A valued benefit of being a member of the New York Women's Culinary Alliance is the opportunity to attend exceptional programs throughout the year. The events are educational, entertaining, and enjoyable - from food tastings and happy hours, to themed dinners, and cookbook lauches, to industry tours, and business seminars. All offer a chance to network with other women in the culinary field. Some are open to members and guests; others to members only.

Below are our upcoming programs. For more information of a specific program, click on the title. Reserve now, as space is limited!

Upcoming events

    • 03/27/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 615 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
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    Come join fellow alliance members for an evening of good beer and good company.

    Sample the best craft beer (both locally sourced and from around the globe) at  Torst, Brooklyn's Danish beer restaurant. Their long bar features 21 rotating taps and over 250 bottles.  But not to worry: in addition to their fabulous beer menu, they offer wine as well as food from executive chef Jared Ferguson.

    It's easy access:  just next to the Nassau Ave G stop and a short walk from the Bedford L stop.

    • 04/03/2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Carr Workplaces, 200 Park Avenue (Met Life Building), #1700
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    Business Skills Workshop: Food Styling Q&A with Lisa Homa

    Hosted by Brona Cosgrave and Lisa Homa

    Wednesday, April 3 

    Carr Workplace

    $15 per person

    Regardless of what area of the food and beverage industry you work in, it seems food photography has become a necessary skill for all of us. If you post food photos to showcase your recipe development or blog posts, promote your products or just to show you are embedded in the culinary world, then this member-only Q&A food styling session is for you!

    Lisa Homa’s food styling work can be seen in advertising, packaging, cookbooks, magazines and on television. She’s worked with major brands, and noted cookbook authors and has been profiled in several publications and featured on NPR’s “Studio 360”. Although she primarily works in New York City, demand for her expertise has taken her around the globe from Italy to Cyprus to Korea. In this workshop, you will learn how to take better photos and sharpen your skills without letting your food get cold! Your specific questions will be addressed in this interactive workshop. Light refreshments will be served.

    Limited to 18 attendees, Members ONLY. 

    2 Volunteers Needed: 1 for write-up of 3-5 takeaways/photos, 1 for sign-in/light clean-up

    For further information contact: Brona Cosgrave

    • 04/04/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Carr Workplaces (Met Life Building) 200 Park Avenue #1700, New York, NY 10017
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    Instant Indian Indian Cooking in the Instant Pot

    Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Carr Workplaces in the Met Life Building. 200 Park Avenue, #1700, New York, New York

    $28 per member, $38 per non member

    ~Tickets go on sale March 1, 2019~

    The Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker is the latest and hottest kitchen toy. Join NYWCA member Rinku Bhattacharya as she cooks up a basic comforting Indian dish of Khichuri, a mélange of rice, red lentils and vegetables finished with a tempering of ghee. Rinku will also show how to work the Instant Pot and use it almost anywhere and she will lead an interactive discussion on Indian cooking and the regional diversity of Indian cooking.

    The evening includes tasting the Khichuri and a signed copy of Rinku’s new cookbook Instant Indian ($19.95 retail). (Members can instead choose Rinku’s first (non-instant pot) cookbook The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles.)

    Additional signed copies can also be pre-ordered.

    Limited to 18 attendees.

    Three volunteers needed : one general helper, one for write-up and one for photography and social media.

    For more information contact program host Rinku Bhattacharya, spicesandseasons@gmail.com.

    • 04/06/2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Tour begins and ends at W. 103rd St. & Central Park West

    Foraging Tour of Central Park with "Wildman" Steve Brill

                        April 6, 2019, 9:30am - 11:30am                     

    Tour begins and ends at W.103rd street and Central Park West

    $25 per member, $35 per non-member

    Having previously led a Tour for the Alliance, Wildman Steve is back by popular demand! On Saturday, April 4, join Steve and other NYWCA members and guests on a foraging adventure in Central Park where you will not only learn about various exotic plants and food, but also gather some to take home. Dates and friends are highly encouraged! 


