why can’t sake go with everything? I want people to change their way of thinking when it comes to sake.”
Fried chicken and sake? Sounds like a completely delicious challenge.
Buy tickets for The Gohan Society’s six-course with sake pairing fundraiser at Red Rooster on Tuesday, 6 March here.