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Greenpoint Police Captain ‘Not Too Worried About’ Local Rape Increase Because It’s Not ‘True Stranger Rape’

An NYPD precinct commander’s comments about rape are stirring concern and outrage on social media and among advocates today.

94th Precinct captain Peter Rose made the remarks while attempting to explain why, after reported rapes in his Greenpoint precinct had more than doubled to 13 over the last year, police had made no arrests in ten of the cases.

“It’s not a trend that we’re too worried about because out of thirteen, only two were true stranger rapes,” Rose told DNAInfo in a story published today that did not mention his comments until several paragraphs in. “Every rape should be investigated. I wish we could do more. [But] it really becomes a balancing act for the investigators. Some of them were Tinder, some of them were hookup sites, some of them were actually coworkers.” He added that the cases were dropped because many of the victims eventually stopped working with investigators.

NYPD Captain Peter Rose, Commanding Officer of the 94th Precinct.
NYPD Captain Peter Rose, Commanding Officer of the 94th Precinct.

Rose expanded on this theme later at a community council meeting, according to DNAInfo, saying that “If there’s a true stranger rape, a random guy picks up a stranger off the street, those are the troubling ones. That person has, like, no moral standards.”

Experts on sexual assault say the suggestion that rapes committed by someone known to the victim are a lesser priority for police than those committed by strangers likely does not help survivors feel comfortable coming forward. Josie Torielli, the Manager of Intervention at the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault, told the Voice that she hopes comments like Rose’s “are an outlier. We often see that people don’t understand why [survivors] wait so long to disclose sexual assault, and certainly factors like not being believed or being taken seriously, or focusing on the relationship with a perpetrator, can be barriers to people feeling safe reporting” their assault. Her colleague, Bryan Aston, added that “any sexual assault, regardless of the relationship with the perpetrator—whether they’re a stranger or an acquaintance— is an abomination either way.”

The Voice made repeated attempts by phone and email to ask NYPD spokespeople whether Rose’s remarks were in keeping with Departmental policy, but the NYPD declined to comment. So did the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio, who in October observed Domestic Violence Awareness Month by calling on New Yorkers to “recognize and speak out against intimate partner violence, gender injustice and all forms of abuse,” and to “offer unconditional support to someone who has experienced violence.”

Update: At 5:04 p.m., the Mayor’s press secretary Eric Phillips shared the following statement with the Voice via email: “The comments by the Captain do not represent the views of the Mayor, our administration, or of an NYPD that is deeply committed to fighting for survivors of sexual assault. Rape is rape, in New York City and everywhere else. The crime merits no moral qualification and does not involve shades of criminality or degrees of danger. In New York City, rape is aggressively investigated and prosecuted blind to the nature of the underlying relationship, and with an absolute focus on obtaining justice for the survivor and safety for our neighborhoods.”

At 5:26 p.m., NYPD Deputy Commissioner Stephen P. Davis emailed this statement: “Captain Rose’s comments did not properly explain the complexity of issues involved with investigating rape complaints. Every report of rape is thoroughly investigated by specially trained detectives in the NYPD’s Special Victims Unit. All complaints of rape and other types of sexual crimes are taken seriously whether they are committed by domestic partners, acquaintances, or strangers.

Due to the anonymous and random nature of rapes committed by strangers, detectives often face greater challenges in these types of crimes. Regardless, all sexual offenses are taken seriously.”

If you have been sexually assaulted in New York, numerous free and confidential resources are available. Contact NYCAASA or NOW NYC for more information.

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This Week in Food: Winter Cocktails, Paella Class, and Koreatown Cookbook Party


PLANT by Jay Astafa Pop-Up Dinner, Adelina’s, 159 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, Monday, 7 p.m.

Adelina’s is hosting a 12-course vegan tasting menu, courtesy of chef Jay Astafa of 3 Brothers Vegan Cafe. Courses will include plant-based cheeses and desserts in addition to veggie-forward bites such as sunchoke soup, beet tartare, and squash ravioli. A six glass wine pairing will also be available for an additional $40 charge. Tickets are $145 and are inclusive of service; reserve here.

Tasting Menu, élan, 43 East 20th Street, Monday through end of February

During the final month of service at chef David Waltuck’s élan, the restaurant is offering a special $40 prix fixe menu beginning this Monday. The three course dinner, which will be adjusted daily depending on market availability, will also feature a glass of complimentary sparkling wine.

