Eat. Drink. Be Married.
Thursday, March 11, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm This food-focused wedding expo will feature a guided Champagne tasting and beverages provided by Astor Wines & Spirits and Sixpoint Craft Ales. There will be food from Momofuku Milk Bar, Liddabit Sweets, Cake Alchemy, Landmarc Catering, The Cleaver Company, and others. $15. The Astor Center, 399 Lafayette Street (at East 4th Street); 212-674-7501; event website.
Gin and Meat
Thursday, March 11, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm Is there a better combination? This hands-on seminar with Meat Hook butcher Tom Mylan and Bombay Sapphire mixologist James Moreland will teach you how to create tasty pairings such as Porterhouse steaks with martinis. Participants will have the opportunity to sample these pairings. $80. Brooklyn Kitchen Labs, 100 Frost Street (between Leonard Street and Manhattan Avenue), Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-349-5033; event website.
Saturday, March 13, 10:00 am-12:00 pm Joshua Katcher, vegan chef and founder of "The Discerning Brute," will teach the tricks to making seriously delicious vegan meals that even the biggest dairy and meat lovers will drool over. He'll show guests how to make dishes such as garlicky polenta, tender eggplant, and a marinated tofu tower. $75. Jivamukti Yoga Studio, Union Square; 841 Broadway (near East 13th Street); event website.
Slow U: The Locavore Hunter
Saturday, March 13, 2:00 pm-5:00 pm Join locavore hunter, writer, and instructor Jackson Landers for an informal afternoon. Landers will discuss how even urbanites like New Yorkers can hunt, dress, age, and butcher their own meat. He will also demonstrate how to butcher a venison hindquarter and back strap with utensils and appliances found in a typical kitchen. $35. Jimmy's No. 43; 43 East 7th Street (near Second Avenue); event website.
Jewish Week's Grand Wine Tasting
Sunday, March 14, 1:00 - 5:00 pm Taste dozens of Kosher wines, talk to Kosher winemakers, and learn about the winemaking process at this event, sponsored by The Jewish Week. Once you've found a few favorites, order them for your Seder in advance. $35 with ticket purchase before the event, $40 at the door. City Winery, 155 Varick Street (at Vandam); 212-608-0555; event website.
Sunday, March 14, 7:30 pm This annual chocolate event, a celebration of all things chocolate, brings together chocolate-lovers and chocolatiers, combining chocolate and conversation. Among the assorted treats will be dark chocolate confections, chocolate-inspired cocktails, and chocolate gelato. $37. 92 Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue (at 92nd Street); 212-415-5500; event website.
Monday, March 15 (through Thursday, March 25) Over 175 restaurants will be participating in Brooklyn's own restaurant week, getting you a three-course meal at a fraction of the cost. $20.10 for lunch and $25.00 for dinner. Various locations. event website.
A Schmaltz to Remember
Monday, March 15, 7:00 pm David Sax, author of Save the Deli, has brought together a team of NYC chefs to interpret Jewish deli staples at a six-course dinner (with wine pairings). Hors d'oeuvres will feature bites from institutions such as Second Avenue Deli. Reservations are required. $125. James Beard House, 167 West 12th Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues); 212-627-2308; event website.
Monday, March 15, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm Gear up for the warm weather to come with a walking tour of some of Manhattan's best barbecue joints. Food tour guide Avi Ohring will take you to places such as Blue Smoke and Hill Country. At each stop participants will meet the chefs and pit masters before sampling ribs, brisket, etc. Reservations required. $88.88; Meet at the statue of Chester Alan Arthur in Madison Square Park; 800-838-3006; event website.
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