What's Happening This Week: Wine Trends, Meet The Chocolate Maker, City Grit, Hakkasan
Unless you're just waking up from a long coma, you likely already know that Super Bowl madness hits NYC this week. There are, however, a number of non-athletic food-related activities in which you can partake if you're trying to stay out of football festivities.
Courtesy Hakkasan Chinese New Year starts this Friday.
Wine Trends, Museum of Modern Art, Titus 2 Theatre, 11 West 53rd Street, Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.
Learn more about the wine industry at this presentation by the Wine Market Council's John Gillespie, who will talk about trends and developments and venture a bit into the world of craft beer. If you're interested in a vinous career (or you want to find out where to score the best bottles), head to the post-party, a networking reception at The Modern. Tickets are $125.
Meet the Chocolate Maker, 2Beans, 100 Park Avenue, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.
Bryan Graham, the man behind Fruition Chocolate, will discuss the process behind his bean-to-bar small batch operation. The event will include a tasting of chocolate and confections, including yet-to-be-released products. Drink pairings will also accompany each treat. Tickets are $30.
Southern-Inspired Chinese New Year, City Grit, 38 Prince Street, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Kick off the year of the horse with a Southern twist on Chinese food at Sarah Simmon's culinary studio. The culinary salon will offer an inventive feast, capped off by fortune cookies providing gourmet gifts for a few lucky guests (read: you might win free dinner). Tickets are $55 for individuals and $95 for couples, with beer and wine available for purchase; reservations can be secured through the studio's website.
Chinese New Year Feast, Hakkasan, 311 West 43rd Street, Friday through February 8
Speaking of Chinese New Year, a number of spots are celebrating come Friday, and Hakkasan's special menu will run for a full week. Chef Chen Zhineng's list includes steamed sea snapper, Chinese cabbage, and stewed pork trotters in addition to the regular menu. A traditional lion's dance will be performed on Friday, and diners will receive a $2 bill in a red envelope to signify good luck. Reservations can be made by contacting the restaurant directly.