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Bacon and Beer Classic

Bacon and Beer Classic will take the field at Mets’ home stadium on April 25

Citi Field
123-01 Roosevelt Ave.
Saturday, April 25, brunch session 12 noon - 3:00 pm, evening session 7:00 - 10:00, $29-$129

Two great tastes that taste great together — bacon and beer — make up the menu at the annual Bacon and Beer Classic, returning to Citi Field on April 25 while the Mets are playing the Yankees up north in the Bronx. More than one hundred craft brews will be available, along with more than fifty bacon-inclusive dishes from local restaurants. There will also be workshops, demonstrations, live music, interactive games, a DJ, and other activities. Among the participating breweries are Broken Bow, Two Roads, Central Waters, Thirsty Dog, Knee Deep, the Radiant Pig, Elysian, River Horse, and Angry Orchard, while bacon delicacies will be served by City Crab, Landhaus, Route 66 Smoke House, Pig Guy NYC, Bamboo Bites, BarBacon, Ribs Within, BacoBurger, Carnal, and others. There are two sessions, one for brunch and one for dinner, with VIP tickets gaining you early admission, as well as access to the warning track and dugouts. If you’re not an imbiber, you can get in for a mere $29 for food and nonalcoholic beverages; otherwise, ticket packages range from $59 to $129. In addition there will be various awards given out by a panel of judges consisting of Liza De Guia, Lisa Fernandes, Derrick Prince, Adam Poch, and David “the Rev” Cancio.


La Maison du Chocolat is ready to get chocoholics in the mood

La Maison du Chocolat is ready to get chocoholics in the mood

Who: La Maison du Chocolat boutiques
What: Chocolate and pastry tastings and $60 raffle giveaways
Where: 1018 Madison Ave. at 78th St., 30 Rockefeller Center at 49th St., 63 Wall St., the Plaza Food Hall at One West 58th St., the Shops at Columbus Circle at 10 Columbus Circle
When: Wednesday, April 1, free, 2:00 - 6:00
Why: Just in time for Easter, La Maison du Chocolat — where we did our Valentines Day shopping last month — is hosting an afternoon of free tastings of their chocolate and pastries, at all five Manhattan locations. You can also sign up for a raffle to win a $60 basket of luxury chocolates.


macaron day

Who: Fifteen New York City food boutiques
What: Sixth annual Macaron Day NYC
Where: From Brooklyn to Bronxville, Port Authority to Rockefeller Center, Greenwich Village to Columbus Circle, and other locations
When: Friday, March 20, free while supplies last, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Why: Bouchon Bakery, Chantilly Patisserie, Eclair Bakery, Epicerie Boulud, François Payard Bakery, FP Patisserie, Macaron Café, Macaron Parlour, Mad-Mac “The Authentic French Macarons” at Bernardaud, Mille-Feuille Bakery, Spot Dessert Bar/Shoppe, Sugar and Plumm, Todd English Food Hall at the Plaza, Woops! and Bisous, Ciao. Macarons will be giving out free macarons on Friday, those classic French cookies with a delicate meringue shell and gourmet ganache inside, as a way to not only promote the macaron itself but to raise funds and awareness for hunger. Just tell them you’re there for Macaron Day NYC for a free sample, then buy some to take home; part of the proceeds will go to City Harvest.


coney island horror story

Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Ave. between Stillwell Ave. & West 12th St.
Saturday, March 28, $100-$150, 7:00 - 12 midnight

