Grillin’ on the Bay & the Brooklyn Chili Smackdown
Don’t wait for Memorial Day, barbecue season starts now at this annual grillfest. Dozens of competitors from amateurs to to seasoned chefs will fire up the coals in a number of categories: vegetable, chicken wing, pork ribs, and chef’s choice (everything else). For even more stick-to-your-ribs goodness, the Brooklyn Chili Smackdown will be happening simultaneously, where for $10 you can sample all the entries and vote for the people’s choice award. For more info, check out the website.
Saturday, March 24 from 11am to 5pm at St. Mark School, 2606 E 19th St at Ave Z (Sheepshead Bay)
DIG Dining Series
Hanson Dry hosts this intimate supper, a monthly affair that features ingredients from local purveyors, with food by chef Nahvae Frost and cocktails by owner Christopher Buckley. Saturday’s three-course menu includes a sandwich of grilled sardines, blackened asparagus, pickled onion and poached egg on olive oil-fried ciabatta. Check out the full menu and get tickets here.
Saturday March 24 from 2 to 5pm at Hanson Dry, 925 Fulton St between Clinton and Waverly Aves (Clinton Hill). $55.
Masters of Social Gastronomy: The Flavor Battles
The social gastronomists, aka Sarah Lohman of Four Pounds Flour and Jonathan Soma of the Brooklyn Brainery, are back with the next installment in their series exploring the science and history of foods. This month they’ll tackle imitation ingredients, with Lohman discussing the history of artificial flavors and Soma explaining the chemistry of some common flavorings. Last but not least, attendees will get to do a blind taste test, pitting natural and artificial flavors against one another. Read more about the lecture on the MSG blog and make sure to RSVP.
Tuesday, March 27 at 7pm at Public Assembly, 70 N 6th St between Kent and Wythe Aves (Williamsburg)
The Next Big Small Brand Contest: Tasting & Judging
Discover up-and-coming food artisans at the final round in this bicoastal competition. Three hopefuls from New York and three from San Francisco will present their innovative ideas—including NY Superfoods‘ chia-packed peanut butter and Pie Corps‘ handmade pies—to a panel of judges, while attendees get to taste the offerings. While there’s only one winner, these are all folks to keep an eye on—past finalists include Brooklyn Cured and Liddabit Sweets. Head to the official website to watch videos about all the competitors and get tickets here.
Tuesday, March 27 from 7:30 to 9:30pm at BAM, 30 Lafayette Ave at Ashland Pl (Fort Greene). $30.
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 Littleneck, Fort Reno, Saint 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.
Local Food & Travel Expo
Online getaway guide EscapeMaker hosts this 2nd annual localcentric bazaar, with plenty of regional and ecofriendly travel ideas and a Made in Brooklyn marketplace featuring the borough’s best food and drink. Vendors include Brooklyn Farmacy, Eagle Street Farm, Palo Santo, Saucy by Nature, and many more. You can also catch workshops and talks throughout the day from organizations like Grow NYC, covering subjects like agri-tourism, hiking, and green travel services.
Read more about the event and get tickets.
Saturday, April 14 at Skylight, 1 Hanson Pl at Flatbush Ave (Fort Greene). $13.
The Brooklyn Beefsteak
The Bell House‘s all-you-can-eat meatfest is back and beefier than ever. A resurrection of an old New York tradition, the feast features mountains of Pat LaFrieda steak and bottomless pitchers of McSorley’s light and dark ales. True to custom, there won’t be a utensil in sight, but everyone gets a souvenir apron before digging in. Get more details and tickets here.
April 22, two seatings: 1 to 4pm and 5 to 8pm at The Bell House, 149 7th St between 2nd and 3rd Aves (Gowanus). $50.