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.

    Beer + Food + Film + Whiskey + Pickles + Jerky + Cocktails=What’s Ahead on The Edible Event Calendar

    From a pairing at Brooklyn Oeneology wine shop with everybody’s favorite snack (pickles) to a beer-centric movie night, here are a couple of events going on around the borough soon that we think you’ll enjoy. Be sure to check out the citywide events calendar Edible Manhattan keeps for more suggestions–and don’t forget to mark yours for February 28, which will be the first Edible event of 2012: It’s Good Spirits, a celebration of seasonal cocktails and local liquors. (Hurry on over here to purchase your $35 Early Bird ticket before they’re all sold out.)

    Talk Turkey at Two in a Live Facebook Q&A with Chef Alfred Portale

    Don’t forget to join us in just four hours for a live Q & A on our Facebook page with Chef Alfred Portale of Gotham Bar and Grill! From 2-4pm, Chef Portale will be answering all your questions about preparing and executing your Thanksgiving feasts (check out more details about it all right here.) Want to know how to flavor the whipped cream on the pumpkin pie with rosemary bitters? You could win lunch for two at his restaurant just by asking!

    Psst: Goof off on Facebook Tomorrow and You Could Win Lunch at Gotham Bar and Grill

    You’re probably technically at work until Wednesday, but we know what’s really on your mind: What’s the deal with deep-fried turkeys? Is there a secret to super-fluffy mashed potatoes? Are giblets really necessary for gravy? What apples are best for pie? That’s right, there’s plenty of Googling to do in the next few days as you prepare for Thursday’s big feast. But now you don’t have to: Chef Alfred Portale of Gotham Bar and Grill will be on-hand tomorrow for a live Q & A on our Facebook page.

    Like This: Live Chat Through Your Thanksgiving Feast on Facebook with Chef Alfred Portale

    Our colleagues over at Edible Manhattan are teaming up with chef Alfred Portale of Gotham Bar and Grill for a live discussion on the Edible Manhattan Facebook page on Tuesday November 22nd–next Tuesday, and two days before Thanksgiving. From 2 to 4 p.m., Chef Portale will be answering your questions about preparing the perfect seasonal and locally inspired Thanksgiving feast.

    Taste NY State Apple-Based Spirits at Brooklyn Oenology; Then Live Chat Your Thanksgiving Cooking Issues

    From internet-enabled turkey tips from a live chat with one of the city’s top chefs (see below) to a celebration of our current favorite quaff (apple-based spirits) here are a couple of events going on around town that we think you’ll enjoy. Start on 11/11/11 at the Brooklyn Oenology Winery in Williamsburg! From 6 p.m. to midnight on November 11, there will be Doc’s Draft Hard Apple Cider, Cornelius’ Applejack, Eve’s Autumn’s Gold Cider, Wolffer’s Apple Wine, Hot Spiced Cider, and or course, the full line of Brooklyn Oenology and other local wines. Apple pie à la mode will also be available for purchase, and be prepared to play a round of the always popular game, Apples-to-Apples.

    At Brooklyn Winery, the History of City Wine Culture with the Brooklyn Historical Society; Plus a Pickle Fest and a Greenport Beer Dinner

    While Edible cooks up plenty of our own events (stay tuned for details about Good Spirits 2012, and enter to win tickets right here), below are some upcoming city events we think you’ll want to dig into… like A History in the Tasting with Brooklyn Historical Society on the history of wine culture in New York tomorrow night from 7 to 10 p.m. in the parlor of the Brooklyn Winery.

    Scenes from Last Week’s Cheese and Butter 101 at The Brooklyn Brewery

    Last week the topic of the latest installment in Edible’s How-To lecture series was Dairy. Anne Saxelby of Saxelby Cheesemongers started off the evening with a discussion of affinage, or the art of maturing and aging cheeses, showing three different blocks of the same cheese at different stages courtesy Jasper Hill Farm. Fromager Tia Keenan continued with a lecture on cheese boards, using cheese from Lucy’s Whey. Keenan showed how to arrange cheeses from left to right, and from mild to complex. She also urged folks to have fun with pairings and play with sweet and spicy flavors, like nori, sesame brittle, strawberry jam, or our favorite, chocolate and blue cheese.

    Tomorrow Night Taste India, Mexico and Austria (and More) in the Lower East Side’s Angel Orensanz Center

    From Eat Drink Local Week to Good Beer, Edible is known for throwing some of the most delicious food and drink-focused events in the city. One is our Edible Escape on Wednesday, October 19th at the Angel Orensanz Center. Between the Gildas from Txikito and Chana Masala Rolls from Kati Roll, there will be plenty of food at Edible Escape next Wednesday evening. But what’s food without drink? We’ve got that covered as well, with Beer from Stella Artois to wine from Austria to The Darjeeling Unlimited, a concoction of Tuthilltown bourbon and Harney and Sons tea.

    No Whey! On October 26, We’re Hosting a Butter Churning Demo at Brooklyn Brewery

    How to Milk It on Wednesday, October 26th at the Brooklyn Brewery. Not many folks get to watch a butter churning demonstration blocks from the Bedford Avenue L train, but you can when you come to How to Milk It, the latest installment in our monthly How-To series at Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Brewery. Anne Saxelby of Saxelby Cheese and Chef Fromager Tia Keenan will also be on hand for cheesy discussions.

    Scenes from Our Coffee 101 at the Brooklyn Brewery

    Last night Brooklyn brewery hosted Edible’s latest installment in our ongoing How-To series, which focused on coffee courtesy of three local roasters: Theresa Von Fuchs of Dallis Bros. Coffee, Chris Buerkle from Blue Bottle Coffee and Darlene Scherer and Carol McLaughlin from Gorilla Coffee regaled the crowd with stories, lessons and demonstrations.