This Weekend’s 5 Best Food Events – 4/19/2013

Friday, April 19
Wine, Pâté, and Jazz at Clos New York
Head down to Soho’s new wine bar, Clos, for a tasting of three wines, which the Sommelier will pair with different pâté. Live jazz will play from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m., and guests can reserve a spot for $37 online. 64 Kenmare St.; 212-219-0327

Saturday, April 20
Homemade Doughnuts at the Bowery Culinary Center
Sign up for a doughnut-making class at the Bowery Culinary Center at Whole Foods. Students can learn more about the differences between yeast and cake doughnuts, and walk away with dough that can be frozen and fried at your leisure. Instructor Lynn Kutner, author of Bountiful Bread and A Pocketful of Pies, will preside, and has said that mocha-buttermilk doughnuts, fresh brioche doughnuts filled with jam, and whole-wheat ginger doughnuts will be on the menu. Tickets are $45. 95 E. Houston St.; 212-420-1320

Cocktail Lab 101 at the JakeWalk
From 1 to 3 p.m., the JakeWalk will hold a cocktails-for-beginners class for $65. Bar manager Tim Miner and bartender Bryan Teoh will talk about gear, shaking techniques, and simple recipes. Everyone will get a turn behind the bar, and A-plus students are sure to get a little tipsy. 282 Smith St., Brooklyn; 347-599-0294

Sunday, April 21
Indonesia Food Bazaar
The Indonesia Food Bazaar returns to the Masjid Al-Hikmah Mosque in Queens on Sunday. The event happens sporadically during the spring and summer, and features authentic and hard-to-find dishes from Indonesia. Expect gudeg (stewed jackfruit), satays, and vegetable fritters called bakwan. Past fest-goers have been known to walk away stuffed to the gills while spending only a fraction of what folks dole out at Smorgasburg every weekend. 48-01 31st Ave., Astoria

Sweet Sensation Benefit for C-CAP
Bakers and bloggers will come together at the Old Bowery Station to raise money for Careers through Culinary Arts Program, a non-profit that educates at-risk students. Colicchio & Sons pastry chef Stephen Collucci and chocolatier Mehdi Chellaoui will perform pastry demonstrations and sweets will be given out to all guests. Tickets are $39. 168 Bowery; 212-334-0288

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Kevin’s Reopens in Red Hook After Sandy, and Clarkson Opens Near Hudson Square

Red Hook seafood restaurant Kevin’s reopened on February 22 after receiving funds from Restore Red Hook and Lucky Ant, a crowdfunding website, Serious Eats reported. Chef Kevin Moore and his team repaired floors, sheetrock, and wainscoting that was ruined from Hurricane Sandy flooding. Red Hook Marble Company donated a brand-new bar. The menu has stayed the same, and Kevin’s is open for dinner Thursday through Sunday and for weekend brunch as well. 277A Van Brunt. St, Brooklyn

Forty2West, an Italian restaurant and steakhouse from chef John Di Lemme, opened on Tuesday near Rockefeller Center. The menu features a raw bar of local oysters, chilled crab, fluke crudo, and a “shellfish bouquet,” which offers a bit of everything. Fried quail, lamb ragu, halibut, and the usual chophouse cuts and sides are also on the menu. 42 W. 48th St.

Clarkson, a new “American seasonal” restaurant from George Forgeois, the same restaurateur who owns Bar Tabac and Cercle Rogue, opened on Varick Street last week. The dining room is filled with antique furniture from all over the world. Executive chef Rebecca Weitzman is serving steak tartare, short ribs, and poached lobster. 225 Varick St.

Matt Levine and Michael Shah, the owners of Sons of Essex, have opened a weekend-only pop-up nightclub on the third floor of 61 Gansevoort St. #HOOKxNail will act as a preview of their upcoming Meatpacking District lounge, Rowhouse Inn. The club will stay open Friday and Saturday nights from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m., according to Zagat. 61 Gansevoort St.

Soho wine bar Clos New York opened over the weekend and is serving 60 wines by the glass, Eater learned. Mine Ayberk, a consultant for private wine cellars, is behind the bar. The tiny space features a long horseshoe-shaped bar, and soju and sake cocktails are on the menu too. Clos opens at 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, but weekenders can start early at noon. 64 Kenmare St.