Local Events for the Foodie in You: Week of Nov 5th!

Holy freezing today! I’m sorry that I missed the events for today, I’ll try to be better next time. :( ;) It was a long week, luckily most of the trains are back up and running and life continues on after Hurricane Sandy. I have to say it’s a cold November already! Today I wore a scarf but I wish I wore two scarves, a hat, a hood to go over my hat, an extra sweater and like five pairs of gloves. Despite the cold, there are tons of events going on in the city, don’t forget to bundle up!

Nov 6Haven Presents Decision 2012 at Haven, 132 W 47th St (bt. 6th & 7th Ave) at 4pm. It’s that time of year again, people: Election Day. Watch the drama unfold on the big screen at Haven’s Election Night Viewing Party. Support your candidate by wearing red or blue and sipping a cocktail to match (an Obama Rama, a Right Wing Slinger, The Liberal or Politically Correct Martini). Enter a ballot casting when you arrive to be entered to win a $150 Haven gift certificate. You’ll definitely want to be here rather than home when the winner is finally announced!

Vote With Your Stomach: Election Party at Neely’s Barbecue Parlor, 1125 1st Ave (@ 61st St) from 4-11pm. Just because it’s Election Day doesn’t mean it has to be all about politics. If you need a change of pace after placing your vote, head over to Neely’s to vote for your favorite DISH! Although since it is Election Day, the dishes are obviously takes on the candidates’ favorite foods. But that doesn’t mean the chili and meatloaf won’t be damn tasty. Grab some $5 margaritas and watch as the results come in, cuisine-style.

Sour Election Night at Mission Dolores, 249 4th Ave (bt. President & Carroll St) from 7pm-4am. Elections usually bring out the sourness in everyone, so give your misery some company at Sour Election Night. Of course there will be politics-themed drinks and Brooklyn’s most sour beers, so what’s not to love? No matter what the outcome, be prepared to be downing a shot at the final announcement (cheap bourbon for Romney, Bulleit bourbon for Obama). So come on down for $2 off drink specials and a ton of sour fun!

Nov 7Bourbon Barrel Boner Night at the Double Windsor, 210 Prospect Park W (@ 16th St) at 7pm. Got a metaphorical boner for bourbon barrel-aged stout? So do the folks over at The Double Windsor, who are throwing a Bourbon Barrel Boner Night tonight complete with Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout and Allagash Bourbon Black on tap. Get a flight of all three brews plus a shot of Buffalo Trace for only 13 bones. Cheers!

Nov 8 - 8th Annual Dogfish Head Novemberfest at Standings, 43 E 7th St (bt. 2nd & 3rd Ave) at 6pm. October isn’t the only month filled with beer-fueled fun! November’s getting in on the brew action at Standings’ 8th annual Dogfish Head Novemberfest, with five Dogfish Head brews on top: Punkin Ale, Black & Blue, Midas Touch, Saison du Buff and Bitches Brew. As if that’s not awesome enough, they’re slinging out free slices of pizza starting a 8pm. Run, don’t walk, over to Standings tonight!

Cake Decorating & Tasting with Champagne at Sugar Flower Cake Shop, 336 W 37th St, Ste. 950 (bt. 8th & 9th Ave) from 6:30-8:30pm. Cake and champagne? Yes please! The ladies of Urban Girl Squad know exactly how to win us over, with their Cake Decorating and Tasting with Champagne tonight. Forget pre-made mixes—the cake-making queens of Sugar Flower Cake Shop will show you how to go organic and local even with your cake accoutrements, how to whip up a big batch of buttercream frosting from scratch and how to decorate your sweet treats like a Cake Boss. Toast to your new-found cake-decorating skills with a glass (or two!) of champagne and a big ol’ slice of cake. Grab a $30 ticket here to have your cake and eat it too!

Rhone Ranger Winemaker Dinner at City Winery, 155 Varick St. (@ Vandam St) at 7pm. Get up close and personal with a Rhone Ranger at City Winery’s Rhone Ranger Winemaker Dinner tonight! With a $75 ticket, you’ll enjoy three delicious courses of beet and goat cheese salad, fennel-dusted pork loan and a selection of Murray’s cave-aged cheese with fig mustard, all paired with nine fine wines as you mingle with Rhone Ranger winery owners and winemakers like Rob Olin, Margaret Bradley-Foley, David Gates, JoAnn Cherry and more. Santé!

Nov 9Pairing for the Thanksgiving Table at Corkbuzz, 13 E 13th St (bt. 5th Ave & University Pl) from 5:30-7pm. Halloween just ended, which means that Thanksgiving will be here in a blink of an eye (don’t even mention Christmas to us yet, our shopping lists aren’t even close to being ready!), which means you need to be prepared. Corkbuzz is here to help with their early bird Pairing for the Thanksgiving Table wine class, where they’ll serve up a mini Turkey Day spread of all the festive family-style fixings to show you what works and what doesn’t when it comes to Thanksgiving wine pairings. Grab a $45 ticket now and you’ll be wowing your guests with your wine pairing prowess come Thanksgiving!

Nov 10NYC Craft Beer Festival: Winter Harvest 2012 at Pier 57 @ Hudson River Park, 15th St (@ West Side Hwy) from 12:30-9:30pm. Cheers to beers at the NYC Craft Beer Festival: Winter Harvest 2012! With nearly 75 all-American craft breweries from around the countries offering up 2 oz. pours of 150 different brews, there’ll be plenty of delicious hops and barleys for your imbibing pleasure. From established brewers to up-and-comers, you’ll get to enjoy limited releases and seasonal selections from America’s best craft brewers. Grab a $55 general admission ticket or go VIP for 20 bucks more and get an extra hour of brew-zing. The beer blanket you’ll build up will definitely keep you warm against that wintry chill!

Rum for All Rumbustious Rum Bar at Astor Center, 399 Lafayette St (@ E 4th St) from 4:30-6:30pm. Yo-ho-ho and a bottle (or two) of rum! Are you a rum-bunctious boozer? Then Astor Center’s Rum for All Rumbustious Rum Bar class is perfect for you! Just in time for holiday entertaining, the knowledgeable folks of the Astor Center will introduce you to a slew of delicious rum-based drinks, from aperitifs to punches to toddies, as well as guide you through a tasting of rums served neat. Snag a $20 ticket to learn how to stir up some tasty rum tipples to toast to the season!

Nov 11The Haus of Mimosa’s Brunch Show at KTCHN, 508 W 42nd St (bt. 10th & 11th Ave) from 12-3pm. What’s Sunday brunch without some mimosas and…drag queens? That’s the M.O. of The Haus of Mimosas, who’s taking over KTCHN at The OUT NYC for a Sunday Brunch Show today! Join the fabulous, over the top, one-time JCPenny Model Anita M. Buffem & her 3rd best friend, the over-worked mother of two Gina Marie Rittale as these two Long Island “gals” coffee-talk their way through gut-busting musical numbers.

Bad Ass Reds at New York Vintners, 21 Warren St (bt. Broadway & Church St) at 4pm. The drink often disguised as elegant and classy doesn’t always show its “naughty” side, but there are some rogue vinos out there that are now being exposed! New York Vitners is hosting a “Bad Ass” wine-tasting event to teach you just what makes a rebel wine. Taste seven different unique and different wines made by world-class producers and enjoy antipasto while you’re at it. For only $60, be prepared to impress your friends with your bad-ass knowledge of walk-on-the-wild-side wines.

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