Whiskey & Cheese
Stinky Bklyn hosts this unconventional tasting tonight, in the back room of the Brooklyn Wine Exchange. You’ll get to sample picks from Stinky Bklyn’s extensive cheese selection, expertly paired with some choice brown spirits. Get tickets here.
Thursday, April 26 at 7pm at Brooklyn Wine Exchange, 138 Court St between Atlantic Ave and Pacific St (Cobble Hill). $50.
Flex Your Green Thumb
Get your hands dirty this weekend with a morning on Brooklyn Grange‘s rooftop plot. Grange cofounder and head farmer Ben Flanner will lead a tour of the one-acre farm, guiding you through beds of produce soon to be headed to farmers’ markets and restaurants around the city, and discussing the unique aspects of urban agriculture along the way. Afterward, sit down to an ultra-fresh lunch featuring just-picked veggies and herbs. Tickets are almost gone; get yours here.
Saturday, April 28 from 10am to 1pm at Brooklyn Grange, 37-18 Northern Blvd at 38th St, Long Island City (Queens). $50.
The Total Bedford Hill Immersion
It’s almost starting to feel like summer, and Brooklyn Based gets the season rolling by kicking off its neighborhood immersion series, this time heading to the border between Clinton Hill and Bed-Stuy, a.k.a. Bedford Hill. Brooklyn Brewery will be providing gratis beers at bars and restaurants throughout the ‘hood, including Speedy Romeo, The Emerson, and Maggie Brown. To cash in, just pick up one of 500 postcards; to find out where, check out the details here and RSVP on Facebook.
Saturday, April 28 from noon to 6pm
Saisons & Farmhouse Ales
Sample some perfect warm-weather suds at Sycamore, where they’ll be pouring some special selections from breweries like Greenport Harbor, Ommegang, and Flying Dog. It’s a good opportunity to try them all—pints are just $5 all day long.
Saturday, April 28 from noon to 6pm at Sycamore, 1118 Cortelyou Rd between Stratford and Westminster Rds (Ditmas Park)
Meet Your Maker Tasting Series
Join Kelly Taylor of Kelso for the second installment of 61 Local‘s tasting series. This month features beer-friendly savory snacks like charcuterie from Brooklyn Cured and pickles from Brooklyn Brine Co., paired with hand-picked Kelso brews. Get tickets here.
Wednesday, May 2 from 7 to 9pm at 61 Local, 61 Bergen St between Court and Smith Sts (Cobble Hill). $35.
Food Book Fair
Finally, literary foodies have a place to tap into the wealth of great food writing at the first-ever Food Book Fair. Dozens of authors, journalists, and chefs will share their knowledge in a series of panels, lectures, book signings, dinners and more, touching on subjects like nutrition, sustainability, the intersection of food and technology, even “food porn.” Speakers include the New York Times‘ Peter Kaminsky, Lucky Peach‘s Peter Meehan, author Lauren Shockey of Four Kitchens, and filmmaker and activist Severine von Tscharner Fleming of The Greenhorns. There will also be a pop-up bookstore for attendees to replenish their home libraries with good food reads. Ticket prices vary by event (including some that are free) and all-access passes are also available. Check out all the options here.
Friday, May 4 to Sunday, May 6 at the Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Ave at N 11th St (Williamsburg).
Cinco de Mayo Lobster Fiesta
The name of the event pretty much sells it, but just in case you need the vitals: Red Hook Lobster Pound serves up a south-of-the-border style lobster boil at Dekalb Market. Each plate includes a pound and a half of fresh steamed Maine lobster, Mexican corn, chipotle potato salad and jicama coleslaw. Get tickets in advance; they won’t last long.
Saturday, May 5 from 3 to 8 pm at Dekalb Market, 138 Willoughby St at Flatbush Ave (Downtown Brooklyn). $30.
No avocado is safe at this food faceoff, hosted by chip-and-cheese ambassadors Nachos NY. If you’ve got a recipe that can help you mash your way to glory, email rachel@nachosny to compete. Otherwise, just show up to sample the monounsaturated goodness that all the competitors have to offer, accompanied by chips from Tortilleria Chinantla, ice cream sandwiches from Coolhaus, and beers from Brooklyn Brewery. Read more and get tickets here.
Sunday, May 6 from 4 to 7pm at The Bell House, 149 7th St between 2nd and 3rd Aves (Gowanus). $15.
Oenophiles, mark your calendars: Edible‘s sixth annual wine spectacular is less than a month away. Sample reds, whites, roses and bubbles from dozens of New York State wineries, along with snacks and treats from local restaurants and purveyors, including Brucie, The Good Fork, Local Roots, and The Chocolate Room. See the full list of participants and snag tickets here.
Wednesday, May 9 from 6 to 9pm at Skylight, 1 Hanson Pl at Flatbush Ave (Fort Greene). $45.