The Future of Food and Other Things to Learn About in Manhattan This Week

New York, NY – October 20, 2018: The annual Taste of the Seaport festival on Piers 16 and 17 of the East River Waterfront.
Photos by Clay Williams.
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The 10th Annual Taste of the Seaport, October 19
On Saturday, Seaport will once again host one of downtown’s top food and drink festivals. Taste of the Seaport benefits arts and enrichment programs at Public School 397 (The Spruce Street School) and Public School 343 (The Peck Slip School), and features food from some of the neighborhood’s dining destinations, including The Fulton, Bar Wayō, Malibu Farm, and Cowgirl Seahorse, among many others. The Pier Bar will be serving beers, wines, and sodas, and event sponsor Basil Hayden’s will provide jammy bourbon cocktails. Enjoy live music and events while you sip, sample, and browse wares from Seaport storefonts. An activities area will be available for children, with performances, snacks, and crafts from  Brooklyn Robot Foundry and others. Later in the day, the Front Street Block Party will be in full swing—a perfect end to a fall afternoon on the pier.
Seaport District. Tickets $40, $45 day of, VIP available, block party $5-$10. More info:

Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, October 18–24
Any broader conversation about food begins with a conversation about the land—and the animals and people who rely on it. The Wildlife Conservation Film Festival will premiere over 100 films from around the world—each one highlighting the many serious threats to our global biodiversity—and feature panel discussions with filmmakers and environmental experts. You’ll learn about local ecosystems with a short documentary on Bay Ridge’s Native Plant Garden project, and go farther afield with Kokoly, a documentary on Madagascar’s indigenous fisherwomen and their firsthand experiences of overfishing and habitat destruction, among many other offerings. The opening night reception will be catered by John Jay College Environmental Club.
Cinema Village Theater. Tickets for each film series $15 advance, $20 on the door. More info:

The Next Big Bite: 2020 Vision, October 15
Les Dames d’Escoffier New York, a non-profit women’s organization cultivating careers in food and hospitality, presents a forecast of what’s next in the world of food and drink—what will we be eating, cooking, and craving next year? Panelists include Justin Chapple of Food & Wine, Gaby Dalkin of What’s Gaby Cooking, and Megan Scott from Joy of Cooking. Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen will deliver the keynote speech and Jessica B. Harris, eminent food historian and author of Beyond Gumbo, High on the Hog, and other titles, presents the closing remarks. Wines, cheeses, and hors d’oeuvres from Abigail Hirsch will follow at the VIP reception, where ticket-holders will have the chance to win high-end cookware, restaurant experiences, and other raffle prizes.
Redeemer W83 Center. Tickets $35 – $100. More info:

Artisanal Sweet Treats Bazaar, October 20
If you’re too old to trick-or-treat but still craving all things sugary, step into Grand Bazaar NYC at Columbus Avenue for a pop-up market full of confections from local bakers and candymakers. All profits from this massive bake sale will benefit four neighborhood public schools, so come hungry for donuts, macaroons, artisanal peanut-butter cups, small-batch fudge, fresh cookies and cupcakes, plus chocolates, truffles, and candies. Costumes, pillowcases, and plastic pumpkin buckets optional.
Grand Bazaar NYC. Free admission. More info:

Ethiopian Food 101 with Gorsha, October 16
This week, Hiyaw Gebreyohannes, chef and proprietor of Gorsha, a modern Ethiopian eatery based in Washington, D.C., teaches a short introductory Ethiopian cooking class at Chelsea Market’s Hot Bread Kitchen. His exciting new restaurant recently launched an NYC outpost and was featured on Grub Street’s “Food Agenda.” Gebreyohannes will lead a workshop on making injera bread, and take questions about starting out in the New York food scene. The evening will finish off with a dinner catered by Gorsha.
Chelsea Market. Tickets $20. More info: