Best Weekend Food Events: Cassoulet Cook-Off, Free Nachos, and a Persian Feast


Free Vegan Raw Food Cooking Class, Crossroads Seventh Day Adventist Church, 410 W 45th Street, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Looking to incorporate more vegetables in your life in 2016? This free class will demonstrate how to prepare raw plant-based dishes, with guests receiving free samples of each prepared item. The event will also include a brief health discussion covering the nutritional aspect of a vegan raw lifestyle; guests are required to complete a free RSVP here.

A Cassoulet Salon and Cassoulet Cookoff, Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 East Seventh Street, Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m./12 p.m.

To celebrate the 8th Annual Cassoulet Cook-Off, Jimmy Carbone is extending the festivities celebrating the hearty French stew to include an entire weekend’s worth of activities. On Saturday, a cassoulet discussion featuring panelists such as vintage cookbook specialist Bonnie Slotnick and author Cathy Erway will take place, with time for questions and samples afterwards. On Sunday, home and professional chefs compete for the love of the crowd. Attendees can sample over ten different cassoulet styles in a walk-around event. Tickets for Saturday’s event are $10 each (your first American beer/wine/cider is included in the ticket price); purchase here. Sunday’s ticket includes one free American beer or cider and all the cassoulet you can eat; reserve one for $30 here.

Free Nachos and Comedy, Brooklyn Brewery, 79 North 11th Street, Brooklyn, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Need a cheap pick-me-up? The first 40 audience members who arrive will receive free nachos courtesy of Nacho Ordinary Gals. Tickets to the comedy show are $10 and can be reserved here.

AMERICarnival, Johnny Utah’s, 25 West 51st Street, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Ride a bull and down $5 carnival-themed cocktails at this new weekly show, which features clowns, stilt walkers, and carnival games. There’s also $7 boozy root beer floats and a full deep-fried dish menu.

Chef Einat Admony & Chef Bettina Banayan’s Persian Feast, Bar Bolonat, 611 Hudson Street, Sunday, 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. seatings

Kicking off a new monthly dinner series, chef Einat Admony is inviting guest chefs to collaborate on globally focused dinners. This month features Bettina Banayan, who will create four courses within traditional Jewish Persian cuisine. The menu includes a choice of dishes such as chicken meatball soup, cucumber labneh, and crispy fava rice. Dessert and tea are included, with cocktail and wine pairings available for an additional charge. Score a ticket – $117.04 per person  – here.