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.
Mexican Chocolate at ‘Kitchen Island’
At The Brooklyn Kitchen‘s “Kitchen Island” booth at Smorgasburg, celebrate the unlikely victory of the Mexican army over the French (May 5, 1862) with traditional Mexican fare, and check out the tools and beans used in traditional Mexican chocolate making, with Louis Varela from the Mexican Chocolate Company.
Saturday, May 5 at Smorgasburg, on the waterfront between North 6th and North 7th (Williamsburg)
Grand Street Cactus Crawl
Head to Grand Street for more Cinco de Mayo festivities—including the kinds that involve tequila and beer. A handful of bars along a four-block stretch will be hawking food and drink specials like $3 tacos and $5 sangria at the Saint Austere, deals on cubetazos (buckets filled with ice and bottles of Mexican beer) at Los Primos and Grand Morelos, and beer-and-a-shot deals at Burnside and Lady Jay’s. Check out the flyer and RSVP here.
Saturday, May 5 from 4 to 8pm on Grand St between Union Ave and Humboldt St (Williamsburg)
Celebrate Saturday’s other big event with a civilized Southern fete at Seersucker. Don your best wide-brimmed fascinator or striped suit (in the restaurant’s namesake material) and partake in the restaurant’s special offerings: a menu featuring turkey legs, fried catfish, collard greens and chess pie, plus two Kentucky-approved juleps, classic mint and seasonal strawberry rhubarb. Check out the full menu on Brooklyn Based.
Saturday, May 5 at 4pm at Seersucker, 329 Smith St between President and Carroll Sts (Carroll Gardens)
Super Moon Ramen
Celebrate the Super Moon with Pop-Up Ramen at Carroll Gardens’ Lunetta. On Monday, May 7, from 5:30pm – 9:30 pm, chef Adam Shepard will serve savory taku ramen, spicy yuzu chicken wings, sesame-crusted shrimp, and charred long bean salad with miso dressing. Also on hand – cold Koshihikari beer, and cold or warm sake. Then, step out into the light of the largest full moon of the year.
Monday, May 7, 5:30pm to 9:30pm, at Lunetta, 116 Smith Street between Pacific and Dean (Boerum Hill)
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.
The Total Red Hook Immersion
For the second installment of this year’s neighborhood block parties, Brooklyn Based heads to Red Hook. Pick up one of 500 immersion cards at Jalopy Tavern and Brooklyn Ice House, and you’ll be rewarded with a free Brooklyn Brewery beer at each, plus the same deal at Rocky Sullivan’s and soon-to-reopen Botanica. You can also find food, drink, and shopping deals all over the ‘hood, including complimentary Local One during brunch at The Good Fork, Home/Made and Fort Defiance, discounted lobster rolls from the Red Hook Lobster Pound, and $3 tarts from Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies. Read more about the details and locations here and RSVP on Facebook.
Saturday, May 12 from 12pm to 6pm
New York City Brewers Guild Founders Bash
Help welcome this brand-new organization, dedicated to the production (and appreciation) of locally brewed beer. The inaugural event features hard-to-find and special beers from guild breweries, including Sixpoint, Kelso, and Brooklyn Brewery. Admission includes a commemorative tasting glass, unlimited samples, snacks from Eataly and 508 Gastrobrewery, and for an additional $50, you can sign up for NYCBG membership, which grants you access to exclusive events, brewery tours and more. Get tickets here.
Tuesday, May 22 from 7 to 10pm at Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N 11th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave (Williamsburg). $75.