For foodies: This week's dining briefs
SD26's take on the bento box. (Michael McCarthy)
Kick the holiday season off with a foodie fest: The Third Annual Cook. Eat. Drink. Live. festival starts tomorrow. The festivities will take place all weekend and feature demonstrations by culinary celebrities, restaurant and wine tastings and lots of holiday shopping. General admission tickets are $65 per day and can be purchased on cookeatdrinklive.com.
DinePrivate.com goes live: DinePrivate.com, a Web site geared to those looking to book private parties at New York City’s top restaurants, has gone live. The site includes a searchable guide and booking system that streamlines the private event planning experience for restaurants and guests. Available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, site visitors can choose personal menu selections, wine pairings and floral arrangements. Restaurants currently on the site include Daniel, BLT Fish, Craftsteak and Del Posto.
SD26 introduces an Italian take on the bento box: The Il Quadrifoglio, offered during lunch at contemporary Italian eatery SD26, is a nutritionally balanced one-course meal comprised of four individual dishes, which changes daily. 19 E. 26th St. btwn Madison and Fifth Ave. 212-265-5959.
Kosher Thanksgiving cooking class: Kosher steakhouse Le Marais will host a thanksgiving-themed kosher cooking class and lunch on Tuesday taught by owner, Jose Meirelles, and executive chef Mark Hennessy. The first of a series of different classes, guests will learn how to make a four-course menu of French and American favorites including chestnut stuffing and roast turkey with sage. The ticket price is $125 per person, which includes the lesson, lunch and a gift bag. 150 W. 46th St btwn Sixth and Seventh Ave. 212-869-0900.
Mr Chow offers free champagne for its 30th birthday: From now through Dec. 15, the uptown branch of this Manhattan staple known for its celebrity clientele will present each table with a complimentary bottle of Laurent Perrier Rose champagne. Mr. Chow features classic Beijing cuisine like Spicy Beef Casserole and Peking Duck and ensures every dinner the most authentic experience possible. 324 E. 57th St. btwn First and Second Ave. 212-751-9030.
Craft holding farm-to-table dinner: On Monday, Craft will feature the work of Rick Bishop of Mountain Sweet Berry Farm and Hudson Valley Foie Gras, in the first of their seasonal ‘farm-maker’ dinner series. Chef Tom Colicchio and his team will create a five-course menu using Bishop’s produce and ducks. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. and will include a discussion with Bishop, Colicchio and the Craft team about cooking with locally grown food. The dinner — with wine pairings — is $275 and will be held in Craft’s private dining room. To make a reservation, contact Amy at email@example.com. 47 E. 19th St.