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NYC Food Events for the Weekend and Beyond

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Tomatoes. [Photograph: Ben Fishner]

Thursday (August 15)

Cocktail Evening and Summer Concert at the New York Botanical Garden
Thursday, August 15th, 6:00 p.m.
Come enjoy a live performance by tenor Micheal Castaldo accompanied by a string quartet while sipping a botanically-inspired cocktail (one is included with admission, the next are $5-$8). For an added bonus, head into the conservatory to explore the Wild Medicines exhibit, which explores wild plants that have historically been used as medicine. $30. Bronx River Pkwy at Fordham Road; tickets and information

Friday (August 16)

Friday Night Dinner at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health
Friday, August 16th, 6:30 p.m.
On Friday nights, the Natural Gourmet Cookery School is transformed into a restaurant (complete with flowers and candlelight) as guest instructors and students from the chef's training program prepare three-course vegetarian dinners for the public. Often, the meal is the final project for a group of soon-to-be graduates, who have been planning the menu for weeks. Alcohol is not provided, but you can bring your own beverage of choice. $40. 48 W. 21st St., 2nd fl., New York, NY; tickets and information

Saturday (August 17)

MOFAD at Summer Streets
Saturday, August 17th, 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Museum of Food and Drink's exhibit BOOM! The Puffing Gun and the Rise of Breakfast Cereal! will be at Summer Streets in Foley Square. There will also be art installations, performances, and even a rock climbing wall. BOOM! will explain the science behind cereal production, and explore how the cereal industry became the behemoth that it is. The centerpiece of the exhibit will be a fully-functioning puffing gun, a 3,200-pound machine based on technology that revolutionized the cereal industry in the early 1900s, and originally produced puffed cereals like Kix and Cheerios. Open to the public. Foley Square; more information.

The Hog Days of Summer (LIC)
Saturday, August 17th, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Celebrate summer with traditional North Carolina whole hog smoked barbecue! To go with the pig, there will be all you can drink craft beer and a live bluegrass band. 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. Corner of 28th St & 40th Ave; tickets and information

Cooking with the Masters: Julia Child Dinner Class
Saturday, August 17th, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
If you ever feel intimated about preparing recipes from your favorite chefs, then come ease your way in with instructor Kate Duff. Also a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Paris, Kate will guide you through some of her favorite recipes from Julia Child. $85. 100 Frost St, New York, NY; tickets and information

5th Annual Fundraising Concert and Food Fair for Orphans of Burma
Saturday, August 17th, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
An evening of food and music benefiting orphans and children in need in Burma. There will be all-you-can-eat Burmese food from 4:00-5:30 and music provided by 3hird Medium Band from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. $15. Walter H. Crowley, IS5, 5040 Jacobus St, Flushing, NY; more information

Sunday (August 18)

Tomato Fest 2013
Sunday, August 18th, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Come celebrate one of the most iconic foods of the summer season. This annual event is sponsored by Food Systems NYC and will be a tomato-themed party with cocktails and small bites all focused on tomatoes. $55. The Green Table, Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue NYC; tickets and information

Prospect Park Food Truck Rally
Sunday, August 18th, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Come to Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Park to sample offerings from some of New York's best food trucks. There will be more than 15 trucks in attendance, including COOLHAUS, Wafels and Dinges, Toum, and more! Prospect Park; more information

Tuesday (August 20)

Beer Tasting at Bierkraft
Tuesday, August 20th, 7:00 p.m.
Move past Bud Light with a sit-down tasting at Bierkraft. There will be beers from a number of breweries for you to sample. Free. 191 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, NY; more information

An Evening with The Meatball Shop
Tuesday, August 20th, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Delicious and easy to make, meatballs make for great party food or family food. Come enjoy a hands-on demonstration with Chef Daniel Holzman and enjoy beef, pork, and chicken meatballs and sides. This event doubles as a benefit for Just Food NYC, so come enjoy meatballs while contributing to a great organization. $55. 95 E Houston St
New York, NY; tickets and information

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