Hot Chocolate, Sexy Cheese, and Spicy Cocktails


Hotchocolate All You Can Drink
Celebrate Valentine's Day with an evening of all-you-can-drink hot chocolate (yes, that's right) at City Bakery (3 West 18th Street). The evening, which comes at the midpoint of City Bakery's annual month-long hot chocolate festival, will also feature food and drink from Saxelby Cheesemongers, Rick's Picks, Chocolat Moderne, Bottlerocket Wine & Spirits, and Tuthilltown Distillery. The event will take place on Thursday, Feburary 14, 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. $45/person (purchase tickets online).

EVENTS THIS WEEK (February 6 through February 13)

Writing About Cooking
Cookbook editor Judith Jones, author of The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food, and writer Alex Prud’homme, Julia Child’s grandnephew and co-author of her memoir, My Life in France, will discuss their books and their lives with the cooking legend. The event takes place on Wednesday, February 6, 7:30 p.m., at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway). $21/person.

All About Salmon
Starwich (525 W. 42nd Street) will present a "Salmon Tutorial," the first in a series of such tutorials on single ingredients. The event will take place on Thursday, February 7, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Free (reservations required, 212.462.2310).

Spice and Ice
On Sunday, February 10, 3:00 p.m., Astor Center (23 East 4th Street, 2nd Floor) will present a course on mixing spice-infused liquors, crafting spicy cocktails, and how to pair beer, wine, and spirits with spicy foods. $95/person.

Beer Dinner
Jimmy’s no.43 (43 East 7th Street) will be host a dinner featuring seasonal beers from Six Point craft ales and a winter market menu inspired menu on Monday, February 11, 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Oyster Dinner
Savoy restaurant (70 Prince Street) will kick off its spring dinner series on Monday, February 11, with an oyster tasting featuring Jon Rowley (see below). The tasting of east and west coast oysters paired with wines will be followed by a three-course dinner. $95/person plus tax and tip (212.219.8570).

The Olympia Oyster
Food scholar, writer, and fisherman Jon Rowley will discuss the Pacific Northwest’s Olympia, considered one of the rarest and most treasured of American oysters, at a talk and tasting hosted by the Culinary Historians of New York on Tuesday, February 12, 6:30 p.m., at Moore Brothers Wines, 33 East 20th Street. $40/person (purchase tickets online).

Do Fries Go With That Chèvre?
The Artisanal Premium Cheese Center (500 West 37th Street) will present a pre-Valentine’s Day course on "sexy cheese," featuring a tasting of triple creams, smelly epoisses, and creamy blues paired with champagnes and wines. $75/person (877.797.1200).

Image: Photo courtesy of Robyn Lee.