The annual Taste Talks food festival is back in Brooklyn! Curated by Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese and Mission Cantina, the fest takes Williamsburg on a culinary joyride September 12-15.
There are plenty of talks, tastings and foodie inspiration from local and international food personalities to take in, but here are our picks for events you can't miss.
Future Food Expo
Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14, 12 - 6 p.m.
What's next in the dining scene? Brooklyn is the best place to find out! Visit booths of innovative chefs and food producers, media professionals and industry experts who will give a glimpse into the future of food. Colossal Media, 85 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg.
Chicken & Waffles
Saturday, September 13, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
On Saturday morning, before the festival gets into full swing, fill up on Chicken & Waffles prepared by "legendary New York chefs." $20 gets you breakfast/ brunch and a specialty cocktail. This pretty much sounds like the perfect Saturday morning to us. Kinfolk Studios, 90 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg.
The Story of the Source: Do People Care?
Saturday, September 13 @ 11:30 a.m.
Local. Organic. Sustainable. Pasture-raised. What do these words actually mean and who actually puts their money where their mouth is when it comes to buying food? Those subjects and more will be discussed at this panel, hosted by Dan Pashman of WNYC's "The Sporkful" and author of "Eat More Better: How to Make Every Bite More Delicious." Panelists include: David Rubinov of Farm to People and Rob Newtown of Wilma Jean, Smith Cantina and Nightingale 9. Kinfolk 94, 95 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg.
$10 Tickets (Credit: Randee Daddona)
Dollar Store Cooking
Saturday, September 13 @ 3 p.m.
Legendary chefs Danny Bowien (Mission Chinese, Mission Cantina) and Christina Tosi (Momofuku Milk Bar), will cook from scratch, using cheap ingredients any New Yorker can find. Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg.
Is Brooklyn the Next Manhattan?
Saturday, September 13 @ 12:30 p.m.
When you go out to dinner, do Brooklyn restaurants more than regularly figure into your choices? That's because Brooklyn is becoming more and more of a culinary destination. This panel, moderated by food and drink writer Jordana Rothman, takes the position that Brooklyn, once a place where young chefs could find their footing, is no longer a place for beginners. Panelists: Andy Ricker of Pok Pok NY/ Pok Pok Phat Thai/ Whiskey Soda Lounge (his famous wings, Ike's Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings, pictured) and Frank Falcinelli and Frank Castronovo - "The Franks" - of Frankie's Spuntino and Prime Meats. Kinfolk Studios, 90 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg.
$10 Tickets (Credit: FLICKR/ Garrett Ziegler)
Food Photography with Daniel Krieger
Saturday, September 13 @ 4 p.m.
Join expert New York food photographer Daniel Krieger (if you read any NYC food publication you've seen his work) to learn how to improve your home cooking photos. Or your foodstagrams! Kinfolk Studios, 90 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg.
All-Star Chef BBQ
Sunday, September 14 @ 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Over 20 cult-status chefs are promised to attend this outdoor barbecue blowout! The cookout at East River Park will include over 12 different grilling stations featuring BBQ creations from the likes of Lee Tiernan, Danny Bowien, Eli Sussman, Will Horowitz and many more. East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave., Williamsburg.