Local Events for the Foodie in You: Week of Feb 6th

The Giants WIN this Super Bowl! Woohoo! I think that alone will make any event this week extra special! I’m a little under the weather today but you can’t not be excited about that win. Plus Mardi Gras & Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Get ready for a fun filled busy week. :)

Feb 6 – Blue Ribbon 5 Course-Wine Paired Game Dinner, at the Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen, 35 Downing St. (@ Bedford St) from 6-11pm. For hunters and game-lovers alike, here is your chance to experience your favorite delicacies, except sans the usual dirty work and it’s all washed down with wines that suit your dishes best! Tonight, Blue Ribbon Bakery is offering their Brick Oven Game Dinner featuring Telmo Rodriguez of Remelluri Winery to bring you fine wines that will complement the already mouth-watering courses. Register now to experience the ultimate hunters dinner for $150. Everyone’s a winner in this game!

Wine 101: Part 2 Introduction To Wine Tasting at City Winery, 155 Varick St. (@ Vandam St) at 6:30pm. Travel far and beyond the obvious senses wine tickles when you dive deeper into the glass and find out what separates a cheap wine from a good wine. For only $300 per 5-class package ($160/class) or $70 per single class, you can finally impress your friends as a connoisseur of fine wines. Snap up $70 single tickets here…this is one subject you’ll want an A+ in! 

Feb 7 – City Harvest’s Big Easy in the Big Apple at Apella @ The Alexandria Center, 450 E 29th St (bt. 1st Ave & FDR Dr) from 6-9pm. Don’t have the time to trek down to N’awlins for Mardi Gras this year? No worries—City Harvest is bringing Bourbon Street to you at their Big Easy in the Big Apple event tonight at Apella! The Mardi Gras-themed fundraiser will feature live brass bands and special Southern-style bites from some of the city’s hottest restos, like Hill Country BBQ,Dinosaur Bar B QueThe Little Owl and more. Grab a $125 ticket here, with proceeds helping to feed the city’s children, single mothers and senior citizens. Party to your heart’s desire with City Harvest tonight, but don’t go flashing your goods for beads, ya hear?!

Duck, Duck, Dinner! at La Silhouette, 362 W. 53rd St. (@ 9th Ave) at 7pm. Gear up for a delectable event featuring mouth-watering dishes from New York’s La Silhouette for one duckin’ awesome deal. Choose from six of the finest duck (or poultry) courses around for only $110 or even quack open some vino for only an additional $85! And, as if that isn’t enough, Chef Tropeano will personally explain his inspiration behind the delectable duck dishes AND give you tips on how to prepare your own duck dinners at home. Once you taste these unique dishes, full of flavor, you’ll be begging for their secrets! Call now to reserve your spot!

Facials & Chocolate Tasting with Urban Girl Squad at Equinox Spa, 1429 2nd Ave. (bt. E 74th & E 75th St) at 7-9pm. Chocolate is a V-Day staple, but Urban Girl Squad’s Facials & Chocolate Tasting at the Equinox Spa sure serves up new ways to enjoy your cocoa. Treat yourself to a full spa night, complete with chocolate and strawberry facials, hand and chair massages, brow touch-ups, and a demo on how to achieve a post-facial glow at home. For your nibbling pleasure, there’ll be a chocolate-tasting station, light hors d’oeuvres and champagne. Ooh, but the goodies don’t stop there! You get a great gift bag to take home, stuffed with a 3-day Equinox pass, chocolate samples and more. Snag a $45 ticket to this great spa event and go relax—you deserve it!

Tuesday Night Tasting with Lagunitas @ Bierkraft, 191 5th Ave (bt. Berkeley Pl & Sackett St) at 7pm. California dreamin’ on such a winters day, er, night? When the clock strikes 7 tonight, Bierkraft is throwing a tasting with beers from Northern California that are nationally known and foaming with flavor. Mark Sljukic of the Lagunitas Brewing Company will be hosting the event and giving attendees the real low-down on these West Coast-derived brewskis. It’s free, but it’s a first come first serve basis, so act fast to grab that Cali sunshine in a bottle!

