You want the food? You can’t handle the food! Not this quantity, anyway. This coming weekend, July 17 and 18, the city will be transformed into a veritable burpathon—a test of the mettle of true die-hard foodies. Can you eat it all? Be sure and drop me a note if you try.
On Saturday, Macondo, on the Lower East Side, will inaugurate an open cava mimosa brunch. For $7, guests can guzzle unlimited mimosas made of the sparkling wine cava and a host of atypical flavorings, including the juice of the guanabana, calamansi, and other tropical purées. Among the edible offerings, expect to find brioche
French toast filled with lemon cream cheese and drizzled with agave nectar syrup ($9), and eggs Benedict over a corn arepa with Atlantic smoked salmon and saffron-lemon aïoli ($14). Macondo is located at 157 E Houston Street, 212-473-9900.
Saturday also marks the first day of the two-day ‘Tastes of the Lower East Side’ food festival, featuring signature tastings from BaoHaus, Tuck Shop, and the ubiquitous Sigmund Pretzel Shop. Tickets are $32 and are good for two days of tasting. Contact one of the above named participating vendors for details.
At 4 p.m. on Saturday, the Weeksville Heritage Center, in Brooklyn, will host an installment of their summer-long Garden Party—a weekly event that combines music, film, and food. The event is open to the public and free of charge (a $5 doonation is recommended). This weekend, Kimberly’Nichole and Shabazz Palaces will be the featured entertainment, and food from Nha Toi, La Table Exquise, and Jakada Juice will be on hand. Weeksville Heritage Center is located at 1698 Bergen Street, bet Buffalo and Rochester Aves, Brooklyn.
What could be better than a gut splitting, finger licking, diet busting summer event? The answer is a gut splitting, finger licking, diet busting summer event that’s free. It is also how the 3rd Ward, in Brooklyn, describes its 3rd Annual Pig Roast & Dance Party. The event is planned for Sunday, between the hours of 2 and 9 p.m. Fire Island Beer will flow along with bluegrass and honky-tonk tunes as Chef Alex McCrery and his team from 3rd Ward’s new spinoff, Goods, turn 200 pounds of hog into yummy summertime eats. 3rd Ward is located at 195 Morgan Avenue, at Stagg St, Brooklyn, 718-715-4961.
From 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, blogger-author Cathy Erway will host Food Obstructions IV, the fourth in a series of oddball cook-offs, each with rules like “must contain an ingredient that is spherical and is eaten whole” and “must have a crunchy garnish.” The contest is free to enter, and $10 to attend, with participants free to sample as much of the cook-off buffet as they like. Proceeds from the event benefit Just Food. Prizes will be donated by The Brooklyn Kitchen, Radish, and Brooklyn Farmacy. The contest will be held held at East River Bar, located at 97 S. Sixth Street, at Berry St, Brooklyn, 718-302-0511.
If you’re still hungry, at 7 p.m. husband-and-wife chef duo Charles Rodriguez and Heather Carlucci-Rodriguez are hosting a four-course farm-to-table wine and dinner at Print. The event will be partly instructive, with one of the farmers or artisans providing ingredients used in the meal seated at each table. The cost is $85. Tickets may be purchased by phoning 212-757-2224. Print is located in the Ink48 Hotel, 653 Eleventh Avenue, at 48th St, 212-757-2224.
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