For foodies: This week's dining briefs
Xie Xie is offering a bun and beer for $5.
The ninth annual Pickle Day: Come and celebrate everything brine! This free festival will take place Sunday, Oct. 4th, from 11-4:30 p.m. in the parking lot on Broome Street between Essex and Ludlow. The free samples will include pickle flavors from India, Haiti, Malaysia and the traditional kosher dill of the Lower East Side. In addition to pickles you can taste many other pickled items including okra, tomatoes, lettuce, fish, meat, eggs and limes. There will be music, children’s activities, walking tours and cooking demos too. The festival happens rain or shine. Call the NY Food Museum at 212-966-0191.
Drink wine for charity: On Tuesday, from 6:30-9 p.m. Amanti Vino is hosting it’s first ever wine expo to benefit the New York City-based charity MOSCOT Mobileyes Foundation, which provides free eye care and prescription eyeglasses to New Yorkers who would otherwise not have access to the care. The expo will include tastings of over 150 wines and a chance to mingle with some of the world’s biggest winemakers like Whetstone Cellars and Vineyard 29. Entry is $75 and the night’s profits will go to the Foundation. The event will take place at Irving Mill, 116 E. 16th St. Registration is limited to first 150 people. Call 973-509-9463.
Try 30 different kinds of sake: EN Japanese Brasserie will host a tasting of 30 different kinds of their sake and shochu (a distilled alcohol) on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. Takahiro Okada, EN’s sake sommelier, and many sake brewers and distillers will be on hand to answer any of your questions. Along with the alcohol, Chef Abe Hiroki will serve small plates from EN’s menu, including asparagus with a tofu and sesame dressing and deep-friend shrimp fritters. The event costs $40. EN Japanese Brasserie is located at 435 Hudson Street. Call 212-647-9196.
$5 for a beer and a bun: Everyday from 3-7 p.m., Xie Xie, the Asian-inspired sandwich shop by Angelo Sosa, is offering diners the chance to try sandwiches for almost half off. You can choose from the Sweet Glazed Pork, Vietnamese BBQ Beef or Shredded Braised Chicken all served in a Chinese bun, which is less like a hamburger bun and more like a pita, paired with a frosty bottle of 33 Export Lager. 645A 9th Avenue. For more information call 212-265-2975.
Become a cheese connoisseur: Want to learn about cheese? Try Murray’s Cheese’s Cheese 101, to start your connoisseur quest. The class will be held on this Friday, and Tuesday, from 6:30-8 p.m. For $50 you will be served some of the store’s best cheeses while the staff takes you through different types, keys to cheese making and successful cheese pairings. Murray’s is located at 254 Bleecker St. To register visit murrayschees.com or call 212-2443-3289.