Feb 8 – The Cinnamon Club Goes to New York, at Desmond’s, 153 E 60th St (bt 3rd & Lexington Ave) at 6pm. Pop-ups are all the rage around the city and now they’re going international! One of London’s hottest Indian restos The Cinnamon Club is coming to New York for a limited engagement at Desmond’s, serving up their famous fare to NYC’s excited foodies. Chefs Vivek Singh and David Hart will plate up dishes like seared Long Island duck breast with Hyderabadi-style sesame and tamarind sauce, and steak with slow-cooked onion sauce and stir-fried morels, washed down with a signature Cinnamon Bellini, of course! Reserve a table here and get a taste of London’s Indian scene sans passport or airfare—all you need to pack is your appetite!

Winter Soups @ 3rd Ward, 195 Morgan Ave (bt. Stagg & Meadow St) from 7-10pm. So it may be unseasonably warm this winter, but that doesn’t stop us from slurping up some scrumptious soup! Soup lovers, head down to 3rd Ward for their Winter Soups class tonight. With Orianne Cosentino as your guide, you’ll learn a few basic principles and techniques for tasty soup making, then start stirring up soups and stews like a fragrant Moroccan spiced lentil soup, a quick-cooking kale soup with lime & jalapeno, and a classic Guinness-spiked beef stew with buttery spuds. Yum! Grab a $50 ticket here (plus $10 for material fees) and kick start your soup making, no matter what the weather outside!

Feb 9 – 5-Course Mardi Gras Themed Beer Pairing at Manchester Pub, 920 2nd Ave (bt. 48th & 49th St) from 6:30-8:30pm. Happy Fat, er, Thursday? Yep, get your New Orleans on tonight at Manchester Pub’s five-course Mardi Gras Themed Beer Pairing! Nosh on delicious Down South dishes like Cajun popcorn, grilled alligator sausage, cracker-crusted Boudin balls, oysters Etouffee, braised beef shoulder with baked cheese grits, and more! All five fab courses will be paired with Louisiana’s own Abita brews, including the popular Bock and Barley Wine. There are two seatings available—at 6:00 and 9:00—so grab yourself a $50 ticket here for this mouthwatering Mardi Gras dinner!

BNakedB Bakeoff & Burlesque Fundraiser at Soho Gallery For Digital Art, 138 Sullivan St. (Bt. W. Houston & Prince St) from 6:30-10pm. This is definitely not your grade-school bake sale! Have a tasty Thursday with some baked goodies and bare-naked babes at the BNakedB Bakeoff & Burlesque Fundraiser tonight! Mix and mingle with the models of Bare Naked Bake, taste sweet treats at the bake-off, watch performances by burly-Q beauts Creamy Stevens and Little Brooklyn, and enjoy sexy raffles prizes, drinks and desserts doled out by topless servers! Snag $25 tickets here, which will benefit Pink Jams! and the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. You’ll titillate both your inner child and your more, er, adult side at the BNakedB Bake-Off tonight!

Stinky Cheese Fest & Endless Paired Booze at 404, 404 10th Ave (bt. W 33rd & W 34th St) at 7:30pm. Fromage fans rejoice! Pay homage to the odorous object of your affections at Tour de France’s Stinky Cheese Festival at 404, where you can enjoy unlimited samples of 20 pungents paired with bottomless brews and wines picked by Le Tour’s sommeliers during a friendly pairing contest. The one-night-only expo will also dish out ooey, gooey grub like mac ‘n’ Limburger and raclette de fromage, and even cheese up dessert with gorgonzola ice cream. Score $38 tickets here or live large and go VIP with an extra hour of drinks ‘n’ dairy for $53!

Feb 10Whip It Real Good! at Bottlerocket, 5 W 19th Street (bt. 5th & 6th Ave) from 5-8pm. Forget expensive and clichéd aphrodisiacs like oysters and bonbons this Valentine’s Day, Bottlerocket brings the love with a free tasting of ‘adult’ mini sundaes instead. Enjoy a small scoop of vanilla ice cream topped with your choice of vanilla or chocolate alcohol infused whipped Cream and garnished with an Ole Smoky Moonshine Cherry! Nothing says “I love you” like booze in a spray can, so come in for a taste and get your creative holiday juices flowing. 

