Vietnam: Chef Hosted Voyages
The luxury river cruise company Aqua Expeditions is teaming up with Michelin-starred chef David Thompson (Nahm, Long Chim) for a chef-hosted sail down the Mekong River. From August 3 through 7, guests will join chef Thompson for visits to remote villages and vibrant fruit and vegetable markets. Together they will enjoy meals in local homes, and chef Thompson will lead cooking classes focused on Mekong-inspired dishes. The four-day journey begins in Ho Chi Minh and ends in Phnom Penh. Then, from Sept 24-28, a second chef-hosted voyage featuring Peruvian chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino (Malabar), will sail down the Amazon.
Los Angeles: 31 Days of Wine Around the World at Good Measure
For the last year, Good Measure has brought its wine-centric approach to dining to L.A.’s trendy Atwater Village neighborhood. The wine bar-meets-restaurant is helmed by sommelier Matthew Kaner, who co-owns several in-demand spots across the city (Bar Covell, Augustine Wine Bar, Dead or Alive Bar).
On July 31, Good Measure will celebrate its first anniversary. To celebrate, they are dedicating the entire next month (July 31 to August 31) to wines from four regions across the globe: Over the past year, Kaner has traveled to Morocco, Austria, France, and Australia, and his featured wine selections will reflect those travels. So too will executive chef Mike Garber’s pairing menus, which will include chicken and apricot tagine from Morocco, pork schnitzel inspired by Austria, French bouillabaisse, and Australian lamb chops. 3224 Glendale Blvd; 323-426-9461.
Atlanta: Todd Ginsberg Taco Pop-Up at Superica
Thanks to his restaurant The General Muir, Todd Ginsberg has made a name for himself as Atlanta’s top purveyor of artisanal pastrami, chopped liver, potato latkes, and other delicatessen delights. Later this year, he will turn his attention to barbecue, launching a 5,200-square-foot meat temple called Wood’s Chapel BBQ.
But for those who cannot wait, on August 2 Ginsberg is partnering with Atlanta’s inventive Mexican restaurant, Superica, for a barbecue taco pop-up. Night owls (the pop-up runs from 9 p.m. until midnight) can enjoy whole hog tacos made with pork sourced from nearby Riverview Farms. The fixings skew mostly traditional, but will include peach and serrano pepper salsa. And for those who enjoy music with their barbecue tacos, Georgia-based band Moontower will provide the evening’s live soundtrack.
Rhode Island: Jazz Brunch at Newport Jazz Festival
Newport may be a small city in the country’s smallest state, but it hosts one of the best-known jazz festivals in the world. From August 3 to 5, music lovers will convene for a stellar lineup of artists including George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Pat Metheny, Andra Day, and Jon Batiste. This year, Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina will offer a waterfront jazz brunch each day of the festival.
The brunch will be served at Scarpetta, Rhode Island’s outpost of the beloved Manhattan restaurant. Diners can choose from lobster benedict and a raw bar featuring king crab legs, poached jumbo shrimp, and local oysters. Morning cocktail fans can sidle up to the build-your-own bloody Mary and mimosa bar. Meanwhile, guests of the resort who are also attending the festival can book private water transportation from Gurney’s marina straight to the music on Fort Adams. 1 Goat Island; 401-849-2600.