    Steve Brill is a connoisseur in foraging and a top expert in creating delicious, vegan recipes using wild herbs, greens, shoots, fruits, berries, nuts, seeds, roots, seaweeds, and mushrooms.

    Minimum of 25 attendees / no max.

    Two volunteers needed : one for check in and one for write-up.

    For more information contact program host Zoe Mikhailovich  at zoemikhailov@gmail.com


    • 04/08/2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • New York Distilling Company, 79 Richardson St (btwn Lorimer & Leonard), Brooklyn, NY 11211
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    Cocktail Club: Gin

    Cocktail Club, a hands-on spirited networking series, is back!

    Join us as we toast spring's arrival with Gin and its lively botanicals!

    Monday, April 8

    The New York Distilling Company

    $40 per person

    What better way to toast spring’s arrival than with gin and its lively botanicals? 

    Gin is IN for the April meeting of Cocktail Club at the New York Distilling Company in BrooklynJoin us as owner and distiller, Allen Katz, leadus on discovery of gin: its history and its different styles —yes, there is more than one style of gin! Of course, there will be cocktails, and also the chance to try your hand at stirring and shaking.

    Gin is no stranger to Brooklyn. The earliest distilleries in Brooklyn date back to the 1700s. During Prohibition there were over 50,000 illicit stills in New York City. Since Prohibitionhowever, the ethereal perfumes of distillation have been largely absent… until now.   

    The New York Distilling Company builds on this dream by establishing one of the nation’s premiere craft distilleries. 

    Allen Katz is one of the nation’s leading experts on distilled spirits and cocktails. He is the Director of the Spirits Education & Mixology for Southern Wine & Spirits of New York and is at the forefront of industry training in New York and around the country. He is renowned for his public and professional seminars on topics of America’s food and cocktail heritage and was previously the host of The Cocktail Hour for Martha Stewart on SiriusXM.  

    Limited to 16 attendees, Members ONLY. 

    3 Volunteers Needed: 1 for write-up/social media, 1 for photography and 1 for general help

    For further information contact: Diana Pittet or Sarah Abrams.

    • 04/09/2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Myra’s Kitchen, 15 W. 17th St. #3 (between 5th and 6th Avenue)
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    Photo Credit: theluxuryspot.com

    Skills Workshop: Fermentation Workshop

    Myra’s Kitchen, 15 W. 17th St. #3 (between 5th and 6th Avenue)

    Tuesday, April 9, 2019

    6:30-8:30 pm

    $34 for member, $44 for non-members

    Fermentation is an age-old process of preserving foods. In this hands-on produce fermentation workshop, led my Myra Kornfeld, you will eat and learn how to quickly make your own small batch ferments, which are ready to enjoy within days.

    While you sample a number of krauts, kvasses, and vegetable ferments, we’ll discuss the numerous benefits of fermented vegetables, including aiding digestion, promoting healthy gut bacteria, and boosting the immune system. We’ll also look at three of the main approaches to making these ferments, from salt solo brines; to salt and water brines; to salt, water, and whey brines. Then you’ll try these methods out for yourself. You will leave with your own one-quart jar of a tasty vegetable ferment!

    Limited to 15 attendees, 3 volunteers are needed. 

    For more information, or to volunteer, please email: Myra@myrakornfeld.com

    Directions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, A, C to 14th Street, N or R to Union Square

    • 04/16/2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • 162 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
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    Lunch at Bricolage, a Vietnamese Gastropub

    Tuesday, April 16, 1 pm – 3 pm 
    Bricolage in Park Slope, Brooklyn 

    $29 per person

    ~Tickets on sale now~

    Please join us for a family style tasting menu lunch hosted by NYWCA member and talented Executive Chef Lien Lin. 

    The specially designed menu will include a selection of modern Vietnamese dishes to wow your senses. Dessert features assorted French and Vietnamese inspired chocolates made by NYWCA member and chocolatier, Milène Jardine.

    Complimentary South African wines.

