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Friday (July 27)

Celebrate the Olympics at Whitehall Bar + Kitchen
Friday July 27th, 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Whitehall Bar + Kitchen is kicking off the Olympics with an opening ceremony cocktail event. The opening ceremony will be shown a big screen TV and specialty Pimm and Grenall cocktails will be served along with some hors d'oeuvres. If you have a London passport, you get a cocktail on the house. Whitehall Bar + Kitchen, 19 Greenwich Avenue, New York, NY 10014; event website

Taste Test a Selection of 5 Rare Brews from Around the World
Friday July 27th, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Come taste these rare beers in a beautiful 3 story art gallery/performance space/bar on Clinton St. You'll try some unconventionally processed beers and other rare craft beers that you won't typically come across. $40. Culturefix, 9 Clinton Street New York, NY 10002; event website

Saturday (July 28)

Catalpa Music Festival
Saturday and Sunday July 28th-29th 1:00pm - 11:00pm both days
Check out the inaugural Catalpa NYC Music Festival that will feature over 40 performers including Snoop Dogg, The Black Keys and Girl Talk. While you're there, be sure to check out the lengthy list of dream team food vendors such as Momofuku, Baohaus, Luke's Lobster, Crif Dogs and a couple more of our very favorite restaurants. Come for the music, stay for the food. Or the other way around. A day pass is $99.99, a VIP day pass is $169.99. Randall's Island; event website

New-York Historical Society Hosts a Beer Tasting with Ithaca Beer Company, in Conjunction with the New Exhibition Beer Here: Brewing New York’s History
Saturday July 28th, 2 pm and/or 4 pm
These half-hour tastings are designed to give guests an opportunity to learn about the brewing process directly from local brewers. The tastings celebrate the Historical Society's summer exhibition, Beer Here. Tickets are $20-35 online. New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY; event website

Cook-Off at Gourmet Guild in Williamsburg
Saturday July 28th, 6:30 pm
Five chefs from cooperative MealKu will be cooking dishes and sampling them to the public. The public attendees will then pick a winner. This event is free and will feature sushi-grade seafood from Karen Ann Charters, who distributes to Le Bernardin and Esca. This is sure to be a delicious evening. Gourmet Guild Williamsburg, 110 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11249; event website

Monday (July 30)

Monday Night Beer Dinners at Perilla
Monday July 30th
Make your reservation for a 5 course meal at Perilla paired with Stillwater Artisanal Ales. Stillwater's craft beers paired with Perilla's awesome menu is sure to be a memorable experience. Perilla, 9 Jones St., New York, NY 10014; event website

Pickling With McClure's Pickles Class
Monday July 30th, 6:30 pm
If you've had McClure's Pickles, then you know that they're pretty much the best pickles around. In this class, Bob McClure himself will go over pickling techniques and scientific pickle facts. You'll get your hands on some pickle brine and seasonal ingredients and you'll be able to take home a jar of pickles that you helped make. $55. The Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost St., Brooklyn, NY 11211; event website

City Grit Presents: Paul Qui
Monday July 30th, 7:30 pm (through Saturday August 4th)
Chef Paul Qui, winner of Top Chef season 9 and the James Beard Foundation's Best Chef Southwest award, will be cooking in the City Grit kitchen for six nights. Make your reservation soon to try this Austin chef's work for yourself. $95 (plus tax) per person for seven courses with wine pairings. City Grit, 38 Prince St, (between Mott and Mulberry Sts), New York , 10012; event website

Tuesday (July 31)

Edible Manhattan's 4th Annual Good Beer
Tuesday July 31st, 6 pm
This food and beer pairing event is back for its fourth year, offering brews from over 30 local breweries and over a dozen food vendors. Tickets include all beer and food. $55 online.82 Mercer St New York, NY 10012; event website

Wednesday (August 1)

Little Necks and Cherry Stones: A Conversation about the Past, Present, and Future of Clamming in New York
Wednesday August 1st, 7 pm
Join historians and commercial clammers at the newly-renovated South Street Seaport museum for a discussion about the culture of clamming in New York. $12 online, $5 discount for SE readers using code SEAPORT 801 at checkout.South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton St, New York NY 10038; event website

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