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Foodie Friday: Need A Break from Cooking? 7 Days of Food Events!

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This week our resident Foodie is taking some time off to spend with his family so I’m filling in on Foodie Friday. Normally, Patrick shares one of his many delicious recipes with you but this week, after Thanksgiving,  I figured all you Foodies out there would want a break from cooking, and a break from Thanksgiving leftovers.

I scoured our site for some cool food-related events happening pretty much in every corner of the country over the next seven days that simply require you to show up and chow down. With Christmas fast approaching, you need the rest. Take the week off. Also, some of these events might just give you inspiration for your Christmas meal. Get out there and eat someone else’s cooking for a change. You deserve it.

TODAY! Friday, November 23

Alt Eats TourColumbus, Ohio  Travel the world while without leaving Columbus – this tour’s itinerary will introduce you to some of the best and most interesting ethnic food in the city. You’ll eat Vietnamese sandwiches, sample Somali food, experience West African food and hospitality, learn about Southern Indian delicacies and visit a Mexican Bakery.  Join Columbus Food Adventures in their comfortable 14 passenger van, and learn about the cuisines and cultures of some of Columbus’s finest immigrant kitchens. They can also accommodate vegetarians on this tour.

Saturday, November 24

Go West – New York, New York  To experience a culture one must experience their cuisine and since New York is the melting pot of the world, its vast array of cuisines is its shared culture. Food on Foot Tours takes visitors beyond the tourist attractions to the largest buffet in the world, New York. You’ll see the neighborhoods where New Yorkers live and eat. You’ll share their passion for all things New York and you’ll travel the way New Yorkers do, by subway and foot. This is a midtown neighborhood tour away from the tourist areas with multiple cuisine stops including at least one sweet stop. This week’s tour focuses on Manhattan’s far west side and its delicious cuisine.

RITUAL BREWING CO. LAUNCH CELEBRATIONRedlands, California  Come out and enjoy some brewery fresh beer, live music and tasty food from local purveyors. There will be two sessions: Session 1 is from 10am to 1pm and Session 2 is from 2pm to 5pm.

Taste of Philly Food TourPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania  Philly is famous for its cheesesteaks, hoagies and pretzels. Learn the story behind these and other local food favorites, and the vibrant and historic Reading Terminal Market where they’re sold during this 90-minute Market-based walking tour. Also see pretzels being twisted, hear the story behind the Breyers Ice Cream logo and find out where Milton Hershey got the idea for Hershey’s Kisses — in other words, fun history that has nothing to do with government!

APHRODISIAC WINE & DESSERT PAIRING TOURRaleigh, North Carolina  Life is short, EAT desert first! The Aphrodisiac Wine & Dessert Pairing Tour has been created & designed for guests seeking an exceptional tasting, educational and FUN experience. Your guides have discovered and sourced the absolute best that Raleigh has to offer regarding chocolates, deserts, wines and atmosphere.

Sunday, November 25

Mimosas With MamaSeattle, Washington  A weekly Drag Brunch featuring some of the hottest Drag Queens in Seattle! Your ticket includes: the show, The Grill on Broadway’s fabulous brunch buffet (or a selection from the special show menu) and one complimentary mimosa (virgin or otherwise). Come out to “Mimosas with Mama” and spend your Sunday the right way, fierce and fabulous!

A Luminous FeastSanta Fe, New Mexico  Wise Fool New Mexico presents “A LUMINOUS FEAST,” a deliriously delicious fundraising gala evening of celebration, sumptuous cuisine, wine, music, and revelry. All proceeds from the event will go to Wise Fool New Mexico and support its array of year-round performances and educational programs, including Circus Luminous, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. “A Luminous Feast” is this year’s incarnation of Wise Fool’s annual Feast of Fools fundraising event, which provides local patrons of the arts a chance to directly support one of Santa Fe’s most beloved and award-winning performing arts organizations. Held at La Boca’s new venture, Taberna, the evening will include a gourmet feast of tapas from La Boca’s chef/owner, James Campell, roaming entertainment from Wise Fool’s finest performers, live music, and a video presentation of Wise Fool’s latest work.

Monday, November 26

Dessert First: Night Cheese Volume 7San Francisco, California  We all love chocolate, cheese & wine, but have you ever paired the three of them all at once? Mission Cheese welcomes two of our neighbors, Dandelion Chocolate from next door & Sutton Cellars from the Dogpatch, to just that. Both of these producers are handcrafting their cheese-friendly goods in the heart of San Francisco, showcasing just how amazing the next urban revolution is shaping up to be. This event will celebrate the holidays as they should be celebrated…eating (& drinking) dessert first!

Soup for SupperSan Francisco, California  Soup is a nourishing, soul-feeding, delicious way to enjoy dinner. The good folks at 18 Reasons love it and they want to share some soup with you. Drop by 18 Reasons anytime between 6:30-8:30PM for a bowl of vegetarian goodness and slice of crusty bread (and a beer if you like). As always, there will be music, too. They’re making enough for 40 people, so bring a friend! If you RSVP they will be sure to have a bowl of soup for you. If you don’t – they’ll do their best! 18 Reasons wants to feed the lot of you.

