The Porktacular Dinner, Saturday, May 11, 2013, 7 p.m., Brooklyn: Chopsticks or a Fork chef and owner hosts a dinner. $52.
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.
The Prophets of Smoked Meat + Delaney Barbecue: Books, Booze, and Brisket!, Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Kings County Distillery, 63 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn: Daniel Vaughn, Anthony Bourdain and Delaney BBQ host a night of smoked meat, bourbon and western swing.
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.
The Sweet Escape: New Jersey Confection and Dessert Tasting Expo, Sunday, May 19, 2013, The New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, Edison, NJ: Sample tastings from the state’s bakeries, pastry chefs and sweet shops. Tickets $65.
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.