We've got precious few days where being outside doesn't result in wind burn and frost bite, so take advantage of Saturday's Taste of the Seaport event to relish the autumn sunshine while you can. This benefit for arts and enrichment programs at two local elementary schools asks restaurants to create "bites" of food for walk around tastings by attendees. Insomnia Cookies, Trading Post, Stout and Ambrose Beer & Lobster are a few of such restaurants dishing out food, plus live cooking demonstrations from the chefs at Toloache, Acqua and Andaz Wall Street. Entrance to the event is free, but you'll have to purchase tickets for the bites. $35 gets you five and $125 gets you 20.

The NYC outpost of Philly's bonkers burger joint PYT has been in something of a soft opening mode but they're putting on their big boy pants this weekend with a party on Saturday to celebrate their official opening. Put on your big boy pants for a PYT Unlimited Burger Eating Party from 6 - 10 p.m., featuring their Pickleback, Cheesesteak Pretzel Roll, Chocolate Bacon Donut, PYT Signature, Hot Waffle & Chicken sandwiches, plus slider versions of their $64 Basquiat Premium Beef Burger, made of 100% fresh 25% fat Wagyu Ribeye. Tickets are $80 and also include Not Your Father’s Root Beer and Narragansett beers to encourage overeating.

Asellina's Pistacchio Garganelli with Braised Oxtail and Spicy Candy Pistacchio

If State Fairs have taught us nothing else, it's that food tastes really, really great when it's on a stick. If you agree with this statement, head on over the the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club on Sunday for the Food On A Stick Takedown, where skewers and rods will be the kitchen tools of choice. As with all of the Takedowns, this is a competition for stick supremacy, whether that's a corndog, a satay or a shish kabob. Shoot organizers an email to enter your cake pops into the fray or grab a $20 ticket to nibble on skewers from the sidelines.

As everyone knows, October is not just National Dental Hygiene Month and National Bullying Prevention Month, it's also National Pasta Month (not to mention National Seriously, Christmas Decorations Month?). None of these things are real—they're just concepts that only matter if you choose to imbue them with meaning, man. Asellina restaurant in the Gansevoort Park Hotel has made this choice, and it's a strong one—Chef Andrea Montobbio is offering a different special pasta entree every week this month. Making the case that Asellina is more than just a launching pad for hedge fund dudes to pregame before repairing to the rooftop nightclub, Montobbio's house-made pasta is fantastic—we tried the Black Olives Infused Spaghetti with Monkfish Spezzatino and Crispy Guanciale at a recent press preview and can confirm that it is superb, with robust, earthy flavors grounding the fresh, tender fish. It can be yours through Sunday for $25, and next week they'll have a Pistacchio Garganelli with Braised Oxtail and Spicy Candy Pistacchio (pictured above).

Asellina, located at Park and 29th, will round out October with a special Pumpkin Goat Cheese Gnocchi with Roasted Pheasant and Fresh Chestnut. Get it while supplies last; before you know it it'll be National Diabetes Month. (John Del Signore)