This Week's Five Best Food and Drink Events in NYC

Take a class in Roberta's garden this week.
Take a class in Roberta's garden this week.

Basketball playoffs are upon us, but if that sounds boring to you, or if the thought of posting up in a bar seems less than thrilling, consider heading out to these five food and drink events.

MWA Cookbook Book Launch, The Mysterious Bookshop, 58 Warren Street, Monday, 6 p.m.

Come for the recipes, stick around for some conspiracy theories. This gathering celebrates the release of the Mystery Writers of America's first cookbook, which includes over 100 ideas for easy-to-make-at-home dishes like crab dip and shrimp scampi. Guests will also have the chance to mingle with several contributing authors in attendance.

Alto Adige Wines Grand Tasting, Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 West 18th Street, Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.

Wine producers from Italy's Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol region will be on hand to showcase twenty different varietals at this walk-around tasting. Those interested in learning more about the technical aspects of the wines of this region can also attend a seminar led by master sommelier Tim Gaiser; the class begins at noon. Guests are required to complete a free registration in advance.

The Final Mile: How Great Cities Are Fed, SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

Food systems expert Karen Karp is giving a public lecture on urban food systems, and Robert LaValva, founder and president of the New Amsterdam Market, will address guests afterwards. Karp will talk about how food evolution has affected the shape of cities throughout history, and she will discuss how current trends will affect New York in the years to come. General admission is $10.

Roberta's Garden Workshop: Baby Greens, Roberta's, 261 Moore Street, Brooklyn, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

If you're looking to make the most of your urban garden, consider a walking and tasting tour led by Roberta's head gardener Melissa Metrick. Guests will learn about the history of the garden, what vegetables are best to grow, and how the ingredients are used by chefs at the restaurant. Tickets are $25 and include a baby salad green pot to take home as well as one complimentary beer during or after the workshop.

Second Annual Five Borough Craft Beer Fest, Studio Square, 35–44 37th Street, Queens, Friday, 7 p.m.

Thirty-three breweries from all corners of NYC are coming together at one Astoria garden to give guests the ultimate Friday after-work celebration. A few of the participating breweries include Transmitter, Gun Hill, and Other Half; you'll also find a home-brewers contest and food purveyors. Tickets are $85 and include unlimited two-ounce tastings.

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