It’s Cassoulet Week: Our Annual French Casserole Events Return

cassouletThis Friday is National Cassoulet Day, and New York City is celebrating all week long the delicious, hearty casserole dish that originated in France. Jimmy’s No. 43 is one of the first restaurants in the city to bring cassoulet to the masses, and our signature event, the Seventh Annual Cassoulet Cook-off returns on Sunday, January 11th, offering great prizes for both judges’ and people’s choice winners (you still have time to enter!).

A lot has changed in seven years, beginning with the fact that we no longer have to define what a cassoulet is (for those who may not know, it’s a slow-cooked casserole of meat and beans). In fact, our annual event now features an array of cassoulets both traditional (farm-to-chef duck-based cassoulet) and nouveau (Ecuadorian cassoulet, which came in second in last year’s cook-off). We’re looking forward to what our chefs will come up with this year.

This year’s Cassoulet Cook-off will be book-ended by two other events featuring cassoulet: Cider & Cassoulet on January 10th (1-4 p.m., get your tickets here) will include 10 ciders paired with three different cassoulets and our annual prix fixe Cassoulet Wine will take place on January 13th at 7 p.m. (tickets here). Additionally we will be featuring cassoulet on our new winter menu during different times this season.

We hope you’ll join us for a great weekend and enjoy National Cassoulet Day!

 

What’s On Tap: Celebrate New Year’s at Jimmy’s No. 43

HappyNewBeerWe’re girding our loins (or stacking our kegs, at any rate) in anticipation for tonight’s ringing in the new year! We’ll be opening at 4 p.m. (until who knows?) with a great selection of craft beer, cider, wines and – of course – Prosecco to bid farewell to 2014 and toast to 2015.

Among tonight’s offerings are an open bar ticket from 9 p.m. until midnight, plus pay-as-you-go options and plenty of food from our craft beer kitchen.

Some beers expected to be on draught? We’ll have a wide range from Rocky Point/Secret Engine plus our new favorite “sleeper” brew, Barrier Brewing’s Evil Giant Rye IPA (an India Pale Ale at 6.4% ABV, nothing evil about drinking it all night long!). Plus many others on tap and a wide range of “Champagne-level” bottles to choose from.

What will Jimmy be drinking for New Year’s? Well, you can find out in this post about the Best New NYC Beers of 2014.

And if it’s hair of the dog you seek, we’ll be open at 4 p.m. on January 1st, as well.

Happy New Year!

What a great year! 2014 comes to an end.

EdIPA2From our annual cassoulet cook-off in January through Battle of the Belgians just a couple weeks ago, Jimmy’s No. 43 was host to countless events, tastings, dinners and meet-and-greets. We look back fondly on some of our favorite moments we shared with you in 2014:

  • *Slow Food Founder Carlo Petrini visits! We were truly honored to have the opportunity to meet, interview and host the leader of the slow food movement when he came to NYC this past October. We really hope to see him again in the spring when he has tentative plans to return to the city. You can read more about Carlo’s visit with us here.
  • *Food & Wine Magazine names us one of the Best Gastropubs in the U.S.! We were truly humbled to be named to this list. Grazie!
  • *Liquid Lent! Based on a blogger who decided to consume nothing but beer during Lent, Jimmy Carbone decided to undertake his own Liquid Lent this year, exploring vegetarian foods paired with great Belgian beers.
  • *The Launch of Pop-Up Sundays. Jimmy’s No. 43 has a long history of discovering and nurturing talent in the kitchen, and this year we started a series of pop-ups on Sundays that featured many different food styles. Our favorite had to be August’s Perfectly Evil Pop-Up with Revolving Dansk and Evil Twin’s Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø.
  • *Battle of the Belgians. It was back to basics for us at Battle of the Belgians on December 6th, with a wider selection of beers and a roast pig to round out the fun. You can reminisce (even if it just happened) on the event here.
  • *The Real Cider Manifesto and Ciderwick. The “craft cider” movement is still in its infancy, but we’re trying to remain a leader in what we like to call “real” cider. In June, we brought you the Real Cider Manifesto and Ciderwick, a week’s worth of cider-related events focused on the new vintages. Among the ciders we discovered this year was Redbyrd, and we look forward to an expanded cider focus at all our events moving forward. Read about what the Village Voice had to say about it all in this profile.