Start Your V-Day Early! at Hotel Chantelle, 92 Ludlow St (bt. Delancey & Broome St) at 6pm. Kick off a week of love (or curse Cupid with good pals) with Hotel Chantelle’s drool-inducing $99 three-course prix-fixe menu which includes a glass of champagne each per couple. This LES den of deliciousness with an enclosed (heated!) roof area is so hip you’ll put Samantha from Sex and the City to shame. So if you already booked your rezzie for One if by Land, Two if by Sea back in November for 2/14, check out this romantic temple on February 10th for top-notch bites and cocktails. Between Cabernet braised beef short ribs, wild mushroom risotto or any of the other entrées, you’ll be happy you came with a friend or lov-ah to share pieces of gourmet heaven.

Tasting & Understanding Spirits from Micro Distilleries at the Astor Center, 399 Lafayette St. (@ E. 4th St) from 6:30-8:30pm. Have a spirited Friday thanks to Astor Center’s Tasting & Understanding Spirits from Micro Distilleries class! Join rum master Michael J. Neff of Ward 3 for a discussion on the trend of boutique micro-distilleries cropping up around the US these last few years, and the amazing craft spirits these distilleries are churning out. Neff will give a run-down on distillation, how it’s changed and how these fine spirits compare to those of their corporate brethren. Most importantly, you’ll get to taste a wide range of sensational sips to really get a sense of how delish craft spirits can be! Get an $89 ticket here. Cheers!

5-Course Island Dinner @ The Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost St (bt. Leonard St & Manhattan Ave) from 7-10pm. Sure, New York’s been blessed with unseasonably warm weather this winter but there’s still a chill in the air, so what better way to warm up than by pretending you’re on a sun-bathed beach in the Caribbean with Brooklyn Kitchen’s five-course Island Dinner tonight! Head down to Billyburg where they’re crushing the cold with a tropically-themed, rum-soaked feast, featuring rum- & citrus-marinated shrimp, dark & stormy pork shoulder and plantains in banana leaf, jerk-rubbed pig’s head and a rum cake and pineapple flambé, washed down with a trio of tasty El Dorado rum cocktails. Grab your $80 ticket to culinary paradise here!

Feb 11 – Decadent Chocolate & Sinful Cheese at The Artisanal Premium Cheese Center, 483 10th Ave (bt. W 37th & W 38th St) from 3-5pm. Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes the Artisanal Center’s Decadent Chocolate & Sinful Cheese class! Grab your beau and head to this sensual tasting, where you can indulge in luxurious cheeses, delicious wines and decadent hand-crafted chocolates, paired in tantalizing combinations by fromagère Jessica Wurwarg and chocolatier Colleen Riley. Enjoy nectarous nibbles like spicy caramel and champagne-flavored bonbons as you learn which pairings of cheese, chocolate and vino are most sensational. Grab an $85 ticket and get a head start on planning your V-Day dessert menu. With bites this seductive, you’ll want to make some dessert of your own, if you know what we mean!

Valentine’s Day Cooking Demo & Dinner at the Public House, 140 E 41st St (bt. Lexington & 3rd Ave) from 4-6:30pm. Things are getting hot in the kitchen! Culinary bad-boy Chef Chris Nirschel is whipping one an aphrodisiac-induced Valentine’s Day Cooking Demo & Dinner tonight at Public House. With Nirschel as your guide, you’ll learn how to plan a passionate V-Day dinner date for that special someone, with delectable dishes like ancho chili-spiced butternut squash bisque, lobster truffle risotto, merlot-braised short ribs and bananas foster for dessert. Here comes the best part: you get to eat it all! Each course will be paired with wines from all over the world. A $175 ticket gets you the demonstration, the five-course dinner and wine pairing, plus a one-hour Q&A with the chef!

