Locanda Vini e Olii’s Next Wine Dinner Celebrates Le Marche; Alton Brown Will Light Up Empire State

As promised, Brooklyn Winery unveils its 1,000-square-foot Atrium this Sunday. Formerly the courtyard, the glass-topped space will play host to live music, a spring menu, and half off some housemade wines from 1 to 4 p.m. [Grub Street]

If you follow soccer, you know the UEFA Champions League Final* are on May 19. If you don't, you're just as welcome to join the party at Blaue Gans for the Chelsea vs. Bayern Munich kick off. [Grub Street]

Five Leaves unveils a new spring menu that reads like a bite of countryside ... grilled lamb with ramp sauce, seared scallops with rhubarb and purslane, braised rabbit and shitakes ... [Grub Street]

When the Meatball Factory in the East Village closed mysteriously this week, rumors of renovation and shuttering flew. As it turns out, starting Saturday at 8 p.m., it'll be transformed into pop-up restaurant Hole Foods, seating a 40-person dinner by invitation only. Artist Joe Grillo designed the Hole Gallery project. [Eater NY]

By Monday, you should be recovered from Cinco de Mayo and ready to drink in honor of a different country, Italia. Time to plan for Locanda Vini e Olii's next wine dinner on Monday, May 14 at 7 p.m., featuring wines from the Le Marche region. A tentative menu of seafood, spring vegetables, and lamb will accompany for $115, including food, wine, tax, and gratuity. [Grub Street]

Café Buunni is coming to 213 Pinehurst, occupying a former shoe repair shop, and serving up coffee, tea, espresso, smoothies, and baked items. They're also looking for some baristas, cashiers, and healthy local food vendors. E-mail inquiries to info@buunnicoffee.com. [Grub Street]

The finale of the Speed Rack all-female bartender speed competition is May 10 at the Prince George Ballroom. All ticket proceeds benefit breast cancer research and prevention. Chopped's Amanda Freitag joins the judges to pick Miss Speed Rack 2012 and sponsors provide nibbles and punch for you. [Grub Street]

It looks like the back room at Caf Select formerly for fondue and raclette has transformed into Cervante's Oyster Shack, serving up lobster salad, steamed mussels, and of course, three varieties of oysters. [Grub Street]

If you're one of those people who always pretends to know what the Empire State Building's colors mean, listen up. On Monday, it'll be orange and yellow, starting at 10:30 a.m., for the James Beard Foundation's 25th anniversary. Alton Brown will flip the switch and host the annual awards on Monday night. [Grub Street]

*This posted has been corrected to show that the May 19 soccer match is the UEFA Champions League final.