NYC Food Events For the Weekend (And Beyond)

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[Photo: Robyn Lee]

Brooklyn Food Coalition Winter Party
Thursday, December 10, 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Congratulate Jan Poppendieck on her new book "Free For All: Fixing School Lunch in America," and celebrate the first six months of community organizing for The Brooklyn Food Coalition. Enjoy dinner, drinks, music and a chance to celebrate. 388 Atlantic Avenue (between Hoyt & Bond Streets), Brooklyn; 917-693-3155; event website

Cocktails and Cupcakes
Thursday, December 10, 2009, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. If you are looking for a little holiday romance the night before Hanukkah, head on over to Dylan's Candy Bar for this J-Date hosted event. All-you-can-eat cupcakes, an open bar featuring candy-inspired cocktails, and a live DJ will surely make the season a little sweeter. $25 in advance, $35 at the door. 1011 Third Avenue at 60th Street, 3rd floor; 646-735-0078; event website

Family-Style Feast: Pork and Lamb
Friday, December 11, 2009, 7:00 p.m. Acclaimed "meat prodigy" Chef Bobby Hellen will be roasting a whole pig, lamb, and more in the James Beard House garden for an unforgettable family-style feast. $100 for members, $125 for the public. James Beard House, 167 West 12th Street; 212-675-4984; event website

Events further down the line, after the jump.

All-You-Can-Eat-Crab
Monday, December 14, 2009, Noon to 11:00 p.m. Head over to the Fatty Crab (Upper West Side or downtown) for a seafood lover's dream—unlimited Dungeness crab, a side, and a beer for a very modest price tag. $39. 2170 Broadway at 77th Street; 212-496-2722 or 643 Hudson Street between Gansevoort and Horatio Streets; 212-352-3590; event website

Hungry Filmmakers
Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 7:00 p.m. Sit back and catch previews of six new foodie documentaries on the big screen such as Shelley Rogers' "What's 'Organic' About Organic." Catch the 9:00 p.m. after-party at Jimmy's No. 43 and enjoy $4 pours of Pretty Things' Jack D'Or beer and free hors d'oeuvres. The ticket price includes entry to the after-party. $10. 32 2nd Avenue at 2nd Street; 212-505-5181; event website

Sommelier Smackdown
Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 6:30 p.m. Get in on the action at NIOS Restaurant and Wine Bar where the nation's two leading female sommeliers, Emily Wines and Lauren DePasquale, will go head to head. The challenge is to win the diners' votes based on their wine pairings with NIOS's three-course dinner. 130 West 46th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues); for reservations call 212 485-2999; event website