Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining events going on around the city:
1) Gumbo Cook-Off/Hot Sauce Tasting at Jimmy's No. 43
Where: 43 East 7 Street
When: Sunday, 1 - 3 PM; Saturday, 1 - 3 PM
What: On Sunday, Jimmy Carbone's locavore bar and restaurant will host a gumbo tasting, with versions of the dish prepared by both professional and amateur chefs. Tickets are $20 at the door, with part of the proceeds going to benefit Chefs for the Marcellus, an organization that protects farms against fracking. And today, Jimmy's will host a hot sauce-centric tasting with ten different artisan food makers. Tickets are $10, with part of the proceeds going to benefit the Rootstown Organic Farm, which was severely damaged by a hail storm last year.
2) Ardesia Pasta-Making Class
When: Saturday, 2 - 4 PM
Where: 510 West 52nd Street
What: Ardesia's monthly "Cook with Causus" series continues this weekend, with a pasta class taught by chef Amorette Casaus. In addition to learning the basics of pasta-making, guests will enjoy wine, beer, and small bites. The class is $40 and space is limited, so e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the restaurant at 212-247-9191 to reserve a slot.
3) Celebrate Linsanity
Where: All over NYC
When: All weekend
What: A number of restaurants around the city are offering specials dishes and deals to celebrate the rise of NBA hero Jeremy Lin. At Dale Talde's hot new Park Slope restaurant Talde, you can get a free drink if you come in wearing a Lin jersey. Through the end of the weekend, Shake Shack is offering a tribute called the Slam Dunk Shake, which is made with chocolate mint cookies called the Jeremy Lin Mint. And Eddie Huang just added a sandwich to the menu at BaoHaus called "The Taiwanese Te-Bao," which features a pork chop with curry seasoning, jalapeno, aioli, and pickled daikon-carrots. (There's also a shrine to the basketball player in the back of the restaurant).
4) The Eighth Annual Natural Wine Event
Where: 399 Lafayette Street
When: Saturday, 3 - 6 PM
What: This afternoon, Astor Center will host a tasting of 20 all natural wines from Jenny & François Selections. Eleven of the wine makers will be in attendance, and there will be three short seminars on natural wine throughout the afternoon. Tickets are $20.
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: Porchetta, Skytown, Short Order Eggs, and Brooklyn Bean Co.
Also of Note: The Pizza a Quattro Mani dinner series at Eataly starts on Monday. Harold Dieterle will kick off his five-course crab dinners on Monday, as well. If you're hungry for pizza this weekend, consult Eater's guide to 12 pies to eat before you die. For new restaurants to try, consider Empellon Cocina, Alison Eighteen, Fort Reno Provisions, or The New Acme. Or, just consult the recently updated Eater Heat Map.
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