Slicing Brisket

Get ready for a brisket showdown. [Photograph: Paul Yee]

Meatballs, brisket, Bloody Marys—the coming week is full of food competitions. Plus, red sauce, chocolate history, and more.

Saturday (February 8)

NYC Winter Wine Festival
Saturday, February 8th, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Over 200 wines will be available to taste at this year's NYC Winter Wine Festival. Attendees can also dine on hors d'oeuvres and listen to live jazz music. $89. Best Buy Theater, 1515 Broadway, New York, NY; 866-811-4111; event website

Atlantic Ave. Launch Party @ The Brooklyn Brewery
Saturday, February 8th, 9:00 p.m.
The Atlantic Ave. Company is rolling out its red sauces with a party at Brooklyn Brewery featuring pasta, their sauce, and unlimited craft beer. $25. Brooklyn Brewery, 79 North 11th Street, Brooklyn, NY; event website

Sunday (February 9)

The Brooklyn Meatball Takedown
Sunday, February 9th, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Home cooks are bringing out their best meatball recipes for a competition where you're the judge. $15. The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY; event website

Monday (February 10)

Bloody Mary Mix Down
Monday, February 10th, 7:30 p.m.
In preparation for the Second Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo, bartenders across the city will compete to mix the best Bloody Mary. At the Queens preliminary on February 10th, three competitors will be selected for the final competition. Hellgate Social, 12-21 Astoria Blvd, Long Island City, NY; event website

Tuesday (February 11)

Winter Ramen Party
Tuesday, February 11th and Wednesday, February 12th, 6:00 p.m.
The Team from Oakland restaurant Ramen Shop will be cooking at the Wythe Hotel for two nights. Besides ramen, guests can enjoy cocktails, sour beer, and Four Barrel Coffee. $17 ramen, a la carte. The Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY; event details

Taste the Museum: A Walking Food Tour – The History of Chocolate
Tuesday, February 11th, tours at 6:30 p.m. at 7:30 p.m.
This after-hours tour of the American Museum of Natural History will teach guests about the history of chocolate all the way back to its Mesoamerican roots. The tour will involve a chocolate tasting. $40. American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY; 212-769-5100; event website

Bar Food Blowout
Tuesday, February 11th, seatings at 7:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.
The Pork Slope team is teaming up with Maharlika and Jeepney for a Filipino meal. $20 gets you a plate of food, a can of Brooklyn Brewery Lager, and a shot of Powers whiskey. Radical Dads will be providing music. $20. Pork Slope, 247 Fifth Ave, Brooklyn, NY; 718-768-7675; event website

Wednesday (February 12)

Brisket King of NYC
Wednesday, February 12th, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Chefs from across the city are coming together to put their brisket to the test. Judges include The Brisket Book author Stevie Pierson, Gastropolis author Annie Hauck-Lawson, and the Food Network's Jacob Schiffman. $75. The Firehouse, 87 Lafayette Street, New York, NY; event website

Thursday (February 13)

Good Spirits
Thursday, February 13th, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Edible Manhattan's Good Spirits is a festival featuring a large selection of spirits, along with food created by local restaurant made to be paired with the drinks. $50. 82 Mercer, 82 Mercer Street, New York, NY; event website


Large-Format Indian Feast at the Breslin
Starting Monday, February 10th, seatings at 5:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m., and 10:30 p.m.
The Breslin is adding a family-style curry lamb feast to its large-format dinner series. Reservations for groups of 8-12 at the chef's table, or for larger groups in the Ace Hotel Lobby. $80/person. The Breslin, 16 West 29th Street, New York, NY; 212-679-1939; event website

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