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Top 5 Weekend Food Events: Chowder Chowdown, Citrus Saver, Roasted Pig, All-Night Happy Hour, Foodie Chat

West Coast Chowder Competition: Seafood/Creative Chowder

Chowder Chowdown

Ten days. Six chowders. No rules. Celebrate National Soup Month at Gladstone's annual chowder fest. In addition to traditional New England and Manhattan chowders, chef Dean Grill has created four nouveau chowders including roasted corn and chicken, kale and andouille, butternut squash and porcini with pork jowls. (Regular menu still in effect.)

WHEN: Feb. 17-26

WHERE: Gladstone's Malibu

COST: $22.95 for a flight of all six.

Saving the Season: Citrus

Learn to make lemon sorbet, citrus preserves, candied citrus peel, liqueur and bitters at this daylong workshop devoted to all manner of lemon, orange and lime preservation.

WHEN: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 19

WHERE: Zane Grey Estate

COST: $195, includes lunch, beverages, ingredients and supplies (register here)

Whole Roasted Pig

Chef Suzanne Tracht chef de cuisine Preech Narkthong serve up a one-night-only family-style pig roast featuring a whole suckling pig with green papaya salad, fennel slaw and purple yams.

WHEN: Feb. 20

WHERE: Jar

COST: $55/person; optional wine pairing, extra. (reservations recommended)

All-Night Happy Hour

Offered every Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to close, Michael's new all-night happy hour kicks off today with a menu of $6 small plates meant to pair with bartender Jason Robey's cocktail menu (also $6 each). Noshes include sweetbread poppers, truffle fries, radish salad, burrata on crostini, Jidori "chicken and waffle" wings and more.

WHEN: Weeknights starting Feb. 21

WHERE: Michael's

COST: $6/item

Foodie Culture

Zocalo hosts this discussion with Jonathan Gold and New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik examining the issue: Does foodie culture do anyone any good?

WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 22

WHERE: Downtown Independent

COST: Free (reservations recommended)


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