A five-course beer dinner at the Vanderbilt, whose sausage is pictured above. [Photo: Robyn Lee]

Benefit and Cookout in Bushwick
Saturday, April 24, 4:00pm-10:00pm
Bushwich Rocks the Bike Shop is a benefit, cookout film screening, and concert, all proceeds going to Bushwick Farmers Market/Ecostation: NY and the Bushwick Food Co-op. The local, organic cookout will be from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, following by a screening and discussion of the film No Impact Man. Suggested donation $10. Bushwick Bike Shop, 1342A Dekalb Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn. event website.

NYC Grows
Sunday, April 25, 10:00am-4:00pm
Union Square will transform itself into a daylong locavore and green-living festival. Stop by for urban farming demos, a model community garden, free snacks from Stonyfield and Organic Valley, and goods from the Greenmarket. Free. Union Square, East 17th Street at Broadway; event website.

Just Food Gala with Joan Dye Gussow
Sunday, April 25, 6:30pm
Joan Dye Gussow, author of This Organic Life, is the honoree at this benefit for Just Food, a nonprofit connecting local farms with underserved New York City neighborhoods. Michael Pollan and others with speak before Gussow takes the stage. Afterward, local food and drinks will be featured at a reception. $175-$500. Sotheby's, 1334 York Avenue at 72nd Street; event website.

Lamb Roast
Sunday, April 25th, reservations available throughout the evening, 5:00pm-12:00am
Hell's Kitchen wine bar Ardesia, know for their monthly Sunday Roasts, is switching it up for April with a lamb-centric dinner. Chef Amorette Casaus will prepare house-cured lamb pastrami served with housemade sauerkraut, roasted lamb leg with fresh farro and pickled ramps, and a rhubarb crumble. Dinner is $30 and the wine pairings are $18. Make reservations at info@ardesia-ny.com. Ardesia, 510 West 52nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues), 212-247-9191; event website.

Behind the Scenes at the Food Network
Sunday, April 25, 7:30 pm
Marc Summers, host of The Next Food Network Star and Unwrapped, and Robert Irvine, the star of Dinner: Impossible, will talk about their television shows and the challenges of the job. Food historian and cookbook author Francine Segan will moderate. There will also be a Food Network trivia contest and prizes. $27. 92nd Street Y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street; event website.

Sixpoint Dinner at the Vanderbilt
Tuesday, April 27, 7:00 pm
One of Saul Bolton's restaurants, the Vanderbilt, will host this pairing dinner featuring Red Hook's Sixpoint Craft Ales. It will be five-course meal including combinations like heirloom pork and aged cheddar sausages with Grand Crüe, a Belgian-style ale. $60. The Vanderbilt, 570 Vanderbilt Avenue at Bergen Street, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn; 718-623-0570; event website.

Kentucky Derby Treats
Tuesday, April 27, 12:00pm
Enjoy a three-course lunch of Kentucky classics like the hot brown sandwich while you attend this seminar about the Kentucky Derby. Aside from a delicious meal, horse-racing experts will share tips for betting on the Derby. $60. Gallagher's Steak House, 228 West 52nd Street (between Broadway and Eighth Avenue); 212-245-5336; event website.

Beer and Barbecue Dinner and Tasting
Wednesday, April 28, 6:00pm-8:00pm
This pairing is an age-old favorite, and Hill Country, the Texas barbecue restaurant, brings it to you with this four-course dinner and tasting. Throughout the dinner, experts will remark on the use of local ingredients and the traditions of Texas barbecue, as they relate to beer. Questions from guests will be encouraged and welcomed. $45. Hill Country, 30 West 26th Street, 212- 255-4544 x13; event website.


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