This week you can roam (and eat) around Jackson Heights and also go down a rabbit hole into long hallways full of cheese that feel very far from the city (and reality). You'll have the best stories to tell at this month's Cookbook Club potluck. Check these food crawls, potlucks, dumplings and more.
Jackson Heights has too many good restaurants, so it's always tough deciding where to eat there. But if spend Saturday on a Jackson Heights Food Crawl, you won't have to choose. The food crawl is being hosted by Homecoming, a group that consists of first and second-generation immigrants who are passionate about food and bringing the Queens community together. Over the course of the two hour tour, you'll start at Himalayan Yak and move through some of our favorite neighborhood staples, with guides giving cultural context along the way. Buy tickets here.
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which means a whole lot of dumplings are about to enter our lives. Mimi Cheng’s is kicking off their AAPI series early with a collaboration with Calvin Eng of the Williamsburg Cantonese American restaurant Bonnie’s. Bonnie’s is one of the most exciting spots to have dinner right now, so we have no doubt Calvin Eng’s shrimp dumplings will get a fan following of their own. A percentage of the proceeds will go to the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families and World Central Kitchen. There will be limited daily runs at all three Mimi Cheng’s locations through April.
Crown Finish Caves can only be described as a fever dream we once had: endless tunnels stacked with cheese staring back at you like you’re in the cheese wheel catacombs. Apparently, it’s actually a cheese aging facility where imported "young cheese" that hasn’t developed a rind yet is aged by some nice people in Crown Heights. This Friday, they're inviting Italian grocery store La Salumina to bring some salumi into the mix for a brief pop-up. (They’ll also be breaking out the Raclette Machine.)
Archestratus Books & Foods
We love a potluck. Where else are you going to find an audience that’ll truly appreciate your new Julia Child phase? At Archestratus Books + Foods you’ll find other kitchen dwellers scouring through a huge collection of cookbooks while they eat sandwiches at the cafe in the back, as well as monthly Cookbook Club potlucks. This Thursday, all are welcome to celebrate Carla Lalli Music’s That Sounds So Good with recipes from the book or your own collection. Find potluck details and purchase tickets here.
Starting this Saturday, recent Chopped winner Chef Alan Delgado will be showing off his signature Mexican-American dishes on a limited-run menu at the wine bar Sauced in Williamsburg. Come by anytime this month to eat seared halloumi topped with salsa macha and listen to some tunes from the bar's favorite DJs.