Shake off the snowy start to February and get out there — here are six great food and drink events happening in the city this week.
Guest Chef Dinner, All’onda, 22 East 13th Street, Monday, 6:30 p.m.
Kicking off a series of guest-chef dinners, Richard Kuo of Pearl & Ash is bringing a family-style barbecue feast to All’onda. Kuo and All’onda chef Chris Jaekle are collaborating on dishes like pulled pork shoulder, St. Louis ribs, and smoked cornbread; Nathan Rawlinson will pair that fare with buckets of beer, spicy vinegar drinks, and coffee-infused bourbon from the bar. Seatings take place every half-hour from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; reservations are $65 (beverages not included).
Brewskee-Ball Jamboree, Full Circle Bar, 318 Grand Street, Brooklyn, Monday, 7 p.m.
Interested in a new bicep workout? Consider lifting beer and skee-balls at this kickoff party, while partaking in a two-hour Genesee beer and Deep Eddy vodka open bar. Guests can also sign up for the 2015 season and receive drink deals at the bar. League games begin February 9. Register on the Brooklyn Brewskee-Ball website.
Cooks and Books, The Entrepreneur’s Space, 36-46 37th Street, Queens, Tuesday, 6 p.m.
Celebrating its fourth birthday, this Long Island City food and business incubator is inviting guests to network with like-minded food lovers. The event will feature 30 e-space vendors dishing out samples, including locally made breads, cakes, and wine. And look for guides to Queens, including Queens: A Culinary Passport by Andrea Lynn, who will be on hand to sign copies of her book.
Free Tea, David’s Tea, Multiple Locations, Wednesday, 10 a.m.
Come Wednesday, David’s Tea is offering a free cup of any tea (hot or iced) to anyone who has the Etsy app on their phone. Guests can also purchase an early Valentine’s Day gift, an original handmade ceramic mug, as part of the promotion.
Presentation Fight Night, Brooklyn Brewery, 79 North 11th Street, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
To be a meat-eater, or not to be — that is the question at this beer-filled symposium. The friendly debate-style discussion will center around questions such as whether anyone actually stays a vegetarian forever; the ethics of fish fillets; and the history of the human diet. The brewery will offer tokens for $5 drafts, and you might win one of several secret prizes. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door.
Bitten: A Food Conversation, Scholastic Auditorium, 557 Broadway, Friday, 8:15 a.m.
This all-day event looks at food as it relates to trends, start-ups, and pop culture, with a lineup of special guests that includes food bloggers, stylists, and photographers sharing their thoughts. The event also includes Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) executive director Peter Kim, who will discuss why the world needs a food museum, and former White House pastry chef Bill Yosses, who will talk about the state of baking today. Tickets start at $160 for groups of three.