What’s Happening: The Great CSA Smackdown, Last Day at Le Parker Meridien’s Gingerbread Extravaganza Closes


Thursday, January 3
Pie-Making Class at The Brooklyn Kitchen: Head to Williamsburg to learn how to make a mean pie from author and baker Millicent Souris. She’ll teach you the secret to making perfect crusts and for $65 students will leave with a crust and a mini pie to bake at home. 616 Lorimer St., Brooklyn

Gingerbread Extravaganza at Le Parker Meridien: You’ve seen the photos, but have you enjoyed the gingerbread masterpieces at this midtown hotel on a more intimate level, where you can smell and almost taste the delicious sweets? The exhibit closes on Thursday just in time for all the holiday tourists to get the hell out of New York City. See a detailed recreation of Abe Lincoln and even a sculpture called “Candy-Crane,” referencing the daunting crane that hung over 57th Street after Hurricane Sandy. 119 W 56th St.

Saturday, January 5
The Great CSA Smackdown: Join Just Food for a citywide cooking competition for members of the Just Food Network Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) projects. The free event at Saint Mark’s Church will feature CSA chefs cooking against one another to create a meal in 30 minutes. Get there at 2 p.m. to see all the action. 131 E 10th St.

Sunday, January 6
Dim Sum: Chinese Tea Brunch: Hit up the Bowery Culinary Center at Whole Foods Market on Houston Street for a hands-on demonstration and cooking class for the Dim Sum novice. For $60 you will hear from Culinary Center Educator Wai Chu and he’ll give a dim sum tutorial. 95 E Houston St.