This Week's Five Best Food Events

Filipino specialties are heating up Metropolitan Pavilion this Thursday!
Filipino specialties are heating up Metropolitan Pavilion this Thursday!

Is all that cold wind blowing you over? Stock up on some much-needed grub at these five food events.

Reimagining Puerto Rico: Lucky Luna Cocina Criolla Supper Club, Lucky Luna, 167 Nassau Avenue, Monday, 7 p.m.

This Taiwanese-Mexican Greenpoint restaurant is debuting its first supper club, which will feature a twist on conventional Puerto Rican cuisine. The five-course dinner will focus on bilí -- a rum infused with vanilla and peppercorn and other spices. Dishes include fried plaintain and beef soup, pork-shoulder-stuffed steamed buns, and braised rabbit; the recipes were created in collaboration with chef-writer Von Diaz and are featured in her Puerto Rican food memoir and cookbook, Gordita. Tickets -- which include drink pairings -- are $80.

Food Policy for Breakfast: NYC Health Technology Food Forum: How Can Technology Help (and Hurt) Public Health Initiatives?, CUNY School of Public Health, 2180 Third Avenue, Tuesday, 8:45 a.m.

Grab a coffee and enjoy a morning discussion on the power of technology to help -- or damage -- public health initiatives. A panel of six speakers -- including Jennifer Goggin of the online marketplace Farmers Web -- will address the increasing influence of technology in the food world and look into its pros and cons for such topics as public health access and the prevalence of diet-related diseases. RSVP in advance.

Masters of Social Gastronomy Present: American Pie, Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

Apple and pumpkin pie are the topics of choice at this monthly gathering of edible education. Hosts Sarah Loman and Jonathan Soma will dive into the orchard and chat about how Granny Smith apples got their name, and the science behind the difference in some varieties. The duo will also tackle pumpkin spice and how it made its way from gourds into lattes. The event is free to attend and guests do not need tickets.

Inuman at Pulutan, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, Thursday, 6 p.m.

Craving a Pacific island getaway? Join Kuma Inn, Maharlika, and other restaurants bringing a taste of the Philippines to Manhattan this week. This year's theme has chefs reinterpreting traditional Filipino classics; attendees will vote for their favorite dish. Tickets start at $65 and include beer, cocktails, and unlimited tapas.

Cocktail Class, The Third Man, 116 Avenue C, Friday, 5 p.m.

Fans of cocktails can learn what to stir, shake, and crack an egg into during this hands-on educational experience. Bartenders will also cover topics like the use of liquid nitrogen and how to make a chartreuse flame. Classes are $85 and include a bartender kit to take home; reservations can be made by emailing

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