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Even if you’re not in school, September always feels like a fresh start—and your travel and TV plans should be no exception. Here’s your curriculum for what to watch, where to go and what to do to have a decidedly delicious rest of the year.
Netflix’s Chef’s Table: Premieres September 2
In its third season, the beloved series turns its eye to the country where fine dining got its start, highlighting “the crème de la crème of French chefs,” including Alain Passard, Michel Troisgros, Alexandre Couillon and Adeline Grattard. Set your alarm for 12:01 a.m. on September 2, pour yourself a glass of your favorite French wine and let the binge-watching begin. Also, look out for the fourth season landing in 2017.
Photo: Courtesy of Alton Brown Eat Your Science
Documentary Now!: Premieres September 14
The second season of Documentary Now!, starring the hilarious duo of SNL alums Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, returns to make light of some of the world’s best-known documentaries, with “each episode shot in a different style of documentary filmmaking.” This season, sushi chef Jiro Ono of Tokyo's three-Michelin-starred Sukiyabashi Jiro, will be featured in an episode titled “Juan Likes Rice and Chicken.”
Feast Portland: September 15 to 18
In addition to the 40-plus events and tastings taking place at the perennial food festival favorite, Feast Portland is doing something special for its fifth birthday by enrolling six of its top participating artisans (Olympia Provisions, Sqirl, Salt & Straw, Franklin Barbecue, QUIN, Pok Pok Som) to create one-of-a-kind Feast Portland-inspired items.
Cooking Demonstration by Chef Giada De Laurentiis | Photo: Courtesy of New York City Wine & Food Festival
Appalachian Food Summit: September 16 to 18
Take a trip through this exciting region and explore the diverse origins and evolution of the Appalachian plate. This summit plans to discuss the history of culinary traditions, bring light to the future of local craft beer and dive into the influence tourists have on perceptions of the region. Fill your soul and belly as you enjoy locally sourced meals prepared by Appalachia-based chefs and learn about innovative mountain cooking.
New York City Wine & Food Festival: October 13 to 16
One of the country’s biggest food and wine festivals, this four-day event brings together the most talented chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirits producers from around the world for celebrity chef dinners, late-night parties and more. This year, attend a dinner prepared by Deuki Hong and Edward Lee, or learn the basics of classic Indian cuisine with Jessi Singh, chef and owner of Babu Ji in NYC. Purchase your tickets soon, because they sell out fast.
Illustration: Pizza Fingers
Alton Brown Live in NYC: November 22 to 27
Celebrity chef and author Alton Brown is bringing his unconventional, science-based approach to cooking to New York City with his Eat Your Science tour. Get ready to laugh, listen to music and watch him perform “dangerous” experiments during his two-hour show. According to Brown, “There will be plenty of new therapy-inducing opportunities during our audience participation segments. I don’t want to give too much away, but we’re also going to play a little game with the audience.” Tickets are on sale online.
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