Saturday (April 20)
'Herb Festival' at Gallow Green
Saturday April 20 and Sunday April 21, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm
The bar on top of the "McKittrick Hotel," the massive performance complex that houses Sleep No More, is reopening for the season. (Check out our writeup here.) They're kicking off the season with their "Herb Festival," a celebration of spring; basically, a rooftop party with food, drinks, and live music. Three seatings over 2 days. Gallow Green, 530 West 27th Street; event website
Sunday (April 21)
Indonesian Food Bazaar
Sunday April 21st, 11 a.m.
The Indonesian Food Bazaar is returning to the Masjid Al-Hikmah Mosque in Queens this Sunday. The all-day event, which recurs infrequently through the season, features food from what is, sadly, a cuisine without much representation in the city. But like at last year's bazaars you'll find some of the best Indonesian food we've had in this country in the parking lot of the Al Hikmah Mosque. 48-01 31st Avenue Astoria, NY; check Chowhound for updates on future bazaars
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
Monday (April 22)
Chianti Wine Class at Terroir Park Slope
Monday April 22nd, 6 p.m.
Terroir Park Slope is focusing on Chianti for the next installment of their Monday night wine classes. Topics to come are 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
Earth Day Dinner at Del Posto
Monday April 22nd, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Annie Novak, of Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Greenpoint, and Amy Thompson, of Lucy's Whey, are hosting a five-course vegetarian dinner at Del Posto. The meal will be comprised exclusively of local and seasonal ingredients and each course will be paired with a different beer from Brooklyn Brewery. Don't fear, carnivores, there will be carnivorous options available. $200. 85 10th Avenue New York, NY; 212-497-8090; event website
Spring Lamb Dinner at Craft
Monday April 22nd, 7 p.m.
Maria Sinskey, who runs the kitchen at Robert Sinskey Vineyards in Napa, and Craft Wine Director Greg Majors are hosting a four-course dinner in Craft's private dining room. Each course will be paired with wine from Sinskey Vineyards, and the highlight of the meal is a spring lamb that was raised on Sinskey's vineyards. $125 (tax and tip included). 47 East 19th Street New York, NY; 212-780-0880; restaurant website
Tuesday (April 23)
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
A Taste of Red Rooster
Tuesday April 23rd, 6:30 p.m.
Leake & Watts, a non-profit human services agency, is hosting a spring benefit at Harlem's Red Rooster. Guests will sample some of chef Marcus Samuelsson's dishes and have a chance to learn about Harlem's history from renowned urban historian Dr. Kenneth T. Jackson. VIP ticket holders get a copy of Samuelsson's book Yes, Chef: A Memoir. General Admission; $350, VIP; $500. All proceeds will go to support Leake & Watts' children and family services programs. 310 Lenox Avenue New York, NY; 212-792-9001; event website
Meat the Butcher Dinner at the Farm On Adderley
Tuesday April 23rd, 7:30 p.m.
Josh and Jessica Applestone, from Fleisher's Grassfed and Organic Meats, are hosting a five-course dinner at the Farm On Adderley. In addition to pate with ramps, and pork shoulder with nettles, you'll learn about whole-animal butchering and gain insight into Fleisher's approach to food. $60. 1108 Cortelyou Road Brooklyn, NY; 718-287-3101; website
Italian Wine Tasting at Sauce
Thursday April 25th, 6 p.m.
Thursday night wine tastings return to Sauce on the Lower East Side. Join Damiano Calo of The Calo Estates to celebrate the release of his Puglian rose: Rosa del Golfo. His is the first 2012 rose to arrive in the US. Free. 78 Rivington Street, New York, NY; 212-420-7700; restaurant website
Taste of the Lower East Side
Thursday April 25th, 7 p.m.
Celebrate downtown dining at this year's 13th annual Taste of the Lower East Side. Chefs from more than two dozen participating restaurants from the downtown area will be serving dishes that highlight the culture and history of the Lower East Side. The event includes unlimited food and drink, a silent auction, and a prize wheel. VIP tickets are available for the first time this year and offer admittance an hour earlier; at 6 p.m. General Admission; $195, VIP; $300. 82 Mercer Street New York, NY; 917-639-5850; website
Dinner, Beer, and a Movie
Thursday April 25th, 7:15 p.m.
Warriors, come out and plaaaay! Nitehawk Cinema is screening Walter Hill's 1979 classic Warriors for their April beer and movie dinner. A four-course meal will be served during the film, and each course is inspired by, and will be served during, particular fight scenes in the movie. Beers from Coney Island Craft Lagers will accompany each course. $65. 136 Metropolitan Avenue Brooklyn, NY; 718-384-3980; event website
Saturday (April 20) and Sunday (April 21)
First Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo
Saturday April 20th and Sunday April 21st, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
New York City's first hot sauce expo is a two-day festival taking place this weekend at the East River State Park in Williamsburg. Both days feature over 2,000 hot sauces from around the world, live music, eating challenges, bloody mary contests, fire breathers, and spicy food vendors. Tickets (rain or shine) are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and $100 for VIP. 110 Kent Avenue Brooklyn, NY; event website