The Ridgewood Food Festival brings a bunch of area restaurants to one place on Saturday at the neighborhood's venue The Footlight. Between noon and 6 p.m., eateries including Gyro World, Sweet Dreams by Jen (cupcakes, cookies, pies), I Like Food (pernil sandwiches and vegan sloppy joes) and Quetzal Ceja (tamales served with homemade salsa) will be serving up ready-made foods alongside folks selling things like jarred spice blends and other goods that could double as holiday gifts.
Drink away 2016 on Saturday at the NYC Whiskey Fest, unfolding at various times throughout the day in Greenpoint. Both afternoon and evening sessions (tickets $69 - $125) promise dozens of whiskies and whiskey-based cocktails, plus autumnal eats from restaurants including Tres Carnes, Blue Smoke, Sweet Chili, Home Frite and Harold's Meat + Three.
(courtesy Chomp Chomp)
West Village restaurant Chomp Chomp—which was just awarded the Bib Gourmand distinction—recently debuted a brunch program that employs Chef Simpson Wong's Singapore hawker-style food. Wong's an expert with fried chicken, so the Ayam Masak Mereh (fried chicken in a chili and tomato sauce) is a must-order; the Chili Crab Cheese Fries don't sound too bad, either. Lighter fare includes a Hainanese Chicken Salad with seasonal greens and a Market Vegetables Omelet (butternut squash, kale, Swiss chard and sambal sauce).
You can also funnel all of your fears and frustrations into the competitive arena at the Brooklyn Chili Takedown at Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club on Sunday. The competition begins at noon for those who bring their crocks of chili; everyone else just gets to eat and pass judgement. Tickets are $20 for chili samples and another opportunity to vote :(