Agenda: The Art of Steaming, Joy of Sake, and Hands-On Mozzerella


Steam The Art of Steaming
Joe the Art of Coffee is offering the next class in its series of intensive coffee courses. Folks who have attended the Hands-on Espresso Fundamentals course can move on to Milk Steaming Techniques. Students will learn the skills needed to steam milk for cappuccinos and lattes, as well as how to pour rosettas. Temperature, mouth feel, and texture will be explored. The class will take place on Sunday, September 28th at Joe's Grand Central Terminal location (Graybar Passage) at 7:00 p.m. $25/person. Email to register.

EVENTS THIS WEEK (September 24 through 30)

Joy of Sake
The Joy of Sake, New York's largest sake tasting event, is back and in it's fifth year. Participants will have the opportunity to sample from a record 327 types of sake. Some of the city's top restaurants, including Nobu, wd-50, Geisha, and Kai will be on hand serving appetizers to complement the beverage. The event will be held on Thursday, September 25th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street). Tickets: $80/advanced, $90/at the door. (888.799.7242)

Hudson Valley Garlic Festival
The Hudson Valley Garlic Festival returns for the 20th year, anticipating crowds of over 50,000 for the weekend. Garlic aficionados can attend cooking demonstrations, sample garlic inspired food from pickles to cotton candy, enjoy live entertainment, and more. The festival will take place at Cantine Field (Washington Avenue Extension, Saugerties, New York) on Saturday, September 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday, September 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets: $7/at the gate.

The fourth installment of Blue Hill at Stone Barn's (630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, New York) Five Senses Dinner Series will focus on the sense of touch. The dinners are hosted by Executive Chef Dan Barber, along with special guests. Proceeds benefit the non-profit The Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. Touch will focus on how tactile experiences enhance our relationship with the environment. The eventing will include discussion with Jack Algiere, Stone Barns Four-Season Grower, and Craig Haney, Stone Barns Livestock Manager. Touch will take place on Sunday, September 28th promptly at 6:00 p.m. Reservations are extremely limited. RSVP: 914.366.6200, ext. 110. $200/person.

Wine Trivia Night
Astor Center (399 Lafayette Street) is presenting a wine trivia challenge, hosted by Lettie Teague, Executive Wine Editor of Food & Wine magazine. The competition will include questions about cult wine makers, vinification, wine lore and will even include a blind taste test. Participants may compete as individuals or in teams of up to six people. The grand prize winner will enjoy a three-month package of the World Passport Wine Club from Astor Wines & Spirits. The competition takes place on Monday, September 29th in the Gallery at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $35/person. Also, be on the lookout for two more trivia competitions, one focused on food and the other focused on cocktails, coming in October.

Hands-on Mozzarella
The Artisanal Premium Cheese Center (500 West 37th Street) is presenting a hands-on mozzarella course. Sample fine American and Italian mozzarella varieties, then be prepared to get a little messy as you make your own cheese. The class will take place on Tuesday, September 30th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Price: $125/person.

Photo: flickr user Ben Ward.