NYC Food Events for the Weekend and Beyond

Hester Nights

Saturday (May 2)

Ethiopian Easter Gala Presented by Bunna Cafe
Saturday May 2nd, 8 p.m. Fasika is an Ethiopian Easter celebration honoring the end of Ethiopian Lent, a seven week period of fasting. Bunna Cafe is celebrating Fasika with featuring former Ethiopian Idol judge Tadele Daba, music from various Ethiopian regions, and a multi-course, all-vegan meal paired with Ethiopian beer, wine, and spirits. $80 (all inclusive). Location revealed upon ticket purchase. event website

Saturday (May 4)

New York City Bake Sale
Saturday May 4th, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The NYC Bake Sale returns to the Brooklyln Flea Saturday, May 4th. The event is one of many being held across the country to raise money for the No Kid Hungry Campaign and Share Our Strength's effort to end childhood hunger. A variety of baked goods, gluten-free, vegan, and otherwise will be available for sale. Donations can be made at Bake Sale's Tumblr, with those exceeding $10 entering a raffle with the chance to win cookware, baking sets, and cookbooks. 176 Lafayette Avenue, New York, NY; 718-928-6603; brooklyn flea website

Ramp Fest Hudson 2013
Saturday May 4th, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Join chefs from Upstate and New York City at the return of Ramp Fest at Basilica Hudson in Hudson, NY. Zak Pelaccio, Jef Deisel of Speedy Romeo, and Park Slope's Applewood chef and upstate farm owner David Shea will be among those offering original dishes featuring gastronomy's supper veggie. The event is open to the first 1,000 ticket buyers. $30 advance, $35 at the door. 110 Front Street, Hudson, NY; 518-822-8938; website

Derby Day at Maison Premiere
Saturday May 4th, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tune into the Kentucky Derby this weekend at Maison Premiere, as the race is broadcasted on the bar's old fashioned radio. Sip from an extensive selection of Mint Juleps ($9 each), and enjoy the sounds of the Maison Premiere House Band. In place of brunch service, there will be an a la carte menu with an additional three items created for the occasion. 298 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY; 347-335-0446; restaurant website

Sunday (May 5)

Thrillist Taco Takedown
Sunday May 5th, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo this weekend at Villain in Brooklyn. The four-hour, walk-around celebration will have margaritas, michiladas, and mucho cerveza served along unique taco twists from the likes of Best Pizza, Exchange Alley, and NY Sushi Ko. Tickets start at $45. 50 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY; 718-782-2222; event website

Monday (May 6)

Douro Valley Wine Class at Terroir Park Slope
Monday May 6th, 6 p.m. Terroir Park Slope is focusing on the Douro Valley in Portugal for the fourth installment of their Monday night wine classes. Topics to come are the Central Otago and McLaren Vale. You'll taste six wines in sixty minutes. Classes hold up to 12 and cost $27. 284 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY; 718-832-9463; event website

In-Depth Guide to Champagne at Corkbuzz
Monday May 6th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Learn the ins and outs of Champagne with Laura Maniec at Corkbuzz. At the intermediate class, you'll taste and see what makes the region's climate, terroir, crus, best vintages, and top producers so special. $100. 13 East 13th Street, New York, NY; 646-873-6071; event website

Thursday (May 9)

Gran Cocina Latina Dinner
Thursday May 9th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Les Dames d'Escoffier New York (LDNY) is hosting an evening of artisanal Latin American Cooking at Cucharamana in Hoboken, presented by the restaurant's award-winning chef and cookbook author, Dame Maricel Presilla. Dinner includes cocktails, wine from Hoboken's Sparrow Wine & Liquor, a selection of hors d'oeuvres, and an authentic Latin American buffet. Presilla's book, Gran Cocina Latina, will be available for purchase and signing. Tickets start at $45, with proceeds benefiting Les Dames d'Escoffier New York. 233 Clinton Street, Hoboken, NJ; 201-420-1700; website

Wine Enthusiast Magazine's 25th Anniversary Party
Thursday May 9th, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. To celebrate 25 years being published, Wine Enthusiast magazine is hosting a party at the Hudson Hotel. Dubbed Red and White Bash, the event will feature a live orchestra and over one hundred 90+ point wines. $85; all proceeds benefit Wine to Water, Wine Enthusiast Magazine's partner charity. 356 West 58th Street, New York, NY; 212-554-6000; website

Wednesday (May 15)

The Future of Food Blogging
Wednesday May 15th, 7 p.m. A panel including Faith Durand (executive editor of The Kitchn), Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs (co-founders of Food 52), and Jenny Rosenstrach (founding editor of Dinner: A Love Story) will be at the 92Y in Tribeca discussing the growing popularity and future of food blogging. $15. 200 Hudson Street, New York, NY; 212-601-1000; event website


Hester Street Fair's Hester Nights
Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., May 2nd through September 26th Hester Nights, the Hester Street Fair's weekly night market, returns to the Eventi Hotel's Open Air Plaza Thursday (May 2nd). The market is the only one of its kind in Manhattan; featuring a rotating lineup of startup food vendors, beer, cocktails, movie screenings, and music performances. 851 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY; 212-564-4567; website