NYC Events for the Weekend (and Beyond)
Thursday (January 31)
Dinner with Friends Series at Reynard
Thursday January 31 & Friday February 1, 8 p.m.
Enjoy a multi-course dinner with wine pairings at Reynard, brought to you by Andrew Tarlow's (Diner, Marlow & Sons, Romans) new visiting chef series. Andrew Mariani (Scribe Winery, Napa) and Chris Fischer (Beetlebung Farm, Martha's Vineyard) will be the winemaker and chef participating in the first installment. Each evening will feature a different menu. $125. Limited seating available. The Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn; call 718-460-8004 for reservations
Beyond Wine with Beverly
Thursday January 31, 5 to 8 p.m.
Who doesn't love free food? Whole Food's culinary specialist, Beverly, will be exploring dishes from around the world. Join her at the Whole Foods Market Upper West Side Wine Store to taste her edible creations, which will also be paired with complementary wine samples. Whole Foods Wine Store, 808 Columbus Avenue at 98th Street; event website
Friday (February 1)
Baking for Friends
Friday February 1, 12 to 1 p.m.
Kathleen King, the creator and owner of the acclaimed Tate's Bake Shop and author of Tate's Bake Shop: Baking for Friends, will be giving a talk at 92YTribeca. Sample tasty treats while picking up some of King's exclusive baking tips and secrets. $21. 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson Street; event website
Saturday (February 2)
Valentine's Day Cooking Class
Saturday February 2 & Sunday February 3; 12 to 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Learn to cook a romantic three-course dinner for your sweetheart (or yourself!). This cooking class will teach you how to prepare an appetizer, main course, and a decadent dessert to woo your Valentine. $59. 443 West 16th Street, between 9th & 10th Avenues; event website
Sunday (February 3)
Big Onion's Multiethnic Eating Tour
Sunday February 3; 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Take a 1 1/2 mile stroll through the Lower East Side and explore the neighborhood's rich history while noshing on small bites from local shops and markets. About 10 different items will be sampled, representing the many diverse communities in the Lower East Side. $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors. Southwest corner of Delancey and Essex Streets, in front of the Chase Bank; event website
Monday (February 4)
Monday February 4 through Wednesday February 13
Indulge your sweet tooth! This year, Chocolate Week is promoting "Café Gourmand," "Tea Gourmand," or "Bubbly Gourmand." Pair your coffee, tea or sparkling wine with a bite-sized chocolate desserts at participating restaurants, bakeries, and stores. $10 to $15. Various locations; event website
Tuesday (February 5)
Pen & Plate Salon at Alison Eighteen
Tuesday February 5, 6 p.m.
Join author Sylvie Simmons for a night of reading and music as she presents her bestselling book I'm Your Man, The Life of Leonard Cohen. There will be an optional dinner following the reading. $25; $85 for dinner (includes a signed copy of the book). 15 West 18th Street; event website
Wednesday (February 6)
Tribeca Neighbors: Atera
Wednesday February 6, 12 to 1 p.m.
Come meet Matthew Lightner, the young inventive chef behind the celebrated Atera. Join in for a conversation as Bon Appetit contributing editor Adam Sachs interviews Lightner about his culinary journeys and ambitions. $21. 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson Street; event website
Thursday February 7
Cocktails are for Lovers
Thursday February 7, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Get into the holiday spirit with a romantic cocktail. Brought to you by The Dizzy Fizz, this tasting party offers Valentine's Day themed cocktails paired with small bites from Filipino gastropub, Jeepney. $45. Astor Center, 399 Lafayette Street; event website