NYC Food Events For the Weekend (And Beyond)


[Photo: Robyn Lee]

Drop-In Cookie Decorating
Saturday, December 19, 2009, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Get your creative juices flowing during this holiday season. Reasonably priced, undecorated cookies are your canvas, with all the frosting, sprinkles, and toppings you need! $10 per dozen cookies. The Brooklyn Kitchen Labs; 100 Frost Street (between Leonard Street and Manhattan Ave), Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-349-5032; event website

Charity Cookie Swap
Saturday, December 19, 2009, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Satisfy your sweet tooth at this charity baking bash. A $15 dollar donation will get you a holiday cookie tin for you to fill with sweets while you sip a complimentary class of prosecco. Proceeds from the event will support job-training programs for the Lower East Side Girls Club. $15. Celebrate Cafe at the Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery Street at 1st Street; 212-982-1633; event website

Greenpoint Food Market's Holiday Foodtacular
Saturday, December 19, 2009, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Head on over to Greenpoint, Brooklyn for an afternoon of food market fun. Over 25 vendors will be offering holiday delights you won't want to miss. This week's market will feature holiday goodies, handmade crafts, and food inspired art. Free.
129 Russell Street (between Driggs and Nassau Avenues), Greenpoint, Brooklyn; event website

Jews and Chinese Food
Sunday, December 20, 2009, 7:00 p.m. Pastrami egg rolls and bagels in Beijing are becoming the norm. Discover the ties that bind these two cuisines at a lecture led by The Fortune Cookie Chronicles author Jennifer 8. Lee. Included in the cost of entry is a a Chinese food buffet catered by kosher supermarket Superso. $39. 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street; 212-415-5500; event website

New Amsterdam Food Market
Sunday, December 20, 2009, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Featuring sustainable food, local farmers and handcrafted food gifts, the New Amsterdam will have plenty of unique and tasty gifts. Don't forget to head over the the home baking pavilion for treats and tips on your own baking. Free. South Street (between Beekman Street and Peck Slip); event website

Holiday Cookie Takedown
Sunday, December 20, 2009, 6:30 p.m. 'Tis the season for cookies, so head on over to The Bell House and help judge Gabriella Gershenson determine the best cookie. 31 amateur bakers will compete in this all-out cookie throwdown. $10. The Bell House, 149 7th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues), Gowanus, Brooklyn; 718-643-6510; event website