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Crown Victoria Pig Roast
Crown Victoria boasts one of Brooklyn’s best outdoor spaces, and they’re putting it to good use. After hosting a few pig roasts in July, the Williamsburg spot decided to keep the fun going for the rest of the summer. Every Sunday they’ll be roasting whole hogs (organic and locally raised) on custom-designed spits, manned by chefs Jose Ramirez Ruiz and John Ratliff. Plates of the slow-roasted pork goodness, along with sides that change each week, go for around $15 a pop. Read more on Crown Vic’s blog.

Sundays at 4pm at Crown Victoria, 60 S 2th St between Kent and Wythe Aves (Williamsburg)

Zesty Bites
Head to Dekalb Market for some snack-sized tastes from local purveyors. The folks from HerbNZest will demonstrate a few easy recipes with their vegan fruit chutneys, pairing them with cheeses from Stinky Bklyn and breads from Tom Cat Bakery. It’s free to attend, but if you preregister here, you’ll be entered in a raffle to win some surprise goodies.

Sunday, August 5 from 1 to 4pm at Dekalb Market, 138 Willoughby St at Flatbush Ave (Downtown Brooklyn)

Seasonal Seafood
Even if you’re spending more time around brownstones than beaches, fresh-caught seafood is a must for the season, and The Brooklyn Kitchen is here to help. Chef Rienne Martinez will walk you through a number of light, summery dishes, including boiled blue crab, grilled calamari, and greens with watermelon and feta. Sign up here.

Monday, August 6 at 6:30pm at The Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost St between Meeker and Manhattan Aves (Williamsburg). $75.

A Midsummer’s Feast
Music and arts space Issue Project Room welcomes its Boerum Hill neighbor Rucola for an evening of seasonal eats and live performances. Dine on a localcentric northern-Italy-meets-Brooklyn tasting menu with wine pairings, while enjoying the musical stylings of MV Carbon and Steve Gunn. And if the hefty price spooks you, keep in mind that $75 of the ticket is tax-deductible. Read more here and get tickets.

Wednesday, August 8 at Issue Project Room, 22 Boerum Pl at Livingston St (Downtown Brooklyn). $125.

Gardening Workshop Mixer
Work on your green thumb, and then enjoy the fruits of your labor, with a day of hands-on gardening. Meet at Flatbush Community Garden, where members will guide you through three different tutorials: DIY indoor gardening, backyard propagation, and creating elixirs from home-grown ingredients. After you’ve gotten your hands dirty, head to The Farm on Adderley for a cocktail hour featuring drinks and hors d’oeuvres made with ingredients from the garden. Find more info and RSVP here.

Sunday, August 12 at 2:30pm; location provided on registration (Ditmas Park). $45.

Pig Island
Calling all carnivores! The ever-popular porkfest Pig Island descends upon Governors Island this Labor Day weekend. Among the lineup of notable chefs, you’ll find Dale Talde of Talde, Jacques Gautier of Palo Santo and Fort Reno, and George Weld and Evan Hanzcor of Egg and Parish Hall, each cooking up unique dishes featuring the event’s porcine namesake, sourced from local farms. You’ll also find butchering and cooking demos, live music, New York State wines and beer from Sixpoint. Get early bird tickets while you can; the price goes up August 27.

Saturday, September 1 from 11:30am to 4:30pm on Governors Island. $70.



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