NYC Food Events for the Weekend and Beyond

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Saturday (July 7)

Cook Out NYC
Saturday, July 7th, and Sunday, July 8th, 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Head out to Governor's Island for two days of sun, barbecue, and lots of beer. Events at the festival include a kimchi eating contest, a burger cookoff (with chefs from Alobar, Mesa Coyacan, and Rouge et Tomate), and more than 20 barbecue and grilling stations from mainstays like Jimmy's No. 43, Blind Tiger, and John Brown Smokehouse. Get there early to beat the lines and ensure you get some grub. $30-65. Governor's Island; event website

Sunday (July 8)

The Ice Cream Takedown
Sunday, July 8th, 2 PM
Sample ice cream from 30 talented home cooks at one of Matt Timms' celebrated Takedowns. Check out our coverage of last year's takedown here. $15. The Bell House at 149 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY; event website

Monday (July 9)

Monday Night Beer Dinners Continue at Perilla
Monday, July 9th
Perilla's Monday Night Gypsy Brewer Series continues in July with a mouthwtering five course menu paired with a selection of Brian Strumke's Stillwater Artisanal Ales. The menu includes seared diver scallops with fennel slaw and fried okra, as well as slow-braised Creekstone brisket with coffee-cardamom potato salad. $60, reservations encouraged. Perilla at 9 Jones Street New York, NY; event website

Tuesday (July 10)

Wines of Italy, North and South
Starts Tuesday, July 10th, 7 PM
Go beyond Chianti and Pinot Grigio and explore the incredible variety offered by Italy's 20 wine-producing regions at the 92nd Street Y. Sample eight to 10 wines per session. $100 for 2 sessions. 92nd Street Y at 1395 Lexington Ave., New York, NY; event website

Spirited Tuesdays at The Vault at Pfaff's
Tuesday, July 10th, 7 PM
Come to the Vault at Pfaff's for free tastings of Ten Cane rum with complimentary paired appetizers. A Ten Cane ambassador will lead discussion on the finer points of the brand's offerings. The Vault at Pfaff's at 643 Broadway, New York, NY; event website

Wednesday (July 11)

Wine and Gourmet Chocolate Pairing: A Match Made in Heaven
Wednesday, July 11th, 7 PM
Discover the delectable art of pairing fine wine with gourmet chocolate. Learn how to properly taste both wine and chocolate on their own, as well as strategically pair together. $40. 92nd Street Y at 1395 Lexington Ave., New York, NY; event website

Veggie Burgers 4 Ways
Wednesday, July 11th, 6:30 PM
Burgers are a summer tradition, and the Brooklyn Kitchen thinks everyone should enjoy them - whether or not you eat meat. Louisa Shaifa, author of Lucid Food, will help you ditch the frozen patties and make your own delicious vegetarian burgers at home. You'll try four different recipes with complementary condiments, and enjoy cold beer. $75. The Brooklyn Kitchen at 100 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY; event website

Kimchi Making with Arirang Kimchi
Wednesday, July 11th, 6:30 PM
Victoria Oh of Arirang Kimchi will lead this hands on Kimchi Experience. You'll learn from the master all about making your own delicious healthy fermented kimchi at home and how to customize the flavor just for your tastes. Each student will get to bring home a large jar of kimichi made in class. $55. The Brooklyn Kitchen at 100 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY; event website

Thursday (July 12)

Hard Cider and Cheese Pairing
Thursday, July 12th, 7 PM
Explore a full range of hard ciders ranging from dry to sweet and with geographic backgrounds from upstate New York to England to the Basque provinces, match each cider with an appropriately summery cheese. $40. 92nd Street Y at 1395 Lexington Ave., New York, NY; event website

West African Dinner and Demo with Chef Pierre Thiam
Thursday, July 12th, 6:30 PM
Learn how to make traditional West African recipes, including Grilled Lamb Yassa with Olive, Onion-Lime Confit over Jasmine Rice, Spinach and Okra Relish with Lemon and Fermented Fish Sauce, Green Mango and Cinnamon Compote. Pierre Thiam, at one time the chef at Le Grand Dakar, makes these dishes look easy. $75. The Brooklyn Kitchen at 100 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY event website

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