Winter Cocktails, Montana’s Trail House, 455 Troutman Street, Brooklyn, Monday through end of March

Escape cabin fever with winter drinks like a rum-based “Street Shark” cocktail, which uses winter spice syrup and tamarind cordial to tame the winter chill. The restaurant’s new seasonal menu also includes a bourbon and mulled wine-based “Blizzard Beast” as well as a drink with Calvados, white whiskey, and salted pecan rye syrup.

Paella Workshop, Centro Espanol, La Nacional, 239 West 14th street, Tuesday, 5 p.m.

Fill up on the history of paella before making the celebrated Spanish dish from start to finish.  A chef will lead guests on a hands-on cooking demonstration before allowing students to make their own paella feast. Dinner includes sangria, salad, and dessert from La Nacional. Attendees will take home select paella recipes as well as recommendations for appropriate cookware and ingredients. Tickets are $50 for general admission and can be secured here.

Koreatown Cookbook Party, Ichi Cellar, 6 East 32nd Street, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Experience the recipes and stories of Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong chef Deuki Hong as he unveils his cookbook, Koreatown. The book features recipes, stories, and photos from Korean American neighborhoods across America. Tickets ($40 per person) include a copy of the book along with beer, soju, and snacks prepared by chef Hong; reserve them here.

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The Ten Best New York Beers of 2015

There was a time, not so long ago, when compiling a list of the city’s best beers was a breezy task, merely a matter of cataloging the limited amount of good grog the five boroughs had to offer. Things have changed. Drastically. As of 2015, the Tri-State area is brimming with micro-breweries, dozens of which released ales and lagers worthy of inclusion here. If you are currently drawing breath within the five boroughs, congratulations: There’s never been a better time to be a craft beer fanatic than right now.

Listed below are the top ten reasons — a selection of releases from throughout the year demonstrating how the scene continues its ceaseless climb. Ever upward, New York.

10. Flagship Brewing – Metropolitan Lager (5.6% ABV)

As a fairly uncontroversial style, lager often fails to captivate the attention of “loud” beer lovers. That’s a shame, as a brewer’s steady hand is never so apparent as in a gentle, nuanced offering. Staten Island showed the craft crowd how it’s done with its Metropolitan Lager: a smooth-bodied refresher with a beautiful balance between Old World malt and hops. No single ingredient takes center stage, yet each provides a pivotal supporting role in every sip.

Superf*cking Yawn
Superf*cking Yawn

9.Threes Brewing – Superfucking Yawn (9.5% ABV)

There’s IPA, and then there’s IPA! Entering a supremely dense field of highly hopped craft ales, Gowanus’s favorite brewpub knew they had to bring theirs with a bang. Mission accomplished. This explosive hop bomb with undertones of tropical fruit and sticky pine resin hits you hard. As it should, with its elevated alcohol content, hovering near double digits. But any brewer with a lone limb can dump endless amounts of hops into a batch. Setting Superfucking Yawn apart is its floral aromas, whisper-light body, and a satiating juiciness that lasts for days in the finish. Nothing sleepy about any of that.

Revenge of the Emu
Revenge of the Emu

8. Cuzett Libations – Revenge of the Emu (5.4% ABV)

It was quite an eventful year for brewers Chris Cuzme and Mary Izett. The two prominent members of the local craft scene formed their own brewery, tied the knot, and took a trip to Australia to explore the fermented flavors of the Southern Hemisphere. The voyage Down Under informed the couple’s second release, a sessionable blond ale named after the outback’s most notorious flightless bird. Revenge of the Emu was fruit-forward, hinting at white grapes and passionfruit. Reining in the sweetness was a dry blanket of kölsch yeast and pilsner malt. A thoughtful and complex arrangement suggesting a bright future — professionally and personally — for the newly minted husband-and-wife brewing team.

Seeking Alpha Triple IPA
Seeking Alpha Triple IPA

7.Captain Lawrence – Seeking Alpha (11% ABV)

Unapologetically bitter from start to finish, Seeking Alpha was the beer New York hop-heads were waiting for. When it hit shelves this past February, it didn’t stick around for long. Which is appropriate, as IPAs are meant to be consumed fresh. The name of the beer itself refers to the alpha acids responsible for bitterness. Yet Seeking Alpha was almost as much about its dank, citrusy aroma, courtesy of a dynamic bouquet of four separate hops, including bold Citra and assertive Tomahawk. A faint two-row malt backbone teased out dryness upon the discerning tongue. Be on the lookout for its return later this winter.

