For foodies: This weeks dining briefs
By Emily Ranager
Special to amNewYork
Foods Across America: Give gift packages of the country's most beloved regional foods to the gourmet in your life this holiday season. Try the Midwestern Sampler with Detroit's Cheli Chili, Chicago's Vienna Beef hot dogs, and Wisconsin's Elegant Farmer apple pie ($80.95), or opt for the Southern Comforts package with New Orleans' Cafe du Monde coffee and beignet mix and Mississippi's Bass Pecan pie ($62.95). More than 30 brands and specialties are available to be shipped to your door.Through Dec. 24, Feast of the Seven Fishes: Enjoy this traditional Italian Christmas Eve meal at Patsys Italian Restaurant from noon to 9:30 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The four-course prix-fixe menu is $59 per person and includes dishes like calamari salad, linguine with frutti di mare sauce, shrimp scampi and homemade strufoli, or honey balls. 236 W. 56th St.; 212-247-3491.
Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 28, Historic Greenwich Village Taverns at Christmas: Go back to the days when the Village was a haven for artists, poets and writers at this holiday-themed walking and drinking tour. Beginning at 5:15 p.m., learn about the taverns where greats like Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald got their drink on all decked out in Christmas finery. Call 212-465-3331 for reservations and meeting place. $16.
Through Jan. 6, Holiday Tea: Get in the holiday spirit at the Lowell Hotel with special holiday activities daily for kids and grownups daily. From 3 to 6 p.m., children can decorate cookies and enjoy teatime treats like apple cider and jelly sandwiches, while adults will sip afternoon tea and nibble more sophisticated sandwiches and sweets. 28 E. 63rd St., 212-838-1400. $45.