Contra’s Upcoming Guest-Chef Dinners; Brunch at Au Za’atar

Contra's guest-chef series continues: Kristian Baumann, of Restaurant 1th in Copenhagen (and, soon, Noma), will cook on June 10 and 11. And Relae's Jonathan Tam will cook on July 9 and 10. Both dinners cost $70; email for reservations. [Grub Street]

Au Za’atar launches brunch this weekend in the East Village: It'll run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. [Grub Street]

• The 12th Annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party (on June 7 and 8) will feature performances by the Roosevelts, Black Taxi, Riders Against the Storm, and Lera Lynn. [Grub Street]

The Moonlight Mile in Greenpoint will celebrate Preakness this Saturday with Mint Juleps and drink specials. [Grub Street]