Piccola Cucina Osteria Opening Tomorrow; Upcoming Classes at the Brooklyn Kitchen

Local Empire is a new sketch comedy show in Williamsburg that premieres original filmed sketches, live stand-up, and a guest interview at every monthly show. This month’s show, “Table for Two,” pokes fun at everyone’s fascination with food. Filming at Public Assembly on April 9, it will feature stand-up from Jarden Logan and an interview with Jake Dell, the fifth generation owner of Katz’s Deli. [Grub Street]

• Melibea, the second creative collaboration from Spanish restaurateur Hector Sanz of Quimeria Restaurant Group (Rayeula, Macondo) and Madrid native chef Jesus Nunez (formerly of Gastroarte) is scheduled to open on April 4. [Grub Street]

• Upcoming classes at the Brooklyn Kitchen are good for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free cooks. A few on the horizon include “Vegan Tamales” (April 2), “Gluten Free Baking with Ovenly” (April 9 and May 12), and “Meze Breakfast Class” (May 12). [Grub Street]

• Sicilian Chef Philip Guardione of Soho’s Piccola Cucina Enoteca, is opening Piccola Cucina Osteria a block south tomorrow at 5 p.m. It’s a casual restaurant with a Sicilian menu and 28 seats. The menu includes swordfish wrapped around buffalo mozzarella and eggplant caponata. [Grub Street]

• With spring right around the corner, avocados are now coming into their peak season. The bartender at Jeepney is using flavorful Haas avocados in his recipe for the Tagaytay Avocado Shake, which is now on the menu. [Grub Street]