When the calendar finally flips to the first day of December, we expect there to be several end of year certainties: Christmas decor, the Rockettes returning to Radio City, festive holiday music and compelling retail sales offers, to name a few. But for us, no winter rite of passage is as appropriate (or as delectable) as the time honored latke. A perfectly prepared potato pancake, lacquered with some deliciously chilled apple sauce is perhaps our favorite year-end tradition. The potato pancake cares not about your religious affiliation- only that you savor each piping hot bite – because during the cold winter months, there are few delicacies as outrageously appealing.
With that in mind, while Monday, December 19th is just a few short days before Christmas and Channukah, the folks at Great Performances return to host their 8th Annual Latke Festival, to the delight of New Yorkers in all boroughs. Emanating from the historic Brooklyn Museum, some twenty different chefs and restaurants will try their hand at creating the ‘best in show’ potato pancake. While guests will indulge in offerings from returning participants like Veselka, Jimmy’s No. 43, Jacob’s Pickles and Ben’s Deli, newcomers like Brooklyn’s Samui and Flatiron’s Burger & Lobster have also signed on for the festivities and will undoubtedly utilize some culinary innovation in their concoctions. All of the starchy potato goodness will be washed down with delicious varietals courtesy of City Winery and cocktails from the perpetually excellent Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
Though attendees will certainly leave satiated, the holidays are a time for giving- not just for taking- and as such, proceeds from the evening will benefit The Sylvia Center, a nonprofit organization focused on educating young people about healthy cooking. So for all the wining and dining you’ll do throughout the evening, the evening’s main focus is philanthropy. Tickets are available now HERE - make sure to act fast because The 8th Annual Latke Festival will almost certainly be a sold-out affair.
- Dave Gendelson