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This Week in Food: Chili Cook-Off, Hot Chocolate Party, and Southern Dinner Series

Chili Cook-Off for Charity
The Brooklyn Kitchen (100 Frost Street, Brooklyn)
Monday, 3 p.m.

The Brooklyn Kitchen is hosting a chili cook-off, with proceeds going to benefit the Greenpoint Reform Church Food Relief Program. For $5, guests can sample a variety of home made chilis, with amateur chefs invited to participate too. Score a ticket here.

Valrhona Hot Chocolate Festival Kickoff Party
Ladurée Soho (398 West Broadway)
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Valrhona is hosting a kickoff party for its upcoming hot chocolate week (January 21 – February 5) where guests can get an early look at the unique hot chocolates that will be available. This year’s participating bakeries include La Maison du Chocolate, Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery, and Dominique Ansel Kitchen. Tickets are $35 and include unlimited hot chocolate and bites; rsvp here.

Kreung Cambodian Food Pop Up
The Diamond (43 Franklin Street, Brooklyn)
Thursday, 6 p.m.

Chef Chakria Un is hosting a Cambodian food pop up featuring dishes like corn with coconut milk and birds eye chili, a peanut and shrimp tamale, and noodle stir fry. Drinks are available for purchase.

Roots of Southern Cooking Dinner Series
Root and Bone (200 East Third Street)
Thursday, 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. seatings

Root and Bone is hosting a series of three dinners beginning this Thursday that focus on historical Southern cooking. Dinners – $100 per person – will focus on a specific year and location with this week’s dinner based on The Virginia Housewife  and The Unrivaled Cookbook and Housekeeper’s Guide. The menu includes fried chicken and chicken pudding, rice waffles, and huckleberry pie. Additional dinners are scheduled for February 28 and March 29; rsvp here.

Talk and Tasting
Honeybrains (372 Lafayette Street)
Thursday, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Beginning this Thursday, Honeybrains will host one hour weekly presentations focused on food and wellness. This week’s discussion will feature Honeybrains co-founder and neurologist Dr. Alon Seifan and his family. A reception will follow. Additional guest speakers include nutritionist and author Amy von Sydow Green as well as Dr. Richard Isaacson of Weill Cornell Medicine.

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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.