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Katherine Lewin Author Talk • Big Night: Dinners, Parties & Dinner Parties

Wednesday July 24th at 6:30pm

A note about our in-store events:

We offer first come, first served seating in our shop. There will be overflow room outside if needed and the author will be mic'd. Everyone is welcome to attend.

You can pre-order a copy below for pick-up at the event or purchase copies on-site.


Katherine Lewin — Before founding her NYC-based dinner party shop, Katherine Lewin was a food writer and editor at The Infatuation. She fell in love with New York City by eating incredible meals in packed dining rooms where it felt like anything could happen. The more time she spent in restaurants, the more she wanted to learn how to make her own dinner magic at home —the kind that comes from feeding people you love, and making new friends, too. Her vision led to Big Night, an overnight success in its original Brooklyn location, followed by an online shop and second store in Manhattan’s West Village. Lewin and her business have been featured in The New York Times, Vogue, New York Magazine, Bon Appétit, and various other publications.

Caleb Pershan is the Assistant Food and Wine Editor at the San Francisco Chronicle. He was previously a fellow covering the media at Columbia Journalism Review and a senior editor at Eater covering food in San Francisco and New York. His work has also appeared in Gawker, San Francisco magazine, and New York magazine's Grub Street. He is an avid baker and cyclist, and holds degrees from Columbia Journalism School and Bowdoin College.

Scribe Winery Based in Sonoma, California, Scribe "produces vibrant, terroir-driven wines. The winery–founded in 2007 on a property that pioneered pre-prohibition Sonoma Valley winemaking–is managed by fourth-generation California farmers and brothers, Andrew and Adam Mariani. [They] believe that the best wines are a result of a healthy relationship between man and nature, and that a vineyard managed in harmony with the greater ecosystem results in more site-specific wines that represent a sense of time and place. When vinified with non-interventionist methods, the result is a distinct wine that faithfully reflects what the vineyard naturally expresses."

Queens started as a specialty Korean deli & grocery with house made provisions and prepared foods in San Francisco's Sunset neighborhood. They made the decision to close the shop in 2023 to focus their creativity and expertise towards making the most delicious, most thoughtfully produced Korean American ingredients and a pantry line fit for every household. Their products are both traditional and diasporic, pulling influences from their Korean and Korean American heritages. Their goal is to make something super tasty by relying on farmers who grow for flavor in fertile soils that produce more nutrient dense foods. They buy sustainably and directly from the source then process ingredients in-house to make something extraordinary because it tastes like what it is.

Big Night: Dinners, Parties & Dinner Parties Organized by season, the 80+ recipes for snacks, appetizers, mains, desserts, and cocktails take you through every occasion, all year long. The first hint of sun in March calls for An Almost-Spring Thing, where you’ll serve ricotta toast with English pea pesto; in the peak of summer, treat everyone to an Italian Vacation Without Leaving the House, starring clam and corn pasta followed by lemon granita; when the leaves have turned, confidently plan The Best Friendsgiving, complete with the ultimate stuffing; and in the dead of winter, lure your friends over with A Noodle Soup to Get People Excited. Learn how to Stop Worrying About Everything Matching and Just Set the Table; the step-by-step formula for discovering your (and your guests’) Perfect Martini; and the Cheese Plate of Dreams math of how many ounces to plan per person.

From date night for two to pull-out-all-the-stops dinner parties to low-key weeknight hangs (delivery pizza encouraged—just make A Big Chopped Salad to go with), find all the inspiration you need—and confidence you want—to make any and every night a Big Night.