IMG_5813Locavore Homemade Bread and Market Menu

Sat. 2/15 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. @ Natural Gourmet Institute

Think there’s nothing in the market in the dead of winter? Think again! Join chef instructor and cookbook author Peter Berley for a true market-to-table culinary adventure. You’ll start this class by preparing dough for focaccia. Then, while it’s rising, Peter will lead the way to the Union Square Greenmarket to select ingredients on the fly for an improvised, seasonal menu. Market purchases might include freshly-caught fish, farm-fresh eggs, dairy, wine and a bounty of locally-grown produce. When you return to the classroom, you’ll focus on technique as you help Peter prepare a seasonal meal, bake the bread, and sit down to savor everything, feeling content with the knowledge that you have just supported your local farmers.

$150 | Book at Course Horse

veganVegan Shop-Up

Sat. 2/15 | 12 to 6 p.m. @ Pine Box Rock Shop

This month marks four years for the vegan shopping extravaganza. Come help celebrate with new vendors like Brooklyn DelhiNuts & BoltsVictoria Fine FoodsThe 3 Nuts, and The Fanciful Fox. Peek at the full vendor line up here. Plus, they’re giving away ten Vegan Shop-Up tote bags (all designed and printed by local Brooklyn artists) to the first ten shoppers lined up at the Pine Box entrance.

12 Grattan Street | Bushwick, Brooklyn 

HELPSY Hosts the Launch of Market 605Market 605 Pop-Up

Thru 02/18 @ 605 Hudson

Organized and run by nine local and sustainably-minded designers and independent label creators, this collaborative shop will carry a curated array of womenswear, accessories, and jewelry, as well as original home goods and gifts. Plus, you’ll have a chance to speak with the designers, including Dirty Librarian Chains, Feral Childe, Gamma Folk, Imago-a, Maison Capron, Kordal, Natalie Frigo and Nettie Kent. I may have stopped by and snagged the perfect {EM} Reservoir dress for fashion week parties.

Brooklyn night bazaar

Brooklyn Night Bazaar

Fri. and Sat. | 6 p.m. to midnight @ Greenpoint

The warehouse-turned-concert venue, shopping destination and night market continues into the new year. Bounce to live artists while you shop twee and cool local fashion and home goods. Shopping is hard work, so take breaks often to taste your way through bites from Ample Hills CreameryOaxaca Taqueria and more.

165 Banker St. | Greenpoint, Brooklyn

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Sat. and Sun. | 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. thru March @ North 5th St and Wythe

This winter Smorgasburg moves indoors to some mammoth new digs in Williamsburg with room for 200 vendors, including 75 food vendors. Their new indoor fortress of food and fashion will feature tunes, your favorite longtime vendors, and plenty of surprises.

80 North 5th St. (at Wythe Ave.) | Williamsburg, Brooklyn

tropicalTropical Paradise

Thru 02/23 @ New York Botanical Garden

Fake out all your friends with selfies of you next to blooming tropical flowers and palm trees, at New York Botanical Garden’s annual greenhouse show. You’ll experience warm rain forest mists, soaring palm trees, bright desert landscapes, orange-yellow crotons, fuchsia bromeliads and more. Think of it this way, their greenhouse is probably much more effective than your dinky little humidifier in your room.

$20 | Buy tickets

2900 Southern Blvd | Bronx

braceletsHandcraft Bracelets at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Sat. 02/15 | 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. @ The Brooklyn Navy Yard

Pretend for a day you are one of the creatives revitalizing the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and go home with a new, custom bracelet. First, take a stroll through the Yard and learn about its history with master jeweler Carrie Bilbo, then enjoy a demonstration from her and get to work on your own cuff bracelet design, using a jeweler’s saw to mold the metal. Music, snacks and beverages provided, but inspiration is up to you.

$85 | Book on Sidetour


Big Love Weekend

Sat. 02/15 | 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun. 02/16 | 7:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. @  The Breslin’s Liberty Hall at Ace Hotel

Start Saturday with two yoga classes, a puja ceremony, chats with wellness gurus, tunes by Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire) and Rebecca Foon (Saltland), and food from The Breslin. Sunday brings more grub, talks, and live music, followed by a dance party with DJ Natasha Blank and DJ Andre, because what work? Proceeds benefit God’s Love We Deliver, a nonprofit that cooks and delivers meals to local residents with chronic illness.

20 W. 29th St., between Fifth Ave. and Broadway | Tickets $50-$216 at

momofukuGreen Wine & Ham

Sun. 02/16 | 1 to 3 p.m. @ Booker and Dax

Let Jordan Salcito, beverage director at Momofuku,  and top food writer Alan Richman guide you through a pairing of natural wines with country hams selected by Momofuku Ssäm bar’s chef de cuisine, Matthew Rudofker, in the first of Momofuku’s “Winter Sessions.” Other upcoming classes include cocktails and bubbly. That’s all the reason you need to celebrate, right?

$75 for a class or $275 for the series | Buy tickets at Eventbrite 

sustycarnivaloflove04Carnival of Love

Tues. 02/18 | 6 to 8 p.m. @ Columbus Whole Foods Tap Room

Join Susty Party in a squee celebration of love and their 2014 product launch, with all proceeds going to the Whole Planet Foundation. You’ll find live performances, a kissing booth, cup toss, ring toss, tattoo shop, crafts, and food and drink. All in the most sustainable way possible, bien sur.

Tickets are $10 | 10 Columbus Circle | Manhattan

Growing-a-FeastSFNYC Book Club:Growing a Feast by Kurt Timmermeister

Wed. 02/19 | 7 to 9 p.m. @ Jimmys No. 43

Join author Kurt Timmermeister and Slow Food NYC for a reading, discussion, and book signing of his newly released book, Growing a Feast. A small-scale farmer on a dairy farm, Timmermeister tells the story of how he prepared a single marvelous farm-to-table meal using only the bounty that his farm provides—a two-year chronicle beginning with the birth of the calf whose milk will eventually be made into cheese and ending with the final course of coffee and butter cookies. Free samples of cheese from Kurtwood Farm will be provided. Proceeds from book sales will benefit Slow Food NYC programs, including Urban Harvest, their educational program for children.

43 E. 7th Street (btn 2nd Ave & 3rd Ave) | East Village, Manhattan | Free and open to everyone. 

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Screen Shot 2014-02-13 at 7.56.02 PMNYC Brewers Choice

Wed. 02/26 | 6 to 9:30 p.m. @ Wythe Hotel

NYC Brewer’s Choice returns as a featured event of the annual NYC Beer Week and this year, it has an all New York State focus, with dozens of breweries, including Captain Lawrence, Heartland Brewery, Ommegang, something called Bridge and Tunnel, Sixpoint Craft Ales ( a batch of Sweet Action made using 100% NY State ingredients), Greenport Harbor and some under-the-radar beers to add to your repetoir. The Regional Grains Project with Grow NYC and Valley Malt will be providing locally grown and roasted malt that will be featured in many of the beers. Plus, you can get bites for pairing with your beer from restaurants like Luke’s Lobster, Mile End, Jimmy’s No. 43, Reynard and an oyster shucking station.

$65 | Buy tickets at Eventbrite | 80 Wythe Ave | Williamsburg, Brooklyn

If there’s anything I forgot for this weekend or upcoming week, lemme know in the comments!