Long Island City's finest
Long Island City’s finest

6. Transmitter Brewing – H1 Zinfandel Harvest Saison (6.5% ABV)

Saisons are on the rise. Complex, with hints of fruit and funk, they come equipped with many of the characteristics to make connoisseurs gush with glee. And no one in this part of the world has the style on lock like the folks at Transmitter. In 2015 they flexed their muscles with this crisp, effervescent ale, aged in oak alongside a hearty dose of zinfandel grapes. The resulting liquid was brimming with berries, tannins, and any number of adjectives commonly associated with high-end wine. Although H1 will never be precisely replicated, if you missed it, learn from your mistake: When Transmitter releases a saison, you grab it, and you don’t let go for quite some time (the style ages gracefully in the bottle).

 

Finbacks aging in their Queens barrelhouse
Finbacks aging in their Queens barrelhouse

5. Finback – Plumb and Proper (6.3% ABV)

With a rapidly evolving sour-beer program, Finback brings serious street cred to the Queens craft scene. Originally brewed near the end of 2014, this dark and tart offering became considerably more accessible after a bottle release in August ’15. Made with plums and wild yeast, there are notes of brown sugar and molasses to accompany an unexpected smokiness. A creamy mouthfeel is accentuated by ever-so-slight carbonation. For those seeking a bold drinking experience, Plumb and Proper is not to be missed.

A taste of the dark side
A taste of the dark side

4. Carton Brewing – Irish Coffee (13% ABV)

Carton Brewing (out of Atlantic Highlands, NJ) continues to push craft beer in an unexpected direction with ingredient-forward releases, designed to emulate all sorts of food and drink heretofore unassociated with suds. In 2015, they tackled the classic combination of caffeine and whiskey, their Irish Coffee evoking the familiar flavors of its namesake. There’s an immediacy of mint on the nose, followed by acidic, roasted bean notes that are first to hit the tongue. The darker elements soon fade, however, revealing oak, hazelnut, and cream in a lengthy finish. And that creaminess will leave you coming back for more. To find a beer this smooth containing this much alcohol defies imagination. Par for the course for a brewery proving themselves as the Willy Wonka of craft.

Double Negative in the barrel
Double Negative in the barrel

3. Grimm Artisanal Ales – Barrel Aged Double Negative (10.2% ABV)

Overflowing with oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, caramel, and anything else needed for a delicious dessert, Double Negative is the pinnacle of what a bourbon-barrel-aged beer can offer. The jet-black stout, produced by Brooklyn husband-and-wife gypsies Joe and Lauren Grimm, was injected into Heaven Hill casks in 2014, where it rested patiently until ready for 22-ounce bombers last winter. Some could come close, but you won’t find a more well-rounded imperial stout in the land. And after winning a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival this September, Double Negative now has the hardware to prove it.

Whole lotta hops
Whole lotta hops

2. Other Half Brewing – Street Green (7% ABV)

It’s hardly a secret how Other Half Brewing has ascended the ranks to claim the mantle of New York’s Greatest Craft Brewery: hops. A whole helluva lot of them. Although the all-star operation on the outskirts of Carroll Gardens excels at any number of more esoteric styles, they attract the greatest fanfare for consistently producing the freshest, fiercest IPAs in this part of the world. With so many of them deserving inclusion on this list, the primary reason why Street Green edges out the rest is because it’s, well, the freshest and the fiercest. Brewed with an ungodly abundance of Amarillo, Simcoe, Galaxy, and Equinox hops, Street Green hit cans just last month, reeking of grapefruit, pineapple, and kiwi juice. It flogs the palate in a wondrous, tongue-tingling tropical bath. You’re gonna want to sit down for this one.

1. Greenpoint Beer and Ale Company – Pendulum (6.1% ABV)

This one-off from early 2015 was a wild ale like none other. Brewed entirely with Brettanomyces, an unruly yeast commonly associated with funkier notes, Pendulum relied on a variant called Brett C. This offshoot strain endowed the beer with juicier esters, arriving as over-ripened citrus fruit on the tongue. Best yet, these tonalities tangoed effortlessly with the resiny hop strains at its core. In the aroma, and in the mouth, Pendulum provided an unforgettable drinking experience. Brewers of Greenpoint Beer: On behalf of New Yorkers everywhere, please bring this beer back in 2016!