    Limited to 12 attendees, members ONLY.

    Two volunteers needed : one for write-up and one for photography and social media.

    For more information contact Amy Lee or Sarah Abrams.

    • 04/29/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Middleby Residential, 150 East 58th street, #1062

    NYWCA Spring Potluck

                        April 29, 2019, 6:00pm - 8:00pm                     

    Middleby Residential, 150 east 58th street, #1062

    Admission is free

    Let's jump right into Spring! 

    As we are thawing out of this icy cold winter, we have been day dreaming about the fresh light air of a spring day! We wanted to take the chance to celebrate the best that spring produce has to offer to be enjoyed with a nice crisp glass of wine.  

    Since this potluck is taking place at the brand new state of the art showroom at Middleby Residential, we want to carry that through to the food by asking you to bring a new trendy spin on spring classics.   Use your imagination and bring dishes that highlight the beautiful and delicious peas, greens, and spring onions that are popping right up! 

    So sign up today and come enjoy some of the best early spring has to offer! 

    • Many volunteers are needed to help. 
    • If you are interested in chairing a committee please contact Joanna or Sarah.
    • Space does not have a prep area, please bring dishes that are best served room temperature or cold. 
    • Prepare enough to serve 10 and please bring serving utensils
    • Please let us know what dish you plan to bring so we can coordinate accordingly. Don’t worry you if you’re not sure what to make, a simple indication of sweet or savory will suffice right now.
    • Admission is free.  Each member can bring up to three potential new NYWCA members as guests.

    Attendees will receive: a 6-inch Lodge Cast Iron Skillet, Nielsen-Massey Pure Lemon Paste, Vann's Spices' Raz El Hanout, A whisk from Viking and other goodies!

    For any questions or to help please contact event hosts Joanna Pruess and Sarah Comerford at joannapruess@gmail.com, scomerford46@gmail.com.

    • 05/14/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Greenhouse at Riverbank State Park, 679 Riverside Drive, New York, New York 10031
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    Herb Spring Supper at the Horticultural Society

    Head uptown for a special herb-centric evening at the Horticultural Society of NY at beautiful Riverbank State Park. Tour the gardens and greenhouse, learn about herbs, plant your own, and then sup on a sumptuous herb-centric meal.

    Tuesday, May 14 at the Greenhouse of the Horticultural Society at Riverbank State Park (only a 10-minute walk from 137th Street station on the number 1 train)  

    $35 per person

    We’ll first tour the Horticultural Society’s Greenhouse and outdoor gardens while sampling hors d’oeuvres brightened with fresh herbs from the gardens. We will then dig in (literally!) and plant our own herbs (to take home). Finally, we’ll sit down to a locally sourced plant-based supper featuring a variety of seasonal asparagus and fresh herbs and special mocktails featuring spirits from Seedlip.

    Annette Nielsen, who runs the culinary programs at the Horticultural Society, will lead this special program, with Kristin Lucey, the Greenhouse manager, guiding us in the herb plantings for the windowsill.

    Tentative menu (subject to changes based on availability): 

    • Light seasonal hors d’oeuvres in the Greenhouse
    • Herbed mocktail featuring Seedlip nonalcoholic spirits
    • Supper in the Greenhouse  featuring Shaved Asparagus Salad with Arugula, Parmesan, and Herb vinaigrette and a Mushroom, Asparagus, and Ramp Risotto 
    • Lemon-Thyme Sorbet and cookies for dessert

    Limited to 16 attendees, members ONLY.

    Two volunteers needed : one for write-up and one for photography and social media.

    For more information contact Deri Reed


    • 05/14/2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Home Cooking New York, 158 Grand Street, Studio #206

    Discover THE ITALIAN TABLE with author, blogger and culinary tour organizer Elizabeth Minchilli

                        May 14, 2019, 6:30pm - 8:00pm                     

    Home Cooking New York, 158 Grand street, Studio #206

    New York, NY 10013

    NYWCA Member $45

    Discover The Italian Table

    Tuesday, May 14 at Home Cooking New York

    Enjoy an Italian meal (made by attendees) and discussion with Elizabeth Minchilli, the author of the new book, The Italian Table.

