Agenda: 2/7 to 2/13


Winter Ice Cream Tasting
Icecreamtasting Are you so tired of hot chocolate that the bone-chilling cold inspires a counterintuitive and unseasonal winter craving for frozen custard? MAKOR will present a discussion of ice cream and its "sensory, aesthetic and technical characteristics" along with a blind tasting hosted by Bobbie Meyzen, co-owner of La Cremaillere Restaurant and Crème Cremaillere Ice Cream in Bedford, New York. The event will take place on Thursday, February 8, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at MAKOR, 35 West 67th Street. $35/person (212.601.1000).

If you're willing to brave the crowds on Valentine's Day, many New York City restaurants are offering special prix fixe dinners. Here are a few options:

»A Voce $72/person for three courses (41 Madison Avenue, 212.545.8555).
»Bar Americain $90/person for three courses, or $125/person with suggested wine pairings. (152 West 52nd Street, NYC, 212.265.9700).
»Café Gray $210/person for five-courses, including a glass of Champagne (Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle, 212.823.6338).
»Cookshop $70/person for three courses (156 Tenth Avenue, NYC, 212.924.4440).
»davidburke & donatella $105/person for five courses (133 East 61st Street, NYC, 212.813.2121).
»Flatbush Farm $65/person for three courses (76-78 St. Marks Avenue, Brooklyn, 718.622.3276).
»Goblin Market $70/person for three courses (199 Prince Street, 212.375.8275).
»Ureña $90/person for five courses (37 East 28th Street, 212.213.2328).


Beard on Books, The James Beard Foundation’s ongoing "Beard on Books" book series will feature David Kamp, author of The United States of Arugula: How We Became a Gourmet Nation, on Wednesday, February 7, 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., at The James Beard House, 167 West 12 Street. $20 suggested donation (212.627.2308).

Chocolate Past and Present: A Cultural History, the Culinary Historians of New York will present a discussion of chocolate history with Alexandra Leaf, President of Chocolate Tours of New York City, Inc., followed by a chocolate tasting, on Wednesday, February 7, 6:30 p.m., at the  Institute for Culinary Education, 50 West 23rd Street. $40 (212.334.4175).

Heavy Hitters, Vino Italian Wine and Spirits will lead a tasting of Barolo and Barbaresco wines on Wednesday, February 7, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Vino Italian Wine and Spirits, 121 East 27th Street. $95/person (212.725.6516)

WineSpeak How-To, Tasting World will present a lesson in the basic rules of pronunciation of French, Italian, Spanish and German wines, Friday, February 9, 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.. at 307 West 38th Street, Suite 1910. $35/person (212.629.8529).

Chinese New Year Celebration, Culinary Insiders will present a dinner celebrating the Year of the Pig at Jean-Georges Vongerichten's 66, Monday, February 12, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at 66, 241 Church Street. $105/person (212.330.9080).

Greatest Wines of France, the French Institute Alliance Francaise will present a tasting of wines from the Rhone Valley as part of its ongoing series on French regional wines, Monday, February 12, 7:00 p.m., at Le Skyroom, 22 East 60 Street, 8th floor. $110/person (

Wine 101, Murray's Cheese is launching it's first-ever wine series (paired with cheese, nach), a three-part course on the characteristsics of taste, wine regions, varietals, and styles. The first class begins on Tuesday, February 13, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. with parts two and three on Tuesday, March 6, and Tuesday, March 27. $315/person (212.243.3289 ext. 12).