Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining events going on around the city:
1) Il Buco at Taste Talks
When: Today, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Wythe Hotel
What: This afternoon, Il Buco's charcutier Christopher Lee will talk about salumi as part of Taste Talks, a two-day conference of symposiums, workshops, and more from members of the food industry. Lee will discuss the history of the Italian cured meats and an overview of what's happening in the United States. There will be a salumi tasting courtesy of Il Buco as well. Tickets are $20.
2) Pig Roast at Crown Victoria
When: Sunday, 2 p.m.
Where: Crown Victoria
What: Traveling global food festival Omnivore is returning to Brooklyn tomorrow with a pig roast. Jose Ramirez (ex-Isa) is teaming up with Grégory Marchand (of Frenchie in Paris), Sean Brock (of Husk in Charleston), Angelo Romano (formerly of The Pines), and more for an afternoon of masterclasses and cooking demos. The chefs will also prepare various dishes using spit-roasted pig for a big feast. Tickets are $30, and will be available at the door.
3) El Quince
When: Today & Tomorrow
Where: Various Restaurants
What: In honor of Mexico's Independence Day, several Mexican restaurants around the city are offering special prix fixe menus this weekend as part of the Celebrate Mexico Now festival. Noho Mexican spot Hecho en Dumbo is celebrating "El Quince" with the launch of a new brunch menu and live music courtesy of Latin folk artist Rana Santacruz. Mexican chain Toloache is offering a drink and a three-course meal for $50, while year old torta shop El Mitote will have margaritas and guacamole.
4) Weekend Happy Hour
When: Today & Tomorrow, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: John Dory Oyster Bar
What: As Eater reported earlier this month, the John Dory Oyster Bar is bringing happy hour to the weekends. Starting today, guests can now get a half dozen oysters or clams with a Bloody Mary, Michelada, Oyster Stout beer, or a glass of sparkling wine for $18. There will also be three new items on the brunch menu today, including a smoked haddock and potato frittata and lobster scrambled eggs.
5) Final Hog Days of Summer
When: Today, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Arrogant Swine
What: This afternoon, Arrogant Swine and John Brown Smokehouse will host their final LIC hog roast of the season. As they have been doing all summer, the event will celebrate traditional North Carolina barbecue and heritage pig farming. A whole hog from Tamarack Hollow Farm will be slow-smoked and served with the proper garnishes and sides. There will also be all-you-can-drink craft beer from Founders Brewery and a live bluegrass band. Tickets are $41, or $51 for VIP access. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Just Food NYC.
Also of Note: Smorgasburg is open for business this weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with vendors like Porchetta, Dough, and Milk Truck. The Hester Street Fair is on for this weekend as well. Looking to try a new restaurant this weekend? Check out Soho's newest Japanese restaurant Hirohisa, the revamped Telepan, or massive Red Hook barbecue restaurant Hometown. And if you're down by the South Street Seaport, stop in for a drink at BIN no. 220, which recently reopened post-Sandy.