Is the lime shortage right before outdoor drinking season making you mad? Or did the first Game of Thrones episode leave you hurt and bitter? Whatever’s on your mind, relax a little — or a lot — at this week’s top events.
National Empanada Day, multiple locations, Tuesday
If you aren’t aware of the benefits of having empanadas in your life, head out to Favela Cubana starting at 11 a.m. The restaurant will be offering the beef-and-corn-stuffed pastry for just a dollar all day long for both in-house dining and take-out. For the morning commute, Brazilia Cafe will offer breakfast versions of the treat — bacon, egg, and onion, anyone? — as well an empanada stuffed with Brazilian sausage. Other spots worth a visit: Empanada Mama and Mama’s Empanada’s.
Enlightenment Dinner, The Farm on Adderley, 1108 Cortelyou Road
Brooklyn, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Interested in drinking wine not made from grapes? How about mead or potions? Representatives from Enlightenment Wines and Caledonia Spirits will be on hand to speak with diners about the unique drinks they produce using the land around them. Not promising anything, but you might have a chance to try dandelion wine, and vodka made from honey. The event also includes dinner prepared by the restaurant, as well as the chance to interact with some of the most interesting spirit makers working today. Tickets are $79; reservations can be made through The Farm on Adderley’s website.
A Taste of Fifth Avenue, The Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue
Brooklyn, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.
If you’ve been meaning to check out Park Slope restaurants all in one place, this tasting event has you covered. A few of the participating restaurants from the bustling strip include longtime avenue favorite Al Di La and newcomer Grand Central Oyster Bar Brooklyn. Wine and beer will be served throughout the evening, so expect to see a few of Brooklyn’s most famous spirits helping people dance like no one’s watching. Tickets are $45 in advance — $20 of which goes to the participating charity of your choice — and can be purchased here.
Luckyrice’s Songkran Thai New Year Celebration Dinner, James Beard House, 167 West 12th Street, Friday, 7 p.m.
To commemorate Thai New Year’s, a selection of chefs including Ngam’s Hong Thaimee will descend upon the historic James Beard house for a family style meal complete with cocktail pairings. Snacks like shrimp toast will start off the cocktail hour, which will feature a selection of gin-based libations. At 8 p.m., guests will sit down for a meal of coconut soup, spicy tomato dip, and braised beef curry with turmeric noodles…among other Thai specialties. Tickets are $130 for James Beard Foundation members and $170 for the general public; additional information regarding the complete menu and reservations can be found on the Luckyrice website.