Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining events going on around the city:
1) Cochon 555
Where: The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers
When: Sunday, starting at 4 PM
What: Five chefs, five pigs, and five wineries make up the Cochon 555 tour, one of the biggest, baddest meat fests of the year. This year's chef lineup is as follows: Marc Forgione, Bobby Hellen (Resto & The Cannibal), Ralf Kuettel (Trestle on Tenth), Shaunna Sargent (Betto), and Damon Wise (Monkey Bar). All five chefs will prepare a whole heritage breed hog from head to tail, but only one will be crowned the winner of Cochon 555 New York, and advance to the Grand Cochon at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. Tickets are available online, with general admission starting at $125 per person and V.I.P. tickets from $200.
2) Pâté-Making Class at Ardesia
Where: 510 West 52nd Street
When: Saturday, 2 - 4 PM
What: Amorette Casaus, the chef at this stylish Hell's Kitchen wine bar, will teach guests the basics of pâté-making. The class is $40 per person, and includes snacks, wine, and draft beer. Space is limited; call 212-247-9191 to make a reservation.
3) Kids Food Fest
Where: City Pond at Bryant Park
When: Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM - 5 PM
What: A two day food fest geared towards teaching kids how to cook and appreciate healthy foods. David Burke, Jehangir Mehta, Jim Lahey, Sam Talbot, and several other prominent New York chefs will teach hands-on classes throughout the weekend, and there will be live entertainment, an activity room, and a scavenger hunt. Admission is free, but the classes are $25 for each adult (no charge for kids).
4) Tedx Manhattan
When: Saturday, 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
What: The TimesCenter will host a series of seminars on the theme of "Changing the Way We Eat." A number of doctors, agricultural specialists, and restaurant world experts will be speaking throughout the afternoon. You can watch the whole thing online, or attend one of the viewing parties in Brooklyn or Manhattan.
Where: 79 North 11th St.
When: Sunday, Noon - 5 PM
What: Smorgasburg's pared-down winter market returns to the Brooklyn Brewery this Sunday. This week's vendor lineup includes: Bon Chovie, Commerce Bakery, Bite Size Kitchen, and Solber Pupusas. Admission is free, but you have to pay for the food and beer.
Also of Note: If you're hungry for pizza this weekend, consult Eater's guide to 12 pies to eat before you die. For steak, check out the ultimate steakhouse guide. For more new restaurants to try, consider Bowery Diner, The New Acme, Mercado on Kent in Williamsburg, Kutsher's in Tribeca, or Talde in Park Slope.
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