All About Gin, Meet Local Winemakers, Somali Food, + A Virtual Outdoor Food Festival
Did you always write off gin because you thought it tasted too much like a Christmas tree? Well, gin is a world of things and is often misunderstood. This lesson on the history and culture of gin starts from the slums of Victorian London and covers up to the modern local distilleries in Brooklyn today. But hurry, tickets are limited and going fast.
Don't miss the chance to learn about one of our favorite local winemakers. At the beautiful Red Hook Winery tasting room, winemakers Abe Schoener and Christopher Nicolson will be on hand to pour tastes of their wares and discuss the process and their philosophies. In addition, their distiller (did you know the winery had a distiller?) will be presenting their small batch grappa which is aged in used chardonnay barrels.
Fellow tour guides Scott Weiner and Jeff Orlick started an organization called Breaking Bread in response to the President's recent executive order concerning Muslim refugees from certain countries. They have already launched tours and events celebrating the food from those affected countries. This weekend, there is a great opportunity to dine on a family-style meal from the city's only Somali restaurant.
Outdoor food festivals are rare in the middle of the winter months, but Essex Street Market is hosting one such event across the street at The Lowline Lab. This is a virtual outdoor space in a former abandoned market that will one day grow and sustain plants underground. Think the High Line but below ground! On Sunday, get a taste of some of Essex Street Market's best food vendors, like Saxelby Cheesemongers and Puebla Mexican, in this preview space.