Best Weekend Food Events: Hot Chocolate Festival, Pig Party, and Tiki Night


Valhrona Hot Chocolate Festival, Multiple Locations, Saturday through January 31

Discover new and under-the-radar hot chocolate creations during this week-long celebration. A selection from New York’s best bakeries include a salted caramel hot chocolate at Baked, Doughnut Plant’s tres leches white hot chocolate, and a raspberry and orange blossom version at François Payard. Fifty cents from each hot chocolate purchased will be donated to City Harvest.

Chelsea: Comparative Brew Method Demo, Blue Bottle Coffee, 450 West 15th Street, Saturday, 2 p.m. 

Learn the art of coffee brewing methods including French press, Aeropress, Chemex, and pour-over at this free workshop. Students will learn the different purposes and history surrounding each brewing technique, with tastings for each style included too.

Pinot Days, City Winery, 155 Varick Street, Saturday, 12 to 8 p.m.

Grab a glass and enjoy over 100 examples of pinot noir done right. Pinot from regions including Russian River Valley and the Santa Lucia Highlands will be open. VIP tickets include early access and seated small group tastings with the winemakers. For those interested in food pairings, a dinner featuring fifteen wines and a three-course Mediterranean style menu will take place starting at 4:30 p.m. General admission tickets start at $75 and can be reserved here.

Cochon 555, Weylin B. Seymour’s, 175 Broadway, Brooklyn, Sunday, 5 to 8 p.m

This pork-centric national tour makes its New York stop this weekend, with five chefs creating over 30 dishes using nothing but a whole pig. The nose-to-tail competition includes chefs from Upland, Vic’s, and Hecho en Dumbo. The event includes five winemakers suggesting pairings for each dish. General admission starts at $130.95 and can be purchased here.

Tiki Night, Wallflower, 235 W 12th Street, Sunday, 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Mace and Miracle on Ninth Street head honcho Nico De Soto is making a guest appearance at Wallflower for a tiki-themed party. Drinks include a riff off the zombie, while a special Polynesian-themed menu with dishes like papaya salad and arroz caldo will be offered by the kitchen.