With an affinity for making lists (complete with check boxes), a history of smuggling goat cheese into college cafeterias and a never ending obsession to perfect her pie crust, it was only natural that Michaela Johnson would find her way into the position of planning and executing events for a food magazine.

    Winter-Schminter: Warm Up with the Latin Food and Boogaloo Dance Party at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

    Just because winter has set in doesn’t mean all signs of life have disappeared from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden–in fact, nothing could be farther from the truth. Especially on Friday, February 10 from 8pm to midnight, when you can be transported to Latin America at LUSH, an evening of tastes and sounds (and dancing) in celebration of BBG’s collection of 6,000 (and counting) tropical orchids.

    Change the Way We Eat… From the Comfort of Your Own Home

    This Saturday, January 21st, from 10:30 am to 5:45 pm, make yourself a some lunch and get comfortable in front of your computer for TEDxManhattan’s “Changing the Way We Eat,” a live simulcast from the TimesCenter in Times Square. Twenty speakers who know more than a thing or two about the subject of sustainable eating and farming (including Mitchell Davis, the Executive Vice President of the James Beard Foundation, Michelle Hughes, the Director of GrowNYC’s New Farmer Development Project, and Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States) will explore a variety of issues, and talk about our choices and their consequences.

    This Week on the Event Calendar: Forecasting the Year Ahead in Food, Farm Policy and Politics

    Predicting the weather is Punxsutawney Phil’s domain. Predicting what’s going to happen when it comes to food, farm policy and politics? That’s where the NYC Food Almanac 2012 comes in. From 6:30 to 9 pm at 632Below, a group of experts (including Edible’s own publisher Brian Halweil) will predict what will happen and call for what should happen with a panel discussion and Q&A.

    This Week on the Edible Event Calendar – Cocktail Party Tickets, Killer Cookies and Slow Wine

    As February approaches, we’re getting more and more excited about this year’s first edition of Good Spirits, our seasonal cocktail event held at 82 Mercer on February 28. (Which just happens to be the birthday of our events director Sam Seier, so when she runs past you to make sure there are napkins at The Beagle table and ice for the guys making drinks with El Buho Mezcal, please wish her a good one.)
    We can’t wait to see what places like The Beagle or Monument Lane and Fort Reno will feed us, or what “good spirits” we’re going to drink made from El Buho, Privateer Rum or Bache Gabrielsen. It’ll all be great, for sure, so headed over here to purchase your $45 ticket to join us (and wish Sam a happy birthday). In the meantime, sign up for our email newsletter at right to stay on top of other food and drink events in the city like these two book release parties:

    Stay Warm the Best Way We Know How: With a Ticket to Good Spirits

    It’s beginning to feel a lot like winter, right? Mittens, scarves and puffy parkas are all well and good, but when it comes to warming seriously chilled bones, they can’t quite compete with stiff drink. It’s safe to say that February will be frigid, so prepare early and get your tickets (available here) to Good Spirits, the seasonally inspired cocktail event we’ll be co-hosting with Edible Manhattan on February 28th from 6 to 9 pm at 82 Mercer in Soho. Until then, below is the roster of this year’s participants to get you excited. Be sure to check out the citywide Events Calendar Edible Manhattan keeps for other great happenings going on around town, too.

    What’s Ahead on the Edible Calendar: Hang with Green Flash Brewing’s Owners on Christmas Day; NYE Feasting

    Staying in the city for the holidays? Looking for plans to ring in the New Year? Look no further: As always Edible has the list of what’s happening in food around New York City. Below is what’s up next of note, and remember to check on Edible’s city wide Events Calendar for more things to do, and to sign up for our email newsletters (in the form to the right) for even easier updates.

    What’s Ahead on the Edible Calendar: Local Fisheries, Slow Wine and Good Spirits

    A few more sunsets until the first Hanukah candle; a few more bedtimes till Santa comes down the chimney…it’s an exciting time of the year, that’s for sure. To keep those excitement levels at a peak, here are a few shindigs both before and after the holidays. For more edible-minded events, be sure to check out the city-wide events calendar kept by Edible Manhattan, our sister publication, right here.