Local Events for the Foodie in You: Week of Feb 20th

Morning loves! I hope everyone had an awesome weekend! Mine was spent mostly with the fam, down in NJ, just relaxing. This week/weekend however there are tons of events from Fat Tuesday, to the shakesBEER crawl, to the BK wing competition & then maybe finishing it out with a romantic couples night on Sunday? Sounds like a good time to me, especially since the wing competition is free! Get out right?? I know! Hope you’re all up for a crazy week!

Feb 20 – iAdventure.com presents: Brewery of the Month at The Village Pourhouse, 64 3rd Ave (@ 11th St) at 7pm. You love beer, it’s officially President’s Day, and you want to celebrate without going too crazy for a Monday night. Cheers our nation’s leaders with America’s most esteemed beverage (um, beer, duh) and learn exactly what goes into the glass you’re guzzlin’. You’ll sample five master-crafted brews (exact brewery TBD) and be able to take home one of your faves. So, pledge your allegiance to the barley ‘n’ hops by buying a $35 ticket here.

Monday Night Pop-Up Dinner at Alias Restaurant, 76 Clinton St (@ Rivington St) at 7pm. If you’re into none of that newfangled gunk, Chef Deborah Gorman’s “Heirloom Dishes – Inspired by the Golden Skillet Grannies” is just the event for you. Yep, you’re gonna be eating those one-of-a-kind “secret recipes” your grandma wouldn’t tell you about until you were “old enough”! On Gorman’s show, The Golden Skillet, she actually cooks with the women that pass down those mystery recipes that always seem to contain some special, secret ingredient. Call the space to reserve a $40 spot, and get ready to kick off a night of cocktails and home cookin’.

Feb 21 – Brooklyn Brewmaster Reserve Night at Mission Dolores, 249 4th Ave (bt. President & Carroll St) from 2-10pm. Sometimes drinking the same ol’ same ol’ can get kinda, well, boring.There’s a lot of weird $!#% out there when it comes to a cold one, and Mission Dolores is serving up one heck of a bizarre beer night on February 21! Twist your taste buds and discover new flavors with drinks like Brooklyn Brewmaster’s 2007 Black Chocolate Stout or Mary’s Maple Porter and you’ll never want to go back to your old brew-drinkin’ habits again! Strange $#!% starts happening at 2pm when doors open but, if you creep your way in after dark, you’ll get some unusual deals after 7pm, too! Don’t miss the chance to broaden your tastes and think outside the box when it comes to your next bar order.

Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler at Libations 101, 90 John St (@ Cliff St) at 4pm. Laissez les bons temps rouler…or as we say here in America, let the good times roll! Start your day/night of Fat Tuesday over-indulgence off early with a 4pm happy hour. Sip on special Mardi Gras-themed cocktails like the French Quarter Martini with your dinner and be sure to check out their drink specials: half off of beer, wine and select martinis, PLUS the added bonus of being surrounded by tasty treats! So worth a venture down to the FiDi.

Fat Tuesday…The Biggest Mardi Gras Party in NYC at Southern Hospitality, 1460 2nd Ave (bt 76th & 77th St) at 7pm. The Big Easy is in the Upper East Side to celebrate Mardi Gras with a bang. Compliments of a Mr. Justin Timberlake, Southern Hospitality is kicking off this year’s Fat Tuesday with $3 Abita drafts and $6 frozen hurricanes. A cash prize is given to the most spirited Mardi Gras-er, so show up for free to party and win some money! The big diff between a Manhattan-based Mardi? You’ll get free beads without having to pay any sort of price!

Two Boots Mardi Gras Benefit Ball at (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St (@ Thompson St) at 7pm. Do you want to be star-struck for Fat Tuesday? (And we don’t just mean by the flashing lights you plan on dancing to….) Tonight, Rosario Dawson hosts a fundraiser in her old ‘hood to benefit the Lower East Side Girls Club. If performances by Los Po-Boy-Citos, Murray Hill, Raya Brass Band and the DJ trio “Us Girls” aren’t enough to lure you to this hot spot, then maybe Two Boots’ legendary slices will be. Snag a $20 ticket in advance, or shell out $25 at the door. Be ready to drink and dance to live music and get down with the former pussycat (minus Josie)!

Feb 22 – Unique Culinary Experience at Maserati of Manhattan, 1 York St (@ Avenue of the Americas) from 7:30-10:30. Ah, the finer things in life: cuisine and cars. On February 22, Maserati of Manhattan and Elegant Affairs are gettin’ in cahoots with the Executive Chef from Sea Salt Restaurant at the Ocean Club Hotel, Lulzim Rexhepi. Guests can indulge in five-courses, tasting scumptious Sea Salt dishes while sipping on complimentary cocktails provided by MEDEA Vodka & The Dalmore. Tix are $75, but all proceeds go to the Cardiovascular Research Foundation in honor of American Heart Month. Snag ’em by calling Laura at 516.671.7575 ext. 308 or emailing here.

Feb 23 – Craft Beer Crawl, location to be announced, starting at 3:15pm. Sorry, happy hour, but cheap beer gets old after a while. If your taste buds are tired of Bud Light, get ready for a NY Craft Beer Pub Crawl! For $65, you’ll go on walking tours of craft beer bars and beer stores, plus learn about the process of beer-making. All this while sampling your heart out with 10 different types of brews. So, snag your ticket here and break out the sneaks for this boozy stroll!

