Best Weekend Food Events: Winter Grind, Charcuterie Masters, and Oscar Parties

Try the Revenant cocktail at the Roof this weekend!
Try the Revenant cocktail at the Roof this weekend!
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Spanish Natural Wine Tasting, Despana, 408 Broome Street, Friday, 5 p.m.

Sample natural wines from Spain and meet the winemakers who'll be participating in New York's first natural wine festival. The event includes complimentary charcuterie and cheese parings as well as a selection of naturally made red and white wines. Tickets are $26.62; reserve them here.

Winter's Grind: All-You-Can-Eat-and-Drink Sausage and Beer, Arrogant Swine, 173 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Tyson Ho is firing up the grill with all-you-can-eat green curry Thai sausages at this backyard-style bbq. Guests can also enjoy a large selection of home brews and offerings from local breweries and restaurants, like Keg and Lantern's Golden Ale, a beer made with jalapeños and habaneros.  The selection includes nearly 25 unique beers, and Ho will also offer vegetarian options for guests. Tickets are $45; RSVP here.

Charcuterie Masters, Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd, Queens, Saturday, 6 p.m.

Sample all kinds of charcuterie and help select which chef will bring home the bacon. Pig butter, salumi, and pit-smoked hog courtesy of Will Horowitz (of Harry & Ida's) are just a few of the featured bites guests can enjoy throughout the event. Beer, wine, and cider are also included. In one of the event's enticements, Larissa Popa will demonstrate breaking down a pig. Tickets are $100 and include all food and drink; score them here.

Bunraku Sake Brunch, All'Onda, 22 E. 13th Street, Sunday, 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. seatings

Japan's Bunraku Sake Brewery will make an appearance at All'onda for brunch and will offer two seatings this Sunday. Select dishes — inspired by the various elements of sake production — include sake-kasu rice pudding along with a Calabrian-chili-and-yuzu-flavored soba. Brunch is $38 per person, with pairings for an additional $23. Guests can secure a reservation for seatings online.

Oscar Viewing Parties, Multiple Locations, Sunday

Looking to walk your own red carpet? The Roof will host a free Oscar party starting at 6:30 p.m. with free popcorn and special cocktails inspired by nominees like Mad Max and The Revenant.  Brooklyn Winery will also host a free Oscar viewing party with specials on wine. Additional locations hosting statue-worthy events include Singl Lounge (which will offer a prize for the best dressed patron of the evening) and Syndicated. Syndicated will screen last year's best-picture-winning flick, Birdman, prior to the award show, at 4:30 p.m., for $3.


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