James Beard Foundation Biannual Cookbook Sale
Saturday, March 28, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (members), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (non-members) Rummage through cookbooks priced at $5, $10 and $20. Free to enter; proceeds will benefit the James Beard Foundation. James Beard House, 167 West 12th Street (b/n 6th and 7th Avenues; map); event website
Sunday, March 29, 5 p.m. Sample and judge the cured efforts of 30 competitors as they vie to bring home the bacon. Another Matt Timms-organized extravaganza (the man who brought you the Brooklyn Chili Takedown). Tickets $10/person. Radegast Hall & Biergarten, 113 North 3rd Street, Williamsburg Brooklyn (b/n Wythe Avenue and Berry Street; map); 718-963-3973
Dining & Libation Society Dinner at The Spotted Pig
Monday, March 30, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Unfortunately this event is sold-out, but if you were lucky enough to score a ticket, start counting down to April Bloomfield's nose-to-tail feast. Dishes will be paired with local Sixpoint brews. Tickets $100/person. The Spotted Pig, 314 West 11th Street (b/n Greenwich and Hudson Streets, map); 212-620-0393; event website
2nd Annual Village Voice Choice Eats
Tuesday, March 31, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Village Voice reveals the boroughs' best-kept secrets featuring ethnic foods from all over the globe. Tickets $35/person; part of the proceeds to benefit Slow Food NYC. The 69th Armory at Lexington Avenue, 68 Lexington Avenue (b/n 25th and 26th Streets, map); event website
Saturday, March 28 Waverly between Christopher and MacDougal; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, March 29 Washington Place between 6th Avenue and Grove Street; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.