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[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Saturday (April 27)

The Hester Street Fair Returns
Saturday April 27th, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Hester Street Fair, the Lower East Side's Saturday market of food and craft vendors, is back. For a primer, read our coverage of last year's opening day. Corner of Hester & Essex Streets, NY; event website

Monday (April 29)

Rioja Wine Class at Terroir Park Slope
Monday April 29th, 6 p.m.
Terroir Park Slope is focusing on Rioja for the next installment of their Monday night wine classes. Topics to come are the Duoro Valley, Central Otago, and McLaren Vale. You'll taste six wines in sixty minutes. Classes hold up to 12 and cost $27. 284 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY; 718-832-9463; event website

Taste of the Nation NYC
Monday April 29th, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Over 75 of the city's notable chefs and bartenders are gathering at 82Mercer for the city's 26th annual Taste of the Nation - dedicated to ending childhood hunger. Tickets start at $225 (25% off if you enter the code "SERIOUSNYC") 82 Mercer Street, New York, NY; 212-237-3896; event website

April Sours Prix-Fixe Dinner
Monday April 29th, 7 p.m.
Guest chef Patti Jackson is pairing sour beers throughout a five-course meal she'll be serving at Jimmy's No. 43. Among the dishes are smoked Mackerel, burnt-flour pasta, and braised bacon. $45. 43 East 7th Street, New York, NY; 212-982-3006; event website

Knife Skills
Monday April 29th, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Learn basic knife skills at Brookln-based pie shop Pie Corps. Technique, handling, and how to care for your knives will be taught with demonstrations. Salad and stir-fry will be prepped and eaten. The event is BYOK (knife), but Pie Corps will supply one if you don't. $60. 77 Driggs Avenue, New York, NY; 917-721-3052; event website

Tuesday (April 30)

An Evening with Mark Bittman
Tuesday April 30th, 6 p.m.
A Brooklyn Food Coalition benefit featuring New York Times columnist Mark Bittman is taking place in Downtown Brooklyn. Held at Long Island University's Schwartz Athletic Center, the event coincides with the release of Bittman's new book, VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6 PM To Lose Weight and Restore Your Health...For Good. $20 ($10 for students). $175; four-course VIP dinner and signed book. 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY; 646-405-9803; event website

Bronx Letters Annual Benefit
Tuesday April 30th, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Urban Assembly is a non-profit that raises awareness of city problems by bringing community members together. Their 10th annual Academy of Letters benefit is being held at The Metropolitan Pavilion. The event will be hosted by Anthony Bourdain and Lucky Peach, and Roberta's, Chez Sardine, Mission Chinese, Del Posto, BrisketTown, and Momofuku are among those providing food. Tickets start at $100. 110 West 19th Street, New York, NY; 212-463-0200; website

Sweet Talk with the Masters of Social Gastronomy
Tuesday April 30th, 7 p.m.
MSG gathers at Public Assembly each month to discuss various food focused topics. This month it's sugar; with a discussion on the science behind high fructose corn syrup, our fear of sugar, and the history of Williamburg's Domino Sugar building and the Navy Yard's Sweet n' Low factory. Free (21+). 70 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY; 718-384-4586; event wesbite

Wednesday (May 1)

Wine Tasting for Sandy Relief
Wednesday May 1st, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Join the city's premier wine importers for one night only as they gather to serve the 50 best wines in their portfolios. Michael Skurnik, Polaner, Opici, and Martin Scott are among those participating. The event is being held by the New York Fine Wine Wholesale Alliance at 82Mercer. $50. Proceeds benefit people hit by Hurricane Sandy. 82 Mercer Street, New York, NY; 917-639-5850; event website

Wine & Spirits Top of the List Tasting
Wednesday May 1st, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sip top-ranked wines from the 24th annual restaurant poll at The Metropolitan Pavilion. New and notable restaurants will be providing food along with the wine, which will be poured by the winemakers themselves. $75 (includes food and drink). 125 West 18th Street, New York, NY; 212-463-0200; event website

STREETS International Gala Fest
Wednesday May 1st, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
STREETS International is a non-profit organization based in Vietnam. Join STREETS students and NYC chefs (Floyd Cardoz, Josh Eden, and Robert Newton among them) at the Astor Center for their take on South East Asian street food, which will be served alongside specialty cocktails. Tickets start at $100, and, until tomorrow, there's a chance to win two tickets here. 399 Lafayette Street, New York, NY; 212-674-7501; event website

Thursday (May 2)

American Cancer Society's Annual Taste of Hope
Thursday May 2nd, 7:30 p.m.
Taste of Hope is the ACS's annual culinary, wine, and spirits event. The walk-around format allows guests to sample food and drink from the city's premier chefs and restaurants. This year's event is being held at 82Mercer. Tickets start at $175, with proceeds benefiting the ACS. 82 Mercer Street, New York, NY; 917-639-5850; website

Six-Course Dinner at City Grit
Thursday May 2nd, 7:30 p.m.
Kevin Nashan and Gerard Craft, both St. Louis-based, James Beard award nominees for Best Chef, are collaborating on a six-course menu to be served at City Grit. $85. 38 Prince Street, New York, NY; 646-580-5720; event website

Saturday (May 4)

Alabama Gulf Seafood Dinner
Saturday May 4th, 7:00 p.m.
Birmingham chef Christ Hastings is serving a tasting menu at City Grit featuring dishes from his flagship restaurant; Hot and Hot Fish Club, opened in 1995. $95. 38 Prince Street, New York, NY; 646-580-5720; event website


Sweet Fair in Edgewater, New Jersey
Friday April 26th, Saturday April 27th, and Sunday April 28th, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Mitsuwa Marketplace, the largest Japanese supermarket in the U.S., is flying in unique sweets from Kyoto made from sweet yams, matcha, and bean paste for their annual sweet fair in New Jersey. 595 River Road, Edgewater, NJ; 201-941-9113; website

Hemingway Events at The Dead Rabbit
Saturday April 27th and Sunday April 28th, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The recently-opened Dead Rabbit is honoring Ernest Hemingway this weekend with two nights of cocktails and talks inspired by the writer's work. Philip Greene, who wrote "To Have and to Have Another," and Dale DeGroff are hosting the event. CaƱa Brava Rum is sponsoring Saturday night's Hemingway In Havana, and Pernod Absinthe is sponsoring Sunday's Hemingway in Paris. $60/night. 30 Water Street, New York, NY; 646-422-7906; website

Dinner with Friends at Reynard
Monday April 29th, Tuesday April 30th, and Wednesday May 1st, 8 p.m.
For three nights, Chef Inaki Aizpitarte of Le Chateaubriand in Paris will be cooking alongside Sean Rembold at Reynard in the Wythe Hotel. Resident sommelier Lee Campbell will pair wine with each course. $225. 80 Wythe Avenue, New York, NY; 718-460-8004; event website

Food Book Fair
Thursday May 2nd through Sunday May 5th
Founded by Elizabeth Jones, the three-day festival features over 200 books, 60 visionaries, cooking demos, and panel discussions. Tickets for single events start at $20, with a 3-day option available for $350; various locations; website


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