5 Best Weekend Food Events – 4/26/2013


Friday, April 26
Thai Street-Food Demonstration
Chef Jay Weinstein will demonstrate how to make four different Thai curry pastes at the National Gourmet Institute from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Weinstein will pair the pastes with traditional street dishes like vegetable pad Thai, seitan satays, and yellow curry shrimp. Other dishes served will include spicy fish cakes and mango-coconut sorbet. Tickets are pricey at $115, but all guests will get complimentary beer. 48 W. 21st St.; 212-645-5170

Saturday, April 27
New York à la Cart
Siobhan Wallace and Alexandra Penfold will present from their book Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple’s Best Food Trucks at Bookcourt. Several food trucks will park outside and serve up snacks to guests. The authors will do a Q&A and sign copies of their book starting at 4 p.m. 163 Court St., Brooklyn; 718-875-3677

Brooklyn Chocolate Bake-Off and Single-Origin Tasting Benefit
Join The Chocolate Room for its first Brooklyn Bake-Off from noon to 2 p.m. The bakery will make flourless chocolate cake out of chocolate from various single-origin companies. The “winning” company will be featured at The Chocolate Room for a month. Tastings are included in the $20 ticket. 269 Court Street, Brooklyn; 718-246-2600

Sunday, April 28
Spring Break at New York Beer Company
Head to Midtown for the New York Beer Company’s spring party from 5 to 11 p.m. Goose Island Brewery of Chicago will serve beer and complimentary cheese pairings, and guests can participate in raffles and giveaways. RSVP online to guarantee entrance. 321 W. 44th St.; 212-245-2337

Yeast Class Lecture and Tasting
The beer nerds at Bitter and Esters will host a class, from 1 to 5 p.m., dedicated to the history of yeast, yeast nutrition, and yeast cultures relating to beer. An entrance fee starting at $70 gets you a tasting of lost British strains including 1028 London Ale, 1098 British Ale, and 1929 London ESB. Add an extra $16 to get a copy of “Yeast: The Practical Guide to Fermentation.” 700 Washington Ave., Brooklyn; 917-596-7261