Local Events for the Foodie in You: Week of Jan 23rd!

First let’s just start by saying “Woooohooooo Giants!!”. Now that I’ve gotten that out 🙂 it’s Monday, and I’m pretty excited that the Giants have made it to the super bowl. Plus we’ll be in our new apt, with a full kitchen, and I plan on whipping up some mean grub! But that’s two weeks away. In the meantime, NYCers, here’s a list of great food events & drink specials this week…

Jan 23 – Beer Dinner @ The Jakewalk, 282 Smith St. (@ Sackett St) from 6-9pm. Get rid of those Manic Monday blues with a great Beer Dinner tonight at The Jakewalk! Brooklyn Brewery’s partnering up with the Carroll Gardens resto for a $45 three-course dinner tonight, paired with three of the brewery’s delicious beers. There are two seatings—one at 6pm and one at 9pm—so claim your spot by emailing here. Food, friends and, most importantly, beer! What could be better?!

Gordon & MacPhail Scotch Dinner @ Morton’s, 551 5th Ave. (bt. w. 45th & w. 46th St) at 6pm. Serious about scotch? Then this is the dinner for you! Join Morton’s for an evening of delicious dinner and drinks with Gordon & MacPhail Scotch. Start the night out with an opening reception complete with bacon-wrapped sea scallops, mini crab cakes, a 16-year Scapa and a 21-year Glenburgie. And, all the deliciousness and dinner hasn’t even started yet! The meal will feature four courses of Morton’s signature cuisine paired with superb scotches. A slice of Morton’s legendary hot chocolate cake with a ’92 vintage Old Pulteney’s…not a shabby way to end your Monday, eh? Snag a $130 ticket here for this sensational scotch night!

Jan 24 – Leonetti Winemaker Dinner at Tribeca Grill, 375 Greenwich St. (Bt. Moore & Franklin St) from 6:30-10pm. Always wanted an excuse to visit the swanky Tribeca Grill? Search no further (well, except for that expense account)! Indulge in top-notch wines and meet the winemakers behind the label at this special five-course meal and imbibing celebration. It’ll cost ya $175 for the meal, but the name-dropping power of saying you had juniper crusted venison loin (yeah, we had to look up “juniper” too.) with a refined glass of Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 is well worth it. Just remember to thank us five courses later as you dig into your last bite of bittersweet chocolate and caramel panna cotta with candied blood orange salad. Call 212.941.3900 for reservations.

Make Your Own Fish Feast! at Camaje, 85 MacDougal St. (bt. Houston & Bleecker St) from 6:30-10:30pm. From Lure Fish Bar to AVRA Estiatorio, it seems like fish is the new black in New York City, with no shortage of great seafood haunts to, well, dive into. But ever wonder how to perfect your own fish feast? Camaje to the rescue. Rather than spend another lame Tuesday night on your couch, learn to make specialties like New England Fish Chowder and Arctic Char with Wild Mushrooms and Roasted Vegetables and then indulge in your creations (…and throw back some great wine along with it). A single ticket sets you back $95 or a duo for $175, but with the class only having enough room as legs on two octopuses, it’ll well be worth throwing down some golden sea urchins!

$10 Tuesday Tastings: Shelton Brothers’ Favorites at Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 e. 7th St, Basement (bt. 2nd & 3rd Ave) from 7:30-10pm. Pick up your phone. Really. Now, text that Captain Skeptical boyfriend or girlfriend of yours that good deals really do exist in this city. Then, text your sweetie back with Jimmy’s No. 43’s address and ask them to meet you outside at 7:30pm. There, you will enter the wonderful bargain-laden world of Tuesday Night Tastings where 10 bucks gets you five or six samples of delectably strong beers along with talking points from a beer aficionado. Perhaps it’s time to make it a double date. Or singles, bundle up with friends and linger around after to mingle with fellow beer and bargain lovers!

Jan 25 – Sommelier Secrets Wine Class at Appellation Wine & Spirits, 156 10th Ave (bt. 19th & 20th St) at 6:30pm. So you’re sitting there at Lure Fishbar trying to navigate your way through the extensive wine list. You’re getting increasingly nervous as your server hovers by your table and you still have no clue what to order. Sound familiar? Luckily, for $45, you can take a Sommelier Secrets class where you can master the formidable art of perusing a wine list, learn what to look for on store shelves and hammer down the basics of wine appreciation. Start bolstering your vino IQ by buying tickets here.

