Thursday (December 15)
Jeremy Cowan's "Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah" Reading and Beer Tasting
Thursday December 15th, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m
Learn about how Jeremy Cowan turned his hand-brewed and packaged dream into the booming business that is Schmaltz Brewery, as he reads from "Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah". And of course there will be Schmaltz beers to drink as well! 37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY; event website
Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Thursday December 15th - Saturday December 17th, 5 p.m. - 1 a.m.
The successful Brooklyn Night Bazaar is back, and bigger than before, featuring local food vendors such as Fatty Cakes Comfort Food Kitchens, and Sour Puss Pickles, along with independent merchants and artists. Awesome bands, like James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, The Hold Steady, will be performing throughout! 149 Kent Ave., Brooklyn, NY; event website
Friday (December 16)
Winter Solstice Feast 2011
Friday December 16th, 7 p.m.
For this event, benefiting EcoStation: NY and projects like Bushwick Farmers' Market, participating restaurants include Roberta's, Northeast Kingdom, Café Ghia, Arancini Bros, and Wyckoff Star with accompanying beer from Sixpoint Craft Ales. The banquet features a whole roasted pig from The Hurricane Club. There will also be musical performances and a silent auction. $20 suggested donation. Brooklyn Fire Proof's, The Nut Roaster Studio, 120 Ingraham St, Brooklyn, NY; event website
BYOB Night At Corkbuzz
Friday December 16th, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m
For this monthly event, guests are asked to bring their favorite bottle of wine for everyone to taste. Chef Hayan Yi will also make hors-d'oeuvres to pair with wine from the Corkbuzz collection. $40. Corkbuzz Wine Studio, 13 East 13th Street, New York, NY; event website
Saturday (December 17)
Nolita Mart Theo Chocolate Tasting And Michel And Augustin Cookie Sampling
Saturday December 17th, 3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
The Nolita Mart and Espresso Bar is hosting a tasting of Theo organic chocolates and delicious Michel and Augustin Parisian cookies. 156 Mott Street, New York, NY; event website
Sunday (December 18)
Last New Amsterdam Market Of 2011
Sunday December 18th, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Say farewell to New Amsterdam Market until next year! There will be 70 vendors including a large tribute to local fisheries including vendors like Atlantic Cape Fisheries, Inc., Delaware Delicacies, Holden Seafood and Luke's Lobster, among others. South Street between Beekman Street and Peck Slip., New York, NY; event website
Jackson Heights Pop-up Holiday Craft Market
Sunday December 18th, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Peruse some local handcrafted goods from Queens, including jewelry, knitwear clothing, homemade sauces, syrups, cupcakes, and more! 77-05 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights, NY; event website
Sueños Chef Book Signing And Dinner
Sunday December 18th, book signing 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., dinner 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Chef Sue Torres is organizing this event, where 5 chefs, including Fany Gerson, will hand out signed copies of their cookbooks along with hors-d'oeuvres followed by an exclusive 5 course meal. $75. 77-05 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights, NY; event website
Monday (December 19)
BAM Hosts The 3rd Annual Latke Festival
Monday December 19, 6:30 p.m.
To honor the holiday tradition of making latkes, over 15 NYC chefs including Bill Telepan, Julian Medina, Ron Ben-Israel, and Saul Bolton, and an Edible Brooklyn contest winner will duke it out to see who makes the best potato pancakes. Guests get to sample all of the latkes and vote for a people's choice winner! $30. Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY; event website
Le Parker Meridien Gingerbread Display
Thursday December 1st - Friday January 6th
Feast your eyes on a gingerbread paradise, provided by local restaurants and bakeries. It's $1 to vote for your favorite, and to be in the running for a 5-night stay at the Parker Palm Springs. All proceeds go to City Harvest. Le Parker Meridien 56th Street atrium, 119 W 56th St. New York, NY; event website
A Slice Of Brooklyn Christmas Lights And Cannoli Tour
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays in December, 7 p.m.
When asked about the best Christmas display in the boroughs, A Slice of Brooklyn says "Rockefeller Center? Fuhgettaboudit!" This holiday season, take a guided bus tour through Dyker Heights to appreciate the festive lights, and the authentic Italian eats from Mona Lisa Pastry Shop & Cafe. Adults $55, children under 12 $45. Departs from 4th Avenue between 13th & 14th St.; event website
Aquavit Holiday Smörgåsbord
every Saturday in December & Christmas Eve, 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Aquavit will be hosting its holiday Julbord brunch every Saturday this month! There will be a special menu including dishes like julskinka (Christmas ham) and pepparkakor (ginger snaps), and a complimentary glass of hot spiced wine. $65. Restaurant Aquavit, 65 East 55th Street, New York, NY; event website
Down The Road
Woks And Lox: The Very First Jewish And Asian Christmas
Saturday December 24
The Queens Kickshaw in Astoria is hosting this food event that will bring Jewish and Chinese cultures together for many Christmases to come! Our own Chichi Wang will be preparing dinner, there will be a Chinese Auction, Mah Jong, a bar-mitzvah-like signing board, and tons of surprises following suit. The Queens Kickshaw, 40-17 Broadway Astoria, NY; event website