    $45 per member

    Elizabeth Minchilli lives the dream: She splits her time between Rome and Umbria while tasting and writing about food all over Italy.  Her new book, The Italian Table, was  released this spring from Rizzoli. It delivers both the fantasy and reality of Italian meals as they are  enjoyed on location. Combining menus and recipes with visual experience and inspiration—as well as insight into the traditions of the food and celebrations—it serves as a practical resource that gives home cooks and hosts step-by-step guidance on how to re-create fabulous Italian meals at their own tables.

    In this intimate potluck dinner, Elizabeth will discuss how she got her start in food writing, along with her take on Italian ingredients, bits of culinary history, and her recipe shortcuts, serving and beverage suggestions, tips on to setting the table, and how to time the preparation and the party itself. 

    And all attendees will take home a copy of The Italian Table. 

    Attendees will receive TWO credits for the event: one for attending, plus an additional credit to either 1) prepare one recipe from Elizabeth’s cookbook; 2) contribute two bottles of wine; or 3) volunteer for the usual Alliance event position (provide general help, write a short report, or handle photography and social media). Event organizer Carrie Bachman will be in contact with attendees about recipes and wine suggestions to choose from.

    For more information, contact program host Carrie Bachman, carriebachman@gmail.com. 


    Elizabeth Helman Minchilli  is the author of eight books on the joys of Italian life. She has written for over 40 magazines, and today shares her passion for Italy through her blog, best-selling apps for iTunes and Android, and through her food tours in Italy. 


    Her passion for Italy led her from her native United States, where she studied architectural history, to Italy in 1987. She writes on food, travel and design. Her newest books are The Italian Table; Eating My Way Through Italy, which recounts her journey's up and down Italy, following her appetite; and Eating Rome: Living the Good Life in the Eternal City, based on her popular blog Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome,  her homage to the city that feeds her, literally and figuratively.


    Elizabeth lives with her husband, Domenico Minchilli, an architect who restores and builds homes in Italy and around the world. They live in a rooftop apartment in Rome and a farmhouse in Umbria.

    • 06/03/2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • member's home in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
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    Spring Book Club: Comfort Food Diaries

    Monday, June 3, 2019, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

    at the home of member Donna Boland, in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

    $20 per member

    The Spring Book Club selection is The Comfort food Diaries by Emily Nunn, chronicling her journey to heal and find comfort through travel and food. Read the book, reserve your spot, and then get together for a delicious discussion with fellow Alliance members. Wine and a light supper will be served. 

    *You must read the book to attend* 

     The Spring Book Club will be held in the Cobble Hill home of member Donna Boland, a block from the Bergen Street F and G trains. Organizers will send you the address once you have registered. 

    Two volunteers are needed: one for set-up, one for photography and write-up.

    If you have questions, contact Book Club co-chair Lisa Homa at  lisa@lisahoma.com.

    About the book:

    “Former New Yorker editor Emily Nunn chronicles her journey to heal old wounds and find comfort in the face of loss through travel, home-cooked food, and the company of friends and family. In the salty snap of a single Virginia ham biscuit, in the sour tang of Grandmother’s Lemon Cake, Nunn experiences the healing power of comfort food—and offers up dozens of recipes for the wonderful meals that saved her life. With the biting humor of David Sedaris and the emotional honesty of Cheryl Strayed, Nunn delivers a moving account of her descent into darkness and her gradual, hard-won return to the living.”



Note: If you need to cancel after registering, there will be a $5.00 cancellation fee. Please notify the program organizer at least 7 days before the event in order to get a full refund (minus the cancellation fee), which will be issued via the original form of payment. If you must cancel within less than 24 hours, please fill your seat with another attendee. If the program is cancelled by the NYWCA, your full cost, including fees, will be refunded.

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