If you want to eat your way through summer, we can count the ways.
Chefs from New York and California will congregate at Rockefeller Center, 45 Rockefeller Plaza between Fifth and Sixth avenues, and between 49th and 50st streets, Monday, June 10, for the benefit of Citymeals-on-Wheels. Besides renowned chefs the event will feature signature cocktails and wines. Last year more than 1,000 guests gathered for the event that raised more than $828,000, enough to provide 128,900 meals for the New York City’s frail, older neighbors. A general admission ticket is $600; contact 212.687-1290 or email@example.com.
Generation Harvest’s Summer in the City Tasting
Wander over to The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St., between Sixth and Seventh avenues, Wednesday, June 19, for a benefit featuring more than 30 New York City chefs and restaurants, wine, specialty cocktails, entertainment and a silent auction. Musician Howie Day will perform. The event kicks off with a VIP Hour at 6:30 p.m. followed by general admission at 7:30 p.m. Summer in the City is Generation Harvest’s major fundraising event of the year, and is geared for young philanthropists and tastemakers. City Harvest helps provide food for more than one million people facing hunger each year. The organization donates food to nearly 600 community food programs.
Sample culinary fare from top New York City chefs and restaurants on the Bethesda Terrace in Central Park, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at the annual benefit for Central Park Conservancy and its mission to restore and maintain the park. The event features a luxury-filled silent auction and music by Alexandra Richards. Individual tickets are $400. To reserve for the benefit contact RSVPevent@centralparknyc.org or 212.446.2242.
59th Summer Fancy Food Show
Showcasing 180,000 products, including confections, cheese, coffee, snacks, spices, ethnic, natural, and organic items, it’s a gastronomes delight.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday, June 30 and July 1; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, July 2.
Javits North Hall opens at 9:30 a.m. each show day. The Special Food Association, presents the 2013 Sofi Award Ceremony from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 1, featuring chef Marcus Samuelsson. www.specialtyfood.com
French Restaurant Week
Last year more than 53 restaurants participated in the event in its third year. This year’s edition is scheduled for July 8 to July 14, with a special price of $17.89 in honor of the French Revolution. Among the restaurants participating are Amélie Wine Bar, AOC, PicNic Market & Café, Le Bistro D’à Côté, Maison Harlem, Gaby Restaurant at Sofitel Hotel, Bar Tabac, Le Singe Vert, Cercle Rouge, Café Noir, Jules Bistro, Bistro Vendôme, and Tree Bistro. The event highlights French chefs and sommeliers throughout the city.www.frenchrestaurantweek.com
2nd Annual Spirits of New York
Sample cocktails and snacks at the Slow Food NYC Spirits of New York Cocktail event are set for Wednesday, July 10, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Astor Culinary Center, 399 Lafayette St. The event features spirits made in New York, and includes regional producers of vodka, gin, shine, white brandy, rye, and bourbon.
Cocktail and snacks highlight the evening. VIP admission is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; general admission from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Local, artisanal spirits producers are developing small scale, regional, spirits production by supporting local farmers.
The event is sponsored by Slow Food NYC, the New York City chapter of Slow Food, a non-profit, membership-supported organization founded in 1989 to counteract the fast food culture. www.slowfoodnyc.org
87th Annual Feast of San Gennaro
This yearly event turns the historic streets of Little Italy into a food extravaganza for 11 days from Thursday, Sept. 12, through Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. It’s set in the lower Manhattan neighborhood, which was the first home of Italian immigrants who came to the United States in the early 20th century. An annual celebration of faith, the Feast of San Gennaro features religious processions, colorful parades, free musical entertainment, ethnic food delicacies, charming restaurants and cafes and a cannoli-eating competition. One million people are expected to attend; Mulberry Street between Canal and Houston streets; for event and performance schedules, visit www.sangennaro.org
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