Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar Launches Brunch; Tickets for The Future of Jewish Food On Sale

• The couple behind Mile End is bringing serious discussion about Jewish food and deli culture to New York. Noah Bernamoff and Rae Cohen have invited all of their deli-industry friends to prepare a nine-course Shabbat dinner for the NYC Wine and Food Festival on October 12. The next day, they'll present the Future of Jewish Food, a tasting and talk at ABC Home, followed by a second panel about deli food featuring deli men from across the country. Tickets are on sale now through Eventbrite. [Grub Street]

Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks is offering 15 percent off all in-store purchases during the month of October in honor of the Greenwich Village shop's 15 anniversary. [Grub Street]

• Soho Italian newcomer Principessa is continuing its grand-opening brunch special this weekend: $15 buys a bacon, egg, and cheese pizza with Prosecco pairing. [Grub Street]

• A Cold Stone–Tim Hortons combo will take over the empty storefront next to Katz's Deli, perfect for those days when you want ice cream and coffee or a doughnut and a milkshake. [EV Grieve]

Fork Adventures is a new blog for anyone who wonders what life is really like at culinary school. [Grub Street]

• New bakery Ballaro has taken up residence in the East 5th Street spot that once housed Porchetta.Hog. Earlier this month, a sign in the window announced that the pork sandwich restaurant would be closed temporarily after just a few months in business. The bakery will sell bread and cookies from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. [Eater NY]

SushiSamba and SushiSamba 7 will be observing National Sake Day by offering half off bottles of sake. The Japanese holiday marks the start of the sake-brewing season. [Grub Street]

• Brooklyn Shaken & Stirred will celebrate the borough's artisanal spirits and libations movement on Tuesday, October 2, at the Green Building in Carroll Gardens. Drink cocktails from Pok Pok, Fort Defiance, and other Brooklyn restaurants along with wine from Brooklyn Oenology and Brooklyn Winery, and beer from Sixpoint brewery. Food will come from Mable's Smokehouse, Robicelli's, and more. Tickets are $45. Get them here. [Grub Street]

• Spend the weekend enjoying all things French at Le Taste of France. French cuisine will take center stage at the two-day event, but you can also expect French music, a French flea market, and even French bulldogs. On Saturday night, mingle with the chefs, including Jacques Pépin and Marc Murphy, at the Champagne-filled Le Soirée. Tickets start at $30 and are available at letasteoffrance.com. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Action Against Hunger. [Grub Street]

Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar at the Mondrian Soho starts brunch service tomorrow and will be launching it with a 1 p.m. performance from indie duo City of the Sun. Menu standouts include the melanzana n' egg panini and crab cake benedict. They'll also serve Italian-inspired cocktails like the Bloody Caprese with balsamic vinegar and grated Parmesan. Brunch is Saturdays and Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. [Grub Street]