Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining events going on around the city:
1) The Duckathalon
When: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion
What: Meat purveyor D'Artangan is bringing back this event where chefs compete in food knowledge challenges, only this time the public can participate as well. François Payard and Jacques Torres will compete to see who can make the best île flottante. Identify cuts of meat in a contest run by Balthazar's Shane McBride and win some great prizes including hams for D'artagnan, armagnac, or wine. Proceeds go to the Action Against Hunger's FoodLove initiative. Tickets cost $60.
2) Brunch at Alameda
When: Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
What: Alameda is launching a sunday brunch with a menu that includes corned beef hash, Basque-stye baked eggs, smoked fish with caviar, and an egg scramble with fried oysters and bacon.
3) Brooklyn Farmacy & Cacao Prieto Ice Cream Social
When: Today, 12:00 p.m.
What: Cacao Prieto Distillery and Brooklyn Farmacy are giving a talk about the history of the soda fountain. Copies of Brooklyn Farmacy's new book will be available, as will some boozy ice cream drinks, hopefully made with some Widow Jane whiskey. Tickets cost $15 .
4) Almost Annual Big Ten Block Party
When: Today, starting at 11:30 a.m.
Where: Brooklyn Crab
What: This event pairs food from Brooklyn Crab with beer from Sixpoint Brewery. Tickets cost $30 and they buy you a taste of 5 different beers and a discount on the food. There will be games like cornhole and mini golf as well.
5) Fish Fry at Extra Fancy
When: Tomorrow, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Extra Fancy
What: Extra Fancy is debuting a Sunday fish fry this weekend. You can choose from beer-battered pollock or cornmeal crusted catfish with fries, sauces, and two sides. It will run you $14 for one piece of fish or $19 for two pieces.