Literary Festivals With a Side of Fermentation: 5 Great Food Events For This Weekend


Friday, April 12
American Meat Premiere
Cinema Village will premiere the Chipotle-sponsored documentary American Meat. The film sheds light on cattle, pig, and poultry production, and explores sustainable alternatives to the usual practices. After the screening a panel of local farmers, chefs, and food policymakers will discuss meat production. Tickets are $11. 22 E. 12th Street; 212-924-3363

Easy Homemade Gluten-Free Cookies
Take a class with chef Myra Kornfeld, author of The Healthy Hedonist Holidays, as she demonstrates how to make gluten-free cookies with various kinds of alternative flours: almond, coconut, brown rice, chickpea, and fava bean. The class runs from 6 to 10 p.m., costs $115, and is at the National Gourmet Institute. 48 West 21st. Street; 212-645-5170

Saturday, April 13
Ride the High Road: Bike and Restaurant Tour
Join a bike tour of restaurants who take the “local High Road,” meaning those who stay profitable while treating their employees fairly. The tour is sponsored by El Museo del Barrio, the New School, and the Restaurant Opportunities Center. Participants will receive a copy of the 2013 ROC National Diners’ Guide to Ethical Eating. Start at the Capital Grille in Midtown, and RSVP for free online. 155 East 42nd Street; 212-953-2000

Sunday, April 14
Downtown Literary Festival
Housing Works and McNally Jackson will celebrate New York’s literary culture all day. Participants will nosh on dishes from Russ & Daughters, and there will be a session on food trucks and vendors. Cap off the day with a happy hour at Housing Works, and guests can keep the party going at Pravda, with an after-party featuring Russian literature-themed cocktails. Activities run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Various locations

Ferment! Ferment!
Hang out at the Brooklyn Free School on Sunday and learn about homemade fermented foods. Attendance is free but all guests are encouraged to bring a homemade fermented food or drink. 372 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn