Weekend Whets 1/24

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival, Saturday, January 25, 2014, The Tunnel, Manhattan:  Three sessions of  Beer, Bourbon, Barbeque, Bacon and Bluegrass.

NYChilifest 2014, Sunday, January 26, 2014, 7 p.m., Chelsea Market: Chili celebration.  Prices vary.

Homemade Paella Class, Monday, January 27, 2014, 7 p.m., Bread and Yoga Studio, Inwood, Manhattan:  Paella making class with Chef Dan of Chickpea and Olive.

A Night Out For The Philippines:  Building a Village Together, Monday, January 27, 2014, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.,Bagatelle, Meatpacking, Manhattan:  Tasting and raffle with 100% of proceeds going to the fund.  Participating chefs include Paul Liebrandt, plus Michael White, Andrew Carmellini, and George Mendes.

Chinese New Year, Wednesday, January 30, 2014, 7:30 p.m., 38 Prince (between Mott and Mulberry), Manhattan: Southern-inspired Chinese dishes and fortune cookies.  $55.

February

Candy: Evil or Just Misunderstood? with Samira Kawash, Monday, February 3, 2014, 6:30 p.m., NYU Department of Food Studies and Nutrition, 411 Lafayette St, 5th floor (between West 4th and Astor Place), Village, Manhattan: Discussion on whether candy is a food.  $10-$40.

America’s Romance with Chocolate: A Sweet Social History, Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 6:30 p.m., Merchant’s House Museum, East Village, Manhattan:  Discussion on the history of chocolate from a hot drink to chocolate bars in 19th-century America followed by a tasting.  $40.

Save Room for Dessert!, February 5, 2014, 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn:  Demos, tips, small samples and Q&A from sweet makers like Roni-Sue Chocolates and Love Sweet Love Pralines.  $5.

The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table, with Tracie M. McMillan, an award-winning journalist concerning food, poverty, and the politics of both, Monday, February 10, 2014, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Mid-Manhattan Library, Manhattan: Author discusses why only privileged minority can eat well in America.

Food Almanac 2014: Forecasting the Year Ahead in Food Policy and Politics, Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Center for Social Innovation, 601 West 26th Street, Suite 325, Manhattan:  Food Systems Network NYC gathers to discuss food and farm related topics for 2014.  $60-$75.

6th Annual Bacon & Bourbon Expo, Saturday, February 15, 2014, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Astor Center, East Village, Manhattan: Tastings of bacon and bourbon.  $59.

Lincoln’s Kitchen: The African-American Influence on Our Table, Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 7 p.m., 92nd Street Y, Upper East Side:  Sample dishes from What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Southern Cooking, the first cookbook written by an African-American.  $45.

“New York City: A Food Biography,” with Andrew F. Smith, a food studies and professional food writing teacher at the New School and the author or editor of twenty-one books, Thursday, February 20, 2014, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Mid-Manhattan Library, Manhattan: Lecture on NYC food.

James Oseland and Special Guests: A Fork in the Road, Thursday, February 27, 2014, 7 p.m., 92nd Street Y, Upper East Side:  Saveur editor in chief and “Top Chef Masters” judge James Oseland and other foodies share experiences.  $21+.

Shojin Ryori: Zen Cuisine for Body & Mind, Thursday, February 27, 2014, 6:30 p.m., Japan Society, Midtown East, Manhattan:  Toshio Tanahashi, founder of Zecoow Culinary Institute, explores Shojin Ryori, vegetarian Buddhist cuisine.  $25.

March

NYC Vegetarian Food Festival, Saturday and Sunday, March 1 & 2, 2014, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Metropolitan Pavilion, Chelsea, Manhattan:  Festival features food sampling and meals from vegetarian restaurants and food companies, health and wellness vendors, vegetarian/animal welfare information tables and live entertainment and activities.  $40 per day.

A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour, Sunday, March 2, 2014, 11 a.m., Brooklyn:  Visit Italian and Jewish neighborhoods in Brooklyn with pizza tastings and movie history. $80.

Game Of Thrones Gourmet: Medival Feasts, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 7 p.m., 92nd Street Y, Upper East Side: Sample dishes from the Middle Ages.  $45.

Ferran Adria, Thursday, March 13, 2014, 8:15 p.m., 92nd Street Y, Upper East Side: World-renown chef discusses his techniques.  $29+.

Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure, with Samira Kawash, the author of “Dislocating the Color Line,” and the founder of the website Candyprofessor.com, Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Mid-Manhattan Library, Manhattan: Lecture on cultural history of candy in America.

Ides Of March: Feasting In Ancient Rome, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 7 p.m., 92nd Street Y, Upper East Side: Learn about dining etiquette and meals of Ancient Rome.  $45.

April

A Persian Feast, April 12, 2014, 6:30 p.m., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan:  Group discussion of Middle Eastern art and culinary history followed by a hands-on cooking class.  $150.

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