WineCandi Tasting! at Pangea, 178 2nd Ave. (11th & 12th St) from 6:30-8:30pm. Get a taste of Italy in a cozy downtown Manhattan nook when you sample a delicious assortment of Italian wines ranging from NV Ruggeri Prosecco Brut to a 2010 Colterenzio Pinot Grigio. All the vinos are paired with mouthwatering appetizers. Like what you taste? You’ll get exclusive discounts at WineCandi to redeem after the event. Buy your $35 tickets here!

Jan 26 – The Joy of Winter Beers at 92YTribeca Lecture Hall, 200 Hudson St. (@ Canal St) at 6:30pm. Something tells us your brother or boyfriend wouldn’t be into a lecture on calculus. But a lecture on beer? Now that’s something you microbrew aficionado guys and gals may be able to get behind. Learn about the intricacies of cold-weather brews from Chris O’Leary, a homebrewer, beer enthusiast and the editor of BrewYorkNewYork. Tickets will only cost you $25—less than a night of debauchery at Rattle ‘n’ Hum, so buy ’em here.

Jan 27 – Sample Sale & Cocktails  at the Roger Smith Hotel, 501 Lexington Ave (bt. 47th & 48th St) from 12-6:30pm. Need to get around to buying that hot dress for Valentine’s Day already? Check out the Rosa Pusher sample sale at the Roger Smith Hotel in midtown for discounts of up to 80% on devilishly sexy dresses. Enhance your shopping experience with complimentary cocktails. Sample Sale. Cocktails. They rhyme, so you should go!

French Cooking Class at Camaje, 85 MacDougal St (bt. Houston & Bleecker St) from 6:30-10pm. Ready for some serious Friday-night Frenching? No, not like that. Spend your Friday night learning to cook like a French culinary god at Camaje. In this intimate, hands-on class, you’ll be taking a stab at sophisticated fare like French onion soup and molten chocolate cake with raspberry coulis. This class is only open to 12 students, so get your tickets for $95 before they run out here.

Jan 28 – East Village Chili & Brews Tour starting at Village Pourhouse, 64 3rd Ave. (@ 11th St) from 1-6pm. Why would you warm up with a warm bowl of soup when you could fight the shivers with a sizzling hot helping of chili? Battle Saturday afternoon blahs with a tour through the East Village of great chili and beer spots as you sample your way through habanero pepper paradise. A variety of packages attractively priced from $20-80 are available here, so pick your pepper-spiked poison based on how many brews and how much chili your stomach can handle.

Pizza and the Wines that Love It at New York Vintners, 21 Warren St. (Bt. Church St. & Broadway) from 1-3pm. Class up your uje slice as Exec Chef Ryan Smith demos how to make flatbread pies…and pair ‘em with wines. The three-course pizza meal served with six vinos is a tasty departure from the simple sauce-and-cheese stuff you’re used to getting delivered. So, dough‘nt forget to snag a $50 ticket here!

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival at la.venue, 608 West 28th St. (Bt. 11th and 12th Ave) from 5:30-9:30pm. Thought kettle corn was as good as it gets? Wrong, sir. Bacon bourbon popcorn. Yes, you read that right. The three delectable goods come together in harmonious symphony at the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival, along with a whole lot more Southern sass and delicacies. At the Whole Hog session, you’ll get a whole lotta pig, plenty of sides and 60 beers and 40 bourbons to wash the beast down. Also expect how-to seminars from pit masters and live bluegrass music. Get your tickets here for $95 and be sure to loosen up your belt buckle before you head out!

Jan 29 – 13th Annual Chinatown New Year Parade & Festival from Little Italy to Chinatown from 11:30 am – 4 pm. Ring in the year of the Dragon with a festive and colorful parade that starts in Little Italy and makes it way through the streets of lower Chinatown. There’ll be plenty of entertainment (all free!) to impress spectators of all ages, including floats, marching bands, beauty queens, magicians and acrobats. There will also be a Cultural Festival & Booth at Sara Roosevelt Park (Canal and Forsyth St.). When it wraps up at 4pm, you’ve got the perfect excuse to hit up the cheap Chinatown standard Whiskey Tavern for a few brews.

Blind Wine Tasting at New York Vintners, 21 Warren St (bt. Church St & Broadway) at 7pm. Have a knack for always acing the blind taste test between Pepsi and Coca Cola? Or do you just really like good wine? Either way, this blind tasting featuring wines from Washington and California is for you. You’ll get three flights with wines from each state paired against each other in each round. So, enjoy some good wine without getting wrapped up in worrying about its year or label! Pick up your tickets for $75 here, and get ready for a seriously grape, er, great time.

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