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.