Agenda: Herring Fest, Raw Truth, Crawfish, and the 40 Second Omelet



Herring Festival
Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant (89 East 42nd Street, Lower Level) is hosting its annual Herring Festival. Each year, the Oyster Bar gets the first shipment of new herring to the United States fresh from the Netherlands and the North Sea. The herring remains on the menu for about three weeks, not to be enjoyed again for another year. The month-long Herring Festival kicks off during the first week of June (212.490.6650).

EVENTS THIS WEEK (May 28 through June 3)

National Hamburger Day Celebration
In honor of National Hamburger Day, American Roadside Burgers (80 East Main Street, Smithtown) will be celebrating all day long with giveaways and discounts, all leading up to the grand prize giveaway of a brand new Yamaha Road Star Motorcycle. Perks include free ice cream sandwiches for kids, half price Roadstar burgers, free shakes or fries with the purchase of a burger, and more. The restaurant has been taking entries for the giveaway since their opening in November by fans who ate an American Roadside Road Star burger, which consists of four patties under one bun. The festivities will take place Wednesday, May 28, starting at 11:00 a.m., with the Yamaha giveaway at 7:00 p.m. (631.382.9500)

Crawfish Festival
Enjoy a weekend of music and crawfish at the 19th Annual Michael Arnone's Crawfish Fest. Enjoy fresh Boiled live Louisiana Crawfish, Crawfish Bread, Shrimp Creole, Crawfish Bread, Crawfish Pie, Alligator Sausage, Crawfish Po-boys, Jambalaya, Raw Oyster, Southern Fried Chicken and more. The event will be held at the Sussex County Fairgrounds (Augusta, New Jersey) starting Friday, May 30th through Sunday, June 1st. Tickets: $25 and up.

The 40 Second Omelet
Brasserie 8 1/2 (9 West 57th Street) will be hosting a special Sunday brunch will Howard Helmer, the Guiness Book of World Records holder for "World's Fastest Omelet Maker." Among his other record breaking achievements, Helmner has cooked 427 omelets in 30 minutes, he has flipped an omelet 42 times in 30 seconds, and has cooked an omelet, from cracking the eggs, cooking and plating in 42 seconds. For his guest appearance, Helmner will demonstrate his skills and techniques and will also be making customized omelets for guests. The brunch will take place on Sunday, June 1st from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations: 212.829.0812      

The Raw Truth
Murray's Cheese (254 Bleecker Street) is presenting a class, "The Raw Truth."  Taste your way through a plate of raw milk cheeses as Louise Geller teaches you all about raw milk cheeses.  Find out the truth behind the 60 day rule, get acquainted with some of Murray's favorite raw milk producers, and find out the real hype behind these cheeses. The class will take place on Monday, June 2nd from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. $50/person.

From Soy to Satay
The Asia Society (725 Park Avenue) is hosting "From Soy to Satay: Asian Sauces Going Mainstream." Learn about the growing popularity of the vast array of Asian sauces that have practically become American household staples, from curry-flavored laksa to sesame oil to nouc nam. The event will take place on Monday, June 2nd from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tickets: $30/non-members, $15/students and members.

What's for Dinner?
Americans are becoming more aware and informed of how food travels from farm to table. The New School for General Studies is presenting a discussion, "What's for Dinner? The Rise of Food Literacy." As a whole, Americans are becoming better cooks, more informed consumers, and, in the words of the Slow Food movement, "co-producers." The panelists, including Brian Halweil (publisher, Edible Manhattan), Anne Saxelby (Saxelby Cheesemongers), and Michael Anthony (executive chef, Gramercy Tavern), will explore these issues. The event will take place at Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang Building (65 West 11th Street, 5th Floor) on Tuesday, June 3rd at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets: $8/person, free for students, faculty, staff, and alumni with proper ID (212.229.5488)