Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining events going on around the city:
1) Brunch at Hearth
When: Starts Today
What: As previously announced, Hearth is launching brunch service this weekend, after ten years in business. The new menu will be served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekends, featuring items like cinnamon sticky buns holes, house-made yogurt, and tomato and egg bruschetta. Take a look at the full lineup here.
2) Food Truck Rally
When: Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Grand Army Plaza
What: The 2013 season of the great Food Truck Rally kicks off tomorrow afternoon. Over fifteen food trucks will be parked outside the entrance to Prospect Park, and will include Red Hook Lobster Truck, Crif Dogs, Rickshaw Dumplings, and Van Leeuwen Ice Cream among others. The Food Truck Rally will take place the first and third Sunday of every month through October.
3) Symposium on Nordic Cuisine
When: Today, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Columbia University
What: Columbia University is hosting a day-long symposium on the rise of Nordic cuisine in New York. Various scholars, entrepreneurs, and artisans, including Aska's Fredrik Berselius, Siggi Hilmarsson, founder of Siggi's dairy products, and Simo Kuusisto of Nordic Breads, will discuss the New Nordic food philosophy, Nordic ingredients, and interior design. The event is free and open to the public.
4) Chili Cookoff
When: Sunday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Jimmy's No. 43
What: Tomorrow afternoon, Jimmy's No. 43 will co-host a chili cookoff benefitting the Community Vision Council. For $20, you'll get two hours of chili samples from a mix of amateur and professional chefs. Beverages will be available for purchase, and the regular restaurant menu will be available all afternoon as well.
5) Seafood Feast
When: Sunday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Corkbuzz Wine Studio
What: Tomorrow night, Corkbuzz's chef Hayan Yi will create a three-hour family-style seafood feast. The menu will include dishes like roasted lobster, house-smoked cod, and banana brulee, and Master Sommelier Laura Maniec will choose unique four bottles of wine to pair with the meal. Tables are $450 all-in (food, wine, tax, and tip are included), and reservations can be made for parties with up to six guests. Two time slots (6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.) are available.
Also of Note: Smorgasburg makes its return this weekend. It will be open for business today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tomorrow, the Tobacco Warehouse location will reopen as well. Looking to try a new restaurant this weekend? Head to Brooklyn to try the Mission-style burritos, tacos, and quesadillas from taco sensation Dos Toros, try nightlife vet Frederick Lesort's recently opened Grape & Vine, or check out the pigs in a blanket at the restaurant that everyone is talking about, Alder. Want to drink a wine that is really special on your next night out? Then check out Eater's guide to What to Drink at 12 Restaurants With Big Wine Lists. Or if you're looking to try one of New York's hottest restaurants of the moment, do consult Eater's recently updated Manhattan and Brooklyn Heatmaps.