Choose from Three Options
- Monday, August 12: $75 for Steak 101 with Chef Ryan Jaronik of Benchmark Restaurant followed by a three-course seated dinner with Brooklyn Brewery beer pairings (a $125 value)
- Tuesday, August 13: $75 for a cooking demo with Flex Mussels followed by a three-course seated dinner with wine pairings (a $125 value)
- Monday, August 19: $75 for a summer cocktail-making class and bar food with Silver Lining (a $125 value)
On August 12, Chef Ryan Jaronik from Benchmark Restaurant will lead a Steak 101 tutorial. Following the tutorial, Chef Jaronik will prepare a three-course dinner, each course carefully paired with a different beer from Brooklyn Brewery. To create Benchmark Restaurant's New American dishes, Chef Ryan draws on the midwestern recipes his Grandma Ann taught him when he was a kid.
On August 13, Chef Katie O'Donnell from Flex Mussels will ask diners to help her create three mussels sauces from Flex's menu, including Dijon, Fra Diavolo, and bruschetta. Afterward, guests can douse those sauces over a wine-paired three-course meal. At the Upper East Side and West Village locations, Flex's seafood-centric menu features P.E.I mussels cooked in 23 sauces as well as "fish-shack archetypes," according to New York magazine.
On August 19, Silver Linings' proprietors will show off the classic union of upscale bar bites and cocktails that encapsulates their menu. Mixologists will teach guests how to craft two summertime cocktails, which they can complement with hearty hors d'oeuvres. Along with libation-making, the evening includes a demonstration of Silver Lining's ice-cutting technique.
All three events will be held at the Institute of Culinary Education from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on their respective dates. All proceeds from general admission will go to City Harvest to help the organization achieve its goal of collecting 46 million pounds of food this year.
City Harvest pioneered food rescue in 1982, and this year, will collect 55 million pounds of excess food to help feed the nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers struggling to put meals on their tables. Through relationships with farms, restaurants, grocers and manufacturers, City Harvest collects nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste and deliver it free of charge to 500 soup kitchens, food pantries and other community food programs across New York City’s five boroughs. City Harvest also takes a long-term approach to hunger relief through its Healthy Neighborhoods initiative.