Eat It: Taste of the Nation and 331 Cortland


Notable Wine Importer Kermit Lynch at Absinthe

Kermit Lynch, notable wine importer, author and—yes—musician, will team up with chef Jamie Lauren for a special four-course wine dinner at Absinthe on May 6. No word on the menu yet, but the evening begins with a Champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception at 6:30 p.m., and tickets for the intimate soiree are $150. To RSVP, call 415-551-1453 or email Vanessa Harris at

DIY Show-and-Tell at 18 Reasons

This Thursday, April 29, 18 Reasons will be hosting the Jam It Salon 3 with local author Karen Solomon. Bring your best homemade foodstuffs (or simply come and taste what your neighbors have made) and prepare to talk shop with other avid culinary DIYers. Tickets are $10 general, $5 if you bring a homemade something to share, and the event runs from 7-9 p.m.

Taste of the Nation

If you haven’t already purchased your tickets for this annual event, do it right now. Forty of the city’s best chefs, a handful of top bartenders and scores of wineries will be on-hand at this fabulous annual event benefiting Share Our Strength (an organization that fights hunger in America). Loyal 7x7 newsletter readers get a discount—VIP tickets for $120 (instead of $140), general admission tickets for $75 (regularly $85). Buy the tickets here and use the following codes for the discount: 77VIP and 77.

331 Cortland Opens, Bernal Gets Foodie

At long last, the market at 331 Cortland has opened, housing six new vendors (five food and a cutlery shop). While we’re looking forward to checking out what ICHI sushi, Pauline’s Pickling, Wholesome Bakery and Della Terra Organics will be offering (and getting our knives sharpened while we’re at it), we have it on good authority that the offerings from the sixth vendor, El Porteño empanadas, are some of the best we’ve had in the city. Get excited!

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