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Carolyn's event picks this week include a Rockaway relief Pizza part at Roberta's, a mini-pie social, a pop-up dinner party with a purpose, a pre-Thanksgiving cooking refresher, Thanksgiving dinner at 61 Local, a night bazaar and more. Photo © Valery Rizzo

Rockaway Relief Pizza Party
It’s been heartwarming to see how Brooklyn restaurants have pitched in to help victims of Sandy, and tonight’s event is no exception: Roberta’s teams up with Heritage Radio Network for a backyard bash to benefit the Rockaways. The $30 ticket gets you unlimited pizza and beer, and $10 raffle tickets promise a chance to win excellent prizes, like dinner for two at Blanca (usually $180 each!) and Brooklyn Nets tickets. Grab a ticket here.

Friday, November 16 from 7 to 10om at Roberta’s, 261 Moore St at Bogart St (Bushwick). $30.

Mini Pie Social
Greenpoint gallery Beginnings invites home bakers and pie enthusiasts for a night of toasty food and drink in the name of hurricane relief. Bring a sweet or savory mini pie to share, or just chip in a small fee to sample the goods. There’ll also be hot toddies to help ward off the November chill, and all sales will go to the Brooklyn Recovery Fund. RSVP on Facebook.

Sunday, November 18 from 5 to 8pm at Beginnings, 110 Meserole Ave between Manhattan Ave and Leonard St (Greenpoint)

Water into Wine: A Pop Up Feast

Chef Vanessa Pope hosts this intimate supper at her Crown Heights home to kick off a new series of Sunday dinners for her Water into Wine project, which aims to improve restaurant practices and sustainability. The seasonal menu includes kabocha squash soup with sage croutons and kale and roasted beet savory tarts, and all proceeds go toward YANA (You Are Never Alone), a Sandy relief effort. You’ll also get to hear from Chris Devlin, who will discuss his work volunteering in the Rockaways, and an after-dinner musical guest. Reserve a spot and read more here.

Sunday, November 18 at 6pm in Crown Heights (location disclosed with ticket purchase). $34-$42.

Pre-Thanksgiving Cooking Class
Need a refresher course before preparing Thursday’s feast? Fort Greene newcomer Prospect is here to help, with Chef Kyle McClelland leading a tutorial on cooking all the traditional favorites (plus a few non-traditional twists). Afterward, you’ll get to taste all the dishes with beverage pairings. Get more info in Prospect’s website.

Monday, November 19 at 7pm at Prospect, 773 Fulton St between Oxford St and Portland Ave (Fort Greene). $60.

It’s a Brooklyn Thanksgiving
If a turkey dinner at home isn’t part of your plan this year, head to 61 Local for a new neighborhood tradition. Join owner Dave Liatti and BK Farmyards founder (and the evening’s chef) Stacey Murphy for a harvest meal that includes roasted root vegetables, kale pesto salad and more dishes TBA. Best of all, you’ll be giving thanks for local food by chowing down: proceeds support BK Farmyards. Don’t forget to RSVP.

Thursday, November 22 from 6 to 11pm at 61 Local, 61 Bergen St between Court and Smith Sts (Cobble Hill). Dinner ticket $20, dessert ticket $10.

Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Last winter’s food/music/flea megamarket returns for five whole weekends, kicking off right after Thanksgiving. In addition to a killer music lineup, you’ll find lots of our favorite Brooklyn food and drink vendors, including Ample Hills, Sixpoint, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, Le Comptoir and many more. Oh, and the event is completely free! Check out more details on the Bazaar’s site.

Begins November 23, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 6pm to midnight, at 45 N 5th St between Wythe and Kent Aves (Williamsburg)

The Kitchen Is Flooded: A Storytelling & Networking Benefit
Networking org Work It Brooklyn puts together a night with Brooklyn chefs as they trade stories from Hurricane Sandy. Learn firsthand how the storm affected them, from restaurants who sustained extensive damage (such as Home/Made) to places that made huge contributions to the relief efforts (like Robicelli’s). There will also be food and Brooklyn Brewery beers, and ticket sales go toward Restore Red Hook. Get yours here.

Tuesday, November 27 from 7:30 to 9:30pm at Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N 11th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave (Williamsburg). $15.

Eat Pie and Shop
‘Tis the season for festive, food-centric holiday markets, so head to PS29‘s fourth annual fundraiser. The main event is a pie bakeoff between both home bakers and professional chefs, competing before a panel of judges including folks from Strong Place and Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain. Get in on the action with $5 tasting tickets, then browse for artisan gifts from local vendors.

Sunday, December 2 from 11am to 4pm at PS29, 429 Henry St (Cobble Hill)

How to…Holiday
Edible‘s next installment in its hands-on how-to series tackles the many (food) delights that December brings. You’ll learn the art of the turkey roast from Fleisher’s, tips for perfect pie from Rachel’s Pies, and more. As always, you’ll get samples of the goodies and host Brooklyn Brewery will supply beers for purchase. Plus it’s all for a good cause: proceeds will be donated to the Brooklyn Recovery Fund, so get your ticket now.

Monday, Dec 3 from 7:30 to 10pm at Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N 11th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave (Williamsburg). $5.

Hurricane Sandy Relief
Feeling lazy? Want to stay in this week but still help with the much-needed relief effort in the wake of Sandy? Many beloved local food businesses that suffered significant damage in the flooding are raising funds to rebuild. Here are some links to donate directly:

Governor
Red Hook Lobster Pound
Court Street Grocers
The Good Fork
Steve’s Key Lime Pies
Home/Made
One Girl Cookies
Ted & Honey
Fort Defiance
Jack From Brooklyn

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