FiDi Gets a New French lunch spot; Wine bar opens in Tribeca

To celebrate the formation of the New York City Brewers Guild, the nine New York founders will host a tasting evening of rare beers from each brewery. For $75, get unlimited pours, a commemorative tasting glass, and food from Eataly's La Birreria and 508 GastroBrewery. [Edible Brooklyn]

New lunch spot French Cafe Gourmand is (1) in FiDi, (2) not a chain or a branch of a chain, (3) run by real French people. Specials are chalked on a board outside, and sandwiches, pastries, soup, salads, and coffee drinks are among the offerings. [Midtown Lunch]

A specialty foods company in California actually constructed a six-foot tower out of chocolate. [Curbed]

Foodie pairings aren't all about food on June 2, attend a pairing of the film Strange Brew with Josh Bernstein's Brewed Awakening as part of BBQ Films' series of underground food-and-film nights. Tickets are $25, and gourmet doughnuts and small-batch Sam Adams will be on hand at ACME Studio in Williamsburg. [Grub Street]

The 2nd Annual Cookies for Kids Cancer Bake Sale will set up outside the Flatiron Building between Broadway and Fifth Avenue from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ABC Kitchen and Maialino are among the New York establishments providing the eats. [Grub Street]

Sit down to nine wines and four courses May 21 at 7 for L'Artusi's Sparkling Dinner. Beverage Director Joe Campanale will lead the tasting paired with food from Chef Gabe Thompson. All-inclusive tickets are $125. [Grub Street]

Orchard Street will become an urban backyard between Houston and Delancey on June 3 from noon to 5 p.m. for the Lower East Side BID's DayLife Event. Bistro tables and astro turf will be the backdrop for the offerings of Lower East Side food vendors; plus, retailers, D.J.s, skateboarding, and ping pong round out the day. [Grub Street]

Maslow 6 Wine Bar opens tomorrow in Tribeca (next door to Maslow 6 Wine Store), rolling out a small plates menu and 20 to 30 by-the-glass selections daily. Plus, try rare wines at the Freaky Fridays events and bring over any bottle from the shop next door for a $25 corkage fee. [Grub Street]

NOIR, the new restaurant and lounge coming to Midtown, is set to open in two weeks and features a 10,000-square-foot bi-level space designed by Andres Escobar and a menu by Michelin-starred Jean-Yves Schillinger. [Grub Street]