Weekend Whets 5/3

LuckyRice New York, through Sunday, May 5, 2013, Manhattan:  A celebration of Asian cuisine.  Each night showcases a different type of Asian food.  Opening night is a dumpling party.

Food Book Fair, Friday, May 3, 2013 to Sunday, May 5, 2013, Brooklyn:  An event celebrating food books with vendors, cooking demos, tastings and panel discussions.

Guactacular, Sunday, May 5, 2013, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Bell House, Brooklyn: Guacamole cook-off.

Calcotada, Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Back Forty West, Soho:  Recreation of an ancient Spanish feast in honor of spring.  $100.

New York City Cartmen, 1667–1850, Thursday, May 9, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, Manhattan:   Discussion of the unskilled laborers who hauled goods on horse carts and their impact on New York City politics.  Free.

Frites and Fries with Leonard Lopate, Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 7 p.m., The Cooper Union–Great Hall, Manhattan:  Chefs Daniel Boulud, Jacques Pepin and Eric Ripert chat with WNYC’s James Beard Award-winning host, Leonard Lopate about food and restaurant culture of France and the United States.  Tickets are $30.

North Brooklyn Takes the Cake, Saturday, May 18, 2013, 6 p.m., The Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost Street, Brooklyn:  A cupcake bakeoff!  Tickets are $15.

40th Annual Ninth Avenue Food Festival, Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, 2013, Noon to 5 p.m., Ninth Avenue from 42nd to 57th Streets, Manhattan:  A celebration of the diverse restaurants on this strip.

Gluttony:  Deconstructing Dinner, Thursday, May 23, 2013, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th floor, Manhattan:  Part of a series on science and the deadly sins.  Steve Ettlinger, author of Twinkie, Deconstructed, and Dwight Eschliman, photographer of Foodstuff, discuss ingredients in popular processed foods.  $15-$25.

Meat Hooked!, Thursday, May 30, 2013, 6:30 p.m., BLDG 92 , Brooklyn Navy Yard Center, 63 Flushing Ave (at Carlton), Brooklyn:  Gotham Center Director Suzanne Wasserman’s new film, a documentary about meat and the rise and fall and rise again of butchers and butchering in and around New York.  $8/$5 members.

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