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92Y Presents: More Than Just Matzah Balls: Food and Cooking in Jewish Culture

The 92nd Street Y might have started as a Jewish community center, but over the course of its history it has distinguished itself as a cultural landmark. Hosting the top minds of our time, their talks, seminars, and fascinating classes engage every field of cultural interest in many exciting ways. This includes the culinary world, and their growing Food & Wine program has offered talks on Jewish and non-Jewish topics alike.

One talk, however, goes back to the Y's roots, but in a characteristically innovative and re-invigorating way. On March 25th, they will be hosting More Than Just Matzah Balls: Food and Cooking in Jewish Culture for all you members of the tribe (and fans of their food). The talk is all about going beyond the boundaries of conventional “Jewish food” to expand and explore the true depth of the cuisine. Traditional Jewish dishes will be getting interpretive makeovers: Matzah Balls made with chickpea flour, ground chicken, turmeric and cardamom, a bread-and-French-pear-based Kugel with cinnamon and dried plum compote, and a Brisket that gets the Southern-style day-long smoke treatment--you name it. Speakers include cooking teacher and chef Pati Jinich (host of the TV series “Pati’s Mexican Table”), Joan Nathan (New York Times-published food critic and cookbook writer), Louisa Shafia (Veteran of Aquavit, Pure Food and Wine, and Gobo and author of The New Persian Kitchen), and Ari White, Texas native and founder of pop up kosher food truck The Wandering Que. In short, this ain’t your Bubbe’s cookbook, and that’s more than okay. Tickets from $29.

When; Tuesday, March 25th, 8:15pm

Where: 92Y, 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Weekend Pick: 2014 Chicago Beer Festival at Union Station

Admission is $40, and tickets are only available online. If you plan on eating, drinking, and playing at the festival until you're just drunk enough, the Chicago Beer Festival has partnered with Uber to get you there or back home for free. Just use the code CHIBEERFEST14 to get up to $25 off your first ride.

What: 2014 Chicago Beer Festival at Union Station

When: Saturday, March 22nd, 1pm

Where: Union Station, 210 S. Canal St., Chicago, IL

Weekend Pick: Extreme Beer Fest 2014

With St. Patrick’s Day behind us, beer enthusiasts across the nation may feel a bit downhearted. Well, we have good news for all lovers of the craft beverage (and residents of Boston). This weekend, BeerAdvocate, “a global grassroots, powered by an independent community of beer enthusiasts and industry professionals who are dedicated to supporting and promoting beer,” will host Extreme Beerfest 2014 in Boston, kicking off on Friday, March 21st.

Sponsored by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, this fiesta is the ultimate beer lovers dream, celebrating everything from the history of the drink to crafting process. Attendees will partake in the “throwdown of craft beer creativity,” as they embark on a journey of tasting and judging a wide variety of different beers.

When: Friday, March 21st, 6pm

Where: Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA

92Y Presents Chocolate Fest 2014!

92Y is now selling tickets for the Chocolate Fest New York 2014: A Walk-Around Tasting. The event is scheduled for Sunday, April 6th, at 7:30pm, and for a mere $35, you can experience all things chocolate, overindulging as your chocolate fantasies come to life! A variety of chocolate taste masters from around the world are scheduled for this decadent occasion. Such masters include Italy's Stefano De Martini, of Torino’s De Martini Cioccolato fame, International Chocolate Awards 2013 Gold Medal Winner Hakan Martensson of Fika Choklad, Joan Coukos of Chocolat Moderne (joining Murray's Cheese to create some phenomenal pairings), and returning by popular demand, Brooklyn's own Liz and Jen of Liddabit Sweets.

David Burke Bloomingdales to Host a Wine Dinner Tomorrow Night

Come one, come all! On Tuesday, March 18th, for one night only, David Burke Bloomingdales will host an enticing wine dinner sure to entice all the senses and delight your appetite.

With the wines of Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel at its forefront, the scrumptious dinner will begin at 7pm and feature a four course-prix fixe menu, as well as some heavenly hor d’oeuvres and cocktails to start.

Local Classic, The Hill Tavern

This awesome joint brings the Beantown community together with its variety of loyal customers, ranging from college students to businessmen and residents of the Beacon Hill neighborhood.

When warm spring weather begins to peek around the corner, it is truly exciting and delightful to see The Hill Tavern set up their outdoor patio. Colorful flower baskets hanging from the awning certainly portray a bright sign that spring has sprung upon the Hill. The next time you’re out and about in Beantown, walk down the bustling cobblestone sidewalks to this traditional pub for a relaxing, fun and casual outing with friends and tasty craft beer to accompany.

Dinner at HAVEN Riverfront Restaurant & Bar
Green Curry Chicken at Amaze
Glimpses of Spring with Chef Andrè at 54 Below

Theatre District, NY – Descend into the space below the once-bustling Studio 54 at 254 W 54th St. and be swayed by an ambiance more Prohibition chic than Supper Club. A richness of purples, reds, and dark cherry wood adorns the main room, where the Steinway commands as much stage presence as the brocade-patterned walls behind it. 54 Below is the place Broadway goes to unwind, and with the icecaps finally melting in New York City, we’re here to bring you a peek of some of Chef Andrè Marrero’s favored offerings, as well as new additions to their spring menu.