February’s Best Local Food and Drink Events

Learn how to break down a whole pig, take a beer-fueled cruise around the New York Harbor, taste cheese and local spirit pairings and more.

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Cheese Grotto is hosting a cheese and cocktail pairing at Industry City Distillery, using Brooklyn-made spirits (of course). Photo credit: Cheese Grotto

It’s February, which means you might be sad. Lots of people are, you know! The sun is elusive, spring is still far on the horizon (sorta) and Valentine’s Day is not everyone’s favorite thing. But! We have lots of fun, food-related events to look forward to. You might still be sad, but you’ll be well-fed/entertained/educated.

And if you’re already looking ahead to March, tickets are almost gone for our 7th annual all-you-can-eat-and-drink Good Spirits event on March 3! Get yours before they’re gone.

  • On Feb. 5 (this Friday), 12 and 26, the legendary Marlow & Daughters is giving lessons on how to break down a whole pig. Tickets are $95 and can be refunded for store credit within three days of any class.
  • This Saturday afternoon (Feb. 6), check out an epic chef battle, presented by Komeeda. Many tickets have already sold out so get yours fast.
  • Rooftop Reds will launch a brand-new event on Feb. 5 and 6, a celebration of local ice wines in Brooklyn. Tickets are $50 or $80 for VIPs, but you get a lot of bang for your buck.
  • The French Institute/Alliance Francaise wants to take you to the French countryside on Feb. 8, pairing an array of Champagnes with sweet and savory caneles. Get your tickets here.
  • Slow Food NYC will present their sixth annual “Farm Almanac” event on Feb. 9, where members and non-members alike can gather and map out the year ahead. On the agenda: food and wages, one of the most-discussed items right now. Get your tickets here. (Oh, wine and snacks will be served.)
  • For a very different evening on Feb. 9, Pair Wine and Cheese is hosting a special Romantic Pairing event, rich with the promise of aphrodisiac foods. Tickets are $35.
  • Piggy piggy piggy, can’t you see … get ready for the Notorious P.I.G./Monkey King dinner event on Feb. 10. In honor of Chinese New Year, Top Chef alum Leah Cohen will prepare a pork-heavy menu that shouldn’t disappoint. There are multiple seatings.
  • On Friday, Feb. 12, chef Renee Baumann of 61 Local will present a 4-course, vegetarian and gluten-free menu, including wine and cider pairings. The theme is “Winter Brights.” Buy your tickets here. Then on Feb. 24, Baumann will teach you how to make dishes from Winter Brights.
  • Cheese Grotto is hosting cheese and cocktail pairing at Industry City Distillery, using Brooklyn-made spirits (of course). Buy tickets for unlimited cheese and discounted cocktails here.
  • The New York Botanical Garden is hosting a Culinary Kids Weekend from Feb. 13 to 15, with cooking demos, culinary workshops and much more. Regular admission gets you in to the events.
  • There is no shortage of romantic prix-fixe Valentine’s dinners around the city, but what about a bonkers chocolate takedown, sponsored by Raaka? Tickets are only 20 bucks. (Also, you have to look at the event art.)
  • There are only three seats left at the Brooklyn Brainery’s History of Gin event on Feb. 18—get your spot now!
  • New York Beer Week kicks off on Feb. 20, with a food and beer-packed cruise around the New York Harbor. There are lots of other worthy events (e.g., WQKR’s Classical Beer Jam) throughout the week as well.
  • Are you curious to meet some of Brooklyn’s most prominent food producers and manufacturers and hear what they have to say about the state of the industry? Then check out the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s Meet the Maker panel on Feb. 24. Attendance is free but you must pre-register.
  • The New York Harbor School will host its annual awards dinner on Feb. 24, hosted by NBC’s Willie Geist. Tickets aren’t cheap, but consider this: You’ll eat well and proceeds go to support the Harbor School’s fantastic programs.
  • Then on Feb. 25, MOFAD is staging a fascinating event called “Masters of Social Gastronomy: The Flavor Battles,” where attendees will learn all about artificial flavor creation before a throwdown that pits natural versus artificial flavors. You’ll be surprised!
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Jesse Hirsch

Formerly the print editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan, Jesse Hirsch now works as the New York editor for GOOD magazine.