Waste-Free Dining, Local Wines for Thanksgiving, and More Upcoming Manhattan Events

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Kids can do a hands-on apple cooking class this week.

De-Colonizing the Holidays with Chef Rinku Bhattacharya, November 16
In a city like New York, people’s holiday food traditions span the globe. Join the Horticultural Society of New York for their culinary workshop series celebrating the postcolonial holiday food traditions of the Caribbean and India. This weekend, chef Rinku Bhattacharya—cookbook author and food blogger at The Spice Chronicles—will be teaching a class on nutrient-dense, plant-based dishes perfect for your holiday table. Be sure to check The Hort’s website for future workshops coming soon!
The Greenhouse at Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park. Tickets $30. More info: eventbrite.com

New York Wines for the Thanksgiving Table, November 17
This year, serve all local wines for Thanksgiving. Paul Brady, Brand Ambassador for the New York Wine & Grape Foundation and award-winning sommelier, is here to teach you how. He’ll be pouring a selection of his favorite New York State wines that pair perfectly with holiday food and discussing appellations, terroir, and the state’s wine-making history.
Corkbuzz Wine Bar. Tickets $80. More info: corkbuzz.com

Imperfect’s Food Waste Restaurant Week Kickoff, November 19
Imperfect Foods, an online grocer selling “less than perfect” produce and pantry staples at affordable prices, is teaming up with some of  New York’s favorite restaurants to raise awareness of commercial food waste in a city, where 650,000 tons of food goes to landfill each year.  From November 18-24, Baba Cool, Hunky Dory, La Morada, Mille Nonne, Two Boots, Una Pizza Napoletana, and Wayla will offer limited-edition dishes with recovered foods from Imperfect. To kickoff the week of low-waste eating, Imperfect will host an evening of sustainable cocktails and bites at Rhodora, with all proceeds benefiting Edible Schoolyards NYC, a non-profit providing public schools with cooking and gardening classes.
Rhodora Wine Bar. Tickets $5. More info: eventbrite.com

Amazing Apple Festival with the Creative Kitchen, November 16–17
The Creative Kitchen, which teaches children and parents how to cook in a fun, safe, and educational manner, takes over the Children’s Museum of Manhattan for a weekend of apple-based treats, crafts, and food education. Little ones (all ages welcome) can get their hands dirty at food craft stations, watch live cooking demonstrations, and gather round for apple-themed storytimes. Chef Cricket Azima of the Creative Kitchen will teach a series of fun, hands-on classes (for ages six and up only; please RSVP). Kids—and their grown-up sous chefs— will learn to make some simple, healthy, and tasty snacks and dishes with apples.
The Children’s Museum of Manhattan. Free admission. More info: facebook.com

Food Styling Photography Intensive, November 18
Whether you’re considering getting into food photography professionally or just want to take your Instagram to the next level, PhotoManhattan’s in-depth course will take you from intermediate to expert. The course will focus on the techniques behind lighting, color, composition and perspective—everything you need to know to correctly set up and take that perfect shot. Students should come equipped with a digital camera with manual settings, and should have a Level I or equivalent knowledge of digital photography.
PhotoManhattan. Tickets $225. More info: eventbrite.com

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