It’s dark. It’s cold. There isn’t any reason to go outside, right? If this time of year is giving you the blues, why not get out of your discomfort zone and check out a few of this weekend’s top events? The reward for braving the elements, after all, is delicious.
Food and Justice, Hattie Carthan Garden, Marcy Avenue at Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, Saturday, 11:30 a.m.
Looking for an educational escape from the standard Saturday morning boozy brunch routine? Why not spend the morning in one of the Brooklyn’s urban gardens? Food justice farmer Yonette Fleming will lead a complimentary discussion on the impact of a neighborhood’s economic, physical, and social atmosphere as it relates to healthy eating habits, exploring the current food system and its impact on society.
The Battle of The Belgians, Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 East Seventh Street, Saturday, 1 p.m.
Brewers, distributors, and even the guys making suds in the bathtub meet in Jimmy Carbone’s basement hideaway to pit Belgian bottles against offerings from around the globe. For $45, receive unlimited samples of over 20 Belgian-style brews like Ommegang Hennepin and Brasserie Dupont Saison. Food will also be available. As a bonus, brewer Rich Castagna of Queens’ Bridge & Tunnel will premiere several new beers. Reserve your spot on the battlefield on the event’s ticketing website.
Parm Sunday, Pescatore, 955 Second Avenue, Sunday
In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Pescatore is thanking customers by offering a new Sunday special: A two-course meal for $20, which includes a house salad and a traditional Italian Parmesan dish — like veal or shrimp — over pasta. And in keeping with Italian familial tradition, you’ll be able to find this deal weekly. Reservations can be made by contacting the restaurant directly.
The Mac Off, Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn, Sunday, 5 p.m.
For $15 in advance ($20 at the door), attendees can sample a variety of cheesy dishes and vote on who takes home the title. A complimentary beer is also included in the price of a ticket, and if you’d like to compete, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information. Warm up by eating your way through NYC’s 10 best macaroni and cheeses. Secure your chance to sample all the carbs and dairy you can handle through the event’s ticketing website.