Tuesday, November 27

How Pickle got Out of a JamSeattle, Washington  This event is the brainchild of owners Venessa Goldberg and James Kennicott, Pacific Northwest natives to the core. Venessa and James have been building relationships with NW growers to develop their farm-to-lunchbox mobile menu, and they’re anxious to roll their truck, Alan, into the limelight with their seasonally inspired goodies. The menu for the truck features their homemade pickles and jams, as well as a variety of whole foods lunch favorites like soups and salads. Cooking together since 2005, Venessa and James are excited to take their passion for all things delicious to the next level, and have been catering privately for almost a year. For Skelly and the Bean, they’re gussying up the cast of regulars you might see when you stop by the truck: Amuse Bouche with selection of pickles, a starter course of greens with roasted beets and a deep fried poached egg. Then, choose one of three things: a pan seared sausage with kabocha spaetzle and seasonal mushrooms; smoked salmon cakes with wilted greens and root vegetable puree; or a vegetarian version of the spaeztle option. Dessert will be hazelnut daquoise, bourbon poached pears and black pepper caramel sauce.

Rhythm & Soul: A Celebrity Chef Tasting EventNew York, New York  Chef Aarón Sánchez (Award-winning Chef & acclaimed cookbook author), Musician Ifé Sánchez Mora, and the Rhythm & Soul Host Committee present: Rhythm & Soul – A Celebrity Chef Tasting Event benefiting Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls at The Loft at Tribeca Grill. Featuring: Chef Aarón Sánchez, Chef Amanda Freitag, Chef Chris Santos, Chef Maneet Chauhan and Chef Geoffrey Zakarian. For more information, visit

Wednesday, November 28

Fall Winemaker DinnersSan Francisco, California  Central Kitchen is honored to host some its favorite California winemakers and aficionados in a Fall Monthly series on Wednesday evenings beginning in October through December. n November, Mick Unti of Unti Vineyards will be the host. Unti Vineyards is a small, family-owned and operated winery specializing in red varietal wines with vineyard personality. The winemaking includes artisan methods which enhance and support an ability to make wines with a sense of place. Almost all of the wines, and opinions, are unfiltered.

Thursday, November 29

Dessert for DinnerPortland, Oregon  Kristen D. Murray will create a menu that highlights her whimsy, solid technique & fun flavor profiles. Four Courses of desserts to delight, categorized by fruit, cream, nut and chocolate. Dinner begins with savory nibbles and each dessert course is paired with a special concoction or a preferred wine/beer pairing. The setting is intimate & convivial. Where the food sings, your heart and mind will dance under the moonlight. Come!

A Beer & Cheese TastingChicago, Illinois  A range of cheese and beer styles will be sampled, hosted by Hopleaf Bar’s proprietor Michael Roper.

Bourbon, Bordeaux & Game DinnerAtlanta, Georgia  On Thursday, 4th & Swift invites guests to the Old Fourth Ward for their third annual Bourbon, Bordeaux and Game Dinner. Following a champagne toast in the lounge, guests will gather in 4th & Swift’s private dining room for a four-course dinner featuring wild game and seasonal fall flavors. Floor-to-ceiling windows will provide guests an intimate view into the exhibition kitchen to watch chef Jay Swift and his culinary team prepare the hearty feast. Each course will be paired with a Bordeaux wine carefully selected by sommelier Seth Roskind. As a final indulgence of the evening, a tasting flight of small-batch bourbons will accompany the dessert course.

Tap Whiskey Benefit DinnerAsheville, North Carolina  The Asheville Public is partnering with Troy & Sons Distillery to host a whiskey themed benefit dinner. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross to go directly to Hurricane Sandy disaster relief. TAP’s Chef Matthew Miner has created a menu that incorporates Troy & Son’s spirits into every dish. The menu will be a coursed prix-fixe dinner with a selection of Troy & Sons cocktails to choose from. Help support the cause with great food, cocktails and live music. See you at TAP!

Ark of Taste by Michael SchwartzCoconut Grove, Florida  This magical night will be held at the Kampong historic home and garden. Chef Michael Schwartz and Chef de Cuisine Bradley Herron
of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink will prepare a menu celebrating the endangered and divine native ingredients of South Florida: the Sea Grape and Royal Red Shrimp. Desserts by Hedy Goldsmith, Pastry Chef at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink and author of “Baking Out Loud.” Winemaker pairings available at Whole Foods Coral Gables. Bespoke Cocktails by GREY GOOSE Vodka. The proceeds of this evening will fund both the Slow Food Miami Edible School Garden Program for the most under resourced schools in Miami and The Kampong National Tropical Botanical Garden.

Image courtesy of theKitchn.