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The Total Bushwick Immersion
If you haven’t made it to one of Brooklyn Based‘s neighborhood block parties this summer, here’s your last chance. They’re wrapping up the 2012 Immersion series in Bushwick, where the first 500 to show up at Tradesman or Pine Box Rock Shop will score cards redeemable for four pints of Brooklyn Brewery beers at bars around the ‘hood. You’ll also find boozy brunch and lunch deals at spots like the Anchored Inn and Northeast Kingdom, discounts at shops, restaurants and cafes, and an afterparty at Tandem. Get all the info and RSVP on Facebook.

Saturday, July 28 from noon to 6pm at various locations (Bushwick)

Gourmet Guild Cook-off
Fancy yourself more of an Iron Chef judge than a contestant? Head to the Gourmet Guild, where five talented chefs from MealKU, an underground “homemade meal cooperative,” will compete for a spot at one of the Guild’s pop-up dinners. They’ll gather ingredients from the Saturday sidewalk market, then the judges—that’s you—will decide the winner. It’s free to attend, just RSVP here.

Saturday, July 28 at 6:30pm at Gourmet Guild Williamsburg, 110 Broadway between Bedford Ave and Berry St (Williamsburg)

Basic Knife Skills
Local Roots NYC teams up with the New Amsterdam Market in a new series of hands-on classes. First up is a tutorial on everything you need to know about dicing, peeling, mincing, and other handy tricks for working with sharp blades. Get tickets here, and keep an eye out for upcoming classes.

Sunday, July 29 from 12-2pm and 5-7pm at 224 Front St between Beekman St and Peck Slip (Manhattan). $40.

Good Beer
Edible‘s monster beer-and-food tasting event is in Manhattan this year, but you’ll still find plenty of Brooklyn reps, along with other local purveyors. The beer roster includes Brooklyn Brew ShopBierkraft, and Sixpoint, while the food lineup is equally impressive, with grub from Fort RenoBrooklyn CuredThe Meat HookMile End and many more. Tickets are going fast, get them here.

Tuesday, July 31st from 6 to 9pm at 82Mercer, 82 Mercer St between Spring and Broome Sts (Soho, Manhattan). $55.

Eat the City: Taste of a Place
Parish Hall celebrates local author Robin Shulman‘s new book, Eat the City, a chronicle of NYC’s urban food history, with a special dinner. The multi-course meal will feature several of the foods discussed in the book—honey, rooftop-grown vegetables, sugar cane—all sourced from within the city, alongside historic cocktails and beer from Brooklyn Brewery. Diners will also get a hardcover copy of the book; make a reservation by calling 718-782-2602 or emailing info@parishhall.net.

Thursday, August 2 at 7:30pm at Parish Hall, 109A N 3rd St between Berry St and Wythe Ave (Williamsburg). $85.

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.

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.



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