Its almost fall, which means restaurants and chefs are revving up their tiny appetizer plates for more tasting events than your calendar (or waistline) can bear. Among the coastal rivalries, pork fests, and other carnivals of gluttony, check out these multi-chef samplers at least three of which have outdoor components for sponging up the very last remnants of the summery sun.
HOT PLATES LIVE
Time and Place: September 13, 6 til 9 p.m. at The Bell House
The Shtick: Metromix celebrates the best and brightest new restaurants in Brooklyn.
The Restaurants: St. Anselm, Osteria il Paiolo, 1 or 8, Branded Saloon, Cariño, Mile End, and more
Tickets: $15 here
LET US EAT LOCAL
Time and Place: September 16, VIP reception 6 p.m., general admission 7 p.m., at Water Taxi Beach at the South Street Seaport
The Shtick: A locavore fundraiser for charity Just Food, honoring Mark Bittman.
The Restaurants: ABC Kitchen, Craft, Back Forty, Gramercy Tavern, Northern Spy Food Co., and more
Tickets: $175-$300 here
BACK TO BASIS GOOD FOOD FESTIVAL
Time and Place: September 19, at Gansevoort Plaza, Gansevoort and Washington Streets.; Tasting: 11 a.m. til 4 p.m.; Dinner: 6 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner
The Shtick: A celebration of traditional, localized, 100% traceable food.
The Restaurants: Colicchio & Sons, Flatbush Farm, Highlands, Minetta Tavern, Dirty Bird To-Go, and more
Tickets: $20-$175 here
INTERNATIONAL CHINESE CULINARY COMPETITION
Time and Place: September 30-October 1 at Duffy Square, Broadway and 44th Street; October 3 at Pier Sixty, tasting reception 11 a.m. til 2 p.m., awards dinner: 5:30 til 9:30 p.m.
The Shtick: Master Chinese chefs dressed in period costume compete to master five regional varieties of cooking in a live Times Square cook-off, with the winners awarded gold medals.
Tickets: $60-$275 here