Agenda: Calcotada, Burger Battle, and a Greenmarket Tour and Tasting



Back Forty's Calçotada Festival
Following in Savoy's 8-year tradition, its sibling restaurant, Back Forty (190 Avenue B), presents its first annual Calçotada, a traditional Catalan onion festival that marks the start of spring. Enjoy live flamenco music as you enjoy grilled calçots (leeks) dipped in romesco sauce, hearty lamb chops, and a dessert of crema Catalana. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 14th with communal seating being held between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Prepaid reservations are required. $60/person (212.388.1990).

EVENTS THIS WEEK (May 14 through 20)

NYC Taste of the Nation
This year is the 20th Anniversary of Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation NYC. More than 50 New York City restaurants will participate in this annual fundraiser and tasting which supports the fight against childhood hunger. The event will take place Wednesday, May 14th at the Roseland Ballroom (239 West 52nd Street) from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are tax deductible and may be purchased online or by calling 877.268.2783. $375/VIP, $275/general admission.

Brooklyn Uncorked
Celebrate Long Island without leaving Fort Greene. The second annual Brooklyn Uncorked will feature dozens of varietals and educational information provided by over 30 Long Island wineries. Attendees will also sample Long Island and Brooklyn microbrews, plus artisanal food tastings from Brooklyn Restaurants and Long Island producers. The event will take place at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Cafe (30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn) on Wednesday, May 14th, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tickets through Brown Paper Tickets: $50/person.

Mastering Knife Skills
The Broadway Panhandler's series "Demonstrations and Conversations" presents Norman Weinstein, author of Mastering Knife Skills and the Institute of Culinary Education's resident knife guru. Weinstein will discuss and demonstrate knife techniques and offer tips as illustrated in his book. The free event will take place at Broadway Panhandler (65 East 8th Street) on Saturday, May 17rd from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (212.966.3434).

Chef Tours & Tastes
The Council on the Environment of New York City (CENYC) has just lauched a new fundraising series -- "Chef Tours & Tastes," a market-to-table tour and meal with some of the city's finest chefs. Tour the Greenmarket with a top chef, then head to the restaurant for a feast cooked from the ingredients you just selected together. The inaugural tour and tasting will feature Chef Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern. The event will take place on Saturday, May 17th. The Union Square Greenmarket tour begins at 10:00 a.m. followed by lunch at Gramercy Tavern (42 East 20th Street) at 1:00 p.m. Space is limited.  Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets: $125/person. A portion of the ticket is tax deductible.

Burger Battle of the Boroughs
Dish Du Jour Magazine presents the first-ever "Burger Battle of the Buroughs." Who will win the title of the best burger in the city? The event will be led by emcee George "Hamburger America" Motz and will be judged by Josh "Mr. Cutlets" Ozersky, Arthur "Food Maven" Schwartz, Kelly Choi (Eat Out New York), chef Terrance Brennan (Artisanal), and Tony Tantillo (CBS2). Competitors include Brgr and Resto representing Manhattan, Farm on Adderely and 67 Burger representing Brooklyn, Harry’s Water Beach Taxi and Joe's Bestburger representing Queens, and Coals representing the Bronx.  In addition to the contest, attendees will have the opportunity to sample cuisine from over 50 local restaurants, gourmet shops, bakeries, wine, and beer companies, purchase signed copies of bestselling celebrity chef cookbooks, and be entertained by live jazz and a DJ. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 718.777.7918. $55/advanced tickets, $65/at the door.

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