Jimmy's No. 43 is hosting A-Brisket-A-Brasket cook-off on Saturday to benefit the New Amsterdam Market. Check out other benefit events this weekend, especially the ones helping those in Japan. [Photo: Robyn Lee]

Thursday (March 24)

Behind the Scenes at elBulli
Thursday March 24th, 8 p.m.
Revolutionary chef Ferran Adria will talk about the behind-the-scenes at elBulli with Adam Gopnik, of The New Yorker, and author Lisa Abend, author of The Sorcerer's Apprentices: A Season in the Kitchen at Ferran Adria's elBulli. Adria will close elBulli this summer and turn it into a foundation in 2014. $29. Kaufmann Concert Hall, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY; 212-415-5500; event website

Friday (March 25)

Kombucha Brooklyn Kegger at 61 Local
Friday March 25th, 7 p.m.
Head to this kegger event for free kombucha! Kombucha Brooklyn is celebrating the launch of its fifth flavor The Grape Equalizer, which hit stores this month. Enjoy beer, wine and snacks at 61 Local. Free. 61 Local, 61 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY; event website

Saturday (March 26)

Martha Stewart's New Pies & Tarts Pop-Up
Saturday March 26th and Sunday March 27th, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day
Stock up on Martha Stewart's cream pies, fruit pies and galettes from recipes in her latest book Martha Stewart's New Pies & Tarts at this two-day pop-up. 93 Greenwich Avenue, New York, NY; event website

Saturday March 26th, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Eat brisket for a good cause! Jimmy's No. 43 is hosting a brisket cookoff to benefit New Amsterdam Market. $20 at the door with entry at 1 p.m. $45 for VIP with entry at 12 p.m. 43 East 7th Street, New York, NY; 212-982-3006; event website

Sunday (March 27)

Museum of Food and Drink Fundraiser at Del Posto
Sunday March 27th, 1 p.m.
Dave Arnold, director of culinary technology at The French Culinary Institute, and Patrick Martins, co-founder of Heritage Foods USA, organized a nine-course dinner to raise money for the Museum of Food and Drink. The museum will become a nonprofit dedicated to history, culture and science of food and drink. Participating chefs include David Chang, Wylie Dufresne, Nils Noren, Mark Ladner, Cesare Casella, Carlo Mirarchi, Brooks Headley and Christina Tosi. $250. Del Posto, 85 10th Avenue, New York, NY; event website

Monday (March 28)

Brewers for Brewers: Japan Disaster Relief Benefit
Monday March 28th, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Local businesses like Jimmy's No. 43, Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint, Heartland, Kelso and more are banding together to raise money for Kiuchi Brewery, which was heavily damaged by the earthquake in Japan. $50. Brooklyn Brewery, 79 North 11th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211; 718-486-7422; event website

Tasting Wine Like a Master: The Art of Blind Tasting
Monday March 28th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Learn how to taste "crisp green apple" and "vanilla" flavors in wine from Master Sommelier Fred Dexheimer at the Astor Center. $65. Astor Center, 399 Lafayette Street, New York, NY; 212-674-7501; event website

Tuesday (March 29)

Fundraising for Japan at Cadaques
Tuesday March 29th, 5 p.m.
Cadaques, a modern Spanish tapas bar in Williamsburg, will donate 30 percent of all sales during the restaurant's monthly paella night to help those devastated by the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear emergency in Japan. Cadaques will feature a paella de carn of chorizo, pork belly, rabbit, morcilla, bomba rice and saffron. During the Dine in Brooklyn week from March 21 to 31, customers can leave a donation in a collections box at the bar. $19.95 for the paella special with a glass of wine. 188 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211; 718-218-7776; event website

Shad Dinner at Savoy
Tuesday March 29th, 6:30 p.m.
Savoy's Peter Hoffman will prepare a four-course shad dinner that will feature Chris Letts, a longtime shad fisherman and Hudson River Foundation educator, as a guest speaker. The shad will be cooked on oak planks in a wood-burning fireplace, and diners also get to enjoy sauteed roe, pickled fillets and shad roe bottarga. $95. 70 Prince Street, New York, NY; 212-219-8570; event website

Wednesday (March 30)

STREETS International Fourth Annual NYC Benefit
Wednesday March 30th, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Taste street food made by Masaharu Morimoto of Morimoto, Mike Anthony of Gramercy Tavern and Anita Lo of Annisa (to name a few) at this benefit with proceeds going to STREETS International, an organization that creates programs for street kids and disadvantaged youth in South East Asia and other parts of the world. $225 (VIP, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m reception). $125 (General Admission). $50 (New York University and Institute of Culinary Education students). The Astor Center, 399 Lafayette Street, New York, NY; event website


Dine in Brooklyn
now until Thursday March 31st
Take advantage of fixed lunch and dinner prices during Dine in Brooklyn. Over 200 restaurants are participating. $25 for dinner. $20.11 for lunch. Various locations; 718-802-3846; event website

Holi menu at Junoon
now until Sunday March 27th
Enjoy a spring Indian dinner made by Junoon's executive chef Vikas Khanna in celebration of Holi, a religious Indian festival honored by Hindus and Sikhs. On Holi, the main day, festival goers throw colored water and powder at each other. $45 for the prix fixe menu. 27 West 24th Street, New York, NY; 212-490-2100; event website

Belgian Restaurant Week
now until March 30th
Savor Belgian food during a week dedicated to the cuisine. Restaurants include B. Cafe, BXL Cafe, Le Pain Quotidien, Markt, Petite Abeille, Rouge Tomate and Wafels & Dinges. Various locations; event website

Japan Relief Effort at Koi
now until April 22nd
To help those affected by the natural and nuclear disasters in Japan, Koi Restaurants in New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas are offering the Rising Sun Roll ($18), a California roll topped with seared tuna and tempura flakes and the Koi Fusion Shot ($4), a sake cocktail infused with pineapple and melons. For the first week, all proceeds from sales will go to American Red Cross' Japanese Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief efforts. For the rest of the month, 50 percent will be donated. 40 West 40th Street, New York, NY; 212-921-3330; event website

Down the Road

Tuesday (May 10)

Brooklyn Uncorked
Tuesday May 10th, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m
Drink wines from many of the best wineries in New York, along with food pairings from lauded New York chefs and foodmakers at the fifth annual Brooklyn Uncorked. Edible Brooklyn sponsors the event. $40 per person. Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY; event website

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