Food News: California Wine Month, BVI Food Fete and Mishiguene in NYC : New Worlder

On a bi-monthly basis, the New Worlder team shares a unique list of events, collaboration dinners, culinary and hospitality news from around the globe.

California Wine Month Begins in September

September welcomes California Wine Month, the 15th annual celebration of the Golden State’s wine harvest season. Wineries and other regional organizations will offer a variety of events such as tastings and pairings, concerts, and vineyard hikes.  A few highlights include the Calistoga Wine Experience on September 7th, the Ramona Grape Stomp on September 14, and the Temecula Valley Crush on September 28th.  More information and tickets can be found here.

Tacocraft Launches Artisanal Hot Sauce Line

After frequent requests from their customers, Tacocraft has launched their own line of small-batch hot sauces.  Founded by Marc Falsetto, the South Florida taqueria and tequila bar has three locations, where the hot sauces are created and bottled. Coming in three levels of heat: Jalapeño, Chipotle, and California Reaper, these artisanal hot sauces are available at the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea location or on their website.

Mishiguene Slated for Next Intersect by Lexus Residency

Tomás Kalika, the executive chef behind Mishiguene in Buenos Aires, has been announced as the third Global Chef-in-Residence at Intersect by Lexus NYC. Starting on September 7th, Kalika plans to engage diners by sharing the story of Jewish people through reimagined techniques and flavors. Kalika’s passion for Jewish cuisine was inspired and refined working in Chef Eyal Shani’s Jerusalem-based restaurant, Oceanos, where he started as a dishwasher.  Mishiguene, ‘crazy’ in Yiddish, opened in 2014 and now resides at #18 on Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Intersect by Lexus collaborates with Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group to select a new chef every four to six months who demonstrates a thoughtful and creative commitment to fine dining.  Reservations via Resy and more information on their website.

BVI Food Fête Celebrates 6th Festival

This November, the British Virgin Islands will celebrate their sixth annual culinary festival just in time for the BVI Tourist Board’s 50th anniversary. Celebrating their culinary heritage and diversity as a premier gastronomic destination in the Caribbean, as the islands rebuild following the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, the month-long event will include events spanning across six islands such as the Jost Pork and More and the Anegada Lobster Festival.  Learn more and buy tickets here.

Around the World in 10,000 Bites

On August 17th, 100 diners will each try 101 tasting plates designed by chefs representing 10 different countries including the United States, Spain, Nicaragua, and Mexico. This once-in-a-lifetime dining experience hosted by the Houston Museum of Natural Science is the brainchild of Chef David Skinner, owner of Eculent restaurant in Kemah, Texas. Recruiting an impressive roster of chefs from around the world including Manu Buffara (Brazil), Felipe Raul (Mexico), and Javier Becerra (Texas) to create 10 unique bites that encapsulate the gastronomic spirit of a given country, each must weigh in at half an ounce. Proceeds will be donated to breast cancer research — in honor of Dominique Crenn — and the James Beard Foundation. Even with a $750 price tag, the 100 tickets quickly sold out, but the VIP package and tickets to the Bubbles and Baubles reception are available here.

Header image of the Temecula Valley Vineyard for California Wine Month courtesy of Visit Temecula Valley.