Crostini cook-off (and book launch) on Thursday. [Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Chocolate and Wine Haiti Benefit
Thursday, February 11, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
This chocolate and wine tasting features a variety of chocolates and over a dozen wines, among them dessert wines, port, and more. $40. Hudson Terrace, 621 West 46th Street (between Eleventh and Twelfth avenues); 212-315-9400; event website.

Food Writers Conference
Friday, February 12, 2010
The first day of the weekend-long conference that invites both serious writers and serious eaters who aspire to write. Take part in workshops like The Future of Food Writing on the Internet, How to Make Living as a Food Writer, and Turning Your Life and Food into a Best Seller. Advance registration is required, here. $195 for the entire conference, $50 per workshop. Roger Smith Hotel; 501 Lexington Avenue (between 47th and 48th Streets); 212-755-1400; foodwritersconference.com.

Best Wings in Brooklyn
Saturday, February 13, 2010; 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
First Super Bowl parties and now this event—'tis the season for great wings! The Best Wings in Brooklyn competition will feature the wings from 17 bars and restaurants all around the borough. It will be judged by a panel of Brooklyn journalists and culinary editors including Brooklyn Based editor Annaliese Griffin, and of course the attendees will have a say, too. Brooklyn Brewery will be there with six of its beers on tap. Free. Red Star, 37 Greenpoint Avenue; 718-349-0162; event website.

Fat Tuesday Feast
Tuesday, February 16, reservations available from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
This Cajun feast, hosted by Back Forty chef Shanna Pacifico, will include a four-course meal and beer pairings with each dish by Sixpoint Craft Ales. The menu includes such favorites and house-made boudin served with Creole mustard sauce and anise flatbread jambalaya with house-made Andouille and Louisiana white shrimp. Jeff Gorlechen and brewer Ian McConnell from Sixpoint will also be on hand to answer questions and celebrate the brewery's fifth anniversary. $55. Back Forty; 190 Avenue B (at 12th Street); 212-388-1990; backfortynyc.com.

Mardi Gras Grub For a Cause
Tuesday, February 16, 7 p.m.–midnight
The Lower Eastside Girls Club of New York is celebrating Mardi Gras with a masquerade ball featuring authentic New Orleans dishes including chicken and andouille sausage jambalaya, Central Grocery Po''Boy with soppressata, tasso, and provolone, Bayou Beast pizza with crawfish, shrimp, andouille, and jalapeños. New Orleans band Loose Marbles will be in attendance, as well as crowned king and queen Jonathon Ames (from Bored to Death) and CuCu Diamantes (Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter). In true Mardi Gras spirit, masks and costumes are encouraged. $22 in advance, $30 at the door. Element, 225 East Houston at Essex Street (at Avenue A); girlsclub.org

Brooklyn Beefsteak
Tuesday, February 16, 6:30 p.m.
Beacon Restaurant is hosting its 10th annual Brooklyn Beefsteak. You can count on unlimited portions of Black Angus strip loins, mini burgers, crab meat, lamb chops, bacon-wrapped kidneys, and aged cheddar cheese. It may be a hefty price tag, but there will be unlimited Maker's Mark and Brooklyn Brewery pilsner, plus jazz by the Blue Vipers of Brooklyn. $175. Beacon Restaurant, 25 West 56th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues); 212-332-0500; beaconnyc.com

Wednesday, February 17, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Kat Randazzo, former sous chef at Diner, will be taking class participants through a world of egg-inspired dishes such as poached eggs, meringue, scrambling, hollandaise, soft boiled, and custard. $50. The Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost Street, Brooklyn; 718-389-2982; thebrooklynkitchen.com

Sixpoint's Fifth Anniversary at Roberta's
Wednesday, February 17, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
This celebration offers an unlimited supply of the best in beer and pizza that New York City has to offer. That's right, for the price of admission you are promised unlimited Roberta's pizza, unlimited Sixpoint Craft Ales beer, organic salad from Roberta's garden, and assorted dessert. Included in the price is tax and tip, so pay once and then enjoy your night of food, drink, and tunes spun by brewmaster and DJ Shane Welch. $32. Roberta's, 261 Moore Street, Brooklyn; 718-417-1118; tickets here.

The Art of Eating In Book Launch Extravaganza & Crostini Cook-Off
Thursday, February 18, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Blogger Cathy Erway of Not Eating Out in New York is coming out with a new book, The Art of Eating In, and Brooklyn Based is throwing a celebratory party featuring a crostini cook-off. There will be appetizers from supper clubs Hapa Kitchen and A Razor, A Shiny Knife, as well as drink specials from Sixpoint Craft Ales. Erway will read from her new book, DJ Finger on the Pulse will spin tunes, and the band Father Figures will play. Advance purchase recommended; tickets here, $10. The Bell House; 149 7th Street, Brooklyn (Second/Third avenues); brooklynbased.net


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