Chicken and Lamb Over Rice at Famous Halal Guys

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Thursday (March 28)

Little NY Pretzels at Bowery Mission
Thursday March 28th, 5 p.m.
LittleNY Pretzel is launching its first line of soft pretzels, hand-twisted by a third-generation pretzel maker. CEO Bill Richards, who was homeless earlier in his life, has teamed up with American Idol alum Kimberley Locke to serve food along with his product at the Bowery Mission. 227 Bowery New York, NY; 212-674-3456; website

Monday (April 1)

Four-course Dinner at Aldea
Monday April 1st, 6:30 p.m.
Aldea chef George Mendes is serving a four-course dinner of family recipes inspired by the Alentejo region of Portugal. Dishes include shrimp porridge with quail egg and sea lettuce, and suckling pig with Littleneck clams, pickled cauliflower, and olives. Wine from Portugal's Esporão Winery will accompany each course. $68 (excluding tax and tip). 31 West 17th Street New York, NY; 212.675.7223; restaurant website

Food and Wine Tasting at Jarro
Monday April 1st, 8 p.m.
Taste your way through some of Italy's well-known and not-so-well-known grape varietals at Jarro Brooklyn. Wines from north, central, and southern Italy will be poured by Steven Van Haren from Michael Skurnik Wines and chef Rodrigo Nogueira will prepare small plates to pair with the pours. $35 (excluding tax and tip). 68 Bergen Street Brooklyn, NY; 718-488-3906; restaurant website

Tuesday (April 2)

New York a la Carte Book Signing
Our friends Alex Penfold and Siobhan Wallace over at Brownie and Blondie are launching their first cookbook, New York à la Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple's Best Food Trucks, and it's starting to hit stores now. Multiple book signings will be held in the days following, and you can order the book on Amazon. All the signings

The Great Street Meet
Tuesday April 2, 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Celebrate New York City's 10,000+ street vendors at Street Vendor Project's annual community gala, being held at Judson Memorial Church. Tickets start at $25 and include food and open bar. Sales end Monday April 1st at 5 p.m., but a number of tickets will be available at the door. 55 Washington Square South New York, NY; 212-477-0351;event website

Wednesday (April 3)

Big Beef DInner at Northern Spy Co.
Wednesday April 3rd, 6 p.m.
Northern Spy Food Co. is hosting its third annual Big Beef Dinner. The five-course meal will incorporate locally raised, dry aged, grass fed beef into every course, including dessert! $75. Wine pairing option available for $25. 511 East 12th Street New York, NY; 212-228-5100; reservations

Thursday (April 4)

Meatball Slapdown
Thursday April 4th, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Brooklyn Brewery is hosting the fourth annual Meatball Slapdown. Contestants include Brooklyn Star, Ivan Ramen, Mile End, Parrish Hall, M. Wells, the Pines, and secret chefs. Ted Allen and Amanda Freitag are on the judging panel. $50, all you can eat and drink. 79 North 11th St Brooklyn, NY; 718-389-2982; event website


Tea Classes with Le Palais des Thés
Saturdays at 9 a.m., Sundays at 10 a.m.
Parisian tea brand Le Palais des Thés will be teaching weekend tea classes at its new Soho store starting this Saturday, March 30th. Hour-long classes are scheduled through May 19th, covering black, green, and oolong teas, with initiation to tea tasting classes on Sundays. Limited to six participants per class. $45. 156 Prince Street New York, NY; 646-513-4369; class schedule

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