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NYC Events for the Weekend and Beyond

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Thursday (February 7)

Discover the Art of Ganache
Thursday February 7th, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
La Maison du Chocolate invites you to their complimentary, in-store tasting. Watch and learn (and eat!) as the team at Maison makes ganache before your very eyes. Locations at Madison Avenue, Wall Street, and Rockefeller Center; store website

Saturday (February 9)

Italian Craft Beer Tasting
Saturday February 9th, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Italy's craft beer scene is on a steady rise. Join Katie Parla, Rome-based food historian, sommelier, and author of the "Rome for Foodies" app, at Jimmy's no. 43 for a tasting of five Italian Craft Beers. $45 includes beer, snacks, tax, and gratuity. 43 East 7th Street, New York, NY; 212-982-3006; event website

Sunday (February 10) and Monday (February 11)

Chinese New Year Dinner
Sunday February 10th and Monday February 11th
Celebrate Chinese New Year 4711, the Year of the Snake, at Annisa in the West Village. Chef Anita Lo has created a six-course tasting menu to honor the year's symbol. $105. For reservations, call 212-741-6699. 13 Barrow Street, New York, NY; restaurant website

Cochon 555 NYC Event
Sunday February 10th, 4 p.m. (VIP), 5 p.m. (general admission)
Cochon 555 is celebrating its fifth annual traveling culinary competition at Chelsea Piers with five bourbons, five family wineries, and five chefs cooking five heritage pigs. Among the chefs are Alex Guarnaschelli (Butter and The Darby), Leah Cohen (Pig and Khao) and Missy Robbins (A Voce). $125 for general admission, $200 for VIP. Prices includes food and drink. Chelsea Piers; West 23rd Street, New York, NY; event website

Monday (February 11)

George Mendes Guest Chef Series
Monday February 11th, 6:30 p.m.
Georege Mendes of Aldea is joined by John Shields (formerly of Town House in Chilhowie, Virginia) and Scott Anderson (elements in Princeton, New Jersey) in this six-course meal celebrating winter ingredients. Each chef will prepare two dishes. $145/person includes wine pairing (not tax and gratuity). 31 West 17th Street, New York, NY; 212-675-7223; restaurant website

Tuesday (February 12)

Sake and the City
Tuesday February 12th, 1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Join members of the Japanese Sake and Shochu Makers Association (JSS) at Astor Wines for a tasting of Japan's fermented rice wine. There will be an introduction to sake, tastings of it both neat and in cocktails, and food pairings. 399 Lafayette Street, New York, NY; 212-674-7500; event website

Mezcal Tasting
Tuesday February 12th, 8 p.m.
Mezcal has long been overshadowed by tequila, but many craft-distilled imports are growing in popularity. John Henry of El Buho Mezcal and Arik Torren of Fidencio Mezcal will be at Sycamore leading a discussion and tasting of Mexico's other spirit. Seating is limited. $25. 1118 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn, NY; 347-240-5850; event website

Valentine's Beer Making Class
Tuesday February 12th, 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Brooklyn Brew Shop is hosting an introductory beer making class in DUMBO for Valentine's day. Founders Erica Shea and Stephen Valand will teach you and/or your loved one all the home brewing basics you need to know. $100 for couples, $70 for singles. Price includes an Everyday IPA Beer Making Kit. 160 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY; 718-369-0776; event website

Food, Cocktails, and Conversation
Tuesday February 12th, 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Scott Conant and guest chef Amanda Freitag are hosting a charity event in Conant's SCM Culinary Suite in Soho. The event will benefit the Food and Finance High School, which provides education for New York City-based culinary students. $250/person. 598 Broadway, Suite 9; New York, NY; 646-863-3113 or events@scottconant.com to RSVP

International Throw Down at Hearth
Tuesday February 12th, 7 p.m.
Sommelier Paul Grieco and beverage director David Flaherty are battling in a grapes vs. grains contest at Hearth. Wine and beer will be paired alongside a four-course menu including dishes like octopus carpaccio and boar ragu. $98 includes tax and gratuity. 403 East 12th Street, New York, NY; 646-602-1300; restaurant website

Ongoing

Chinese New Year Celebrations at Talde
February 8th through February 11th
Talde is celebrating the Chinese New Year with a menu of Yu Sheng of Hiramasa with salted plum and crispy taro and red envelopes filled with gift cards to Talde and the trio's other restaurants; Pork Slope and Thistle Hill Tavern. 369 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, NY; 347-916-0031; restaurant website

Cologne Karneval at Die Koelner
February 7th through February 11th
Party all weekend long at Die Koelner Bierhalle. The Brooklyn beer hall is celebrating Cologne Karneval, a Mardi Gras festival held in honor of the approaching spring season. Festivities start tonight with Weiberfastnacht, also know as, "Women's Carnival Day." Weekend activities include face painting, masks, clowns, and plenty of booze. 84 St Mark's Place, Brooklyn, NY; 347-227-7238; bar website

Chinese New Year Dinner
February 1st through the 24th
In celebrating the Chinese New Year, and in their continued effort to provide an enhanced dining experience, Cafe China is serving a three-course tasting for most of February. Dishes include Lamb Hot Pot, Steamed Pork in Lotus Leaf, and Chinese Broccoli. 13 East 37th Street, New York, NY; 212-213-2810; restaurant website

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