Brooklyn Brewery Night at Barcade, 388 Union Ave (bt. Ainslie & Powers St) at 5pm. For all the nerdy guys and gals who love gaming and drinking, Barcade should be a frequent destination. Tonight, in addition to the classic arcade games and impressive selection of beers on tap, Brewmaster Garrett Oliver of The Brooklyn Brewery will be bringin’ in a few of his BK brews. Doors open at 5pm so don’t wait until the last minute to experience this rare occurrence. It’s like when Greedo shot Han first…wait, what? Lucas, you ruined it for everyone!

Feb 24 – Basic + Te Ksupport Presents Tim Green at Loreley, 64 Frost St. (@ Meeker Ave) at 8pm. Kick off the weekend with friends, drinks and lots of dancing! Acclaimed UK underground DJ, Tim Green, crosses the Atlantic to pump out the jams for us at Loreley in Williamsburg. The delicious menu and beer taps boast the best from Germany so grab some grub and get on dancing! Other performances by SLEEPY & BOO and Antonio Piacquadio won’t disappoint you and for $15, you get each DJ for the price of five bucks. Doesn’t your wallet love the sound of that? For tickets click here!

Feb 25 – Fermented NY Craft Beer Crawl at Williamsburg, Brooklyn, starting location to be announced, from 1-4pm. The revolution of beer is upon us! We have stepped out of the initial light beer, same ol’ taste and developed into an experimental world of beers full of flavor and weight! On February 25, Urban Oyster invites you into this new world of craft beers as you take a stroll through Williamsburg and visit a variety of beer bars and one beer store where you will learn the secrets of this foaming business. Wear those sneaks because you’ll be walking while tasting 10 different beers (although there will be food to sop some of it up)! Tickets to this epic event are $65 and must be bought in advance here! Your starting location will be revealed at the time of purchase so you can then map your drunken travels.

The Best Wings of Brooklyn Competition at Red Star, 37 Greenpoint Ave (@ West St) at 2pm. It isn’t Super Bowl Sunday, but when is it wrong to eat Buffalo wings? The answer is NEVER! Red Star’s got you wing-lovers covered by hosting this year’s annual “The Best Wings in Brooklyn Competition.” Apart from the wings, drinks, and vendors the best part about this day is that it is 100% FREE to the public. Don’t want to pay that annoying cover charge anymore? No problem, just walk through the doors and sample as many wings as you want! Bon appetit!

ShakesBEER Pub Crawl starting at Beckett’s Bar and Grill, 81 Pearl St (@ Hanover Sq & Coenties Al) at 3pm. To be, or not to be… it’s not a question. Be at Beckett’s Bar and Grill for a Shakespearean pub crawl that’ll be worth every Metrocard swipe down to the Financial District! For $40, you’ll get four drinks and four Shakespeare scenes but get there early and put some food in your belly so you won’t get too tipsy this Saturday afternoon. Find your tickets here and throw on your fancy tights for this ShakesBEER crawl!

Feb 26 – Meet the Winemaker: Nicolas Joly at the Astor Center, 399 Lafayette St. (@ E. 4th St) from 2-3:30pm. We’ve all had wine. We get that it can taste bitter or sweet, we get that it comes in red or white, but did you know that there is MUCH more to it than that? Nicolas Joly, champion of Biodynamic farming practices and vino extraordinaire, will up your grade point average in fermented grape knowledge. From the ingredients, to the climate, to the culture, Joly won’t skimp out on any of the, er, juicy details. But that’s not all! There will be wine! Yes, here you can have your wine and drink it, too. With a selection of six fine wines, your ticket is calling your name. Purchase yours for only $49 here.

Romantic Sunday Couples’ Night at AYZA Wine & Chocolate Bar, 11 W. 31st St (bt. Broadway & 5th Ave) at 6:30pm. Valentine’s Day came and went and, whether you didn’t get the chance to celebrate or you loved it so much you want to do it again, here is your chance! AYZA Wine & Chocolate Bar is hosting a special Sunday Couple’s Night on February 26th to continue the romance. Savor a sensuous candlelit dinner for two at a table covered in rose petals and then, top it all off by indulging in decadent Jacques Torres chocolate truffles. It’ll have you wondering, “What day is it again?” Reserve your table here to make your V-Day really last!

The 84th Annual Academy Awards at Southern Hospitality BBQ, 1460 2nd Ave (bt. 76th & 77th St) at 8pm. And the winner is?! Southern Hospitality BBQ for hosting this years 84th Annual Academy Awards the right way in 2012! Come on down for special Oscar-themed cocktails like the “Midnight in Paris” ($6 French Martini) or the “Oscar” ($5 shot) and a chance to win free drinks, appetizers, gift certificates and more. Then, of course, watch the Oscars on a huge projection screen so you can capture all the fashion faux pas up close and personal while discussing potential trophy grabbers with fellow film-lovers. Drum roll please….

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One Response to “Local Events for the Foodie in You: Week of Feb 20th”

  1. February 20, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    Sounds like you had a perfect weekend in NJ! However, it looks like there are a lot of fun things to do in NYC with this week being Fat Tuesday. Lots of beer and good food-a great way to celebrate. The BBQ one does sound like one not to miss!