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Get to Know Cachaca — Make Cozinha Latina’s Brazilian-Style Cuba Libre

Brett Helms is no stranger to pairing drinks to exotic cuisines. The former head bartender at spicy Thai specialist Uncle Boons traded the flavors of Bangkok for Brazil with Cozinha Latina (37 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn; 347-889-7739), where cachaça is the spirit of choice for his fun, easygoing drinks.

The national distillate of Brazil appears in several different forms on the menu, but for those looking for a casual handshake with the drinking style of Rio, there’s nowhere better to start than with a Cuba libre.

“There are Brazilian Cuba libres made with cachaça, and that’s what we’re doing here,” Helms says. “It’s one of the most friendly, fun, easy drinks that exists on the market.” Rum — the spirit most often associated with Cuba libres — is derived from molasses. Cachaça is distilled from sugarcane juice, and the one Helms uses includes notes of vanilla bean, which adds a voluptuous quality to its profile. Mexican Coke is also employed in the drink because it’s sweetened with actual sugar instead of corn syrup.

Like a tropical-themed restaurant on the industrial Greenpoint waterfront, Helms’s career as a bartender and his appreciation for cocktails stands out on the scene. A bartender by way of the wine world, Helms’s stops include a (since closed) East Village wine store beloved by sommeliers; work with a mezcal brand; and that tenure at Uncle Boons, where he was charged with finding the right drinks to pair with the place’s notoriously spicy entrées. “I went to college in Santa Barbara, and the only wine I drank was pretty much out of a box. Then I moved to New York and got into it,” Helms says, reflecting on the experiences that brought him to the world of Latin American drinks. While his knowledge of cocktails has changed over the years, his approach to his profession has remained the same since his college days.

Helms says he took a few liberties with the way the Cuba libre is typically mixed. “You can grab a bottle of well rum, put it in a Collins glass with ice, and splash some Coke out of the gun on it. Or you can sit there and think about it, muddle some fresh lime to get the oils, to get the pulp, to get that mouthfeel. You can use the Coke that has real sugar in it, you can apply cachaça that’s going to kind of complement those qualities and sort of embrace the nature of the drink. Anybody can make anything, but making a good simple something is often more difficult.”

Cuba libre by Brett Helms

Half a lime
Collins glass
2 ounces cachaça (Helms opts for Cuca Fresca)
3 ounces Mexican Coke
Lime wheel

Cut the lime into four pieces and muddle in the bottom of a Collins glass to get all of the fresh juices and oils out. Add cachaça. Give it a quick stir. Add square ice cubes. Garnish with a lime wheel. Give it another quick stir and drink it fast with a straw.

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Will 2015 Be the Year of a Craft Beer Pendulum Swing?

Over the better part of a decade, craft beer devotion has become synonymous with a voracious appetite for over-the-top bitterness. The trend coincided with the proliferation of modern hops varietals high in alpha acids — the compounds responsible for those grapefruit-laced, rusted-tin characteristics. While some brewers boast proudly of a so-called “lupulin threshold shift,” wherein beer drinkers’ palates slowly migrate toward triple and quintuple IPAs, other brewers are bucking the trend, seeking to swing the pendulum back to a more balanced centerline.

Among these craft counter-revolutionaries is Greenpoint Beer and Ale Company. To wit, the Brooklyn upstart just released its appropriately titled Pendulum Pale Ale. As an exciting new offering, it’s an easy selection for Beer of the Week. But as a hops-subdued harbinger of a greater movement, it might end up the beer of 2015.

Greenpoint’s latest release is brewed entirely with Brettanomyces, a wild yeast commonly associated with funkier notes — barnyard and wet horse are frequent descriptors. Pendulum, however, relies on an offshoot called Brett C, which imparts juicier esters, such as over-ripened citrus fruit. The tonalities of the yeast arrive in lockstep with the hops, emboldening a powerful symbiosis, one enhancing the other. If you underestimate the significant flavors that a yeast strain can bring to a beer, this 6.1 percent pale ale will be an edifying experience. Notably, the Brett manages to simultaneously highlight the floral aromas of the hop strains on the nose while reining them in on the palate. In short, you’re going to smell much more bitterness than you’ll ever taste.

