What’s Happening This Week: Best Homemade Pizza, Gingerbread Lane, Winter Stews, Coffee Crazy Book Signing


Let the countdown to 2014 commence. If your resolution is to be more active this year, get a jump on it and head out to one of these events.

Best Homemade Pizza, The Institute of Culinary Education, 50 West 23rd Street, Monday, 10 a.m.

Learn to make your own deep dish and thin crust pies: Students will learn proper baking technique as well as how to roll dough the right way for a variety of pizzas including margherita, pizza bianco, and roasted pepper and goat cheese. Tickets are $110 and can be reserved through the school’s website.

Gingerbread Lane, New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Queens, Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m.

Chef Jon Lovitch’s display of edible buildings is on display until January 12, though you might want to take advantage of the exhibit during a weekday to avoid having a long wait. The village contains an estimated 1,900 pounds of icing, 400 pounds of candy, and 500 pounds of gingerbread, making it a contender for the Guinness Book of World Records. Tickets are $11 for adults and can be purchased directly at the museum.

Cooking with Mike Colameco: Winter Stews, Viking/Carl Schaedel Co. Showroom, 969 Third Avenue, Thursday, 7 p.m

For $45, learn how to cure your champagne hangover with a pot of warm winter stew. This class will cover the basic steps of creating a few tasty stews under the guidance of Mike Colameco, a Culinary Institute of America graduate and author of Mike Colameco’s Food Lover’s Guide to New York City. Reservations to secure your spot in class can be made through the 92nd Street Y’s website.

Coffee Crazy Book Party, Ninth Street Espresso, 700 East 9th Street, Friday, 6 p.m.

Celebrating the release of Robert Galinsky’s book Coffee Crazy, budding baristas are invited to come out to this free event for a Q & A session and networking opportunity. Expect readings, performances, and songs — Galinsky is developing a production called Coffee The Musical — and plenty of java is available for purchase. Afterward, the author and company plan to head over to Royale Bar for an evening of caffeinated celebration.