The New York City Wine & Food Festival may not kick off until October, but as usual, now is the time to start snapping up tickets lest you be stuck at that crazy Guy Fieri dinner.
No diners here. No drive-ins or dives, either.
Instead, you'll hit the Mediterranean dinner hosted by the only man in the world who can make you eat your vegetables, Yotam Ottolenghi.
You'll head to the Standard for two hours of bourbon, scotch, and tequila, and heady clouds of premium cigar smoke. Make up for all those times you never got into brunch at Prune by sitting down to a wine-and-grub pairing devised by Gabrielle Hamilton.
Or become the Brooklyn food hipster you always wanted to be by taking a seminar on pickling by McClures, or learn the art of pie-making from the ladies at Four and Twenty Blackbirds. (And while you're at it, put in an order for your Thanksgiving pie.)
But if you do anything, anything at all, you'll clear your calendar for the ramen dinner hosted by Ivan Orkin, who may be just about the best Brooklyn-born noodle chef living in Japan.
But bad news, y'all: Paula Deen just decided to cancel her appearance.
The festival didn't need all that butter and (alleged) bigotry, anyway.