December Food & Wine Events at 92Y

DECEMBER 2009 FOOD & WINE AT 92Y

FOOD AND WINE TASTINGS ● LECTURES ● TOURS ● DEMOS

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LECTURES AND TASTINGS

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Mon, Dec 14, 8:15 pm, $35

CHRISTOPHER KIMBALL AND JACK BISHOP: TASTING WITH THE TEST KITCHEN

Christopher Kimball, the host of America’s Test Kitchen, and Jack Bishop, the show’s editorial director, discuss its upcoming 10th season and invite members of the audience to join them onstage for a tasting. Kimball is also the host of Cook’s Country TV and the founder, editor and publisher of Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country magazines. Bishop oversees Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country magazines, along with the Web site. The ticket price includes a copy of their new HolidayEntertaining magazine and a tasting of a delicious treat.

Tue, Dec 15, 6:30 pm, $18

EATING FOR A NEW YOU IN THE NEW ECONOMY

Eating healthily doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Learn how to reduce calories and cut costs while discovering creative ways to balance dining out, ordering in and properly stocking a pantry. Obtain tips for determining when it’s worth spending extra for organics and supplements and how to take control of your trigger foods. Heather Bauer, RD, CDN, is the author of The Wall Street Diet and the founder of Nu-train, where she and Stephanie Middleberg, MS, RD, CDN, provide lifestyle-driven nutrition counseling.

Tue, Dec 15, 7-8:30 pm, $40

FRANCINE SEGAN’S WORLD OF TASTING: LA DOLCE VITA! ITALIAN DESSERT TASTING

Francine Segan’s World of Tasting returns to the 92nd Street Y by popular demand. The author of The Philosopher’s Kitchen,Shakespeare’s Table, Movie Menus, and The Opera Lover’s Cookbook presents a tasting and lecture series that explores the past and present of our favorite foods and drinks from (A)pple pie to (Z)eppolis. Tonight it’s Italy’s sublime pastries and dessert – think cannoli, gelato, rum baba, biscotti, amaretti, granite, and marzipan. Discover the roles Christopher Columbus and Casanova played in Italy’s chocolate history and learn about the sweet advantage Italy had over the rest of Europe in developing dessert. Learn about special Carnival, Easter and Christmas desserts and the many influences Italy has had on America’s classic desserts. Includes a tasting of dozens of desserts and hand-on practice “sculpting” with marzipan.

Sun, Dec 20, 7 pm, $39 (includes a kosher buffet dinner)

JEWS AND CHINESE FOOD: A LOVE AFFAIR

Just in time for the most important day on the Sino-Judeo calendar comes this entertaining talk with New York Times Metro reporter Jennifer 8. Lee. Based on her book The Fortune Cookie Chronicles, Lee dissects the longtime love affair between Jews and Chinese cuisine, touching upon pastrami egg rolls, Hanukkah fortune cookies and bagels in Beijing. Lee sheds light on the myths of Chinese food in the U.S. and explains how it has become all-American.

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FOOD OUTINGS

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Fri, Dec 11, 1-4:30 pm, $85

EXTREME CHOCOLATE WALKING TOUR

Calling all chocolate lovers! Explore the delicious world of chocolate. Learn about current trends in chocolate, visit a chocolate factory and taste samples of an assortment of delectable chocolates and hot chocolate.

Sun, Dec 20, 6-9:30 pm, $65

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AND CANNOLI TOUR

Visit the legendary Dyker Heights holiday lights display, where each year residents compete to have the biggest and brightest holiday decorations. See over-the-top displays, animatronic toys, motorized displays and 30-foot soldiers! Afterward, enjoy a pastry or cappuccino at Mona Lisa, one of Brooklyn’s best Italian bakeries. With Tony Muia, a licensed New York City tour guide and proud Brooklyn native.

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COOKING DEMOS

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Thu, Dec 18, 7 pm, $45

COOKING WITH MIKE COLAMECO AT THE DELIA/CARL SCHAEDEL AND CO. SHOWROOM: DELICIOUS, HOMEMADE HEALTHY WINTER SOUPS

There’s nothing like winter to make you crave hot soup. Chef Mike Colameco presents bimonthly cooking demonstrations at the Delia/Carl Schaedel and Co. showroom. Offered exclusively through the 92nd Street Y, his classes cover the basics and help home cooks become more proficient. Colameco has a daily show on WOR-AM and a weekly series, Colameco’s Food Show on Channel 13. All classes meet at the Delia/Carl Schaedel and Co. showroom at 969 Third Avenue (58th Street).

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BEVERAGE TASTINGS AND WORKSHOPS

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Wed, Dec 2, 7-8:30 pm, $50

INTRO TO CHAMPAGNE AND SPARKLING WINE

Learn the ins and outs of bubblies from all over the world, just in time for new year’s. Explore various styles of sparkling wine, learn how they are made, and decipher the terminology. Discuss food pairings, which sparkling wines to choose for special occasions and which need no occasion at all.

Begins Mon, Dec 7, 7-9 pm, 2 sessions for $100

WINES OF ITALY, NORTH AND SOUTH

Go beyond Chianti and Pinot Grigio and explore the vast variety offered by Italy’s 20 wine-producing regions. Taste the crisp whites of Trentino and the bold reds of Sicily. No prior wine knowledge required. Eight to ten wines per session.

Wed, Dec 9, 7-8:30 pm, $40

BETTER THAN WINE: BEERS AND CHEESE PAIRING

Yes, beer pairs more naturally with cheese than wine does. The flavor of most beers is more direct and the hops make an excellent foil with the intrinsic sweetness of many cheeses. Explore a variety of beer styles, including lagers, pale ales, porters or stouts and lambics, and learn what sort of cheeses match them best and why.

Thu, Dec 10, 7-8:30 pm, $50

INTRO TO DESSERT WINES AND AFTER-DINNER DRINKS

Forget coffee and cake! The chic way to end a meal is with a refreshing glass of dessert wine. Join cookbook author and TV personality Francine Segan for a tasting and introduction to after-dinner wines, including sauternes, muscat, sherry and port. Learn the perfect desserts to pair with each, plus interesting wine tidbits.

ABOUT THE 92ND STREET Y

Founded in 1874 by a group of visionary Jewish leaders, the 92nd Street Y has grown into a wide-ranging cultural, educational and community center serving people of all ages, races, faiths and backgrounds. The 92nd Street Y’s mission is to enrich the lives of the over 300,000 people who visit in person each year as well as those who visit virtually, through the Y’s satellite, television, radio and Internet broadcasts. The organization offers comprehensive performing arts, film and spoken word events; courses in the humanities, the arts, personal development and Jewish culture; activities and workshops for children, teenagers and parents; and health and fitness programs for people of every age. Committed to making its programs available to everyone, the 92nd Street Y awards nearly $1 million in scholarships annually and reaches out to more than 6,000 public school children through subsidized arts and science education programs. For more information, please visitwww.92Y.org. ;
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