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Carolyn's picks this week include an inaugural dinner at 606 R&D, a southern France wine repast at Prime Meats, a Sixpoint beer feast at Buttermilk Channel, the triumphant return of supper at Court Street Grocers and lots more...

Inaugural Dinner
Prospect Heights spot 606 R&D celebrates the start of Obama’s second term with an all-American supper. The three-course menu includes steamed lobster with clam chowder sauce, hickory grilled bison with huckleberry reduction, and apple pie with sour cream ice cream and maple caramel sauce. Visit their website to check out the menu and make reservations.

Monday, January 21 at 606 R&D, 606 Vanderbilt between Prospect Pl and St Marks Ave (Prospect Heights). $75; $100 with pairings.

Southern France Wine Dinner
You’ve stuck to your resolutions the past three weeks…or not. Either way, you deserve to treat yourself to a decadent feast at Prime Meats. Wine director Max Quattrone has handpicked six wines from the celebrated region, to be matched up with a Gallic-inspired six-course supper, featuring dishes like escargot with country ham and walnuts, and stuffed partridge with foie gras. Email to reserve a spot.

Tuesday, January 22 at 7pm at Prime Meats, 465 Court St at Luquer St (Carroll Gardens). $175.

Sixpoint Brewery Dinner
For those who prefer Brooklyn beer to French wine, Sixpoint and Buttermilk Channel are joining forces for a dinner that’s more up your alley. The four-course menu highlights four brews—not only as pairings but as ingredients in each dish, with combos such as Otis oyster chowder and Otis oatmeal stout, and smoke-brined Berkshire pork steak and Signal smoked IPA. For dessert, Van Leeuwen is creating a special treat: Gorilla coffee porter ice cream sandwiches. Check out all the pairings, then email to reserve.

Wednesday, January 23; two seatings: 6:30 and 8:30pm; at Buttermilk Channel,524 Court St at Huntington St (Carroll Gardens). $60.

Dinner at Court Street Grocers
Court Street Grocers brings back its Friday Night Dinners to help kick off 2013. The next installment features five courses, including octopus with brussels sprouts and caesar vinaigrette, and bone marrow with BBQ sunchokes and bread & butter pickles. It’s BYOB, but they’ve got some handy wine recommendations from their neighbors Fat Cat Wines, alongside the full menu and reservation info, here.

Friday, January 25; two seatings: 7pm and 9:30pm; at Court Street Grocers, 485 Court St between Nelson and Huntington Sts (Carroll Gardens). $60.

MSG takes on MSG
Masters of Social Gastronomy is turning one year old, and for their anniversary edition they’re tackling the substance with which they share an acronym (no, not Madison Square Garden): monosodium glutamate. Sarah Lohman will trace MSG’s history back to its origins in traditional Japanese food; afterward, Jonathan Soma will discuss the flavor enhancer’s modern-day uses and decipher the myths and facts that surround it. Find more info and RSVP on the event page.

Tuesday, January 29 at Public Assembly, 70 N 6th St between Wythe and Kent Aves (Williamsburg)

Super Bowl BBQ at Sycamore
Plenty of bars and restaurants will be rolling out Super Bowl specials in the weeks to come, but for now, Sycamore‘s game-day shindig is looking tough to beat. The bar’s own Johnny Lupiani will be smoking up a ton of beef, pork and chicken, which will be served at half time in heaping portions with sides for $20. Buy a plate in advance at the bar or online.

Sunday, February 3 at Sycamore, 1118 Cortelyou Rd between Stratford and Westminster Rds (Ditmas Park). $20.

How to…Prepare a Mexican Feast
Edible and the Brooklyn Brewery team up once again for the latest in their how-to series, a tutorial on south-of-the-border eats. You’ll learn to make corn and flour tortillas from the folks of Lonestar Taco, fiery salsa from the Brooklyn Salsa Company and refreshing paletas from La Newyorkina. As always, tickets are just $5, and Brooklyn Brewery beers will be flowing for $5 a pop.

Wednesday, February 13 from 7:30 to 10pm at Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N 11th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave (Williamsburg). $5.

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