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Homebrewer Spotlight at 61 Local
Local-brew champion 61 Local opens its taps to some of the ‘hood’s best homebrewers, as part of Yelp Drinks Week (which features even more deals all over town). All week you can stop in for a free taste of six different home brews, and from 6-8pm every day through Sunday, each brewer gets the spotlight to talk about their inspirations and answer questions. Tonight, catch Jason Sahler of Strongrope Brewery, whose Stuck in Amber ale will be available for sampling. On Sunday, everyone gets together for an end-of-the-week sendoff. Check out the full lineup.

Thursday, March 1 through Sunday March 4 at 61 Local, 61 Bergen St between Court and Smith Sts (Cobble Hill)

Brooklyn Fork and Spoon Anniversary Party
Greenpoint supper club Brooklyn Fork and Spoon has been dishing up social, vegetarian meals for a year, and to celebrate the milestone they’re throwing a shindig at The Diamond. In addition to plenty of food and drink, the work of several local artists will be on display. Check out more details and RSVP on Facebook.

Thursday, March 1 from 7:30 to10:30pm at The Diamond, 43 Franklin St at Calyer St (Greenpoint)

The Saint Austere Beer Dinner
The Saint Austere claims it’s neither restaurant nor bar, but with thoughtfully curated menus like this one, it’s clear they’ve found some delightful middle ground between the two. The four-course meal features a range of European brews, each paired with a complementary dish, like Palm Amber Ale with Palm-braised veal wurst, rosemary spaetzle and whole grain mustard. See the full menu and RSVP instructions in their newsletter.

Thursday, March 1 at 7:30pm at The Saint Austere, 613 Grand St between Lorimer and Leonard Sts (Williamsburg). $45.

The Meatball Slapdown
The Brooklyn Kitchen and Brooklyn Grange host this meaty cookoff, with a roster of notable foodies and chefs both judging and competing. Contestants include Roberta’sThe Meat Hook, Masten Lake, The Meatball Shop and others, while folks from Edible Brooklyn, Lucky Peach, and last year’s champ Stuzzicheria will decide the winner. Proceeds benefit The Brooklyn Kitchen’s classroom program and Brooklyn Grange’s farm education program. Get tickets here.

Friday, March 2 at The Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost St between Meeker and Manhattan Aves (Williamsburg). $50.

Further ahead:

All-Day Thai Cooking Workshop

Some of our favorite cooking and food classes of late have been at the Brooklyn Brainery, and this upcoming course promises to be just as memorable. Join Brainery cofounder and food enthusiast Jonathan Soma for an all-day intensive, where he’ll walk you through Thai cuisine from start to finish: you’ll learn about key ingredients (like lemongrass and galangal), then make soups, appetizers, stir-fry, and two kinds of curry (made with curry paste that you’ll grind yourself), and finish off with some desserts. Read more and sign up here.

Sunday, March 11 from 11am to 5pm at Brooklyn Brainery, 515 Court St at 9th St (Carroll Gardens). $115.

Tasting Brooklyn
Brooklyn Exposed gives us another reason to look forward to spring with its annual celebration of the borough’s food. The formidable lineup features eateries like LittleneckFort RenoSaint Austere, Tchoup Shop and Brooklyn Soda Works among a dozen others. Check out the full lineup and get tickets here.

Tuesday, April 3 at Dumbo Loft, 155 Water St at Pearl St (DUMBO). $50.

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