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[Photograph: Laura Togut]

Thursday (April 4)

Food Racket Lecture at Brooklyn Historical Society
Thursday April 4th, 7 p.m.
The illegal booze trade of the 20s and 30s gave rise to an abundance of "gangster taxes" and raised the price on the most basic foods: bread, milk, fish, fruits, veggies etc. Tonight, our very own Andrew Coe is giving a lecture at the BHS on the topic of these, and other, food rackets of 20th Century New York. 128 Pierrepont Street Brooklyn, NY; 718-222-4111; website

Meatball Slapdown
Thursday April 4th, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Brooklyn Brewery is hosting this year's fourth annual Meatball Slapdown. Contestants include Brooklyn Star, Mile End, Parrish Hall, M. Wells, The Pines, and some secret chefs. Ted Allen and Amanda Freitag are on the judging panel. $50, all you can eat and drink. A raffle includes prizes like signed cookbooks and two VIP tickets to the Great Googa Mooga.79 North 11th St Brooklyn, NY; 718-389-2982; event website

Saturday (April 6) and Sunday (April 7)

Smorgasburg Returns
Saturday April 6th and Sunday April 7th
This weekend marks the return of Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg. Fort Greene Flea reopens Saturday at 10 a.m. and Williamsburg Flea Sunday, also at 10 a.m. (note: Williamsburg Flea moved a block north to East River State Park at Kent and North 7th). Smorgasburg reopens in Williamsburg Saturday at 11 a.m. in the East River State Park, and Smorgasburg (DUMBO) is back in the Tobacco Warehouse Sunday at 11 a.m. All four markets are open rain or shine; the Fleas from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the two Smorgasburgs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday (April 8)

Crawfish Boil at Willow Road
Monday April 8th, 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Willow Road is hosting a Lowcountry crawfish boil with guest chef Jason Hua from The Dutch. Sides include fingerling potato salad, andouille dirty rice, charred spring beans, and beignets. $20 all you can eat; $10 all you can drink (Labatt drafts!); $5 Willow Punch Bowl Cocktail. 85 Tenth Avenue New York, NY; 646-484-6566; restaurant website

Tuesday (April 9)

Nathan Outlaw at the John Dory Oyster Bar
Tuesday April 9th, 5 p.m.
April Bloomfield is hosting British chef Nathan Outlaw for a seafood dinner at the John Dory Oyster Bar. The two chefs are collaborating on an a la carte menu celebrating Outlaw's new cookbook, "Modern Seafood." Dinner includes signature dishes from the John Dory menu as well and, for guests who book the chefs table for eight or more, there will be whole turbot with parsley and clam butter. Reservations: nathanoutlaw@thejohndory.com. 1196 Broadway New York, NY; 212-792-9000; restaurant website

Gluten Free Baking
Tuesday April 9th, 6:30 p.m.
Erin Patinkin and Agatha Kulaga of Ovenly in Brooklyn are hosting a baking class; showing you how to make gluten free sweets. The menu includes pistachio cardamom muffins and hazelnut maple cookies. They've created their own mix of GF flour and will provide a bag to take home. $75. 100 Frost Street Brooklyn, New York; 718-389-2982; event website

Thursday (April 11)

A Taste of Tohoku
Thursday April 11th, 6:30 p.m.
The Japan Society is hosting chef, author, and Japanese culinary authority Elizabeth Andoh, who will introduce guests to cuisine from the Tohoku region of Japan, an area still recovering from the 2011 earthquake. Regional sake will be paired with dishes from Andoh's book, "KIBŌ: Brimming with Hope." $16. 333 East 47th Street New York, NY; 212-832-1155; event website

Looking Ahead

Annual Wellness in the Schools (WITS) Benefit
Tuesday April 23rd, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
WITS promotes healthy eating, environmental awareness, and fitness as a way of life for kids in New York City public schools. This year's benefit will be at the 360º Tribeca rooftop in Manhattan with food from Bill Telepan (WITS chef advisor), Barbuto, Blue Hill, Butter, Gramercy Tavern, L'Apicio, Lure Fishbar, and Tertulia. Tickets start at $225. 10 Desbrosses Street New York, NY; 212-625-2600; website

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