"If Atlantic Avenue has more or less informed your knowledge of Lebanese cuisine, consider this outing an essential primer. This Friday, chef Philippe Massoud (Ilili) and Rami Zurayk (cofounder of Slow Food Beirut) will host “A Night of Old, New and ‘Slow.’” This charity dinner benefits Slow Food and Land & People—a nonprofit that supports small farms in Lebanon. On the menu: traditional mezze, braised octopus, striped bass with za’atar, as well as a tasting of kibbeh—Lebanese steak tartare.
Wines from New York’s Paumanok Vineyard and Lebanon’s Massaya Winery will be paired with the meal. Stick around for a Q&A with Massoud and Zurayk about the country’s unique cuisine. 6:30pm, $100; Slow Food NY members $90.—Justine Sterling"