This week, your hungry stomach can lend a helping hand! A variety of charity-oriented food events are going down, with causes that range from cleaning up the Hudson to funding earthquake relief to bringing farm-fresh food to those who need it most. Plus, they feature piping-hot bowls of sumo stew, succulent fresh oysters, and delicious craft cocktails. Will these events work as tax write-offs? Maybe not, but they'll definitely taste great.
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Time Out New York's Second Annual Bar Awards is happy hour on steroids. On Monday night, the city's bar experts will convene to choose the best bars and drinks across seven categories, including "Best Instagram-Worthy Cocktail," and you’ll be able to sample all the nominees. You can sip cocktails like the "Shark Eye" from Mother of Pearl and the "Tahitian Coffee" from Slowly Shirley. Purchase tickets here.
The Brooklyn Kitchen will be hosting the latest installation of their Sumo Stew series at the Brooklyn Brewery this Tuesday. You’ll be able to sip beer from the brewery, as well as sake, sochu, and Japanese green tea, all before chowing down on bento boxes and chankonabe, the hearty meat and vegetable soup that fuels Japan’s iconic sumo wrestlers. Sumo tournaments will be streaming all night long on livestream and a portion of all proceeds will be donated to relief efforts for those affected by the recent Kumamoto earthquake. Purchase tickets here.
Also on Tuesday, Kings County Imperial will be serving up their reinterpreted Central Chinese cuisine at Finger On the Pulse’s 9th Annual BBQ Blowout. Two seatings—at 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.—guarantee you won’t miss out on Chinese-inspired BBQ dishes like Chinese Hanging Pork Ribs and Spicy Szechuan Cucumber Salad. Tickets include one entree and beer from Brooklyn Brewery and can be purchased here.
Three hundred years ago, the New York Harbor was filled with oysters. Pollution, dredging, and overharvesting has driven these necessary (and delicious) creatures away, which has led to a loss of coral reefs and left the city’s shorelines vulnerable to erosion and storms. But fear not, because the Billion Oyster Project has a plan to bring a billion oysters to the Harbor by 2035—and you can help them on Thursday night by slurping down delicious oysters. Tickets get you unlimited access to oysters from 40 farms, tastings from various restaurants, and access to an open bar. Purchase tickets here.
Also on Thursday, Harvest Home’s 4th Annual Savor the Season Uptown will give you a chance to sample signature dishes, beverages, and desserts from the best restaurants above 96th street including Serafina and Sofrito, all for a good cause. The event will be held at the Museum of the City of New York, and all proceeds will benefit Harvest Home’s initiative to provide farm-fresh food to farmers markets in food deserts and other undeserved areas. Purchase tickets here.