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December 20, 6:00 P.M. Demo and Dine: Aperitivo Hour with James Beard Award–Winning Chef and Author Karen Akunowicz

December 20, 2023 06:00 PM

Learn the Joys of the Italian Happy Hour      

25 11th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA

Italians have mastered the art of la dolce vita, meaning “the sweet life,” which is evident in their approach to all things, including dining. The first stop before dinner is aperitivi, a vivacious happy hour that is meant to create community and stimulate the appetite. Think bubbles and bitters-forward beverages like the Aperol Spritz and Negroni and light, craveable bites that go far beyond bar snacks.  Join James Beard Award–winning celebrity chef and restauranteur Karen Akunowicz, owner of Boston’s Fox & the Knife and Bar Volpe,  as she shares her love for the cuisine and culture she has immersed herself in since living and training in Modena, Italy at L’Avian Blu. During this demonstration, as you sip and savor, you’ll learn how to mix up a modern version of classic Italian cocktails and bites from chef Karen’s new cookbook, Crave: Bold Recipes That Make You Want Seconds. 

Signed copies of chef Karen’s latest book, Crave: Bold Recipes That Make You Want Seconds, will be available for purchase. 


General Admission: $95

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About Karen Akunowicz:

Chef Karen Akunowicz is the 2018 James Beard Foundation Award winner for Best Chef: Northeast and the 2020 James Beard Award nominee for Best New Restaurant in America. She is the chef and owner of Fox & the Knife Enoteca in South Boston, Bar Volpe Ristorante, and Fox Pasta Company, and has been touted as “Boston’s Queen of Pasta”. Her restaurant Fox & the Knife was called an “Instant Classic” by Food & Wine and named one of their “Best New Restaurants in America”. 

Chef Akunowicz is a well-known television personality, voted  fan favorite on Bravo TV’s Emmy-nominated show Top Chef (seasons Season 13 as well as “All-Stars”). She is a rising star on Food Network’s “Tournament of Champions” and has appeared as a judge on Top Chef, Top Chef Canada, America’s Worst Cooks, Guy’s Grocery Games and America’s Test Kitchen Next Generation. She is a recurring judge on Beat Bobby Flay.  

Named one of the “21 Badass Women Changing the Food World” by Marie Claire magazine she is also the author of Crave: Bold Recipes That Make You Want Seconds, which was published in September of 2023 by W.W. Norton.  


Chef Karen Akunowicz’s residency is made possible in part by a generous gift by Nancy Lukitsh to our Chef Performance Fund.



Farro–Black Truffle Arancini with Orange Blossom Honey  

Ricotta Crostini with Roasted Tomatoes and Chili Crisps  

Blood Orange Spritz  


Tickets to events held at Platform at Pier 57 by the James Beard Foundation cover the cost of food, education and a unique dining experience. Meals are prepared by culinary masters from all regions of the United States and around the world. Unless otherwise stated, alcoholic beverages are provided on a complimentary basis and are not included in the ticket price.

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James Beard Foundation events permit guests age 21 years and older to attend events where alcoholic beverages are served. 

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Events at Platform by JBF are special one-night-only menus and we do not offer a la carte menus. If you have serious food allergies, we will work with the visiting chef team to do our best to accommodate but cannot guarantee that alternate options will be available for every course.

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