Free Churros and La Colombe Coffee at Boqueria, every Friday until November 29
Midtown commuters dreading the arrival of darker, colder mornings will be relieved to know Boqueria is making November a little sweeter with free churros con chocolate and coffee from their food truck every Friday from 8 am to 9 am. The James Beard award-winning tapas bar and restaurant serves Barcelona-inspired cuisine, with a special focus on churros. In addition to their classic, cinnamon and sugar dusted churros served with chocolate sauce, the dessert chefs make churros with dolce de leche or nutella, churro ice cream sandwiches, and churro s’mores—although you’ll have to go inside to taste those.
Boqueria, (West 40th St.). Free. More info: boqueriarestaurant.com
NYC Craft Beer Festival—Halloweekend Harvest, November 1–2
The festival returns for a second session, bringing over 150 beers from 75 different small breweries, plus ciders, spirits, and hard kombuchas. General admission includes unlimited tastings of everything, a souvenir tasting glass, and the chance to meet the makers behind the drinks. Snacks, beer and drinks merch, and craft cocktails will be available for purchase. VIP tickets will give you early access, $1 oysters during VIP hour, and entry to a special bar featuring rare craft brews and exclusive cocktails.
Union West. Tickets $55–$85. More info: eventbrite.com
Making Gnocchi and Drinking Wine with Chef Michele Iuliano, November 3
Chef Michele Iuliano of Gnoccheria will lead a hands-on class on the art of preparing gnocchi, complete with antipasto and bottomless wine throughout the evening. He’ll guide you from potato to plate, starting with the dough-making process and finishing with the finer points of rolling, cutting, and cooking gnocchi sorrentina and Gnoccheria’s seasonal pumpkin gnocchi. Finish the evening with a dinner of your freshly-made gnocchi—and more wine, of course!
Gnoccheria – Wall St. Tickets $125. More info: eventbrite.com
American Food: A Not-So-Serious History, November 6
Food writer and journalist Rachel Wharton and illustrator Kimberly Ellen Hall launch their new book—a colorful guide to American food history from A to Z. Each chapter looks at a key dish or ingredient in American food history. At their gathering and book signing, Wharton and Hall will discuss everything from the origins of Buffalo wings, antique lunchbox collections, how the hero/hoagie/submarine sandwich has its roots in both the shipping industry and jazz, and the stories behind Orange Julius, ambrosia, pineapple upside-down cake, and other iconic American foods. Essex Market’s Sugar Sweet Sunshine bakery will provide pineapple upside-down cake, and there may be surprise hoagies and homemade orange juliuses.
Essex Market, 2nd Floor Mezzanine. Free entry. Registration and more info: eventbrite.com
NYC Cider Week, November 8–17
New York’s annual cider celebration kicks off with ten days of cider tastings, meet-the-makers events, cider-paired dinners, and other exclusive events featuring 29 ciders from New York State producers. On the 8th, welcome the weekend with free cider tastings at Murray’s Cheese Bar, City Swiggers, and Clinton Gourmet Market, plus an heirloom apple tasting at the Union Square Farmers’ Market. The Lower East Side Cider Fest launches on the 14th, when Essex Market hosts a cider takeover with tastings from all 29 participating cideries, plus bites from market vendors. An all-access pass gives festival-goers entry to a cider workshop with Glynwood and Angry Orchard brewers, a cider cocktail demo from the Musket Room, and hors d’oeuvres from the Pixie and Scout restaurants.
See ciderweeknyc.com for full event listings, locations, and ticket prices.