Thanksgiving and Beyond: Food Talks & Events Around NYC

By Alison Durkee

Celebrate the holidayor simply keep up its spirit of good food and drinkwith these upcoming Thanksgiving and culinary-themed events.

New Yorkers looking to walk off some of their Thanksgiving feast can head out to Staten Island for Greenbelt Nature Center’s annual Day After Thanksgiving Hike, or simply keep the eating going by joining Big Onion Tours on their Post-Thanksgiving Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour. Those determined to stay in and make the most of their Thanksgiving leftovers, meanwhile, can prep for a Zero-Waste Thanksgiving at an event on November 18.

While Thanksgiving is rooted in history and tradition, there are plenty of other histories to discover behind what we eat and drink. Learn more about the history of scotch whiskey at a talk on December 12, or delve more specifically into Brooklyn’s spirited history as the liquor-making capital of New York and 18th century America during a walking tour on December 2. New Yorkers can also discover the culinary history of Chinatown’s famed eateries on a separate walking tour offered by the Museum of Chinese in America on December 16. Though New York City may have a lengthy history, those looking for something even more historic can travel back to ancient Egypt and learn about their culinary habits at a talk on November 20.

Throughout history, food and drink has always played a significant role in society and in people’s lives. Learn more about author Anne Fadiman and her father’s love of wine through her new memoir The Wine Lover’s Daughter, which she’ll discuss at an event on November 28. Hear from two people who have made food the focus of their lives, chefs and bloggers David Lebovitz and Deb Perelman, on December 1, as the two discuss their upcoming books about food, culture, and improving your everyday life. Those who want to use their food to make a bigger societal impact, meanwhile, should seek out Julia Turshen, whose new cookbook Feeding the Resistance: Recipes + Ideas for Getting Involved presents ways to get involved with activism through food. New Yorkers can see Turshen discuss the book in person at upcoming events at the 92nd Street Y (November 16) and the Museum of Food and Drink (December 13).

Of course, sometimes the best way to learn more about food is just to taste it for yourself. The Museum of Food and Drink will offer an introduction to the desserts of Nepal and Lebanon on December 6, complete with tastings, demonstrations, and information about the countries’ holiday customs. On December 1, the museum’s MOFAD @ Night event will get an innovative twist, as attendees can make their own blended dessert cocktail by hopping on a bike and taking advantage of company Sweetcycle’s bike-powered blenders. The Museum of Chinese in America will also have some culinary offerings this winter, as they host food tours of Chinatown on November 25 and December 9. Fans of Chinese cuisine who want to learn more specifically about Sichuan cuisine, meanwhile, can head to a 2-hour introduction to cooking the region’s spicy dishes on December 21.

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