Brett has historically been a more esoteric yeast strain, atypical to widely approachable brews. So it’s somewhat ironic that this 100 percent Brett beer would serve as an olive branch to bridge the divide between insatiable hopheads and the more even-keeled light-beer enthusiasts. But Pendulum is versatile enough to bring both crowds to the bar. As beer preferences evolve, let’s toast this one to meeting in the middle.

You might also consider meeting at Brouwerij Lane in Greenpoint, where Pendulum is now on tap. Manhattanites can find it on draft at Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor in the Village and Waterfront Ale House in Kips Bay.

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A Santa-Worthy Stout to Savor the Season

Milk and cookies are for kids. This holiday season, leave St. Nick an adult beverage to make him truly jolly. You think he maintains that corpulent physique with kale smoothies? Of course not. The big man sports a wicked beer belly, and he needs a suitable brew to get him through the busiest work night of his year. Santa, sip on a stout to guide your sleigh tonight.

Although it sounds naughty, Evil Twin Brewing ferments a bevy of craft flavors that would surely rank high on Santa’s list of beloved libations. But of all those offerings, what could possibly be more appropriate than their Christmas Eve at a New York City Hotel Room? This Imperial Stout isn’t just a mouthful in name, it’s also impossibly heavy on the tongue — somewhere between espresso and motor oil.

As we know too well, our city is one of the world’s most popular holiday tourist destinations, so we ought to dedicate this transiently themed offering to every economic-boosting visitor of the Big Apple, Santa included.

Appropriately, both the beer and the man who created it were onetime tourists who decided to stick around. Famed gypsy brewmaster Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, now a proud Brooklynite, brought his midnight-black stout in from nearby Stratford, Connecticut. The robust notes you’d expect from such a style? It’s got them in spades. This thing drinks like a dessert and is ideal to take the edge off after a long day of holiday travel. So whether you’re flying in via reindeer or jet plane, at least you know there’s a bottle of beer waiting here, just for you. It sure beats milk.

Serve Santa sparingly. A single 12-ounce bottle clocks in at 10 percent alcohol. It’s difficult to pilot a sled on much more than that. Look for it at high-end beer shops throughout the five boroughs or enjoy it with a Michelin-starred meal at Luksus in Greenpoint. Season’s greetings!

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HUSTLE AND BUST

Ever wish you could step inside Etsy? Walk around, handle the wares, browse to some good music, and sample the homemade treats? Well, then…it’s BUST or bust this holiday season. The BUST Magazine Holiday Craftacular offers pretty much that concept to Greenpoint’s brand-new Brooklyn Expo Center. Over 200 vendors will peddle their crafts — from vintage fashion to baked goods and brews. Throughout the day there will be live music and make-and-take art demonstrations for those adults who still strictly adhere to a DIY gifting approach. Stop by the wrapping booths and card-making stations to polish off your presents. Highlight: This year’s event includes a cat café, where you can chill out with a hot beverage and some furry friends if the holiday stress gets to be too much. And if you happen to fall head over heels, they’re adoptable.

Sat., Dec. 6, 11 a.m.; Sun., Dec. 7, 11 a.m., 2014

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This Week’s Five Best Food Events – 11/17/2014

Is all that cold wind blowing you over? Stock up on some much-needed grub at these five food events.

Reimagining Puerto Rico: Lucky Luna Cocina Criolla Supper Club, Lucky Luna, 167 Nassau Avenue, Monday, 7 p.m.

This Taiwanese-Mexican Greenpoint restaurant is debuting its first supper club, which will feature a twist on conventional Puerto Rican cuisine. The five-course dinner will focus on bilí — a rum infused with vanilla and peppercorn and other spices. Dishes include fried plaintain and beef soup, pork-shoulder-stuffed steamed buns, and braised rabbit; the recipes were created in collaboration with chef-writer Von Diaz and are featured in her Puerto Rican food memoir and cookbook, Gordita. Tickets — which include drink pairings — are $80.

Food Policy for Breakfast: NYC Health Technology Food Forum: How Can Technology Help (and Hurt) Public Health Initiatives?, CUNY School of Public Health, 2180 Third Avenue, Tuesday, 8:45 a.m.

