Friday (April 13)
Wine 101: Shop Smart, Drink Well Friday
Friday April 13th, 6:30 p.m.
Wine expert Meguire Campbell teaches students how to make smart buying choices and drink better wine. Learn about grape terroir and gain a better understanding of the way wines are classified. Sample wines, and pair a few bottles with food to learn about what goes well together. $55100 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY; event website
Saturday (April 14)
Ivy Bakery Lockdown
Saturday April 14th, 8 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Celebrate desserts with all-you-can-eat sweets at Ivy Bakery this Saturday night. For $20 guests are granted full range of the desserts and sweet treats baked at Ivy. Come early for the best dibs! 138 West Houston Street, New York NY; event website
Oyster Shuck & Cask Event
Saturday April 14th, 12 p.m.
Celebrate the Spring opening of Bierkraft's outdoor patio with craft brews and freshly shucked oysters; $4-8 brews ranging from eight local breweries, including Captain Lawrence Dry Hop Pale Ale and Kelso Oyster Stout.191 Fifth Avenue, New York NY; event website
Geology for Geeks
Saturday April 14th, 3:30 p.m.
Master sommelier Laura Maniec discusses soil and the effects that sand, stone, marl, loam, loess, clay and limestone have on wines. She will also speak about the age and origins of these important soils and how they help determine which grapes vineyard owners plant.The lecture concludes in a tasting of eight pours. $5013 East 13th Street, New York NY; event website
Chocolate Making Class
Saturday April 14th, 2 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Meg Fitzroy, pastry chef at Torrisi Italian Specialities, teaches the tips and tricks behind making chocolate treats at home. Learn how to hand roll ganache balls, how to make cordials, clusters, and of course, master the chocolate bar. $55 100 Frost Avenue, Brooklyn, NY; event website
Sunday (April 15)
Forage & Dine with The Farm on Adderley
Sunday April 15th, 1 p.m.
Leda Meredith, author of The Locavore's Handbook, leads a walking tour through Prospect Park where she'll be foraging for the edibles available: dandelion greens, mugwort, Japanese knotweed, garlic mustard, field garlic, nettles, violet leaves and flowers, fiddlehead ferns and bishop's elder. Then, participants will meet back at the restaurant for a dinner showcasing these items. $80 1108 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn, NY; event website
Spring Opening of Sycamore's Backyard Bar
Sunday April 15th, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
For the second Brooklyn Craft Beer Week (4/14-4/21), Sycamore's Backyard Bar will be pouring five Chicago beers from Goose Island and Two Brothers, and pairing the brews with Chicago Style hot dogs. The first 50 hotdogs are free, and after that it's $3/dog. Pints are $5 all day. Other great Brooklyn bars are participating on the following nights: Beer Table, Mission Dolores, Bierkraft, Double Windsor, 4th Avenue Pub, Strong Place, and The Gate. $80 1118 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn, NY; event website
The Feast of Chiang Mai Cooking Class
Sunday April 15th, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
April 13-15 is actually the Thai New Year (called Songkran) and in celebration, chef Hong Thaimee of Ngam restaurant will be offering her next cooking class with a Chiang Mai theme. Students will learn to make Yum Jin Kai (a rustic chicken soup), Nam Prik Noom (young pepper relish), Nam Prik Aong (pork relish), Kao Soy (the traditional dish for Songkran), and Sai Oor (Chiang Mai sausage). $90 per person To make a reservation call Ngam, 212-777-8424; Ngam website
Monday (April 16)
How I Learned to Cook Fish with Mr. Murashima
Monday April 16th, 6:30 p.m.
Chef Murashima will discuss the unusual Asian ingredient sake lees, which is the thick rice paste that's left at the end of the sake-making process, and how it can flavor fish. Professor Murashima will also show you how to steam seafood with sake. $175 88 West Broadway, New York, NY; event website
Willamette Valley Tour
Monday April 16th, 6:30 p.m.to 9:30 p.m.
The Willamette Valley Wineries Association is showcasing its celebrated Pinot Noir to New York City. 50 Oregon wineries come together at Manhattan's City Winery. Light appetizers will be served during the tasting . $75 88 West Broadway, New York, NY; event website
Tuesday (April 17)
Rice, Rice Baby (and pickled vegetables too)
Tuesday April 17th, 6:30 p.m.
Learn from rice cooking masters and perfect your own rice. Techniques will range from mixing varieties of riceto cooking in a donabe. The class will work with low glycemic rices, brown rice and the grains that are used to boost flavor in Japanese rice dishes. And if you don't have donabe at home, tips on how to cook the same good rice with your cast-iron pot will be highlighted. $17588 West Broadway, New York, NY; event website