Arts fundraisers can be pretty stuffy affairs, so leave it to Coney Island USA to do things just a little bit differently. On March 28, their gala spring fundraiser — taking place for the first time ever in its home base on Surf Ave. — will feature daring burlesque, sideshow performers, a Mystery in a Box, and more. The Coney Island Horror Story theme is a riff on this past season of American Horror Story, which was set at a freak show, and AHS star Mat Fraser will take part in the festivities, along with his wife, Julie Atlas Muz, and a fab cast of characters that also includes Deity Von Cuchi, Velvet Crayon, Jennifer Miller, Clara Coquette, Ginger Twist, La Maia, Puss n Boots, Sincerely Yours, Sizzle Dizzle, Tiny D, Zoe Ziegfeld, Adam Realman, Wae Messed, Betsy Propane, Divina GranSparkle, Sabrena Sunshine, Agent Topchik, Betty Bloomerz, Ray Valenz, Princess Pat, Alejandro DuBois, Sean Coleman and the Quasars, and Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones. In addition, the Great Fredini will be on hand, making his Scan-a-Rama 3D portrait, and there will be a silent auction. All of the proceeds go into Coney Island USA’s unique programming, consisting of such favorites as the Mermaid Parade, the Coney Island Film Festival, the Coney Island Museum, Burlesque at the Beach, and the Coney Island Circus Sideshow. (VIP tickets entitle you to early admission, a meet-and-greet with some of the performers, a gift bag, and unlimited beer, wine, and food.)


Smashburger will open its doors in the Financial District on March 18 with free burgers (photo by twi-ny/mdr)

Smashburger will open its doors in the Financial District on March 18 with free burgers (photo by twi-ny/mdr)

136 William St. between Fulton & John Sts.
Wednesday, March 18, free, 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Denver-based Smashburger is hitting New York City as it opens a series of eateries, including on DeKalb Ave. in Brooklyn and West Thirty-Third St. in Manhattan. On Wednesday, March 18, Smashburger will celebrate the opening of its Financial District restaurant, on William St., by giving out free Classic Smashburgers all day long. What makes this burgery different from all the others? Well, here they smash, sear, and season each 100% certified angus beef patty to order. The Classic comes with lettuce, tomato, pickle, red onion, and cheese; you can check out the full menu here.


hagigah ivrit

Who: Assaf Gavron, Shira Averbuch, Yuval Hamevulbal, Roy Noy, Tal Mosseri, the Power Girls (Tuti and Naama), Rabbi Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, Mesiba Ivrit, Reuven (Ruby) Namdar, and more
What: Hagigah Ivrit (חגיגה עברית)
Where: JCC in Manhattan, B’nai Jeshurun, Israeli-American Council (IAC), Symphony Space, the Highline Ballroom, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Park Avenue Synagogue, Yeshiva University Museum, and other locations
When: March 14-30
Why: The first-ever North American cultural festival celebrating the Hebrew language features a book talk with Assaf Gavron, author of The Hilltop; an interactive educational performance of Peter and the Wolf; the Festifun2 musical production with Israeli child stars; a talk by Rabbi Eliezer Ben-Yehuda on “The Importance of the Hebrew Tongue to the Rebirth of the People in Their Land — and the Continued Existence of Judaism in the Future”; a dance party with live music; Hebrew classes for beginners; Shabbat dinner; a Passover family workshop; a conversation with Sapir Prize for Literature winner Ruby Namdar; a screening of Sharon Maymon and Tal Granit’s The Farewell Party; and other special and ongoing events.


Who: More than sixty restaurants from the metropolitan area
What: The Village Voice Choice Eats Eighth Annual Tasting Event
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th St. between Sixth & Seventh Aves.
When: Friday, March 13, 6:00 – 10:00 (21 and older only)
Why: We warned you back in January that you’d have to move fast to get tickets to this year’s Choice Eats gourmet feeding frenzy, and lo and behold, all tickets are now sold out for the March 13 event except for the $170 VIP combo that gets you early admission into the Metropolitan Pavilion on Friday and the Intrepid on May 5 for the Choice Streets food-truck festival. Music will be supplied by Q104.3 and 106.7 FM DJ Jonathan Clarke, with beer from such breweries as Sixpoint, Smuttynose, Abita, Flying Dog, Lost Nation, Stella Artois, and Asahi in addition to specialty vodka, rum, whisky, wine, and other spirits. To make sure you find your favorites, check out this map and plan your path in advance, because it gets crazy crowded pretty quickly, and the Metropolitan Pavilion can become a confusing maze, especially as you fill up on food and booze.