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Vote for the city's best grilled cheese at the Big Cheesy Grilled Cheese Championship! [Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Saturday (April 12)

ShakesBEER
Saturday, April 12th, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Enjoy excerpts from Shakespearean plays performed by actors at four bars. Ticket price includes a drink at each location. $45. The Liberty, 29 West 35th Street, New York, NY; details.

A Persian Feast
Saturday, April 12th, 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Maite Gomez-Rejon of ArtBites is leading a tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art focused on Middle Eastern history and gastronomy. After the tour, the group will travel to a professional kitchen to make a Persian feast. $150. Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY; details.

Sunday (April 13)

Sunday Funday Foodraiser for Heritage Radio Network
Sunday, April 13th, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This fundraiser for Heritage Radio Network and Rose Charities will feature food, drink, dancing, and the chance to win great prizes like a dinner party with Umami Burger's Adam Fleischman and reservations at Sushi Nakazawa. $60 ($70 at the door). All'Onda, 22 East 13th Street, New York, NY; details.

Brooklyn Beefsteak
Sunday, April 14th, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Come enjoy an endless banquet of beef and beer. The event is celebrating its fifth anniversary with the release of a live EP by the Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Company. Enter promo code SITDIE for tickets. $50. The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn, New York; details.

Monday (April 14)

Passover at Back Forty West
Monday, April 14th, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Chef Peter Hoffman is leading a Passover Seder featuring food inspired by that of Syrian Jews. The four-course family style menu will include falafel, spinach pie, koobe, walnut orange cake, and more. A wine pairing is including. $113.37 (including tax, gratuity, and beverages). Back Forty West Soho, 70 Prince Street, New York, NY; details.

Tuesday (April 15)

Creative Family Seder
Tuesday, April 15th, 5:00 p.m.
Bring the whole family to celebrate Passover with a fun Seder filled with music, games, and stories. $20-$70. 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY; details.

Second Night Seder with Rabbi Dan Ain and Nathan Phillips
Tuesday, April 15th, 7:00 p.m.
Chef Russell Moss is preparing updated versions of Passover classics under the supervision of Rabbi Jonathan Glass. Writer Nathan Phillips will host the Seder. $90. 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY; details.

Wednesday (April 16)

Drink, Cook, Eat: A Modern Take on the Love of Matcha Wednesday, April 16th, 6:30 p.m. Join writer and Iron Chef judge Candice Kuma for a lecture on matcha, powdered green tea. Kuma will prepare a variety of food and drink using matcha, and the audience will have an opportunity to taste the results. $8-$12. Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, New York, NY; details.

Multi-Day

Progressive Passover
Monday, April 14th; Tuesday, April 15th; Wednesday, April 16th
Jews and non-Jews alike are welcome at this secular feast. A four-course menu will feature Passover classics such as matzo ball soup and brisket. $75. Joe & MissesDoe, 45 East 1st Street, New York, NY; details.

Big Cheesy Grilled Cheese Championship
Saturday, April 12th and Sunday, April 13th, various times
Come vote for the best grilled cheese sandwich in New York City. La Maison du Croque Monsieur, MeltKraft, Murray's Cheese, and more are in competition. Attendees get two Goose Island beers. $30. Openhouse Gallery, 201 Mulberry Street, New York, NY; details.

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