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Warm Up with NYC's 9 Best Weekend Food Events

Battle the cold with grilled cheese and a festival dedicated entirely to whiskey
What to Do in NYC This Weekend, November 10 to 12
Photo: Whiskey Feast via Facebook

We get it—this is the first weekend in the city that reminds us it's almost winter. But there's nothing an extra layer of socks can't fix. So grab your coat and check out these nine NYC food events. With everything from a whiskey festival to a grilled cheese tournament, you'll be warm in no time. 

All Weekend

Murray's Cheese Boot Camp

If your love of cheese truly runs deep, attend this intensive three-day crash course that actually includes homework and a final exam. By the end of the curriculum, graduates will be able to differentiate between cheese styles and pair like a pro, in addition to receiving a certificate of achievement.

Gail Simmons at The NoMad Bar

In honor of the Top Chef judge's new book, Bringing It Home, the swanky hotel bar will be featuring Simmons's best bar snack recipes, including her latke Reubens and sticky ribs glazed in honey and ginger.

Saturday, November 11

Food Book Fair Presents: State Bird Provisions

You don't need to fly to SF to try the acclaimed food at chefs Nicole Krasinski and Stuart Brioza's restaurant. The duo will be at the Union Square Greenmarket, where they'll be signing copies of the State Bird Provisions cookbook and handing out samples.

Ai Fiori's White Truffle Festival

The Midtown restaurant is turning into a northern Italian food fair, thanks to an almost overwhelming array of appetizers, pastas and risottos all featuring the treasured ingredient. VIP ticket holders get access to a private truffle lounge, in addition to a seared foie gras station.

Whiskey Feast

The masterminds who brought us the Bacon and Beer Classic present Whiskey Feast, a rooftop festival that gives attendees two hours of unlimited whiskey tastings and craft cocktails. A powerhouse of distillers will be on hand, including Four Roses, and various food vendors will be there to help cushion all that booze. 

Pasta Festa

It's almost hibernating season, and there's no better way to make that loose sweater fit just a bit more snugly than this carb party at Eataly. Pasta demonstrations will take place all across the sprawling food market while you grab bowls of noodles from five stations.

Sunday, November 12

The Well's 3rd Anniversary

For its third birthday, this Brooklyn beer garden is celebrating with, as they put it, "an unreasonable amount of amazing beer." In this case, it's a lineup of brews longer than your to-do list, including a custom triple dry-hopped IPA made just for the occasion. 

Queer Soup Night: New Sanctuary Edition

Queer food journal Jarry Mag is hosting this month's cozy potluck, with donations benefiting the New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC. Stop by for a warming dinner courtesy of local Brooklyn chefs, including Liz Alpern of Gefilteria. 

Grilled Cheese Meltdown

Time Out's annual competition to find the gooiest sandwich is back; it's where New Yorkers put their cholesterol levels at stake in the name of finding the city's best comfort food snack.

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