Monday Smorgasbord: September 19th

This week in food looks like…

The Pan American reopened (a fire had shut it down in the Spring), and will start serving lunch and brunch today. This "American eatery through Latin eyes" boasts flavorful dishes like blue corn battered jalapenos stuffed with farmer's cheese and roasted habaneros on top, beef tenderloin topped with crunchy chimichurri panada, and gazpacho with watermelon, peppers and onions (served in a martini glass, of course). 202 Mott Street,

The New York City Wine & Food Festival is coming up and if you haven't bought tickets yet, there's still time to snag some. The good shows are mostly sold out, I'm not going to lie to you, but here's a few I saw that are still available for purchase, click for more info and to purchase tix: Rock & Bowl with Chef Anne Burrell ($150 pp), Murray's Cheese tasting at the Norwood Club ($85 pp), Charcuterie 101 at Macelleria ($75), Meatball Shop and Wine tasting with Daniel Holzman and Ray Isle ($85 pp), and for the kids there's Cake Decorating with Duff Goldman and Charm City Cakes ($40 pp). Might be a bit pricey, but remember 100% of the net proceeds go to the Food Bank for New York City and Share Our Strength organizations.

Baked By Melissa's Mini of the Month is the "Milk & Cookies" cupcake, and it's adorbs. Yes I said adorbs. Vanilla cake, vanilla icing, topped with a honey bear graham (aka Teddy Grahams I imagine). Who said vanilla has to be boring? And for the chocoholics (me) they have recently introduced "In Chocolate", a collection of 8 mini cupcakes, coated completely in chocolate. NUMS.

NY Craft Beer Week started on Friday (runs through September 25th), and the sudsy brews are being honored with festivals, tastings, dinners and more. TimeOut NY did a pretty nice round up of the top events for all of you beer-lovers out there. Click here for full article.  

Speaking of beer, Oktoberfest kicked off on Saturday, and if you're not going to the real thing like some of my friends (lucky ducks), here's a few places where you can raise your stein and break out the lederhosen: Zum Schneider, Loreley, Bierhaus, Spritzenhaus, Lederhosen (duh), Bier International, and of course there's the Oktoberfest street festival on Oct 2nd on Lexington Ave from 42nd – 57th streets. Remember: bier ist wunderbar! 


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