While classic doctrine may have us believing that sugar plums are the taste of the season, we’re actually a hell of a lot more excited to nosh our way through bowls upon bowls of world-class chowder, fried chicken two-ways, brunch with divas, and more. Here’s your rundown of delicious ditties happening in the city over the next couple weeks…
Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown
Twelve of the city’s top chefs compete head-to-head, or rather, ladle-to-ladle in an all-out chowder competition that celebrates sustainability. Going down Tuesday, November 19th at the Fermenting Cellar, the Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown is an annual event that’s ever-so apropos for the season. Taste your way through the creamiest of creamy soups with sustainable seafood as the prime directive. Tickets are $50.
BENT-O Part II
You may remember our love affair with Susur Lee’s first BENT-O dinner, so it should come as no surprise how amped up we are for this next instalment. This time ’round, BENT-O features bits like Oysters Rockefeller Gratinee and Steamed Braised Beef Bao. The best part about this fanciful feast? It’s only $35 between 5pm and 7pm, and $42 onwards each evening the dinner’s available. Speaking of which, you can get your BENT-O on from November 19th through 30th.
Momofuku x The Gabardine
On Sunday, November 24th, get your Southern charm on at Momofuku Noodle Bar for a very special fried chicken dinner in conjunction with The Gabardine. Available for groups from 4 to 8 people, you’ll get fried chicken two ways (one by each restaurant), as well as a few delectable a la carte options. The special double whammy of fried birds starts at $125.
Calling at Madges, Mimis, and Gagas: Osteria dei Ganzi is launching Diva Brunch on December 1st. The new monthly brunch party (taking place on the first Sunday of every month) features, well, brunch (d’uh) alongside a divas-only mix of music by DJ Phil Villeneuve. Reservations are recommended. No cover charge.
This all-out showdown of culinary prowess supports the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. (The first reason we want to go.) Six of Canada’s top chefs – like Lynn Crawford, Chuck Hughes, and Vikram Vij – will be cooking for the cure in this battle, hosted by Tyler Florence. (The second reason we’re in.) Best part? If you register and are a top fundraiser, you’ll actually be in the kitchen with your chef of choice to cook up a storm during the showdown!