Lunch at the East Pole; James Beard Foundation to Honor Bobby Flay This Summer

The East Pole on the Upper East Side is now serving lunch Monday through Friday starting at 11:30 a.m. The menu features dishes like heirloom carrots with honey and tomato soup with grilled cheese. The full menu can be found here. [Grub Street]

On Saturday, July 26, the James Beard Foundation will honor Bobby Flay at its Hamptons summer tasting party, Chefs & Champagne New York. Funds raised at the event will help support the James Beard Foundation's initiatives, including culinary school scholarships. General admission tickets start at $200 for members and individual VIP tickets at $375. A reserved table for 10 costs $4,000; purchase tickets here. [Grub Street]

From March 20 to 26, Bushwick cocktail bar Miles will host a tap takeover. The bar will serve a selection of Barrier Brewing Co.s latest beers, all of which will be paired with seven different grilled-cheese sandwiches. [Grub Street]

The Jade Hotel in Greenwich Village has swapped out chocolates in favor of gluten-free vegan chocolate-chip cookies from BabyCakes NYC for its turn-down service. [Grub Street]

The New York City edition of Bounty & Barrel, Jack Daniels dinner series, will take place on March 26 at Openhouse. The dinner will feature food from chefs like Amanda Freitag and Sam Mason, and proceeds will help benefit Share Our Strengths No Kid Hungry campaign. Tickets for the event are $250 per person; they can be purchased online. [Grub Street]

Chef Fed's Sex on the Table Social Club is hosting Bacon Fest NYC this Saturday beginning at 7:30 p.m. at a private loft in Soho. The pig-heavy menu offers up bacon in multiple forms, including a dish dubbed soul sushi which features bacon-wrapped bacon. Tickets, which can be purchased here, are $75 to $95 per person and the dinner is BYOB. [Grub Street]

Drunken Munkey NYC is now serving brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The $14.50 brunch prix-fixe includes dishes like upma (a thick and savory semolina porridge) and crispy okra, plus a choice of tea or coffee. Diners looking for a boozy kick add a brunch punch to their meal for $4. [Grub Street]