1) Cassoulet Cookoff
When: Sunday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Jimmy's No. 43
What: Tomorrow afternoon, Jimmy's No. 43 is hosting the fifth annual Cassoulet Cookoff. A dozen professional and amateur chefs, including Josh Stokes of Gramercy Tavern and Patti Jackson of I trulli, will compete in a battle of bean-and-meat stews to see whose is the best. The good news is you don't have to cook to attend. A $30 ticket includes two hours of unlimited cassoulet samples and one drink ticket. Tickets will be available at the door starting at noon tomorrow (cash only).
2) Shame on Sandy
When: Today, 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Where: Highline Stages
What: Some of the city's best chefs will cook food for the Shame on Sandy benefit at the Highline Stages tonight. The event will feature bites from the likes of Jonathan Waxman, Michael White, April Bloomfield, and team Rubirosa, among others, plus entertainment from actors, musicians, and chefs like Reggie Watts, Abigail Breslin, and Mario Batali. Tickets are $150.
3) Mystery IPA Contest
When: Today, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Mugs Alehouse
What: Mugs Alehouse is hosting the second annual blind IPA tasting this afternoon. There will be over twelve American IPAs on draft that will be set up for blind tastings. Local snacks will be available as well. Guests will vote for their favorite IPA, and the winner will be on tap at Jimmy's No. 43 for the next six months. Tickets are $25, and will be available for purchase at the door.
4) Flavor Tripping Party
When: Sunday, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Fatta Cuckoo
What: Discover the secrets of "flavor tripping" at Fatta Cuckoo with chef Homaro Cantu of Chicago's Michelin-starred Moto. Tomorrow evening, Cantu will host a cocktail party dedicated to the miracle berry (and in honor of his new book, The Miracle Berry Diet), with food and cocktails demonstrating the power of the West African berry. There will be special demonstrations and tastings galore. Tickets to the event are $45 for just food and beverages. Tack on another $20 to get a signed copy of the book.
5) Chinatown Shop & Cook
When: Sunday, 1 p.m.
Where: The Farm on Adderley
What: Enjoy all this spring-like weather this weekend with The Farm on Adderley's Tom Kearney. Tomorrow afternoon, he will be leading a walking tour of Brooklyn's Chinatown with stops at various markets in the neighborhood. The tour starts in Sunset Park and ends with dinner at 8 p.m. at The Farm featuring a dinner inspired by the found ingredients which will be served at 8 p.m. Tickets to the tour and dinner are $60.
Mighty Quinn's month-long restaurant on the second floor of the Whole Foods Market Bowery is on again this weekend. As part of Cassoulet Weekend, Jimmy's No. 43 will serve up three different types of cassoulet this afternoon (from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.) along with beers like Midnight Sun Trickster and Brasserie Dupont La Bière de Beloeil. Tickets are $45. Looking to try a new restaurant this weekend? Try Circolo, a chic Italian spot on Bond Street, the new East Village gastropub called Boulton & Watt, or Morr's plush new Japanese restaurant Cherry. For those looking to try one of New York's most essential restaurants, check out the recently updated Eater 38. Or, if it's steak you're after, take a look at Eater's list of NYC's Top Steak Restaurants, as determined by readers.