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This Week’s Five Best Food Events – 8/18/2014

Have the end of summer sads? Make the most of the remainder of the warm months. This week’s best food events include a conversation about pig heads and Chilean wine.

Meet Top Chef Just Desserts Winner Yigit Pura, Williams-Sonoma Columbus Circle, 10 Columbus Circle, Tuesday, 6 p.m.

If you’re looking for a new read, consider picking a copy of Yigit Pura’s ode to sugary treats, Sweet Alchemy: Dessert Magic. The author and Top Chef winner, who is launching a chain of pastry shops called Tout Sweet Pâtisserie, will be on hand to briefly discuss the book and drop a few tips on baking. Reservations, which are just under $40, include a copy of the book.

Afterwork Tuesdays, LES Sports Bar, 141 Chrystie Street, Tuesday, 6 p.m.

Grab a seat at the bar and watch the Mets and Yankees battle over $3 sliders and $7 drink specials. This spot’s line-up of mini-sandwiches includes beef, chicken parm, and brisket, and you’ll find additional specials on wings and calamari. Best of all, happy hour extends until 8 p.m.

Taste Talks with April Bloomfield, A Girl and Her Pig: Recipes and Stories, Bryant Park Reading Room, 5 Sixth Avenue, Wednesday, 12:30 p.m.

Take an extended lunch break on Wednesday and hear what acclaimed chef April Bloomfield has to say about a few emerging food and drink trends. The Spotted Pig chef will also share a few recipes and stories from her latest work, and attendees are sure to pick up a few tips on what to look out for the next time they choose to dine out or cook at home.

Wines of Chile: Wine Bar War, Villain, 50 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

At this odd event, four teams of New York sommeliers will compete against one another by building a pop-up Chilean wine bar in a single day, and guests will have the chance to taste a wide variety of the country’s wines throughout the evening. The winning team receives a trip to Chile so that they can back some killer bottles to their cellars. Tickets are $75.

The Pig Roast, Rose Water, 787 Union Street, Brooklyn, Thursday, 7 p.m.

Don’t let your summer in the city end without at least one pig roast. You’ll get plenty of pork at this party, in addition to sides like coleslaw, corn on the cob, and heirloom tomatoes, and accompanying beer and pink wine. Tickets are $85 and are inclusive of all food, tax, and gratuity.

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TO THE BAT-CAKE!

Seventy-five years ago, a cloaked figure swung over rooftops on the cover of Detective Comics #27. It was our first view of Batman, and we’ve never looked away for long. Celebrating that anniversary, current Batman writer Scott Snyder (fresh off “Zero Year,” a bombastic rethink of the character’s origin) will join DC Comics exec John Cunningham in the Bryant Park Reading Room for a conversation about Gotham’s guardian. The tree-lined setting seems like a perfect place for Poison Ivy to attack with giant Venus fly traps; thankfully, the party’s not at the Guggenheim’s exhibit of jewel-encrusted penguin statuettes.

Wed., Aug. 13, 12:30 p.m., 2014

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I WANT MY KENNEDY

When Lisa Kennedy Montgomery was 18 years old, her parents gave her an ultimatum: Either stay home and pay rent or they would pay her to move out. So Montgomery did the respectable thing and left her home in Oregon, moved to Los Angeles, interned at KROQ (L.A.’s famed alt-rock radio station), became known strictly as Kennedy, and, a year later, landed a spot as a VJ on MTV. For five rambunctious years in the ’90s, Kennedy was a Gen-X darling, hosting Alternative Nation and providing the music network with countless ballsy and salacious on-air moments (like when she gave the mic a blow job while standing next to then-mayor Rudy Giuliani). However, most of the wildest antics occurred off the air, and they’re humorously detailed in her memoir, The Kennedy Chronicles. Today, she dishes with Rob Tannenbaum (I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution).

Wed., Aug. 14, 12:30 p.m., 2013

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MEN IN BLACK

Chuck Klosterman wants to know why the prototypical villain is a man in a black hat, mustache curled, probably in the process of tying a woman to train tracks. Sloane Crosley just wants cake. This should make for some interesting conversation. To celebrate the release of his new essay collection, I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined), Klosterman takes part in the Word for Word lunchtime series. The pop culture critic rose to prominence with 2003’s Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs as well as one bold Coldplay burn. Now, several books and several more essays later, he’s exploring our society’s most memorable antagonists—namely, Bill Clinton, O.J. Simpson, the entire Oakland Raiders franchise, and the writers of Girls. Crosley, the personal essayist behind I Was Told There’d Be Cake (2008), hosts the reading and discussion.

Wed., Aug. 7, 12:30 p.m., 2013