Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining events going on around the city:
1) Dinner by April Bloomfield and Paul Virant
When: Sunday, 7 p.m. Cocktail Hour and 8 p.m. Dinner
Where: Liberty Hall at the ACE Hotel
What: Earlier this year, Paul Virant invited April Bloomfield to cook a meal with him in Chicago to celebrate the launch of her book, A Girl and Her Pig. And tomorrow night, she's repaying the favor by hosting a special five course dinner in honor of Vibrant's new book, The Preservation Kitchen. The duo will each prepare a dish, with additional courses courtesy of Nick Anderer of Maialino, Josh Even of The John Dory Oyster Bar, and The Breslin's pastry chef, Jane Tseng. The meal costs $150, which includes a cocktail hour, the dinner, and a copy of Vibrant's book. Tack on an additional $50 for wine pairings.
2) The Brooklyn Curry Experiment:
When: Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Public Assembly
What: The Food Experiments, New York's premier amateur chef competition, is teaming up with Brooklyn Brewery to host a unique culinary throw down: the Brooklyn Curry Experiment. Amateur chefs from around the city will cook up their best/most creative curry dishes, from curried shrimp to curry cupcakes. The public, along with a panel of judges including Andy Ricker of Pok Pok Phat Thai and Jehangir Mehta of Graffiti, will sample each entry and vote for their favorite to determine the Curry Cook-Off Champion. You don't have to enter a dish to attend, but for non-contestants, tickets are $15 and include a free beer.
3) "Not My Day Job" Talent Showcase
When: Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Prince George Ballroom
What: Tomorrow afternoon, Epicurean Management (the group behind Dell'Anima and L'Artusi), will host Not My Day Job, an entertainment showcase featuring members of the restaurant industry. Expect beat-boxing cooks, singing waitresses, breakdancing busboys, and more. There will also be food and cocktails from New York restaurants, including The Meatball Shop, Marc Forgione, The Dutch, Colicchio & Sons, Mile End Deli, Shake Shack, and a few others. Tickets to the event are $50, with proceeds going towards Greenwich House, Forth Block arts, and Urban Arts Partnership.
4) Crushed in NYC
When: Saturday, 12 p.m.
Where: City Winery
What: City Winery is hosting its Annual Fall Crush tomorrow afternoon in honor of the bounty of the season's grape harvest. Guests will participate in the wine making process, take a half hour tour the wine cellars, and get to taste the finished wines. Tickets are $35 and include a full buffet brunch and a 10% discount on any of their retail wines.
5) Tastes of Brooklyn
When: Today, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Brooklyn's Borough Hall
What: The Second Annual Tastes of Brooklyn takes place today at Brooklyn's Borough Hall. Tasting booths featuring Brooklyn restaurants and Brooklyn food vendors, including Grimaldi's, Egg, The Meat Hook, Di Fara Pizza, and the Michelin starred Saul. Tickets range from $10 for two tastings to $40 for eight bites. All proceeds benefit Seeds in the Middle, a Brooklyn-based non-profit that works to educate and empower kids through food.
Also of Note: Both locations of Smorgasburg are on for this weekend. The Hester Street Fair and The New Amsterdam Market are both open for business as well. Looking to try a new restaurant this weekend? Try the newest venture from the guys behind Dell'Anima and L'Artusi, L'Apicio, the brand new dinner menu at Sullivan Street Bakery, or, if it's a tasting menu you seek, make a reservation at Maison Premiere and try their new six course meal. If truffles are your thing, consult Eater's guide to the New York Restaurants Serving White Truffles Right Now.