Premium Sake & Asian Tapas at New York Vintners, 21 Warren St. (Bt. Church St. & Broadway) at 5pm. They’ve already explored the wonderful world of wine, so the booze buffs at New York Vintners have decided to delve into some sensational sake! Head to the Warren St. wine store where they’re exploring the extensive possibilities in pairing premium sake with artisanal cheese à la vino. Sake experts will guide you through the history of sake, production techniques, and how different styles vary from one to the other. Grab a $50 ticket here to get your sake on. Kampai!

Champagne -N- Cupcakes Pre-Valentines Expo at Club Touche, 46 Washington Ave (bt. Flushing & Park Ave) from 8-11pm. Champagne: great. Cupcakes: great. Champagne and cupcakes? Now that’s just freaking fabulous! Get the tasty twosome tonight at the Champagne –N- Cupcakes Pre-Valentines Expo at Club Touche. Not only do you get bubbly and baked goods, but you can also enjoy live sets by DJ Korrek, 2-for-1 cocktails till midnight and drink specials at the bar all night long. The party doesn’t stop there. The after-party will have you getting down on the floor till the wee hours of the morning thanks to sets by DJ Jam Central and DJ Dynamight. Did we mention it’s all free?! All you have to do is RSVP here!

Feb 12 – Debut Thai Cooking Class @ Ngam, 99 3rd Ave (bt. 12th & 13th St) from 4-6:30pm. Love the tasty Thai comfort food at Ngam? You can now make ‘em at home! The East Village eatery debuts their new monthly Sunday series of Thai Cooking classes today, with Chef Hong Thaimee showing you how to recreate your fave Ngam noshes in the comfort of your own kitchen. Tonight’s class will feature recipes sure to “spice” up your spirit, with dishes like spicy ‘n’ sour Tom Yum Koong soup with shrimp, stir-fried mussels with Thai herbs, and green papaya Pad Tjao. Ninety bucks gets you the class and the chance to eat the flavorsome fruits of your labor, but space is limited so call 212.777.8424 to reserve your spot soon!

For the Love of Chocolate at Hudson Terrace, 621 W 46th St (bt. 11th & 12th Ave) from 5-8pm. This Valentine’s weekend, what better pairing is there than you and chocolate?! Head to Hudson Terrace for iAdventure’s For the Love of Chocolate tasting tonight! From truffles and dark chocolate to milk chocolate and caramel, there’s tasty treats for every choc-aholic. Wash down that cupcake or choc-covered strawberry (yep, there’s even a chocolate fountain to dip all your fave fruits!) with samples of wines and beers selected to complement the sweet treats. While you nosh, enjoy the smooth stylings of a house jazz band, the perfect soundtrack for enjoying some silky-smooth chocolate. Get yourself a ticket here!

Chocolate & Spice: A Valentine’s Day Couple’s Cooking Class at City Cookhouse, 1325 5th Ave. (@ 111th St) form 7-10:30pm. Forget packed restaurants and pricey prix fixe menus this V-Day! Instead, grab your sweetheart and head to City Cookhouse for a Valentine’s Day Couple’s Cooking Class and make your own delicious, romantic meal! Join Alejandra Ramos for this Chocolate & Spice-themed cooking class, where you and your beau will whip up cocoa gnocchi in a brown butter & sage sauce, striped sea bass with spicy Spanish Romesco cream, red wine chocolate cake with cinnamon whipped cream, and more. Sip cocktails and share small bites while you cook, and take home a V-Day goodie bag! The intimate class is limited to a max of six couples, so snag your spot quickly here!

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3 Responses to “Local Events for the Foodie in You: Week of Feb 6th”

  1. February 7, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    What a great list of events! Too bad I live in Georgia!! Hope you feel better and get to enjoy some of them!

  2. February 6, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    I have been so zeroed in to Valentines that I totally forgot about Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras. They are all coming up too fast!
    The City Harvest Big Easy and the Brooklyn Kitchen events sound like fun. No doubt a fun week since the SuperBowl win!

    • Lacy DeVeney
      February 7, 2012 at 11:41 am #

      I’m thinking I’m definitely going to try the Caribbean Dinner, sounds amazing. Plus I get to pretend I’m on a tropical island for a couple hours. :)