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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 P√Ętisserie, 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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NINJAS WANTED

Are you hooligan enough to revive
the most dangerous ninja army NYC has ever seen? Tonight, Shredder, infamous Ninja Turtle–nemesis and dark martial artist, holds tryouts for his Foot Clan in an attempt to bulk up the evil ninjutsu street force. If you can’t beat ’em, learn black magic and join ’em, we say. Clearly BBQ Films agrees. They host the Fall Foot Clan Tryouts with a screening of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, complimentary pizza, drinks, Turtles-themed musical performances, an exclusive headband for early recruits, and lots more giveaways and special guests. Villain will be transformed into a secret lair with skate ramps, graffiti, and vintage video games.

Thu., Nov. 21, 7 p.m., 2013

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FASHIONABLY LOUD

Don’t think that New York Fashion Week is over just because the tents are coming down at Lincoln Center. Find new designers and clothes that you’ll actually be able to afford at Williamsburg Fashion Weekend. Here, you don’t have to be on the A-list to sit in the front row. Since spring 2006, designer and artist Arthur Arbit has been organizing this democratic alternative to Lincoln Center that often mixes live music, theatrical performance, and dance on the catwalk, all for less than the price of a movie. Tonight, see the latest collections from Brittany Erb, Mark Tauriello, Nathalie Kraynina + Kaci Head, Uta Bekaia, Gregory Apparel, and DEVOWEVO. Another six designers will show on Saturday.

Fri., Sept. 13, 9 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 14, 9 p.m., 2013

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Luncha Libre: Thrillist Taco Knockout

Want more than guac and chips?At the Luncha Libre: Thrillist Taco Knockout, chefs serve up creative tacos, while guests participate in tastings, a DIY hot sauce station, and a margarita bar.

Sun., May 5, 1 p.m., 2013