This Week in Food: Coolio’s Chili Cook Off and a Stinky Cheese Festival


Stinky Cheese Festival, Marseille/Tour de France Restaurants, 630 Ninth Avenue/Additional Locations, Monday through Sunday

Stinky-cheese aficionados can embrace their love of aroma all week long with special cheese menus at all Tour de France restaurants. Pont-l’Évêque, raclette, and quadrello di bufala are a few of the featured cheeses diners can experience in dishes such as stinky bisque and a blue cheese pastry dessert.
All participating restaurants will be offering a special port cocktail to accompany the featured, er, aromatic items.

Whisky Live, Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers, Eleventh Avenue at West 19th Street, Wednesday, 6 p.m. 

Sample nearly 300 varieties of whiskies, bourbons, and scotches while meeting both small-batch and globally renowned distilleries. Guests will have the chance to sip on spirits both straight as well as in specialty cocktail form. A dinner buffet is also included. Tickets are $125 and can be reserved here.

Coolio’s Chili Cook Off, Hill Country Brooklyn, 345 Adams Street, Brooklyn, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

If you’re looking to put a celebrity recipe to the test, Coolio is serving as Hill Country Brooklyn’s guest pitmaster. The author of Cookin’ With Coolio will dish out his veggie chili to guests before sitting down for a Q&A session. Admission is free, but $10 tickets guarantee a seat and include one portion of chili and one Shiner draft beer; reserve them here.

All About Armagnac, Cooking by the Book, 13 Worth Street, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

Sample five different Armagnacs while learning all about the creation process from a brand ambassador. Snacks from D’Artagnan as well as chocolate from Ronni Sue Chocolate. A welcome cocktail is also included. Tickets are $45 for general admission; reserve them here.