Weekend Whets 10/18

American Cheese Month, October:  Celebrate cheese month with a passport to get discounts at cheese shops.

NYC’s First-ever African Restaurant Week, October 13-20, 2013, NYC:  Celebrate African food with three-course prix fixes at NYC African restaurants.

El Nosh, Friday, October 18, 2013, through Sunday, October 20, 2013, 53-61 Gansevoort Street, Meatpacking, New York:  Two dinners and a brunch featuring a Jewish-Latin menu.

The 5th Annual Brooklyn Bacon Takedown, Saturday, October 19, 2013, 1 p.m. to  3 p.m., The Bell House, Brooklyn

Fritanga, Saturday, October 19, 2013, 4 p.m., Havemeyer Park
Kent Avenue between S. 3rdStreet  and S. 4th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn:  Old-fashioned Mexican pig roast including homemade chicharrónes (fried pork rinds), carnitas (roast pork), buche (pork sweetbreads), tacos, salsa and 2 chili brews.  $25 per person.

Soup Festival, Saturday, October 19, 2013, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Smith Street, Brooklyn:  Judges pick the best soup from area restaurants.  Marilyn Gelber, president of The Brooklyn Foundation, and  Molly Simms, Senior Editor of Bust Magazine are the judges.  Money raised from the event benefits the Culinary Arts Program in the local public School For International Studies.

Danish Red Sausage Event, Sunday, October 20, 2013, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Aamanns-Copenhagen, 13 Laight Street, Tribeca, Manhattan:  Try red, snappy Danish hot dogs along with drink specials and Europop and Scandinavian rock music.

Enid’s Apple Pie Contest, Sunday, October 20, 2013, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Enid’s, 560 Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint, Brooklyn:  Apple pie contest with prizes and drinks.  Sample the winning pies.  $5 donation to Greenpoint Soup Kitchen.

606 R&D Backyard Pig Party, Monday, October 21, 2013, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., 606 R&D, 606 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn:  Live bluegrass music, Peak organic beer, mulled cider and your fill of pork and fixin’s!

James Beard Food Conference, Monday and Tuesday, October 21 & 22, 2013, Convene Conference Center, Manhattan:  Explores The Paradox of Appetite: Hungering for Change.  Tickets $500.

Book Release Party for Mast Brothers: A Family Cookbook, Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 6 p.m., Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn:  Mast Brothers share stories and recipes for American classic recipes.  With admission, you’ll receive a signed copy of the book, a complimentary beverage and hors d’oeuvres.  Tickets $50.

Iron Chef Cooking Competition with GE Monogram, Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Manhattan:  You and a team compete creating dishes with a secret ingredient.  $45.

Culinary Luminaries: Edna Lewis, Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 6 p.m., Wollman Hall (B500), Eugene Lang College, 65 West 11th Street, Manhattan:  Event discussing the life and work of Edna Lewis.

Food Film Fest, October 23-27, 2013, New York:  Watch the films and eat the food too!  Ticket prices vary.

Brooklyn Crab’s 1st Annual Oyster Fest, Saturday, October 26, 2013, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Brooklyn Crab, 24 Reed Street, Brooklyn:  Unlimited tastings of regional craft beer with oysters.  Tickets $45.

Choctoberfest NYC, Saturday, October 26, 2013, Jimmy’s No. 43, New York:  Celebrate Fair Trade Month with a competition among homemade beer, cider, wine, mead, soda, kombucha, water kefir, milk kefir and other fermented foods that feature chocolate.

Get My Goat, October 27, 2013, 5:30 p.m., The Farm on Adderley,  1108 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn:  The Farm on Adderley and Slow Food NYC feature a dinner menu with goat including roasted goat, goat cheese and goat’s milk. $30.

November

Cooking Lesson! How to Create a Week’s Worth of Healthy Dinners in a Snap, Wednesday, November 6 and Thursday, November 7, 2013, 7 p.m. to  9 p.m., Freshmade NYC, Manhattan:  Chef prepares four recipes for tasting and gives you recipes to take home. $40.
A Taste of Sheepshead Bay, Thursday, November 7, 2013, 7 p.m., Baron DeKalb Knights of Columbus, 3000 Emmons Avenue, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn:  Tastings range from Uzbeki and Turkish food to American and Latin.  Tickets $25 advance/$35 at the door.
New York Taste, Monday, November 11, 2o13, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Waterfront, 269 11th Avenue, Manhattan:  New York magazine’s food festival with tastings by New York’s finest chefs.  Tickets $100-$195.
Artful Dining:  Brunch with Marcus Samuelsson, Sunday, November 17, 2013, Noon, in the home of Lori Zabar and Mark Mariscal (Upper West Side):  Chef Marcus Samuelsson discusses his memoir, Yes, Chef with co-author Veronica Chambers.  This is part of Symphony Space’s Artful Dining series.  $250.

Festa di Tartufi, Friday, November 22, 2013, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Del Posto, Manhattan:  A celebration of Piemontese white truffles, Barbaresco and Barolo.  Mario Batali and Antonio Galloni host a five-course meal by by Executive Chef Mark Ladner.  Tickets are $1,000.

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