Tao Launches Dim Sum Brunch; Alison Eighteen Launches Reading Series

• Ernest Hemingway's family plans to open a chain of hotels in locations that have a relationship to the writer, and they'll guide their guests to his favorite bars, describing them as the "ultimate gathering places to enjoy Hemingway's favorite libations." [NYDN]

Tao launches a dim sum brunch on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. that will feature all sorts of fun dishes and live music by D.J. Billy Steele. [Grub Street]

• The fine folks at City Foundry just launched a new venture, Industry City Distillery. Their first product is a beet-sugar vodka called No. 2 ($20 for 375 ml). [Grub Street]

Alison Eighteen kicks off its literary program with a live-streamed reading by Augusten Burroughs (Running With Scissors) on Saturday evening. For ticket information, call 212-366-1818. [Grub Street]

• 5-Boro PicNYC takes place over Memorial Day weekend on Governors Island from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., featuring Sixpoint craft brews, grilling, family-friendly events, live music, and more. Tickets go on sale April 27 at 5boropicnyc.com. [Grub Street]

• Alison Knowles is creating a huge — seriously, we're talking gigantic — salad on the High Line on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Finally, Elaine Benes can get the big salad she always dreamed of. [Grub Street]

No Fun hosts brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday with an expansive menu including lemon-ricotta pancakes and creamy portobello-mushroom-pasta cake. [Grub Street]

Kutsher's Tribeca is now offering a weekly brisket special on Monday nights, starting on April 23 with a Creekstone Farms Deckle Brisket for $24. [Grub Street]