The Bent Spoon

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Friday (February 14)

Hot Chocolate Festival
Saturday, February 14th, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Hot Chocolate Festival continues at The City Bakery. A different variety of cocoa is featured each day through the end of the month. Varieties include "Love Potion," "Creamy Stout," and "Darkest Dark Hot Chocolate." 13 West 18th Street, New York, NY; 212-366-1414; event website

Monday (February 17)

Bloody Mary Mix-Down
Monday, February 17th, 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 Staten Island preliminary on February 17th, three competitors will be selected for the final competition.120 Bay Cafe,120 Bay Street, Staten Island, NY; event website

Culinary Kids Food Festival
Monday, February 17th-23rd, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The New York Botanical Garden's Edible Academy presents a weeklong food festival celebrating relationships between plants, farms and food. From the "Tip-Top Pickle Shop" to the "Spice Adventures" activity station, families can learn about the science of food and participate in cooking demonstration and tastings. The New York Botanical Garden Dining Pavilion, 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, New York; 718-817-8700; event website

Wednesday (February 19)

Slow Food NYC Book Club
Wednesday, February 19th, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Join the Slow Food New York City Book Club for a talk with Kurt Timmermeister, author of Growing a Feast. Hear his story that depicts the effort behind every meal, the farm that comes before every table. Free entry. Jimmy's No. 43 - 43 E. 7th Street, New York, New York; event website

Saturday (February 22)

Batchery Food Market Pop-Up
Saturday February 22nd, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Batchery, an artisan-run pop-up market, is going to be in Brooklyn next weekend. Snatch-up plenty of samples from fifteen local vendors, enjoy free hot chocolate and listen to local music artists. Bat Haus, 279 Starr Street, Brooklyn, NY; event website


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