Best Weekend Food Events: Taste of Tituss, the Science of Pizza, Little Big BBQ


Taste of Tituss Pride Celebration
The OUT Hotel (510 W 42nd Street)
Friday, Saturday, and Monday

Actor Tituss Burgess is hosting three days of Pride parties, with all proceeds from this weekend going to GLAAD and Equality Florida. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star will launch his very own pinot and rosé wines, beginning with a three-course dinner (with wine pairings, naturally). The event includes a performance by Burgess himself. There will also be a rosé barbecue brunch on Saturday and an evening pinot party on Monday at XL Nightclub. Tickets start at $29. Reserve them here.

Brooklyn Makers Market

Williamsburgh Savings Bank (175 Broadway, Brooklyn)
Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Nearly 120 Brooklyn artisans will gather under one roof to showcase a broad sampling of the borough’s unique food scene for Brooklyn Makers Market. Some of the tasty businesses will include Drunken Fruit, maker of candy for grown-ups, and bakery Pie Corps NYC.

Pride Brunch
Riverview (2-01 50th Avenue, Queens)
Saturday, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer will celebrate his sixth annual LGBT Pride Brunch, which is open to the public and free to attend. Members and allies of the LGBT community will be able to feast on brunch and catch a show at the event. Reservations are encouraged. RSVP at [email protected].

The Science of Pizza! With Ninja Turtles, Donatella Arpaia, and Pete Genovese
Liberty Science Center (222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ)
Saturday, 12 p.m.

Donatella Arpaia and Pete Genovese are joining the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for a look behind the science of pizza. The event includes a pizza-tossing contest, as well as a special catapult designed to launch toppings onto a giant pizza thirty feet away. Afterward, you can check out the Liberty Science Center’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer exhibit. Cowabunga, dudes!

Little Big BBQ
SolarOne (24-20 FDR Drive Service Road East at 23rd and East River)
Saturday, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

A selection of meat-centric chefs will join up for a friendly cook-off, which includes competitions for best ribs and side dishes. The waterside barbecue bash includes chefs from Blue Smoke, Fletcher’s Brooklyn BBQ, and Hill Country. Tickets start at $45 and include all-you-can-eat food and drink. Reserve yours here.