Dine Around Downtown


The fifth season of “Dine Around Downtown: Cooking at Home Edition” is back!

  • Thursday, October 28th: CHINAH with Founder + CEO, Chef Hegel Hei
    Family recipes prepared how the food was originally intended, grandma’s way
  • Thursday, November 18th: MALIBU FARM with Executive Chef Amy Sur-Trevino
    Seasonal, local, farm-to-table dishes to savor
  • Thursday, December 16th: THE BAR ROOM at THE BEEKMAN with Executive Pastry Chef Abby Swain
    A holiday special featuring tasty desserts to share with friends and family

TheDine Around Downtown: Cooking At Home Edition” series connects audiences and chefs to support local restaurants from the comfort of your home or office.

Launched during the height of the pandemic and hosted by James Beard Award-winning chef and New York Times bestselling author Rocco DiSpirito, the series features chefs from Lower Manhattan restaurants to cook up signature recipes and share tips for crafting everything from complex gastronomic delights to go-to comfort foods.

The series is FREE, and all donations go directly to a food-security charity of the restaurant’s choice. And if your inner chef is calling you, whip up your best version of a featured recipe and post a picture of your plate to Instagram with #DineAroundAtHome and tag @DowntownNYC to enter to win a 30-minute private virtual cooking class with the chef! 

Missed an episode and want to catch up on previous cooking demonstrations? The entire series is just a click away here

And don’t be a stranger! Now that restaurants are open, visit your old favorite haunts and new discoveries, or a place you’ve been meaning to try forever, to enjoy a celebratory meal with friends and family. Our Lower Manhattan restaurant community will be happy to serve you!


CHINAH: Learn To Make Mapo Tofu

THU, OCT 28 | 4:00 PM

Chef Hegel Hei (Founder & CEO) – Born to a first-generation immigrant family in Arcadia, California, Hegel split his childhood between Los Angeles, New Jersey and Beijing. After working multiple restaurant jobs, he was confronted with the misrepresentation of Chinese food in America. Hegel founded Chinah believing that cultures can be bridged through food. 

MALIBU FARM: Coming Soon

THU, NOV 18 | 4:00 PM

THE BAR ROOM AT THE BEEKMAN: Learn To Make Chocolate Mendiant, Feuille de Brick, and Pumpkin Spice Bread

THU, DEC 16 | 4:00 PM

Executive Pastry Chef Abby Swain – Abby Swain is the Executive Pastry Chef for The Bar Room at The Beekman, an iconic and landmarked hotel in Lower Manhattan. Prior to joining The Beekman team in 2013, Abby was the Pastry Chef for Tom Colicchio’s flagship restaurant, Craft New York and local favorite Craftbar. Abby is trained in the baking and pastry arts with degrees from the Culinary Institute of America and Le Cordon Bleu.