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Cash In This Weekend at the Brainfood Conference, Celebrate Red Hook, and a Texas Hold ‘Em Party

Spoon University’s Second Annual Brainfood Conference, Villain, 50 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn, Saturday, 10 a.m.

Wake up this weekend by treating your brain to breakfast and conversation with some of the city’s top food entrepreneurs. Guest speakers include food event guru Michael Cirino of A Razor, A Shiny Knife as well as Jack Algiere from Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture; topics include  entrepreneurial women in food, sustainability and food sourcing, and new food start-ups making waves. The event also includes food demos in addition to panel discussions, with lunch provided by The Meatball Shop, Sweetgreen, and Luke’s Lobster, among others. Tickets — $40 — include breakfast, lunch, snacks, and a gift bag to take home; reserve your all-access pass here.

Taste the World Botanical Brewfest, Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Queens, Saturday, 12 to 7 p.m.

Spend the weekend taking in the World’s Fair Grounds with a cold beer in hand. From 12 to 3 p.m. or 4 to 7 p.m., guests can enjoy a large selection of domestic and international brews while strolling through the fairgrounds, with food and live music also part of the fun. The event will be held rain or shine. Guests can score a $35 ticket in advance here (tickets will also be available at the door for $50).

Celebrating Red Hook, Ikea, 1 Beard Street, Brooklyn, Saturday, 12 to 9 p.m.

Enjoy a view of Lady Liberty and the annual neighborhood fireworks show while sampling some of Red Hook’s local eateries and artisans. Guests can explore local artwork and goods while grabbing food from nearby restaurants including Fort Defiance and Red Hook Lobster Pound, which will be set up behind the massive furniture store at Erie Basin Park. Additional participant restaurants include The Good Fork and Hometown BBQ, with Red Hook Winery and Six Point Brewery providing plenty of liquid relief.

Village Block Party, Newark Avenue and Brunswick Street, Jersey City, Saturday, 12 to 10 p.m.

Supporting the Brunswick Community Garden, among other causes, families can head out to a Jersey City block party and find entertainment for all ages. In addition to wine, craft beer, and mixed drinks made with herbs from the garden available for purchase, there will also be free activities for the kids, including a young chefs cooking station. A selection of local Jersey City food trucks hawking meatballs, Puerto Rican dishes, and Mexican specialties will be on hand.

Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Party, Tanner Smith’s, 204 West 55th Street, Sunday, 8 p.m. until closing

When $5 pints are flowing, everyone is a winner, However, if you’re a gambler, you may as well throw your cards on the table. For $25 per person, guests who wish to play Texas hold ’em receive a stack of chips to play at tables set up throughout this new cocktail bar. Those who leave with more chips than others also receive a fine spirit-related prize, and a swing band and DJ will provide the entertainment while you stretch your good (or not so good) poker face.

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Here Are This Weekend’s Five Best Food Events in NYC – 6/18/2014

Juicy burgers. Ice cream. A taste of the Caribbean. They’re all on the docket of this weekend’s top food events.

National Ice Cream Day, Il Laboratorio Del Gelato, 188 Ludlow Street, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.

As if you need an excuse in the dead of summer, this Sunday marks ice cream’s official appreciation day. To celebrate, this Lower East Side gelateria is offering a special buy one get one free promotion for a new flavor: Ruffino Prosecco sorbetto with clementine. You can also get the flavor in a 20-ounce pint; the offer is available throughout the weekend.

Paul’s Da Burger 25th Anniversary, Paul’s Da Burger Joint, 131 Second Avenue, Saturday, noon

Beloved East Village burger counter Paul’s is celebrating a quarter century of business by offering up free samples and throwback pricing from 1989. Live music will serenade the crowd of meatheads from 1 to 3 p.m., while new menu items will also make their debut for customers to enjoy.

Taste the World: Botanical Brew Fest, Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Queens, Saturday, noon

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first World’s Fair in Queens and the origins of the boro’s botanical gardens, guests are invited to enjoy a sampling of craft beer and food from around the globe. Participating breweries include England’s Sam Smith and Germany’s Lammsbräu, and over 50 purveyors are expected to break open kegs at the event. Participate in home brew demonstrations and tours of the garden; make sure you reserve a ticket.

Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, Roy Wilkins Park, Baisley Boulevard and 177th Street, Queens, Sunday, 11:30 a.m.

The city’s largest Caribbean food festival returns with activities like a jerk-cook off between professional and amateur chefs. The festivities include musical performances by reggae stars like Maxi Priest and kid-friendly activities, plus plenty of food beyond the spicy jerk chicken. Tickets are $30.

Butcher Paper Dinner: Summer Eats with Momo Sushi Shack, Brooklyn Grange, 37-18 Northern Boulevard, Queens, Sunday, 5 p.m.

This rooftop sunset dinner showcases Asian bites by Momo Sushi Shack, including wasabi shrimp, pork belly skewers, and octopus tacos, with yuzu curd for dessert. Beer by Queens Brewery and Boundary Breaks wine are also part of the $80 ticket package.

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Farmhouse Fest, Trends in Chocolate, Beefless Burgers: What’s Happening This Week

It’s Monday, which means you’re probably reminiscing about all of the memories you made over the weekend. Would you rather have something to look forward to? Here’s our list of food events happening in the city over the next few days.

Farmhouse Fest, Alewife, Queens, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

Head out to Long Island City for a chance to taste highlights of the simple life. This showcase of farmhouse-style beers–typically spicy and aromatic–from breweries like Pretty Things, Ommegang, and Dogfish Head will also feature farmhouse-style wines and a selection of cheeses, breads, and meats. Reservations for a seat at the family table start at $53.74.

