May Days

1. Brooklyn Pigfest

How’s this for local? The beer’s from Brooklyn Brewery, the ’cue’s from several metro-area competition pitmasters, and the proceeds benefit Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy (May 12 at the Tobacco Warehouse, Water St. at Dock St., Empire Fulton-Ferry State Park; $75 tickets available at

2. Slow Food Nation: A Blueprint for Changing the Way We Eat

Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini discusses his new book and, we’d imagine, excoriates McDonald’s (May 15 at the American Museum of Natural History; $15 at

3. Dishing the Dirt: Soil, Terroir, and the New Taste of Earth-friendly Cooking

Dressing Room chef Michel Nischan does a seasonal show-and-tell about the sort of local, organic ingredients his patron, Connecticut restaurateur Paul Newman, insists on (May 15 at NYU’s Torch Club; $100; register at 212-998-7171).

May Days