Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining events going on around the city:
1) Hot Sauce Expo
When: Today, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Tomorrow 10 a.m to 6 p.m.
Where: Penn Plaza Pavilion
What: Those who like to play fast and loose with the Scoville scale should check out the Second Annual Hot Sauce Expo. There will be a bloody mary mix competition and, for the truly masochistic, a Guinness Book of World Records challenge to see who can eat the most (extremely spicy) reaper peppers. Plenty of craft beer will be on hand to soothe singed taste buds. Tickets can be purchased online for a base price of $10. They can also be purchased at the door for $12.
2) Coffee Tasting
When: Sunday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: La Boulangerie Lopez
What: Sample seven to ten different coffees that range in origin from Ethiopia to Latin America. La Boulangerie Lopez's staff will also be on hand to explain the different flavor profiles of each country.
[Photo:Facebook/La Boulangerie Lopez]
3) Jewish Comfort Food
When: Sunday, 2 p.m. to 5:00 PM
Where: Bowery Culinary Center
What: Learn how to make Jewish staples like matzo ball soup, potato kugel and vegetarian schmaltz just in time for Passover. Tickets cost $45.
4) Veggie Pride Parade
When: Sunday, 12 p.m.
Where: Starts at Greenwich and Gansevoort
What: Support vegetarianism at this parade featuring music, food, and a costume contest. There's some more info and clips from previous parades here.
[Photo: Team Organic NYC]
5) Family-Style Brunch
When: Today and Tomorrow
What: DBGB's launching a family-style brunch this weekend with a menu that includes fruit, French toast, baked eggs, sausages, and pastries. It costs $30 per person and you can get it with bloody marys or mimosa's for $50. The meal is meant for larger parties (six or more) and you need to reserve at least one day in advance. More info available here.
Weekend Exclusive: Maialino's serving up a Roman spin on ramen: homemade Japanese-style ramen noodles, pork and chicken broth, soft-boiled egg, porchetta, and puntarelle. It costs $10 and can be ordered in the bar area during dinner. This dish is only available through Monday, so enjoy it while you can.
· All Previous Editions of Something for the Weekend [~ENY~]