This Weekend’s Five Best Food Events – 1/23/2015


Mozzarella. Takoyaki. Bourbon. This weekend has everything you need. Here are five places to put your taste buds to good use.

The Seed: Market, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, 11 a.m.

This new market focuses on plant-based, cruelty-free foods and offers health-conscious activities like a morning yoga session, in addition to its lineup of 20 to 40 vendors. The event includes a presentation from a plant-based lifestyle expert for those interested in learning more about becoming a full-time herbivore. Businesses scheduled to make an appearance include vegan food truck favorite the Cinnamon Snail and Gone Pie vegan bakery.

New Cheap Brunch, Forrest Point, 970 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.

Looking for an affordable brunch option that accommodates late risers? From opening until 4 p.m., diners can score a $14 prix fixe meal that includes any entree, home fries, coffee or tea, and one brunch cocktail (bloody mary, mimosa, michelada, or bellini). Chef David Rotter’s menu includes a reuben benedict with house-made corned beef, an open-faced omelette, and Brooklyn’s own Oslo coffee. The restaurant will also eventually offer outdoor seating.

Karl’s Takoyaki Balls Pop Up, Old Bowery Station, 168 Bowery, Saturday, 5 p.m.

The former head chef of Otafuku is hosting an all-you-can-eat takoyaki party as part of a one-month pop-up residency. Guests can enjoy the fried Japanese snack with stuffings like cheese and octopus, or taste the sweet Vietnamese-style option. Look for a makeshift bar offering $3 and $4 beers, too. The event will run every Saturday through the end of January.

Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ, The Tunnel, 608 West 28th Street, Saturday, 5:30 p.m.

A $99 ticket to this event gets you unlimited bourbon, beer, and pork (and chicken wings, biscuits, and beef short ribs) plus a souvenir glass to commemorate the party. Everything from PBR to Victory Golden Monkey will be pouring, and you can drink your suds with, say, George Dickel or Evan Williams. Be sure to check out the whole hog cooking, too. Head to the event’s website for more information and tickets.

Hoboken Mutzfest, Hoboken Elks Club, 1005 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ, Sunday, noon

Hoboken’s annual competition for best mozzarella — or “mutz” — is doing things a little different this year by offering early event access. For $50, lactose-tolerant folks can enter the event two hours early and meet the mutzmakers. The party also includes access to an open bar, and general admission begins at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $20.