The work week’s almost over, so start thinking about where to enjoy the next 48 hours of freedom. Here are a few events that you should take into consideration.
First Fridays: Lunar New Years Celebration, Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, Friday, 6:30 p.m.
The lunar new year parties continue throughout the city, as the Asia Society Museum is hosting a party showcasing culture and cosmos. Free tours of the museum’s Tales of Wonder exhibit will take place at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., with special cocktails like lychee-tinis on hand for the occasion. A selection of small Asian bites will be available for purchase; a DJ will set the mood for the evening.
Cooking from the Masters, The Brooklyn Kitchen, Gotham West Market, 600 Eleventh Avenue, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
Open to all levels of chefs, this course will cover global cuisine from one of Fork writer Eve Turow’s favorite reads: Jerusalem, A Cookbook. Instructor Kate Duff will cover the proper use of ingredients like rose water, harissa, and sumac before sitting down to a full dinner. The menu includes potato latkes, spicy carrot salad, and cardamon rice pudding among other dishes, with wine included. Tickets are $85 and can be reserved through the Brooklyn Kitchen’s website.
Everett Scotch Tasting: The Art of Scotch, Everett Pop Up Fashion Gallery
189 Orchard Street, Saturday, 6 p.m.
Peruse an art gallery while sipping fine scotch. For $45, guests will enjoy four tastings from four unique regions of Scotland while learning about the distilling process. Food is included in the cost of a ticket, which can be purchased through the event’s website. Sounds like an ideal date night to us — or even an early Valentine’s Day gift.
The Brooklyn Meatball Takedown, The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn, Sunday, 2 p.m.
If you’re still claiming your grandma has the best recipe for meatballs, now’s your chance to back it up. Brooklyn chefs are encouraged to come out and show their borough whether or not they deserve best ball bragging rights for 2014. For $15, attendees can sample varieties like chicken, veal, and lamb among others with a variety of sauces for each. Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or reserve your chance to crown Brooklyn’s best ball.