Agenda: Tofu Smackdown, Slow Food for Babies, Ice Cream, and Farm Art


Tofu Tofu Smackdown
Four of New York’s top chefs show off their tofu skills as they compete for a $5,000 grand prize (and, of course, bragging rights) at the "Tofu Around the World Cook-off." The competing chefs are Erik Battes, Chef de Cuisine at Perry St Café; Wylie Dufresne, Executive Chef & Owner of WD 50; Edward Higgins, Chef de Cuisine at Insieme; and Akinobu Suzuki, Executive Chef at Sakagura. The free event is open to the public and will take place at Astor Center (399 Lafayette Street) on Tuesday, July 22nd, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. RSVP:   

EVENTS THIS WEEK (July 16 - 22)

Summer Seafood Feast
Savoy (70 Prince Street) is offering its 3rd annual Clam Bake menu. Enjoy a three-course meal complete with Littleneck Clams on the halfshell, Spanish-style lobster stew, and blueberry crumble. The menu is available nightly now through July 30th. Three-course menu: $50/person; with wine: $65/person (212.219.8570).

Feeding Baby the Slow Way 
Slow Food NYC and the Astor Center are teaming up to present a Slow U seminar -- "Feeding Baby the Slow Way." Join chef and new daddy Galen Zamarra as he talks about seasonal ingredients, techniques, and recipes for baby. The event will take place in the Study at Astor Center (399 Lafayette Street) on Wednesday, July 13th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $45/person.

Food Reading in the Park
The latest installment of the Madison Square reading series will feature food authors Jennifer 8. Lee (The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food) and Laura Schenone (The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken: A Search for Food and Family). Books featured in the program will also be available for purchase. The free event will take place Thursday, July 17th, at the foot of the Farragut Monument (located mid-park at 25th Street).

New Jersey Ice Cream Festival 
If you're down the Jersey shore this weekend and are a lover of all things ice cream, take a detour to Toms River and check out the 6th Annual New Jersey State Ice Cream Festival. The street festival will be filled with ice cream contests, rides, games, food, live entertainment, and more.  Attendees also have the opportunity to choose New Jersey's best ice cream during a special tasting. The event will take place in downtown Toms River (Washington Street) on Saturday, July 19th, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Ice Cream Tasting will run from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (732.341.8738) Ice Cream Tasting Kits: $6/person.

Off the Beaten Path
Italian Wine Merchants (108 East 16th Street) is presenting a tasting and food pairing, "Off the Beaten Path Italian Wines." Discover wines from lesser known regions including San Leonardo (Sassicaia’s northern cousin), Quintarelli, Lazian, and others paired with antipasti. The event will take place on Saturday, July 19th, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Reservations are required. $75/person (212.473.2323).

Pig Out
3rd Ward (195 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn) is hosting its first annual Pig Roast and Dance Party. Enjoy live music, cold drinks, games, and the pig roasting skills of Tom Mylan (Marlow and Sons, Diner and Bonita). The event will take place Sunday, July 20th from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (718.715.4861).

Eating Their Words
Eating Their Words returns with another performance, this time taking stage at Country restaurant (90 Madison Avenue). The events blend the talents of a veteran chef with three established playwrights, creating original, unique dining and theater experiences. The plays are written explicitly for the evening, inspiring the chef to design a menu which will complement and enhance the play. The Country Event will take place on Monday, July 21st, at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets: $295/premium seating, $325/VIP seating.

Art on the Farm
The Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture (630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills) continues to host its first annual Art on the Farm month, complete with activities, exhibits, and workshops for children, families, and adults. Consult their events calendar with information on events throughout July (914.366.6200).