Sweet Chick and the General Launch Brunch; Cinco de Mayo at Empellon

Sweet Chick is serving up brunch and, most important, a bacon Bloody Mary. The rest of the menu is Southern-inspired, with hearty plates like Cheddar-laced shrimp and grits, and a waffle with whipped ricotta, seasonal fruit, and spiced honey. [Grub Street]

The General is launching brunch this Saturday, too. Asian-inspired dishes include eggs Benedict topped with king crab and Kabayaki hollandaise, and Peking Duck hash and eggs. [Grub Street]

Empellon Taqueria and Cocina are celebrating Cinco de Mayo with special menus. Wash down razor clam ceviche and black garlic hummus tacos with unlimited margaritas, beer, and sparkling wine. [Grub Street]

Throughout May, Taste of Tribeca will bring together the likes of Tribeca Grill and Blaue Gans, among others. Tickets are available for everything from restaurant tastings to the Kick-Off Cocktail Party at Macao Trading Company on May 1 (the event is on May 18). [Grub Street]

Chefs Daniel Boulud, Jacques Pepin, and Eric Ripert are joining forces for an evening of culinary conversation with WNYC host Leonard Lopate, on Wednesday, May 15 at Cooper Unions Great Hall. Tickets are $30 each and available here. [Grub Street]

Vitae is introducing a new pastry chef, Marea alum Sarah Sutherland. New items include a banana semifreddo with molasses, black sesame, and mango. [Grub Street]

Asellina will host chefs tasting dinners Tuesday through Saturday, from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. The four-course menu is $90 per person, and it's $120 for five courses. [Grub Street]