Try Ian Chalermkittichai’s Iron Chef Thailand–Winning Menu; Mama’s Food Shop Is Finished

The (cursed?) East 18th Street space that formerly housed Japonais and Kibo is the confirmed new home of Ainsworth Park, an upscale steakhouse from the Ainsworth team. [Eater NY]

Word on the street is La Churreria is now offering free churros with the purchase of a coffee drink. [Local EV/NYT]

Ian Chalermkittichai, recently crowned Iron Chef Thailand and kitchen-master at the Ember Room, is hosting a five-course dinner this Thursday to re-create some of his winning dishes from the show. His Iron Chef team will be on-site, and there will be two seatings at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased by calling 212-245-8880. [Grub Street]

East Village comfort-food staple Mama's Food Shop told the Local EV it's done, citing increasing rents and taxes. Another vestige of the old East Village bites the dust. [Local EV/NYT]

Tickets are now on sale for Brooklyn Shaken & Stirred, a boozy evening in Carroll Gardens this fall that will bring together some of the borough's best bars and restaurants. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased online. [Grub Street]

Bushwick's Northeast Kingdom is having a 23-course, nose-to-tail feast next Friday made from King Arthur, the pig the restaurant has been raising for nearly a year. Appetizers, entres, and desserts will be incorporated into this "zero-waste" meal, the restaurant says. All-inclusive tickets are $130 and can be purchased by e-mailing [Grub Street]

Asellina, the Gansevoort's upscale Italian eatery, is aiming to re-create the Italian picnic experience with their new summer baskets. At $150 for four, the basket contains a selection of meats, cheeses, breads, salads, desserts, and wine. Call 646-380-5315 to reserve a basket at least 48 hours in advance. [Grub Street]

City Grit is bringing a taste of "PDX" to Manhattan with a three-night event next month dubbed Feast Portland, a festival of Oregon-inspired food, wine, and beer that brings together four of the state's most acclaimed chefs. Tickets are $85 and can be purchased online. [Grub Street]