Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining events going on around the city:
1) NY Chili Fest 2012
Where: The Chelsea Market
When: Sunday, 7 - 9:30 PM
What: New York's biggest annual chili cook off, with food from 22 restaurant teams. This year's lineup includes: Back Forty, Bark Hot Dogs, Fatty 'Cue, Fette Sau, Gramercy Tavern, Mile End, Roberta's, and Vinegar Hill House. All the chefs will be using locally-raised organic beef from Dickson's Farmstand Meats, and the event will feature live music, plus beer from Sam Adams. Tickets are $45 for just the chili, and $55 for chili and beer, with all proceeds going to benefit Food Systems NYC.
2) Farewell to Holiday Cocktail Lounge
Where: 75 St. Mark's Place
What: Tonight is the last night of business for famed East Village dive the Holiday Cocktail Lounge, and there is sure to be a big crowd of people paying their final respects all afternoon and evening. For more on the legacy of the crusty old watering hole, check out Jeremiah Moss's post about the bar's history, or read Robert Simonson's A Beer At... piece about the dive from earlier this week.
3) Brunch at King, Kutsher's, Pulqueria, and Ellabess
When: All weekend
What: Four hot new Manhattan restaurants are rolling out brunch service this weekend: Jeffrey Chodorow's modern Jewish restaurant Kutsher's; Ellabess, the new restaurant in the Nolitan Hotel from the dell'anima team; Doyers street Mexican restaurant and bar Pulqueria; and King, the new Soho restaurant from Momofuku alum Francis Derby.
4) Bocuse d'Or USA Finals
When: Saturday and Sunday afternoon
What: The USA finals for the world's most prestigious culinary competition are being held this weekend at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. The event is free and open to the public, but if you can't make it upstate on Saturday or Sunday and want to check out the action, the whole event is going to be streaming online for free. After this weekend, the winning chef and commis will begin a year of intensive training with the help of coaches Gavin Kaysen, Gabriel Kreuther, and Grant Achatz.
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: Asia Dog, Home By The Range, Kumquat Cupcakery, and Noodle Lane. Admission is free, but you have to pay for the food and beer.
Also of Note: The Mac and Cheese Takedown is this weekend at the Bell House, but tickets are all sold out. The Beer, Bourbon, and Barbecue fest is also this weekend, but tickets are gone for that too. The M. Wells team will be serving brunch at Manducatis today, and lunch at P. S. 1 tomorrow. If you're hungry for pizza this weekend, consult Eater's guide to 12 pies to eat before you die. For more new restaurants to try, consider Fort Reno Provisions, Bowery Diner, The New Acme, Mercado on Kent in Williamsburg, or Talde in Park Slope.
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