NYC Weekend Planner: November 8-10
Southern Shabbat at City Grit
Tonight is the final Shabbat dinner in a series by City Grit, the NoLita culinary salon, and it’s no ordinary Friday supper. Served in a former Catholic schoolhouse (natch), the four-course Southern feast - with Middle Eastern and Asian touches - will include fattoush salad with roasted beets; hummus soup with rice; grits and kofta meatballs; and kimchi braised brisket and wilted greens. Tickets are $55, with booze available for purchase. Get them here.
Book Signing With Alice Waters
Head to the Union Square Greenmarket on Saturday from 11 AM to 1 PM for a book signing with famed chef Alice Waters. The pioneer behind farm-to-table cuisine and chef-owner of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA, has penned a new cookbook, The Art of Simple Food II. It expands on the first volume with more recipes, techniques and writing about the connections between cooking and growing food. Sure, Time may have left Waters off its list of the “Gods of Food," but this cookbook is just another reason why the uproar is justified. Details on the signing here.
Pasta-Making Class at the Brooklyn Kitchen
If you’re a grown adult who's never thrown a dinner party, it’s time to take a cooking class at the Brooklyn Kitchen in Williamsburg. The two-hour Fresh Pasta Making class on Saturday might be the best thing that's ever happened to you. You’ll learn to make several different types of pasta by hand, and by the end of class you’ll be ready to serve your friends (and lovers) tortellini, tagliatelle and spinach-flavored linguini, and be the hero of your party. Reserve a spot here.
Boozy Bottles at Mercadito
A full weekend recovery requires one thing: booze. Mercadito, a favorite for Mexican brunches in the East and West Village has a slightly new concept - the hangover bottle. We’re a sucker for these hair-of-the-dog carafes. For $35, you’ll get a choice of Bloody Mary, sangria or margarita - filled to the brim and made for sharing (212-529-6290).