Happy Monday! We’re officially now into October so bring on pumpkin-everything, fall sweaters, and brisk strolls in the park. Here’s what’s on tap in the city as we officially run full steam ahead into autumn.
Start the week off right with a delicious Basque dinner prepared by the chefs at Txikito and inspired by James Beard Award-winning chef Ashley Christensen’s new cookbook, “Poole’s: Recipes and and Stories from a Modern Diner.” In addition to the opportunity to meet Ashley, your ticket gets you a welcome cocktail, appetizers, a four-course, family style dinner, and your own signed copy of Ashley’s book. If you haven’t dined at Txikito yet, this is the perfect opportunity to do so! More information here. 240 9th Avenue New York, NY
Top Chef winner and owner of buzzy Blackbelly in Boulder, CO Hosea Rosenberg is coming to NYC to prepare a five-course tasting menu with chef Brendan McHale, the owner of East Village hotspot The Eddy. This collaborative tasting menu will feature favorites from Blackbelly, like the restaurant’s house-made charcuterie and edible beef tallow candles, as well as other delicious meats from the restaurant-marketplace combo. Signature cocktails and some of Rosenberg’s favorite craft beers from Colorado will also be served. Score a seat here. 342 E. 6th St. New York, NY
Fried chicken and champagne might not sound like a great pair, but after attending Fried & Fizzy, you’ll never want to wash down your fried food with anything other than a nice glass of bubbly. At this unique annual event, you can taste more than 30 sparkling wines from throughout the world, as well as a variety of fried foods, including some mouth-watering fried chicken. Sommeliers will be on hand to answer any questions you might have about the night’s unique food and drink pairings. More information here. 399 Lafayette St. New York, NY
Join Amy Kritzer, the popular food blogger behind What Jew Wanna Eat, for a dessert tasting and celebration of her new book, “Sweet Noshings.” Learn the fundamentals of food blogging from a pro and get baking tips from Kritzer’s demonstration using original recipes from her new book. After the demonstration, stick around for a tasting of Kritzer’s sweet treats. More information about the event here. Center for Jewish History, Forchheimer Auditorium, 15 W. 16th St. New York, NY
Frank + Oak recently launched its first-ever women’s collection, and now you have a chance to shop the range at the brand’s NYC pop-up shop this weekend. Stock up on high-quality T-shirts, sweaters, skirts, dresses, outerwear, and more at prices that won’t break the bank. More information here. 219C Mulberry St. New York, NY
Celebrate the start of fall at the first annual October Harvest Festival, hosted by 21 West End. Fill up on delicious food from Manhattan-based food trucks, check out more than 20 local vendors selling a variety of goods, and enjoy a musical performance by Grammy and Emmy-nominated musician Frankie Moreno. Face painting, pumpkin carving, and other fun activities will also be offered. More information here. 21 West End Apartments, 21 West End Avenue New York, NY
End your weekend on a high-note with a Bitch-approved brunch. We recently adored the new Greenpoint outpost of Maman, a delightful French bakery. In fact, its Croque Madames topped the sammies we sampled in Paris earlier this year. Read our full brunch review of Maman here.