Grab a coffee and enjoy a morning discussion on the power of technology to help — or damage — public health initiatives. A panel of six speakers — including Jennifer Goggin of the online marketplace Farmers Web — will address the increasing influence of technology in the food world and look into its pros and cons for such topics as public health access and the prevalence of diet-related diseases. RSVP in advance.

Masters of Social Gastronomy Present: American Pie, Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

Apple and pumpkin pie are the topics of choice at this monthly gathering of edible education. Hosts Sarah Loman and Jonathan Soma will dive into the orchard and chat about how Granny Smith apples got their name, and the science behind the difference in some varieties. The duo will also tackle pumpkin spice and how it made its way from gourds into lattes. The event is free to attend and guests do not need tickets.

Inuman at Pulutan, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, Thursday, 6 p.m.

Craving a Pacific island getaway? Join Kuma Inn, Maharlika, and other restaurants bringing a taste of the Philippines to Manhattan this week. This year’s theme has chefs reinterpreting traditional Filipino classics; attendees will vote for their favorite dish. Tickets start at $65 and include beer, cocktails, and unlimited tapas.

Cocktail Class, The Third Man, 116 Avenue C, Friday, 5 p.m.

Fans of cocktails can learn what to stir, shake, and crack an egg into during this hands-on educational experience. Bartenders will also cover topics like the use of liquid nitrogen and how to make a chartreuse flame. Classes are $85 and include a bartender kit to take home; reservations can be made by emailing drink@thethirdmannyc.com.

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The Blood Brothers

You patiently waited through all of the cheesy 10 year anniversary tours and band reunions of the last year (Brand New, Senses Fail, really?), hoping for something a bit less whiny. You cursed at your computer when you saw the Blood Brothers announced they would be reuniting for the annual FYF in California. Living in New York finally, as it typically does, paid off when the band expanded their reunion and announced they would be hitting the East Coast at the small Warsaw in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. After 10 years of dueling screeching vocals, the band broke up in 2007. Hits (in their own right) like “Love Rhymes With Hideous Car Wreck” and “Crimes” have carried us the past seven years, resurfacing when the DJ gets too drunk at a Bushwick or LES bar. Be ready to add a third voice (your own) to the mix amongst fans die hard enough to buy a $100 ticket off StubHub.

Sun., Oct. 5, 7 p.m., 2014

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This Weekend’s Five Best Food Events – 9/5/2014

You may have been forced to put away those white shoes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get wild on the weekends. Here are the five best food events this weekend.

Pig Island, Waterfront at Erie Basin Park, 50-94 Beard Street, Brooklyn, Saturday, 11:30 a.m.

An assortment of chefs from restaurants like Tavern on the Green and Blue Ribbon Bakery are planning to dish out a ton of pork this weekend. Guests can enjoy beers courtesy of nearby Sixpoint Brewery along with New York wine and cider, which may help ease the pain of the carving demonstrations that are taking place. Tickets are $75 and include access to unlimited and food beverages; BYO blanket.

PourMania 2914, 120 Bay Café, 120 Bay Street, Staten Island, Saturday, 1 p.m.

If you’re a fan of adventurous drinking, head to this casual home brew tasting and sample London porters, meads, and even a peanut butter-and-jelly ale. Your $25 ticket gets you access to the lot; a full menu will be available for snacking.

Governors Island Seafood and Music Beach Party, Governors Island, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Get to this must-visit NYC locale while the weather’s still nice: Governors Island is hosting a beach party with Bob Marley and Sublime tribute bands, lobster rolls and oysters, and a VIP top-shelf open bar. Tickets start at $39.50.

TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint, East River State Park, 110 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, Sunday, 1 p.m.

A selection of over 40 north Brooklyn restaurants will gather on the Williamsburg waterfront for an afternoon of food, drink, and live music. You’ll find, for example, cocktails from Hotel Delmano, brats from Rosamunde Sausage Grill, and dessert from Brooklyn Cupcake. Live musical performances by Ben Fields and Jack + Eliza are also scheduled to take place rain or shine. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased through the event’s website.

Humboldt and Jackson presents: Sunday Gravy with Cozy Royale, Humboldt and Jackson, 434 Humboldt Street, Sunday, 6 p.m.

Chef Joanne Mercker is kicking off this restaurant’s new guest chef upscale buffet dinner series with an ode to Italian fare and Sunday night tradition. For $25, guests can fill up on pasta and “gravy” while watching Nicolas Cage and Cher banter in Moonstruck. You’ll need a reservation.