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
Friday (April 12)
American Meat Premier
Friday April 12th, 7 p.m.
Cinema Village is premiering a new documentary called American Meat. The film explores cattle, hog, and chicken production in the U.S. and presents the benefits of doing so more humanely and sustainably. After the screening, a panel of experts, including local farmers, chefs, food policy makers, and academics will discuss the future of meat production. Discussion takes place at Cinema Village and admittance in included in the ticket price. Chipotle's an event sponsor, and Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms will be dropped off on a tractor at 6:45 p.m. $11. 22 East 12th Street New York, NY; 212-924-3363; event website
Sunday (April 14)
A Downtown Literary Festival
Sunday April 14th, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Downtown Literary Festival is back, celebrating the literary culture of New York with a day-long lineup of festivites. The event is a collaborative effort of McNally Jackson and Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, and events will take place at various locations throughout the city. Mark Russ Federman of Russ & Daughters leads a session at 11:30; Blondie & Brownie founders (and Serious Eats Contributors!) lead another at 1:30. A happy hour at Housing Works Bookstore will conclude the festival. website
Sunday April 14th, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Makers of homemade fermented foods are invited to bring their creations to Brooklyn Free School this Sunday. Guests are also invited to bring a starter/culture to trade at the culture exchange table. Free, but must RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org; 372 Clinton Ave Brooklyn, NY; 718-499-2707; event website
Sunday April 14th, 8 p.m.
Habesha Nights is Bunna Cafe's dinner party series. Dinners are held at various locations throughout the city, and each highlights Ethiopian eating and drinking with contemporary art and music. The next dinner will be somewhere near the Morgan L Train stop. The exact address is given upon ticket purchase. $50, all-inclusive. website
Monday (April 15)
New Wine Classes at Terroir Park Slope
Monday April 15th, 6 p.m.
Terroir Park Slope is launching a second set of wine classes. The first of six in this Monday night series will focus on the wines of France's Loire Valley. Future classes feature Chianti, Rioja, the Duoro Valley, Central Otago, and McLaren Vale. Classes hold up to 12 and cost $27. 284 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY; 718-832-9463; event website
Tuesday (April 16)
New York à la Cart Book Launch and Signing at PowerHouse Arena
Tuesday April 16th, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Blondie & Brownie founders (and Serious Eats Contributors!) will be at PowerHouse Arena signing copies of their new book, New York à la Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple's Best Food Trucks. Trucks will be vending outside the event and vendors will later join authors Siobhan Wallace and Alexandra Penfold in a discussion about street food. 37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY; 718-666-3049; event website
Wednesday (April 17)
Old World Butchers Meet The New World of Beef
Wednesday April 17th, 6:30 p.m.
Learn how to butcher steer the East Village Meat Market. Adirondack Grazers Cooperative is providing 100% grass-fed beef for the demonstration, and individual cuts will be available to buy after the class. There will also be complimentary tastes of locally made meats with craft beer and cider provided by Jimmy's No. 43. $45. 139 2nd Avenue New York, NY; 212-228-5590; event website
Sunday (April 21)
Sweet Sensations Benefit for C-CAP
Sunday April 21st, 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For the first time, local bakers and food bloggers are gathering to raise funds for at-risk students in the Careers through Culinary Arts Program. C-CAP is a national non-profit based in NYC that provides education, scholarships, and career opportunities to at-risk students. The event is being held at The Old Bowery Station, with Colicchio & Sons pastry chef Stephen Collucci joining master chocolatier Medhi Chellaoui for a pastry demonstration. Treats and sweets are provided. $39. 168 Bowery New York, NY; 212-334-0288; event website
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