Our Guide to This Week: June 20, 2016

This week, we’re swigging local spirits, learning about seed keeping, honing our shellfish knowledge and more.

What we’re doing:

Monday: Have a very happy Monday at the fifth annual Spirits of New York event from Slow Food NYC and the New York Distilling Company for a tasting of New York’s best small-batch spirits.

Tuesday: Are you curious about matcha? Find out all about it at the Mucho Matcha Tea Tasting by Tea Dealers, Inc.

Wednesday: If you’re interested in the smokier side of agave-based spirits, head over to Threes Brewing for a workshop on mezcal.

Thursday: To learn all the tips and tricks of the shellfish trade, take this Brooklyn Kitchen shellfish intensive from the folks at Greenpoint Fish & Lobster.

Friday: You can drink a milkshake and donate to (RED) by heading over to the Instagram-famous Black Tap.

Saturday: Would you like to experience A Starry Night on the Farm without paying for an Airbnb? Modern Farmer has organized a dinner featuring food by chef Bill Telepan, Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli of Frankies Spuntino, Evan Hanczor of Egg, and Liz Neumark of Great Performances.

Sunday: Take a trip to Philadelphia’s Roughwood Seed Collection with Farm School NYC for a seed keeping workshop. Tickets are available on a sliding scale.

Coming Soon: Good Beer is next month! Make sure to get your tickets for a night of beer and fun. If you’ll be on Long Island in August (or want to take a day trip), don’t miss our Food Truck Derby, taking place on the East End.

Stories we’re reading:

Bolivia doesn’t want Bill Gates’s chickens.

Michael Pollan talked to Mother Jonesfood politics podcast about psychedelics.

Philly is the first U.S. city to introduce a soda tax.

The Bourgeois Pig is going vegan and renaming itself Ladybird.

Feeds we’re following:

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We swoon over our illustrator Adriana Gallo’s feed on a daily basis.

When the weather calls for tacos and margaritas, we can generally be found at Chavela’s in Crown Heights.

A light lunch of summer rolls, dumplings, veggies and…French fries?

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The cook behind the forthcoming Modern Love Brooklyn checked out Sage Brooklyn for a meal of summer rolls and fries.

If you like sweets, stop wasting time and head over to Confectionery in the East Village.

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Alicia Kennedy is a Long Island–born, Brooklyn-based food writer and recipe developer.