Thursday (August 22)
CITY GRIT's getting a new home!
Until Friday, August 30th
Sarah Simmons' culinary salon, CITY GRIT, is losing its current home on Prince Street and is seeking to raise $100,000 on Kickstarter for a lease and deposit on a new and improved location. If you donate, you can receive a variety of perks, including Sarah's fried chicken recipe and spice blend ($50), invitations to the new location's opening party tentatively scheduled for May 7, 2014 ($250 for one person, $400 for two), and Thursday night dinner memberships ($1,000, six months for one person, three months for two). Donations and information.
Friday (August 23)
Summer Cocktail Making Class at The Brooklyn Kitchen
Friday, August 23rd, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Come learn about summer cocktails with Tom Macy, head bartender at the Clover Club in Carroll Gardens, this Friday night. Students will gain a greater understanding of the history, evolution and relationships between summer cocktails as they make their way through 10 (or more) tall drinks throughout the evening. $75. 100 Frost Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; tickets and information.
Saturday (August 24)
National Waffle Day at Wafels & Dinges
Saturday, August 24th, 9:00 a.m. to close
Saturday is National Waffle Day, and food truck mainstay Wafels & Dinges is officially opening its first brick and mortar location. To celebrate, visitors who bring "Wafel Cart Art" to any truck or the Alphabet City Café throughout the day will receive a free waffle. At 3:00 p.m., the Café will host the 4th annual Miss Wafel and Mister Wafel Pageant. Winners will receive a Belgian Wafel Passport (good for one year of free wafels), and must perform their duties as "Wafel Ambassador" for one year. Truck locations, Café at 15 Avenue B; more information.
The Hog Days of Summer at Arrogant Swine
Saturday, August 24th, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Hog Days of Summer is still going on, and this weekend, it's at Arrogant Swine in Greenpoint. Enjoy traditional North Carolina whole hog smoked barbecue, all you can drink craft beer and live bluegrass. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Just Food NYC. Regular and VIP tickets are both available, but limited. $40.99 regular, $50.99 VIP. 193 Banker Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn; tickets and information.
Harvest East End at McCall Vineyard
Saturday, August 24th, 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Celebrate 40 years of Long Island winemaking this Saturday at Harvest East End at the North Fork's McCall Vineyard & Ranch. Enjoy a wide variety of local wines and dishes from regional chefs, including barrel samples of not yet released wines. "Vin-IPs" get advance entry and a private hour with winemakers and chefs before the general opening. $150 regular, $250 Vin-IP, $2,500 private table for 10. 22600 Main Road, Cutchogue, NY; tickets and information.
Sunday (August 25)
Sparkling Wine Around the World at Corkbuzz
Sunday, August 25th, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Join Master Sommelier Laura Maniec for a class on the many intricacies of sparkling wine. Students will enjoy a tasting, and learn about different varieties and regions, food pairing suggestions, and what makes true Champagne so special. $75. 13 East 13th Street; tickets and information.
Feature Dinner with J. Bridger at Maiden Lane
Sunday, August 25th, 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Garrett Eagleton and Leif Sundström, collaborating as "J. Bridger," are hosting their second dinner at Maiden Lane with a new menu and expanded wine list. Space is limited to 25 seats, with several already reserved. $120. 162 Avenue B; tickets and information.
Monday (August 26)
Brooklyn Battle at Donna Cocktail Club
Monday, August 26th, 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Williamsburg's Donna Cocktail Club is hosting Brooklyn Battle, a series of Monday night cocktail duels between Donna bartenders and bartenders from nearby establishments, each featuring a different sponsored liquor. This week: Donna's Matt Belanger vs. Beloved's Jordan Schwartz in a battle over Denizen Rum. Each bartender will have to create two signature cocktails, and the winner will be chosen by the general public. $8 featured cocktails. 27 Broadway, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; more information.
Tuesday (August 27)
Crab-a-palooza at Back Forty
Tuesday, August 27th to Friday, August 30th, 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday, August 31st, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Back Forty has hosted Tuesday night crab boils all summer, and is closing out the summer with Crab-a-palooza, a series of crab events for the last week of August. They're mixing up the featured crab all week, with a Wednesday and Friday night spin on a Vietnamese Gulf-style crab boil, and a Chesapeake-style boil for Tuesday and Thursday nights and Saturday afternoon. $45. 190 Avenue B; tickets and information.
Lobster Maine-ia at Back Forty West
Tuesday, August 27th to Saturday, August 31st
Back Forty's West-side sister location is hosting its own sister event alongside Crab-a-palooza: Lobster Maine-ia. $35 will get you Back Forty West's classic summer tequila cocktail, the Red and Black, watermelon gazpacho with feta and almond, and lobster either steamed or grilled with peak summer vegetables, while $25 will get you the traditional steamed lobster with corn or a grilled lobster with green curry vegetable broth. $25 or $35. 70 Prince Street; Call 212.219.8570 for reservations.