Main Trends in Chocolate with Chloe Doutre-Rousse, Institute of Culinary Education, 50 West 23rd Street, Thursday, 1 p.m.

Join chocolate expert Chloe Doutre-Rousse for a rare U.S. appearance as she discusses current and emerging trends in chocolate production, questions about proper labeling practices, and the differences between fine chocolate and mass marketed options. ICE students and alumni can attend the event for free by registering in advance. Tickets are $40 for the general public and can be purchased online or by calling 212-847-0770.

Beefless Burgers, Whole Foods, 95 East Houston, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

Expand your horizons beyond the beef burger or learn how to feed your vegetarian friends at your next backyard grilling session. Chef Ori Cosentino leads a demonstration on how to create amazing alternatives to the red meat staple using ingredients like quinoa or chickpeas and walnuts. He’ll also talk toppings, like spicy cucumber relish, which might help you out when squeezing out a ribbon of Heinz isn’t going to do the trick. Tickets are $50.

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See Scenes From Brooklyn Pour

The complimentary “tasting glass.”

If you didn’t know, The Village Voice hosted Brooklyn Pour on Saturday at Skylight One Hanson. With a sold out crowd showing up to 100+ brewers, a variety of food trucks, and a whole lot of love for suds, it’s safe to say the event was a success. Of course, Fork in the Road was in attendance, so we snapped a few photos for you to enjoy.

The “rule” was only two ounces allowed in the glass, but as the day wore on, brewers got a bit more friendly with their pours.

A bit of shameless self-promotion over the event.

Author Joshua Bernstein, who wrote a book about craft brews called “Brewed Awakening,” signed and talked with beer enthusiasts at his own table. He argued that small brewery revolution with continue at its rapid pace, and people are starting to support craft breweries in the same way that they support sports teams.

A wheat beer from, err, somewhere. This was one of the last photos taken during the session, so please excuse our fuzzy memory.

A friendly volunteer pours 508 Brewery’s delicious, chocolatey Montezuma Imperial Stout.

The scene about halfway through the day-session. But despite the massive amount of people, waiting time for beers was minimal. Because there were like a million beers!

And, of course, it wouldn’t be a beer festival without an absurd line at the restrooms.

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Brooklyn Pour Announces Second Round of Brewers

After announcing 40 brewers a couple of weeks ago, Brooklyn Pour has added its second round of brewers, bringing the total so far to 60, already breaking last year’s total. The event takes place on Saturday, October 6, and you can find tickets at the Brooklyn Pour website.

We’re also still in search of volunteers who want to join the Brew Crew to help out with the event. If that interests you (and who wouldn’t want to legitimately put “Brew Crew” on their résumé?), check out villagevoice.com/brooklynpour.

The newly added brewers follow:

508 Brewery
Angry Orchard Hard Cider
Asahi Beer
Ballast Point Brewing Company
Bavik Brewery
Birreria
Brewery Ommegang
Bronx Brewery
Brooklyn Brewery
Captain Lawrence Brewing Company
Chelsea Brewing Co.
Cisco Brewers
Doc’s Draft Hard Cider
Element Brewing Company
Empire Brewing Company
Fire Island Beer Company
Flying Dog Brewery
Goose Island
Brewery
Harlem Brewing Company
Harpoon Brewery
Heartland Brewery
Ithaca Beer
Company
Keegan Ales
Kelso Beer Co.
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Lake Placid Craft
Brewing
Oskar Blues Brewery
Otter Creek Brewing
Palm Breweries
Rockaway Brewing
Company
Samuel Adams
Saranac Brewery
Shmaltz Brewing Company
Singha Beer
Sixpoint Brewery
Sly Fox Beer
Southampton Publick House
Van Steenberge Brewery
Victory Brewing Company
Wandering Star Craft Brewery
Weihenstephan
Weyerbacher
Brewing Co.
Wolaver’s Fine Organic Ales

And more will come!

 

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Brooklyn Pour Announces First Round of Brewers

Fellow beerheads, take heed! The Village Voice‘s second annual beer festival Brooklyn Pour has announced 40 of the 100-plus craft brewers at the event, which takes place on Saturday, October 6 at Skylight One Hanson. Pre-sale tickets go on sale TODAY through Village Voice Daily Deals at 50 percent off. Full-price tickets go on sale tomorrow on the Brooklyn Pour website.

We are also in search of volunteers who want to join the “Brew Crew” to help out with the event. If that interests you (and who wouldn’t want to legitimately put “Brew Crew” on their résumé?), check out villagevoice.com/brooklynpour.

508 Brewery
Angry Orchard Hard Cider
Asahi Beer
Ballast Point Brewing Company
Bavik Brewery
Birreria
Brewery Ommegang
Bronx Brewery
Brooklyn Brewery
Captain Lawrence Brewing Company
Chelsea Brewing Co.
Cisco Brewers
City Island Beer Company
Doc’s Draft Hard Cider
Element Brewing Company
Empire Brewing Company
Fire Island Beer Company
Flying Dog Brewery
Goose Island Brewery
Harlem Brewing Company
Harpoon Brewery
Heartland Brewery
Ithaca Beer Company
Keegan Ales
Kelso Beer Co.
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Lake Placid Craft Brewing
Oskar Blues Brewery
Otter Creek Brewing
Palm Breweries
Rockaway Brewing Company
Samuel Adams
Saranac Brewery
Shmaltz Brewing Company
Singha Beer
Sixpoint Brewery
Sly Fox Beer
Southampton Publick House
Van Steenberge Brewery
Victory Brewing Company
Wandering Star Craft Brewery
Weihenstephan
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Wolaver’s Fine Organic Ales

Whew, get all that? And that’s just a fraction. This is going to rule.