Monday, February 11
Guest Chef Series at Aldea
Chef George Mendes brings John Shields and Scott Anderson to Aldea for a six-course meal highlighting winter ingredients. For $145 a person, which includes wine pairings, diners will taste two dishes from each chef. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. 31 W. 17th St.
Tuesday, February 12
Food, Cocktails, and Conversation with Amanda Freitag
Amanda Freitag, former chef of The Harrison and frequent Chopped judge, will host a charity dinner with Scott Conant at his Soho loft, the SCM Culinary Suite. Tickets are pricey at $250 a pop, but proceeds will benefit the Food and Finance High School, which helps provide education to culinary students in New York. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP. 598 Broadway
King Cake-Cups at Bee’s Knees
Fat Tuesday means one thing: King Cake. West Village bakery Bee’s Knees will deliver Mardi Gras joy in every one of their freakishly cute cake cups on Tuesday. Each cup will have a miniature baby doll in it, just like a New Orleans-style King Cake. 113 W. 10th St.
Sake and the City
Celebrate sake with members of the Japanese Sake and Shochu Makers Association at the Astor Center. Guests will taste sakes and cocktails from different producers. Experts from SakaiMai, Urban Sake, and Brushstroke will do demonstrations, mix up drinks, and give brief lectures. 399 Lafayette St.
Wednesday, February 13
How to Prepare a Mexican Feast at the Brooklyn Brewery
Some of Brooklyn’s most popular Mexican joints will come to Brooklyn Brewery to share their culinary tricks. Brooklyn Salsa Company will give salsa demonstrations, Lonestar Taco will teach the ins and outs of flour and corn tortillas, and La Newyorkina will divulge secrets for making Mexican paletas and other desserts. Tickets are $5 and beers from the Brewery are discounted at $5. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and lectures run until 10 p.m. 79 N. 11th St., Brooklyn
Saturday, February 16
Not Just Talk: Food in the South Bronx
The BLK ProjeK will sponsor panels at The Point to discuss food access in the South Bronx. They promise a day of “talks, visioning, art, music, and of course great food and drink.” Speakers include Karen Washington of Black Urban Farmers and Gardeners and Nicole Taylor, host of Hot Grease. Tickets start at $25. 940 Garrison Ave., Bronx