Best Weekend Food Events: Candy Making, Boozy Cupcake Tasting, and Chili Takedown

Union Square Holiday Market Opening Weekend, Union Square, Friday through December 24

Grab a cat-shaped macaron from Meow Parlour or pick up any number of food gifts at the brand new Urbanspace Provisions pop-up at Union Square’s annual holiday market, with ready-to-eat bites from the likes of Delaney Barbecue. This year, The Children’s Museum is also setting up a crafts booth where kids can make their own ornaments. A full line up of participating food focused businesses as well as holiday hours can be viewed on the Union Square Holiday Market web site.

How to Make Magical Healing Candy with Sweet Saba’s Maayan Zilberman, Fort Gansevoort, 5 Ninth Avenue, Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 2 p.m.

This two-day workshop lets students make candy from scratch, while teaching them how additives and oils can turn candy into cough drops. After students have molded their candy and returned for day two, the class will cover how to use food dyes for decoration. The class includes a mold to take home as well as goodie bag of treats from Sweet Saba; reserve your seat for both days – $264.74 per person – here.

Lexy’s Cupcake Tasting, Lexy’s Cupcake BarBlue Jean Studio, 149 West 24th Street – Suite 5B, Saturday, 5 p.m.

Enjoy cupcake and cocktails? Want to be on the ground floor to give feedback on flavors? Sample a variety of two dozen different alcohol-infused sweets (wine and soft drinks will be available too). Cupcakes also come in non-alcoholic flavors like pineapple-upside-down and caramel cinnamon apple, with other booze-infused creations like strawberry margarita and Bailey’s Irish Cream-infused vanilla.Tickets are $10; reserve them here.

Brooklyn Chili Takedown, The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, 514 Union Street, Brooklyn, Sunday, 12 p.m.

Grab all-you-can-eat bowls of homemade chili and vote on which chef’s secret recipe will take home the top prize. Over 25 chefs will offer spicy, savory, and sweet chilis to enjoy, with drinks available for purchase. Tickets are $20 and can be secured here.

Oyster Pairing and Restoration Talk, Lighthouse, 45 Borinquen Place, Brooklyn, Sunday, 5 p.m.

Have an hour to kill this weekend? Then enjoy it with an hour of oyster and beverage tastings along with conversation with Pete Malinowski, director of the Billion Oyster Project. Guests receive a half dozen oysters with beverage pairings — three different oyster preparations teamed up with a cocktail, beer, or wine. Afterwards, guests will learn about the role of recycling oysters in New York’s restoration efforts as well a better understanding of the farming process, courtesy of guest speakers from the Fishers Island Oyster Company. Tickets are $30; score them here.


This Weekend’s Five Best Food Events – 12/12/2014

Holiday markets are everywhere, but if you can only take so much yuletide cheer — or strangers awkwardly bumping into you — there are other ways to spend your free time. Here are five events that offer something for everyone this weekend.

Gingerbread Lane, New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Queens, Saturday through January 11, 10 a.m.

Need a bribe to get the kids out to a museum? How about visiting the world’s largest gingerbread village? Chef Jon Lovitch’s edible architecture is created over the course of an entire year and made from only ingredients you can eat. Access to Gingerbread Lane is free with a museum ticket. Special events include a gingerbread house-building workshop on December 27 and a giveaway on January 11. Tickets — $11 for adults — can be purchased upon arrival at the museum.

South Bronx Farmer & Holiday Market, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, Saturday, 11 a.m.

Still searching for a cute stocking stuffer? Local farmers and artisans will offer a selection of goods for the food-obsessed, like chutneys, herbal teas, and salsas. The market will also offer additional food and drink options for those in need of a quick shopping break bite, along with produce, should you be hosting a holiday dinner party.

Gingerbread Ship Workshop, BLDG 92 at Brooklyn Navy Yard, 63 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Build your very own ship out of gingerbread. Christopher Sanchez of The Lambs Club will bring his baking expertise to the Navy Yard in a class designed for children and adults young at heart. Attendees will decorate a gingerbread model of the Yard-built USS Levant; the day’s events also including an interactive exhibit tour. Tickets are $8 for children and free for accompanying adults.

Handmade Soba Workshop, Resobox, 41-26 27th Street, Queens, Sunday, 10 a.m.

Learn about the health benefits associated with buckwheat noodles and cure a winter cold at the same time. Instructor Asako Nonaka will teach students about the history of the ingredient and guide students through making soba from scratch. Students will get a chance to make and taste their own soba, and Nonaka will also provide her own homemade buckwheat flower snacks for students to enjoy. Reservations are $40.

Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co. Brewery Tour, Dirck the Norseman, 7 North 15th Street, Brooklyn, Sunday, 1 p.m.

Brooklyn’s brewing revolution continues with the opening of the Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co. The new brewery on the border of Williamsburg and Greenpoint is now offering guided tours, which discuss in depth the suds-making process and explain the varieties of beer available. Guests also receive four .2 liter glasses of beer to enjoy during the tour, and are invited to grab food and larger portions at Dirck the Norseman afterwards. Tickets are $15.