Agenda: 6/13 to 6/19


Food on Film
Currywurst2_2The first annual New York Food Film Festival -- a summer-long event featuring animation, short films, and  documentaries about food -- kicks off Thursday, June 14, through Saturday, June 16, with a series of films about regional American hamburgers. The festival returns from June 21 to June 23 with films about hot dogs and sausage, including the Best of the Wurst, chronicling a Korean American woman’s discovery of Berlin through its multicultural mash-up snack food, currywurst. The event wraps up from September 6 to September 8 with a lineup of movies about barbecue. Naomi Leibowitz's mini-montage of Rachael Ray "mmm" faces, Tasting Rachel Ray, plays throughout the festival. All of the screenings take place at Water Taxi Beach, 2nd Street and Borden Avenue, Long Island City. The films are free with the purchase of food, including the aforementioned currywurst (visit for more information).


Herring Festival
The Grand Central Oyster Bar at Grand Central Terminal's annual Herring Festival -- featuring nieuwe maatjes Dutch herring "maidens" which have never spawned -- continues throughout June (212.490.6650).

Ancient Grains for Modern Meals
Slow Food NYC and The Stony Brook University Center for Wine, Food, and Culture will present a discussion and tasting of whole grain foods led by Lorna Sass on Thursday, June 14, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at Stony Brook Manhattan, 401 Park Avenue South (28th St.), 2nd Floor. $20/person (631.632.9404)

Food Lit (a la mode)
Alimentum journal will celebrate the publication of its summer issue with a reading of essays and fiction about food on June 13, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Housing Works Bookstore and Café, 126 Crosby Street (Prince Street). Complimentary banana splits will be served (212.334.3324).

In Praise of Bubbly
The French Institute Alliance Française will present a tasting of Champagnes on Monday, June 18, at Le Skyroom, 22 East 60th Street. $110/person (reservations at

Cooking Con Karimi
The National Asian American Theater Festival will present "Cooking Con Karimi (Con Castro)," a live comedy/peformance/cooking show featuring the "politically sexy Iranian-Guatemalan chef, Mero Cocinero Karimi and his leftist right hand man in the kitchen: Comrade Cocinero Castro," from Tuesday, June 19, to Thursday, June 21 at Abingdon Theater, 312 W. 36th Street. $20/person (212.352.3101).

Image: Best of the Wurst