NYC Food Events for the Weekend (and Beyond)


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Ramp Foraging Excursions
Saturday, May 9, 16, and 23; 10:30 a.m. Forage for ramps at Paisley Farm, a 25-acre organic farm in Tivoli, New York. Experts on-hand will give a brief tutorial on ramp habitat, as well as a tutorial on how to cook ramps. The hunt starts with complimentary coffee and danishes and ends with an outdoor lunch on the farm. Tickets $85/person. Paisley Farm, 284-286 Pleasantvale Road, Tivoli, NY (map); event website via The Food Section

Happy Mama's Day
Sunday, May 10, sunrise to sunset Check out all our ideas for Mother's Day brunches, from pancakes to bloody Marys to free PB&Js.

Tofu Takedown
Sunday, May 10, 4:30 p.m. Taste 30 amateur chefs' take on this magical, flexible foodstuff, and vote on the winner. After the Bacon Takedown, the vegetarians fought for their an outlet, and hey, it's actually happening. Tickets $10/person. Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th Street (b/n 9th and 10th Avenues, map); event website

3rd Annual Cupcake Cookoff
Monday, May 11, 7 to 9 p.m. Whether you love or love to hate 'em, the cupcakes just won't leave. Hosted by Brooklyn Kitchen, this tourney will award the tastiest fistful of cake meets frosting. Proceeds will benefit the Greenpoint Soup Kitchen. (And actually, if you donate more, you can buy votes. Scandal!) Door prizes include those adorable(/kinda ridiculous) little Cup-A-Cake containers. Union Pool, 484 Union Avenue, Williamsburg Brooklyn (nr. North 8th Street, map); event website

Brooklyn Uncorked 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 4 to 8 p.m. Hosted by Edible Brooklyn, this food and drink extravaganza features a whole evening of local food and wine, from Smoke Joint, The Farm on Adderley, Buttermilk Channel, and more. Tickets $48/person with a chance to win raffle prizes. BAMcafé, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene Brooklyn (b/n Ashland Place and St. Felix Street, map); 631-537-4637; event website

After the jump, the street fairs.

Street Fairs

Friday, May 8 Murray Street between Broadway and Church Streets; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 9 2nd Avenue between 4th and 14th Streets; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Park Avenue South between 17th and 23rd Streets; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 63rd Drive between Austin Street and Queens Boulevard, Queens; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, May 10 Broadway between 8th and 14th Streets; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Broadway between 60th and 65th Streets; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Amsterdam Avenue between 96th and 106th Streets; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Save the Date, Buy Tickets in Advance

Crawfish Boil for NOLA 2009
Saturday, May 16, 4 to 8 p.m. Crawfish with fixin's, including all-you-can-drink beer and Hurricanes. Read more about Chris Bicknell, the master behind it all. Tickets $60/person, on sale here. Proceeds to benefit the Make It Right Foundation. SolarONE at Stuyvesant Cove Park, 2420 FDR Drive Service Road East (nr. 22nd Street; map); event website

Taste of Tribeca
Saturday, May 16, 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Featuring chefs and restaurants of lower Manhattan, this outdoor culinary festival offers a celebrity chef cook-off, signature dishes, a wine tour, live music, kid-friendly activities, and more. Participants include Chanterelle, Macao Trading Company, and Bar Artisanal preparing such dishes as Moroccan braised tuna, bruschetta with lump crabmeat, and molton chocolate cake. General admission tickets are $45 ($40 in advance) and includes six, four-ounce tastes. Proceeds benefit local public schools. Duane Street (b/n Greenwich and Hudson Streets, map); event website