NYC Events for the Weekend (and Beyond)

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Thursday (January 27)

Screening: The Economics of Happiness
Thursday January 27th, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Economics of Happiness shows how corporations push for globalization, while many communities opt for "going local," supporting businesses closer to home. The documentary will be followed by a panel discussion with producer Helena Norberg-Hodge, Judy Wicks, co-founder of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, acclaimed writer Gloria Steinem, and Stacy Mitchell, senior researcher for the New Rules Project. $15 suggested donation. The Great Hall, Cooper Union, 30 Cooper Square (7 E. 7th Street), New York, NY; (212) 601-1000; event website

Saturday (January 29)

Lamb Butchering Demo and Farm Table Feast at Back Forty
Saturday January 29th, 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. (demo). 6 p.m. to 8 p.m (dinner).
Watch Back Forty Chef Shanna Pacifico break down a whole lamb. Stay for a four-course farm feast. $130. 190 Avenue B, New York, NY; (212) 388-1990; event website

Sunday (January 30)

NY Chili Fest 2011
Sunday January 30th, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Stuff your face with chili at the NY Chili Fest as you walk through a 500-foot concourse. Dickson's Farmstand Meats is supplying each competitor with locally-raised beef from Wrighteous Organics. All ticket proceeds will go to Food Systems Network NYC. $30 online (chili only). $35 at the event (chili only). $40 online (chili and beer). $45 at the event (chili and beer). Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY; (212) 242-2630; event website

Monday (January 31)

Curry: The Spicy Story Behind the World's Most Popular Dish
Monday January 31st, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Join food historian Colleen Taylor Sen as she talks about the origin of curry for the Roger Smith Hotel's Edible Conversation series. Learn about the curry dishes of Thailand, Caribbean, Japan, South Africa and even Norway. $45. 501 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY; (800) 445-0277; event website

Metromix Hot Plates
Monday January 31st, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sign up for Metromix's tasting featuring Hill Country Chicken, BaoHaus, Anfora, Hecho en Dumbo, Choza Taqueria, Bombolini and more. $15. The Astor Center, 399 Lafayette Street, New York, NY; event website

Tuesday (February 1)

Savoy's Seventh Annual Cassoulet Festival
Tuesday February 1st through Monday February 28th for the cassoulet special
February 5th, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for the Cassoulet Festival Tasting
Savoy will offer a daily a la carte special of cassoulet, a French dish featuring braised pork shoulder, duck confit, Toulouse sausage and house-smoked pork belly. The $32 special will be available for one month. Savoy will also offer a Cassoulet Festival Tasting on Saturday, February 5th offering dishes by seven well-known chefs. $32 for cassoulet special. $65 per person for February 5th tasting event. 70 Prince Street, New York NY; 212-219-8570; event website

Free Lunch: A Tasting & Tour with Jane Ziegelman, Edible Manhattan and Brooklyn Brewery
Tuesday February 1st, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Edible Manhattan and Brooklyn Brewery are going to recreate a "free lunch" that would have been offered to customers who ordered beer in historic New York saloons in the 1800s. Have a go at smoked herring, pickled oysters, ham, sausage and rye bread. Jane Ziegelman, author of 97 Orchard, will talk about the free lunch tradition, and The Brooklyn Brewery will provide the beer. $25 for the public. $15 for Tenement Museum members. 108 Orchard Street, New York NY; (212) 431-0233 ext. 259; event website

Local Meat Meets Local Beer
Tuesday February 1st, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Celebrate the sixth anniversary of Sixpoint Craft Ales with a four-course nose-to-tail meal at The Vanderbilt. Menu includes flash-fried pig tails confit, rolled and smoked pig's head salad, braised pork shoulder ham hock broth with black-eyed peas and collard greens and a winter fruit tart. $50 per person, including free growler to go. 570 Vanderbilt Avenue, New York, NY; (718) 623-0570; event website

Thursday (February 3)

Meatball Slapdown
Thursday February 3rd, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Chomp on meatballs at the second annual Meatball Slapdown. Competing teams include Mario Batali's Lupa Osteria Romana in the West Village to Best Pizza in Williamsburg. Proceeds will benefit The Brooklyn Kitchen's Classrooms in the Kitchen and Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm's City Growers program. $100. 100 Frost Street, Brooklyn NY; (718) 623-0570; event website

Ongoing

NYC Restaurant Week Jan. 24-Feb 6 now until Sunday February 6th Take advantage of affordable lunch and dinner prices at New York City restaurants for two weeks. Lunch costs $24.07 per person, while dinner costs $35 per person. Saturdays are excluded, while Sundays are optional. Various locations; look here for more details

Giant Sausage Platter at Loreley Williamsburg
now until Sunday January 30th
Sausage lover's heaven! Choose up to 12 different sausages by Schaller & Weber and the Meat Hook. $16 to $38 per platter. Loreley will have a Sausage Climax Party Saturday January 29th at 9 p.m. with music by the Jug Addicts. Free admission for the party. 64 Frost Street, Brooklyn NY; (718) 599-0025; event website

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