And the year’s not over! Coming in the next week:

  • *On Thursday, December 25th, it’s time once again for Craft Beer Christmas: $25 gets you a plate with drinks pay-as-you-go (tickets here)
  • *On Friday, December 26th, it’s our annual Boxing Day Coat Drive: Your new or gently-used coat donation gets you a free American pint
  • *On Wednesday, December 31st, we’ll be offering up a three-course Early Bird Prix Fixe Pairing Menu: $45 gets you dinner with drinks (last seating 7:30 p.m. – tickets here)
  • *On Wednesday, December 31st, it’s our famous New Year’s Eve Open Bar: from 9 p.m. to midnight you’ll have an open bar to ring in 2015 (tickets here)

We truly are grateful for all of you who have joined us at Jimmy’s No. 43 in 2014, and we wish you the happiest of holidays and a fantastic new year. See you in 2015!

We’ll Tap “Local” Sierra Nevada this Friday

Ken-GrossmanMaybe you’ve heard? Sierra Nevada is now brewing near Asheville, NC, and we’re getting our first keg from them this Friday (cutting down the shipping time by 2/3 from brewery to our keg room).
The release of Pale Ale from North Carolina is a milestone for the company and officially marks a new era in Sierra Nevada’s history. A couple weeks ago Sierra Nevada reached the 1 million barrel mark and this milestone surpassed every wild dream Ken Grossman had when he started in 1980. Still growing as an independent, family-owned operation, Ken’s son (Brian) has assumed the leadership role at the North Carolina brewery, signifying a new generation of beer innovation. Our palates have grown with Sierra Nevada throughout the years and Sierra Nevada continues to innovate and evolve alongside all of our palates.
Very soon Sierra Nevada will announce some new year-round beers, including a new IPA utilizing distilled hops (the first to do so) to give drinkers a new IPA experience. Other new beers on the horizon:
  • A year-round pilsner called the Nooner
  • An Oktoberfest collaboration beer with a different German brewery each year as a fall seasonal
  • The Beer Camp concept will launch as a spring seasonal starting with the Ballast Point collaboration of this past summer
The Pale Ale is associated with so many fundamental memories that catapulted the movement to where it is today. For craft beer to maintain an impact on drinkers, drinkers need to know where craft beer has been. That is what makes the North Carolina release of the Pale Ale important and exciting. That and tasting the super fresh whole cone cascade hops like it was brewed yesterday. Happy Holidays!

Battle of the Belgians Best Year Ever!

Belgians2014This year’s Battle of the Belgians harkened back to the early days, when two dozen beers were poured for a packed house. While there were fewer actual brews from Belgium, there were great American and European beers, including a surprisingly impressive array of Italian beers. And while the crowd was loving the variety of pours at three separate pouring stations featuring beers from B. United, Union Beer and independent labels, a cheer went up when the pièce de résistance showed up in the form of a roasted half-hog that was deliciously carved up to the hungry revelers.halfhog

Best of Show winner from our first Battle of the Belgians (2000), Brian Strumke of Stillwater Artisanal Ales, returned to pour three of his newest beers that were extremely well received by the crowd. The Dupont Bière de Belœil, which won our second year, returned this year to show us just how good old school Belgian’s could be. (Sadly, our third year winner BFM of Switzerland wasn’t represented this year.) But there was no shortage of great beers to enjoy, with both classics and newcomers taking away people’s choice votes.

So, without further ado, the “envelope” if you please…

Best Belgian-style American:
1st place went to Grimm’s Artisanal (Brooklyn) Beers witha Buzz Triple + honey
2nd place went to Stillwater Artisanal Ales’ Kentucky Folklore, a Bourbon Barrel Belgian Stout (gypsy brewer Brian Strumke)
3rd place went to the Secret Engine/Rocky Point collaboration Madame Saveur, an 11% ABV Triple with grenadine (Brooklyn/Long Island)

Best Belgian:
1st place went to Rochefort 10 Trappist ale
2nd place went to Westmalle Dubble Trappist ale
3rd place went to Dupont’s Bière de Belœil, a dark farmhouse ale

Best Belgian-style from other countries:
1st place went to Birra del Borgo’s 25 Dodici Christmas/holiday beer
2nd place went to Baladin’s Isaac
3rd place went to LoverBeer’s Duva Beer made with grapes

Best of Show:
Grimm’s Artisanal (Brooklyn) Beers witha Buzz Triple + honey

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