Top Chef is back on the air, the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival has taken over the city, and all is right in the foodie world. NYC’s everyday culinary-master overload gets trebled this weekend, as superstars from Daniel Boulud to Rachael Ray mix and mingle, with classes, tastings, and parties spreading out across Manhattan. Belt out some karaoke Friday, October 17 as Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto hosts a Rock & Roll Night Market (David Chang moonlights as DJ). Saturday brings a Jets + Chefs tailgate with updated takes on ribs, wings, and steaks, hosted by the unlikely combination of Mario Batali and Joe Namath. The Standard Biergarten gets in on the act with Saturday’s Oyster Bash, which brings together Food Network star Tyler Florence and artisanal oyster farmers, Chelsea fave The Lobster Place, and a slew of big-name chefs. Events are selling out, so get on tickets now. You’ll feel good about your purchase: all the proceeds go to hunger relief.
The Cultural Services department of the French Embassy has dropped a brainy oasis inside the historic Payne Whitney mansion on the Upper East Side. Albertine is a reading room and bookshop stocking works from 30 French-speaking nations. Get in on the launch with Festival Albertine, a series of talks which aren’t too dry: the conversation on Friday, October 17 involves Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner and the topic of women at work.
Little ones get a festival of their own this weekend, with the Falls Kids Fest going off in Madison Square Park. Saturday, October 18 at 11am sees live music, a kiddie DJ, a magic show, and face painting in the park. You can get ready for trick or treating by refreshing family getups with a free costume swap. You can show off your new looks at the Big Apple Circus-led costume parade that follows.
Longtime downtown music home The Living Room lives again, this time on the Brooklyn side of things. On Tuesday, October 21, L.A. band Mosco Rosco kicks things off at the venue’s new home in Williamsburg. It’s part of the CMJ Music Marathon’s opening night, which will be followed by a thousand artists jamming the city in the coming days.